Club News February 4th

“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.”

-William Wordsworth


Congratulations to Jacki Kliever, 2019 recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for swimming. The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in its 25th year, are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia. Full recipient list available HERE.

Congratulations to Tyler Wall, 2019 recipient of the Community Sport Hero Award for Athletic Excellence. The Annual Sport Hero Awards recognize and honour local volunteers, athletes and service providers for their outstanding contributions to sport in our community. 


Upcoming Championship Meets:

ALL sub 4 swimmers should be signed up for ONE of the upcoming Championship meets - Age Groups, Regionals or Provincials?
We have really cool t-shirts for the swimmers, but they only get one if they swim at their meet.  One of a kind, custom design by club artist Sunette and subsidized by the club (only $15 for long sleeved shirt) . . . but you only get one if you are at the meet.

Check out this video: Jungle Tiger vs Zoo Tiger


Upcoming Meets:

KISU Draft Meet: February 9th

KISU is hosting our one-day DRAFT meet again.  

This is a meet where swimmers are 'drafted' on to different coaches/teams and will inter-mix with the rest of the swimmers in the region.  It is a one day meet and should be a lot of fun.  Be sure to sign up.

There is a clinic for all swimmers 7 - 9am.  The meet warm-up is at 10am. Projected finish is 4pm.

Job sign up is on the website.


February Mini Meet- Saturday February 16th, 7:30-9am, Registration Deadline: February 14th

-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



Swim BC Age Group Championships: February 22-24th, Registration Deadline Feb 4th

Feb. 22-24 at Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 1050 Beach Ave, Vancouver.

This is very similar to the Tier I meet last year.  Swimmers need to have the Age Group time standard in 200 IM and one other event.

All KISU swimmers with Swim BC Age Group times should be attending.  It is one of KISU's goals to increase the number of our swimmers attending this meet this year. 


Regional Championships, Salmon Arm: March 1st-3rd, Registration Deadline Feb 13th

This is a Regional Championships for swimmers who do not have their Swim BC times yet.  If you are one of these swimmers, we highly recommend this meet as it is your Spring Championship Meet.

Book accommodation SOON.  There is also a Cross Country Ski loppet in Salmon Arm that weekend, so hotels will be booking FAST.

Based on last year's meet information- 

Warm up times - Four sessions - Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning.

Entries - max of 9 individual events, plus relays.

Entry fee - $7.50/event, plus $4.50 splash fee.  The club will cover relays.


Swim BC Provincial Championships: March 7-10th, Registration Deadline: February 11th

Kamloops, Canada Games Aquatic Centre

This meet is very similar to the Tier Ii format of last year.  There is an additional day (they are starting on Thursday and it is LONG COURSE).  

All KISU swimmers with Provincial times should be attending.  KISU's goal is to place Top 5, but we need everyone there to do it.

Small room block at the Best Western Plus on Columbia. $132 per night. Must book before Feb 21st.  Call hotel to book. 250-374-7878.


Wenatchee Apple Capital: May 31st– June 2nd Registration Deadline Feb 28th

This is KISU highlight meet of the summer.  The meet is open to all Sub4 swimmers and we really encourage all swimmers to attend.  It is great experience - 10 lane outdoor pool, international competition.  It is also a great team bonding experience for KISU.  Don't miss out. 

There is an early deadline as this meet does fill up and we want to be first to get our entries in.

Also . . . book your hotel rooms early as this can be a big weekend for Wenatchee with other events happening at the same time, so you want to get your hotel booked as soon as possible.  More information on the KISU Hotel Block Booking is below.  Unless you are camping!

KISUhas a room block at the Coast Wenatchee Centre Hotel, 201 N Wenatchee Ave. Please call the hotel directly to book 1-509-662-1234 and quote KISU Swim Club. Single/Double $139, Triple $149, Quad $159, Suite $285.  All prices in USD. Room block held until May 1st.

Parent Article:

Why You Need to Go to the Top Meet You are Qualified to Attend

By John Leonard

This topic is one that I think 95% of coaches agree on. And one that parents occasionally “don’t get” intuitively. So let me explain, please. 

Fact Number One: We only improve when we “stretch” or “challenge” ourselves. 

That’s why it’s called “COMPETITIVE 

SWIMMING”. Competition....competitive... to “Strive WITH” a worthy adversary. 


the vast majority of athletes are successful at a competition ONE LEVEL BELOW the highest level they have ever attended. that’s the level at which they feel competent enough to relax and “just swim” without involvement in all the distractions of the “highest level meet.” this fact is true for everyone up to and including OLYMPIANs, who are usually much more successful in their second Olympic Games. 

Fact Number three: If you Do Not attend the highest level meet you are qualified 

for, you will not “benefit” from the “next 

highest level” syndrome and no matter how many times you attend the same level of competition (High School States for example...) you will experience the same “overwhelmed” feeling you had the first time. HOWEVER, if you qualified for Junior Nationals and actually went and competed, High School States does not seem quite so imposing, does it? 

Take the same logic to the local B Meet

....once you’ve been on a relay at JO’s, the 

B meet isn’t such a “big deal”. And the less the athlete perceives the competition as a “big deal”, the more likely they are to focus on all the RIGHT things and perform well. When it’s a “big deal”, the athlete generally is overwhelmed by the experience and performs poorly. 

Sadly, lots of athletes and parents, think that they are an “experiment of one” to whom this experience does not apply. In my 43 years of coaching, I cannot think of more than a handful of athletes who succeeded 

at the highest level they qualified for, the first time. And those were the kind of people who were largely “unconscious” of what was going on around them....too ignorant to be overwhelmed. (which can work sometimes!) I don’t think there are many exceptions to this rule. 

Bottom line advice...when an athlete 

qualifies for a meet...attend and compete. 

It’s in their best interest, both long and short term. (Exception...lots of coaches PREFER that an athlete qualify in one season and then WAIT and compete in that meet the NEXT season, when they can be once again rested and tapered.....a good strategy.....but NOT ATTENDING that high level meet is bad thinking. 

All the Best for Great Swimming! 




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

Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452

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