As a swim coach, I’m looking forward to the 2018 FINA World Aquatic Convention this December 8-10. I attended in 2016, and the coaches clinic was the best I’ve ever been to for a number of reasons this article will detail.

What is the World Aquatic Convention?

The three day conference features the Golden Coaches Clinic which features an incredible lineup of speakers who are leaders in the sport of swimming. There are also panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, social activities, lunches, and dinners. The event brings together 209 National Federations, Organizing Committees, Host Cities, athletes, coaches, and team doctors.
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Coaches Clinic: The Way To Success

The highlight of the FINA World Aquatics Convention is the Golden Coaches Clinic which spans across all three days of the conference and is the mai reason you should attend this year’s event!

High-Profile Speakers:

  • Zhu Zhigen (CHN) – Sun Yang’s Coach
  • Nigel Redman (GBR) – Head of Performance Team Development at British Swimming
  • David Lush (AUS) – Emily Seebohm’s Coach
  • John Atkinson (CAN) – High Performance Director
  • Xu Guoyi (CHN) – Ye Shiwen’s Coach
  • Miguel Angel López (ESP) – FINA Training Center Head Coach

Zhu Zhigen (CHN) – Sun Yang’s Coach

Zhu Zhigen will discuss The Path to Become a Champion. He is in a unique position to do so, having coached to Sun Yang – the first Chinese man to win Olympic swimming gold, and the first male swimmer in history to earn Olympic and World Championship gold medals at every freestyle distance from 200–1500 meters. Sun Yang is a superstar and this presentation will be very compelling.

Nigel Redman (GBR) – Head of Performance Team Development at British Swimming

Nigel Redman, the current Head of Performance Team Development for British Swimming, will speak on Competing as Part of a Training program. His role is to support the development of British Swimming coaches and the wider performance team on their journey to Tokyo 2020. He also co-designed and delivered Coach Development Program for the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

David Lush (AUS) – Emily Seebohm’s Coach

David Lush, is the ‘Coach of the Year’ for the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association. He will share Insights into Coaching a Developed Swimmer. Guiding Emily Seebohm to World Championship, Olympic and Commonwealth gold medals, this will surely be enlightening. Over the past three years he has had a Gold Medalist at every significant international event. Very impressive.

John Atkinson (CAN) – High Performance Director

John Atkinson, National High Performance Director/National Coach for Swimming Canada speaks about Long–Term Athlete Development. This has been a crucial part of his role since joining Swimming Canada in 2013 and overseeing athlete performances and achievements in Canadian, Pan Pacific, World and Olympic Championships. In Rio, the team had a 200% increase in medals won. His fresh perspective will be intriguing for up and coming coaches and programs.

Xu Guoyi (CHN) – Ye Shiwen’s Coach

Xu Guoyi, who has made a huge contribution to the sustainable development of Chinese Swimming, speaks on Adapting Coaching Style to Different Environments. Since 1994, he has been a coach to many famous and successful swimmers, including Ye Shiwen who became the youngest swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals in London 2012.

Miguel Angel López (ESP) – FINA Training Center Head Coach

As the FINA Training Center Head Coach, Miguel Angel López will speak on Coaching Heterogenian Groups. Having worked with some of the world’s best swim coaches and technicians all over the world, including Spain, the US and many countries Asia, he has a unique perspective on this.
This international convention is an opportunity for coaches, athletes, and industry leaders to network and share ideas that will grow the sport! Will you be joining me and 1,200 attendees from around the world in Hangzhou?
Register here and join me at the Golden Coaches Clinic. Message me directly ( if you’ll be attending and would like to meetup.

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