The International Swimming Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Natation) (FINA) is the International Federation (IF) recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in aquatic sports. It is one of several IFs which administer a given sport/discipline for the IOC and/or international community. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
FINA currently oversees competition in five aquatics sports: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming.
FINA was founded on July 19, 1908 in the Manchester Hotel in London, UK at the end of the 1908 Summer Olympics by the Belgian, British, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian and Swedish Swimming Federations.
|Year||NUMBER OF NATIONAL FEDERATIONS|
|Continent||Number of FINA members||Name||Acronym|
|Africa||51||African Swimming Confederation||CANA|
|Asia||44||Asian Amateur Swimming Federation||AASF|
|Europe||51||European Swimming League||LEN|
|Oceania||16||Oceania Swimming Association||OSA|
|Americas||42||Swimming Union of the Americas||ASUA|
Various Committees and Commissions also help with the oversight of individual disciplines (e.g. the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee helps with Open Water), or topic-related issues (e.g. the FINA Doping Panel).
Each Presidential term is four years, beginning and concluding with the year following the Summer Olympics.
|George Hearn||Great Britain||1908 – 1924|
|Erik Bergvall||Sweden||1924 – 1928|
|Émile-Georges Drigny||France||1928 – 1932|
|Walther Binner||Germany||1932 – 1936|
|Harold Fern||Great Britain||1936 – 1948|
|Rene de Raeve||Belgium||1948 – 1952|
|M.L. Negri||Argentina||1952 – 1956|
|Jan de Vries||Netherlands||1956 – 1960|
|Max Ritter||Germany||1960 – 1964|
|William Berge Phillips||Australia||1964 – 1968|
|Javier Ostos Mora||Mexico||1968 – 1972|
|Dr. Harold Henning||United States||1972 – 1976|
|Javier Ostos Mora||Mexico||1976 – 1980|
|Ante Lambasa||Yugoslavia||1980 – 1984|
|Robert Helmick||United States||1984 – 1988|
|Mustapha Larfaoui||Algeria||1988 – 2009|
|Dr. Julio Maglione||Uruguay||2009 –|
FINA organizes one championship involving each of the five disciplines it oversees (the “World Championships”), as well championships and circuits in each of the disciplines.
|Committee||Year||Name of Canadian Representative||Position|
|TECHNICAL WATER POLO COMMITTEE||2013 – 2017||WILLIAM SHAW||MEMBER|
|TECHNICAL SYCHRONISED SWIMMING COMMITTEE||2013 – 2017||LISA SCHOTT||MEMBER|
|TECHNICAL DIVING COMMITTEE||2013 – 2017||KATHY SEAMAN||CHAIR|
|MASTERS COMMITTEE||2013 – 2017||ED EVELLY||CHAIR|
|SPORTS MEDICINE COMMITTEE||2013 – 2017||DR. SAUL MARKS||HONORARY SECRETARY|
|DOPING CONTROL REVIEW BOARD||2013 – 2017||DR. ANDREW PIPE||CHAIR|
|FINA BUREAU||2013 – 2017||DR. MARGO MOUNTJOY||MEMBER|
|COACHES COMMITTEE||2013 – 2017||MICHEL LAROUCHE||MEMBER|
The biggest FINA event is the biennial World Championships, currently held every odd year. It features competitions in all five aquatic disciplines. Prior to 2000, the event was held every 4 years, in the even year between (summer) Olympic Games.
In addition to the Championships events listed above, FINA also organizes the following annual events, and sub-championships:
For more information go to: www.fina.org