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UANA Congress Report

UANA Masters Technical Committee Report

2015 UANA Congress

Toronto, Canada

This report will reflect the activities of the UANA Masters Technical Committee over the last UANA Quad (2011-2015).  During this Quad the committee has been very active and has provided competition for over 6,500 master athletes in all disciplines in 3 championships, Rio de Janerio, Brazil (SA), Sarasota, Florida (USA), and Medellin, Colombia (SA).   This report will highlight chronologically the activities of the committee over this period

2015 – Medellin, Colombia (SA)

The Colombian Swimming Federation hosted the 2015 UANA Pan American Masters Championships.  Over 1300 Masters Athletes in all disciplines descended on the Atanasio Girardot Sports Center, in Medellin, Colombia June 17-27.  This outstanding facility provided a back drop for a wonderful competitions (Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Open Water).  The organization and warm hospitality gave the athletes an experience they will never for get. The championship concluded in Guatupe a wonderful small town north of Medellin with an Open Water Event.

The UANA Technical Committee met and confirmed the next UANA Pan American Masters Championships will be in 2018.  A letter will be sent to all federations who are interested in bidding for the 2018 championships.   The bid deadline to receive bids will be February 15, 2016.  The committee in their effort to promote the “UANA” brand, the committee will also accept bids, from all disciplines for Masters events in the America’s to further enhance Masters and add an element of International participation.  These events will be called “UANA America’s Masters Events”,  ie “UANA America’s Masters Diving Invitational”. Additionally the committee adopted an entry and information booklet template that will be used by all future event hosts.

Masters Technical Committee throughout the year was very active since our last championship in Sarasota in 2013. The committee adopted a new UANA Pan American Masters Championship contract, which eliminated the stay of the entire UANA Masters Technical Committee for the entire competition, thus giving the Host Federation additional revenue.  Additionally the new contract provides a $20 athlete surcharge creating revenue for UANA, and a $5 bonus to the Host Federation provided they fulfill the contract. The acronym “UANA” is now part of the official name of the event. All future championships will be referred to as “UANA Pan American Masters Championships”. This contract will be in place for the 2015 championships in Medellin, Colombia.  UANA Pan American Masters Championships have always been hosted on the odd years since 2005. In 2013 FINA made the change in the format of the FINA World Masters Championships,  this event would now be held on the odd numbered years in conjunction with FINA Elite World Championships. Since we were obligated to the Colombian Federation who was hosting our 2015 Championships, the committee made the effort to seek bids for a 2016 championships. The committee received no bids to host a championship in 2016, and therefore the voted our next UANA Pan American Masters Championships will be held in 2018. By moving to 2018 for our championship we no longer will be in conflict with the FINA World Masters Championships which always be held on the odd numbered years. The committee is now accepting bids to host the 2018 UANA Pan American Championships.

In our effort to make hosting the UANA Pan American Masters Championships easier, the committee developed an Entry Booklet template, which all future Meet Host can follow by just adding the pertinent information regarding their event. The next project for the committee will be to develop an online registration system that will be combatable and viable for all federations who wish to host a championship’s. By providing these services the committee feels we will attract more potential bidders.

2014 -                                                             

In November and December the UANA Masters Technical Committee hosted the first virtual or postal event for  all Masters Swimmers in UANA.  The idea was to create an event for all Masters swimmers promoting adult aquatic fitness through aquatics.  Swimmers were to swim either 30 minutes or 60 minutes, then submit their distance.  The entry fee was $10.  We sent out 3000+ emails to all of the participants in the last three UANA Pan American Masters Championships (Veracruz, Rio, Sarasota).  We had a 60% open of our emails, 20% is considered outstanding.  However, our participation was not as expected, but we learned a great deal and hopefully we will have greater participation this year. Exact Target a mass e mailer for several Fortune 500 companies, gave our committee 50,000 emails for free through their Exact Target Non Profit Foundation.  In addition FINIS sponsored the event with a $700 contribution to UANA Masters.  Each participant received a certificate of participation and a award certificate if they earned one.  The net revenue for this event was $870.

The UANA Masters Technical Committee continues to work on education, as we feel the more swimmers who become Masters swimmers will live healthier lifestyles.

