The Bear Facts: May 03, 2019

Brea Elford
May 3, 2019

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

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Participation Points Reconciliation
  • Intro to Swimming Officiating Clinic - May 08, 2019
  • Officials needed for EKI! 
2. Club News
  • Bronze session 3 schedule
  • Bear Cubs Series
  • Updated policies added to the website 
  • Edmonton Keyano Photo Day: recap and orders
3. Club Fundraising
  • 2019 Swim-a-thon
  • 2019 Edmonton Keyano Raffle
3. Celebrating our Bears!
  • March and April Swimmer's of the month!
4. Upcoming Events:
  • EKI Junior Session (formally Bearfest)
  • EKI
  • Silvertide Silver Cup
5. 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
May 01 Session 3: Bear Cubs Race Series #1 Edmonton (Kinsmen) Bronze, Silver
May 11-12 EKI Junior Session (formally Bearfest) Edmonton (Kinsmen) Bronze, Silver
May 10-12 EKI Edmonton (Kinsmen) G, Prov, YD, JC, Nat
May 15 Keyano Swim-a-thon Edmonton (Kinsmen) All groups
May 23-26 Mel Zajac International Vancouver National, JC
May 24-26 Silver Cup Edmonton (Kinsmen) Silver, Gold, Prov., YD, JC

*More information on upcoming events found online.

Participation Points Reconciliation

With EKI (our last hosted meet!) just around the corner, we've posted another Participation Points Reconciliation on the website, current as of April 26, 2019. Committee points are pending approval from board members, and will be added to your account as soon as possible. If you are short participation points for the season, make sure to sign up for some shifts at EKI; you will be charged 5$ at the end of the season for each point not worked.

You can find the reconciliation on the website under 'Parents'---> 'Participation Points Information.' If you notice any discrepancies, please contact the office at  

Intro to Swimming Officiating Clinic! 

We will be hosting an officiating clinic on Wedesday May 08, 2019 at 5:00pm-6:15pm in the Lecture Room on the Kinsmen pool deck (the room next to the Keyano office.) This is for new timers who have not yet taken the course. If you would like to be a timer at EKI (our last hosted meet of the season!) and have not yet taking the timing course, this is your chance!

Officials needed for EKI! (May 10-12) 

Our last hosted swim meet is next weekend and we desperately need your help to fill nearly all of the positions! EKI is one of the biggest meets of the season, not just for Keyano, but for many clubs in Alberta and across the country. Unfortunately, meets cannot run without your help! From safety marshals to stroke and turn officials, there is a position for everybody.

We are especially short for the EKI Junior sessions. 

To sign up for your shifts, please login to the website and click the 'job sign up' button next to the EKI event. You can also click the link here:

We had a great turnout for our Bear Cubs Race Series #4. Congratulations to everyone that participated!

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
Mon May 20

Fri Apr 19
Sun Apr 21



Bear Cubs Series (May-June series)

Thank you to everyone who came out for Bear Cubs Race Series #4 this past Wednesday. I think it was our best one yet that capped off with a fun and exciting relay for all our swimmers! Congratulations to swimmers who tried something new for the first time - like diving off the blocks or learning how to marshal before a race, -  to those that had fun and met up with friends from different pools, and to those that got some best times! 

We can't wait to have you out for series #5, which will be on Wednesday, May 29. 

Go Bears!


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 2 Bear Cubs Series Race Nights are coming up:
  - 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!

Updated policies added to the website

The following policies / procedures have been added to the Parents > Club Documents section of the EKSC website:

- Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
- Resolution of Disputes and Complaints Policy and Procedure
- Resolution of Disputes and Complaints - Summary Steps

Many months have gone into aligning these policies and procedures with the most current and recommended information from Swimming Canada and Swim Alberta, most notably the Dare to Care Program. 


Edmonton Keyano Photo Day: Recap

Thank you to everyone who came out for Keyano's photo day! The whole day ran smoothly, and we had a great turnout. 

The photographers will include an online code with your photos, where you can purchase any additional photos or swag items you want. 

Club Fundraising

2019 Swim-A-Thon

Hello Bears!

We are getting close to the fundraising deadline, so now is is the time to get signed up and raise some money! We are only 30 per cent to our goal, but I know we can do better. 

