Welcome to the 2018-19 swimming season with the Cascade Swim Club!
Following on from the strong performances from the previous season the Cascade Swim Club reached new heights in 2017-18 season with great swims from our swimmers every time they were asked to perform. As a club we always strive to be ready to go at the three key moments in the season: December, March / April and then again in July / August - and we always are. What people do not always appreciate is - just how hard that is to achieve on an ongoing basis and our ability to do this is a credit to our great coaching staff and swimmers who are always ready to learn. This program dimension of performing at their best in the championship season in the end game situation is a desired and sought after outcome by all coaches and swimmers and this Cascade characteristic was alive and well all throughout all of the 2017-18 season’s major events.
Some of our club’s achievement at the highest levels are almost too extensive to name but we will try and give you a brief overview of the year. Hot off the Presses - Alex Pratt (Swim Alberta’s Junior Swimmer of the Year) was named to the Canadian Senior Pan Pacific National Team heading to Tokyo in August (don’t miss the 1st day of competition on the 9th)! Alex was also named to the Youth Olympic Games team (Buenos Aires) and the Junior Pan Pacific team (Fiji) along with teammates Sebastian Somerset, Cole Pratt and Alex Katelnikoff. I was given the great honour of being named the men’s team head coach and will be there right alongside our swimmers. Cascade placed the most swimmers of any club on to the Junior Pan Pac team which is a great accomplishment and testament to the strength of the organization. It takes a village to raise a swimmer!
Morgan Bird was not only Swim Alberta’s Para Swimmer of the Year along with her Coach Wendy Johnson, she set a Canadian Record in the 50 fly this season and won a Commonwealth Games Silver medal in the 50 Free!
National Junior Team development camps in Victoria, South Africa and Trinidad had representation from Cascade’s Alex Pratt, Alex Katelnikoff, Cole Pratt, Sebastian Somerset, Coach Wendy and Coach Dave.
Alex Katelnikoff attended the Open Water World Cup in Hong Kong and Beijing and Ava Free was named to Canada’s Junior Open Water Team to compete in Israel this fall.
In late April in Victoria Cascade powered to their second consecutive Western Canadian Championships winning the Overall point score, the Men’s Team point score and the Championship medal count with many great swims. The above swimmers and some exciting new faces - Ella Varga, Alexandra Butler, Matt Ketchin and Matt Cyr on both the men’s and women’s side of the program stepped up.
Members of the Alberta Summer Games, Discover and Emerge Teams included - Devon Angus, Tillie Claggett, Peyton Morey, Ella Varga, Corah Wilson, Addison Butler, Roan Clifford, Adam Connell, Mathieu Cyr, Caleb Gaine, Stephen Hou, Cole Pratt, Kian Pratt, Dawson Sheehan, Kadin Werner Enns and Hayden Woodrow.
As we progressed into the summer championship season Cascade swimmers represented the program with strong swims at the provincial level and regional level championships and the balance and strength of the development program continues to improve. One of our bigger wins was the Boys’s Team Champions Banner at the Canadian Junior Championships!
Now moving forward into the Olympic cycle and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 the energy is in the air for the next great performances on the provincial, national and world stage by Cascade swimmers. CASCADE is developing into a strong contributor to the story of swimming on the city, provincial, national and world stage. We are playing in the big leagues of swimming and we can, and we have to, continue to lift our game at all levels in the club.
The Cascade program prides itself on building not only great swimmers but even more importantly great people who are also great citizens and representatives of their family, the swim community, their community, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and of course the Cascade Swim Club.
With our Cascade model embracing Canada’s sport for life philosophy and Long Term Athlete Development principles the well-structured continuum of the program, the excellent coaching of the swimming program offered by Cascade, and the great spirit of the swimmers, their parents and the leadership group has positioned Cascade as one of the leading Canadian programs and the industry standard for swimming. All of our Cascade swimmers will be taught excellent values, life skills and disciplines and as well will be in one the world’s leading swimming performance programs. Swimmers will experience the wonderful lessons to be learned from being challenged and trained under the tutelage of our staff and will share in the excitement of our cutting edge approach.
Led by our excellent and experienced coaching staff: Wendy Johnson, Ildi Deliu, Marc Tremblay Jasen Pratt, Kristina Crook, Sandy Ferris, and Jackie Pratt the Cascade program has a strong base of swimmers competing from the grass roots level through to the provincial representative teams and even all the way up to the Youth, Junior and Senior Canadian National Teams.
That is all for us right now - while we are prepping for the new season - this one is still going on for about twenty of our kids. We just are in the midst of getting a group out and back to Victoria for the Midsummer Madness meet; another group readying themselves for the Junior Pan Pacs in Fiji; a smaller contingent in preparation for the Open Water World Junior Championships in Israel in September.
That doesn’t touch what just went on in the last couple of weeks! We just finished up Canadian Junior Championships (with the boy’s team taking the title! and the combined girls and boys finishing second overall!!); before that we had a stellar crew lighting it up on the 22nd-23rd of July of the Alberta Summer Games and just before that - Alexander Pratt swam himself on to Canada’s Senior National Team that is off in Tokyo right now and Morgan Bird made her way on to the Canadian National Para team that is in Australia Para Pan Pacs. If you are not yet - you have got to, got to, follow us on social media for updates throughout the rest of the summer.
Looking forward to seeing you on the deck and for a successful continuation of the CASCADE way.
Swimming Faster, Swimming better
Respect, Integrity & Commitment – the Cascade Way!
David M. Johnson
Director of Swimming and Head Coach