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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Leonel Medina On Swimming In Panama
When he was 7 years old, his injury ultimately led him to a world of aquatics. He had an arthroscopic operation on his left knee and started to swim for rehabilitation. He started training with a personal coach to improve his swimming and got used to the aquatic lifestyle of regularly scheduled swim practices. .
Later he got very interested in open waters swimming. He entered two events in 2011: a 3 km race in Varadero Beach in Havana, Cuba and the 3 km Pan American Masters Championships in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We asked him about his own swimming and about swimming in Central America.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Why do you love swimming?
Medina: I like swimming because it is a complete sport in which you can exercise the whole body. At the same time, swimming gives you the opportunity to get fit via a low-impact sport on the joints compared to jogging or cycling. Besides, the feeling of the whole body to move and to slip into the water is a wonderful thing.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Where do you swim now?
Medina: Currently I practice swimming in a pool that is located near my office, called Albrook swimming pool. Occasionally I swam at the sea, because the beaches are great for swimming but they are far from the city, around two hours by car.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How many open water swimming competitions are there in Panama?
Medina: In Panama there is an open water event with a long history. It takes place every May called the Vuelta Acuatica a Colon. It is so called because it takes place in the Colon Province which is located on the Atlantic coast. The 5 km loop circuit was originally initiated by workers of the former Panama Canal Zone 58 years ago and attracts an average of 70 swimmers every year from Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Honduras.
This year in June, there will be an inaugural competition in the Province of Cocle on the Pacific coast in the Playa Blanca. This is organized by a group of enthusiastic people from Costa Rica which will probably grow in the future. So there are only a total of two open waters events in Panama right now.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you go to other open water swimming events in Central America?
Medina: Although I am not able to attend other open water swimming events in Central America, I would like to do so in the future. Costa Rica would be a good place to start.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How many people can swim in Panama?
Medina: In Panama most of the population can swim. Many of us have learned when we were children swimming in rivers, lakes or the beach. Many more learning in the open water than in pools. Some private elementary and high schools have their own swimming pools and are an integral part of physical education for all their students. But most governmental schools do not have this benefit. The Panama Swimming Federation governs all disciplines of aquatics: pool swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and open water swimming; together with several swimming clubs throughout the country.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How would you like to teach people in your country how to swim?
Medina: My main idea to teach swimming in Panama is to share the knowledge I have gained in recent years in relation to the open water as well as in relation to pool swimming. While in Panama most people swim, but not very common to find people who are skilled in all four swimming styles such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Likewise, I would like to spread the knowledge of swimming for people to know and what to practice and help them maintain good health and physical condition.
I would start teaching mainly young children in low-income areas, where there are not facilities to learn swimming. This is a challenge because most of these places do not have proper training facilities. Also I would like to teach swimming techniques to people who live in the city areas. One of the challenges with this idea is to make this project financially sustainable over time.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What are your future goals in swimming?
Medina: My future plans regarding swimming are able to continue learning from the experiences of other swimmers and continue to participate in open water events in different countries with the support from God.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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