The Bear Facts: February 22, 2019

Brea Elford
Feb 22, 2019

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Welcome to the eighteenth issue of The Bear Facts: a weekly source for all things Keyano! 

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Snorkels are in!
  • Swim-a-thon 2019: prize donations and donors
  • Purdy's Easter fundraiser
  • Bingo time shifts reminder: Team Unify glitch!

2. Swim Meet Recap: Red Deer Valentine Invitational

3. General Manager Message: Oil Kings Aquatic Appreciation Day event recap!

4. U Sports Championships: Keyano Alumni representing

5. Bronze Programming: Omit Dates, training schedule

6. Swim Alberta Safe Sport Message

7. Upcoming Events: Bear Cubs Race Series Info, Provincials, AB Champs

8. Get to Know: Analea Zimmerman

9. 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 Bear Essentials

Upcoming events:

Date: Event: Location Groups
Feb. 22-23 Ostara Classic Victoria Nat.
Feb. 27 Bear Cubs Race Series 2 Edmonton B, S
March 1-3 Provincials Calgary G, Prov. JC
March 14-17 AB Spring Champs Edmonton Prov., JC, Nat

*More information on upcoming events further on in the newsletter!


For members who have been patiently waiting for snorkels - we have just received a shipment! Please head to the office at your earliest convenience. The majority of these have been spoken for already, but there are a few extras if you are in need.   

Swim-a-thon 2019

Hello Bears!

Swimathon is soon approaching. We are going to have a raffle both for kids who participate, and for people who donate to swimathon. So far, we have some great prizes lined up, but we’re looking for more! If you know of a company that might be willing to donate either cash or prizes  contact Tanya Lastovka at

Prizes to date:

1. $500 from hydro eagle daylighting
2. 75$ Sephora from Cassandra Loon
3. more info to come
4. Car detailing from Nicholson Chev
5. Starbucks


Tanya Lastovka

Purdy's Easter Fundraiser

The Purdy's Easter Fundraiser is now live! More information can be found on our website under Parents ---> Fundraising information. Or, click here! 

Order Deadline is Sunday March 31st 2019

Order pick-up from the Kinsmen 5:00-6:30 pm Wednesday April 17th , 2019
Keyano Families ONLY Go to

Purdy’s Easter Fundraising Program 2019 Catalogues are available in the Keyano office or can be viewed online with this link:

Bingo time shifts/volunteer 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

Meet Recap: Red Deer Valentine Invitational

The first ever Red Deer Valentine Meet was a huge success! Of the 20 swimmers that came to meet, there were  lots of best times and heat winners! Some of the highlights include, Danica Gouglas winning the 200 IM, 100br, 200bk and 100 bk in her age group! And a shoutout to Kiera, Alyssa and Zack for all dropping more than 10 seconds in their 400 free! And of course not forgetting Connor, Udit, Zack and Aaron’s awesome performance in their 200 breast after a long day of racing on Saturday. Coach Maya and I both saw an improvement in the swimmer’s turns, they were all getting in and out of the wall quickly and pushing off with fantastic streamlines! Great job to all the swimmers that came out to this meet! 
Go Bears ! 

Coach Emma 

General Manager Message

Oil Kings - Aquatics Appreciation Day

Keyano bought 79 tickets to the Oil Kings game on Family Day, which was a blast for all who came out. 

First, it was a Star Wars theme day. Walking into Rogers Place was like walking onto a movie set with dozens of Storm Troopers, Darth Vaders, and other famous characters taking pictures with kids all around the concourse. Even the Oil Kings had special Vader-inspired jerseys done up for the big home game. The biggest crowd since opening day obviously pumped up the home team as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period over the divisional threat Medicine Hat Tigers.

At the end of the first period, our Keyano kids were brought down to ice level for an exclusive high-five tunnel to the Oil Kings as they came off the ice. From there, the Keyano crew was whisked off to the Hockey Hall of Fame room, where we could mingle with each other during the intermission and look at some of the historic memorabilia from Edmonton Oilers teams of the past. 

