Club News March 27th

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning”

-Meister Eckhardt



We hope all KISU families have enjoyed their spring break! Regular practice resumes Monday April 1st.  The majority of upcoming events are now on the website for sign up, be sure to sign up early so you don’t miss out!


Chin Up Bar:

We are looking for a home for the KISU chin up bar.  After exhausting all options, we are unable to have it mounted for swimmer use.  It is approximately 8ft long and has been freshly painted and wrapped with grip tape in KISU colours.  Please email admin@kisu.caif you can give it a new home.  A small donation to the club would be appreciated.


KISU PR Representative:

Do you have knowledge or an interest to make connections with our local media?  If so, we need you for KISU PR. Position includes sending results from local swim meets, provincial and national meets KISU swimmers attend as well as other news worthy events including awards won by the team and individual members. We will provide you with the basic information and photos, you just need to package it and connect with the local media. If you’re interested in helping out, please email Lisa at and say “I will help with KISU PR”. Thank you in advance!


Upcoming Meets and Events:

Canadian Swimming Trials:  April 3rd-7th  Toronto

Good luck to the following swimmers representing KISU at the Canadian Swimming Trials next week in Toronto. Congratulations Acacia Benn, Ashley McMillan, Jacob Brayshaw, Jaren Lefranc, Justin Fotherby, and Tyler Wall, on qualifying for this meet.


2019 Speedo Western Canadian Championships:  April 11th-14th Edmonton

This is a great meet where the best swimmers in Western Canada get together.  

If you have Western qualifying times . . . you should be attending this meet.  


Kamloops Spring Fever: April 13th

This is a great meet to attend in April.  It is long course, one day (no need for accommodation) and will keep swimmers focused through the month.  Other than Westerns, this is our only Main meet in April.  All sub4 swimmers should be going (unless they are going to Westerns).

Warm Ups at 9:30am.  The projected finish time is 3:30pm.

Event fees - $8/event, the club will cover relays.


KISU April Jamboree: April 14th  Registration Deadline: April 6th

Our last home Jamboree of the season!!  This meet is open to Mini Squad and Junior group swimmers who have not yet met their sub-4 minute time standard for 200IM.  If you have any questions about whether or not your child should swim in the meet, please make sure to ask their coach.  


Approx. Finish Time: 5pm


April Team Practice and Mini Squad Finale:   April 26th

Last Friday of each month is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the month, have some peer coaching and team games.  

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

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


Pro-D Day Clinic:  May 3rd10:00am-12:00pm  Registration May 1st

This is a technique clinic for Juniors and Up swimmers.  Academy swimmers will run a variety of stations focussing on both basic and advanced skills of strokes, turns and starts.  Don't miss this opportunity to be video-taped and have some feedback from some of the best swimmers in our club.

Limited spots available.

This is a fundraising event for our Academy swimmer’s dryland program and equipment.


KAJ Long Course Invitational: May 10th-12th, Registration Deadline April 20th

Location - H2O Pool, 4075 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC

Based on last year's meet information (update will be posted when it is available) - 

Warm Ups - 7am for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  4pm for Finals on Friday and Saturday, 3pm for Finals on Sunday.

Entries - 3 events per session.  800/1500 events have entry limits.

Entry Fees - $10/event, plus $4.50 splash fee.   The club will cover relays.  It is great to have it as an event fee, as swimmers can now attend only one or two days.

Format - Heats and Finals.  If you find you can't sign up for afternoon sessions, it is because they are finals sessions.  A and B finals when 24 swimmers swim the event.  Distance Free events will be timed fastest to slowest, may be limited at the meet manager's discretion.  400s the 8 fastest swimmers entered will move directly to finals.


Reflective Goggles for Wenatchee and Open water:  Sign Up Deadline May 2nd

If you are swimming at the Wenatchee meet or have any open water/outdoor swimming planned for the summer, you will want to order Reflective Goggles!  Masters are welcome to order as well.

Please indicate colour preference (GOLD or SILVER) in the notes section


Oliver Outdoor Practice:  May 25th

This is our Annual Outdoor Practice in Oliver, Saturday, May 25, time TBC.  

All KISU swimmers are welcome, but those that are attending the Wenatchee swim meet should especially be there as there are a few tricks to swimming outdoors that we never experience in Penticton.

No sign up is required, just show up.  There is a rumour that there may be a stop at a particular ice cream place on the way home as long as all the swimmers swim their hearts out in practice.

Please note that there will NOT be regular practice in Penticton this particular Saturday.  Everyone should go to Oliver!


