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Welcome to 2017 Letter from Coach Joanne

Welcome to the Norfolk Hammerheads!

We would like to welcome all new and returning age group swimmers and their parents to the Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club. We have definitely started the year off with a splash!! The swimmers and coaches are very excited. They are having fun and working hard. We have already seen significant progress in our swimmers and are anxious to see their performance in upcoming meets. It takes time to build skills. We encourage swimmers and parents to be patient.

Coaching Staff – 2017-2018

Taylor Opersko - Junior

Taylor Easton – Junior

Torin Livingston – Junior

Femke Backz – Junior, Bronze

Joanne Freund – Age Group Coach – Bronze, Silver 1 & 2

Trent McNicol - Head Coach – Silver 2, Gold

 

Equipment

Debra Vandermeer is in charge of our team’s apparel. If you missed our “Fit Night” in September and are in need of any equipment she can be reached by email: jdvandermeer@gmail.com  or by text 519-410-0440.

In order for your child to participate fully in our program the following equipment will be necessary:

‘Speedo’ type bathing suits - Racing back suits for the girls and jammers for the boys.

Goggles- It is important that your child wears goggles. Not only is it difficult for them to see where they are going without the goggles, but their eyes can become very irritated after an hour or more in the pool.

Fins – (Bronze group and above) Debra has been on deck to size all of the swimmers for fins. If you need to order fins, please feel free contact her.

Caps – It is recommended that all swimmers wear a swim cap, particularly if they have long hair. It is a good idea to have a cap for both training and swim meets. Wearing a cap at swim meets helps coaches identify swimmers both in warm-ups and while racing.

Important information about Swim Meets

We encourage our swimmers to attend as many of the meets recommended for their group as they can. It is at the meets that the swimmers really learn to race, see the progress they are making, build friendships and promote team spirit.

Signing up

Signing up for swim meets is always done on the Hammerheads website by going to the Events tab. A few of the Gold and Silver athlete’s parents have offered to help any new parents with the process of signing their children up for meets. This will be done over the next few Saturdays in the viewing area at the pool at the beginning of your child’s swim time.

Aqua 7 Meets

The Aqua 7 meets provide an excellent opportunity to introduce our athletes into the world of competitive swimming. This year we will be competing against, St. Thomas, Ancaster, Ingersoll, Wilmot and Cambridge and Brantford (WRMS). We have a total of 4 Aqua 7 meets that will be between us and one or two other teams. This offers a smaller environment for our first time competitors.  Swimmers are limited to 3 individual events and possibly 1 relay.  A final Aqua 7 Championship meet, with all participating teams competing, will be held in May 2018 in Wilmot. In order to attend the championship meet, swimmers must have attended 3 of the 4 scheduled Aqua 7 meets.

A typical Aqua 7 meet would run as follows:

8:00 a.m. warm-up

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 swim meet

12:00 to?? Pot luck lunch

There is no charge for events at Aqua 7 meets. However, the host club is required to provide a pot luck lunch for all swimmers and parents attending the meet. Participating families are asked to sign up on the website. It’s a great opportunity to meet other NHAC parents and become an active member of the team. Thank you in advance for helping out.

Other Meets

Please note that swim meets other than the Aqua 7 require payment for each individual event your child swims. The cost varies slightly from one meet to another but is usually around $8.00 to $10.00 per event.  The exception is our In House Sprint meets - these are covered by your swim fees.

You can find a list of meets suggested for your child on the website (Events tab).

We are all looking forward to a great year!

See you at the pool!!

 

Joanne

joannefreund@execulink.com