October 21, 2018
Issue 2November 2018
The newsletter of the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club
October has been a busy month so far! We’ve had our first
swim meet of the season and Olympian Hilary Caldwell has visited us
twice to work with our swimmers in the water and share her
knowledge. Up next we have our first PASS and MINI meet for the
younger swimmers, as well as the AGM and election of the 2018/2019
Board on Oct. 25th. More information about these events and our
first fundraiser of the season below!
Head Coach Kelly Taitinger
Youth National Group and Elite 2 Junior
The last month has been one where most groups have conducted Coach – Parent meetings and have gone over items such as the meet schedule, a template that the coach is following with regards to the best possible progression for each athlete during their phase of training and the emphasis of letting the swimmers learn at their own pace and be viewed at their own ability. If for some reason, you missed this meeting by your group, then please contact the coach and get information so you do not miss anything important.
The AGM is quickly approaching and all members are urged to attend and ask questions if any explanations are needed in order that everyone understands the process and structure of our club.
Hilary Caldwell clinics
Western – YNG report:
Elite 2 Jr. report:
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Team Cheer at the PSW Meet
Assistant Head Coach Jennika Efford
Elite 2 Senior
This past weekend the Elite 2 Senior group did an awesome job at their first meet of the season.
Working with a new group and team of athletes I always try and go into the first competitions with an open mind.
The swimmers wrote out goals ahead of time that were based on concrete and consistent skills they have been focusing on in workouts.
Being accountable and consistent in training is something we’ve talked a lot about over the first 6 weeks of the season.
With over 54% best times in the group I was pleased with the consistency in racing and seeing the swimmers kicking and underwater skills come through.
Up next we’ve got the Langley Invitational Swim meet on November 3rd/4th.
As this meet has some more event choices and is a heats and finals format, we’ll be able to challenge the athletes a little more and work on their racing abilities over a longer weekend.
I’ve asked the athletes to review the goals they set going into the PSW meet to see what they’ve accomplished and what they can build on over the next two weeks in training.
As a whole the group will be working on:
Looking forward to the next few weeks of training! GO FINS!
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Coach Therese Santerre
Elite 1 Junior
Bravo Elite 1 junior swimmers,
awesome first meet !
Beyond these successes, this first meet allowed us especially to observe and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each one. Then you will see us very motivated during next practices using our strengths to work courageously and tirelessly on our weaknesses.
Good job Elite 1 Junior!
I was happy to see all parents at our parents meeting last week. I hope you appreciated the presentation as I appreciated introducing myself to you and sharing with you the beliefs and values on which my work with your children is based. To follow up I sent you the seasonal plan and Natasha Beese accepted to be the “ rep “ of our group, thank you.
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Coach Dario Isic
It is already October! We have just had our first swim meet and it was nothing short of amazing.
As a group we had over 90% best times with some very big drops along the way. In total we had 6 new Age Group Championship Times (Tier 1). Mutsuki Porter qualified in 100 Fly, 100 back and 200 IM. Lauren Day qualified in 100 Free. Eugene Chang qualified in 100 back and 50 Free.
Our next swim meet (Langley) is right around the corner. I look forward to more great swims! GO CDSC!
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GAME FACES at psw Meet
Coach Khosro Mansuri
Blue 1.1/1.2, White 1.1/1.2/2, Junior Dolphins 1 and 2
It has been a busy season so far, and our focus over the past 4 weeks has been on kicking, drills, introducing breaststroke kick. Everyone is working hard on these skills and the swimmer’s focus will show at our first Pass/Mini Meet next weekend.
We will be handing out a GOLD kick boards for the Swimmer of the Week in each of the following groups: Blue 1.2, 1.1, White 2, White 1.1, and 1.2
The Swimmer’s of the Week for Oct 11th - 18th are:
Congratulations to all of you!
Hilary Caldwell Training Camp: Hilary brought a lot of energy and gave the swimmers a lot of things to think about while swimming! Here are the some of the points we talked about working on during practice:
Thank you Hillary!
Please Remember to sign up for the swim meet on October 28th - registration is open until the 25th!
White Dolphins sign up for Mini Meet (8:00-10:00am)
Blue and Red Group Dolphins sign up for PASS Meet (5:45-8:45am)
Tuesday Oct. 30th is our Halloween Team Practice. Please come to the pool at 3:45pm with your costume or CDSC team shirt!! There will be food provided for the swimmers after the workout. There will an email sent out with some more information next week!
