The Bear Facts January 11, 2020

Lina Pepe

Welcome to the  fifty-seventh issue of  The Bear Facts:
A weekly source for all things Keyano!

1. Schedule Information
2. Keyano Backpack and Parka!
3. Blue Bears - Officials
4. Blue Bears - Swimmer Photography Sale
5. Oil Kings - Family Day!
6. Note from your New EKSC Officials Administrators
7. Cascade Age Group Challenge Meet Report
8. Swimmer of the Month 
9. Supporting the Bears
10. Group Information
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. 


Please use this as a guide, and always double-check with your coach.

Your Coach is your #1 resource. If you have any questions, always clarify with your coach. Your coach may make changes to this schedule and communicate those with you directly based on changes at your specific pool. Trust your coach to get you the best information about your next scheduled practice

The Development Start-Up calendar is posted on our website.
Please go to the Practice Schedule page to see the calendar, or to view our pool schedules.

    The deadline is January 13th!    

The online order will be available until January 13, 2019.
There are a few parkas in the office if swimmers want to try them for sizing.
All orders will be sent directly to your mailing address in February.

How to buy?
Follow our steps in here to get your Keyano official products!


Blue Bears is coming right around the corner, only 7 days away! For those still looking for Participation Points, there are several positions still available. 
Friday Timers Needed 12
  S&T Needed
Sat AM Timers Needed 1
  S&T Needed
Sun AM
S&T Needed
Sun PM S&T Needed 1

The morning sessions will be a little longer this year, with Saturday morning scheduled to run from 8:30-1:45pm and Sunday morning from 8:30-1:00pm. Due to the longer sessions, our GM and Competitions Committee approved +2 bonus participation points for each shift on Saturday morning and +1 bonus participation points for each shift on Sunday morning. Moving forward, we will be adding a section to our Participation Points policy that will account for bonus points when sessions exceed 4.25 hours in length.

Note: Officials can all plan to have breakfast & lunch served during morning sessions and dinner served every finals session. This is free for officials & coaches only.
Blue Bears will be our first photography for sale of the season. This is a Club Fundraiser, and all proceeds from the volunteer photography and editing done by Hai Nguyen and Graham Versailles will be donated to Keyano to offset the costs of awards and prizes for swimmers throughout the season. (Members will not receive account credit for purchasing photographs). 

How do I ask for / order pictures at Blue Bears?

1. Please contact Hai Nguyen at or by text at 780-722-8794 to book your swimmers’ spot with our photographers.  
2. There are two methods to book your swimmers’ candid action photographs.  
a. One way is the PORTFOLIO order.  For $100, you will receive at least 5 high resolution images of your swimmer performing various strokes with possible dive/starting block shots and on-deck candid shots. Parents who order this way will get priority from the photographers and their time.  
b. The other method is INDIVIDUAL order.  For $20/image of whatever we can get of a swimmer.  We will do our best to accommodate specific requests of a particular stroke but priorities will go to those who order the portfolio method.

3. At the time of booking, please indicate the swimmer’s name, affiliated club, select PORTFOLIO or INDIVIDUAL method and any specific instructions (for example: capture interactions with coaches and friends)

4. Once booked, you will be reached by the photographer with further communications. 

5. Photographs will be posted on Pixieset under your swimmer’s club name approximately 1 weeks after the Blue Bears meet. Please see samples of last years images at (please enter your email to view)

6. Payment with credit card will be accepted at the time of download.
We encourage families and groups of swimmers to sign up for tickets to the Oil King's game on Family Day - Monday, February 17th, 2020!

Tickets are $18 at our discount rate. Keyano makes no profit on these tickets, but if we buy over 100 tickets we could stand to pick up a playoff chuck-a-puck fundraiser that would bring in over $3,000 to the club, which we then use to offset costs for swimmers awards and prizes throughout each season. 

To top it off, we will also have a private speech during one of the intermissions in the Oilers Hall of Fame room. We are confirming our speaker at this time. Last year, 1976 Olympic Silver medallist in the 200 Butterfly and Edmonton Keyano alumni Cheryl Gibson spoke to the kids and let them hold her medals. 

