Club News December 10th 2018

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KISU Master’s Meet:

Well done at the masters meet today to both our masters swimmers and our academy swimmers who flipped the tables by being the volunteers rather than the participants.


KAJ West Kelowna Jamboree:

Well done Mini Squad and Junior swimmers!! These guys swam at the KAJ Jamboree in West Kelowna this afternoon and they did an amazing job. Everyone cheered for their fellow teammates and swam their hearts out. A big shout out to the young swimmers who attended their first Jamboree and first away Jamboree. You rocked it!!


Upcoming Events:


Backpack and Tracksuit Update:

BACKPACKS- All backpacks have arrived and are currently at the printers for KISU logo embroidery.  They will be ready by Dec 20 for pickup.

TRACK JACKETS/PANTS- Most of the Arena jackets arrived (15/21) and were brought to the printers for KISU logo embroidery.  They will be ready by Dec 13 for pickup.  For those swimmers going to the Kamloops meet, jackets will be distributed on the bus.

I am still waiting for some jackets/pants on backorder to arrive.  I am hoping they are delivered in the next two weeks, but the KISU embroidery may need to be completed in January.  Items still coming include:

Adult S jackets (2)

Youth XL jacket (1)

Youth M jackets (3)

All youth size track pants



December Mini Meet: December 15th7:30-9:00 am

Racing! Ribbons! Muffins! KISU Mini Squad and Junior swimmers are invited to come out and swim at our first Mini Meet of the season! This is a great introduction to what it will be like at swim meets. Everyone will swim either 25m or 50m of each stroke and will earn a nice handful of ribbons.  At the end swimmers will get a delicious muffin, juice box and fruit.  Hope to see you all there!!  Let’s help them get excited!!

Cost: $5

Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 14

Parents don't forget to sign up to volunteer as a timer or starter!


December 17thTime Trial: Registration Deadline Dec 11th

This time trial is open to everyone who would attend practice on Monday, Juniors and Up (and even swimmers who would not normally attend on Mondays).  This time trial will run directly following the Kamloops Meets, so our swimmers can prepare for what a four-day championship meet will feel like.

All events will be offered.  Swimmers will likely be signed up for two events.

Cost if no volunteer - $10.  If family volunteer is there - FREE.

Volunteers will be needed to run these trials.  Please sign up through the job sign up tab.


December Team Practice and Christmas Party: December 21st3:30-7:00

Age Group, Intermediates and Swim Academy: 3:30-5:30

Mini Squad, Juniors, Super Juniors: 4:00-5:30

KISU Christmas Party

Location: Meeting Room 4

Date; December 22nd 5:30- 7:00

KISU Swimmers come join us for our annual Christmas party.  Dinner is potluck.  There will be activities, games and a movie.  Parents, this is an excellent opportunity to finish off your Christmas shopping!


New Year’s Camp 2019:

Keep your swimmers busy in the days after the festivities (and give yourself a chance to relax).

ALL KISU swimmers are invited to join us, including Mini Squad and Fitness swimmers.  Practices will run Monday, Dec. 31, January 2 until Friday, January 4, 9am - 12noon (no practice on January 1). This is a great opportunity for swimmers to stay fit over the holidays, learn new skills, prepare for the next training cycle and keep their parent's sanity.  Practices include an hour of dryland training with guest coaches as well as video technique work.

Cost is $60 or $20/day if you can't make all the days.  

Please contact Tina for more information.



Big Bus Training Camp-Radium Hot Springs: Registration Deadline Jan 1st

This is a unique event that you don't want to miss out on.  We are going on a training camp in February, swimming outdoors in the Canadian Rockies!!  This is the only outdoor pool in Canada that runs year-round.  

We will be hosted by the Columbia Valley Swim Team.  They are helping us with the bookings, etc.  We will be 'camping' in a hall/gym/church.  We will leave on the Friday (Pro D Day), train that afternoon, doubles on Saturday and Sunday, train on Monday morning and come back that day.  It is the Family Day weekend, so swimmers will not be missing any school.  smiley

Minimum requirements are sub-4 and 12yrs.  We will need chaperones . . . please indicate in a note when you sign up if you are interested.  It will be limited to the number of seats in the bus.  Sign up early!


KAJ Snowfest: Jan 18th-20th Registration Deadline: Jan 4th 

Timed finals and LONG COURSE on Friday. Heats and finals, and LONG COURSE on Saturday and Sunday.

Warm ups - Friday - 3pm, Saturday and Sunday morning - 7am, Saturday afternoon - 4pm, Sunday afternoon - 3:30pm.

Cost - $9/event plus $4.50 splash fee.  The club will cover relays.

Events - Friday evening (Timed Finals events) - 50Fly, (1500 fastest 8), 50 Back, 800 (fastest 8), 50 Brst. All other 1500 and 800 double laned.

Saturday (heats&finals) - 200 Brst, 50 Free,  100 Back, 400 IM* 100 Fly, 200 Free, plus 200 Medley and Free relays in the morning session.

Sunday (H/F) - 200 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Back 100 Brst, 400 Free*.