2013 – Sarasota, Florida (US)

UANA Masters Technical Committee received one bid to host the 2015 UANA Pan American Masters Championships.  The bid received was from Medellin, Colombia.  The Colombia Federation will host all disciplines (Swimming, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming, Diving, and Open Water). Motion was made to accept the bid from Colombia. MSA.  Chairman, Goldstein will contact the Colombian Federation and notify them and determine the dates of the Championships

Due to the change by FINA to move the FINA World Masters Championships to the odd numbered years, a motion was made to move the UANA Pan American Masters Championships to the even year sequence starting in 2016 going forward.  Trinidad/Tobago has shown some interest as well as Chile for 2016.  Motion was made to accept the even year sequence starting in 2016.  MSA.  It was the strong sentiment of the Committee to move toward Championships that would offer all 5 aquatic disciplines rather than a limited number of disciplines.

Ed Evelly, Chairman of the FINA Masters Technical Committee spoke to the committee on the proposed changes the FINA Masters Technical Committee plan to present to the Congress in Barcelona, taking the Meet Operations portion out of the FINA rules and putting them in the By Laws.

The Committee will contact each discipline to determine the costs for running their event to begin the process of developing a budget template. The contact for each discipline : Water Polo – Andy Burke, Diving – Ron Kontura, Synchronized Swimming – Dot Padget, Open Water – Jim Miller, and Swimming – Mel Goldstein

UANA Pan American Master Championship Agreement -The committee discussed the current agreement and made many revisions which will be beneficial to the Host. 

The UANA Masters Technical Committee in its effort to bring more awareness to aquatics in UANA, adopted a proposal presented by David Morrill.   The proposal was to have a UANA ½ Hour and 1 Hour Postal Swim November 1-30.  Registration and entries will be on line, the cost will be $10 for each event with the entire proceeds going to UANA.  This event will be open to all swimmers in all UANA Federations. .

2012 –

Preparations for the 2013 UANA Pan American Masters Championships in Sarasota, Florida, USA was on schedule.  A June 1, 2012 launch of the event website was planned.

It has been the desire of the UANA Masters Technical Committee to also provide a UANA Pan American Masters Championships for Water Polo and Diving.  The committee through its Chairman has been working with the US Water Polo and US Diving governing bodies to work out the logistics for the inclusion of these two disciplines in our 2013 event. 

The UANA Masters Technical Committee has proposed an Athlete Representative be appointed to the UANA Masters Technical Committee.  By unanimous vote David Morrill’s name for this nomination was put forth to the UANA President Coaracy Nunes Filho and to UANA Secretary/Treasurer Fernando Canales. 

2011 – Rio de Janerio, Brazil (SA)

The UANA Masters Technical Committee developed a bid process and site selection for future competitions.  The contract developed in Veracruz, Mexico was reviewed and adopted with the changes shown below..  The championship has grown from 165 swimmers in the first championship in the Dominican Republic to Brazil where 2500 athletes competed.  All disciplines contested (Open Water, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Diving, and Water Polo.

Major items in reviewed in host contract:

16.0            WARM-UP FACILITY: A warm up facility shall be available 2 days prior in the competition pool beginning before the start of competition, for synchronized swimming practice time with music, will be allocated to each team, and solo swimmers, and (2) during the entire meet, beginning at least one hour prior to competition each day, and continuing throughout the day.  MSA Adding an additional day to the agreement, therefore must be approved by the new UANA Masters Technical Committee

27.0Computerization: Host shall be required to use Hy-Tek Sports software or an acceptable software program for meet seeding, results, and associated lists and labels.  The host shall be responsible for the equipment, personnel, and supplies required. If Hy-Tek is not used the event host must present their proposed format or software to the UANA Masters Technical Committee for approval for each discipline.  MSA

31.2Meals or a Per-diem will be provided to the UANA Masters Technical Committee through out the duration of the event.  The Per-diem shall not exceed $50 per day. MSA (This is a new item added to the agreement therefore must be approved by the new UANA Technical Committee for the next quadrennial).

