Tomás Haces Shares His Olympic Marathon Experience

Tomás Haces Shares His Olympic Marathon Experience

2-time Olympic 10km Marathon Swim referee Teodolo Tomás Haces Germán is giving a 2-day FINA open water swimming clinic in Chile this weekend at the Universidad Andres Bello, Sede los Castaños Viña del Mar.

In Spanish, the description is as follows:

Tenemos el agrado de saludar a ustedes e invitarlos a participar en la “Escuela de Capacitación”que impartirá el Sr. Tomas Haces, Arbitro FINA; para Jueces y Árbitros de Aguas Abiertas, que se desarrollará los días 17,18,19 de Diciembre . Universidad Andres Bello, Sede los Castaños Viña del Mar.

El curso no tiene ningún costo para los jueces afiliados a FECHIDA

Haces of Cuba is the chairman of the Unión Americana de Natación (UANA) and a member of the influential FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee.

Haces is never too far away from the water. The FINA-appointed clinician of swimming, officiating and open water swimming has long given presentations and clinics throughout the Caribbean and Central America. He is a physical education professor with specialty in swimming; Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation (CCCAN or la Confederación Centroamericana y del Caribe de Natación) Technical Swimming Committee president; UANA Open Water Swimming Committee chairman; and a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee.

Haces has helped Cuba and the Central Caribbean Nations have a better understanding of competitive swimming, particularly open water swimming. He has been appointed by FINA to deliver officiating, rules refereeing and open water swimming clinics nearly 20 times from 1996 to present in Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and El Salvador. He has delivered national rules and refereeing courses in Cuba eight times from 1986 to 2002, in all geographical parts of the country. All totaled, he has delivered over 36 seminars from 1996 to 2007.

A 1968 graduate as Professor of Physical Education, Haces conducts post graduate college courses in all aspects of swimming officiating, knowing the rules, and understanding open water swimming. He founded the Pinar del Rio Technical-Meteorological Section of Physical Culture and Sports. In 1979, he was appointed director of the National Sports Section of the province to include all aquatic disciplines as well as rowing, sailing, kayaking, and under water hunting. Three years later, he was also named Director of the Marcelo Salado National Training Center.

He was selected as the referee for the 1991 Pan American Games and co-referee of the 1995 Pan American Games. He has been a judge at CCCAN competitions, Central American and Caribbean Games, 6 Pan American Games, 7 FINA World Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is President of CCCAN Technical Swimming Committee and the UANA Open Water Committee.

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Steven Munatones