September 19, 2017
W Ross Macdonald Swimming has affiliated with The Ontario Blind Sports Association!
WRMS Head Coach, Mike Finch said “Our affiliation with OBSA is a natural evolution, reflecting our 10 year association and partnership with The W. Ross Macdonald School, staff and students”
W. Ross Macdonald Swimming has partnered with the school since September of 2007. Our 10 year relationship with the school has allowed our community swimmers to train with more advanced swimmers from the school – Senior members of WRMS mentor W. Ross student athletes – we operate 5 Aqua 7 dual meets during the school year where W. Ross student athletes compete alongside swimmers from the community. WRMS parents host a dinner for every swimmer, parents and coaches after each dual meet.
WRMS parents assist every other year when W. Ross hosts The Provincial School Swimming Championship Meet.
Swimmers from the community assist with development camps run for W. Ross student athletes. Students from the school have attended the WRMS annual Fall weekend at Camp AK-O-MAK, students from the school. W. Ross student athletes have also attended the WRMS Victoria Training Camp which involves 7 full days on Vancouver Island.
W. Ross swimmers have set National Records for both able bodied and Para Swimming. They have represented the school at every level within Canadian Swimming Domestic Program. Tyson MacDonald has set numerous PARA National Records over the last year. Brandon Van Wyk, a W. Ross Grad currently enrolled at The University of Waterloo attended the World Deaf Games over the summer.
Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA) is dedicated to creating opportunities for the blind/visually impaired to enjoy the lifelong benefits of sport. We plan, promote, coordinate, and sanction events and activities designed to stimulate the development of programs for athletes in Ontario who are blind/visually impaired. OBSA was incorporated in 1984.
As a provincial sport organization (PSO), the Association selects coaches, athletes, and support personnel to represent the Province of Ontario in competitions all over the country. Our programs are crafted to support the ongoing development of elite athletes (High Performance Training Camp), as well as to provide recreational opportunities for the blind/visually impaired (Summer Sports Camp, OBSA Sports Day). OBSA is dedicated to athlete development and raising awareness about the unique benefits of participation in blind sport. As such, our programs are also designed to provide opportunity for all people to become engaged (Outreach).
OBSA continues to increase opportunities for inclusion of its members in able-bodied sport programs, providing individuals with the resources and support that develop the skill, drive, and confidence needed to succeed in sport.