The Bear Facts: Jan. 11, 2019

Brea Elford
Jan 11, 2019

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THE BEAR FACTS
Welcome to the twelfth issue of The Bear Facts: a weekly source for all things Keyano! 

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Bingo time shifts reminder: Team Unify glitch!
  • Blue Bears Professional Photos: Fundraiser
  • Swim-a-thon 2019 raffle information
2. Bronze Programming

3. National Christmas Training Camp recap
  • Ellen Hickson write up
  • Drew Edwards write up 
4. Upcoming Events:
  • Blue Bears
  • OSC 10 & U #2
  • Brainsport Invitational
  • Red Deer Catalina Invitational
5. December Swimmer's of the Month!

6. Bear Birthdays

Note: The newsletters are posted in the News section on the homepage, should you ever need to revisit them or see a record of our communications!

Thank you for reading. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Keyano office. 

Go Bears!
The National group at the Texas Christmas Training Camp.

The Bear Essentials

Bingo time shifts reminder:

There is currently a glitch with Team Unify where the times posted on the job report page (if you use the time report function on Team Unify) don't match the time indicated on the actual event - they are off by an hour. When noting your times for any shifts, bingo or volunteer, please refer to the times listed on the actual event sign up page.

Also, bingo shifts will always be at the same time, unless otherwise indicated. For your information, please note the following: 


Daytime shifts:10:45 - 4
Evening shifts 4:45 - 10 PM
Evening/late nights are 4:45 to midnight


Blue Bears Professional Photos: Fundraiser

We have some extremely talented photographers on deck at Blue Bears. They will be using high resolution cameras, and they want to take photos of your children!

Over the course of the weekend, all pictures will be uploaded to the “Bluebears2019” Instagram account. You can direct message the photographers through this Instagram account with your child’s full name if you want their picture taken. 

You can browse all the photos on Instagram and on smugmug after the meet. If there is a picture you like, you can purchase the raw, high resolution file for $15. It can be used to print high quality pictures and even large posters. 

Each photo purchased will go towards your annual fundraising commitment.

We would like to extend a massive thank you to the photographers who are donating their time and equipment for this special fundraiser. This is not a typical fundraising situation, and each of these photographers will spend many, many hours taking, organizing and editing these special images of your children.


Swim-a-thon 2019

Hello Bears!

We are close to launching swim-a-thon 2019! This is Swim Canada’s largest fundraising event, and 90% goes directly back to our club. Last year, we raised $15 000, but some clubs are raising $60 000! Let’s try to double last year’s number!

Just like last year, we would like to have a raffle for every donor who enters Swim-a-thon. Last year, we had fabulous prizes like a $1000 West Jet gift card and an Apple Watch.

At this time, we are asking for prize donations. If you own a company, or know a company that would be open to donating we are looking for the following:
  1. Prizes for donors.
  2. Monetary donations so we can buy prizes (a receipt will be issued by keyano that can be written off as a sponsorship)
  3. Prizes for the swimmers


I am also hoping to boost team spirit this year, and I would love to have a goal for the swimmers to swim 500 000m! I am looking for a very special company/individual that might be willing to donate $1000 to Keyano and/or a charity of their choice if Keyano can reach this goal.

Please contact Tanya Lastovka at knedlik@telus.net about donating.

Bronze Programming


Just a few notes about the Bronze programming for the remainder of the season…
 

Session Confed Meadows Terwillegar Royal Glenora

January 7
Thru
March 24

Omit Dates:
Mon Feb 18

Omit Dates:
Fri Feb 1

Move Dates:
Fri Mar 1 (to Conf)

Omit Dates:
Fri Mar 1

Move Dates:
Fri Feb 1 (to Conf)

Omit Dates:
Mon Feb 18

April 8
Thru
June 19

Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Mon Apr 22
Mon May 20

Make-up (for omit):
Fri Jun 21

Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Tue May 21

Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Sun Apr 21

Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Mon Apr 22
Mon May 20

Make-up (for omit):
Fri Jun 21



Training Schedule
The chart above aims to give everyone a head’s up before the sessions start so you can see when/where we can foresee changes to the regular schedule. We may still have to deal with City of Edmonton facility issues, but those are generally few and far between. “Omit Date” means there will be no training on that date; “Move Date” means that training for your pool is moved to the noted pool; “Make-up” means a practice was added on the given date to balance the number of practices between pools.

Registering for Bronze
Our website is designed in the USA for 1,000’s of swim clubs… And as such, it has some bugs when it comes to doing anything out of the box (like 3x3-month Bronze sessions). Here is what you need to know:
If you haven’t done so already, it is easiest to extend your sign-up to a subsequent session by emailing Brea or the office directly at opsmanager@eksc.com
Colleen will fix anything that happens in error when registering on our website
You will only pay a registration fee and membership deposit once; anything else is a website error and will be corrected.

