The Bear Facts: April 12, 2019

Brea Elford
Apr 12, 2019

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Welcome to the twenty-fifth (2-5!! Wow, the year is flying by!) issue of The Bear Facts: a weekly source for all things Keyano! 

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Team Unify glitch
  • Keyano team photo day - April 24.
2. 2019 Swim-A-Thon : early bird prize!!

3. Edmonton Keyano 50/50 Raffle

4. Edmonton Oil Kings Playoff Tickets!

5. Swim Meet Recap: OSC 10 & U Series #3

6. Swim Meet Recap: 2019 Canadian Trials

7. Club News: Bronze Session 3!

8.  Policy Changes: Bingo Shifts

9. Bear Cubs Race Series!

10. Upcoming Events: EKI (Junior Session), EKI

11. 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
April 13-14 Dino Cup Calgary B, S, G
April 24 Keyano Photo Day Edmonton All groups
May 11-12 EKI Junior Session Edmonton Bronze, Silver
May 10-12 EKI Edmonton G, Prov, YD, JC, Nat

*More information on upcoming events found online.

Team Unify glitch:

It's been brought to our attention that some members are unable to use or access the team unify website on mobile devices. We're looking into this, but in the meantime, you can still use the website functions on desktops, or via the OnDeck app. (note: for the OnDeck app, the username and password will be the same you would use to login to the website.)

Keyano team photo day!

Mark your calendars, we are doing our annual photo day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. We're excited to be working with a new photography company - ICON Experience. More information will be sent out next week.

Emma O'Croinin celebrating after swimming under the Fina A standard, which earns her a spot on the World Championship team competing in Korea this summer. 

2019 Swim-A-Thon

Hello Bears!

Swimathon is well underway. So far, we only have 6 families signed up, and we’ve only raised $640! This is well under our goal! 

Remember that 100% of what you raise counts toward your fundraising commitment (follow this link to see what you must raise). If you raise more than your fundraising commitment, 80% goes directly to your account and the other 20% goes to Keyano. Fundraising for Keyano helps keep our costs down for next year.

We have some great prizes lined up including a $500 West Jet gift card. This prize will go to one lucky donor.

 We also have great prizes lined up for the kids including four pairs of racing goggles that each come with a $25 gift card to

To move things along, we are going to offer a $50 gift card early bird prize along with an Edmonton Keyano backpack. Anybody that has signed up for swimathon by April 17 will be entered into the early bird draw.

Follow this link   (or visit ) to sign your swimmer up for swimathon and get fundraising! Remember to ask friends, family members and employers. They will all be entered into the donor draw. (More information can be found online under Swimmers ---> 2019 Swim-a-Thon)

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre

Fundraising Goal: $10,000.00

(Fundraising End Date): May 16, 2019

Please note!! We are still accepting prizes. If you would be interested in donating, email Tanya Lastovka at

2019 Edmonton Keyano Raffle

Edmonton Keyano 50/50 Raffle
Over $9,000 possible in prizes!!
All fundraising goes towards your fundraising commitment!!
Edmonton Keyano Swim Club is holding a 50/50 raffle in conjunction with the Edmonton Keyano International (EKI) Swim Meet,  with the draw being held on  the final evening of the swim meet on Sunday, May 12  th .   We need your help to make this raffle a success.  
Ticket sales will go toward helping Keyano families meet their fundraising commitments (50% will go to prizes and 50% will go to family fundraising commitments).  If families sell beyond their annual fundraising commitment, all further sales can be applied to your Edmonton Keyano account as Account Credit equal to 40% of those further sales.  
Tickets are on sale now! 
How it works...
Raffle Chairperson: Murray Baldwin (call or text 780-860-8923)
Selling Tickets: Families need only sign-out a pack of tickets from the raffle chairperson to begin selling tickets ($5 each). $2.50 per ticket sold from your pack(s) will be credited to your fundraising commitment. 
Eligibility to buy Tickets: You can sell to anyone over the age of 18, including club members. The sale must take place in Alberta (you may sell to someone from outside the province or country as long as the sale takes place in Alberta). Be sure not to write the name of anyone under the age of 18 on a ticket, as this will make the ticket un-claimable under AGLC rules. Our full raffle policy is on the EKSC website.
When/How to get tickets:  Tickets will be available starting Saturday, April 6  at the Kinsmen Sport Centre during regular practice time from 7:00-9:30am, and will also be easily picked up during the Western Canadian Championships held at the Kinsmen Sport Centre next Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14. 
To pick up tickets or for any other questions, you can contact Murray Baldwin by call or text at 780-860-8923.

