Message from SCAR's Head Coach


To Our Scarborough Membership,

The Scarborough Swim Club is happy to announce the return of swimming operations for the 2020-2021 season commencing in early September. We cannot wait until we can welcome you all home. 

It is no secret that all ways of life have been affected by the events related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was difficult to see our season end abruptly, with all Scarborough swimmers working tirelessly to put themselves in position to have a strong finish to their year. While spring provincial and regional championships had concluded, many were denied their national meets and first Canadian Olympic Trials. However, Scarborough swimmers quickly rallied around one another, supporting each other in new and very important ways.

Through our Club’s implementation of virtual programming, swimmers were not only able to maintain a level of physical conditioning through home-workout routines, they were able to complete numerous sessions benefiting both mental skills for swimmers and mental health for all. From the time schools and programs had shutdown, until the end of our swim year in late June, SCAR saw its competitive membership adapt, with swimmers remaining connected and engaged with coaches and teammates like never before. Our Club’s outreach through email, and Facebook and Instagram platforms provided swimmers daily stories, posts and themes each week, including interviews with Olympians and National Team members. Groups even had some fun with “Scarborough Team Pride” video compilations.

I believe the amount of commitment and sacrifice required when involved in sport is quite clear. The same can be said of support for one another in a team environment. What was exceptional to see was just how much swimmers were able to lean on teammates, and how much more our Club could be there for our swimmers when they needed us the most. Thank you, swimmers.

As you may know, SCAR began its phased-in return to swimming over a six-week period in July and August. It was during this time that we practiced the required strict guidelines outlined by Swimming Canada, Swim Ontario, Province and Public Health. This opportunity allowed us to gain the necessary experience to operate our programming in a safe and responsible manner ahead of next season. 

It is certain that our return in September will involve change, but change brings new opportunities. Safety for all remains our top priority. Workouts will be structured in such a way to maintain the required physical distancing. Virtual sessions will continue, allowing for better communication with swimmers and families, feedback sessions and dryland programming. We will continue to adapt and evolve, and add to our programming where possible. We will continue to create positive learning experiences while giving our swimmers every opportunity to be successful.

 

Yours in swimming,

Chris Ellul

Head Coach / Director of Swimming