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First Ever Synchronised Swimming Judging Course Held

Posted By Sportinmalta On September 1, 2014 @ 12:03 pm In Featured,Swimming | No Comments

Last week, between the 21st and the 23rd of August, the first ever synchronised swimming judging course was held. This course was only possible through the involvement of the renowned synchro judge expert Ms. Jenny Gray. The course was attended by 15 novice judges who ranged from Olympic Games medallists as well as a number of PE students and parents who are total beginners to the sport. The course, which totalled 20 hours over 3 days, started with judging figures as these have the greatest guidance from FINA and are least subjective. The sessions were supported by power point and video material. Candidates were given the opportunity to score a variety of routines. As part of the course, a competition was set up on the poolside and all candidates had the opportunity to judge figures and routines performed by the local synchronised swimmers which was excellent for a practice situation. All figures and routines were videoed for later analysis. This was an excellent session as candidates were able to analyse their own performance. Jenny discussed the need for both practise and further education for these judges and the possibility of if having other coursefor these judges next year.

Jenny had the opportunity of discussing with coaches and members of the synchro technical committee the future of synchro in Malta and pointed out that it is essential to train more coaches to add to the present excellent and enthusiastic coaches. Jenny, being the head of the sports coaching degree programme at Oxford Brookes university with 10 years’ experience of developing and delivering coaching programmes talked about the possibilities of planning and writing coaching courses which aim at strengthening the coach work force. Jenny admired the enthusiasm and dedication of coaches and parents and the support of the ASA and pointed out that synchro has come a very long way in a very short time and everybody is keen to ensure its growth and development. The course participants were presented with a certificate at the end of the course. A continuous development programme for the novice judges was planned during Jenny’s stay which will involve them in judging local synchro competitions and possibly furthering their qualifications and experiences. This course was made possible thanks to ASA for supporting Jenny’s stay, KMS for provision of facilities and James Caterers for donating the meals for all participants.

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