Club News January 22nd


Be Stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.


Wondering what meet to attend for February/March for sub 4 swimmers?  There’s a lot of meets coming up but many have specific requirements. 


Regional A Meet, Salmon Arm, Feb 17/18 - this is the meet for swimmers who are sub 4 but not yet qualified for Tier I or II meets. This is a great meet for our younger or developing swimmers as there won’t be as many faster older swimmers attending. We usually see a lot of improvement from these swimmers. It is a great opportunity for them. They will accept swimmers with only one Tier I time. This is a great meet for swimmers to make their second time. Tier II qualified swimmers can also attend but are de-qualified from swimming in their Tier II events. 


PSW – Feb 17/18 - this meet has fairly stiff qualifying times (the old Open Westerns). It is long course and gives our swimmers another opportunity to qualify for Westerns or CSC. 


Tier II, Kamloops, March 2-4 - this is the “big deal” meet for our 18&U swimmers.  We will be tapering and swimming fast at this meet.  All swimmers with qualifying times should be attending.  There will be team points at this meet and we hope to place among the top teams in the province. 


Tier I, Penticton, March 9-11 - all swimmers with qualifying times should be attending this meet. All KISU swimmers and families will be needed to help make this event the best ever. 


KISU Draft Meet, Penticton, March 17 - This is a great one day meet held here in Penticton. There will be a technique clinic in the morning and the meet running for a few hours into the afternoon. 


Senior Open, UBC, March 16-18 - like PSW this Meet has stiff qualifying times. It is long course and the last opportunity for swimmers to make additional Westerns or CSC times. If you have your Westerns/CSC times, stay in Penticton at the Draft Meet. 


Up Coming Events:

KISU January Jamboree Volunteers:  January 28th 2018

We are in need of baked goods (cookies, muffins, square etc) for the Jamboree this weekend.  Please email our deck food coordinator for this event- Dawn Bamford at if you are able to donate by Thursday Jan 25th.

Volunteers are reminded to please bring their own reusable water bottle if possible for the event.

There will be no deck food by donation at this meet as it is only a single session. Parents should pack their child a small cooler or bag of healthy snacks for the meet.


Track Jacket Orders: Registration Deadline: January 31st 2018

KISU is getting new track jackets!  Our sponsorship from Arena offers an additional 10% off any club item so this season we are going with the track jackets.  Coaches have been wearing them for the last few months and have rave reviews . . . they look good, are very comfortable, wash well, smooth on the outside/warm and fuzzy on the inside.  

Here is the catalogue -  LINK.  Sizing on pages 59 and 59.  Jacket on page 72.  

Please include in the notes your jacket size.  Pants are optional.

We are encouraging all KISU swimmers to get jackets, especially those competing at our upcoming Tier I and II and beyond meets.

Cost is approximately $65 for adult and $55 for youth.  They are $55 and $45 without shipping, taxes and embroidery).


Pro D Day Clinic: February 16th 2018 Registration Deadline Feb 15th

This is a technique clinic for Juniors and Up swimmers.  Academy swimmers will run a variety of stations focussing on both basic and advanced skills of strokes, turns and starts.  Don't miss this opportunity to be video-taped and have some feedback from some of the best swimmers in our club.

Limited spots available.

This is a fundraising event for our Academy swimmer’s dryland program and equipment.


PSW Meet: Feb 17-18th Registration Deadline January 30th

We are looking at attending this meet with our swimmers who make the qualifying times because it is a good early season long course opportunity.  

The qualifying times are based on old Western times.  Only one time is required.

Where - Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre (new facility).  16855 24 Av. Surrey, BC, V3S 0A2.

When - Prelim arm ups - 8-9:20am.  Finals - 4-5:20pm.  

Events -

·       Saturday - 400 Free, 100 Brst, 200 Back, 100 Fly., 100 Free, 200 IM, 800 Timed Final.

·       Sunday - 400 IM, 100 Back, 200 Fly, 200 Free, 200 Brst, 50 Free,1500 Timed Final.

Cost is $75 flat fee.  Each club is required to provide officials to work all sessions.

There is no cool down tank but there is a 20min warm up every 2 events.  This is a good chance to make additional events for Westerns or CSC. Please discuss with your coach.

Travel will be OYO. 

Meet information will be posted when it becomes available.


Salmo Arm Regional A Champs: Feb 17-18th Registration Deadline Jan 30th

This is a Regional Championships for swimmers who do not have their Tier I or II times yet.  If you are one of these swimmers, we highly recommend this meet as it is the ONLY meet between mid-January and mid-March.

Based on last year's meet information- 

Warm up times - Three sessions - Saturday morning, 7:15, Saturday afternoon - 3pm, Sunday morning 7:15am.

Entries - max of 9 individual events, plus relays.

Entry fee - $7.50/event, plus $4.50 splash fee.  The club will cover relays.

 Meet information will be posted when it is available.


