January 16, 2020
Newsletter – January 2020
[NOTE: Apparently when Cheryl "sent out the newsletter" last week, she posted it on the website but did not send the email!! So, my sincere apologies to all of you who don't check the website, and here is the newletter in email form as well - Jan22]
Good to see so many swimmers back in the water. Kudos to all the kids who swam at Dual Meet #2 on Saturday, it’s great to see so many Minis and Class 1’s participating (still awaiting final results). UPDATE: White Team wins!
This is a tough time of year to be a swimmer. It’s dark when you go to morning practice, and still dark when you get home. And dark again when you get home from evening practice. And really, it’s COLD out there and all you wanna do is hibernate…but when you do drag your sorry carcass down to the pool it feels SO GOOD to swim. Let’s all encourage one another to brave the elements and make it to practice regularly.
Swimmers of the Month – December 2019
Class 1: Tess Edwards attends virtually every practice, listens well and tries hard. Her strokes and her streamline are improving all the time. Tess is a great addition to our club.
Class 1.5: Nena Pedersen had 100% attendance for December! She’s a tough swimmer, never gives up. Her flip turns and underwater dolphins are very good, and she has a strong kick. Nena comes to practice ready to work, and gives her best right up to the minute she has to jump out of the water and hurry to her next activity.
Class 2: Isobelle Norman is an up and coming swimmer hurtling through the ranks! Relatively new to the club, Iso had a spectacular showing at the Terrace swim meet. Her strokes are improving daily, and she makes a great addition to our girls relay teams. A swimmer to watch.
Class 3: Lia Crump is having a fantastic season! She’s totally upped her swimming game, attending meets and being competitive, and the best times are piling up. We have a smoking group of 11-12 year old girls to choose from for relays, of which Lia is one. She’s been training like a mad woman, and is in the process of moving up from Class 3 to Class 4. Another swimmer to watch.
Class 4: Heidi Bellis is a very dedicated young swimmer, seldom missing a practice or a meet. She’s beginning to pick up the subtleties of training, able to maintain sustained maximum speed or to increase her speed incrementally 50 by 50. She consistently brings home the best times, and brought home a silver medal in Terrace.
5/6: Josh Joubert is beginning to swim like one of the big boys! His strokes keep getting better, his times keep dropping, and he keeps on bringing in the best times. Josh has always been a dedicated, conscientious swimmer, and it is paying off. Congratulations on your gold medal at the Terrace meet.
Masters: Cindy Stephenson is a consistent member of the morning Masters, always in the water on time and seldom missing a practice (except when she goes gallivanting about the globe). Cindy is another Master who has been working on improving her strokes and her stamina, because a swimmer can always find a way to be more efficient and therefore faster no matter how many years they’ve been at it. Best of all, Cindy hosted our Masters Winter Social so that we all had a chance to visit and laugh together. And yes Cindy, you DO get a hat!
Our third Duel Meet of the 2019-20 season is after Spring Break, on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Northwest Regional Championships – Kitimat January 25 – 26, 2020
Individual events have been posted for this meet (on website and on bulletin board); please check and make sure you/your child is or is not on the list, depending on whether you are sending them to Kitimat.
Spring Invitational – Smithers February 29 – March 1, 2020
Never too early to start thinking and planning to attend. This meet is open to all swimmers from Class 1.5 to Class 6, and some Class 1 swimmers may also be invited by their coach to attend. Please, feel free to talk to your coach if you have any questions.
(nothing currently scheduled)
Coaches Corner: Sportsmanship and the Swimmer
Sportsmanship is defined as “conduct becoming to an athlete; including fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing”. Sportsmanship is one of those things that parents hope kids learn when they sign their child up for a sport. Sport being a microcosm of society, the attitudes you learn as an athlete get carried over into the rest of your life, for the rest of your life. But what does that look like as a swimmer?
Let’s start at the end and work backwards; graciousness in winning or losing. Swimmers are particularly good at this one. You seldom if ever see a swimmer throw a temper tantrum, or do a weird victory dance. The athletes in this region often demonstrate graciousness in winning when accepting medals by pulling the silver and bronze winners up to share the gold podium for photographs. But being gracious isn’t just not being a jerk, it’s also learning to persevere in your training, even when your times are not improving. It’s being able to celebrate your team mates’ success even you aren’t doing as well as you hoped. It’s continuing to swim, and be proud of your personal accomplishments and improvements even when you are always and forever overshadowed by that kid the same age as you who is ALWAYS faster than you and wins all the medals.
Next is respect for one’s opponent. I would say we should probably include team mates, coaches and officials in there along with opponents in that definition. Showing respect to the people you race against in a meet, well that’s fairly easy. Listening to the officials, and being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there is also pretty easy once you get the hang of it. But what does respect look like in Practice, which, let’s face it, is where we spend most of our time? Showing respect to your coach and team mates includes things like showing up to practice on time. Having all your gear ready to go. Listening so that you know what you’re supposed to be doing. Leaving the wall on time, staying on pace, putting effort in to do each set properly. Not interrupting practice. Staying on your side of the lane so everyone can swim uninterrupted. Passing quickly so no one has to stop.
How about fairness? What does that look like to a swimmer? Well, cheating in a race is all but impossible as a swimmer, but let’s look at fairness overall. Fairness is letting everyone have a turn. Fairness is allowing everyone on your team a time to shine. Fairness is being welcoming, so everyone feels like they belong. As a classroom teacher, I heard a lot from my students about being “fair”, and so I came up with a working definition for my classroom that I think applies just as much in the pool and on deck; fair does not mean everybody gets the same, fair means that everybody gets what they need. Some people need more time, more help. Some people need more private, quiet encouragement. There is always going to be somebody who learns really fast, and somebody who needs more practice to be successful. Progress doesn’t always happen smoothly, it often moves in fits and starts. It’s really, REALLY hard to progress at something difficult when you’re scared and nervous. Having been a beginner at many, many things, I can tell you that having supportive team mates makes learning and mastering anything, whether it’s swimming or snowboarding or calculus, so much easier. And more fun. So be fair to your team mates; let them get the attention they need from the coach and the support they need from you.
Did you know we have a club website? Have you ever checked it out? This is a great place to look for information about what our club has been doing, schedules of upcoming swim meets and photos of our team doing what we do – swimming hard and having fun. This is where you look to find team records and contact information to order Team Gear. You will also find our Swimmers of the Month here, a Coaches Corner with some (hopefully useful) tips and information, and past Newsletters.
Signi Solmundson is the person to talk to if you need goggles, team suits or swim caps, or fins, paddles, snorkels or one of those cool team backpacks. Signi can be reached by email or text (and this contact info is also on the website!). You can look up sizes or explore different types of snorkels at www.team-aquatic.com
Email: email@example.com text/phone: 250-600-3387
Tamara Ward is the fundraising coordinator for the swim club, working with Renee Pottle this season to transition her into this position. If you have a small business or any ideas for new fundraisers please feel free to let them know, we are always looking for new ideas. If you run a fundraiser, you will automatically get $50 as well as 2% of the proceeds that will go towards your levy. If you are ever wanting to know where you are at with your fundraising or you have questions, please feel free to contact Tamara.
These are the fundraisers we are going to be having this season so far;
Cash Raffle --- Tamara Ward
Easter Purdy’s--- Patricia DeMille
Swim a thon---- Trudy Dolan
Centennial Meats --- Trudy Dolan
Tamara Ward firstname.lastname@example.org 778-884-1315