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Book tickets for the Artistic Swimming Pathway Coach and Judges Conference 2022

Tickets are now available for a two-day conference which will give artistic swimming coaches and officials the ‘tools and knowledge to embrace sweeping changes’ introduced to the sport.

The Swim England Artistic Swimming Pathway Coach and Judges Conference 2022 will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December at the Jurys Inn, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby.

A number of presentations and workshops will be staged throughout the conference which will be delivered by key figures within the sport.

The conference will provide key updates on the ‘significant’ changes FINA has introduced which will alter the way artistic swimming will be coached, judged and scored.

Karen Thorpe, Swim England artistic swimming manager, said the conference would be essential for coaches and officials at all levels of the sport.

Significant changes

She added: “Artistic swimming is undergoing the most significant changes in its history after FINA approved sweeping changes to the way the sport is coached, judged and scored as part of the desire to grow the sport.”

“We are pleased to offer two full days of insights, presentations and workshops that will give every coach and judge the tools and knowledge they need to adapt and embrace the changes.   

“You will hear from members of the Swim England coaching team, Olympic coaches, FINA judges and members of the ASLG.   

“This is a don’t miss event.”

The discussions will include an overview of the major new rules and terminology being introduced by FINA in 2023, a look at the Swim England Coaching Plan 2022-25, which aims to transform lives through inspiration, and a new approach to designing routines.

There will also be presentations on technical elements for solos, duets, mixed duets and teams, a look at the new figures, the coach learning journey and information on education and training programmes

How much does it cost?

  • The cost for the conference is full cost £40 per day, and places can be booked online.
  • The cost for Coach Members is £36 per day.
  • The cost for Coach Plus Member £32 per day.

Day one – 3 December

TimeWorkshop
10:00amWelcome and introductions

The Future of Artistic Swimming 2023 and beyond
• FINA’s vision for the sport

Speakers: Maria Ramos – Chair of the Swim England Artistic Swimming Leadership Group (ASLG) and LEN Vice Chair

Review of 2022
Driving change through a coaching led sport

Speakers: Karen Thorpe – Swim England Head of Artistic Swimming Talent and High Performance

10:40amThe Swim England Coaching Plan 2022-25
Transforming Lives through inspiration
• The launch of our Swim England Coaching Plan which will outline our direction of travel over the next three years.

Speakers: Lindsay Trimmings – Swim England Head of Coaching
Jo John – Swim England Coach Development Manager
Lisa Wright – Swim England Coach Engagement Officer

11:00amFINA Changes 2023
Overview of the major new rules, and terminology

Speakers: Maria Ramos – Chair of the Swim England Artistic Swimming Leadership Group (ASLG) and LEN Vice Chair

New Figures
• 12 and under
• 13-15 Youth

Speakers: Paola Basso – Swim England Artistic Swimming National Development Coach and Karen Thorpe – Swim England Head of Artistic Swimming Talent and High Performance

11:45amCoffee break
12:00pmTechnical Elements
• Solos
• Duets
• Mixed Duets
• Teams

Speakers: Paola Basso – Swim England Artistic Swimming National Development Coach and Karen Thorpe – Swim England Head of Artistic Swimming Talent and High Performance

1:00pmLunch
1:45pmNew FINA Judging and Scoring
Overview of the judging changes
• The role of the Technical Controller
• Assessing Synchronisation
• Artistic Impression – three marks – transitions
• Execution
• The scoring system

Speakers: Allison Pratt – FINA A Judge and Hannah Secher – FINA Judge + ASLG Workforce Lead

3:45pmCoffee break
4:30pmNew Approach to Designing Routines
• Acrobatics: Groups and Construction
• Difficulty table – Base mark, bonuses, families
• Introducing the Coaches Card

Speakers: Paola Basso – Swim England Artistic Swimming National Development Coach and Karen Thorpe – Swim England Head of Artistic Swimming Talent and High Performance

6:00pmClose

Day two – 4 December

TimeWorkshop
9:15amThe Coach Learning Journey
The Swim England Coaching Team will lead you through the suite of Coach learning opportunities available to Artistic Swimming Coaches over the next few years.

Speakers: Lindsay Trimmings – Swim England Head of Coaching

9:45am2023 Implementation Plans
• Update to Grades 2023
• Competition Dates and Venues
• Competition Formats
• Qualification Standards

Speakers: Sarah Clarke – ASLG – Athlete Reward and Recognition Lead and Maria Ramos – Chair of the Swim England Artistic Swimming Leadership Group (ASLG) and LEN Vice Chair

10:30amCoffee break
10:45am2023 for Coaches
• Coaches Cards for national competitions 2023
• Acrobatics
• Hybrids
• Technical Required Elements (TRE)

Speakers: Paola Basso – Swim England Artistic Swimming National Development Coach and Karen Thorpe – Swim England Head of Artistic Swimming Talent and High Performance

12:30pmLunch
1:15pm2023 for Coaches
• Coaches Cards for national competitions 2023
• Acrobatics
• Hybrids
• Technical Required Elements (TRE)

Speakers: Paola Basso – Swim England Artistic Swimming National Development Coach and Karen Thorpe – Swim England Head of Artistic Swimming Talent and High Performance

2:30pmCoffee break
2:45pm2023 for Judges
• Judging Approach to National Competitions
• Education/training programmes

Speakers: Hannah Secher – FINA Judge + ASLG Workforce Lead

3:45pmClose and wrap

Speakers: Maria Ramos – Chair of the Swim England Artistic Swimming Leadership Group (ASLG) and LEN Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Maria Ramos – Chair of the Swim England Artistic Swimming Leadership Group (ASLG) and LEN Vice Chair
  • Karen Thorpe – Head of Artistic Swimming talent and High Performance
  • Paola Basso – Swim England Artistic Swimming National Development Coach
  • Sarah Clarke – ASLG – Athlete Reward and Recognition Lead
  • Hannah Secher – FINA Judge + ASLG Workforce Lead
  • Allison Pratt – FINA A Judge + FINA Technical Controller
  • Swim England Coaching Team
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