Edmonton Oil Kings Playoff Tickets!

Hockey Playoffs in Edmonton!!
The Oil Kings are in the Eastern Conference Finals, after destroying the Calgary Hitmen in the Conference Semi-Finals. The games have been incredible fun in an always family-oriented environment.
Edmonton Keyano continues to offer discount tickets to all playoff games ($18.00 for tickets valued up to $29.00 regularly). This discount includes some good lower-bowl tickets, so don’t delay – get tickets as soon as the games are announced! You may also share this offer - this discount code is for all of our friends and family. 
When are the next games?
The Oil Kings just swept the Hitmen 4-0 and are awaiting their next opponent (Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert Raiders are tied 2-2). The link below will automatically update with next game dates when the game dates are announced.
How do I access the Ticket Discount?
$18.00 (including tax) for tickets normally valued up to $29.00.
All 2019 playoff games
TICKET PURCHASE LINK :  (This link does not work well with Internet Explorer)
1. Click “Log in” on upper right hand side of screen
2. Select “Create an account” and enter your email and password (unless you have an Oilers, Oil Kings or Rogers Place account)
3. Select game of your choice and enter the Promo Code -  SWIM
4. Select number of seats for the section and game of your choice and add to cart
5. To select multiple games:
          a. Select the first game and seats of your choice
          b. Then click “Continue Shopping”
          c. Followed by clicking “Promo Offer”
          d. Select the next game of your choice
          e. Repeat steps B through D to purchase tickets for multiple games
6. Select Delivery Method – Account Manager and then checkout
7. Select payment and follow prompts
8. Use your mobile device on game day or forward to friends/family or print from home within 48 hours of the game
What do the Oil Kings get from our ticket purchases?
Gate revenue, for sure. But, beyond that, they have a mission to be involved with community and want to give back to youth sport organizations that have a capacity to help them out in fundraising and other community events.
What does Keyano get from our ticket purchases?
A discounted family experience, foremost. And, beyond that, if Keyano sells 100 tickets at any point throughout the playoffs, OEG and the Oil Kings have extended another opportunity to run a Chuck-a-Puck fundraiser. These community fundraisers have a value of $2,500-$4,000 - fundraising that goes straight towards our pool and staff costs. So, you can help our club be awarded a large fundraiser simply by taking advantage of a great Oil Kings ticket price; you win twice!

Swim Meet Recap: OSC 10 & U Series #3

Great work to all swimmers that participated in the OSC 10 and under #3 swim meet over the weekend! The swim meet kick-started the third session of the season for many of our youngest swimmers. Although many Bears were just returning from spring break, all our swimmers showed off the incredible amount of hard work they had put into their swimming during the second training block, which was not lost over the short break! There was a lot of fast swimming, and all our young swimmers displayed an incredible amount of resilience to stay focused despite the hour-long delay between the completion of warm-up and the start of races. It was an awesome start to the final stretch of the season, setting the stage for a fantastic finish!

