In 2016, FINA will host their 4th World Aquatics Convention. The biennial event was conceived and then launched in 2010, with the initial aim of uniting FINA National Federations and commercial organisations from the Aquatics industry. Since 2010, the Convention has grown and established itself as an essential gathering for all those involved with Aquatics.
The 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention (FWAC) was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in 2010. The birthplace of Julio Maglione (elected FINA President in 2009) Uruguay was the ideal host to kick off the Convention in style and introduce the fantastic new platform to the Aquatics world. Having recently affiliated many new countries into the FINA family, it was the perfect time to bring together what were then 206 FINA National Federations.
The 2nd Convention in 2012 took on a different dynamic and paved the way for future meetings to benefit significantly from increased commercial interest. Held in Moscow, Russia, the Convention enjoyed its first taste of the European Aquatics industry. The introduction of the FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic made an invaluable addition to the event, shaping the Convention for years to come. World-class coaches from around the world share their knowledge and contribute to FINA’s core ethos of consciously improving the Aquatics industry.
The 3rd Convention held in Doha, Qatar in 2014 saw a record number of athletes, coaches and delegates from National Federations, Host Cities and commercial organisations congregate to share knowledge and do business. The 2014 Convention proved to be the most successful meeting since the event’s launch in 2010, greatly benefitting from the decision to organise it in conjunction with the prestigious FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). This new format meant that the world’s top athletes and coaches would be accessible to all those attending the Convention, and proved the perfect opportunity for FINA to introduce their new – and now immensely popular – Awards Ceremony.
FWAC has served an increasingly important role in supporting FINA’s quest to improve the sport of Aquatics. The 2016 Convention, to be held in Windsor, Canada, will push the bar even higher – uniting all members of the FINA family and providing them with exclusive access to a thriving market in North America following a hugely anticipated Olympic Games. It will include all the successful features from previous Conventions, with the exciting addition of the well-established FINA World Sports Medicine Congress.
The 2016 Convention is guaranteed to become another important chapter in FINA’s proud history.