Timing System for Rocky Southside Pool
IQ & SPASA Partnership in Training Cert III Course
For the past 3 years, SPASA NSW as an accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO) has offered National Accredited Training to the swimming pool industry including Certificate III and Certificate IV courses.
International Quadratics (IQ) and SPASA NSW have reached an agreement whereby IQ will offer and conduct the SPASA3001A – Unit of competency (Chemically treat Swimming Pools & Spas) for the Certificate III in Swimming Pool Repairs, Servicing and Interior Finishes.
This Unit is one of the compulsory units required to achieve a license to service pools and spas. IQ has for the past three years conducted their own courses ranging from ‘Basic Pool Chemistry” for new retail employees right through to ‘Advanced pool chemistry’ and ‘Problem solving’ aimed at the Pool Professional who would like to increase his or her chemistry knowledge.
Spiros Dassakis, CEO of SPASA NSW said “we were impressed with IQ’s commitment to training and education as well as their desire to become a conduit in providing the pool and spa service sector with formalised qualifications. International Quadratics chemical experience, along with Chris Smith as a qualified trainer makes them an ideal company to partner with to deliver this Unit of Competency. I am sure the Swimming Pool industry throughout Australia will greatly benefit from SPASA NSW making Accredited Courses available through companies such as IQ.”
International Quadratics will conduct the first of these courses in June in NSW followed by selected dates in every state of Australia. Those interested in participating may obtain further details by contacting Chris Smith on (02) 9774 5550 or emailing him at email@example.com
For Rocky, Timing is Everything
On March 12, five aquatic professionals touched down in Rockhampton, Queensland. Their mission: to bring the $17 million redevelopment of the WW11 Memorial Swimming Pool one step closer to being one of only a handful of FINA-compliant facilities in Queensland.
For the team - International Quadratics (IQ), their Queensland distributor Aquatic Elements and an expert flown in from Colorado - it was time to get in and deliver the state-of-the-art timing and training system that would give Rockhampton the ability to host inter-regional, state, national and international events.
The timing technology selected to bring the Southside Memorial Pool up to spec was the Colorado Timing System (CTS), imported and distributed in Australia by IQ. In recent years, there has been a substantial uptake of Colorado’s cutting edge technology by Australian Councils, local swimming pools and clubs, and coaches. Over 200 Australian clubs now use the Colorado wireless timing system.
Adam Lloyd, Director of IQ, said "Whilst there has been a huge adoption of the Colorado Wireless Time Systems in Australia, the Southside Memorial Pool facility has embraced the full potential of the technology.”
“The pool has been equipped with electronic relay judging platforms, dive blocks with individual speakers and touch buttons as back up for time keepers. The movable bulk head has pressure sensitive touch pads, which are linked to a 10 lane scoreboard and at the heart of the system, a System Six computer console capable of operating Olympic swimming events, water polo and diving events," said Mr Lloyd.
As a result of the development, Andrew Collins, Operations Manager from Rockhampton City Council, expects to attract many high level swimming events.
“We’ve already been approached by Swimming Australia to look at hosting the 2014 Australian Masters. We’re also hoping to attract other nations, as we now offer a great training venue for the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Collins said.
Whilst the Southside Pool offers facilities for elite swimming, Mr Collins said the facility will cater for the whole community.
“Southside is first and foremost a community pool, and will still be used for general recreational purposes, sport recovery, lap swimmers, learn-to-swim programs, and disabled and elderly patrons,” said Mr Collins.
When complete the facility will offer:
Colorado Time Systems, on your marks at the 2012 Miami Super Challenge.
They reported that a growing number of swimming clubs are adopting CTS, the latest being Gold Coast based Miami Swimming Club, who recently purchased Colorado’s System 6 Starting System which will be used at all of their Meets, including the internationally rated “Miami Superchallenge”, which was held in late January this year.
Being one of the first Clubs in Australia to buy the CTS System 6, they were hoping that all would go according to plan and were cautiously confident that the new Timing System would live up to expectations. According to Club official, Keith Jenkins “It did, and then some!”
Miami Swimming Club is one of only 9 Centres of Excellences in Australia with a proud history of World and Olympic champions. The clubs past greats include Grant Hackett, Giaan Rooney, Michael Klim, Daniel Kowalski, Andrew Baildon and Ky Hurst. Their current crop includes the world ranked 800m swimmer (Katie Goldman), the current Junior world 800m Free Title Holder (Bonnie MacDonald) and several current Australian representatives including Tom Fraser-Holmes and Jade Neilsen.
This year’s Miami Superchallenge attracted a large number of International competitors including China’s Sun Yang, who broke Miami's own Grant Hackett's 1500m freestyle record at the recent World Championships held in Shanghai.
