Bahamas Aquatics President Re-elected to FINA Bureau

Bahamas Aquatics President Re-elected to FINA Bureau
Aviation Director Algernon Cargill (file photo)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Algernon Cargill, President of Bahamas Aquatics Federation, was re-elected for a second 4-year term on the FINA Bureau, at the FINA General Congress in Doha, Qatar on June 5, 2021.

Algernon will represent the Central America and Caribbean Region (CCCAN) as one of its two members on the Bureau and was nominated by the CCCAN Congress in Bridgetown, Barbados, at the CCCAN Championships in 2019.

FINA, the governing global body for Aquatics sports, headquartered in Lausanne Switzerland, is the global administrator for Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Diving, High Diving, and Water Polo. There are 25 representatives from 209 National Member Federations, representing 5 continents that serve on the FINA Bureau.

FINA and its aquatic disciplines are also a pillar of the Olympic Movement and give a decisive contribution to the success of the Games. Swimming is part of the Olympic program since 1896, Water Polo became the first team sport in the Games in 1900, and Diving made its appearance in1904.

Eighty years later, in 1984, synchronized (Artistic) Swimming joined the Olympic “club”, while Marathon Swimming (10km race for men and women) is included in the Olympic program since 2008.

Algernon brings a wealth of administrative and sports leadership experience to his second term of the FINA Bureau. He has previously served as Vice President of CCCAN for the English Caribbean, an Executive Member of UANA, the regional governing body for Aquatic Sports, and is also a past Vice President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee.

He considers it an honor to represent the Central American and Caribbean countries on the FINA Bureau. Although he is the first Bahamian and second representative of the English Caribbean to be elected to this global position, he remains committed to exemplary leadership and paving the way for more Central American and Caribbean citizens to elevate their profile in the global village, particularly given the outstanding results of athletes from the region that have evolved post CARIFTA and the CCAN Championships to win World and Olympic medals.