New FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Announced
But there is plenty of new blood and renewed enthusiasm from new members.
New FINA members include Joaquim Pestana Costa (Angola), David Ngugi (Kenya), Fernando Terrilli (Argentina), Abdulmonem Al Alawi of Oman, Mubarek Abdulla Al Zahmi (United Arab Emirates), Jean Paul Narce (France), William Ford (Australia), Christiane Fanzeres (Brazil), Ayman Saad (Egypt), and Jon Hestoy (Faroe Islands).
In terms of touching the global open water swimming community and its reach to the over 12,600 open water events around the world, the FINA TOWSC members are the most influential members of the community. They are collectively responsible for advising, analyzing, appointing, investigating, studying and recommending rules, regulations, protocols, procedures, equipment and specifications regarding the preparations and execution of open water swimming events sanctioned and organized by FINA. These policies and rules are then adopted by the 202 member federations (countries) around the world. Although there are a few examples of deviations between FINA rules and rules used by other governing bodies (e.g., swimsuit styles, swim caps, water temperature), the FINA TOWSC‘s influence is global and ubiquitous.
The 2013-2017 FINA TOWSC members include:
FINA Bureau Liaison is Dennis Miller of Fiji
Besides race directors like Ayman Saad (who was responsible for the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup event in which Fran Crippen died), Andrea Prayer (who organized the 2009 FINA World Championship open water events in Rome), and Bill Ford who wrote the Australian Long Distance and Marathon Swimming Manual, there are two former professional marathon swimmers, Fernando Terrilli and Christiane Fanzeres. Together with the TOWSC stalwarts like Tomas Haces, Sam Greetham, Noam Zwi, John West, and Dennis Miller of Fiji, the committee is a mix of open water swimming representatives. But countries where open water swimming is really exploding – Ireland, South Africa, Japan, and Mexico – remain unrepresented while countries like Faroe Islands, Kenya, Angola, UAE, Oman, and Egypt represent one-third of the entire committee.
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.