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A Jam Of Coaches Not To Be Missed

Jan 5, 2012  - Craig Lord

In this season of post-festive sales, time for coaches and other interested parties to peer beyond London 2012 for a moment and grab a 50% discount for attending the 2012 World Clinic in Las Vegas.

ASCA has not turned a blind eye to prevailing economic circumstance and is offering the lowest registration fees for its clinic in a decade, while noting that Las Vegas is one of the least expensive air-fare connections in the US and clinic-related hotel rates are on offer from as little as $49 a night.

If the host city is a draw all of its own, the 2012 clinic, run by the American Swimming Coaches Association led by John Leonard, boasts a fine line-up of speakers. The Counsilman Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Australian coach Bill Sweetenham, mentor to the likes of Tracey Wickham and a man who made significant contributions to the development of Australia as an aquatic power that consistently punches above its weight, led Britain's revolution in the race pool and has since helped Spain step up to the swimmers' plate.

Among other international guest speakers is head coach to Russia Andrei Vorontsov, while American wisdom will flow from Ryan Lochte mentor Gregg Troy (who beyond his own lectures will lead a panel debate entitled "Making Tough Racers"), Trojan of one of the most powerful and international of squads in world swimming, Dave Salo, Eddie Reese, mentor to generations of Texas-based world-beaters such as Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker and Brendan Hansen, and coaches David Marsh and David Durden, among many others.

Myriad themes and topics will be raised and debated, including a talk on financial life planning for coaches by George Block, consideration of "The Wisdom of the Giants" by Michael Lawrence, development of young talent and skill by Dale Porter of the Bolles School, a Saving Pools Saves Lives Workshop by Mick and Sue Nelson of USA Swimming and a look at conflict resolution and how to run team meetings by Kathie Wick.

The clinic also has a weighty programme of add-ons, including a SwimAmerica Conference day with John Coutts of the Carlile Swim School.

The ASCA website is the place to register and browse further details.