Courtesy: Hungarian Swimming Affiliation
After the gradual and gradual restart of sports activities life in an unlucky COVID period, the Hungarian Swimming Federation organized (one among) the primary worldwide swimming meets with the welcome participation of Austria, Czech, Poland along with a robust native illustration. For all those that adopted the competition it was encouraging to see that some outstanding results have been achieved, giving hope to Hungary that this expertise will assist their swimmers via all of the latest challenges and assist them of their upcoming preparation for the postponed Tokyo Video games (to not overlook that Budapest is to host the LEN Europeans in Might 2021).
The principle purpose of the 3-day contest was to create an environment akin to a serious competitors, the place those that might have misplaced some focus and/or motivation might incorporate this milestone into their preparation till the worldwide swimming agenda gives extra challenges within the near-future.
On the final competitors day we organized a model new, 4x50m free “gala relay” with the participation of prime Hungarian athletes. We have been delighted to have a really robust roster with Katinka Hosszú, Boglárka Kapás, Ajna Késely, Katalin Burián (EC bronze medallist 200 again), Kristóf Rasovszky, Péter Bernek, Nándor Németh (WC bronze medallist 4*100 free relay) and Ádám Telegdy (WC finalist 200 again) within the subject together with 24 youth swimmers from the “Champions of the Future” program.
With this further occasion the organizers had Three major targets:
1.Present enjoyable for the athletes – no want to say that with the cancellation/postponement of all competitions – the Olympics specifically – they’ve had a tricky yr emotionally. Senior squad members talked about that this sort of innovation was a lot appreciated, it was good to chill down with a race by which that they had no earlier expertise. Furthermore, they welcomed the thought to have related endings at different main meets! The youthful rivals have been thrilled to swim with/in opposition to their idols, this session shall be one thing for them to recollect for a very long time.
2.Develop the recognition of swimming – despite the fact that swimming is within the High Three sports activities in Hungary (by way of medals gained on the Summer season Video games) it is likely one of the hardest disciplines if somebody needs to be actually aggressive. Our purpose is to enlarge the pool of youth athletes and to contain extra amateurs in order that swimming maintains its’ vanguard. We adopted the development to all the time supply one thing enjoyable and casual for the followers similar to with the Eric Challenge from 2018 and with the relay swim of actors and actresses on the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup.
3.Serve our companions – with out occasions, sponsors visibility was considerably decreased in 2020, which we circled with the enjoyable relay in a refined means. On prime of the 50m free, swimmers needed to perform an additional activity earlier than the subsequent group member might begin his/her size. That is how the race was constructed up:
- Swimmer 1 swims 50 free, then jumps out of the pool and inflates a branded seashore ball.
- Swimmer 2 swims 50 free then jumps out of the pool and takes half in a bottle flip challenge represented by a sponsoring water firm.
- Swimmer Three swims 50m free then jumps out of the pool and solves a easy puzzle with the occasion and a sponsor brand.
- Earlier than the ultimate lap all swimmers have been requested to make an ARENA T-shirt fully moist, then they needed to put the T-shirt on and full the swim sporting the outfit.
For these you may watch the enjoyable relay (with out commentary) on the social media site of the Hungarian Swimming Federation.
We found some new concepts find out how to make such relays much more entertaining for the individuals and the general public (both on website or at residence) however crucial is that even in such a conventional sport as swimming there may be room and a necessity for enchancment within the total leisure aspect. As a matter of truth Katie Ledecky just invented her own fun swim by participating within the #GotMilkChallenge, so be careful for the subsequent gala swim!