Swim Meet Recap: 2019 Canadian Trials

Last week 13 Keyano Bears travelled to Toronto to compete at the 2019 Canadian Swimming World Championships trials. Over five exhausting days our Bears shined brightly and produced some outstanding performances.
Day 1
First swim of the day went to Teagan Van der Leek who was competing in her first ever Trials. Teagan swam a fantastic 50m butterfly and managed to tie for 20th place. She would go on to have a swim off later in the day for a place in the B Final. Next up was Sterlyng Blair and Kier Przyswitt who also competed in the 50m Butterfly. Both boys swam massive PB’s by over half a second to qualify for the finals. Sterlyng qualified for the A final where he went on to drop even more time and crack 25 seconds, swimming 24.92 for 9th place. Kier also dropped time in his final finishing with a 25.32 and finishing 13th in the country.
The distance timed finals were the next events up. Gabi Dunn swam her 1500 only slightly off her best time and split her race really well. Drew Edwards having been dealing with a heavy ear infection fought hard in his heat and managed to keep his time close to his best. Casey Riess had the swim of the morning cranking out an 8:24 which was a 7 second best time and would place him top 16 in the country.
The final race of the day was Emma O’Croinin in the women’s 1500 free final. Emma pushed extremely hard in the first 800 (some might say too hard J ) splitting 8:45 on the way out. She was fighting the whole way with National Teamer Mackenzie Paddington and held on for a fantastic Silver medal!
Day 2
Day 2 saw our younger girls swim in the 100 Free. Christey Liang swam her fastest morning swim of her life for a 58.1 whilst Teagan Van Der Leek smashed her way under the 58 second barrier for her first time recording a sizzling 57.9 and recording the fastest time for her age group in the country. Kier Przyswitt also stepped up in his 100 freestyle recording a best time of 51.9 and finally breaking the 52 barrier.
In the 100 Breaststroke Pilar McCann stole the show qualifying for her first ever Trials final. She produced an incredible effort in the B Final to go 1:11.30. Pilar swam the race of her life and dropped over 1 second from her best time.
The last event of the day was the 400 IM. Olivia Brendzan, competing in her first Trials, kicked off with huge swim. Olivia split an individual 100m Butterfly PB in the first 100m of her IM going out in 1:07! She then outsplit all our boys in the second 100 with a 1:13 backstroke split and a 2:21 200m split!! The piano hit her on the last half of the race but this early speed shows her potential in this event over time!!
Finally in the 400 IM Drew Edwards smashed a huge 3 second PB which was followed by Nathan Versluys who swam his way to his first Trials B final with a great PB 4:33 – more backstroke needed Nathan!
Day 3
First swim of the morning was the 200 Backstroke from youngster Olivia Brendzan. What a swim it was too!!. Olivia dropped a huge 2 second PB and smashed through the 2:20 barrier for the first time clocking a 2:19.3 (rumour has it that it was a 100m PB at the 100 mark as well). Teagan Van Der Leek and Kyla Nelson contested the 100m fly. Both swam great swims. Teagan forgot it was a 100 and decided to be a body length ahead of the field at the 50m mark….. ouch that last 10m hurt but still was less than a tenth off her best time. Kyla put together a very smart 1:04, also out fast but controlled her tempo really well.
In the men’s 100 Butterfly Sterlyng yet again improved his times finishing up with slick 55.43 in the B final. Whilst Kier Przyswitt matched his best time in the morning with a well paced 56.24.
Finally in the 400 Free we saw Gabi Dunn setting a new best time of 4:28 with a very well executed race. Casey Riess followed Teagan’s race plan and tried for a 200 PB going out…and suffered the consequences. Nathan after a heavy IM final struggled a little in the morning but fought hard the whole way.
The star of the show however was Emma O’Croinin. After establishing a controlled heat swim of 4:15 she went into the A final with confidence and a mission to qualify for the National Team. She needed to record a 4:10.8 to make the Fina A time and qualify for World Championships. In the final she executed her race plan to perfection. With splits of 1:00/2:03.3/3:07.1/4:09.1 Emma smashed through the field and earned her place on the Canadian National Team. Emma is one of only 12 females that made the team. Emma’s time was a PB by over 6 seconds and sets a new Club and Alberta Provincial record. What a fantastic achievement Emma!!
Day 4
After the excitement of the previous night and the build up in fatigue levels of the athletes the 4th day ‘hump day’ was always going to be a challenge. Emma started off right where she left off the previous night recording a new pb of 2:00.8. She forced her way into the A final and was to race against some of the biggest stars on the Canadian team including Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak. In the final she dropped even more time finishing with a 2:00.22 and placing 7th!
Christey Liang swam a brilliant morning swim of 2:05.6 which was only a few tenths off her best time and her best morning swim of her life!! Kier Przyswitt suffered a little from nerves in his focus event the 200 Freestyle. Whilst his training suggests he had more time to drop in that event it just wasn’t to be on the day. We all know that it will happen very soon for the big guy!
The final event of the day was Pilar McCann in the 50 Breast. Pilar swam a huge PB in the morning with a 32.61. This swim set a new Club record that has been in existence since 1988!!! Pilar qualified for her first ever A Final and managed to match that time in the final.
Day 5
The final day of racing was lead off by Teagan Van Der Leek in the 50m Freestyle. Just off her best time by a tenth of second but a fantastic swim nevertheless. The next events saw our distance swimmers in action again. Gabi Dunn swam another controlled effort in the 800 placing third in her heat. Then it was time for the 1500 boys to step up. Drew swam a very well paced 16:16 fighting hard the last 500m. Drew placed 19th in the country for this event.
Then it was Michael Antifaoff and Casey Riess’s time to shine. Magic Mike executed his race plan to perfection and broke the 16 minute barrier for the first time!! He dropped over 20 seconds to record a 15:55.52. With a starting rank of 27th  Mike raced his way to 7th in the nation. Casey Riess swam a similarly flawless race with another 15 second pb for 16:08. Casey placed 14th in the country.
The final distance swim of the day and the final swim of the meet was Emma O’Croinin in the 800m freestyle. Emma swam a much more controlled race than her 1500 breaking the 8:40 barrier for the first time with a 8:39.63. Emma secured her third silver medal for the meet and once again set a new club and provincial record.
Meet Summary
Top 10 in the Nation
2nd 1500 Freestyle – Emma O’Croinin
2nd 400 Freestyle – Emma O’Croinin
2nd 800 Freestyle – Emma O’Croinin
7th 200 Freestyle – Emma O’Croinin
7th 1500 Freestyle – Michael Antifaoff
8th 50 Butterfly – Sterlyng Blair
10th 50 Breaststroke – Pilar McCann
Top 20 in the Nation
13th 50m Butterfly - Kier Przyswitt
14th 1500 Freestyle – Casey Riess
15th 100 Breaststroke – Pilar McCann
16th 800 Freestyle – Casey Riess
19th 1500 Freestyle – Drew Edwards
20th 400 IM – Nathan Versluys

