March 12, 2018
“Growth is never by mere chance.
It is a result of forces working together.”
-Autism Treatment Centre of America
Congratulations to all KISU swimmers, families, friends and Alumni who helped to make the Tier 1 meet this past weekend such a huge success. We could not have done it without the help of each and every one of you!
Meet Results will be posted on the website once available.
MSABC members are invited to participate in the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) which will be held during our Provincials weekend on
Saturday April 28th 2018 at Watermania 30 minutes after the last
event is competed. There will be elections for Board positions and
annual reports on all topics related to the running of
Master’s Swimming Association of BC will be on the
During the Provincials Championship weekend, the Ted Simpson Achievement Award and Stan Powell Memorial Service Award will be presented. Year after year, it is very difficult to get submissions for these two awards from our membership. Every club in BC has deserving members and all it takes is a few minutes to jot down a few notes and submit an award nomination. PLEASE submit a nomination from your club before the end of March. Details can be found here
Up Coming Events:
All the meets/events for the rest of the season are posted on the website. Please check them out and sign up early.
Some to take note of that are not meets:
- Mini Squad Finale
- Reflective Goggles for Wenatchee
- Year-End Awards Night and Picnic
- Arena Suit Order for the 2018-19 season
Everyone gets a new suit each season so pre-order yours and have it in September.
Up Coming Meets:
VKSC Spring Invitational: April 7-8th Registration deadline: March 15th
Location - 3310-37Ave, Vernon
Coach's Editorial - this should be a great meet. Vernon hasn't hosted a meet in April for a while so it would be great to have a large crew from KISU out to support the meet. They are also really trying to support younger swimmers wanting to get times in the Distance events (800/1500).
Consider coming out for only one day.
Warm ups - Saturday morning 7:30 am Afternoon session - 3:30pm, Sunday 7:30am.
- Saturday morning - 100 Free, 200 Brst, 200 Fly, 100 Back, 400 IM.
- Saturday afternoon - 200 Free, 100 Brst, 100 Fly, 200 Back and 200 IM.
- Sunday - 50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Brst, 100 IM plus 800/1500.*
- *There are dequalifying times for the 800/1500. 800 = 10:20 (anyone faster than 10:20 will not be able to swim). 1500= 19:30. Limited to the top 40 swimmers/event.
Meet fees - $8/event. Limit of 3 events/session.
Meet information is posted on the website in the meet package.
VKSC Spring Jamboree: April 8th Registration Deadline March 15th
Jamborees are for novice swimmers who have not yet gone faster than 4 minutes for their 200IM. It is considered a developmental meet with the goal of it lasting less than 4 hours.
Location - 3310-37 Ave., Vernon
BASED on the fall Jamboree. Details will be confirmed when the meet info. is posted.
Start time 1:30pm. Estimated finish at 6pm.
Cost - $6.50/event
Coaches will decide on events. More details posted in the meet information below.
This is a great local meet for our Jamboree swimmers. We hope to see a large contingent of KISU Jamboree swimmers out for the Vernon Meet.
Pro D Day Clinic: April 16th Registration Deadline April 15th
10:00am-12:00pm at the pool
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.
Mini Squad Finale: April 25th Registration Deadline April 23rd
Location: Lakawana Park
Our mini squad finale will follow team practice. Coaches and swimmers will walk over to Lakawana Park for pizza and report cards. Sign up is on the website. Family members are welcome. Please include the total number of family members attending in the note section.
Cost: $5 per person
Kamloops Spring Fever: April 28th Registration Deadline April 13th
This is a great meet to attend in April. It is long course, one day (no need for accommodation) and will keep swimmers focused through the month.
Based on last year's meet information -
Warm Ups at 9:30am. The projected finish time is 6pm.
Event fees - $8/event, the club will cover relays.
More information will be posted when the meet package becomes available.
KAJ Jamboree in West Kelowna: May 5th Registration Deadline April 19th
This is one of the final Jamboree of the season. It will be held at the Johnson Bentley Pool.
If you are a Jamboree swimmer . . . sign up!
More information will be posted when it becomes 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!
