The Bear Facts: May 31, 2019

Brea Elford
May 31, 2019

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This is just one of the amazing images from the EKI and EKI Junior Photo Fundraiser. For more information on how you can purchase and download these images, scroll on to the fundraising section of the newsletter. 
Welcome to the thirty-first issue of The Bear Facts: a weekly source for all things Keyano! 

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Annual fundraising reconciliation: billable July 01
  • Participation points reconciliation: billable June 01
  • April Bingo reconciliation
  • Team photos available for pick-up
  • Save the date: AGM 
  • OSC looking for officials
  • Edmonton Keyano Summer Camps open for registration
2. Club News
  • Bronze session 3 schedule
  • Bear Cubs Series: June 19, 2019
3. Club Fundraising
  • 2019 EKI and EKI Junior Photo Fundraiser
4. Celebrating our Bears
  • Bear Cubs Race Series #5
  • Silver Cup 2019
5. Upcoming Events:
  • Alberta Festival
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 Bear Essentials

Upcoming events:

Date: Event: Location Groups
June 01 OSC 10 & U St. Albert Bronze, Silver
June 01-02 Alberta Festival St. Albert Bronze, Silver, Bronze
June 07-09 Freeze or Fry Red Deer Silver, Gold, YD
June 06-09 CSI Calgary Prov., JC., National
June 06-11 Phoenix Invitational Phoenix Provincial, JC
June 12 AGM Kinsmen ALL PARENTS!
June 14-16 Provincials Calgary Gold, Provincial, JC
June 19 Bear Cubs #6 and year end BBQ! Kinsmen Bear Cubs: Silver, Bronze
BBQ: All groups!

*More information on upcoming events found online.

Annual fundraising reconciliation:

Due to the delay with the Swim-A-Thon fundraiser and the ongoing EKI photo fundraiser, fundraising amounts will be posted to your account on June 15, and made billable July 01. 

In the mean time, you can visit your account to see your fundraising balance (minus anything raised for the Swim-A-Thon and/or the EKI photo fundraiser.) 

Participation Points reconciliation:

The latest participation points reconciliation (current as of May 24, 2019) is posted on the website under Parents ---> Participation Points information (or click here). Any outstanding participation points will be made billable on June 01. 

Bingo reconciliation:

The latest bingo reconciliation (current as of April 30, 2019) is posted on the website under Parents ---> Bingo information (or click here).

Team photos available for pick-up:

If your swimmer was here for Keyano's photo day and you haven't picked up your photo, they're in the Keyano office. There is a code on the back of the image; use that code and visit this link ( to purchase additional swag items.

AGM Notice:

We would love to see as many parents as possible attend the upcoming AGM! The AGM will be held on June 12 at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in the Kinette Room from 4:30-6:30pm. Save the date!

OSC looking for officials!:

OSC is looking for timers, S & T and a recorder/scorer or clerk of course person for the Saturday afternoon session at the Summer Festival North on June 01. If you can help out, please contact Fiona at

Edmonton Keyano summer camps open for registration!

You can now register for our Keyano summer camps! We will be running camps over five weeks during the summer for swimmers 10 & U and 11 & Over:

July 8-12, 2019
July 15-19, 2019
July 22-26, 2019 
August 12-16, 2019
August 19-23, 2019

If you want to register, or are looking for more information, please click this link, or visit 'About Us'---> 'Summer Camps 2019' on our website. 


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)


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 Bear Cubs Series Race Nights is coming up:
  - Wednesday, June 19 from 4:15-6:30pm (racing starts at 5:00pm)
      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!

Club Fundraising

EKI 2019 Photo Fundraiser

A huge thank you to Graham Versailles, Hai Nguyen and James Chin for taking and organizing some amazing photos from EKI and EKI Junior. Take a look: they're truly spectacular!

To access and download the high resolution photos:

1) Visit this link:
2) You'll be asked to login with your email. 
3) Scroll through all the photos! When you find one you like, click the arrow on the bottom right portion of photo.
4) You'll be asked to input a pin. Use this one! 5655
5) You can pay for the photos with a electronic transfer, or via Stripe. 
  • Photos are $20 via transfer. Use this email: to submit the transfer.
  • Photos are $20 plus service fees via Stripe.
6) Enjoy! 

