Archive for September, 2011

Pre-comp happenings at Kalamata

September 16; an informal discussion was held with Kimmo Lahtinen, Aida president, and the athletes. Kimmo opened with a summary of his 1.5 year tenure and the important accomplishments. Education and safety are the primary basis of the Aida system. Well trained freedivers insure safety and can then become a part of the competitive community, if they chose.
New Board officers will elected this year and Kimmo urged the athletes to consider nominations for the positions of president, technical officer, and education officer. All interested persons are encouraged to volunteer for a position or as a committee member.
Kimmo explained the new sponsorship agreement with Suunto with the custom-made depth gauges and judge shirts. He asked for all members to consider strategy for Aida and the direction for future.
The meeting was then opened for comments. Carlos Coste brought up the issue of lack of instructor trainers in S. America and the growing problem of SSI expansion. How can we get trainers and judges in areas which are presently under-represented? Gaby asked if we can train Spanish language judges/instructors? William Trubridge offered the option of instuctor/judge courses in the Bahamas in 2012 following the team world champs.
Christian Maldame suggested we need a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote Aida courses to compete with SSI.
The Romanian representative  asked about observer member  status for nationals and how can the process be simplified?
Sept 17; The opening ceremonies were held harbor-side on Messinian Bay.
The athletes paraded behind a marching band to the stage. Speeches were made by the mayor of Kalamata, Stavros Kastrinakis, the competition organizer, and Kimmo. The ceremony was closed with a fireworks display and refreshments were served.

Sept 18; official training day for CNF. 114 athletes signed-up for training.

Sept 19; Competition begins  CNF.

Sept 20-21 ;official training days CWT

Sept 22 ; competition day CWT

Sept 23; official training day FIM

Sept 24; competition day FIM, closing ceremony and awards

Sept 25 ; party day . athletes depart

 

Lignano in-list

It is with great anticipation of the pool world championships in October that we present the list of competitors:

 First name  Last name  Nationality STA DYN DNF
KATHRYN NEVATT NEW ZEALAND X X X
CONEM BENOIT FRANCE X X
BAESEN FRANCE GAELLE FRANCE X X
HURON PASCAL FRANCE X X X
ALBINE MIGRAD FRANCE X X
CHAMPELLE GEROME FRANCE X X
ROMAIN DORIS FRANCE X X X
BARBARA JESCKHE GERMANY X X X
BJARTE NYGARD NORWAY X X X
VEERA LOPEZ FINLAND X X X
MIKKO PÖNTINEN FINLAND X X X
MIKKO NIEMELAINEN FINLAND X X X
JOHANNA NORDBLAD FINLAND X X X
ANTERO JOKI FINLAND X X X
LIV PHILIP UNITED KINGDOM X X X
GEORGINA MILLER UNITED KINGDOM X X X
KATJA KEDENBURG GERMANY X X X
MONIKA HOPF GERMANY X X
SILVIA VATER GERMANY X X
STEFAN MESKE GERMANY X X X
WILLIAM TRUBRIDGE NEW ZEALAND X X X
GUY BREW NEW ZEALAND X X
CRHIS MARSHALL NEW ZEALAND X X X
ANNA PARAIYAR UNITED KINGDOM X X X
EMMANUEL TURLIN FRANCE X X X
ARISTEIDIS JOANNIDIS GREECE X X X
DAJANA ZORETIC CROATIA X X X
GORAN COLAK CROATIA X X X
LIDIJA LIJIC VULIC CROATIA X X X
FRED SESSA FRANCE X X X
DAVID GARRIGUE FRANCE X X X
BENCE MESZARGOS HUNGARY X X X
MICHAEL NAEF  SWITZERLAND X X X
ULF DEXTEGEN SWEDEN X X
ULF LINDBERG SWEDEN X X
CHARLOTTA ERIKSSON SWEDEN X X X
MONIKA WAGNER SWEDEN X X X
JONAS FROSBERG SWEDEN X X
JOANNA DRIVA-GIKONTE GREECE X X
CHRISTOFER CRAWSHAW UNITED KINGDOM X X X
VERONIKA SZALONTAYOVA SLOVAKIA X X X
ALENA ZABLOUDILOVA CZECH REP X X X
ZDENKA DEMLOVA CZECH REP X X X
BARBORA IVANSKA CZECH REP X X X
PAVEL SOUKUP CZECH REP X X
MIROSLAV SEVCIK CZECH REP X
TED HARTY USA X X X
CASIER EMILIE FRANCE X X
DEVANLAY MARIE FRANCE X X X
JODI FISCHER AUSTRALIA X X X
FRANK CAILLET FRANCE X
BENJAMIN WEISS USA X X X
JENNA MCGRATH USA X X X
SAMO JERANKO SLOVENIA X X X
ADRIAN KWIATKOWSKI POLAND X X X
ROBERT CETLER POLAND X X X
DARISZ PARYZ POLAND X
ALEKSANDRA HOZMAN-MIRZA-SULK. POLAND X X X
KATARZINA TALAGA POLAND X X
EMILIA BIALA POLAND X X X
GRENDA PIOTR POLAND X
CARLOS COSTE VENEZUELA X X
DICK HARRISON VILLAMIZARPINANGO VENEZUELA X X X
TOMMASO BUGLIONI ITALY X X X
GABRIELE SATTO ITALY X X X
GASPARE BATTAGLIA ITALY X X X
JEAN-MICHEL PRADON FRANCE X X X
OLGA LUKOVA RUSSIA X X
IRINA KARINA RUSSIA X X
NATALIA MOLCHANOVA RUSSIA X X
ALEXEY MOLCHANOV RUSSIA X X
BANKO PETROVIC SERBIA X X X
LJIUBICA TRUTIC SERBIA X X X
SHIGEKI MORIYA JAPAN X
SAWACO MARUYANA JAPAN X
MYAKO YONEYMA JAPAN X
MASAYO YOSHIDA JAPAN X X
JUNKO KITAHAMA JAPAN X
MISUZU HIRAI JAPAN X X
CHISA SANADA JAPAN X X
KYOKO INABA JAPAN X
TESUYA INABA JAPAN X
VILLADESEN MAREN BORK DENMARK X X X
JESPER STECHMANN DENMARK X X X
TUE KAPPEl DENMARK X
RUNE HALLUM SORESEN DENMARK X X X
CAMILLA SALLING OLSEN DENMARK X X
NIKOLAJ LARSEN DENMARK X X
ANTONIO DEL DUCA VENEZUELA X X X
NATSUKI SHMIZU JAPAN X
TAKASHI ITO JAPAN X X
KATSUMI KANEDA JAPAN X X X
HANAKO HIROSE JAPAN X X X
CRISTINA KUMMEL DENMARK X X X
SHUICI GOTO JAPAN X X
 

