CLUB NEWS, December 3, 2013


“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.”

– Ken Doherty



Stay for Relay Practice:  Although the last 30 minutes of this Saturday’s practice will focus on relays for the Kamloops meet, all swimmers are still welcome to participate!

Remember the Kamloops Meeting on Saturday after practice:  There is an important meeting after Saturday practice for all swimmers attending the Kamloops meet, as well as any parents who are also coming to the meet.  Plan to be there!

Sign Up for Christmas Camp: Christmas Training Camp will run Dec. 30, 31 and January 2, 3, from 9 - 12noon each day (no training on New Year's day, but you can come join us at the Polar Bear Swim).  Swimmers will start the morning off with a 1 hour dryland session and then move to the pool for their swim workout.  Training camp is open to all levels of swimmers, including Mini Squad.  Participants will receive a KISU Towel (micro-fibre . . . ideal for travel to swim meets). Cost is $50 with the towel.  $30 without the towel. This is a great opportunity to stay active through the holidays.

If you haven’t done it yet . . . Fill out the Team Travel forms for the Kamloops Ice Classic Meet:  If your swimmer is signed up for Team Travel to the Kamloops Meet, you will have received an email with some paperwork to fill out.  Please turn them in to Jill or Tina ASAP! 

Don’t forget to sign up for this weekend’s Stroke and Turn Clinic: Saturday morning, December 7, 7:30-9:00 (during morning practice) Ideally, every swimmer in Age Group and Swim Academy should have at least one parent trained in Stroke and Turn, but we welcome parents of younger swimmers to the clinic as well.  So that we can be sure we have enough hand-outs and space, please sign up for the Stroke and Turn clinic event on the website.   

Check out this Video!  Sent to us from KISU Alumni, Julia Veidt, from the University of Guelph . . . watch for Julia in the blue suit.





Why Active Play is so Important

The key to a healthy life is physical activity at a young age. Activities should incorporate many different skills through a variety of forms, and should be maintained throughout a child’s day. Safe, stimulating environments are important, as are positive role models.

Making sure children are active

Young children need regular, vigorous, physical activity – active play – to develop and grow properly. Active play strengthens bones, muscles and the brain, and establishes connections between all of them. A physically active lifestyle is crucial for life-long health and physical and emotional wellbeing. To develop good habits, children should be physically active every day. If children don’t develop good habits of physical activity when they are young, they increase their risk of being overweight or obese later in life. Obesity is linked to a number of health and mental health problems.

What is meant by physical activity? 

Physical activity means taking part in active play and games that use the large muscles of the body. Whole-body play of almost any kind, especially outdoor play, provides the movement that children need. Play that uses the hands and fingers is important in developing fine-motor skills. Active play is also important for children with a disability, though some activities may have to be modified to ensure children’s safety and to help them have success. Active play is vigorous enough if children breathe faster and deeper, start to sweat and get warm, can feel their heart beat faster or have redness in their cheeks.

How much physical activity?

Children under the age of six should be physically active for a short time during every waking hour.

·         For Infants (up to one year): Daily activity is important. Provide toys and simple objects that encourage them to move.

·         Toddlers (1-3 years): At least 30 minutes of adult-organized activity daily and from 60 minutes to several hours per day of unstructured physical activity is recommended – especially outdoors.

·         Preschoolers (3-5 years): At least 60 minutes of structured physical activity every day, and from 60 minutes to several hours of daily unstructured physical activity is recommended – especially outdoors.

Reducing screen time is also important

Children up to two years of age shouldn’t spend any time watching television, and children from ages three to five should be limited to one to two hours of screen time each day.

At what age should physical activity start?

As soon as possible! Encourage children to roll over and crawl by putting a toy out of their reach. Don’t put it too far away. Let them play with it when they’ve reached it. Remember to provide a safe, stimulating, and interesting environment in which children can physically explore their world.

Kinds of activities 

·         Body control skills- like balance, moving the arms and legs in rhythmic ways to music, and developing coordination.

·         Locomotor skills- like crawling, walking, running, skipping, jumping, leaping, rolling. 

·         Sending and receiving skills- like rolling a ball, throwing, catching, kicking and hitting things with a bat or stick.

Children should learn to be active indoors and outside, on ice, in the snow, and in the water.  They learn from positive role models.