Club News December 3rd 2018

“When one teaches, two learn.”

-Robert Half


Upcoming Events:


Distance Week Shirts: Registration Deadline Dec 5th

If you are signed up for the shirt, your swimmer completed the Distance week swims.  Please confirm that you would like a shirt by putting the shirt size in the notes part of the sign up.  If you don't put in a size, we won't order a shirt.

Shirts are long sleeved and approximate cost of $20.


Kamloops Team Travel: December 13-16th

Please watch your email for important team travel info in the next couple of weeks!  Medical forms and Code of Conduct will be sent out this week. They must be completed and handed into the KISU office by Saturday Dec 8th.


KISU Masters Meet:  December 8th 3-7pm

KISU will be hosting a Master’s Meet . . . The ALL Events Meet.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 3pm Warm Ups, estimated finish at 7pm.  

Sign up online.  $50 Flat fee.  Limit 6 events.

Meet information will be posted below when it is sanctioned as well as online at the BC Masters Swimming website.

Academy swimmers please sign up to volunteer. Job sign up deadline Dec 3rd


Albatross Mega Swim: 

Congratulations KISU members! Together we raised over $11,000 during this year’s Albatross Mega Swim. Results available HERE and on website under the ‘EVENTS’ tab.


December Mini Meet: December 15th 7:30-9:00 am

Racing! Ribbons! Muffins! KISU Mini Squad and Junior swimmers are invited to come out and swim at our first Mini Meet of the season! This is a great introduction to what it will be like at swim meets. Everyone will swim either 25m or 50m of each stroke and will earn a nice handful of ribbons.  At the end swimmers will get a delicious muffin, juice box and fruit.  Hope to see you all there!!  Let’s help them get excited!!

Cost: $5

Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 14

Parents don't forget to sign up to volunteer as a timer or starter!


December 17thTime Trial: Registration Deadline Dec 11th

This time trial is open to everyone who would attend practice on Monday, Juniors and Up (and even swimmers who would not normally attend on Mondays).  This time trial will run directly following the Kamloops Meets, so our swimmers can prepare for what a four-day championship meet will feel like.

All events will be offered.  Swimmers will likely be signed up for two events.

Cost if no volunteer - $10.  If family volunteer is there - FREE.

Volunteers will be need to run these trials.  Please sign up through the job sign up tab.


December Team Practice and Christmas Party: December 21st3:30-7:00

Age Group, Intermediates and Swim Academy: 3:30-5:30

Mini Squad, Juniors, Super Juniors: 4:00-5:30

KISU Christmas Party

Location: Meeting Room 4

Date; December 22nd 5:30- 7:00

KISU Swimmers come join us for our annual Christmas party.  Dinner is potluck.  There will be activities, games and a movie.  Parents, this is an excellent opportunity to finish off your Christmas shopping!


New Year’s Camp 2019:

Keep your swimmers busy in the days after the festivities (and give yourself a chance to relax).

ALL KISU swimmers are invited to join us, including Mini Squad and Fitness swimmers.  Practices will run Monday, Dec. 31, January 2 until Friday, January 4, 9am - 12noon (no practice on January 1). This is a great opportunity for swimmers to stay fit over the holidays, learn new skills, prepare for the next training cycle and keep their parent's sanity.  Practices include an hour of dryland training with guest coaches as well as video technique work.

Cost is $60 or $20/day if you can't make all the days.  

Please contact Tina for more information.



Big Bus Training Camp-Radium Hot Springs: Registration Deadline Jan 1st

This is a unique event that you don't want to miss out on.  We are going on a training camp in February, swimming outdoors in the Canadian Rockies!!  This is the only outdoor pool in Canada that runs year-round.  

We will be hosted by the Columbia Valley Swim Team.  They are helping us with the bookings, etc.  We will be 'camping' in a hall/gym/church.  We will leave on the Friday (Pro D Day), train that afternoon, doubles on Saturday and Sunday, train on Monday morning and come back that day.  It is the Family Day weekend, so swimmers will not be missing any school.  smiley

Minimum requirements are sub-4 and 12yrs.  We will need chaperones . . . please indicate in a note when you sign up if you are interested.  It will be limited to the number of seats in the bus.  Sign up early!


Parent Article:

Why setbacks in the pool aren’t so bad

-By Olivier Leroy

Swimmers who succeed in the pool have a way of dealing with failure. It’s easy to think that the high performers of our sport have never experienced (sometimes serious) failure.

Phelps’ well-publicized slip-ups outside of the pool.

Vlad Salnikov having to wait 8 full years to try and finally win his Olympic gold medal in the 1500 freestyle.

Janet Evans having to compete against women nearly a foot taller than her (and taking some extra “supplements”) during the ’88 Olympics.

And on it goes.


We all experience adversity.

It can be tempting to think that we have it particularly worse, that our pool is the worst, that our coach is the worst, that if only we had this or that we could be something truly special. 

The greats find a way to make it work for them.

It might not always be pretty, but when great swimmers fail, they come back with more resolve. And a massive fire burning in their chest.

You can use setbacks to strengthen your resolve. To escalate your efforts. To motivate yourself.

Or you can use it as a crutch. As a reason to stall your efforts. A way to keep yourself hedged against having to go all-in on your goals.

After all, setbacks can do a few powerful things…

Correct course. When you stink up the big meet it should serve as a wake-up call. Obviously, what you have been doing isn’t working, so what will you do to get things back on track?

Learning opportunity. Some humility is required here, after all, realizing that we aren’t as awesome and as smart and as tall as we thought we were can be a humbling. But don’t let the sting of failure overpower the lesson that it uniquely provides.


Sets the stage of change. Creating lasting change in your training and habits is not easy. Often it takes a brutal defeat to shine a light on the things you absolutely must change.

Kickstarts your motivation. Whenever I had a bad meet when I was a kid, and there were a few, I was absolutely clawing at the bit to get back to training the moment I got back from the meet. The rage and frustration motivated me into training like a monster. Nothing quite like a bad meet to fuel the fire.

In sum, setbacks aren’t so bad when you view them as the opportunity that they are. 

After all, they can leave you more motivated, more self-aware, more S-M-R-T, and more ready to kick some serious butt-butt at practice.

That stinky meet doesn’t seem so stinky now, does it?

See you at the pool,


P.S. If your swimming is important to you, you should be measuring it.

Simple as that.



Do you need some new KISU gear?  Contact our equipment manager Simone Peters at to order swimsuits, caps, goggles and flip flops!  Looking for other items, visit the Team Aquatic Website at and enter the discount code ‘KIS395’ at checkout to receive the team discount. Or present a copy of the shark card at retail stores.

2018/19 Shark Club Card



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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