CLUB NEWS, December 19, 2013

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

- Bill Copeland



KISU Christmas Party - Dec 20th:  There will be a potluck Christmas party for all KISU swimmers after team practice on December 20th - 5:30-7:30pm.  Plan for your swimmer to attend while you do some last minute shopping! 

Sign Up for Christmas Camp! 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.  Participants will receive a KISU Towel (micro-fibre . . . ideal for travel to swim meets). Cost is $50.  ($30 if you don’t want the towel). This is a great opportunity to stay active through the holidays . . . and is open to ALL KISU SWIMMERS, including Mini Squad.  Please note that for Swim Academy practices, you don’t need to sign up for the camp.

Plan on coming to the Polar Bear Dip!  January 1, 2014, Sunoka Beach, Noon

Sign Up Early for Swim Meets in the New Year:  Avoid the Late Penalty and sign up now for the meets in the new year . . . the KAJ January meet is posted, as are many other meets on the schedule like AAAs, AAs, and Westerns.  If you know your swimmer is planning to attend, why not sign up now! 

Note the change of date for our January Jamboree: The Jamboree has been rescheduled to the morning of Saturday, January 25th.

Mark your calendar for KISU’s next home meet in February:  February 7-9th is our new meet, the February Fling.  Details will be out soon – don’t forget to sign up your swimmer, and sign up to volunteer!

Sign up for the Kelowna Meet: Deadline is January 3.  $10 late fee applies to late entries, if accepted. Meet is January 17-19. Friday's events include 50s of strokes and Distance Free (800 for girls, 1500 for boys).  Saturday and Sunday are heats and finals.  This will be the final opportunity for swimmers to make their AAA times.  3 events per session, $8 per event.



  • Wear shoes, preferably sandals, that will stay on in the water.  Without shoes your feet will be painfully cold as they are in contact with the ground the entire time.  Go in the water without socks, but have nice, big, woolly socks for after.
  • Wear a bathing suit into the water, but have warm clothing that is easy to take off and put on (when wet).  Keep your clothes on until the last possible moment.  Dry off quickly when you get out (Moms are indispensable at this point).  Put your warm clothes back on.
  • Make a commitment, follow through.  Once you have made the commitment, do not even think of backing out.  Some people prefer FAST, some people prefer SLOW, some QUICK, some LONG, some SUBMERGE, some DIP.  Make your decision, do not even look for other options.
  • The Polar Bear swim is open to anyone who dares – including parents!!
  • Done correctly the polar bear swim isn’t as cold as watching!



Being on the Team vs. Being a Teammate

[Thoughts NOT just for athletes....]

- Compiled by John Leonard from InSideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann

Being on the team benefits your personal goals and ambitions. Being a teammate benefits the goals and ambitions of your team and your teammates. 

Being on the team can make you a bystander. Teammates intervene in the lives and actions of their teammates.

Being on the team involves personal effort. Being a teammate involves the efforts of every player.

Being on the team means doing what is asked of you. Being a teammate is doing whatever is needed for the team to succeed.

Being on the team can involve blaming others and making excuses. Being a teammate involves accepting responsibility, accountability, and ownership of the team's problems.

Being on the team makes you "me-optic," asking what's in it for me? Being a teammate makes you "we-optic," asking what's in it for us?

Sometimes players on the team are drawn together by common interests; teammates are drawn together by a common mission.

Sometimes players on a team like one another; teammates respect one another.

Sometimes players on a team bond together because of a shared background or compatible personalities; teammates bond together because they recognize every player is needed to accomplish the goal of the team.

Sometimes players on a team are energized by emotions; teammates energize one another out of commitment.

[Editor’s Note: When I was a swim parent (and not coaching at the time) I always felt like I was part of the team... but in retrospect, this article reminds me I wasn’t always a good teammate. I wish I had thought about it a little more back then. Guy Edson]