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Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club (AMAC)

Over 50 years ago AMAC was established by passionate Medicine Hat families and their love of swimming. In those days, swimmers travelled by bus to practices in the city of Ralston which contained our area’s closest indoor pool. Today the club has grown to become the largest year round swim program in the Medicine Hat area encompassing swimmers from learn-to-swim to master swimmers in their 70’s and we practice at the most advanced training facility in southest Alberta.

A hallmark of AMAC is the strong teaching of the fundamentals of swimming while attempting to keep it fun and creating an enviornment where every athlete is part the team. Many former swimmers continue the sport as adults for fitness or health and have come through our program. A majority of swimmers participating in our national group have gone on and swam at the University level. A majority of those received athletic scholarships or were aided by their swimming career in consideration for admission. This national program is unique in our city and only AMAC offers this training program for its older and more advanced swimmers. This is made possible by the close proximately to CHHS which aids in the early morning and early afternoon practices for these student atheletes. The current landscape to be competitive with clubs in larger city centre's such as Edmonton, Calgary, and across the country requires our swimmers to compete against programs who spend 30%-40% more training time in the pool then our athletes. The club has found a happy compromise by using specialized advanced instruction and a swim centric dryland program to offset those advantages. We feel that less time in the pool with more quality time spent in instruction is what has given the club its unique ability to compete with larger clubs. In recent years, the AMAC coaching experience has evolved into custom and long term specialized plans for each swimmer.

This methodology has resulted in numerous National Champions over the years at both the age group (15 and under) and senior levels (15+). In recent years, the club has produced over 10 national champions in various events and is a perennial favorite to win provincial banners at the Alberta Provincial Championship with its most recent title in the 2016 Long Course season!

At the international level, the club has also found success and most recently our club had Richard Hortness making Team Canada for the 2008 Olympics in the 50m free and in 2012 as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team at the Olympic games in London. Tianna Rissling earned a spot on the Canadian National team for Worlds in  2011 and just missed joining her teammate at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Through the years, the club has been able to attract and retain nationally renowned coaches such as Aaron Dahl who went on to become a perennial fixture in Canada’s National coaching staff out of Victoria. Peter Schori whose AMAC program was our most successful to date revolutionized and designed the national and junior programs during his decade in Medicine Hat. He recently took over for the University of Lethbridge and held numerous positions with Canada's National coaching squad while at AMAC.

While AMAC has had success and continues to have success at the advanced levels, the club is a great starting point for any swimmer at any level  and offers a program for any age or experience.  The club continues to strive to keep costs lower for all swimmers in Medicine Hat by hosting and operating numerous invitational and provincial swim meets to help reduce the cost to all Medicine Hat swimming parents who might otherwise incur larger travel expenses if these local meets were not offerred. In addition to operating 4-5 swim meets each year, we help the city hosts summer games by managing the swim portion of those games at the FLC.

The club trains and operates out of Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre (FLC). This facility boasts a super fast, 8 lane, 50 metre competition pool with weight room facilities.  We are fortunate to have Crescent Heights High School directly across from our training facility which allows the older swimmers to walk as a group to the FLC after school for training and still be home by 6:30pm.

The City has recently approved a $36 million dollar expansion to the FLC including field house, more pool seating, and even better fitness facilities. Construction is slated to begin May 2014 and conclude August 2016. With the city support and an improved facility, AMAC will continue to thrive for many years to come.

About Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat is a beautiful city of 60,000 people, nestled on the banks of the South Saskatchewan river in south eastern Alberta. It resides only an hour from the Cypress Hills and the U.S. Border, with 3 hours to Calgary and the Rocky Mountains as well. Medicine Hat is known as the sunniest city in Canada and boasts one of the most reasonable real estate markets in Alberta.