Club News

Bronze Session 3 – Schedule 

Here are the Key Dates for Session 3:
Confederation Meadows Royal Glenora Terwillegar
First Practice:
Last Practice:
Mon Apr 8
Wed Jun 19
Tue Apr 9
Wed Jun 19
Mon Apr 8
Wed Jun 19
Wed Apr 9
Wed Jun 19
Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Mon May 20
Fri Apr 19
Tue May 21
Fri Apr 19
Sun Apr 21
Fri Apr 19
Mon May 20

And don’t forget, if a new member joins a satellite program as a result of a member’s referral, Keyano offers a referral credit of $50. The more the merrier at Keyano!

Bingo Shift Commitment Policy Changes 

Bingo Shift Commitment Policy – Approved Changes

On Tuesday, March 19 th , 2019, the EKSC Board of Directors voted to make two changes to our current Bingo Shift Commitment Policy, under the recommendation of the Keyano members’ Bingo Committee.

These changes are effective immediately:

1. Double Credit Bingos will be renamed Extra Credit Bingos and carry a maximum of $75 Account Credit per 1.0 shift bingo or $150 per 1.5 shift bingo. (These extra credit bingos remain for special circumstances, like last minute additions of an event or no-shows by members. This is the maximum account credit allowed under AGLC rules and regulations).

