President of the Bahamas Aquatics Federation Algernon Cargill was re-elected for a second four-year term on the FINA (International Swimming Federation) Bureau, at the FINA General Congress in Doha, Qatar, on June 5, 2021.
Cargill will represent the Central American and Caribbean region as one of its two members on the bureau. He was nominated at the CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation) Congress in Bridgetown, Barbados, at the CCCAN Championships in 2019.
FINA, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the global administrating body for swimming, open water swimming, artistic swimming, diving, high diving and water polo. There are 25 representatives from the 209 national member federations, representing five continents, who 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 Olympics Summer Games. Swimming was part of the Olympic program since 1896. Water polo became the first team sport in the games in 1900. Diving made its appearance in 1904. It was eighty years later, in 1984, when synchronised (artistic) swimming joined the Olympic “club”, while marathon swimming (10-kilometer race for men and women) has been included in the Olympic program since 2008.
Cargill considers it an honor to represent the Central American and Caribbean countries on the FINA Bureau. He is the first Bahamian and second representative of the English-speaking Caribbean to be elected to this global position. He said 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. This is important, given the outstanding results of athletes from the region who have evolved post-CARIFTA and the CCCAN Championships to win World Championships and Olympic medals, he said.
Cargill brings a wealth of administrative and sports leadership experience to his second term of the FINA Bureau. He previously served as vice president of CCCAN for the English-speaking Caribbean, and as an executive member of UANA (Swimming Union of the Americas). He is also a past vice president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC).