March 13, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 circumstance the Spartan Swim Club would like to update memberships on our current status. Our executive had an emergency meeting Friday March 13that 5:30pm and the following was decided. We will follow all Provincial Government sanctions as well our own Governing bodies (Swim BC & Swim Canada) recommendations.
What does this mean for our Membership?
Due to the cancelation of Olympic Trials and Western Championships all athletes will be given one week rest March 15th- 22nd.
We plan on running our regular Spring Break training camp for competitive groups March 23rd– 28th.
We plan to resume all regular scheduling for all groups March 30th.
We do realize this is a very fluid situation and we will be monitoring it daily with updates to come. Do not be surprised if our planed scheduling has changes to abide with new Government sanctions.
Our executive will be meeting again March 25thto review the situation.
We ask that people please follow the BC government request to isolate yourself for 14 days if you have traveled outside the country (including the USA). We would also ask that you not attend practice under any circumstance if you are having any flu like symptoms. (Respiratory illness such as fever, cough, fatigue and or muscle aches)
We want to stress the importance of preventing the spread of infection and share the following information being circulated by healthcare officials:
- Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing;
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands;
- Stay home if you are sick, and away from the pool and from fellow team members;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
- Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider.
I have attached the latest information sent to us by Swim Canada and Swim BC as well as Canadian Sport
Thank you for you understanding
The situation with COVID-19 has been quickly changing over the
last few hours and days. Swim BC is still recommending following
the advice from health authorities and the government. As of
yesterday afternoon, the government of BC has advised against all
non-essential travel outside the country. If you do travel, they
are advising to practice self-isolation for 14 days upon return.
This includes travel in the US. As you likely know, the BC
government has also directed all event organizers to cancel any
gathering with more than 250 people. This includes sanctioned
Swimming Canada is conducting a conference call with all provincial sections and the CSCTA today at 12:00pm. We will update the membership immediately following this meeting. News will likely pertain to all sanctioned activities in Canada (i.e., competition, practice, NCCP courses)
The Swim BC HR Committee Chair is advising all clubs to review their sick day policies / employee benefits and have a contingency plan to allow your staff to work from home if necessary. It is the responsibility of employers (i.e., clubs) to provide a healthy and safe work environment for your employees.
Below are some updated resources to review to keep up to date. As stated above, we will be sending out more information later this afternoon with updates from Swimming Canada.
Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.
Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Health Canada - COVID-19 Outbreak Update
BC Center for Disease Control - Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Be Prepared (COVID-19)
Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19
Olympic and Paralympic Trials, other events to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns
Following Friday’s directives from the Government of Ontario to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people, Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi has confirmed that all national events through at least April 20 will be cancelled or postponed, including the Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials.
“With 3,000 to 5,000 people expected to attend daily, our Olympic and Paralympic Trials would grossly exceed the recommendations from Ontario’s chief medical officer. We also recognize that other provinces and cities are restricting access to pools and some athletes will not be able to train and prepare properly,” El-Awadi said. “For these reasons, among others, the Trials will not run as scheduled from March 30 to April 5 in Toronto, and all Trials tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will be refunded.”
The 2020 Eastern and Western Championships in Windsor, Ont., and Saskatoon
April 16-19 will also be cancelled.
Swimming Canada has been closely monitoring the evolving global COVID-19 situation, consulting with team physicians and experts from partner organizations with participant and public safety as the foremost concern.
Senior staff will continue to meet regularly and explore all potential adjustments, including postponing the Trials or cancelling the event and implementing an alternate Games qualification path. Swimming Canada will review all nomination/selection criteria and will communicate an update to these documents once available.
On or before April 21, the organization will make additional decisions regarding the status of Trials and remaining national events for 2020, including the Open Water Championships scheduled for April 25-26 on Grand Cayman.
Swimming Canada has also instructed its provincial sections to cancel all sanctioned competitions from March 16 to April 20. Training and other activities may still be allowed under certain circumstances, in line with the guidelines of local health authorities. Clubs should take all appropriate steps to mitigate the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Trials are our flagship national event of the four-year Games cycle. We recognize that this is a tremendously disappointing decision for swimmers and coaches who have been training and preparing for months and years to be at their best for these trials,” said Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson. “While it was a difficult decision, we have no doubt it is the correct one for the safety of our swimming community and the public at large. We thank our swimmers and coaches for their professionalism and adaptability, and will communicate more details as soon as possible.”
“As an athlete and as president, I understand that this is a difficult situation for everyone affected,” added Olympic medallist Cheryl Gibson, Swimming Canada’s president. “Swimming Canada is committed to ensuring we make every possible effort to prepare the athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. That said, the safety of our participants is always our foremost concern, and we must make this difficult decision in the interest of safety.”