31.5 Hotel Rooms / Transportation :UANA Masters Technical Committee Chairman, shall be provided a hotel room (Single Occupancy).  This expense will be for a four star hotel (* * * *) accommodations.  Local transportation ill be provided for duration of the event. MSA

32.0Hotel / Transportation  UANA Masters Technical Committee: This expense will be for a four star hotel (* * * *) accommodations.  Local transportation will be provided for duration of the event. MSA

40.0Insurance: Provide basic insurance for all participating athletes, officials, and volunteers. MSA

 

 

 

UANA Masters Technical Committee Report

April 7. 2014

The UANA Masters Technical Committee has been very active since our last meeting at the UANA Pan American Masters Championships in Sarasota, Florida. 

The Colombian Swimming Federation is very excited about hosting the 2015 UANA Pan American Masters Championships in Medellin, Colombia.  The dates for the championship will be June 17-27, 2015.  The pool facilities are unbelievable (8 Pools).  The plan is to have Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo the first four days of the competition.  Swimmers arriving early would still have adequate warm up facilities and the first day of the Swimming competition will start on the last of the other disciplines.  This would create a festival atmosphere.  The Open Water is planned in Guatape, a beautiful lake about 1 ½ hours from Medellin.  The Colombian Swimming Federation has signed and adopted the new UANA Masters Technical Committee Contract.  Their plan is have a early registration some time in June or July of this year.

 

  

                                            Estadio Pools Medellin, Colombia

                                       

                                                            Guatape, Colombia 

In November and December the UANA Masters Technical Committee hosted the first virtual or postal event for          all Masters Swimmers in UANA.  The idea was to create an event for all Masters swimmers promoting adult aquatic fitness through aquatics.  Swimmers were to swim either 30 minutes or 60 minutes, then submit their distance.  The entry fee was $10.  We sent out 3000+ emails to all of the participants in the last three UANA Pan American Masters Championships (Veracruz, Rio, Sarasota).  We had a 60% open of our emails, 20% is considered outstanding.  However, our participation was not as expected, but we learned a great deal and hopefully we will have greater participation this year. Exact Target a mass e mailer for several Fortune 500 companies, gave our committee 50,000 emails for free through their Exact Target Non Profit Foundation.  In addition FINIS sponsored the event with a $700 contribution to UANA Masters.  Each participant received a certificate of participation and a award certificate if they earned one.  The net revenue for this event was $870.

The UANA Masters Technical Committee continues to work on education, as we feel the more swimmers who become Masters swimmers will live healthier lifestyles.

Mel Goldstein, Chairman

UANA Masters Technical Committee

MASTERS TECHNICAL REPORT TO THE UANA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE  --  May 12, 2012

 
Preparations for the 2013 UANA Pan American Masters Championships in Sarasota, Florida, USA are on schedule.  A June 1, 2012 launch of the event website is planned. The website will provide information about securing a US Visa as well as entry and hotel information for Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, and Open Water. 
 
It has been the desire of the UANA Masters Technical Committee to also provide a UANA Pan American Masters Championships for Water Polo and Diving.  The committee through its Chairman has been working with the US Water Polo and US Diving governing bodies to work out the logistics for the inclusion of these two disciplines in our 2013 event.  As of the date of this report the proposed dates for those competitions have not been announced.
 
The UANA Masters Technical Committee has proposed an Athlete Representative be appointed to the UANA Masters committee.  By unanimous vote a nomination for this position has been put forth to the UANA President Coaracy Nunes Filho and to UANA Secretary/Treasurer Fernando Canales. 
 
Any Masters swimming federation wanting to submit a proposed rule change to FINA,Masters Rules should send the proposal to UANA Secretary Treasurer, Fernando Canales ( cocolopr@gmail.com ) and also to FINA Bureau Member Margo Mountjoy (mmsportdoc@aol.com ) by September 30th.  The proposed rule change will then be submitted to FINA prior to the deadline in late November.  The rationale, rather than one federation submitting a rule change, the proposed rule change will come from a unified UANA representing 40 Federations from the Americas.
 
