Category: Board

More drama in the final day of the 2013 Pool World Championships

June 29, 2013 Goran Colak

Belgrade, Serbia – This morning’s final event of the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships–Static Apnea (timed breath hold, STA)–brought another world record for women, and a dramatic finish in the Men’s final.
In the women’s A final, Natalia Molchanova of Russia set a third consecutive world record to take the gold medal–this time in Static Apnea–holding her breath for fantastic 9 minutes and 2 seconds; this was the first official women’s performance over nine minutes. Silver went to Veronika Dittes of Austria with 7 minutes and 44 seconds, and Gabriela Grezlova from Czech Republic took bronze with 6 minutes and 54 seconds.
In yesterday’s Dynamic Apnea final the woman’s heat stole the show–with three performances exceeding the previous world record–but today the men’s final provided the drama. Goran Čolak of Croatia took gold with 8 minutes 59 seconds, and Giorgos Panagiotakis of Greece and Eugen Goettling of Austria surfaced simultaneously at 8 minutes 46 seconds to take the other two spots on the podium. Following AIDA International’s competition rules, silver was awarded to Giorgos based on his announced performance being longer than Eugen’s: by a single second.
AIDA’s 2013 Pool World Championship concludes with four new world records, and seven performances over previous world records. Over 140 athletes from 24 countries competed in this event, making it AIDA’s largest pool world championship ever. Many thanks to the host and organizer AIDA Serbia for running such a successful and entertaining event!

Lena Jovanovic
AIDA PR/Media Officer

 

Dramatic Dynamic Finals at AIDA’s 2013 Pool World Champioships

June 28, 2013Ilaria Bonin

Belgrade, Serbia – AIDA World Championships finals continued today with Dynamic Apnea with Fins (DYN). In the men’s A Final, Goran Čolak of Croatia did another world record performance with a fantastic 281m swim, winning gold for the second day in a row. Silver went to the Ukraine, with Alexander Bubenchikov swimming 259m; Aleksandr Kostyshen took bronze for Russia with a 256m swim.

For the second day in a row, the women’s final had a dramatic finish,  with two world records broken in the same heat. Ilaria Bonin of Italy swam to 233m–breaking the current world record of 225m–and just a moment later Russian Natalia Molchanova surfaced cleanly on a spectacular 234m swim to take the gold. Silver went to Bonin, and bronze to Katarina Turchinovic of Croatia for a 212m swim.

Full results are up on AIDA’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aida.freediving/

Lena Jovanovic
AIDA PR/Media Officer

 

New World Records!!!

June 27, 2013 Natalia Molchanova

Belgrade, Serbia – DNF A and B finals were held at the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships today.
Second heat of the female A final made history bringing three world record swims–one after another– for gold, silver and bronze medals. First world record was made by Amber Burke of Australia. She swam 164m and broke the preceding world record.  Seconds later,  Katarina Turchinovic of Croatia swam amazing 175m. Natalia Molchanova of Russia then won the gold medal with a fantastic 182m and new AIDA world record.
Celebration continued for the Molchanov family when Alexey Molchanov won the bronze in the men’s final swimming 195m. Silver went to another amazing newcomer from Croatia–Vanja Peles–who swam 200m. And finally, another Croatian, Goran Colak, took the gold and closed this fantastic and exciting first day of 2013 finals with a 206m performance.
Lena Jovanovic
AIDA PR/Media Officer
 

AIDA – Suunto Awards 2012

The results are in from an unprecedented number of votes in the 2012 awards. This year the winners were determined by an open vote on Facebook.  Some categories were very close with just a few votes separating first and second places. There were ten categories. All finalists will receive a beautiful certificate and the winner of each category will receive a generous prize provided by Suunto.

Best Male Freediver
WILLIAM TRUBRIDGE

Best Female Freediver
ILARIA BONIN

Best Male Newcomer
RÉMY DUBERN

Best Female Newcomer
TOMOKA FUKUDA

Best AIDA Instructor
KAROL MEYER

Best AIDA Judge
GRANT W. GRAVES

Best Safety Diver
DAAN VERHOEVEN

Best Athletic Sportsmanship
LIV PHILLIP

Best Coach
MARC LENOIR

Best AIDA Volunteer
CARLA HANSON

 

Board Notes April 2013

The Board had a meeting via Skype on 20 April.

The first order of business was to vote on the appointment of  Petar Bojovic and Panagiota Balanou as co-Judges Responsible. Due to the large number of judges and associated tasks; the workload will be shared. Carla will also assist, as needed, and fill–in until Petar is fully available to start after the AIDA Pool World Championships in June (Petar is one of the organizers of that competition). The implementation of the updated online Judge Database and standardization of judge course materials are priority projects.

The Board also voted to elect Grant Graves as President and Petar Bojovic as Vice-President of the Jury for the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships. The other jury members (elected by the Assembly) are: Ute Gessmann, Robert King, Stavros Kastrinakis, and Ekaterina Romanova. Alternates are: Alex Karjuk, Jana Balounova and, Darja Sobutin.

The next topic of discussion was a vote to recommend that groups from Bulgaria and Indonesia as be accepted by the Assembly as new AIDA Observer Members; an Assembly vote on this matter is currently in progress.

The Board voted to resolve an ambiguity in the Judge IOP, using judge experience points calculated as indicated by the IOP, without use of the ambiguous term “times”; the term “times”—which is of unclear meaning, and if interpreted literally would lead to irrational results — will not be used in the calculation of Judge experience. Please note that there is a work group currently reviewing the Judge IOP, which will propose changes to reflect best practices and make the Judge IOP easier for judges and organizers to understand. Such proposed changes will be reviewed with the Assembly, and the Assembly will need to vote to approve them prior to their becoming effective.

The Board discussed the judge candidates for the variable weight world record attempt to take place in  Sharm el Sheikh, including judge candidates for that attempt, in May.

Antero stated that the updated competition rules should be ready to present to the Assembly for review by May 2013.

The Board has requested that either Antero or Robert will attend the meeting of the European Underwater Federation as representatives of AIDA International; Kimmo is not available on this date.

Jean-Pol provided a report on the status of the order for the rash guards and t-shirts for AIDA judges. The order  has been placed and we hope to have the new shirts available very soon.

On behalf of Aida Board

Carla Hanson
AIDA, secretary