KISU has a room block booked at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel
Check in: May 31 Check out: June 3
Single and double rooms: $140 USD per night
Triple rooms: $150 USD per night
Quad rooms: $160 USD per night
Rates include a continental breakfast served 6:30 to 8:30 am
Please identify yourself with KISU Swim Club Offer expires May 14, 2018
Child Fitness Tax Receipts:
For 2017 and subsequent taxation years the federal government has eliminated the children’s fitness tax credit and the additional amount for children eligible for the disability tax credit, however for the 2017 year the BC provincial government is offering an equivalent credit as outlined below.
Each credit will be a non-refundable tax credit of eligible expenditures up to $500 for each child. Both the Child Arts amount and the Child Fitness amount are increased to $1,000 if the child is eligible for the disability tax credit.
The Child Fitness Equipment Tax Credit was announced to be effective for the 2015 and later taxation years. This will provide a non-refundable tax credit equal to 50% of the child fitness credit. No additional receipts need be kept for this credit - just retain the receipts for the child fitness credit.
For both of these credits, eligible expenditures are those that qualify for the federal children's fitness credit as stated below.
The tax credit is available for registration and membership costs paid in the taxation year, for prescribed programs of physical activity for their children who are, at the beginning of the taxation year
under 16 years of age, or
under 18 for a child with a disability
(i.e., when any person is able to claim a disability amount tax credit for the child on line 318
of the federal tax return)
Tax receipts will not be prepared for the 2017 tax year unless required for a member audit. In this case a receipt will be issued within 48hrs.
The amount you paid can easily be determined by viewing your history in your KISU account.
- Login into your account at kisu.ca
- Click on the ‘My invoice /payment’ tab on the left
- Click on billing history
- Click on the ‘search billing/payment history’ button
- Enter the dates 01/01/17- 12/31/2017
- Any amounts charged under the account “Club Fees or Swimmer Registration” are applicable.
- Be sure to scroll to the bottom and confirm payment total³ claim amount
The Real Culture of American Swimming
by Don Heidary, February 26, 2018
As there has been a great deal in the media of late on the "culture of American Swimming", I am compelled to offer a vastly different perspective, and I believe with all my heart, a more accurate one. Over the past forty years, I have coached in the summer-leagues, at the high school level, and as a proud member of USA Swimming. What I have seen, and have been blessed to be a part of, is a culture that is anything but predatory, abusive, and certainly not profit-driven.
What lies beneath the surface of the sport of swimming are the greatest lessons of life, of relationships, of personal growth, and of athletic development. I have seen countless children learn invaluable social skills, overcome debilitating fear, develop profound self-esteem and self-awareness, build life-long friendships, and discover mentors and programs that changed the trajectory of their lives. I have seen swimmers find a home away from home and a second family, and often a respite from life's stresses and challenges. I have seen kids learn things they cannot learn in a classroom or at a dinner table, such as work ethic, resilience, sacrifice, humility and teamwork. I have seen young adults learn to celebrate the success of others, transcend pain thresholds, discover acts of courage within themselves, and begin to see life through the lens of team, service, and leadership. I have seen kids that never found "success" in athletic endeavors, find it their role as an inspiration and a role model.
I have seen teenagers contemplate the tipping point of their physical and mental capacity and discover a strength within that they never thought possible. I have seen kids' academic priority shift from indifference to mastery as a result of the transforming self-discipline learned through swimming. I have seen young student-athletes redefine their academic focus, social priorities, and their predisposition to work and challenge with the possibility and opportunity of being a collegiate athlete. I have witnessed countless swimming careers evolve from nervous children on the stairs of their learn-to-swim programs to high school seniors giving emotional farewell speeches to teams that changed their lives.
Against the backdrop of a culture of (un)social media, technological dependence, and false relevance, the sport of swimming and athletics in general, offers human interaction and relationship dynamics based on depth of character and contribution. Approval or acceptance comes only from earned respect and relationships developed. In swimming, a child's social life is real life, and it is developed and experienced in the challenge of training, in the unification of competition, and in daily team interaction.