We are encouraging all swimmers to bring in water bottle during training so no one gets dehydrated during swim practice. We want to remind parents to help make sure their child is prepared for practice with all their required equipment; fins, CDSC kick board, and CDSC cap.
Reminder - there will be no practice for Blue 1.2 on Wednesday Oct. 31st and Monday Nov. 12th.
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Coach Tyler Barr
Red 1 and Blue 2
This month we had the PSW meet, we had many best times and overall a great meet!! We are getting closer to achieving our goals as a group. We are going to be focusing in on getting 10 meters off each wall and see how we do at our next meet LOSC!
We are going to be starting a 400 timed kick test set, where we can gauge our progress working on our kick.
I hope we are all looking forward to the challenge.
We have been working hard and I am looking forward to seeing all the progress we have made in our upcoming LOSC meet.
We are going to keep working on getting off our walls in a streamline with proper underwater work.
We will be focusing on kick and continue working on getting our 200 I.M. times down. Lets keep working on our nice tight streamlines!
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Coach Devon Joanis
Elite 1 Senior
The performance at the first meet of the year has demonstrated where the group is currently at.
Most of the races were great first swims. Swimmers achieved quite a number of best times and now have a definitive starting point to set goals from.
Teo Bekri had an outstanding performance and achieved two new Age Group qualifying times which qualifies him for Age Group Championships.
We continue training and will prepare for our next competition at the start of November. I hope to see more time standards achieved and goals met.
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Here are important events and swim meets happening in the next month. You can always view these events on our team event list and calendar on the website
CDSC’s Annual General Meeting is happening on Oct 25th at the VAC. More info and the nominated board members can be found here
Our first PASS and MINI meet for the younger swimmers is on Sunday Oct 28th! Sign up here by October 25th! *hyperlink*
Halloween Team Practice on Tuesday October 30th - Bring your costumes!
Some Halloween Practices on Oct 31st have been cancelled - please check with your specific coach for information on your group’s schedule.
Langley Invitational Meet is November 3rd/4th. Meet information will be sent out soon.
Monday November 12th - all practices cancelled. For Sunday November 11th please check with your group’s coach.
On behalf of the CDSC Coaching Team and Board of Directors, welcome to our Endurothon Fundraiser for the 2018-19 season!
Date: Tuesday and Thursday, November 27th and 29th (Junior Dolphins will swim on Sunday November 25th)
We set an aggressive goal for fundraising last year and achieved amazing results, so we are aiming to exceed last year’s target and set our goal at $30,000.
These funds are crucial to supporting exceptional ongoing coaching resources, training camps and specialized coaching, like our recent sessions with Olympian, Hilary Caldwell.
Each swimmer is required to participate and committing to pushing themselves in the pool to support CDSC:
How to get started:
We are using the same system as last year which will be up and running next week (a further email announcing when signup is open will be sent later in the week)
The generosity of our members, families and friends is pivotal to our success as a competitive swim community and each contribution helps us reach our goals of delivering excellence in swimming in a high performance environment.
Thank you for your support!
As we head into meet season here are some articles that might be helpful in managing expectations from both the swimmer and parent points of view.
The second article by Don Heidary (Orinda Aquatics) is a fantastic read about what it means to be a competitive athlete and the true value our swimmers gain from this sport.
Frequently Asked Questions
This section will answer popular and frequently asked questions from the team. If you have a question you’d like answered, send it in!
Q: Is it important for parents to take an Officials clinic?
A: YES! It’s not just for Parent Participation Points.
Our Official clinics teach parents about timing at a swim meet and becoming a stroke and turn judge. These are valuable skills for every parent to have as we need your help to run the CDSC swim meets!
Learning the rules about officiating swimming is also valuable in having conversations with your swimmers about their practices and races. It gives you some inside knowledge to all the little things your child is learning in order to compete at swim meets.
We run Official Clinics once a month and registration will be through our Events page on the website.
If you ever have any questions about jobs at a swim meet and things you can do, contact our Officials Coordinator - Graem Luis - email@example.com
Here is a video about officiating Breaststroke. https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ZXUEfP-Agc
The new provincial and national time standards have been posted. If you have questions about these standards please contact your child’s coach!