Swimming Association sets for officials’ course


September 21, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Association (SLSDWA) are bracing up for their first referees, judges of strokes, clerk of course and swimming officials training course in Freetown.

The planned course is expected to run from 27-30 September at the National Stadium Swimming Pool ground in Freetown with over 30 participants.

According to SLSDWA Secretary General, Mohamed Turay, the training would be conducted by the world swimming federation, FINA officials and it was geared towards successful performances in the sport.
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He said: “The FINA Clinics for officials is intended to help the country in providing training for judges and referees in order to support successful performances in the pool. We need more judges and referees and these people need the best education and training.”

Explaining the possible format of the training, the SLSDWA Secretary General said it would run for a minimum of four days, adding that participants are to also cover theory and practical training, final assessment method and certification.

“The participants will have to undergo an examination and all those who make it in the examination will be granted a certificate from FINA,” he said.

Sierra Leone will join other African nations – Mauritius, Rwanda and The Gambia – who had undertaken the course for beginners in April.

In Kigali, the training lasted for 10-day with a total of 22 coaches and 26 Physical Education (PE) teachers participating. In The Gambia, an Open Water School for almost 30 officials was conducted.