2. Members may only sign-up for Bingos for non-commitment after the bingo sign-up closes (13 days from the event). Members must contact the Bingo Coordinator to sign-up for non-commitment. (This allows for better management of Non-Commitment sign-ups. We ask that members follow our policy and do not sign up for non-commitment before the sign up deadline. To sign-up for non-commitment, simply contact Christine Reeves,, within the 13-day window before an available shift).

Fulfilling your Bingo Shift Commitment

Please ensure that you have a plan to complete your bingo commitment before August 31, 2019. According to our policy, members who have not fulfilled their commitment must have signed up for their remaining commitment by July 1 of each season to avoid possible non-fulfillment charges.

Members will be given every opportunity to work their shifts, but please stay on top of your shift commitment to avoid non-fulfillment. There have been many bingo shift openings on weeknights, weekends and weekdays in the past few months.

Please check the event sign-up page often and contact the Christine Reeves,, if you need assistance in signing up or finding a bingo shift.

Bear Cubs Race Series!

Bear Cubs Series (May-June series)
It's the final cycle of the season already! It has been a blast seeing the kids out at the Bear Cubs Series so far. 
For those who are new to the Bear Cubs Series of Race Nights, this takes place about once a month on a regular Wednesday evening. This is for all Bronze and Silver swimmers, in lieu of their usual practice. There is no sign-up required and no cost; just show up like its a special practice - because that's what it is :)
Our aim is to get our youngest kids so used to racing each other that they have a leg up on the competition when they get to larger invitational swim meets. We teach all of the important skills and rules of swim competitions without the stress of dozens of officials and other teams to distract us. Best of all, everyone who finishes their races gets a ribbon with their official time recorded on the back as a special keepsake. 
The final 3 Bear Cubs Series Race Nights are coming up:
  - Wednesday, May 1st from 4:45-6:30pm (racing starts at 5:30pm)
      This will be a series of Freestyle races with a focus on legal and fast starts
  - Wednesday, May 29 from 4:45-6:30pm (racing starts at 5:30pm)
      This will be a series of Non-Freestyle races, again legal and fast starts and strokes
  - Wednesday, June 19 from 4:15-6:30pm (racing starts at 5:00pm)
      This will be a Club Champs event, with sanctioned times and lots of team cheers
      A BBQ and team awards will follow from 6:45-7:30pm in the field next to the Bear Park
Please note, there is a lot of planning that goes into getting all of the kids into Heats and Lanes in little more than 30 minutes from seeing their smiling faces. It is very important to be on time for us to include your swimmer in the heat sheet for Bear Cubs Race Night. We will include everyone who is on deck 15 min prior to race start, and will do our best to include swimmers who arrive late (this will stress your swimmer, so please do everything you can to arrive on time).
We hope to see all Silver and Bronze swimmers again at our Bear Cubs Series!

Upcoming Events

EKI (Junior Session)
May 11-12, 2019
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill
Entry Fees: $14 per event
Signup Deadline       April 16, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: April 22, 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 Br
100 Free
50 Back
200 IM
100 Br
50 Free
100 Back
50 fly
200 free time trial

Warmup 11:30am



Eligible Swimmers:
Silver Group
Bronze Group


May 10-12, 2019
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill
Entry Fees: $14 per event
Signup Deadline April 16, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: April 22, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam –

Competition Website:
Event Schedule:




50 Br
100 Fly
100 Br
50 Back
800 Free
200 Fly
50 Free
200 Br
100 Back
400 Free
200 Free
50 Fly
200 Back
100 Free

Warmup Heats: 8:30am

Finals 4pm

Warmup heats: 8:30am

Finals 4pm

Warmup heats: 8:30am

Finals 4pm

Eligible Swimmers:
Gold Group
Provincial group
Youth Development Group
Junior Championship Group
Inational Group

Bear Birthdays!

Elle Djogovic
Ava Perkins
Aidan Ludwig
Jennifer Pulido
Meagan Chan
Ramsey Adams

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