Courtesy of FINA, Hangzhou, China.
Stéphane Lecat is one of the few internationally renowned athletes who post-athletic successes as a coach and administrator are arguably even greater than his own personal athletic achievements.
The premier professional marathon swimmer in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was the FINA World Cup Series champion in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Class of 2007). He also won the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada in 1996, 1999, and 2000, the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, the 42 km Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog in Canada in 1995, 1996 and 2000, the 36 km Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in USA in 2001, won 17 FINA World Cup professional races, swam the English Channel in 8 hours 19 minutes in 2003.
But he also has developed France as an open water swimming powerhouse, not only in terms of elite swimmers at the Olympics, world championships and FINA professional circuits, but also in terms of organizing events and motivating thousands of additional open water swimmers of all ages and abilities from his native France to Tahiti.
Lecat will be one of the featured speakers at the 2018 FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic held in China’s 5th FINA World Aquatics Convention.
“We’re delighted to announce some of the biggest names in coaching for this year’s Coaches Clinic,” say FINA President, Dr Julio Maglione. “It provides a unique opportunity to meet the people responsible for guiding our stars to FINA World Championship and Olympic glory as they reveal the various ways to success.”
Lecat’s presentation will be on the second day of the 4th FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic on December 9th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hangzhou, China, a highlight of the 5th FINA World Aquatics Convention.
His talk, Keys of Long-Distance Training, will be presented from his position as the French Swimming Federation Open Water Swimming Program Director where he has coached athletes at every level to medals and championship titles in 5 km, 7.5 km, 10 km and 25 km distances.
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