Swim BC Tier II Championships: March 2-4th Registration deadline Feb 21st

This is the first time the province has run the Tier format.  Normally, we would recommend a swimmer have 3 Tier II times before attending this meet, but since it is in Kamloops . . . go and have the experience even for one day with one time.  

All KISU swimmers with Tier II times should be attending, as this is the new AAAs.  KISU's goal is to place Top 5, but we need everyone there to do it.

More information will be posted once the meet package is out for the time being, just plan on being there.


We have a room block at the Best Western Plus on Columbia.

Rate: $132 per night breakfast included Mar 1-4th. Call the hotel directly to reserve – say you’re with KISU Swim Club for the above rate. (250) 374-7878.  There are a limited number of rooms available.

Swim BC Senior Open:  March 16-18, Registration Deadline: February 27th

This is the BC Senior Open meet (Long course).  This is the last opportunity to make additional Westerns or CSC cuts. 

There are no bonus events so swimmers will swim only what they qualify for.  It is recommended that swimmers have at least 3 times.  

KISU is hosting our DRAFT meet at home this same weekend. 


KISU Draft Meet:  March 17th, Registration Deadline February 27th

After last year's success, KISU is hosting our one day DRAFT meet again.

This is a meet where swimmers are 'drafted' on to different coaches/teams and will inter-mix with the rest of the swimmers in the region.  It is a one day meet and should be a lot of fun.  Be sure to sign up.

There is a clinic for all swimmers 7 - 9am.  The meet warm-up is at 10am. Projected finish is 4pm.

More information will be posted below when it is available.


Wenatchee Apple Capital:  June 1st-3rd 2018 Registration Deadline Feb 28th

This is KISU highlight meet of the summer.  The meet is open to all Sub4 swimmers and we really encourage all swimmers to attend.  It is great experience - 10 lane outdoor pool, international competition.  It is also a great team bonding experience for KISU.  Don't miss out. 

There is an early deadline as this meet does fill up and we want to be first to get our entries in.

Also . . . book your hotel rooms early as this can be a big weekend for Wenatchee with other events happening at the same time so you want to get your hotel booked as soon as possible.  Unless you are camping!


Parent Article:

Strength for Young Swimmers. By John Leonard

For those of us who have been around swimming for many decades and are still coaching age group swimmers, the most pronounced “difference” in children in this decade, is the lack of overall body strength. Sure, there are exceptions as there always are, but the vast majority of children we see today are not only considerably overweight compared to the earlier versions of the same age children, but they are just flat...out.... weak. (Young swimmers, defined as 7-12 years of age.)

This comes, of course from the nature of their toys, which are largely electronic and entirely sedentary. Where children of past decades played outside from dawn to dusk in the summer and from end of school to dusk in the winter, today’s child spends time watching a screen...either a computer, a television or a cell phone. Lack of physical activity creates weak children.

Then they come to swim lessons. The teachers show them how to kick correctly. They kick for ten seconds and “I’m tired!”. With enough persistence, they learn to kick for 30-40-60 seconds until the “I’m Tired!” whine begins again. And once that initial stage is passed, we note that they are kicking, but not going anywhere.

Of course not, because the tension in the mid-section of the body, (the much- touted CORE) simply not all that kick energy is getting absorbed into the soft mid-section like pushing on an accordion, and a much reduced quantity of energy reaches the front end of the kickboard.

Crushing. Hard to learn to swim, when your back half won’t contribute much in the way of propulsion even if you do get it into better shape.

So, there is a need for strengthening. Agreed?

Now, in days of old, simple outside PLAY created adequately strong core strength. If you live in a rural safe area, outdoor play is still the best way to build “natural strength” ...climbing trees, running, chasing, all the joys of youth. If you live in a city or suburban area, that gets a lot tougher. IF swim team is the child’s only physical activity...the burden is on the coach.

Most coaches today agree that a broadly based ACTIVE sports environment is the best way to build athletes and basic core strength. Note ACTIVE. Not standing around WATCHING coaches demonstrate, or watching the ball cross the field, but actual, sustained ACTIVITY. I watched both some youth baseball and some youth soccer the other day...neither qualified as “playing sports” in my mind...other than the existence of uniforms and a few kids moving, most everyone else was standing around. Parents need to measure the amount of real activity their child is getting in youth sport to know if there is health value or not.

Swim coaches love dryland training and these days, its valuable for every aquatic athlete from learn to swim to Olympian. For young swimmers, body weight strength building is the key. Pushups, sit-ups, planks, calisthenics, pull-ups, medicine ball passes, and lots of related low or no equipment activities are appropriate with an emphasis on gradually increasing total number of moments per period of time...i.e. Creating more “density” of movements over time, is the best prescription for core and related strength improvements.

Young children, ages 7-12, definitely need to get stronger, and it will not only improve their general athletic ability, but it will improve their health as well.





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Equipment for Purchase:

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Do you have a question- Contact us!

Head Coach: Tina Hoeben,, 250-486-4286

Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452

Head Mini Squad Coach: Hilary Harling, , 250-488-6292