More than 180 athletes from 37 countries will take part in the FINA Swimming World Cup in Kazan, which will be held at the Aquatics Palace from October 28 to 30.
But the most important thing before this event is the opportunity to get closer to the world-class swimming stars who have been competing at the FINA World Cup in four cities and countries for the past month.
The final stage in Kazan brought together some of the best swimmers of this season and, taking into account the implementation of all anti-epidemiological norms, allowed organizing small promotional activities for local young athletes from Kazan.
So, the famous breaststroker Arno Kamminga (Netherlands), together with his coach Mark Faber, took part in a master class for students of the Volga State University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism from the Department of Swimming, showing the most important aspects of pre-competitive training. Arno was able to demonstrate the basic warm-up exercises, which he calls the main ones before the start and shared some secrets for successfully passing long competitions.
After the master class, two-time Olympic medalist Arno Kamminga left his comment:
"Of course, such events leave a positive mark on the initial stages of swimmers' careers, I remember how much Cameron van der Burgh inspired me, once held such an event in my childhood, to which I am very grateful, and then after a while it was nice to compete with the idol of my childhood, I hope that I will be able to compete with one of them at the next Olympic Games in Paris....."
Just a day later, no less famous athletes agreed to hold a master class for children of the Sports School "Aquatica": Michelle Coleman (Sweden), multiple European champion, as well as Fernando Scheffer (Brazil), who impressed everyone at the last Olympics in Tokyo, winning a bronze medal in the 200 m freestyle.
Children aged from 10 to 12 years were divided into two teams under the leadership of two famous athletes and already each athlete separately Michel and Fernando demonstrated their unusual exercises for their teams.
The children were delighted with the tasks provided, because adding small entertaining exercises to the training process is very necessary, especially at such a young age.
Michelle Coleman from Sweden shared her opinion about the master class held for children from the local swimming school:
"I definitely see that these boys and girls have great potential, Kazan has a wonderful base for training athletes, in my childhood I could not even dream of such a pool and such conditions. This is a wonderful opportunity for children, I was glad to teach young swimmers something new, I am very pleased to take part in such events."