Celebrating our Bears

Our 5th Bear Cubs Series took place on Wednesday, May 29, and all Silver and Bronze swimmers that came into practice got their monthly chance to race each other in-house. We had 60 swimmers participate, which is one of our biggest Bear Cubs Series’ of the year.


Our main event was a 50 Backstroke, after which point we switched to a relay takeover presentation from Head Coach Paul, in-water practice, and finally a big team relay – the winning team took home official EKSC medals!

In the 50 Backstroke, our biggest best times of the day were incredible swims – take a look at our top 3:

1st: Reese Strawson (8yo, F)

Confed Bronze

1:07.33 (-10.42sec improvement!)

2nd: Julian Ulrich (9yo, M)

Confed Silver

:49.19 (-9.08sec improvement!)

3rd: Parker Nelson (8yo, M)

Terwillegar Bronze

1:02.50 (-8.52sec improvement!)

In our relays, we had a special EKSC Teddy Bear prize for the most improved swimmer. Our most improved showed great attention, effort, and skill improvement and came away with the big award. Congratulations to Kasha Boganza!

Click this link to view results from the afternoon of racing! (or visit our website, swimmers ---> Bear Cub Race Series #5 Results!)

Our 6th and Final Race Night will be Wednesday, June 19th, in conjunction with our year-end BBQ and Awards. Please save the date and plan to attend our last full-team Wednesday of the season!


86 Keyano swimmers attended the Silvertide Silver Cup meet at the Kinsmen last weekend. It was an exciting competition that saw our junior swimmers race 200 and 400 free meter events Long course for the first time this season. Being able to stretch out to longer distances and maintain your technique is a very important skill and our swimmers did a great job at it. The meet saw many Bears winning their heats and dropping lots of time!
Our top 3 event finishers included:
Katherine Williams
Julian Ulrich
Liam Ulrich
Lucas Urban
Hugo Nguyen
Ava Perkins
Merik Phillips
Kendel Przyswitt
Claire Qiu
Lydia Johnson
Savannah Long
Payton Lon
Spencer Mackenzie
Connor Mi
Josiah Hall
Jake Fairey
Maddie Forbes
Danica Gouglas
Josiah Hall
Alecksis Eguia
Isabella Dej
Lukas Deniaud
Sophia Chin
Tanner Cole
Kailee Crane 
Kiera Crane
Naila Broening- Chai
Jakob Chan
Shayne Bowie
Seth Basler
James Bergman
Rachel Bergman
Congratulations to all the Bears on a successful meet!


Upcoming Events

Alberta Summer Festival North
June 1-2, 2019
Where: Fountain Park Recreation Centre, 4 Cunningham Road, St Albert, T8N 2E9
Entry Fees: $80 per swimmer
Signup Deadline May 19, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: May  20, 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 Free
100 Fly
50 breast
100 Back
100 IM
50 Free Finals
4x25 Free Relay
50 Back
100 Breast
50 Fly
100 Free
50 back finals
4x25 Medley Relay




Eligible Swimmers:  
Ramsey Adams
James Bergman
Rachel Bergman
Ari Braun
Jonas Broening- Chai
Naila Broening- Chai
Philippe Carboneau
Elizabeth Layne Carey
Sophia Chin
Abigail Craig
Kiera Crane
Lukas Deniaud
Jake Fairey
Ben Forbes
Aaron Foster
Blakely Frans
Katya Grubia
Clark Haines
Isabella HIckson
Alyssa Hiley
Pria Jeffrey
Andrea Jost
Colby Long
Alish MacKenzie
Carys McGlade
Connor Mi
Finley Minskip
Nicholas Motan
Owen O'Kelly
Nady Popoff
Aswath Govind
Eliot Van
Jonathan Williams
Sarah Womack
Jason Xin
Kolton Younger
Krish Purani
Claire Qiu
Sian Qiu
Ella Rozendaal
Liam Ulrich
Julian Ulrich
Aven Unger
Lucas Urban
Mary Urness
Danica Gouglas


Click here to sign up for events!: 


Bear Birthdays!

Payton Loon
Shirin Bhat
Aven Unger



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