Kamloops Aquatics Club...
serving Kamloops families since 1947!


The Greater Kamloops Aquatic Club was originally formed as a diving club in the summer of 1947. Interested children took part in free diving lessons with John Henderson at Centennial Pool. On Aug. 13, 1947 the Club was host to its first competition that included diving, swimming and surfboard riding events. The Club continued hosting similar events annually for eleven years. In 1972 the club evolved into a registered society. Its name and constitution were amended in 1993, giving rise to Kamloops Aquatics Club. Although our official society name continues, Kamloops Classic Swimming arose in the 1980's as our new business name. 

In 1990, with the Canada Games only three years away, the Executive laid out an aggressive plan to build the year-round program. With the establishment of our "Learn to Swim" program, teaching 5 to 12 year olds the 4 basic strokes and endurance swimming, our newly established year-round competitive Classics Swim Club began to grow. 

Over the past 65 years we have changed to fill the needs of our community. Evolving from a diving club, to a powerful summer club then into a year-round competitive club operating several successful divisions. Our numbers have swelled from a small Swimming Canada Program of twenty-three swimmers to one of the leading competitive age-group swimming programs in Canada with an annual membership of over 100 competitive swimmers and more than 300 "learn to swim" children. Kamloops Classic Swimming is proud to offer quality programming to children just beginning to learn their basic competitive strokes to seasoned competitors, competing successfully at Provincial, National and International levels. KCS has also places numerous swimmers in the CIS and NCAA to pursue University level swimming. Read more HERE

As a sign of our success Kamloops Classic Swimming has been attracting accolades from the sporting community. 

  • 2013 Kamloops Classic Swimming was named "Club of the Year" by SwimBC.
  • 2014 Head coach, Brad Dalke named "Coach of the Year" by the Kamloops Sports Council
  • 2014 our long-time Board Member and Treasurer, Nancy Flood, named "Volunteer of the Year" by SwimBC as well as President, Karyn Sutherland in 2015.
  • Colin Gilbert and Brad Dalke named to the Junior National Tour to Australia.
  • Kamloops Sports Council named Colin Gilbert as it's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year for his selection to the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
  • Kamloops Sports Council names Brad Dalke, 2014 Coach of the Year.
  • Kamloops Classic Swimming receives special recognition from the Kamloops Sports Council with the Award of Excellence for all it's accomplishments in 2014. This award is given out approximately every 5 years to an organization or person that is an "inspiration to the City of Kamloops."

We'd like to thank the community for their inspiration and support over the past 65 years and we look forward to the next 65!! See you in the water!


Strategic Plan

Our vision is to "inspire excellence in competitive swimming and personal growth."

The Society builds its programming around 5 central goals:

  1. Swimmers are performing at their best
  2. Coaching staff is delivering a flexible and competitive program
  3. Swim club parents and volunteers are actively involved.
  4. KCS's spirit inspires and motivates swimmers and parents
  5. Partnerships enhance KCS's success

Initiatives will align to these central goals with cost-cutting measures implemented where appropriate. Our long-term goal is to enable an effective and efficient competitive swim club that, with the assistance of parents and volunteers, is able to deliver quality programming that contributes to excellence in swimming and personal growth for all our swimmers.

This new strategic plan was drafted by the KCS Board of Directors in January of 2011

Click here to check it out!

Hall of Fame


Erin Gammel (born 1980, Kamloops, BC)

Erin began her swimming career with Kamloops Classic Swimming. After graduation, she joined the swim team at the University of Calgary as a backstroker and was named 2003-2004 & 2006-2007 CIS female Swimmer of the year.  During this time she also competed as a backstroker on the Canadian National team. She went on to compete at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, where she finished in 17th position in the 100 m Backstroke and in 11th place with the Canadian Relay Team in the 4x100 m Medley. Erin Gammel retired from swimming in 2007(news article click here) and is now a teacher in the Kamloops School District.


Caitlin Meredith (born 1983, Kamloops, BC)

Caitlin Meredith began her swimming career with Kamloops Classic Swimming, along with her siblings. In 2002, she graduated from Kamloops and joined the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. There she was named CIS swimming rookie of the year in 2002-2003 and All-Canadian by the CIS in 2003-2004. She competed in numerous Team Canada international meets, including the 2007 Pan Pacifics in Rio de Janeiro as a backstroker and in 2008 was the recipient of the Premiers Athletic Award as one of BC's top athletes. Caitlin is currently enrolled in Dentistry at the University of British Columbia.


Ken McKinnon 
Appointed in 2008 as Swimming Canada's  Junior National Team coach, Ken McKinnon was Head Coach for Kamloops Classic Swimming from 1991 to 2002.

McKinnon’s coaching career began in the early 70’s as Head Coach of the Beaurepaire Swim Club in Montreal. He later joined Pointe Claire Swim Club as an Age group coach then quickly climbed the ropes to the Head Coach position. In 1984, McKinnon was hired on as Head Coach of the CAMO swim club where he coached for eight seasons. In ninety-one, McKinnon moved to Kamloops to join the Kamloops Classic Swimming as Head Coach then moved to the Bahamas to coach for the Barracuda Swim Club between 2003 and 2005. Two years after, Ken returned to Canada to take on the Head Coach position of the Richmond Rapids Swim Club. In 2006, Ken was hired by Swim BC as Provincial Coach.


