I have 2 topics in mind for this week before we head over to Prague to participate in the last tournament of the Czech League for 2014.
For today, I would like to share my thoughts about cooperation with other sports and the federation. Some nations are lucky enough to have a cooperative federation governing the life of the sport, either because there is a UWR-playing member in the commision, or simply because the authorities recognise the need of the sport and how it goes hand in hand with the needs of other sports.
We have a separate waterpolo-federation as that is a very popular sport in our country, and the diving federation, which we belong to, is a much smaller one, and is also the head of underwater hockey and finswimming too, amongst others sports. Active recruiting for these sports is as important as it is for us, so we have agreed with the federation in order to cut costs and have better efficiency, we should cooperate. No doubt, UWH and UWR players can only benefit from visiting finswimming trainings, while it may lend variety to finswimmers to combine their regular training with rugby sessions. Not to mention the fact that so far the swimmer or finswimmer players we recruited were amongst the best players we had. Wouldn't want to believe that it's a common issue, but waterpolo players are ignorant sometimes, while they even have issues swimming underwater. Of course, the exceptions kick ass :)
So I strongly believe that it is very important to establish a good connection between the federations and other underwater sports. Also, federations have to understand, that they benefit more on the long term from supporting UWR's growth than trying to take money out of it before it would reach such a size that sponsors would start investing in it. Luckily, our national federation seems to be very helpful and at this point, we are planning an organised campaign for the 3 sports together. This way we can achieve much more than we could by ourselves, a fine example would be that it costs much less to have a professional looking advertising poster designed and printed and instead of only one, three sports and several teams are interested to keep them visible for the public.
We'll see how this campaign will manage, I'll be posting the results here so we can share our ideas about it.
As for now, there is one more thing what I would like to show you. Why finswimming trainings are important. I guess many of you were impressed how fast some of the players are in the Euroleague.
Finswimming is considered to be the Formula 1 of swimming, it is very fast and technique-based. Hungarians are in the forefront of this sport, whoever wants to achieve the best results swim with either of the two Hungarian rubber fins. In order to fully utilize the potencials of our fins, we look forward to training with finswimmers.
Check out one of the best Hungarian finswimmer's, Petra's technique in the water! No wonder she is several times world champion and world record breaker. Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to train our swimming skills too?
If you've liked the idea and would like to support her, you can do so with only a couple clicks by giving her your vote to become this years non-olimpic sport icon in Hungary. If you would do so, please register here (the form is rather obvious, you have to add a name, email address, and a password, tick the box and click on register) and then click on the big red "Szavazz rám" button on her page.
We should also recognise our own sport's talents either as teams ( Hello, Columbia, Orcas and Koral! ) or as individuals.