Dropping the Fee for Session Three
It has a lovely rhyme to it. In short, we have recalculated the fees for Session 3 based on the number of workouts impacted by holidays and PD days and a slightly shorter session overall than we had planned. Rather than extending the swimming session after the school year is done, we have decided to finish the same week as school and reduce the Session 3 cost from $545 to $475.

National Christmas Training Camp recap!

Instead of a standard coaches write up, we decided to have two swimmers give us their thoughts on the camp in Texas. Here they are, in all their unfiltered, unedited glory!:

Ellen Hickson's write up:

Whilst the majority of Edmonton were recovering from the enormous Christmas dinners they had devoured during the Winter break, the Keyano National Group busily packed their bags for the training camp in Texas. Unfortunately, no time was given for them to even consider a Christmas belly as Coach Paul had instructed them to swim at least three times during their two day break before leaving for the camp. I must admit the trip started off a little rocky, with instructions from Paul to arrive at the airport only an hour and a half before our flight, along with an entire airport full of Edmontonians who, surprisingly, also had that very same idea. After all of the team had successfully made it through the airport security, and bought their booster juices, we all managed to arrive at the gate with thirty minutes to spare. Now, you might think making it through airport security with a group of twenty teenagers would be the hardest part of that day, but it in fact was not. It seems we spent a little too much time talking on the seats right outside our gate, and had completely missed the airport paging Edmonton Keyano to board the plane immediately as it was about to take off.

Once they had paged us over the speakers for at least the tenth time, someone finally noticed and asked Paul if we were supposed to already be on the plane. It turned out the answer was yes - we were meant to have been there twenty minutes ago. In the rush that then ensued from all twenty of us running to the gate, which was only ten paces away, it seemed one vital belonging had been left behind - Paul’s phone. Only once we had boarded the plane did he then realise this, taking it upon himself to delay the plane even longer by arguing with the flight attendants. After another thirty minutes of Paul raging, the plane had still not set off and our layover in Calgary was decreasing by the minutes. Once we eventually set off, still without Paul’s phone, we somehow made it to Calgary on time to make our connecting flight to Houston. But the troubles did not stop there. In all the hullabaloo, Pilar’s suitcase, full of all her clothes and training equipment, had been lost by Edmonton Airport. With Paul using a borrowed phone to ring every staff member in Edmonton Airport to try and locate his phone, and Pilar arguing with the Calgary staff who had no idea where her bag was, we managed to board our next plane and make it to Houston and arrive mostly in one piece.

Over the days that followed, we were forced to begin training immediately as if Christmas dinner had never happened. Although, for Paul it probably hadn’t because cooking is not his forte. So we started off the Texas training camp with a double practice the next day and Paul “treating” us to training in 25 yard pools, as well as getting to wake up at 7am as opposed to 5am. Unfortunately, that was the extent of Paul’s generosity, as he was still recovering from the loss of his phone - something he made known to us everyday. The sprint group and distance group were split into two seperate outdoor pools, one coached by Paul and the other by Chris. I must admit the lanes were quite chaotic, and the outdoors pools seemed more like open water training with the amount of waves created. Whilst we were billeting with the Woodlands Club, they rarely partook in our practices, as they were not used to Paul trying to kill them everyday. To be honest, I’m not sure I blame them. Apart from the training, and the hilarious mornings where Paul’s vigorous training schedule seemed to backfire on him, as he stood shivering by the outdoor pool as it poured with rain, we also took part in some team building activities. Such activities included the New Year’s Eve party at the Church, organised by one of the billet families, and an afternoon of Paintballing. Our paintballing session, which consisted of us loading up guns to fire paintballs at our teammates, seemed to give us a much needed time to let out all of our frustrations as the whole team departed with bruises the size of golf balls. Luckily, that activity was done on the last day of the training camp, just in time for our long flight back home where we could enjoy sitting on our bruises for hours on end.

After the training camp came to an end and it was time to make our way back home, you’ll be pleased to know Paul and Pilar did get their lost items back and did not lose them again on the flight back to Edmonton. Paul also made us train one last time the very morning before our flight, just to ensure we really didn’t have a chance of developing a Christmas belly. In all it was an enjoyable experience, heightened by our paintballing session when we got to nail Paul. We all became closer as a team, and improved our swimming as well.

