Worldwide Invitation Issued For Swimmers, Coaches & Others To Have A Say In The WSA

All things have a starting point … by Patrick B. Kraemer

Swimmers, coaches, parents and interested parties worldwide have been invited to send their views and suggestions on how they envisage the sport of swimming should look under the new direction of the World Swimming Association as and when it replaces FINA as the governing body for swimming. The dateline for the latter is set at two…

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Swimmers, coaches, parents and interested parties worldwide have been invited to send their views and suggestions on how they envisage the sport of swimming should look under the new direction of the World Swimming Association as and when it replaces FINA as the governing body for swimming. The dateline for the latter is set at two… […]

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Lawrie Cox

I would encourage as many as possible to take up the offer of input into the replacement of FINA. This outcome was not the desired outcome but the result of those currently sitting in the blazarati ignoring what was happening around them.

The current structure is not working successfully that is not to say that WSA will be perfect especially in its infancy. This proposal is going to be fraught with many opinions but it will at least be a refresh as to how the sport works. The coaches association and in particular the Board members looking to the new structure will come under scrutiny and both overt/covert pressure not to participate. As an example in Aus the coaches association (and swimmers) have their own organisation with recognition as stakeholders to Swimming Australia Limited. How will that be actioned going forward will be interesting as the pressure is applied by FINA to discredit WSA.

It will happen as the Australian Bureau member attends and participates in the SAL Board. So who will pull the strings? As an ex swimmer support for his former team members as part of the Swimmers Association or the instructions as the Bureau member?

The coaches association is an active participant in the formation of WSA but what happens when a past president of ASCTA is also an employee of SAL. The pressure will be obvious. I trust it gets full exposure when the inevitable happens.

In the end this can only improve swimming it was just a pity that those in FINA couldn’t address the problem to secure the future.

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