Then Edmonton Keyano alumnus, Cheryl Gibson, took the podium to give a special speech to the current Keyano swimmers and families. Cheryl is a 1976 Olympic Silver Medallist. First thing, she handed her Olympic medal straight down to a group of young 10 & under swimmers standing in the front row. Then, she went on to give an interactive speech about what it took to get to an Olympic medal. Never claiming to be the best young kid entering the sport of swimming, her Olympic success was due to characteristics that are far less talent-based like hard work, determination to improve on her weaknesses, and self-confidence. Her final message: There were lots of fast swimmers in her training group, but the swimmers who made it through to the top were the ones who made it through the toughest training. 

Back to the hockey game, the Oil Kings were entertaining and came away with a 5-0 shutout win. The Keyano team had a great time and look forward to the next chance to get out together outside of the swimming pool.

Special thanks to Kristi Williams, Chery Keen, Darcie Kiddoo and Tarek Motan for their help at our Keyano display table on the concourse. They represented Keyano to kids and families walking around the arena and handed out pamphlets throughout the game. 

And finally, thank you to the Oil Kings for not only offering Keyano discount tickets that were $4.50ea below retail price, but for adding on top of that all of the perks above at no additional cost. If Keyano is interested in continuing to support the Oil Kings at a discounted ticket price, then there is a good possibility of future events and fundraisers becoming common for Edmonton Keyano, like the Chuck-a-Puck fundraiser in December that raised $2700. 

Thanks for coming out to the event, and like Cheryl said as she finished her speech: Go Bears!

Keyano alumni representing at U Sports Swimming Championships

The U Sport Championship is currently underway in Vancouver at the UBC Aqautic Center. This 3 day event from February 21-23 features some of the top swimmers in Canada. Keyano Alumuni currently competing in this competition include:

Michael Antifaoff                                                 
Dante Chan
Madeleine Durocher
Kier Vander Leek
Josiah Binnema
Sarah Knott
Claire Yurkovich
Sophia Saroukian
Georgia Kidd
Daniel Gerlach 
Anders Klein

News and Results from this competition can be found here

Bronze Programming

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

Session Confed Meadows Terwillegar Royal Glenora

January 7
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
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.

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.

Swim Alberta Safe Sport Message

Swim Alberta and Swimming Canada are working towards a new policy partnership with Safe Sport. Please click here for a letter from Swim Alberta outlining the importance of safe environments in the sport of competitive swimming in Alberta. Edmonton Keyano supports the Safe Sport movement and over the next year will be implementing important elements from the Safe Sport model. Here's to fun, happy and hard working swim groups!

Upcoming Events:

EKSC Bear Cubs Race Series

NEXT WEDNESDAY!!! : Our second Bear Cubs race day!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the first day of our first Bear Cubs Race Series! By the last 25 freestyle, all the swimmers were seasoned heat sheet readers and marshaling veterans. We sure love seeing all the young swimmers having fun and learning together - that's what the sport is about!

This block we will be running a series of 3 inter club racing nights for our Bronze, Silver and Gold groups. The Bear Cubs Race Series will be held during regular Wednesday evening training times at The Kinsman. The nights are designed to provide a less chaotic introduction to the fun of swim meet racing for our development swimmers.


All our EKSC coaches will be on hand to:

  • teach our development swimmers the processes and procedures of a swim meet e.g. how to read a heat sheet, how to report to marshalling, starting procedures etc.

  • teach some more specific race skills e.g. Starts, breath control, finishing etc.

  • practice pre and post race briefing


The series will also serve as practice for our Club officiating volunteers.


For the first two evenings only the Bronze and Silver groups will be involved. For the final evening of the series in March the Gold groups will also be involved.



Groups Involved

Events Offered


Wednesday 30th January


Swimmers on deck 4:45 pm for warm up

Events conclude by 6:30pm



6 x 25 Freestyle

Introduction to swim meets


How to read a heat sheet.


