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Monday 5 March 2012 | Published in Regional


Cook Islands Aquatic Federation treasurer Marion Cowan is attending a development workshop as part of the Oceania Swimming Association Development Programme.

This is part of FINA’s commitment through the Oceania swimming association, with the financial assistance of Olympic Solidarity, USA Swimming and Asian Swimming Federation to assist small island countries with developing strong and sustainable swimming programmes through its administration.

It is the first administration workshop of its kind for Oceania Swimming Association and will be beneficial for the local aquatic association administration.

Cowan has been an integral member of the association for several years and is part of CIAF’s long term goals of ‘local capacity building’ by up-skilling Cook Islanders within the sport of swimming and its administration.

The workshop will address issues faced by most island countries such as funding and local development programmes for coaches and athletes.

The workshop will also highlight lack of facilities, such as a swimming pool as the Cook Islands is one of five FINA countries in the Pacific without a swimming pool. The workshop will also provide insight into programming swimming into the Rarotonga and a little later outer islands schools.