Mark Hahto

Mark was the first coach of "Kamloops Classic Swimming." He has since moved on to become the Chief Operating Officer for Swimming Canada.

Kamloops Classic Swimming
University Student-Athlete Alumni

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”–William Arthur Ward


Gabrielle Dagasso ~ Thompson Rivers University Fall 2016
Gabrielle chose to continue her swimming with Coach Brad Dalke while attending Thompson Rivers University. Gabby is pursuing a science degree and will swim in the CIS.

Megan Dalke ~ University of British Columbia Fall 2016
Megan accepted an athletic scholarship to swim for the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. She is hoping to study business while pursuing her dreams in the pool with this CIS powerhouse. BIO

Colin Gilbert ~ University of Denver Fall 2016
Colin, Kamloops' 2014 Male Athlete of the Year, accepted an athletic scholarship to swim for the powerhouse Summit League champions, University of Denver Pioneers. Colin will be studying business at this NCAA Division 1 private university located in Denver, Colorado.  BIO

Makena Sutherland ~ New Mexico State University Fall 2016
Makena chose to accept an athletic scholarship to swim for New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. The NCAA Div 1, Aggies swim in the Western Athletic Conference. Makena is pursuing her interests in Engineering. BIO
 

Kieran Waterous ~ University of Waterloo Fall 2016
Kieran has chosen to continue his swimming while pursuing an engineering degree at University of Waterloo. He was the recipient of numerous academic scholarships and will begin swimming for the Warriors beginning fall of 2016. BIO
 

Greg Petersen ~ Thompson Rivers University Fall 2015
A former Kamloops Classics breaststroker, Greg returned to swimming after a three year hiatus from the competitive pool. Greg chased new challenges in the pool while finishing his computer sciences degree at Thompson Rivers University during the 2015/16 season. 

 


Taylor Carmichael ~ Thompson Rivers University Fall 2015
Developed by both Kamloops Classic Swimming and Merritt Otters Summer Swim Club, Taylor has chosen to continue her swimming career with Wolfpack swimming while attending Thompson Rivers University to pursue a science degree beginning the 2015/16 season.  



Meaghan Frenks ~ Simon Fraser University Fall 2014
A graduate of South Kamloops Secondary, Meaghan was recruited on athletic scholarship by the sole Canadian member of the NCAA, Division II, Simon Fraser University in 2014. Meaghan is pursuing a degree in education Team Bio  UPDATE


Jagdeesh Uppal ~ Thompson Rivers University Fall 2014
Staying close to home. Jagdeesh was the first signed recruit of the newly created TRU Wolfpack Swimming in Kamloops and will be pursuing a science degree. 2014-15 will be the team's first season competing in the CIS.  UPDATE


Dylana Milobar ~ California State University at Bakersfield Fall 2013
A graduate of Valleyview Secondary, Dylana was recruited on athletic scholarship the NCAA Div 1 Cal State University at Bakersfield and competes for the Roadrunners in the Western Athletic Conference. She was named 2016 WAC Champion in the 200 Breast as well as Academic All-Scholar.  Dylana is studying communications. Bio  UPDATE


Cynthia Pfeiffer ~ Acadia University Fall 2012

This former Kamloops Classics swimmer, also developed by the Revelstoke Aquaducks, was recruited by Acadia University in Nova Scotia in 2012 after a year at University of Calgary. Bio   UPDATE

Mychael (MJ) Sorba ~ University of Victoria Fall 2009

A graduate of NorKam Secondary, MJ chose to attend the University of Victoria in 2009, where he swam for the UVic Vikes. UVIC Bio



 

Davis Wuolle ~ University of British Columbia Fall 2008
Davis swam for the UBC Thunderbirds in 2008-2010. During his time at UBC he trained under well-known breaststroke coach Jozef Nagy, alongside Olympians Annamay Pierse, Martha McCabe and Brent Hayden. Davis is also a co-founder of www.swimswam.com.


Gia Bogetti ~ Simon Fraser University Fall 2007
Gia was recruited by Simon Fraser University Clan in 2007. A repeat NAIA All-American and two-time National Champion, Gia also swam on two NAIA record-breaking relays in her first and final year.

Erin Gammel ~ University of Calgary Fall 2002
Erin was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Calgary Dinos in 2002. In 2003-2004 and 2006-2007 she was awarded CIS Female Swimmer of the Year honours. 
Erin accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Calgary Dinos in 2002 and was named 2003-2004 & 2006-2007 CIS SwimmerErin accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Calgary Dinos in 2002 and was named 2003-2004 & 2006-2007 CIS Swimmer of the Year

Caitlin Meredith ~ University of British Columbia Fall 2002
Caitlin was recruited by the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in 2002.She was awarded an athletic scholarship and was named CIS Rookie of the Year in 2002-2003 and All-Canadian in 2003-3004.


 

Janice Berry ~ University of North Dakota Fall 2002
This former Kamloops Classics swimmer was recruited by the University of North Dakota "Fighting Sioux" in 2002 and was named an NCAA Division II All-American. Janice graduated with a BPE degree in Facility Management.
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Katherine Owens ~ University of Hawaii Fall 1992
Katherine began her swimming career with Kamloops Classic Swimming. She was a finalist at the 1992 Winter Nationals, and was awarded a swim scholarship to the Division I, University of Hawaii.

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