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Chris Ellul

Hello Scarborough Swim Club, I’d like to start off this month’s newsletter by congratulating all our swimmers that competed at our first home competition in almost two years. It was very rewarding to see everyone lined up behind the blocks and racing again. When I think back at all we’ve been through as a team from March 2020, it certainly brought a lot of emotions to the forefront. While the team remained engaged and connected during the Ontario lockdowns, this competition experience really showed us that we truly made it...

Chris Ellul

Hello Scarborough Swim Club Members, Our October 30th Time Trial was a lot of fun and long overdue. It's hard to believe we took part in our first competition in over 19 months. It is truly something when we think about the time spent out of the water. Nevertheless, where there's a challenge, there is also opportunity. We all know our story of how we survived and thrived over the last year and half, and it was certainly a wonderful sight to have racing provided to our swimmers once again....

Chris Ellul

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season! It’s a wonderful feeling to be writing to you all in what is our first newsletter of the 2021-2022 swim season, and with the team of course back in the pool and looking forward to a gradual return to normalcy. As we continue to move forward, we can expect to receive more new information regarding safety protocols and guidelines, from facilities to competitions, and so forth. Just as SCAR has navigated what was a year and a half of in-person and at-home training throughout the...

Chris Ellul

Hello Scarborough Swim Club! The Tokyo 2020 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials begin tomorrow, running Saturday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 23. The event is taking place at our home facility, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, with all preliminary and final sessions being live streamed at cbcsports.ca. You can also use the CBC Sports app or CBC's Gem live streaming platform. We are very excited to watch three Scarborough Swim Club representatives in Rebecca Smith, Taylor Ruck, and Finlay Knox. While Taylor has already qualified for Tokyo 2020...

Chris Ellul

Hello Scarborough Swim Club, We would like to congratulate all of our swimmers that participated in our Kilometre Club, and helped us to cover the distance from Scarborough to Victoria, BC. In doing so, you also helped us to reach the hometowns of our HPC-O representatives along the way! That is of course, Rebecca Smith (Red Deer, AB), Finlay Knox (Okotoks, AB), and Taylor Ruck (Kelowna, BC). Please have a look at our top winners listed below! These winners were originally announced on our Instagram. If you don't already follow...

Chris Ellul

Hello Scarborough Swim Club, Recently, we sent home a survey in both email and online Google form format in regards to our plans for reopening for summer swimming. It is currently looking more likely that the Government of Ontario’s Step-3 may provide us our opportunity to return to in-pool training; however, only time with tell. If you have not yet completed our summer survey, please do so. * SCAR’s High Performance & Gold swimmers continue their work from home, remaining engaged and connected while focusing on their physical and mental...

Chris Ellul

Full Stroke: April 2021 Head Coach Address: Hello Scarborough Swim Club, This last month saw our swimmers take part in many more important activities to help us continue navigating the current times. Aside from our frequent physical testing taking part every few weeks on Fridays, we asked our swimmers to write a letter to themselves from their future-self. They were to be written in a time where we find ourselves beyond the pandemic, having returned to regular pool training. Here’s a few of the important questions we asked our swimmers...

Chris Ellul

Introduction by Head Coach Chris Ellul: Hello Scarborough Swim Club, First, I want to take this opportunity to address our Scarborough Swim League (SSL) and how coaches will be rotating weekly competitions taking place every Friday/Saturday. Swimmers will take part in physical, mental, and fun challenges while scoring points for their home coach and team. Our current SSL event will be a “SCAR’s Got Talent” show. Winners will be voted upon by their group, 1st through 3rd. Our SSL prizes will be announced prior to the end of the regular...

Phil Garcia

Introduction by Head Coach Chris Ellul: Hello Scarborough Swim Club, It’s hard to believe it’s already March, but before we get too ahead of ourselves let’s breakdown the last month of February. I’m happy to announce that Scarborough Swim Club remains strong, engaged, and committed as ever. We all know it’s been a challenging year in swimming, and in every part of our daily lives. We also know our swimmers are just itching to get back in the pool. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see all our swimmers back at...

Phil Garcia

Introduction by Head Coach Chris Ellul: Hello Scarborough Swim Club, Let’s get right into our January newsletter! SCAR would like to thank Martha McCabe and Head-to-Head, a fantastic Olympian-led program that brought additional value to our team at an important time. Our swimmers enjoyed learning from Canadian Olympic swimmers and National Team Members Martha McCabe, Kierra Smith, Michelle Toro, Chantal Landeghem, Yuri Kisil, Jason Brock, and Zack Chetrat. Thank you to all our swimmers for their amazing questions for our guests, and for your commitment through each of our six-week...