Team World Championships 2012

It is with great pleasure that we announce the unanimous approval of the proposal from the Nice University Club, supported by the town of Villefrance-sur-Mer, France, to host the 2012 Team World Championships. This is the site of the very first World Championships in 1996 and where Claude Chapuis and Roland Specker first discussed the creation of Aida almost 20 years ago.

We wish to thank Claude and his team for his beautiful proposal and all his efforts in planning this exciting event in conjunction with Aida’s 20th anniversary. Mark your calendars for September 23-30, 2o12 –you won’t want to miss this celebration! We will be providing updates and information as the competition approaches.

Below is a personal message from Claude:

"Claude Chapuis and his team are honored to host the 2012 AIDA WC.
Thank you for your vote.
Soon, you'll be informed of the development of the website.
For the moment and for any problem, one address: claude.chapuis@orange.fr
Be wise and patient in your trainings "

 

On behalf of AIDA Board

Kimmo Lahtinen
AIDA, president

 

August Executive Board Meeting Notes

The Board  met via Skype call on August 27. The first item of discussion was the option of having open discussions on various topics at the upcoming World Championships at Kalamata and Lignano.  Kimmo indicated that he will try to organize at least one such open discussion. These meetings are a good means of communication for both the Board and Aida members.

The Board continued to discuss sled diving procedures.  Items to be considered include proper use of lanyard, use of video camera on diver during the entire dive, and the four levels of responsibility.  Grant and Stavros will update the sled diving guidelines (target date for a revised draft is 1 December), and will also review the general safety guidelines to make sure they are current.

The Board also continued to discuss matters relating to Anna von Boetticher’s recent Variable Weight record attempt, and items noted by the DC. New rules, if ratified by the Assembly, will be implemented to enhance current safety standards and procedures.

Kimmo noted that the following offices are up for reelection this December, and requested that AIDA Nationals recommend qualified candidates to run for such offices:  President, Technical Officer, Education Officer.  Aida Nationals are urged to discuss possible candidates with their members.

The AIDA IT Officer has recently resigned, and the Board requests that qualified and interested candidates contact Kimmo; Assembly Representatives are requested to contact Kimmo if they know of a qualified candidate.  In order to assist the Judge Responsible, the Board voted to appoint Panagiota Balanou assitant Judge Responsible, with authority to take actions as the Judge Responsible, as Marcello is extremely busy with other obligations.

The Board discussed using exclusively an AIDA email address for AIDA Board members, in part to assist in archiving of emails.  A pilot program will be used to test the new email process.

Petar provided an update regarding potential Sportacord membership.  Ben and Kimmo provided an update to the Board on AIDA financial matters.

Kimmo provided an update on the 2012 Team World Championships proposal.  The Assembly vote on the proposal will conclude on 31 August.

The Board discussed various matters relating to recently appointed Instructor Trainers, and additional candidates being appointed by the Board. There are plans to expand and improve the instructor trainer program which will result in expansion of the Aida Education program and facilitate quality instruction around the world.

Kimmo summarized a proposed system update for ranking, renewals and judge points.  The Board voted to approve the proposed system enhancement at a cost of approximately 1350 Euro, plus VAT if applicable. This is a very important matter and efficiency and streamlining in the system is necessary to record and provide current information for Aida members in these areas.

The Education Commission is currently working to establish course equivalencies with respect to SSI freediving courses.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Kalamata! Happy diving and good luck to all!

 

On behalf of AIDA Board

Kimmo Lahtinen
AIDA, president