Drew Edwards' Write Up: 

Our annual Keyano Christmas break training camp took us to the state of Texas, more specifically the city of Houston, even more specifically the community of The Woodlands. The Woodlands is a suburb of Houston and home to the Texas Woodlands Swim Team (TWST). We flew out on December 27th , (very early in the morning, might I add) and were gone for twelve days until we flew back home on January 7th. While we were there, seven families hosted the twenty-one of us. Yes! Twenty-one swimmers between only seven families, for the duration of our stay. In the twelve days, we were there we did FIFTEEN PRACTICES. My personal favourites were the day we had to practice outside in three-degree weather and the practice right after a thunder storm (I like to live life on the edge). But all jokes aside the best practices were the sprint practices because who doesn’t love sprinting? Now, for real, all jokes aside, we trained hard, did thousands upon thousands of meters (and yards) and had some of our best workouts of the season. 

Billeting was a new experience for most, if not all of us. It was a great experience for me personally and I’m sure it was just as great for everyone else too. They fed us every meal and the food was fantastic, especially the steak. You can ask Matt about it. They drove us to practice and even organized a New Year’s Eve party. It was like a second home for us. We got to do a lot of fun things while we were there. Sometimes we would do things all together, and other times we would do things with just the families we were staying with. We went paintballing together on the last day! Some of us took more of a beating than others… poor Paul. The best thing I got to do was going to Top Golf (Paul probably agrees with me on that one). Top Golf is an interactive driving range where you scored points based on hitting the golf balls into targets. It was so much fun!

All in all, the training camp was an amazing experience that I don’t think any of us will ever forget. We now all have friends from the great state of Texas… Yeehaw!! A big thank you to The Woodlands Swim Team for being very gracious hosts. Hope to see y’all real soon!



 

Upcoming Events:

 This information is also found under each event on the website. 
 
What:
Blue Bears
When:
January 18-20, 2018
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3
Entry Fees: $10 timed final event, $12 heat and finals event
Signup Deadline December 28, 2018
Cancellation Deadline: January 2, 2108
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at www.eksc.com
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam – headagegroupcoach@eksc.com

Competition Website:
www.eksc.com
Event Schedule:

Friday

Sat

Sun

200 Free Relay
400 Free (10&U)
800 Free
1500 Free
200IM
100 Free
200 Back
100 Br
200 Fly
400 free
 
10& Session
100 Back
50 Free
50 Breast
100 Fly
200IM

200 Free

100 back
100 fly
50 free
200 Breast
400IM
 
10&Session
100 Free
50 back
50 Fly
100 Breast
200 Free

Warmup 4pm

Warmup Prelims 7:30am/Finals 4pm

10&U 11:30am

Warmup Prelims 7:30am/Finals 4pm

10&U 11:30am
Eligible Swimmers:
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Provincial
 
 
 
 
iNational
Youth Development
Junior Championship
 

 
 
What:
OSC 10&U #2
When:
February 2, 2019
Where: Fountain Park Recreation Centre, 4 Cunningham Road, St Albert, T8N 2E9
Entry Fees: $35 per swimmer
Signup Deadline January 15, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: January  21, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at www.eksc.com
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam – headagegroupcoach@eksc.com

Competition Website:
www.eksc.com
Event Schedule:

Sat

25 Fr
50 Fr
25 Fl
50 Fly
25 Bk
50 BK
25 BR
50 Br
 

Warmup

1:30pm
Eligible Swimmers:  
Silver
Bronze
 
 
 

 
 
What:
Brainsport Invitational
When:
February 8-10, 2018
Where: Shaw Centre, 122 Bowlt Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0L1
Entry Fees: NA
Signup Deadline January 15, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: NA
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at www.eksc.com
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam – headagegroupcoach@eksc.com

Competition Website:
www.eksc.com
Event Schedule:

Friday

Sat

Sun

50 Br
50 Fr
1500 Fr (female)
800 Fr (male)
100 Br
200 Fr
100 Fl
400 IM
200 Back

Warmup time finals: TBD

Warmup Prelims/Finals

TBD
 

Warmup Time Finals

Eligible Swimmers:  
Junior Championship
Provincial
 
 
 

 
  
  
 
What:
Red Deer Catalina Invitational
When:
February 9-10, 2018
Where: Roland Michener Centre, 51A St, Red Deer, AB, T5n 2B3
Entry Fees: $9.00
Signup Deadline January 22, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: February 1, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at www.eksc.com
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam – headagegroupcoach@eksc.com

Competition Website:
www.eksc.com
Event Schedule:

Sat

Sun

400 IM
50 Fl
200 Back
50 Br
100 Free
400 Fr
100 Back
200 Fly
50 Fr
200 BR
200 IM
100 Fly
50 Back
100 BR
200 Fr
800 Fr
1500 Free

Warmup

Session #1-7:15am
Session #2-2pm

Warmup Time Finals

Session #3 7:15am
 
Eligible Swimmers:  
Gold
Silver
 
 

 
 
 
Please visit the website Event page for more information and to sign up for swim meets! Click the link below to be directed to the event page.
Swim Meet Sign-Up

December Swimmer's of the Month!