Specific race skills focus

Wednesday 27th February


Swimmers on deck 4:45 pm for warm up

Events conclude by 6:30pm



6 x 25 Fly, Back, Breast

Specific race skills focus

Wednesday 20th March


Swimmers on deck 4:15 pm for warm up


Events conclude by 6:30pm





3 x 50 Back, Breast, Free

1 x 25 or 1 x 50 Butterfly

May be sanctioned.




We would very much encourage all our Development swimmers to participate in the series. There is no need to pre-commit to the evenings just show up on the Wednesday nights at the above mentioned times and have fun!!!

AB SC Provincials
March 1-3, 2019
Where:  Repsol Sport Center,2225 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5B6
Entry Fees: $15 per event
Signup Deadline February 17, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: February 18, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam –

Competition Website:
Event Schedule:




100 Fly
50 Free
400 IM
50 Back
100 Br
400 Free
50 Fly
200 Back
100 Fr
200 Fly
800 Fr (male)
200 Br
100 Back
50 BR
200 Fr
800 Fr (female)



Warmup Prelims 7:30am/Finals 3:30pm

Warmup Prelims 7:30am/Finals 3:30pm

Eligible Swimmers:
Seth Basler
Tess Basler
Jakob Chan
Isabella Dej
Amelie Donald
Lauren Hickson
Ashlee Jackson
Aidan Ludwig
Hugo Nguyen
Josephine O’Kelly
Kellan Robertson
Meaghan Williams
Chloe Newell
Bridget Evans
Madelynn Ludwig
Sophie Stanton

AB Spring Championships
March 14-17, 2019
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill
Entry Fees: $15 per event
Signup Deadline March 3, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: March 4, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam –

Competition Website:
Event Schedule:





1500 FR
4x200 Fr Relay
200 Fr
50 Br
200 Fly
100 back
400 IM
100 Fly
200 Br
50 Free
50 Back
400 Free
100 Free
200 back
100 Breast
50 fly
800 free





Warmup 7:30am





Eligible Swimmers:
Lauren Anderson
Joshua Baldwin
Elijah Basler
Meaghan Berrigan
Stelyng Blair
Anna Blevins
Shayne Bowie
Garrett Brendzan
Olivia Brendzan
Darian Chan
Sarah Chomey
Tanner Cole
Angela Corsaro
Hannah Cossey
Kailee Crane
Kiera O'Croinin
Emmeline O'Kelly
Ava Perkins
Kendel Przyswitt
Kier Przyswitt
Lucas Da Matta
Yousef Darwish
Hayden Desmarais
Alana Devlin
Gabrielle Dunn
Taryn Duplessis
Drew Edwards
Alecksis Eguia
Emma Finlin
Maddie Forbes
Claire Francis
Josiah Hall
Ellie Hickson
Madison Hudyma
Allyssa Jerace
Casey Riess
Sophia Robertson
Trey Saretsky
Alain Thorkelsson
Jagdeesh Uppal
Lydia Johnson
Frederik Kamminga
Kail Ketelaars
Olivia Kidd
Kate Kolber
Matthew Lang
Alexandr Lapshin
Mattea Lastovka
Christey Liang
Payton Loon
Spencer Mackenzie
Pilar McCann
Emma Mo
Kyla Nelson
Emma O'Croinin
Teagan Vander Leek
Juliette Versailles
Nathan Versluys
Katherine Williams
Michael Williams

Get to Know: Analea Zimmerman!

1) What is your favorite food?
2) What is your favorite sport outside of swimming?
3) Favorite holiday?
4) Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant mouse? Why? 
Tiny elephant! So much cuter and mice scare me! 
5) What's one thing you can't live without?
My cat, Kit kat 
6) Three words to describe you?
Energetic, determined, daring ! 
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

Bear Birthdays!

Phoebe Charleson
Isabella Dej
Aylar Ghasemzadeh
Nisha Popoff
Andrew Chilton
Madeline Forbes
Nadya Popoff

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