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HTAC Update - May 17, 2019

Grab a coffee and take a few minutes to read this week’s update.  This issue includes Swim a Thon results and awards, Grassroots update, Age Group Awards banquet details, information on HRM’s long term aquatic strategy and details on the AGM.

Also, watch for our annual membership survey that will be delivered to your inbox over the next few days.  We hope you will take the time to complete the survey, as your feedback helps Head Coach and the Board plan for next season.

Swim a Thon 2019 Result

What a great Swim a Thon 2019!  There was certainly a feeling of unity and team spirit when the whole team came together on April 27 and finished our distance goal to swim to the CN Tower – 1790 km!  This is an important team fundraiser and together we raised $14,050.  Thank you to all swimmers, parents, coaches, volunteers, friends and family who contributed.  It is really appreciated. 

Congratulations to our top ten fundraisers:

Robyn Black

Emma Hamlyn

Laura White

Paulo Beronja

Catherine Koch

Andrew Barsoum

Oliver Bourne

Taryn Donnelly

Katelyn Walker

Amelia Lane

Top Group Fundraiser - Congratulations to Atlantic White. The group raised over $3,600! To celebrate their success, they will be enjoying a pizza party tonight.

Grand Prize Winner - This year, for every $125 a swimmer raised, their name was entered into our grand prize draw.  Congratulations to Oliver Bourne from the Provincial group who won a $500 gift card of his choice.  And thanks to him for raising $395 for the Club. 

Individual prizes – Individual prizes will be distributed in the next few weeks.  Swimmers who raised $125 earn a t-shirt; swimmers who raise $250 earn a hoodie, and swimmers who raised $500+ receive both. 


Age Group Awards Banquet

The HTAC Awards Banquet for Age Group swimmers will be held Thursday, June 13 at the Westin Nova Scotian from 7 to 9pm (doors open at 6:30).  This year-end celebration is a long-standing Trojan tradition that recognizes the achievements of our athletes.  Our swimmers, parents, coaches and Board of Directors look forward to getting together to celebrate the end of the season to acknowledge our athletes, graduates and volunteers.  More details will be shared soon.   We are looking for corporate sponsors for this event.  Contact Denise Green at for details.


Grassroots Update

By: Brian Beckwith, MT, HTAC Grassroots Coordinator

What a season!  Trojan Grassroots swimmers finished off the year with a bang at the Novatech Explosion hosted by the Truro Centurians on May 11 and 12.    All the fantastic work on power stance drills, skills and streamlines paid off with some really fast swimming!

We would like to congratulate the following swimmers for improving their skills to earn their medals:

Bronze  Medal                       Silver Medal                      Gold Medal

Abby Malone                            Kevin Wen                          Mandy Tang

Kingston Mensah                      Max Cheng

Sebastian Ervine

Congratulations to Yael Bloom, Meredith MacDougall and Paulo Beronia-Dardha for becoming AA qualified.  They will be competing at AA Spring Champs in June.  A special thank you to Ryan Hull and Aliyah Bloom for their help with marshaling, tracking streamlines and their team spirit.

With the 2018/2019 Grassroots season at a close, it is great to look at all these athletes have accomplished through their dedication and skills: 22 bronze medals, 25 silver medals, 14 gold medals, 13 AA qualifiers and 1 AAA qualifier!

The Grassroots year-end banquet was held at Centennial Pool on May 16, and was emceed by Coach Phil.  A big congratulations to all our Award winners and Novatech graduates:

Most Improved

Lucas Tang, Gamma

Andrea Wang, Beta

Emmie Wang, Alpha


Coaches’ Choice

Nora Setchell, Gamma

Katelyn Walker, Beta

Izzy Brezovan, Alpha

Derek Tang, Swim with Phil


Sticker Award

Ruby Martell (participation)

Ellie Easley (L1)

Lily Rooney (L2)


Top Power Stance

Ruby Lee, Gamma

Mandy Tang, Beta

Izzy Brezovan, Alpha

Photos from the year-end celebration will be posted soon to our Facebook page so be sure to check them out.  Have a fun and save summer and the Trojans looks forward to seeing you all again next season!


HRM Long-Term Aquatic Strategy

The HRM Council approved the Long-term Aquatic Strategy at its Council Meeting held May 14.  Regional Council is moving forward with a long-term strategy for aquatic facilities in the municipality.  Drawing from community and stakeholder consultation, the Aquatic Strategy will assess the long-term aquatic needs for HRM and provide recommendations to regional council by identifying gaps, opportunities and priorities within the system, and providing a strategic approach and specific actions to guide aquatic facility planning for the next 15 years. 

The strategy can be found here:

The scope of the strategy includes municipal indoor and outdoor pools, training and competition aquatic sport facilities, municipally supervised beaches and splash pads.


AGM and Call for Nominations to HTAC Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm in the Dalplex Conference Room (room next to the shallow end of the pool).  The Nominating Committee is looking for candidates to serve as members of the Board of Directors of the Club for the 2019/2020 swim season.


As a director you are expected to provide leadership and oversight in respect of the governance and management of the Club, its objectives and activities.  In addition, directors are expected to attend and participate in monthly Board meetings, attend and participate on committees of the Board, and support events and activities organized by the Club.


Directors are elected by the members at each Annual General Meeting of the Club.  There is no limit on the number of terms a director may serve, i.e. a director may re-offer and be re-elected for an unlimited number of consecutive terms.

Nomination Process:

Candidates interested in being considered for a position on the Board should submit their name via email to Lilani Kumaranayake, Chair of the Nominating Committee at

The Nominating Committee is responsible to identify candidates and is required to bring forward that slate of names to the voting membership for consideration.  Candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee will be presented to the voting members for election and approval at the AGM.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 31, 2019.