Nelson Vargas

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Professor Nelson Vargas Basáñez owns of the Acuática nelsonvargas, a network of fitness centers throughout Mexico. The former national swimming team coach of Mexico, he is the race director of the Acapulco 5K Ronald Johnson Internactional.

[edit] International Swimming Hall of Fame

He was nominated for induction as an Honor Contributor to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. His nomination is as follows:

FOR THE RECORD: 50 YEARS AS TEACHER, MANAGER IN AQUATIC ACTIVITIES, TECHNICAL ADVISOR, TECHNICAL COACH AND ADMINISTRATOR FOR SWIMMING; MEXICAN SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE SWIMMING TEAM (IMSS) COACH: 1961-1989; MEXICO MINISTER OF SPORT: 2000-2006; PRESIDENT MEXICAN SPORTS CONFEDERATION (CODEME): 2000-2005; PRESIDENT MEXICAN SWIMMING FEDERATION: 1981-1982; GENERAL MANAGER OF SPORTS DEVELOPMENT IN MEXICO: 1982-1985; DEVELOPER OF 11 PRIVATE SWIMMING SCHOOLS AND FAMILY FITNESS CENTERS IN MEXICO; DEVELOPER OF CAAAN HIGH PERFORMANCE AQUATIC CENTER: 1976-1982.

Nelson Vargas Basáñez has had a profound, positive impact and influence in the Spanish-speaking world of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean on the growth and health of aquatics over the past 50 years. As an entrepreneur, he organized and built eleven private swimming school and family fitness facilities throughout Mexico, from 1972 to 2002 serving a monthly average of 15,000 customers and teaching thousands of children to swim. He has produced more than 1,000 trained coaches at all levels and some 10,000 certified swimming instructors. The teaching methodology he developed is now used throughout Latin America and covers all levels of swimming, from “learn-to-swim” programs for infants and toddlers through to highly sophisticated training programs and facilities for elite, international competitors. He began in 1961 as the swimming coach for the Mexican Social Security Institute Swimming Team (IMSS) where he also coordinated all four aquatic sport disciplines. He constructed the IMSS Swimming Teaching and Training Program, qualifying monitors, instructors and trainers all over the country. He was the Official National Coach of the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN) from 1966 to 1982 with his teams winning all eleven competitions. His coaching assignments also included eight Latin Cups (1973 to 1980), the 1973 First World Championships, four Pan American Games -- National Assistant Coach (1967, 1971, 1975) and Head Coach (1979) and four Olympic Games – Assistant Coach (1968, 1972), Observer with 90% of the team his swimmers (1976) and Head Coach (1980). In 1981 and 1982, he was President of the Mexican Swimming Federation charged with the development of the four aquatic disciplines, during which time he established 14 regional teams each with several hundred members. In 1982, he was Chief Manager of the X Diving Can Am Mex, followed that same year as General Manager of Sports Development. From 2000 to 2005, he was the President of the Mexican Sports Confederation (CODEME) coordinating the efforts of more than 70 Mexican sports federations. Also in 2000, Mexican President Vicente Fox appointed him as the Sports Minister of Mexico (CONADE) (2000–2006) to develop sports infrastructure, promote physical activity and obtain good results in high performance. An estimated 30 million dollars was spent in 31 states. His crowning achievement was the state-of-the-art center at San Luis Potosi, a facility regarded by world-class swimmers as the pre-eminent, high-altitude training center on the planet. His International athletes include Felipe Muñoz (Olympic gold in swimming), Carlos Giron (Olympic bronze in diving) and Daniel Gomez (Pan Am gold medal in water polo). At four Olympic Games (1988-2000), he was a TV Broadcaster and in total has attended ten Olympic Games. He was also instrumental in the workings of the World Coaches Association. Besides his conglomerate of health and swim clubs called Aquatica Nelson Vargas, he also runs a chain of sporting good stores called Aqua Zone and publishes a monthly swimming magazine.

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