Respectfully Submitted by:
                  Mel Goldstein, Chair
                   goldsteinmel@sbcglobal.net
                  UANA Masters Committee
 

 

 

Minutes UANA Congress

17 October 2011

Guadalajara, Mexico

Presidente Inter Continental Hotel

Agenda:

  1. Accreditation of delegates
  2. Declaration of quorum and opening remarks by the President of UANA
  3. Reading and Approval of the minutes of the previous congress
  4. Report by the Executive Committee
  5. Report by the Secretary – Treasurer
  6. Report by the Standing Committees and Special Commissions
  7. Consideration and discussions of proposals previously submitted and included in the summons
  8. Election of the Executive Committee
  9. Election of the candidates of the Americas to the FINA Bureau
  10. Other matters of urgency, with the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present
  11. Presentations of Visitors
  12. Adjournment

 

 

Declaration of quorum and Opening remarks:
President Eldon Godfrey opens the congress at 14:10 hrs. There are 30 of the 39 UANA members present and there is quorum to begin the UANA General assembly. Complete attendance list is attached. The president requests 1 minute of silence for all the UANA family members that passed away.

The president introduces the guests at the head table to the general assembly:

 

 

  • Mr. Julio Maglione – FINA president
  • Mustpha Larfaoui – FINA Life President / President African Swimming Federation
  • Dennis Miller – President Oceania
  • Coarazy Nunes – FINA  Board Member
  • Orban Mendoza  - Past UANA and CCCAN president
  • Dale Neuburger – FINA Vice President
  • Ivar Sisniega, Chairman Organizing Committee Guadalajara 2011
  • Dr. Margo Mountjoy – FINA Board Member and delegate of the Aquatic Federation of Canada

 

The following UANA Board members beside the president are present:

 

  • Guno van der Jagt, Secretary / Treasurer
  • Errol Clarke, Vice president
  • Luis Leiva Perez
  • Judy McGowan
  • Bill Shaw

 

Highlights:

 

  • Mr. Ivar Sisniega addresses the general assembly and welcomes them to Guadalajara for the Pan American Games. He gives a summary of the aquatics sports in the Pan American Games. He indicates that the number of water polo teams were increased from 8 to 6, the number of divers was increased from 50 to 60 and open water was added to the program. The swimming time qualification was very technical and used 3 qualification standards, A, B, and C. After the final registration, the quota was exceeded by 50 and the FINA president intervened. In the end, all swimmers who made the A-standard were accepted. Swimmers who made the B-standard were left out based on the FINA standards. The quota was exceeded by 22.
  • The UANA president indicated for future games more room needs to be created to make adjustments to the quotas. The technical commissions need to review the qualification procedures. Thought to be given to the reduction of athletes if the quotas are exceeded. The president expressed his confidence in the technical commissions. The venues are of world class standard.
  • The Bahamas swimming Federation requested an intervention and they indicated that relay only swimmers were allowed to participate but the NOC’s didn’t receive any communication.

 

Reading and Approval of the minutes of the previous UANA Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 2007):
The minutes were read and accepted by the general assembly.

Report by the Executive Committee:
The UANA president indicated that UANA reached out to other Continental. The Executive Committee tried to meet at least once every 2 years. Meetings were held in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with the assistance of the USA and Canadian Swimming federations. The Executive Committee report is accepted by the General Assembly.

Report by the Secretary – Treasurer:
It is reported that contributions were set by partnerships. The dues amounted to approximately US$ 5000 annually and contributions from FINA and ODEPA / PASO were also received. Expenditures were primarily due to meetings and receptions. The reports by the Secretary – Treasurer are accepted by the General assembly.

Report by the Standing Committees and Special Committees:
The federations are requested to contribute to all the disciplines. Each discipline has particular issues. The complete reports are available on the UANA website.

Masters Technical Committee (Chair: Mel Goldstein):
The UANA Pan American Masters Championships 2011 will be organized in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and this will be the first time that all disciplines will be contested.


Swimming Technical Committee (Chair: Bill McFarlane):
The chair indicates that there is lack of data which makes it difficult to set the qualification standards for the Pan American Games. The data from the previous games is used and might be outdated. The 3 larger countries take more than 150 places of the 256 available spots , leaving about 100 places for the remaining countries. The maximum numbers of swimmers per country should be reviewed. The new technical committee should also review the possibility that swimmers are allowed to participate in other events than the ones they qualified in. More time should also be allowed between final entries and the start of the games. Ninety days would be commendable.