*1500/800/400s - will be limited to the top 24.  Postitive check in.  400Free and IM - fastest heat to swim in the finals session, limited to top 24 swimmers, positive check in.

There is a Trophy for the top team overall and medals for 1-3 in each event . . .



Parent Article:

10 Things That Have Nothing to do With Talent

-By Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Got big goals in the water, but are feeling doubtful because you might not have enough talent? Or perhaps you haven’t hit the genetic lottery like the teammate you have that is built like a starting power forward for the LA Lakers?

Don’t let this get you down—success in the pool, while certainly influenced by talent and physical characteristics, usually comes down the “other” stuff…

The work ethic. The focus. The details.

You can be the most talented athlete on the planet, but if you don’t have a work ethic to match it, your potential will never be realized. Similarly, if you show up and bust your butt every day, you can at least partially outwork a lack of natural ability.

Here are ten things that you can crush in the pool that have nothing to do with how talented you are:


Of course we had to lead off with this. Talent is nice. But it is ultimately something you have very little control over.

It’s something we can also easily use as a poor source of comparison-making: we look at the ease of an elite swimmer and how simple they make things look and get down on ourselves.

What can you control?

The effort you give each day at practice.


If there is one mental training trick or technique you should employ during your journey towards whatever flavor of awesomeness you are chasing in the water, it’s managing your self-talk.

Why is it so powerful?

Because ultimately, the self-talk you use directs your emotional state and the subsequent physical response.

It starts with knowing when your self-talk gets away from you–“Maaaan, I can’t do this set. Too hard”–and adjusting it to squeeze more high-performance from your training: “Okay, this set is stinky hard, but I will give the first round a ripping effort and then see how I feel.”


It’s likely you have had a coach or teacher who liked to use the expression, “If you’re exactly on time you are already late.”

Show up and be ready to work. Make sure the pool is set-up. Be the first in the water when practice starts. It costs you nothing to do this.

Rushing and being harried out the outset of your warm-up and playing catch-up is stinky. The workout, for you and your teammates, goes better when everyone is on the same page.


Are you contributing to a positive team culture? Are you helping to push your teammates and friends towards their goals?

Doing so isn’t a total selfless thing; you benefit from a better team culture in a big way as well. A shared purpose and goal will keep you accountable to your individual performances and training.


The workout has gone up on the board, and it’s something you are really not feeling. A round of n x 100’s on fastest possible interval. Or a timed 2,000 kick for time.

Wahoo, right?

So, what happens? Your arms get crossed. You roll your eyes. You slouch your shoulders. While this kind of stuff seems harmless, it shows that you’ve already given up on the set and workout. Your body language has an impact on your performance in the pool.


Being coachable means that you are open to (constructive) criticism. It means you have the humility to know that you don’t know everything.

One of the sneaky realities about elite swimmers is not that they never make mistakes; they are simply able to identify and correct them faster, speeding up improvement.

Instead of making the same mistakes over and over again, whether it’s in your race plan, your attitude, or your technique, being coachable means you can be vulnerable enough to be able to listen to what you can build upon.


This falls in line with having a crazy-awesome work ethic. Preparation is something you ultimately have total control over.

You don’t wait until two weeks before the big meet to start working your turns and dives. They are things you are working on from day one.

Similarly, it means you show up on deck every day with your gear, your nutrition taken care of, ready to do work.

8. 5%.

Is there room for you to be 5% better when it comes to your swimming and lifestyle choices? At the end of the day, your races and competitions aren’t won and lost by much.

The difference between first and second (or first and eighth) is usually only a couple percentage points. You don’t need to be twice as good. You just need to be a little bit better than you were yesterday.

When you do things 5% better, working that much harder, being that much more focused, eating a little bit better today, those little wins steadily pile up and accumulate into a sizable difference when it comes to the end of the training cycle or season.


How many of the countless meters you perform in practice are completed with full attention on swimming as well as you can?

Effort is one thing, and is prized for sure, but effort without deliberation means that you are simply burning a lot of calories while ingraining poor technique and inefficient motor patterns.

Although we live in a culture of distraction, being swimmers disconnects us from our smart phones and “real life” (to an extent) and lets us get lost in our thoughts. Those thoughts can take you to La-La Land, or they can be zeroed in on swimming with deadly precision and efficiency.


Some swimmers work their brains out at practice, but then wonder why they aren’t improving when they treat their body like a five-alarm dumpster fire when it comes to eating, stress management, sleeping, and other lifestyle choices.

How well can you honestly say that you are taking care of yourself between practices? Again–small differences in a few areas can make a big difference here: an extra half hour of sleep per night. Swapping out sugar-laden drinks for water. Eating better at lunch.



Do you need some new KISU gear?  Contact our equipment manager Simone Peters at to order swimsuits, caps, goggles and flip flops!  Looking for other items, visit the Team Aquatic Website at and enter the discount code ‘KIS395’ at checkout to receive the team discount. Or present a copy of the shark card at retail stores.

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Do you have a question- Contact us!

Head Coach: Tina Hoeben,, 250-486-4286

Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452

Head Mini Squad Coach: Hilary Harling, , 250-488-6292