Dennis Miller

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Sid Cassidy, Christopher Guesdon, Dennis Miller, architects of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee members with FINA Executives

Dennis Miller (died 24 May 2019) was the Liaison of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and a Vice President of the FINA Bureau from Fiji. He also served as the Executive Director of the Oceania National Olympic Committees based out of Suva, Fiji.


Education and Career

A graduate of the University of the South Pacific, Suva (1965) and the Australian National University, Canberra (1969 with a Bachelor of Economics/ Bachelor of Arts – Asian Studies), Miller's career took him around the world:

  • Fiji Public Service (1980 – 1984)
  • Fiji Trade and Investment Board (1984 – 1988)
  • Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (1988 – 1994)
  • Executive Director, Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (1994 – 1996)
  • Oceania Olympic Committees (1996 – present)


  • Tritons Swimming Club, Suva
  • Fiji Club
  • Rotary Club of Suva East (Past President)
  • Fiji Swimming (Immediate Past President)

Swimming Career

  • National Champion, 100m Butterfly, 1964
  • Swim Team Manager, 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul
  • Chef de Mission, Fiji Team, 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta
  • Assistant Chef de Mission, Fiji Team, 1994 South Pacific Mini Games, Vanuatu; 1995 South Pacific Games, Tahiti
  • Swimming Technical Official: 1986 South Pacific Games, Noumea; 1991 South Pacific Games, Port Moresby; 1999 South Pacific Games, Guam; 2000

Olympic Games, Sydney; 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne; 2006 South Pacific Games, Apia, Samoa; Oceania Swimming Championships1988 (Brisbane), 2000 (Christchurch), 2002 (Noumea) 2006 (Cairns), 2008 (Christchurch); World Swimming Championships 1991 & 1998 (Perth), 2001 (Fukuoka), 2004 (Barcelona), 2005 (Montreal), 2009 (Rome); World Open Water Swimming Championships 2000 (Honolulu), 2002 (Sharm el Sheikh), 2004 (Dubai), 2006 (Naples), 2008 (Seville)

  • Referee, Inaugural Women’s 10k Marathon Swimming, Beijing Olympic Games
  • FINA Technical Delegate, Marathon Swimming World Cup: Atlantic City (USA) 2001 & 2002, Lac St Jean (CAN) 2001 & 2004, Hong Kong (CHN)

2004, 2005 & 2006, Singapore 2006; 1st Asian Beach Games, Bali (INA) 2008

  • Competition Manager, Swimming, 2004 South Pacific Games, Suva, Fiji; 2004 Oceania Swimming Championships, Suva; 2005 Oceania Masters

Swimming Championships, Suva

  • Member, FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, 1996 - 2009
  • Member, FINA Bureau and Bureau Liaison to FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, 2009 - present: Bureau Member responsible for delivery of:
  • 2010 FINA Open Water World Swimming Championships, Roberval, Canada
  • Open Water Swimming events, 14th FINA World Swimming Championships, Shanghai, China, 2011
  • Olympic Games Marathon Swimming Test Events, London, July 2011
  • 2012 Olympic Games Qualifying Events, Setubal, Portugal, June 2012
  • London 2012 Olympic Games Marathon Swimming Events
  • 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, Welland, Canada, August 2014
  • Open Water Swimming Events, 15th FINA World Swimming Championships, Barcelona, 2014
  • 2009 - 2014 FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series
  • FINA Delegate, XIV Pacific Games, Noumea, New Caledonia, 2011
  • Hon. Treasurer, Oceania Swimming Association, 1991 - 2008
  • President, Oceania Swimming Association, 2008 - present

FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

The FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) is a group of experienced open water swimming volunteer experts from around the world who administers and officiates the pro and elite open water races in the world. They also organize clinics and serve as referees, judges and officials at major international competitions and write the rules and procedures that govern these competitions.

Members of TOWSC


The 2014-2016 FINA TOWSC members include:

Chairman: Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong
Vice Chairman: Jorge Delgado Panchana of Ecuador
Honorary Secretary: Andrea Prayer of Italy

Representatives of the African region:
Joaquim Pestana Costa of Angola
David Ngugi of Kenya

Representatives of the Americas region:
Fernando Terrilli of Argentina
Tomas Haces German of Cuba
Sid Cassidy of USA

Representatives of the Asian region:
Abdulmonem Al Alawi of Oman
Mubarak Abdulla Al Zahmi of United Arab Emirates

Representatives of the European region:
Jean Paul Narce of France
Samuel Greetham of Great Britain
Noam Zwi of Israel

Representatives of the Oceania region:
William Ford of Australia
John West of New Zealand

Events Sub-Committee:
Christiane Fanzeres of Brazil
Ayman Saad of Egypt
Jon Hestoy of Faroe Islands

FINA Bureau Liaison is Dennis Miller of Fiji


Its 2009-2014 members include:

1. Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, Chairman
2. Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana, Vice Chairman
4. Flavio Bomio, Honorary Secretary
4. Sid Cassidy, Member [replacement for Steven Munatones of USA]
5. Khwaja Aziz, Member
6. Valerijus Belovas, Member
6. 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
14. 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

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

As members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, American Sid Cassidy, Australian Christopher Guesdon and Miller literally mapped out the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim concept on a napkin in a restaurant. This revolutionary plan eventually led to the sport of open water swimming being added to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

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