Club News December 31st 2019

KISU Administrator

Happy New Year!  

Wishing all the best to KISU families in 2020!


KISU Photos:

We have a new email address set up in which you can send in swimmer/team/meet photos throughout the season, for submission to the annual yearbook.  If available, please include the name of the swimmer(s)/meet with the photos.


Upcoming Meets and Events:


Polar Bear Swim:  Jan 1st 12:00 noon, Sunoka Beach Summerland

Swimmers should bring shoes to wear in the water and warm clothing and blankets for after.  We hope to see many KISU swimmers there!


Christmas Holidays NO REGULAR PRACTICE: DEC 20 – JAN 5th

First day back in the water is Jan 6th.


KISU New Year’s Camp: Dec 30th-Jan 3rd 

Keep your swimmers busy in the days after the festivities (and give yourself a chance to relax).

ALL KISU swimmers are invited to join us, including Mini Squad and Fitness swimmers.  Practices will run Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30 and 31, Thursday and Friday, January 2 and 3rd, 9am - 12noon (no practice on January 1). This is a great opportunity for swimmers to stay fit over the holidays, learn new skills, prepare for the next training cycle and keep their parent's sanity.  Practices include an hour of dryland training with guest coaches as well as video technique work.

Cost is $60 or $20/day if you can't make all the days.  

Please contact Tina for more information,


KAJ Snowfest: January 17-19th:  Registration Deadline: December 20th

Timed finals and LONG COURSE on Friday.

Heats and finals, and LONG COURSE on Saturday and Sunday.

Warm-ups - Friday - 3pm, Saturday and Sunday morning - 7am, Saturday afternoon - 4pm, Sunday afternoon - 3:30pm.

Cost - $9/event plus $4.50 splash fee.  The club will cover relays.

Events - Friday evening (Timed Finals events) - 50Fly, 1500 (fastest 8), 50 Back, 800 (fastest 8), 50 Brst. All other 1500 and 800 entries double-laned.

Saturday (heats & finals) - 200 Brst, 50 Free, 100 Back, 400 IM* 100 Fly, 200 Free, plus 200 Medley and Free relays in the morning session.

Sunday (H/F) - 200 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Back 100 Brst, 400 Free*.

*1500/800/400s - will be limited to the top 24.  Positive check in.  400Free and IM - fastest heat to swim in the finals session, limited to top 24 swimmers, positive check in.


January Mini Meet: January 18th 7:30-9:00, Registration Deadline Jan 16th

-Racing! Ribbons! Muffins! KISU Mini Squad and Junior swimmers are invited to come out and swim at our third 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!

Cost: $5

Registration Deadline: Thursday January 16th.

Parents!  Don't forget to sign up to volunteer as a timer or starter!


KISU goes to the Vees game:  Jan 24th Registration Deadline Jan 20th

KISU is going to the Vees game against the Merritt Centennials.  

We will meet outside the SOEC at 6:30 for a 7:00 game.  All tickets must be purchased in advance if you want to sit with our group. 

Event registration is set up online.  Swimmers are free but will still be required to register for their ticket.  Adults are $10.  Payment will be charged at registration.  Please select the current roster group for you swimmer when prompted.

Firm deadline of Jan 20th.  No late ticket orders accepted. Please contact Amy at with any questions.


KISU January Jamboree: January 26th Registration Deadline Jan 6th

This is our first Jamboree of 2020.  We would love to have full KISU attendance.

Based on last year's meet -

Warm ups 12-12:35pm

Start time: 12:45pm     Approx finish time: 4:30pm

Maximum of 5 individual events per swimmer.

This is a development meet for swimmers who have not yet met the 4:00 time standard for the 200 IM. 

Fee: $20 per KISU swimmer with volunteer commitment

Volunteer Sign up is on the website.

Okanagan Regional Championships Salmon Arm Feb 28th- March 1st:

There is a room block booked at the Comfort Inn Salmon Arm from Feb 28th- March 1st. Rooms include 2 queen beds rate $109 per night plus taxes. Rate includes 2 adults and 2 children. Additional charge of $10 per night for extra adults.

Rooms have a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, blow dryer, flat screen TV and free wifi.

Hot and Cold buffet breakfast included from 6:30-10:00am

Call the hotel directly to book 1-250-832-7711 and quote KISU swim Club to book. Room block will be held until Jan 27th.


Parent Article:

Smart goal setting for young swimmers

Swim Parents- Swim England Website Article.

Encouraging your young swimmer to learn goal setting is to help in life not just in sport. In swimming, learning to set clear targets, priorities and expectations help improve performance and confidence, and increase motivation.

Meanwhile providing continuous focus and direction through goal setting will also help in other aspects of their life, such as exams. Goal setting could also help you as parents when trying to establish a morning routine for young swimmer, for example.

The importance of SMART goal setting

When setting goals, it’s important to have long term and short-term goals, so that it’s possible to hit targets and milestones along the way.

Suggest your child works backwards from their long-term goal, such as Qualifying for Nationals, to figure out the steps they need to make it there.

If the long-term goal is qualifying for Nationals, consider what they need to do each day, each week and each month to ensure they achieve the goal. Also what times they need to hit and by when.

This goal setting is often called SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely.

  1. Specific – Make sure each goal is both clear and well defined i.e. ‘I want to break a minute for my 100m Free by January 2017’, rather than just ‘I want to get faster’.
  2. Measurable – Be sure to include times and dates, so that you can measure whether goals have been met and what progress has been made.
  3. Attainable – Each goal that gets set should be challenging, but realistic.
  4. Relevant – Every short-term goal should fit in with the end goal or dream, and should act as stepping-stones to success.
  5. Timely – Put a deadline on your goal. Make it clear exactly when the goal is aiming to be accomplished.

Don’t lose it, write it down

It’s really important that when you set a goal, you write it down – and write it somewhere you will see it regularly. This will not only help with motivation and focus, but also will help to celebrate successes and achievements.

Writing down the goal will also act as a reminder to say yes to the things that will help in achieving the goal and turning down anything that may hinder success.



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.

2019/20 Sharkcard



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Do you have a question- Contact us!

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

Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452