Diving Technical Committee ( Chair: Kathy Seaman):
The report presented by Steve McFarland.

Synchronized Swimming Technical Committee (Chair: Judy McGowan):
Most synchronized swimming activities were focused on junior level. The idea was that strong junior athletes would result in a good senior level. A presentation was given by the members of the technical committee.

Waterpolo Technical Committee (chair: Bill Shaw):
Waterpolo had a very active quadrennium. Support is needed from the federations and FINA to develop the junior level. The Pan American games will feature 8 teams.

Open Water Technical Committee (Chair: Tomas Haces):
There will be no 3 rd and 4 th UANA championships. More participants from zones 3 & 4 (USA / Canada) should be encouraged and this would improve the quality. Some countries are participating with junior swimmers. The 5 / 10 km are incorporated in the championships. More clinics should be conducted.

Considerations and discussions of proposals submitted and included in the Summons:
Bill Shaw presented the proposals of changes to the UANA constitution. The term “Western Hemisphere” is replaced thru out the constitution with “Americas”. The changes are accepted by the General assembly.
The proposed change to article 7 is also accepted by the General Assembly.

Election of UANA Executive Committee:
The following persons were elected to the UANA Executive Board:

Zone 1
Coaracy Nunes Filho (BRA)
Luis Leiva Perez (CHI)


Zone 2
Errol Clarke (BAR)
Ismael Gonzalez (GUA)


Zone 3
Fernando Canales (USA)
Steve McFarland (USA)


Zone 4
Brian Johnson (CAN)
William Shaw (CAN)


In accordance with the rotation schedule in the constitution the following members of the Executive Committee were elected Officers of the Executive Committee:

UANA President:        Coaracy Nunes Filho (Zone 1)
UANA Secretary/Treasurer:    Fernando Canales (Zone 3)

Vice President:            William Shaw (Zone 4)
Vice President:            Errol Clarke (Zone 2)


Election of the Candidates of the Americas to the FINA Bureau (2013 – 2017):
Zone 1
Dr. Julio C. Maglione - URU
Coaracy Nunes Filho - BRA


Zone 2
Errol Clarke - BAR
Eugenio Martinez - CUB


Zone 3
Dale Neuburger - USA

Zone 4
Dr. Margo Mountjoy – CAN

The candidacy of Dr. Julio Maglione as President of FINA and Mr. Dale Neuburger as Vice President of FINA is unanimously supported by the General Assembly.


Other matters of urgency, with the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present:
St Kitts and Nevis and British Virgin Islands were given provisional UANA membership by the Executive Board. The General Assembly approved their UANA memberships.

The UANA General Assembly also approved the appointment of a Constitution Review Committee to be chaired by UANA Vice President Bill Shaw. The UANA Executive board was given authority to accept “cosmetic non substantive changes” recommended by the committee and to receive proposals for “substantive matters” for consideration at future UANA General Assemblies.

The UANA General Assembly also approved the appointment of the following UANA Honorary Life presidents:

 

  • Manuel de Jesus (PUR)
  • Orban Mendoza (PUR)
  • Carol Zaleski (USA)
  • Eldon Godfrey (CAN)

 

Visitor Presentations:

 

  • Ivar Sisniega – Director of Sport & Operations of XVI Pan American games in Guadalajara 2011 – made a presentation
  • The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Organizing Committee made a presentation on the progress of their preparations.
  • Mr. Cornel Marculescu – FINA Director – made a presentation on the swimming qualification rules for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Adjournment:
The UANA president, Eldon Godfrey, thanked the General Assembly for approving the Life Honorary President appointments on behalf of all the involved persons and indicated that it was an honor.

The UANA president elect, Coaracy Nunes Filho, made some remarks to the members. UANA President, Eldon Godfrey adjourned the General Assembly at 18:10 hrs.

Guno van der Jagt
UANA Secretary – Treasurer (2007 – 2011)  vanderjagt@sr.net