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New appointment, time for swimmers

Wednesday August 14, 2013 Written by Published in Other Sports

Sole Cook Islands open water swimmer Hayden Vickers recently competed at the World Championships in Barcelona.

The Auckland based swimmers time of 1.10.56 in the 5km men’s event was a huge effort considering his bout of glandular fever a month before the champs.

Vickers will continue with his training and preparations for the Oceania Swimming Championships in New Zealand next year, where he will be joined by fellow Cook Islands Tepaia Payne, Temaruata Strickland and Christopher Andrews-Kidd.

During the world champs, the international swimming body, FINA, appointed the new bureau for the period 2013 and 2017 which took place at the FINA General Congress.

The highlight at the congress was the nomination of Cook Islands Aquatics Federation president Romani Katoa to the FINA Facilities Committee – first Oceania nomination and appointment.

The newly created committee is in response to the specific needs of FINA’s development activities and oversees all FINA infrastructure and facilities.

Katoa’s background in architecture, master and town planning, design, project management and infrastructure experience in some of the most isolated and harshest marine environments in the Oceania Pacific region was important and in line with FINA’s infrastructure development for swimming not only in the region but world-wide.

The FINA congress met in order to establish a common platform for the development of a worldwide “swimming for all” programme.

This initiative is aimed at preventing and reducing the number of casualties due to drowning around the world and, at the same, at promoting the improvement of the level of physical activity among younger generations.

Within the number of yearly deaths caused by accident, drowning occupies the second position in this category.

The Cook Islands Aquatics Federation executive (CIAF) has been instrumental in the development of swimming and water safety programmes in the Cook Islands with their Swimming in the Schools programme in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and was recognised by the Oceania Swimming Association as a model for other island countries.

The model and programmes will be utilised in a workshop to be held later this year in Rarotonga.

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