Every month, each coach will select a swimmer of the month, which will be announced during the first Wednesday practice of the following month! The Swimmer's of the month are selected based on a variety of criteria, including attendance, hard work and attitude. The coaches will each provide a write-up, and we will be including that, along with an image of each swimmer from the presentation, in the newsletter!


 Merik Phillips: Confederation Gold

Merik had a great AGC meet with lots of best times and a great team spirit. He works hard at practice and is excited to keep improving.


Elizabeth Layne-Carey: Confederation Silver

Elizabeth shows up to practice with great enthusiasm and is always ready to work hard! She did an amazing job at Winter Festival, getting some huge best times. Her hard work has definitely paid off ! 










                                            
Madelynn Hutton: Confederation Bronze

Maddy has proven to be an exceptional swimmer over these past few months. She always shows up to practise excited and ready to swim! Her technique has improved greatly this season and has shown a lot of promise in practise and her backstroke and freestyle strokes never fail to impress the coaches. Great work Maddy!







                                  
                                                                     
 Sian Qiu: Terwillegar Silver

 Sian is a joy to have in the group! She works hard each practice, and loves to be in the water! It's great to see that enthusiasm.   















Kaitlyn Wesselink: Terwillegar Bronze
Kaitlyn is new to the club this year and already shows amazing potential as a competitive swimmer. She attends every practice eager to improve, and is always trying her hardest. This season she has had some great races and we can’t wait to see her keep getting faster. Kaitlyn’s dedication and positive attitude will surely take her far. Great work Kaitlyn!
 

Vida Wagenseil: Meadows Gold

Vida continues to be an example of hard work and dedication. She's extremely committed to improving her technique, which shows in her racing. Keep up the great work, Vida!

Aaron Bagonza: Meadows Bronze

Aaron has been trying extremely hard in each practice and has been pushing himself to get better in all of the 4 strokes. He always has a positive attitude and has been a great influence on the group! 

Rachel Bergman: Glenora Gold

Rachel Bergman continues to work hard, and it shows in her races, and in her technique. She has a great work ethic at practice and is a great and encouraging teammate!

Jake Fairey: Glenora Silver

Jake always does his best in training, has really good attendance and is always eager to race. At the Winter Festival Jake placed in the top 3 in several events and won the 100 back. 

McKenna Milroy: Glenora Bronze

Mckenna continues to show leadership every day at the pool, and always shows up to practice with a smile on her face, ready to work hard and swim fast! Her freestyle technique has shown some great improvements over the past few months, and her breaststroke has been looking better than ever!

Sophia Robertson: iNational

Sophia has made great inroads this year in her training. She has show supreme commitment to  her   distance training and the results showed with some great pb’s at the recent JP Fiset.

 


Meaghan: Junior Championship

Meaghan has worked very hard this year and she is now one of the group training leaders. At the JP Fiset meet Meaghan came away with 100% best times. She is always smiling and supporting her teammates and never backs away from the hard work.
We like Meaghan ‘The Mauler’ Williams!










Spencer Mckenzie: Junior Championship

Spencer Mackenzie: Spencer had a great month of December with a breakout meet and huge time drops in Victoria and continued hard training each session. Spencer brings an upbeat attitude to every practice and his hard work is paying off.
We like Spencer ‘The Machine’ Mackenzie!








Isobel Adams: Youth Development

Isobel Adams works hard whenever she's at practice! Her strokes have improved this month and she had some excellent swims at PCS in Victoria. She's keen to keep getting better.


Payton Loon: Provincial
Payton had very strong month of training in December leading to many exciting performances at the Victoria Xmas Cracker meet and the JP Fiset swim meet. She has work hard in developing all her strokes dropping times in a variety of events. 










Andrew Chilton: Kinsmen Gold

Andrew had one of the best attendance in Gold for December. He comes to practice everyday focus and motivated to improve his technique. Andrew had a very successful Winter Festival and Candy Cane meet dropping times in all his events.










Sarah Womack: Kinsmen SIlver 

Sarah comes to practice each day ready to work hard and improve! She has an enthusiastic attitude and is encouraging to her to her other teammates.

Bear Birthdays!





Emily Ulrich
Aaron Bagonza




 
      
 
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