Andrea Prayer is a businessman who serves many roles with the Italian Swimming Federation, LEN and FINA.
2009 World Swimming Championships
Prayer was the ever-optimistic, always-present, hard-working, far-forward-thinking race organizer of the open water races at the 2009 World Swimming Championships under extraordinarily trying circumstances. Under difficult conditions and tight deadlines, Andrea and his staff created an Open Water Village, costing over US$700,000, on Ostia Beach in Italy. The Open Water Village had everything for the athletes, coaches, support staff and fans. Andrea also coordinated with the live television coverage with Rai TV.
Prayer and his staff hosted an extraordinarily well-organized and much-appreciated competition for 152 athletes from 42 countries together with his colleagues at FINA. However, a storm hit the day before the competition was scheduled to begin and wiped everything out. Andrea worked feverishly to restore the venue and start the competition within two days.
History of TOWSC
In 1985, the FINA Bureau appointed a Long Distance Swimming Commission. Seven years later, the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee was formed in 1992. Allan M. Clarkson of Great Britain was nominated Chairman of the first committee. He was followed by Hans A. Beijer of the Netherlands, Sid Cassidy of the USA and Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong. The Honorary Secretaries of the Committee included Dale Petranech of the USA (1992-1996), Flavio Bomio of Switzerland (1996-2000), Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia (2000-2008) and Flavio Bomio (2008 - present).
Members of TOWSC
Its members include:
1. Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, Chairman
2. Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana, Vice Chairman
3. Flavio Bomio, Honorary Secretary
4. Sid Cassidy, Member
5. Khwaja Aziz, Member
6. Valerijus Belovas, Member
7. Tomas Haces German, Member
8. Samuel Greetham, Member
9. Zouheir El Moufti, Member
10. Andrea Prayer, Member
11. John West, Member
12. Noam Zwi, Member
13. Washington Beltran, Events Sub-Committee
14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim, Events Sub-Committee
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Events Sub-Committee
16. Dennis Miller, FINA Bureau Liaison