Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana

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Jorge Delgado, Vice Chairman

Jorge Auerlio Delgado Panchana (born 5 January 1954) is a former 2-time Olympic swimmer who was finalist in the 100m and 200m butterfly in 1972 Munich Olympics and the 1976 Montreal Olympic. He won the 1971 Pan American Games in a record time of 2:06.4 in the 200m butterfly. On September 4, 2021, he was elected as the President of the Ecuadorian National Olympic Committee.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

The FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) is a group of experienced open water swimming 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.


The history of the committee goes back to 1985.

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 Clarkson of Great Britain was nominated Chairman of the first committee.

Allan 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

2021-2025 FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Members

2017-2021 FINA TOWSC Members

He is a member of the 2017-2021 FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee:

Ronnie Wong, Chairman
Sid Cassidy, Vice Chairman
Sam Greetham, Honorary Secretary
Britta Kamrau, Athlete Representative
Abdul Monem Khamis Al Alawi, Member
Abdulla Al Zahmi, Member
Luís Baptista, Member
Jorge Delgado, Member
Bill Ford, Member
Avelino Monteiro, Member
Jean-Paul Narce, Member
Andrea Prayer, Member
Fernando Terrilli, Member
Samuel Ufitimana, Member
John West, Member
Tanya Bogomilova, Events Sub-Committee
Soh Yew Siang Soh, Events Sub-Committee
Morgan Toro Martinez, Events Sub-Committee
Noam Zwi, Events Sub-Committee
Zouheir El Moufti, Bureau Liaison

2013-2017 FINA TOWSC Members

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
Abdulmonem Alalawi of Egypt

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

2009-2013 FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Members

1. Chairman Ronnie Wong Man Chiu of Hong Kong
2. Vice Chairman Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana of Ecuador
3. Honorary Secretary Flavio Bomio of Switzerland
4. Dr. Khwaja Aziz of Bangladesh
5. Valerijus Belovas of Lithuania
6. Tomas Haces German of Cuba
7. Samuel Greetham of Great Britain
8. Zouheir El Moufti of Morocco
9. Steven Munatones of USA [replaced by Sid Cassidy]
10. Andrea Prayer of Italy
11. John West of New Zealand
12. Noam Zwi of Israel
13. Washington Beltran of Uruguay
14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim of Egypt
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia
16. Dennis Miller of Fiji, Bureau Liaison


These volunteers implemented a number of new safety protocols, procedures and policies while working closely with race directors and other volunteers from around the world. Collectively, they officiate the 5K, 5K Team Time Trial, 10K, 25K and Olympic 10K Marathon Swim races at the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, and the Olympics.

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

As members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, American Sid Cassidy, Australian Chris Guesdon and Fijian Dennis 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.

Ambassadors of the Sport

Among their responsibilities, members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee attend competitions, meet coaches and promote the sport in various ways: speeches, clinics, publications, competitions and meetings. In June 2011, Delgado explained the role of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and the future of the sport at the United Nations during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame awards ceremonies hosted by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup Series

The FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series consists of races in: Santos (Brazil)
Cancún (Mexico)
Setúbal (Portugal)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Mégantic (Canada)
Shantou (China)
Hong Kong

FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series

The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series consists of race in Rosario (Argentina)
Sante Fe-Coronda (Argentina)
Viedma (Argentina)
Hernandarias-Paraná (Argentina)
Sumidero Canyon (Mexico)
Capri-Napoli (Italy)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Memphrémagog (Canada)
Šabac (Serbia)
Ohrid Lake (Macedonia)
Jabelah (Syria – cancelled in 2011)

UANA Open Water Swimming Committee

Delgado is the chairman of the UANA Open Water Swimming Committee:

Chairman: Jorge Delgado, Ecuador
Vice Chairman: Denny Ryther, USA
Secretary: Michael Lockwood, Cayman Islands
Member: David de Vlieger, Canada
Member: Marco Flores, Guatemala
Member: Tomas Haces, Cuba
Member: Andrew Kirby, Barbados
Member: Nicole Normandin, Canada
Member: Ricardo Olmos, Chile
Member: Nelson Osorio, Colombia
Member: Rick Walker, USA
Athlete: to be named
Liaison: Algernon Cargill, Bahamas

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