Coaches of the world unite to learn from leaders in their field

Singapore (SIN) – CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada Pierre Lafontaine will be part of a solid lineup of speakers during the 1st FINA World Swimming Coaches Conference set to be held from January 15-17, 2009 in Singapore. Over 230 coaches and representatives of 90 nations will be attending.

By providing an educational and interactive forum for the world’s coaches, the event hopes to maintain the momentum of popularity the sport has experienced following the resounding success of swimming at the Beijing Olympic Games, and leading to the 13th FINA World Championships this summer in Rome (ITA).
Participants of the Conference have the opportunity to attend presentations from renowned swimming coaches such as: Norimasa Hirai, the coach of Kosuke Kitajima; Michael Bohl, the coach of Stephanie Rice; Rohan Taylor, the coach of Leisel Jones; Pierre Lafontaine, the National Coach of Canada; and Bill Sweetenham, former National head coach of Australia and Great Britain. There will also be an open interview with Mark Schubert (Head Coach USA) and Alan Thompson (Head Coach Australia), and specific presentations on subjects ranging from building the base of a strong team, elite training and competition preparation, updated doping control rules, and broadcast and Olympic-related topics.

Overall, the Conference offers a unique international networking platform where the world’s best coaches can share their expertise with counterparts from many FINA National Federations, and therefore make a positive impact on the global development of competitive swimming.