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Stingrays Go High

Stingrays Go High                                                                                                   

The Duncan Swim Team (DST) has high goals for 2017 – 2018. The club will host the Vancouver Island Swimming Championships, January 25 to 28, 2018 and later the BC Summer Games, July 19 to 22 both at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre (CAC). Swimmers, coaches, officials and club members are preparing for their most significant season in some time.

The swimmers began their splash to the podium in Nanaimo at the Riptides Fall Invitational, October 28 and 29. Thirty-nine local swimmers aged 8 to 17 tested their early season racing with a large and skilled field from eight other Vancouver Island clubs. “The calibre of racing was comparable to the Island Championships we’ll host in January”, commented Head Coach Leanne Sirup.

A number of Stingrays reached multiple top eight finishes in Nanaimo: Oliver Castle, Ty Dahlstrom,   Ryca Stiwich, Bridget Burton, McKinley Thomas-Perry, Rudolf Kruger and Mary Paridaen van Veen.

“You should watch for these names as finalists at VIR”, says assistant Head Coach, Brent Forsyth.


“It is not just the swimmers who are preparing for the challenges ahead this season. Meet officials and club organizers are making plans to step up their game”, says club president Joey Dahlstrom. Meetings with Swim BC directors, training clinics for stroke & turn judges and budgets with funding support programs are being developed. “The Colorado Timing System scoreboard in the CAC will be watched by many for results at the big competitions DST hosts this season”, adds Bruce Clarke, DST spokesman.  


Alec Page with the three top Stingrays attending Swim BC Camp:

Mary Paridean van Veen, Bridget Burton & Ty Dahlstrom.

Picture taken by Kevin Rothbauer.


DST hosted the Swim BC Regional Age Group Camp Nov. 4 and 5 and Victoria’s Alec Page came to share his experiences at the Pan Am Games and World University Games. The thirty top 11 and 12 year old swimmers from across Vancouver Island heard and participated in presentations on high performance nutrition, hydration and swim skills. DST Coaching staff assisted with the delivery of an event designed to assist these young people pursue their swimming dreams.


“This is a valley wide season of high performance and profile for swimmers, DST club officials, the CAC and Cowichan Valley host business services. Many sport tourists will be in valley and at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre for high level swimming. The Stingrays are striving to make this a success story on many levels,” Clarke suggests.



For more information:

Please call DST Head Coach Leanne Sirup

Or email

Bruce Clarke DST Media 05nov17