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Club President's Message - 2019/20

Dear Cascade Members

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to welcome all swimmers, families and Cascade coaches and staff to the 2019-2020 Swim Season. 

The 2018-2019 season was an exciting year for our swimmers with new opportunities and experiences to support the achievement of their individual goals. Many successes were achieved throughout our programs as we continue to honour the Cascade tradition of developing well rounded, respectful and confident young adults. This coming season will bring even more excitement as we find ourselves entering an Olympic year.   

Last season, we formally brought on the introduction of our new training facility in the Seton Recreational Facility. This 50m pool presented a great new addition to our training resources and the ability to grow our grass roots program. Cascade also hosted the very first meet in the facility- our Spring Fundamentals Meet. 

In the pool, our swimmers continued to excel at all levels. Swimmers achieved ‘Firsts’, whether that be Provincial, Championship, Westerns, National and World Trials qualifying times as well as being named to Provincial and National Teams. 


Cascade had a significant presence on all of the Swim Alberta rep teams including Discover, Emerge, Aspire and Western Canada Games. We also had some exciting representation at the highest levels including the Junior World Championships in Budapest with Cole Pratt and Sebastian Somerset; and the World Championships both able-bodied in Korea, Cole Pratt, and Para in London with Morgan Bird. Our head coach Dave Johnson was also named to the coaching staff for both the World and Junior World Championships. 

As I say every year, too many accomplishments to mention as we haven’t even touched on the national, provincial and club records! Stay tuned for all of these and more recognitions at our Summit Awards in October.

A big thank you to our volunteers: our board members and parents who allow us to maintain one of the most successful swim clubs in the country! We continue to host well organized and efficient meets that clubs from across the country and beyond continue to support. This year we hosted the Canadian Junior Championships which saw over 500+ volunteer positions to be filled over the 6-day event - with great accolades to our management of the meet from Swim Canada! Thank you to all that have made Cascade and all of our meets a huge success this season. 

I would like to thank all of our Cascade families and my fellow Board Members for their support over the last season on all fronts. I believe Cascade will continue to excel at all levels from the Junior Circuit to the National team competitions. It will be an exciting year watching the Canadian team evolve in their preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. With so many young prospects vying for the Canadian Team it will no doubt spur the dreams and aspirations of our next generations. 


Kim Connell




Head Coach & Director of Swimming's Welcome - 2019/20

Welcome to the Cascade Swim Club and the 2019-2020 swim year! 

Cascade had a very successful year in 2018-19 and the 2020 season brings the excitement of an Olympic Year to the club and the swimmers. 

Dreams are developed, reached for, and realized in every season in our sport with the special nature of the Olympic cycle bringing heightened enthusiasm and effort to the program. 

As we move forward into the final year of the Olympic cycle and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the energy is in the air for the next great performances on the provincial, national and world stage by Cascade swimmers.

Our program dimension of performing at their best in the championship season in the end game situation is a desired and sought after outcome and this Cascade characteristic was alive and well throughout all of the 2018-2019 major events.

Highlights were multi and varied with great performances at the provincial level at the Western Canada Games, at the Western National level with multiple gold medal swims by the team, at the Canadian Trials in April for the World Senior Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, the World Junior Championships in Budapest and the upcoming World Para Championships in London, England, the Junior Nationals in Calgary and the Senior Nationals in Winnipeg. Cascade succeeded in having swimmers attend all the above competitions with medal winning performances at every competition

Cole Pratt led the way as Cascade’s top performer with selection to the Senior Worlds where he swam the 200 Back and 200 IM placing 26th in the 200 back and 36th  in the 200 IM and then swam at the Junior World Championships winning a Bronze medal in the 400 Medley Relay, placing 4th in the 200 Back, 4th in the 400 Free Relay, 6th in the 100 Back and 12th in the 200 IM.

Sebastian Somerset qualified for Junior Worlds placing 16th in the 50 Back and 13th in the 200 Back.

The Cascade women’s 400 Medley Relay (Payton Kelly, Isabelle Roth, Ella Varga, Grayson Almasi) swam to the Gold medal at the Junior Nationals in a new provincial record. 

Our Cascade swimmers Devon Angus, Addison Butler, Caleb Gaine, Adam Connell & Hayden Woodrow swam strongly to many Golds and podium finishes at the Western Canada Games.

The Age Group section of the program will operate out of the beautiful new Brookfield YMCA Aquatic Centre pool for the full season for the first time with the new facility having come online in March, 2019. The new 10 lane 50metre pool and the realignment of the development part of the program will bring an added dimension to our program. 

Our highly regarded Cascade system will bring the development of the next generation of Cascade excellence to the forefront as we build toward Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024. 

Wow, what an exciting time for Cascade and swimming!

The 2019 season saw the departure of longtime coach par excellence Ildi Deliu and she will be missed. 

Our next chapter will see highly regarded Coach Mandi Smith join our staff and bring her expertise and energy to the Cascade staff and swimmers.

The Cascade program prides itself on building athletes into great people who are also great citizens and representatives of their family, the swim community, their home community of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and of course the Cascade Swim Club.

With the 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. 

Our Cascade swimmers will learn excellent values, life skills and discipline and as well will be immersed in one of the world’s leading swimming performance programs.

Led by our excellent and experienced coaching staff:  Wendy Johnson, Marc Tremblay, Mandi Smith, Jasen Pratt, Kristina Crook, Sandy Ferris, and Jacquie Pratt the Cascade program has a strong base of swimmers competing from the grass roots level through to the provincial representative teams, all the way up to the Youth, Junior and Senior Canadian National Teams. 

Swimmers will experience all the wonderful lessons to be learned from being challenged and trained under the tutelage of our Professional and experienced staff and will share in the excitement of our cutting- edge approach.

Looking forward to seeing you on the deck and for a successful continuation of the CASCADE way.


Swimming Faster, Swimming better,

Coach Dave

David M. Johnson

Director of Swimming and Head Coach


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