And the culture of coaching has been nothing short of inspirational. I am talking about the ninety-nine percent that define it, that create the cultures described above, the real culture of American swimming. Coaches are individuals who do not refer to their vocation as "work", view it as a job, or track their hours. Coaches are by and large predisposed to enhancing the quality of the lives they serve: children and athletes. The coaches that I know define success not in pay or recognition but in a life made better, a goal achieved, a note of gratitude, or in a parent's acknowledgement that they have seen profound change in their child. The coaches that I know view their role as servants, as leaders, as mentors, and most significantly as privileged. They understand that few athletes will become Olympians but all can become leaders on the team, role models in their community, and "Olympian" in character. The coaches that I know went against the norms of professional pursuit to follow a passion and to make a difference. Most have sacrificed financial security for societal contribution.
An illustration of the role and relevance of many coaches came in a parent's comment many years ago, that has always resonated with me. It was made against the backdrop of the extreme social pressures that kids face, when a mother said, "Don't you understand, you (coaches) are the last line of defense."
Beyond coaching, as a volunteer, I have been a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Swimming (Northern California), USA Swimming, and of the American Swimming Coaches Association. I have seen the inside of the volunteer culture of the sport, and it is driven first and foremost by service; countless individuals working behind the scenes to support children and the athletic process. These people are true servants and in my opinion, the silent hero's and profound examples of selfless support. They are volunteers who spend up to forty hours a week in support of the sport and its members, officials who give up weekends to officiate so that the opportunity to compete is never in question, and committees who work tirelessly to create opportunities outside of the pool to enhance the experience of the sport. They themselves become role model for our athletes.
While the sport has been profoundly successful, its achievement has not been manufactured in board rooms or through corporate sponsors. It has been fostered in learn-to-swim programs, summer-league teams, YMCA's, club teams, and collegiate programs throughout the country. It has been nurtured by caring, professional, and driven coaches, supported by selfless volunteers, and it has been given structure by organizations grounded in methodical plans of athlete development, teambuilding, and coach-swimmer partnerships.
The real culture of swimming and the sport itself is a gift to our children and to our society. The benefits are immeasurable and invaluable. Over 500,000 children and young adults enter a swimming pool each year, some from the shallow end to learn a life skill, some from the deep end to achieve at a high level, with the vast majority falling somewhere in the middle. They choose the sport and the commitment because of the dedication of coaches and because of the culture of their team, not in spite of them. And every day, tens of thousands of coaches step onto a pool deck to help develop an athlete to his or her potential, to build a team and a team culture, and to help shape lives.
This is what lies beneath the surface of our sport.
The following is an excerpt from a letter written many years ago by a graduating athlete. It poignantly reveals the impact the sport can make far beyond the competitive process. While this is one letter, it may very well represent hundreds of thousands of teenagers who have benefitted from the sport of swimming. This is the culture of swimming that too few see or read about.
"I can only imagine where I would be today, right now, if I had never joined this team back in seventh grade. In middle school, I found myself, like so many others do, at a crossroads of sorts. My best friends were making choices that made me uncomfortable on many levels, and I could feel myself slipping down with them. Looking back, I can see just how far I was about to fall. In joining this team, my life went from slipping downwards, and slipping fast, to something entirely different and profoundly positive. This team, its coaches and teammates, has changed my life in countless ways. It has not only shaped me into the person I am today, but it has made me realize who that person is. Because of this team, I know my values, and I'm standing by them.
I have so much gratitude for everything the team has done for me over the past seven years. To the coaches, I owe not only my career in the pool, but also relationships that I consider some of the most important in my life. I know that there are very few people in the world that would do for me what you would in a heartbeat, and I cannot express how thankful I am to have you in my life. And to my teammates and amazing friends, well, I love you and I could not be more grateful. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
So, I acknowledge and thank the thousands of coaches, administrators, and volunteers who work every day tirelessly, unselfishly, and with the highest character. They create, not only a wonderfully positive sport, but a sport that changes lives, a sport that I believe is the finest and most important sport in the world.
Head Coach, Orinda Aquatics - USA Swimming
Head Coach, Miramonte High School
Board President, American Swimming Coaches Association
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