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HTAC Update - March 14, 2019

2019 Maine Development Tour Team Recap

Congratulations and welcome back to the HTAC swimmers who were members of the provincial 2019 Maine Development Tour team.  Coach Mikayla was one of the team’s assistant coaches. Below is her recap of the successful travel opportunity:

This past weekend Swim Nova Scotia sent a developmental travel team to compete in Bath, Maine. We had an impressive 59 athletes in attendance, nearly doubling last year’s competition team. Of the 59 swimmers, 12 came from our own Halifax Trojans Provincial squad. We had Ariel Rao and Eliana MacDonald as veterans on this trip, returning to compete for the second year in a row. Newcomers Lilly Collins, Jordan Daigle, Clara Durling, Bridget Gregan, Finlay Macaulay, Maria McDougall, Isobel McBride, Eadaoin McGrath, Allison Redfern and Emma Scheuer rounded out the team.

Swimmers were randomly assigned to work with one of the four coaches in attendance - Moira Milward (Head Coach), Zoe Miles, Mikayla Tyrrell or Emma Ryan. This provided all the athletes with the opportunity to work with and learn from a new coach.  Also in attendance was Lance Cansdale who acted as a mentor coach, providing feedback and advice for our coaching staff so that the best experience possible could be delivered to our athletes.

Coaches created practices on Thursday and Friday evening for hour-long sessions. The focus of these practices was to become familiar with the pool and work on proficient turns and starts so that everyone would be race-ready for Saturday morning. During the swim meet athletes continued to work with their group coach. Athlete and coach would discuss what they wanted to work on in their events before swimming and after would talk about what went well and where swimmers thought they could improve. Having the chance to work with a different coach allowed swimmers to learn and understand technique improvements in new and alternative ways allowing them to continue to grow and improve. This was also a fantastic learning opportunity as it helped swimmers to prepare for future travel meets where working with a familiar coach is not always an option.

Many swimmers also had their first experience with swimming in a 25-yard pool. The shorter pool size was a fun experience and athletes got to try unique events such as the 500Fr. For some the shorter distance and increased emphasis on walls was a bonus. Another unique opportunity with the 500Fr was that it was its own session and our athletes had to time each other during the event.

Beyond learning to compete in a new environment, swimmers got to bond with athletes from other Nova Scotia clubs. Team spirits were high on and off deck with athletes coming up with impressive and innovative team cheers for each session, showing off their Nova Scotia pride. For the duration of the meet everyone was on their feet cheering fellow teammates for all of their swims. Often you would find someone waving the Nova Scotia flag at the end of the pool. Our swimmers were displaying some fantastic sportsmanship, befriending and congratulating not only swimmers from their team but from opposing teams as well.

This was a very positive meet and a great experience for everyone in attendance. Our swimmers learned many new skills and made new friendships that will last beyond the travel meet. A big thank you goes out to Bette and Swim NS for making this swim meet possible.

March Break Training Camp

The March Break Training Camp for swimmers in Alpha+ and above starts Monday, March 18.  All practices will be at Centennial pool.  Full schedule available on

Upcoming swim meet

AA Age Group Development Meet #2

Hosted by Cape Breton Dorados

March 30 and 31

Sydney, Cape Breton

If you can volunteer as timer or official, please email Ryan Clarke ([email protected]) and copy Mhiran ([email protected]).  HTAC volunteer points will apply.

2019 Swim a Thon Launch

Our biggest team fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 to 10:30am at Dalplex. Watch for the launch next week!

Sports Sweep Ticket drop-off

The draw date for the Sport Nova Scotia Sports Sweep raffle is April 12.  Families received tickets at the time of registration and have the choice to sell the tickets or keep them for yourself.  Those who still have ticket stubs can drop them off to Heather Myrer at the following dates and locations:

Monday, March 25    Dalplex lobby 4:30 to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26    Dalplex pool 4:45 to 5:30 pm

                                Centennial pool 6:00 to 6:15 pm

Friday, March 29        Centennial pool 6:15 to 6:45 pm

Saturday, March 3o    Centennial pool 9:30 to 9:45 am

                                 AAA swim meet, Dalplex

Travel Fundraising for National competitions

To help offset travel expenses to Swimming Canada competitions this year (Canadian Swimming Trials, Eastern Championships, Canadian Junior and Canadian Swimming championships) nationally-qualified swimmers are running a delicious fundraiser just in time for Easter.

Cape Breton Fudge (in 11 yummy flavours) and Rita’s Tea Room mini-oatcakes will be available.  All items are $10 each (cash only).  Fudge comes in ½ pound individually wrapped packages.  Rita’s Tea Room mini-oatcakes come in packages of 24.

Orders will be accepted between March 15 and March 30 to allow for delivery by Easter Weekend.   

To order, download and complete the attached order form.  Orders and payment can be dropped off to Heather Myrer during the times listed above for Sports Sweep tickets.  Or contact Tracey ([email protected]) or Heather ([email protected])

HTAC Awards Banquet

The annual Awards Banquet for age group swimmers will be held in June.  This year-end celebration is a Trojan tradition that recognizes achievements of our athletes.  We are looking for at least three volunteers to help organize this event.  Volunteers will each earn four (4) HTAC volunteer points.

Grassroots will have their own fun party – details coming soon.

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Ideas, Comments, Suggestions, Questions

We know our members may have questions about training, competitions, team policies, or may have suggestions or ideas to share.  We encourage you to reach out to the coaches and Board, and hope you speak with your swimmer’s coach, Head Coach Mark McGrann ([email protected]), or any member of the Board of Directors (contact information is listed on the HTAC website).  Maybe your question is one a lot of members have, and you can help us identify a communications need.  We can all work together to build on our 50-year history and continue to ensure the Trojans is a successful club where swimmers are able to reach their potential and members are engaged and involved.