Tomas Haces German

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Teodolo Tomás Haces Germán of Cuba is a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) that is responsible for advising, analyzing, appointing, investigating, studying and recommending rules, regulations, protocols, procedures, equipment and specifications regarding the preparations and execution of open water swimming events sanctioned and organized by FINA, the world's governing body of aquatics.

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[edit] Personal

Tomás is serving on the Unión Americana de Natación (UANA) as a member of its Technical Open Water Swimming Committee with Jorge Delgado, Secretary, Jose Ismael Gonzales, Executive Committee Liaison from Guatemala, Denny Ryther, Chairman from the USA, Chantal Van Keekin Frederik from Suriname, Gladys Mejia Garcia from El Salvador, Pierre Lafontaine from Canada and Ron Jacks from Canada.

He is also a member of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation (CCCAN or la Confederación Centroamericana y del Caribe de Natación).

Haces was also one of the candidates for the 2009 International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Contributor for his long-term and dedicated work throughout the world of swimming, both in the pool and open water. Tomás has a truly impressive resume that never seems to take him too far away from the water:

FINA-appointed clinician of swimming, officiating and open water swimming throughout the Caribbean and Central America; physical education professor with specialty in swimming; Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation Technical Swimming Committee president; UANA Open Water Swimming Committee chairman; FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member.

Haces has helped Cuba and the Central Caribbean Nations have a better understanding of competitive swimming, particularly open water swimming. He has been appointed by FINA to deliver officiating, rules refereeing and open water swimming clinics over 15 times from 1996 to present in Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and El Salvador. He has delivered national rules and refereeing courses in Cuba eight times from 1986 to 2002, in all geographical parts of the country. All totaled, he has delivered over 36 seminars from 1996 to 2007.

A 1968 graduate as Professor of Physical Education, Haces has conducted post graduate college courses in all aspects of swimming officiating, knowing the rules, and understanding open water swimming. He founded the Pinar del Rio Technical-Meteorological Section of Physical Culture and Sports. In 1979, he was appointed director of the National Sports Section of the province to include all aquatic disciplines as well as rowing, sailing, kayaking, and under water hunting. Three years later, he was also named Director of the Marcelo Salado National Training Center.

He was selected as the referee for the 1991 Pan American Games and co-referee of the 1995 Pan American Games. He has been a judge at CCCAN Tournaments, Central American and Caribbean Games, five Pan American Games, seven World Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He is President of CCCAN Technical Swimming Committee and the UANA Open Water Committee. He is a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and is a FINA judge for open water and swimming pool events.

[edit] History of TOWSC

In 1985, the FINA Bureau appointed a Long Distance Swimming Commission. Seven years later, the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee was formed in 1992. Allan Clarkson of Great Britain was nominated Chairman of the first committee. He was followed by Hans A. Beijer of the Netherlands, Sid Cassidy of the USA, and Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong. The Honorary Secretaries of the Committee included Dale Petranech of the USA (1992-1996), Flavio Bomio of Switzerland (1996-2000), Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia (2000-2008) and Flavio Bomio (2008 - 2011).

[edit] FINA TOWSC Members

[edit] 2013-2017

The 2013-2017 FINA TOWSC members include:

Chairman: Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong
Vice Chairman: Jorge Delgado Panchana of Ecuador
Honorary Secretary: Andrea Prayer of Italy

Representatives of the African region:
Joaquim Pestana Costa of Angola
David Ngugi of Kenya

Representatives of the Americas region:
Fernando Terrilli of Argentina
Tomas Haces German of Cuba
Sid Cassidy of USA

Representatives of the Asian region:
Abdulmonem Al Alawi of Oman
Mubarak Abdulla Al Zahmi of United Arab Emirates

Representatives of the European region:
Jean Paul Narce of France
Samuel Greetham of Great Britain
Noam Zwi of Israel

Representatives of the Oceania region:
William Ford of Australia
John West of New Zealand

Events Sub-Committee:
Christiane Fanzeres of Brazil
Ayman Saad of Egypt
Jon Hestoy of Faroe Islands

FINA Bureau Liaison is Dennis Miller of Fiji

[edit] 2009-2013

Its 2009-2013 members include:

1. Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, Chairman
2. Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana, Vice Chairman
3. Flavio Bomio, Honorary Secretary
4. Sid Cassidy, Member [replacement for Steven Munatones of USA]
5. Khwaja Aziz, Member
6. Valerijus Belovas, Member
7. Tomas Haces German, Member
8. Samuel Greetham, Member
9. Zouheir El Moufti, Member
10. Andrea Prayer, Member
11. John West, Member
12. Noam Zwi, Member
13. Washington Beltran, Events Sub-Committee
14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim, Events Sub-Committee
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Events Sub-Committee
16. Dennis Miller, FINA Bureau Liaison

[edit] FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup Series

The FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series consists of races in: Santos (Brazil)
Cozumel (Mexico)
Setúbal (Portugal)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Mégantic (Canada)
Shantou (China)
Hong Kong

[edit] FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series

The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series consists of race in Rosario (Argentina)
Sante Fe-Coronda (Argentina)
Viedma (Argentina)
Hernandarias-Paraná (Argentina)
Cozumel (Mexico)
Capri-Napoli (Italy)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Memphrémagog (Canada)
Šabac (Serbia)
Ohrid Lake (Macedonia)
Jabelah (Syria – cancelled in 2011)

[edit] International Swimming Hall of Fame

Teodolo Tomas Haces German was nominated as an Honor Contributor to be inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame with the following nomination;

FOR THE RECORD: FINA APPOINTED CLINICIAN OF SWIMMING, OFFICIATING AND OPEN WATER SWIMMING THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA; PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROFESSOR WITH SPECIALTY IN SWIMMING; CCCAN TECHNICAL SWIMMING COMMITTEE: President; ASUA OPEN WATER SWIMMING COMMITTEE: President; FINA TECHNICAL OPEN WATER SWIMMING COMMITTEE: Member.

At age 57, Teodolo Haces has helped Cuba and the Central Caribbean Nations have a better understanding of competitive swimming, particularly open water swimming. He has been appointed by FINA to deliver officiating, rules refereeing and open water clinics over 15 times from 1996 to present in Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and El Salvador. He has delivered national rules and refereeing courses in Cuba eight times from 1986 to 2002, in all geographical parts of the country. All totaled, he has delivered over 36 seminars from 1996 to 2007. A 1968 graduate as Professor of Physical Education, Teodolo, over the years, has conducted post graduate college courses in all aspects of swimming officiating, knowing the rules, and understanding open water swimming. He founded the Pinar del Rio Technical-Meteorological Section of Physical Culture and Sports. In 1979, he was appointed director of the National Sports Section of the province to include all aquatic disciplines as well as rowing, sailing, kayaking, and under water hunting. Three years later, he was also named Director of the “Marcelo Salado” National Training Center. He was selected as the referee for the 1991 Pan American Games and co-referee of the 1995 Pan American Games. He has been a judge at CCCN Tournaments, Central American and Caribbean Games, five Pan American Games, seven World Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He is President of CCCN Technical Swimming Committee and the ASUA Open Water Committee. He is a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and is a FINA judge for open water and swimming pool events.

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