Some exciting news: The Gingerich Group will donate $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton if all the kids swim 500 000m at swim a Thon. So we would love to see as many kids on deck as possible!

Remember, you have until May 13 to continue fundraising. I would love to see 100 swimmers signed up. If each swimmer raises only $50, we would be half way to our goal.

Every donation of $10 earns one entry into the draw, which has a grand prize of a $500 West Jet gift card. 

If the club raises $10000 keyano will purchase $300 in prizes for all the kids who participated, but if we raise $20000, keyano will purchase $800 in prizes.

Good luck and have fun fundraising!

We are still accepting prizes. We are also looking for a company or individual that would be interested in donating any amount to any charity of their choice if the kids manage to swim 500000m on the day of swimathon. Contact Tanya Lastovka at if you are able to donate.


When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre

Fundraising Goal: $20,000.00

(Fundraising End Date): May 13, 2019

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.

March Swimmer's of the Month

Meadows Gold: Colby Long 

Terwillegar Bronze: Yalda Wardak

Terwillegar Silver: Romin Abdul Aziz

Confed Bronze: Reese Strawson

Confed Silver: Tejas Mahabeer

Tejas always comes to practice enthusiastic and ready to try his best. He has been working hard on his breaststroke kick and has made big improvements. Great job Tejas!

Confed Gold: Bevan Bagshaw

RGC Bronze: Rowan McEachern

All the coaches at RGC would like to congratulate Rowan on his vast improvement throughout the year. Not only has his swimming improved drastically, but he is becoming more confident in himself which we are so happy to see. All of us would love to see him continue to strive for more, he is a wonderful swimmer to have in our program!

RGC Silver: Tia-Lou Rittman

Tia started coming to practice with goals set for herself and has already noticeably improved. Whenever she is asked to go fast in practice she is always enthusiastic and ready to race!

RGC Gold: William Bergman

William has been solid in his efforts in and out the pool this month always making it a priority to work his hardest no matter how exhausted he gets. Always working on his technique and looking stronger every day he comes in to practice.

Kinsmen Silver: Isabella Hickson

I chose Bella for March's SOM because of her willingness to improve. She is attentive when given feedback and is one of the top swimmers in my group.

Kinsmen Gold: Noah Deniaud

Noah has improved his fitness and stroke technique in March. It was demonstrated in his awesome performances at the Silvertide Invitational. He is always asking for feedback and looking to become a stronger swimmer. 

Provincial: Tanner Cole

Tanner attended all the practices in March and worked very hard. He had a successful AB championship meet where he swam all beat times and placed top 10 in multiple events.

Youth Development: Kaden Pullen

Kaden is coming off an injury which has lasted through most of this season. Kaden is a strong athlete and has been training physically, mentally and emotionally during her recovery period and has shown great improvements in strength, effort and technique from where she was before her injury. Well done Kaden!

Junior Championship: Shayne Bowie

Shayne has come on very strong through the Alberta Championships and Western Canadian Championships making big time drops and moving up to be ranked #1 in Canada for 13 and under girls 1500 free so far this season.
Shayne is another near perfect attendance swimmer always on time and ready to get to her training. Shayne brings her best efforts to every race or practice set and is never outworked despite how tired or rested she may be. 
Shayne is always respectful and kind with her teammates who love having her in the group. Always fun to work with...
We like Shayne ‘The Power’ Bowie!!!

Junior Championship: Isabella Dej

Isabella had a fantastic meet during the Alberta Provincial Championships winning two Silver medals (50 and 200 breast) and a Bronze (100 breast) while also hitting Championship standards and nearly her Western Canadians  cuts.
Isabella always brings a big smile and hard work to her training sessions where she maintains an almost perfect attendance record. She is constantly working to improve herself and support her teammates through the tough sets every day with a continuously positive outlook. A ton of fun to coach each day...
We like Isabella ‘The Crusher’ Dej!!!

National: Michael Antifaoff

Has had an outstanding season so far. He placed 7th in the Nation in the 1500 Freestyle at the recent World Champ Trials in Toronto and dropped over 30s for a new PB of 15.55.
Michael is always one of the hardest trainers in the pool and will always push himself to his maximum potential.

