CLUB NEWS - MAY 1, 2013



A winner is someone who recognizes his talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.

- Larry Bird


Sign up for the Club Time Trial on Saturday May 4th:  Due to technical difficulties, our February time trial results are not “official” SNC results, so May 4th is your opportunity to re-swim your events and make your times official!  There is no cost for this time trial. Just be sure to sign up on the Events page so that we know you are coming!  Also, Parent Helpers will be needed!

Bring in your 2012 Year End Trophies:   If you were the recipient of one of our trophies at last year’s year end awards banquet, please bring it back to the KISU office so that it can be prepared to be handed off to the 2013 winners!

Mark Your Calendars: Once again, please ensure that you have the following important KISU dates on your calendar . . .

  • June 4th – Year End Celebration & Award Ceremony at Manitou Park in Naramata
  • June 8th - Club Time Trail  & Bike Ride to Ticklebrries.
  • June 18th – KISU goes to Loco Landing – A fun year end activity for swimmers after practice!

Join the KISU Facebook Group:  You can find us by searching for KISU Swim Club, or by clicking our Facebook link from our home page on the club website.

Check out how close you are to making AA or AAA Time Standards:  Go to our Events/Results page to view how close your times are to AA and AAA times!



KISU is getting new team suits next season!  We have received our Sizing Kit, so encourage you to have your swimmer stop by the KISU office and try on suits to ensure that they order the correct size.  For girls suits, there is also an option of 3 different back styles to choose from: classic, skinny (straps) and sunback.  The company also has a 2-piece training suit option for girls as well, but there are no sizes available to try on. Boys can choose jammers or briefs.  To place your order, please contact our equipment managers, Karen Kellett and Susan Koster by emailing  You will also be able to order suits at the beginning of next season.



 . . . Still More Parent Article from Coach Michael Brooks


The patience of Job.  Your swimmer’s career in the program is a long journey, with many peaks and valleys.  Usually, the new parent and swimmer come to the sport with little experience, so the first sign of a problem looks like the Grand Canyon, impossible to get across, and the first sign of success looks like Mount Everest – we’re on top of the world.  It’s best not to get too worked up.  You will see this again, over and over.  The process of becoming very good at something is long, arduous, trying, and exhilarating.  The patience of Job is required.

Even keel.  When I see a parent TOO happy about their child’s race, I get nervous.  Sometimes kids have breakout swims, far surpassing their previous best efforts in an event.  This is good, and it is fine for you as a parent to be pleased.  But it is not fine to be irrationally exuberant.  The reason is, everything that goes up must come down, and the parent irrationally exuberant after a great swim is the parent wallowing in irrational despair after a terrible swim.  These two emotional states go together, and the child becomes an unwilling partner in the parent’s emotional swings.

And no matter how good your swimmer, there will be terrible races.  It is much better and emotionally healthy, both for you and your child, if you keep your emotional states in a fairly narrow band.  If a swim was wonderful, “That was really well done, honey, good job.”  If a swim was terrible, “Oh, well, try to do better next time; did you talk with your coach about how to fix your mistakes?”  Remember that a swimmer competes in over a thousand races over a reasonable length career.  This swim was one in a thousand.  There will be many many more.  Don’t make more out of this one swim – good or bad – than it deserves.  Don’t lose perspective.

Taking the long view.  The training that will make an eight year old the area’s fastest 25 freestyler is not the training that will benefit that swimmer most in the long run.  Making decisions now that will benefit the swimmer over the long haul of a swimming career calls for prudence, and it means sacrificing some speed now for huge gains later.  Now we make kids beautiful in the water, now we make them fit, now we teach them to expect great things, and gradually they become superfast.  Our destination is not two weeks down the road, but several years.

McDonalds v. Michelin Three-Star.  The fast food mentality, the attitude that “I want it NOW!” (even if it tastes like cardboard) is anathema to what we are about.  Think of the swimming program, and your swimmer’s career in the program, as a fine meal in the very best French restaurant:  more courses than you can count (phases and seasons), served in a very particular order (developmentally determined), each patiently savored (the cumulative effects of years’ worth of daily training), completed by dessert and coffee (Nationals).  We are not in search of a quick Big Mac.  We want the best, and we are willing to wait.