With 450 competitors entered in over 200 races, the CTS System 6 handled the timekeeping and recording functions extremely well. According to Mr Jenkins,” the morning Heats session finished about 20 minutes ahead of schedule. This was largely due to the CTS efficient handling of starts, events/heats and recording of times. One of the features of the System 6 that impressed was the capability to accept Starts without the operator having to reset the system after the finish of the previous race. This meant that the Starter did not have to wait for a signal from the CTS operator before starting the next event/heat, thereby giving the Starter greater control over the pace of the Meet”.
IQ together with their Queensland distributor Aquatic Elements and a CTS American representative, were all on the ground providing hands on support and assistance. David Lloyd, Managing Director of IQ noted that “Colorado Time Systems has really taken off in Australia and it is exciting to see just how many clubs are adopting the different Colorado Systems available. The CTS products are first class and its popularity here in Australia from smaller swimming clubs to high profiled staged events is a real attribute to the products precision timing and evidence that elite organisations agree CTS belongs on the aquatics’ world platform. We are now working with over 500 Swimming Clubs Australia wide and together with our distributors, we are giving swimming clubs, coaches and swimmers immediate support and technical advice.
Colorado Time Systems was the preferred timing and equipment for 2012 Miami Super Challenge.
Colorado Time Systems’ Partial FINA Event List
Colorado Timing Systems has been used for many FINA events over the years.
2010 FINA World Diving Series (MEX)
2010 FINA Diving Grand Prix (USA)
2010 USA Diving Junior National Championships (USA)
2010 US Open Synchronized Swimming Championships (USA)
2010 12th FINA Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships (USA)
2010 Pan Pacific Championships
2010 18th FINA World Junior Diving Championships (USA)
2009 Colombian National Games (COL)
2009 FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix (USA)
2009 Speedo Championship Series (USA)
2009 USA Swimming Grand Prix (USA)
2009 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics (USA)
2008 China National Winter Swim Championships (CHN)
2008 European Junior Swimming Championships (SRB)
2008 FINA Diving World Series (MEX)
2008 FINA Swimming World Cup (BRA)
2008 FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix (USA)
2008 FINA Youth Swimming Championships (MEX)
2008 M/W Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships (USA)
2008 South African Junior Swimming Championships (ZAF)
2007 China National Spring Swim Championships (CHN)
2007 China National Swim Championships (CHN)
2007 China National Winter Championships (CHN)
2007 China National Youth Swim Championships (CHN)
2006 Deutscher Ring Aquatics Competition (GER)
2006 German National Swimming Championships (GER)
2007 European Junior Swimming Championships (BEL)
2007 FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix (USA)
2007 M/W Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships (USA)
23rd Annual SEA Games (2006) – Philippines
2006 FINA Diving Grand Prix – USA
2006 FINA World Cup – Brazil
2006 FINA World Masters – USA
2006 Men’s & Women’s Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships
2006 National Spring Swim Championships – China
2006 National Swim Championships – China
2006 National Winter Championships – China
2006 National Youth Swim Championships – China
8th FINA World Swimming Cup (2006) - Brazil
2005 Bolivar Games – Colombia
2005 FINA Diving Grand Prix – USA
2005 FINA World Cup – Brazil
2005 Men’s & Women’s Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships
2005 National Spring Swim Championships – China
2005 National Swim Championships – China
2005 National Winter Swim Championships – China
2005 National Youth Swim Championships – China
2005 SEA Games – Manila
22nd Annual SEA Games (2005) – Philippines
2005 Juegos Bolivarianos, Pereira - Colombia
2004 Olympic Diving Trials – USA
2004 Olympic Water Polo Trials – USA
2004 Juegos Nacionales, Girardot & Bogota – Colombia
2004 Juegos del Pacifico, Cali - Colombia
2002 Central American Games – El Salvador
2002 National Championships – Brazil
LatyCar 2001 – Costa Rica
2000 Juegos Nacionales, Duitama - Colombia
1997 Bolivar Games – Peru
1994 National Games – Venezuela
XVII Centro American Games 1993 – Puerto Rico
4th National Games – India
85th National Games – Taiwan
86th National Games – Taiwan
China Swimming Association Competitions
Grand Prix Diving – Mexico
IV World Swimming Championships – Ecuador
Mexican Swimming Federation Competitions
Pan Pacific Games
South American Games
XV Central America Games – Dominican Republic
U.S. Masters Swimming selects Timing & Scoring Partner,
Colorado Time Systems
Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) selects Timing
& Scoring Partner, Colorado Time Systems