Wenatchee Apple Capital:  May 31st– June 2nd

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:

5 Reasons You Want Your Kid to be a Multi-Sport Athlete

by Michelle Smith


So many of us have done the Saturday relay race: karate to soccer game to basketball practice. From softball to swim team. Baseball practice to a hockey tournament.

When my kids were young, the world of sports and activities was their oyster. They played multiple sports, tried on things to see what fit while we drove from one side of town to the other, coordinating calendars, resolving scheduling conflicts and keeping all the local drive-thru fast-food joints in business with to-and-fro dining in the mini-van.

A few seasons of soccer, overlapping with the start of CYO basketball, which overlapped with the start of Little League season. Mix in the odd volleyball camp, rec department tennis class and some middle school track and you've got a drawer full of old team pictures, a lot of participation trophies and a whole lot of days on the snack schedule.

Then maybe that club coach asked for a larger commitment, or the select team came calling. Maybe the schedule just wasn't working anymore, and it was too tough to squeeze in multiple practices and games each week around homework and band or group projects.


As many kids got closer to high school, they begin to narrow the field of their sports participation, some by choice and the natural culling process. Others because someone else thinks it's best.

They begin to "specialize." And certainly, there are things to gain from the focus on one sport -- a true offseason, better opportunities against higher levels of competition, perhaps even a shot at being a collegiate athlete. But kids lose by specializing, as well, because there are some very good reasons to stay a multi-sport athlete.

1. Fewer overuse injuries. Growing bodies can become overstressed by repetition and that stress can lead to injuries. A lack of rest and recovery time in year-round sports exacerbates the problem. There are plenty of examples of serious, grown-up sports injuries happening to kids at younger and younger ages, from Tommy John surgery for 12-year-olds to high school girls with multiple ACL injuries before they graduate. Studies show that playing multiple sports leads to better muscle, motor and skill development. It promotes general athleticism, balance, speed and agility.

2. Less opportunity for emotional burn-out. Kids who spend so much time focusing on one sport -- and whose families are similarly solely focused -- risk tiring of the sport all together. Specializing raises expectations, the costs for parents for travel and club teams and the pressure on young athletes. Having a variety of experiences keeps things interesting, the monotony of a single sport goes away, and so does that pressure.

3. Exposure to different kids. Soccer friends will be different from swimming friends, who will be different from the kids in your Tai-Kwon-Do class. Exposing kids to different sports allows them to share teammate experiences and make memories with a diverse group of peers. It helps them expand their social circle and their opportunities for interaction.

4. Exposure to different roles. Being a bench player on the basketball team is a different experience than being a starting pitcher on the baseball team. It's an opportunity to broaden their experiences, socially and developmentally. It's an opportunity to become a better competitor and all-around athlete, the kind that coaches value because they are flexible, multi-dimensional, exposed to many situations and coachable.

5. Not putting all your eggs in one basket. Playing only one sport limits your options. An injury, a bad experience with a coach or a reduced role on a more competitive team can bring an abrupt end to an athletic career. Such a small number of high school athletes move on to play a sport in college; even fewer earn an athletic scholarship. If the goal is to play as long as possible, perhaps it makes the most sense to play as many sports as possible? Just ask Derek Jeter, who played basketball in high school, or Elena Delle Donne, who played volleyball at Delaware before returning to the basketball team on the way to the WNBA, or Robert Griffin III, who played baseball and ran track.

My confession here is that my son ended up being a single-sport athlete by the time he got to high school. Baseball was his passion, and the other sports fell off the schedule and the radar. The skateboard that used to be his constant companion in middle school started to gather dust in the garage, and the old basketballs and soccer cleats got donated to charity. He is now a college baseball player, competing at a Division III school.

And while focusing on one sport may have played a role in getting him there, I can't imagine, in retrospect, that it was the only path. I've heard him say that he wished that boys volleyball season wasn't the same as baseball, because he would have played. I've heard him boast that the 3-point stroke he had on the middle school basketball team magically returned while playing pick-up basketball with some of his buddies. One of his high school friends was the football team's starting quarterback and he's playing club hockey in college now and loving every minute of it.

You just never know how things are going to turn out.

I retired the mini-van a few years ago, traded it in for a new car and watched with misty eyes as it was driven off into the depths of the used-car lot. But not before I cleared out some old soccer cones and a least one ball bouncing around in the "way back."

The old days of the Saturday relay are long gone. I didn't realize at the time how good those days were. They were fun. And isn't that the whole point?



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