about FINA school in Tashkent:
H.Novotna - This is my second visit (to Tashkent), and I am very glad that such events are being organized with a great deal of interest and enthusiasm. This shows that the USF (hereinafter, Uzbekistan Swimming Federation) and other sports organizations (Min. Physical Culture and Sports, NOC) are very interested in improving the qualities of judges and coaches.
I.Kelemen - Van de Konijnenburg - The main objectives of these schools are:
Therefore, I am here to fulfill all these points and pass on my knowledge and experience to a new generation of judges.
The future of diving as an aquatic sport:
H.Novotna - Diving in the near future will not be as popular as other "aquatic" sports, such as swimming. This is due to the fact that different types of sports facilities (starting from water complexes and ending with simple springboards), special conditions for training sessions are required for diving. This is not cheap, so even in Europe itself this sport is not particularly developed, which means, not all European countries have the opportunity to invest the necessary amount of resources for the continuous development of this type of sport.
I.Kelemen - Van de Konijnenburg - Yes, indeed. Unfortunately this is the case. When almost everywhere it will be cheaper than some other sports, then this can get a new impulse for development. But despite all this, diving competitions are one of the most popular public competitions. You are lucky. You have a good base. Even during the Soviet Union, great attention was paid to jumping. I remember the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. 42 athletes were able to take prizes. One of the strongest national teams. Many teams tried to copyn them. It all depends on the support. From the outside it always seems easy, just build a pool and a tower to jump.
H. Novotna - There is an interesting tendency, that now among children, boys are more interested in jumping than girls. This is because, many girls go to gymnastics (as diving is an esthetic sport that also requires creativity).
About the difficulty in judging diving:
H. Novotna - A bit complicated to learn to monitor movements and concentrate when an athlete is in the air, identify a mistake (if any) before diving. You need to learn exactly how to judge the jump process itself, and not just the final jump. You must have the ability and experience to do this.
About how to become a professional in diving judging, and whether it is possible for an amateur to become a master in diving:
H. Novotna - No, rather than yes. You must have at least a minimum base, a certain contact with this sport in order to have the correct idea.
I.Kelemen - Van de Konijnenburg - But it needs to be mentioned that not every Olympic champion can become a successful coach or judge. Not everyone has the essense or skills to be so. You never know who will be successful and who will not. There are many such stories. I will say the basic rules that are the basis for success: 1) The focus is only on training and preparation. 2) The desire, the manifestation of the will to win. 3) Constantly work on yourself, not only in training, but also in your free time. 4) Support for family, coach (s), teammates.
What does it need to be sacrificed to be the high-qualified athlete in diving?
H. Novotna - Free time. Sometimes, or very often you can not get paid for your work. And of course, you need to love this sport very much if you want to achieve something.
What did you like most in Uzbekistan?
H.Novotna - Very nice, great hospitality. I saw and felt all this, and I can associate in the image of one person - Javodilla (note, J.Khasanov - head of international relations department). He is very passionate, addicted person about diving, and this is felt because he wants to not just make sure that we have experienced good treatment. It is very important for him, a matter for him to prepare new generation, and this is good for all "aquatic" sports. His enthusiasm is influenced on to everyone, so he needs to be supported by both coaches and athletes.
I.Kelemen - Van de Konijnenburg - Everyone here is friendly, and I have only the best impressions of what I saw. From people and from the country as a whole.
Uzbekistan Swimming Federation would like to gratitude once again invited lecturers, wishes them success in their further endeavors, and looking forward for the next meeting.