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For Rocky, Timing is Everything
Eddie Lloyd
Marketing Manager, International Quadratics and Pierce Pool Supplies

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:
· A 50m x 25m x 2m constant depth, heated FINA-compliant Olympic standard swimming pool. This includes moveable bulkhead and Colorado timing system and disabled ramp access.
· A 650 permanent seat capacity grandstand with a control centre for swimming events
· A shade structure over the 50m pool and grandstand
· An 8 lane x 25m heated pool. including disabled ramp access
· A refurbished 5m deep diving pool, including 5m and 10m platforms
· An indoor learn-to-swim program pool, including disabled ramp access
· A wet play area including a lagoon to various depths
· Supporting entry building, café, amenities and dry structures including storage space
· Plant rooms and courtyards
· A refurbished old entry building, a WWII memorial. It is anticipated the redevelopment will include rooms that may support elite competitions including media/marshalling rooms.
[Apr 2012]

 

Colorado Time Systems, on your marks at the 2012 Miami Super Challenge.
Sydney Australia, February 2011. Colorado Time System (CTS) is taking a strong hold on the Australian Swimming Market according to International Quadratics (IQ), Colorado’s Australian distributor.

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.
Contact International Quadratics for any product enquiries.

 

Adobe PDF Logo CTS and Miami Super Challenge (276 KB)
Same as above. [Feb 2012]
 

 

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
Commonwealth Games
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

Adobe PDF Logo Colorado FINA Event List (64 KB)
Same as above. [Oct 2010]
 

 

 

U.S. Masters Swimming selects Timing & Scoring Partner, Colorado Time Systems
U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) has selected Colorado Time Systems (CTS) as the Official Timing and Scoring Partner for a four year term effective January 1, 2010 (2010- 2013).

“Colorado Time Systems’ world class products at our events will directly and positively impact the event experience,” said Rob Butcher, Executive Director of U.S. Masters Swimming.

Colorado Time Systems is also an Official Partner of USA Diving, US Synchronized Swimming, USA Water Polo, China Swimming Association, Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) Junior World Swimming Championships, and the Mexican Swimming Federation. Colorado Time Systems has an unequivocal domestic market share in the aquatics industry, with a majority of aquatic facilities utilizing their swim timing, scoring, and display equipment.

“Colorado Time Systems is pleased to partner with USMS. We are looking forward to working with the USMS club development coordinators throughout the United States, as well as the opportunity to enhance the championship experience for athletes, organizers, and spectators,” said Dr. Anita Sayed, President & CEO of Colorado Time Systems.

U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS), based in Sarasota, FL is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics to adults age 18 and over. USMS is a non-profit corporation organized with over 500 clubs in 52 regions throughout the United States.

Based in Loveland, Colorado, Colorado Time Systems has established a reputation for precision and innovation in swim timing equipment. Since 1972, premier aquatic facilities have chosen Colorado Time Systems for platinum quality timing, scoring, and display systems.

Adobe PDF Logo Colorado US Masters Press Realese (140KB)
Same as above.
 

Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) selects Timing & Scoring Partner, Colorado Time Systems
Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA). FINA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the sole worldwide sports organization governing swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, and open water swimming. FINA has signed a 5-year Timing & Scoring sponsorship agreement (2009 – 2013) with Colorado Time Systems, a Loveland, CO based company.

“FINA is very pleased with this agreement and the services it includes. The professionalism and experience of Colorado Time Systems will bring a great benefit to the Championships’ organizers and will certainly enhance the image of the FINA Junior World Swimming Championships worldwide,” said FINA President Mustapha Larfaoui.

Colorado Time Systems has an unequivocal domestic market share in the aquatics industry, with a majority of aquatic facilities utilizing their swim timing, scoring, and display equipment. The agreement between FINA and Colorado Time Systems points to significant progress in the recognition of an American company as a partner to this international sports authority. As a partner, Colorado Time Systems will be providing all timing, scoring, and data handling services to the FINA Junior World Swimming Championships, the first being held in Lima, Peru.

“Colorado Time Systems is pleased to work in conjunction with FINA to enhance the championship experience for athletes, organizers, and spectators. This is an ideal venue to attract more young athletes to participate in aquatic sports,” said Dr. Anita Sayed, President & CEO of Colorado Time Systems.

Based in Loveland, Colorado, Colorado Time Systems has established a reputation for precision and innovation in swim timing equipment. Since 1972, premier aquatic facilities have chosen Colorado Time Systems for platinum quality timing, scoring, and display systems.

Adobe PDF Logo Colorado FINA Press Realese (932KB)
Same as above.

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JOHN CARLSON: The scary truth about pool noodles

Having recently returned from a Florida vacation where I spent hours floating mindlessly in a swimming pool, I have identified the next big health risk for senior citizens.

Noodle wear.

This is the debilitating effect of spending hour after hour in the water clutching pool noodles, those long, noodle-like flotation devices that are so popular these days.

The good news: Drowning with a pool noodle is pretty unlikely.

The bad news: Again, it’s noodle wear, which is also known as noodle impairment, noodle trauma and, though it personally sounds weird to me, noodle pull.

Anyway, while our wives, Alicia and Nancy, were relaxing on our vacation, my pal Tom Kovach and I were going about the serious business of launching the first clinical pool noodle medical studies. Our first discovery: Noodle wear generally strikes males 60 years of age and older, like me, as opposed to Tom, who is lots younger.

After all, he noodled with no problem. But me?

“I can’t move my arms!” I screamed late one evening. “Plus they’re all tingly!”

“They’re probably asleep because they’ve been wrapped around a pool noodle for 17 straight hours now,” Tom observed.

“Yeah, but my armpits itch, too!”

“It’s noodle rash, dude.”

As the week continued and I sought relief for my noodle-worn arms, the debilitating effects of noodle wear continued. Say that, in an effort to rest my arms, I stuck the noodle under my ankles. As it turned out, my feet would float fine, but the top nine-tenths of me would sink.

That made it really hard to breathe.

This led to perhaps our most shocking noodle-wear discovery, it being that pool noodles are addictive. To keep my head from sinking, for example, I stuck another noodle under my neck. This worked fine, but now my neck noodle, combined with the floating effects of my ankle noodle, meant my body was now shaped like a capital V, the pointy part being where my butt had sunk.

Consequently, while Tom, Alicia and Nancy would have been grateful for one noodle, I needed three just to keep my keister afloat, too.

Happily, the study of noodle wear on old guys has been significantly advanced by the selfless efforts of Tom and me. Look for a story in AARP’s magazine in, oh, five years or so.

John Carlson is a features writer for The Star Press.

 

 
 




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