April 7, 2020
Good Evening Polar Bears and Polar Bear Parents,
I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy at home during these difficult times. For the first time in 10 years, my laundry room and mini-van don't reek of Chlorine. You know, we miss it. I have delayed sending this email because I was hopeful that we might be able to salvage some of our long-course season. Unfortunately, we received word, yesterday, that Swim Alberta has postphoned any further Provincial Swim Competitions for the 2019/2020 season. Even were the pool availble for swimming, we would have to cancel our end of year sanctioned meet. I know all the mother's are not going to know what to do with themselves, this Mother's Day morning at 6:00 am.- And now I have zero chance of winning a cake!! I can't tell you how disappointed I am to let you know that this effectively ends our season.
So how do we carry on from here? I know many of you are suffering the same chlorine withdrawl as I am.
For most of the Junior Swimmers - Dolphins through Sharks, you already know what to do. Stay strong and stay healthy!! Try your best to get at least 60 minutes of active play every day. Paws tells me, this is the absolute best time of year to live in the Northwest Territories. Get outside and try something new - head to the outdoor rink to brush up your skating, visit the ski-lodge for fantastic X-country skiing or borrow some snowshoes and try to spot the Easter bunny. You don't need to be in the pool to build those butterfly muscles. I understand the SPCA needs volunteer dog-walkers. Climbing up hills and sliding down in streamline might be the best ticket yet - ask your Mom to throw snowballs at you and see if you can dodge 'em. I encourage you to enjoy as much outdoor activity and family time as you can - everything is better with a little sunshine. Please send me a picture of yourself staying "Swimming Strong," and we will get them posted to the website. I know you'll miss the pool, but it won't be long and we'll be able to swim in the lakes!! Make sure you keep up physical distancing so that we can all come back healthy.
Some parents of older swimmers have been contacting me with requests for dry-land training. The coaches and I have been discussing what we can do. If you have a swimmer from Cubs through Gold, you will receive a further email from me regarding having our swimmers continue to exercise in a safe environment. There are some things we can do, however we need to make sure that parents understand the risks and responsibilities of training at home.
Once again, I know how hard it is to have these overgrown Polar Bears in your homes without a familiar outlet for their energy. I hope that we can all find some perspective in this unasked for, imposed hiatus. I wish you the best. Stay healthy and strong and please contact me with any questions or concerns.