Aussie swim coach to conduct clinics

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PNG Swimming Inc will be conducting two clinics in Port Moresby and Lae later this month.
The Port Moresby clinic will be held from April 20-22 while the Lae clinic is scheduled for April 23-24.
PNG Swimming president Elizabeth Wells said the course conductor, coach Chris Smith, brought with him a wealth of experience in coaching, programme development, and learn to swim programmes, along with club management and administration.
The clinic is being funded by FINA, under the FINA development programme and PNG Swimming Inc. 
“Excellence in performance and in life begins with a vision of where you want to go and a commitment to do what it takes to get there, she said.
“With this in mind, an important key result area of PNGSI is to upgrade the level of coaching in the country to a recognised standard in the Oceania region that will allow our coaches to develop our athletes in proper stroke techniques, through planned training phases to get the best out of them and in later years, perform in the international arena.” Wells added.
The coaching clinic will provide both theory and practical classes. 
The participants will be educated on being an effective swimming coach through identifying the key elements of effective technique in the four competitive strokes, the basic mechanics of swimming and be taught how to put together a basic workout design, and how to evaluate training progress. 
“If our goal is to provide our swimmers in the community with the best coaching available, by educating our volunteers to become good responsible coaches, providing them with the latest and best information available is vital. The FINA coaching clinic will provide the ideal opportunity for all to improve in their teaching skills,” Wells said. 
 “It will also provide a learning platform in a fun, casual and extremely informative environment for all to learn.”
Those interested in participating in one of the clinics in Port Moresby or Lae should contact Wells via email [email protected] (Port Moresby) or Matthew Cooper in Lae on email [email protected]
The clinics are open to all interested physical education teachers, swim teachers, coaches and those who have an interest in learning more about our sport.
This is a time for you to learn how to teach swimming.
Smith started his teaching career after gaining a bachelor of physical education and a bachelor of human movement from the University of Western Australia, after six years of teaching in schools, his passion for teaching swimming began to flourish with his involvement in the operation and management of purpose built “learn to swim schools” where children attend swimming and water safety education classes.