FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

Who administers and officiates the pro and elite open water races in the world? The FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, a group of volunteers from around the world. The history of the committee goes back to 1985.

In 1985, the FINA Bureau appointed a Long Distance Swimming Commission. Seven years later, the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee was formed in 1992. Allan Clarkson of Great Britain was nominated Chairman of the first committee.

Allan was followed by Hans A. Beijer of the Netherlands, Sid Cassidy of the USA and Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong. The Honorary Secretaries of the Committee included Dale Petranech of the USA (1992-1996), Flavio Bomio of Switzerland (1996-2000), Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia (2000-2008) and Flavio Bomio (2008 – present).

The current members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee include 1. Chairman Ronnie Wong Man Chiu of Hong Kong, 2. Vice Chairman Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana of Ecuador, 3. Honorary Secretary Flavio Bomio of Switzerland, 4. Dr. Khwaja Aziz of Bangladesh, 5. Valerijus Belovas of Lithuania, 6. Tomas Haces German of Cuba, 7. Samuel Greetham of Great Britain, 8. Zouheir El Moufti of Morocco, 9. Steven Munatones of USA, 10. Andrea Prayer of Italy, 11. John West of New Zealand, 12. Noam Zwi of Israel, 13. Washington Beltran of Uruguay, 14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim of Egypt, 15. Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia, 16. Dennis Miller of Fiji, Bureau Liaison

These volunteers implemented a number of new safety protocols, procedures and policies while working closely with race directors and other volunteers from around the world. Collectively, they officiate the 5K, 5K Team Time Trial, 10K, 25K and Olympic 10K Marathon Swim races at the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships and the Olympics.

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