Olympic prospects (OP)


Head of Parent Rep - Julie Wat - [email protected]

Building Confidence, Comfort and Skill Development

Olympic Prospects  (OP) is MAC's pre-competitive development program. Our goal is to establish a strong foundation in our swimmers while instilling a love of swimming so that children and families enter the sport with an opportunity for lifelong enrichment. OP is a technique-based program for all four competitive strokes and introduces young swimmers to the sport of swimming. Swimmers will be selected for either our OP twice per week or 3x/week program.

Every new swimmer must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the OP Program. The assessment is required to determine if the swimmer is ready for the program and what level does the swimmer best match.

Current Assessments: By appointment. Each assessment is about 10 minutes long. Please email [email protected] to book an assessment. Refer to our Membership page for what to bring to the assessment.

Schedules and Locations

OP Development return to MPAC pool - Saturday January 16, 2021 provided current York lockdown is lifted

OP1 OP2 OP3 return to Aaniin pool - Tuesday January 12, 2021 provided current York lockdown is lifted

Pool Location:

Markham PanAm Pool (MPAC) 16 Main St Unionville, Unionville, ON L3R 2E4

Aaniin Pool - 5665 14th Ave, Markham, ON L3S 3K5

Start date:

Week of October 20th (OP1/OP2/OP3)

Week of Sept 28th - OP Development

No practice on the following dates:

October 12 (Thanksgiving)

December 21- January 1 (Christmas Break)

February 15 (Family Day)

March 14 - 18 (March Break)

April 15 (Good Friday)

May 23 (Victoria Day)

Olympic Prospects Practice Schedule


Entrance Criteria (6-10 years of age)

During the assessment, coaches are looking for swimmers that are able to achieve the following at the minimum:

  • Proficient flutter kick on front and back for 25m;
  • Swim 25 metres of freestyle with bilateral breathing and backstroke;
  • Comfortable with deep water, able to tread water for 1minute without assistance;and
  • Make changes to technique upon instruction

Practice Structure

  • 5 - 10 minutes dryland/activation/mobility on deck
  • 45 - 50 minutes of swimming (skills/kicking)
  • 5 - 10 minutes of games or relays in water

Daily Expectations for Swimmers

  • Listens and tries to do what the coach says
  • Courteous and respectful with the coaches
  • Courteous and respectful with other swimmers in the pool/li>
  • Comes to practice with a good attitude
  • Fosters teamwork and sportsmanship

Practice Guidelines

Teach and continue to improve the basic swimming fundamentals:

  • Body Position, stack and lock streamline
  • Properly kick all four strokes
  • Properly swim all 4 strokes
  • Starts and Turns
  • Breathing Patterns for Free and Fly
  • Introduce the concept of body dolphin swimming.
  • Team Cheers
  • Goal Setting


There will be 1-2 developmental swim meets for Olympic Prospects. Schedule to be determined

Criteria to Exit to Competitive Stream - "Graduation" (On Coach's Approval)

  • Streamline off every wall with a stack and lock. Be able to push off, back, side, stomach.
  • Has knowledge and can execute at least three core drills pertaining to each stroke
  • Is comfortable doing short and long axis turns.
  • Has four legal strokes maintaining proper body position
  • Has a legal 100 IM
  • Has a basic practice habit (per practice document)
  • Legal starts and finishes.
  • Understands and can display good sportsmanship
  • Understands changing pace / speed adjustment
  • Age Recommendation: at least 7 years of age to 10 years of age

Equipment Required

Equipment (M=Mandatory  |  NR= Not Required  |  O= Optional
  Current OP 3X Gold Silver  Bronze
Goggles M M M M M
Swim Cap M M M M M
Swim Suit 1 M M M M M
Mesh Bag M O O O O
Kickboard M M M M M
Pull Float M NR NR NR NR
Hand Paddles 2 NR NR NR NR NR
Finger Paddles NR NR NR NR NR
Skipping Rope M M NR NR NR
Stretch Cord NR NR NR NR NR
Snorkel 3 NR NR NR NR NR
Yoga Mat M NR NR NR NR