April Swimmer's of the Month

Terwillegar Bronze: Avidaan Nayak

Terwillegar Silver: Cathy Rong

Confed Bronze: Ramsey Adams

Confed Silver: Abigail Craig

Abigail did an awesome job at Dino Cup, getting lots of best times! She always works hard at practice and her efforts have definitely paid off. Keep up the awesome work Abby!

Confed Gold: Isaac Davis

RGC Bronze: Lucas Kato

Everyone at RGC is so happy to see Lucas back at the pool, he is wonderful to have. With his return, he has consistently been striving to improve himself day in and day out. We are so happy to see his determination soar, and we hope to see him improve with all his hard work!

RGC Silver: Ari Braun

Ari has had great attendance and is alwasy eager to swim and improve. She always comes to practice with a smile on her face ready to work hard, and is becoming one of the leaders in the group. 

RGC Gold: Bridget Evans

Bridget has a consistently positive attitude in and out of the pool. Bridget has been improving immensely even with some injuries trying to sidetrack her. She works hard in both her training and her physiotherapy to help her get better as an athlete on an overall scale. Keep going with what you’re doing, Bridget!

Kinsmen Silver: Kailey Jerace

She just started swimming with Keyano again recently and has progressed quite quickly. She is enthusiastic about swimming and has been able to catch on quickly to learn new skills. 

Kinsmen Gold: Mia Lastovka

Mia has been very tough in her training. She is consistent on her streamlines and made great efforts to improve her turns. Mia is always ready to tackle any hard swim sets that challenge her.

Provincial: Josie O'Kelly

Josie has been consistent in her training. She constantly makes changes to her technique and brings a positive attitude on deck every day.

Youth Development: Isabella Wisniewski

Isabella is a constant, coming to practice every day and showing initiative to ask questions to help improve her swimming every day she comes in. Taking in new technical cues with a smile and a good attitude has been rubbing off on other swimmers to do the same and knows that she has improved tremendously because of it.

Junior Championship: Allyssa Jerace

Allyssa has been a fabulous everyday hard worker and her efforts have paid off with big time drops this year and big Championship meet performances at the recent Springs Champs and Western Canadian Champs. 
Allyssa has worked to broaden her racing events from middle distance freestyles to distance freestyles and backstroke events with great success. She has broken into the top 50 rankings in two events for the extremely competitive 14 and under girls category. 
Allyssa brings her maximum efforts to practice everyday and maintains a nearly perfect attendance record. She is super fun to coach each day...
We like Allyssa ‘Smasher’ Jerace!!!

Junior Championship: Alain THorkelsson

Alain has come on strong in his top breaststroke events and is also working very hard in his IM and Freestyle swims at each meet he races. Alain came up big and hit his Western Canadian cuts with new best times at the Alberta Spring Championships. His best time 200 free split in the boys 4x200 relay helped his team to the gold medal and he placed top 5 in the Championship finals 50 breast. Alain brings a great attitude and a fun spirit to every practice and he and the rest of the boys team are working hard to move on up the rankings. Alain is at every practice and shows an increasing ability to handle the harder work every week. Always fun to work with....
We like Alain ‘The Beast’ Thorkelsson!!!

National: Emma O'Croinin

Emma had an outstanding Trials. She placed 2nd in the 400m Freestyle and dropped over 6 seconds. Her place and time has qualified her for the Canadian National Team to compete at the World Championships this year in South Korea. 

Upcoming Events

EKI (Junior Session)
May 11-12, 2019
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill
Entry Fees: $14 per event
Signup Deadline       passed
Cancellation Deadline: passed
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 passed
Cancellation Deadline: passed
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

Silvertide Silver Cup
May 25-26, 2019
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill
Entry Fees: $11.50 per event
Signup Deadline passed
Cancellation Deadline: May 8, 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 Fr
50 Br
100 Back
50 Fly
200 Fr
200 IM
50 Free
100 Fly
50 back
100 Breast
400 Free

Warmup 11am


Eligible Swimmers:
Silver Group
Bronze Group
Gold Group
Youth Development
Junior Championship

Click here to sign up for events!: 


Bear Birthdays!


Isaac Davis
Simon Davis
Udit Senapathi Janarthanan


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