July Update – Aquatics

By Su

Thanyapura PIA swim team ends a memorable season where its swimmers have learned the values of camaraderie, hard work and discipline while becoming so much faster in the water.

This last part of the season has seen the culmination of the Thanyapura Open Swim league, Saturday 10th of June, with over 30 swimmers from our team participating and recording PB’s — many smiling faces around the pool.

But the real highlight of the season has been the three national records and the four silver medals brought home from the SEA Games by Golf and Ploy on the Thailand national team in the 4×100 free, 4×200 free and 4x 100 I.M. relays, together with a fourth place by Garfield and seven personal best times overall, as well as three national records broken.

FINA swimmersMeanwhile, Thanyapura has welcomed 25 FINA scholarship swimmers who come from around the region. They will train and live at Thanyapura, while preparing for the 2015 FINA World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The scholarship applicants were selected from 11 countries, including Thailand, Nepal, the Maldives, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Timor Leste and Rwanda.

A male and a female swimmer will train at Thanyapura Phuket from each nation under the guidance of Thanyapura Head Swimming Coach Miguel Lopez, while using the facilities that attract some of the best swimmers from around the globe.

Head Coach Miguel, who coached five Olympians and three paralympians to success with 20 medals, said: “I am excited to have these 25 swimmers at Thanyapura. I have found a great pool of talent. The team momentum will make the swimmers better.”

The swimmers will get both an education and cultural experience of Thailand. They will stay in the Phuket International Academy boarding houses and will have the opportunity to join in on lessons, school functions, work with junior students and help coach swimming, in both PE lessons and after school activities.
Mr. Pipat Paniangvait, FINA Honorary Treasurer, said: “This initiative – “Targeting Rio 2016” – is part of a wider development strategy from FINA aimed at raising the level of Aquatics worldwide, providing specific programmes for athletes and officials in the five continents. In 2014, the scholarships for swimmers were created and centres are already active in USA, Portugal and now in Thailand.

“Thanyapura is ready to receive and host some of the most promising swimmers of this region of the world and provide them with optimal conditions of training and preparation.”

Mr. Graf von Hardenberg said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing how these young swimmers progress along their ‘Road to Rio’.

Read more about the FINA partnership here…

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