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HTAC Update - August 21, 2019

2019-2020 Season

By now, Trojan athletes should have received their placement letters with information on their swim group for next year.  Returning members should confirm their spot and register by September 2.  Registration for new swimmers will open September 3.

The Club’s structure has been refreshed for the upcoming season.  The new model and descriptions of the five new groups – Trojan Skills, Aspire, Youth, Junior, Senior/National – are available on, as are practice schedules.

Coach announcements including the allocation of Lead Coaches to specific groups will be communicated to all members in the coming days.

Coaching News

As many of you may be aware, Assistant Head Coach Riccardo became a Dad with the arrival of his beautiful daughter Lina. Riccardo and his wife are very excited about the next chapter of their lives!  Sadly for the Trojans, Riccardo has made the decision to step down from his current coaching position and take care of his new family as he prepares for new career ventures away from the pool deck in late fall. Until then, Riccardo will still be a Trojan coach and no doubt you will still hear that familiar whistle blasting from across the pool!

We also want to let you know that Brian Beckwith will not be returning for the upcoming season. The Trojans thank Brian for his contributions to the Trojans over the years, and we wish him the best of success in his future challenges and endeavors. 

Refer a Friend

We know that word of mouth is a great way to recruit new members to the Trojans, and this season we are introducing a Refer a Friend program.  For every new member you refer that registers with the Trojans (and swims to at least January 31, 2020) you will earn 1 volunteer point (value $50).  Potential new Trojan’s can attend our Assessment Days taking place on September 10 and 12 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Dalplex. Spread the word!

Team Communications

The Club website ( is always an important source of information throughout the year with details such as training schedules, swim meet updates, required equipment, registration fees, team policies, team events and volunteer opportunities. The website is updated regularly, so make sure you check it often!  Follow us on Twitter (@HfxTrojans), Instagram (hfxtrojans) and Facebook.  In addition, regular team newsletters and coach emails make sure you are up to date.

Summer Meet Results

Many Trojans kept training and racing into July, with 24 swimmers joining Team Nova Scotia tour team for the Maine Invitational International (July 25 – 27) and three swimmers racing at the Canadian Junior Championships in Calgary (July 24 to 29).

Maine International Invitational

Team Nova Scotia earned the second place Overall Top Team banner.  Trojans swam to 70 best times, scored 123 points, earned 36 podium finishes for a total of 49 medals (including relays).  Keilen Bellis broke a provincial record for the 13-14 boys 100m breast.  And seven Trojans received a High Points Trophy.  Congratulations to Keilen Bellis (6th); Charlotte Evans (6th); Ian Monchesky (3rd); Owen Nicholson (5th); Marisa Parker (3rd); Eden Sears (7th); and Laura White (5th).

Canadian Junior Championships

Liam Ferguson, Will Myrer and Marion Synishin represented HTAC at the Junior Champs, posting three best times and four finals (3 “A” finals, 1 “B” final, plus 1 alternate). 

The Big Swim

On Sunday, August 18 two Trojans did something amazing.  Emme Morin and Shelby MacLellan joined 42 other athletes to complete The Big Swim, swimming across the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick to PEI!  In addition to an amazing accomplishment, this is a fundraiser for Brigadoon Village, this year raised more than $160,000!  The Big Swim is an annual event produced by GIVETOLIVE which inspires people to achieve extraordinary physical and emotional accomplishments to raise funds for charities that work to improve the lives of people suffering from long term illness. Learn more at