How do I order a ticket(s)?
All you need is to go online to and sign up for the Oil King - Family Day Event on our events page. Leave the number of tickets you wish to purchase in the notes. 

When can I order a ticket(s)?
You can opt in or out for tickets until Thursday, February 13th. We will pass names and # of tickets ordered on to the Oil Kings staff on Friday, February 14th and ticket sales will be final. If you need a last minute ticket, please contact Chris Nelson at to order tickets after the deadline.

How do I pick up my ticket(s)?
All tickets will be waiting at Will Call before the game, right in the Rogers Centre. The Account Name on the sign up page will be used for pick up unless otherwise noted (leave an alternate name for ticket pick up in the notes, if needed). You will need to present ID that matches your ticket order. 

How do I pay for my ticket(s)?
Your account will be charge $18 per ticket. There will be no charge or fee at the Rogers Centre when you pick up your tickets. 

What kind of seats will we have?
In order to ensure that our swimmers are close to their friends, we have asked that all tickets be reserved in the same section. Last season, we swapped seats with each other and groups of friends had a great time sitting and laughing with each other as the Oil Kings destroyed Medicine Hat 5-0. 
Recently, we have begun updating our Swimming Canada Official’s data base.  Each club in Canada is required to enter and track their officials and keeping an updated database is important for the club to track how many officials we have and in which roles they are trained.  This is especially important when the club prepares to host larger meets such as Canadian Swimming Championships on August 6-9th, 2020.   
In the next 4 weeks, account holders will be receiving an email from me regarding updating their existing information on the Swimming Canada database OR registering for a new account on the database so they can begin courses.  I will be working on this group by group, so some groups will hear from me as early as next week while others will be later in the month. 
For those that are new to the club, we remind you of the Participation Points each family is required to complete each season, most of which comes from roles on deck during our hosted meets.  For some families two parents will work on deck, but more often than not, one parent does the officiating.  New members will be asked which parent wants to be registered in the system to begin.  We can always register another person down the line.    
The primary objective for members is to complete the Level 1-E-courses, ‘Introduction to Officiating’ and ‘Safety Marshall’ if you have not done so already.  These are short courses and can be done online within 60 minutes.  Members that have been timers for more than a season or two, will be encouraged to take the next course in the pathway, the Level 2 Course- ‘Judge of Stroke/Inspector of Turns’. 
It is important to realize the necessity of furthering your training as an official as your child moves up the ladder within competitive swimming.  Just as they train more and more each season, the club relies on parents to further their training as officials.  Each year we have swimmers graduate and when they do we lose their parent officials as well.  The club must keep training and moving people forward in new roles.  More senior level parents will often be asked to help mentor the novice officials.  That way, we are always training our replacements. 
I will be sending more documents as needed but for those interested now, here is the link to the: Swimming Canada Officials Pathway
If you have any questions regarding officiating, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  I am sharing this role with Chris Nelson, but I will be your first point of contact.  I am at the pool almost every Wednesday evening from 4:30-6:30pm.  You can shoot me a text and I can meet with you and answer questions.  Alternatively, you can email me.
I look forward to meeting many of you soon,
Stephanie Slee
780 607 0406
14 Bears competed at the Cascade Age Group Challenge meet in Calgary on December 13-15. It was a great meet for our Gold & Silver swimmers. Out of town meets are always a good experience to compete against swimmers you don't usually see and have the excitement of a new environment to get you swimming fast. Highlights from the meet included:

Zack Bowie- 100% best times
Sophia Chin- 6 medals including wins in the 50 free& 100 back
Kiera Crane- Bronze in 50 back, Silver 100 Back
Jake Fairey, Owen O"kelly, Lukas Deniaud, Graham Pardo Gold 4x50  Free Relay
Jake Fairey, Finley Minskip, Lukas Deniaud, Graham Pardo   Gold 4x50 Medley Relay

Owen O'Kelly Bronze 200 Backstroke

Graham Pardo 

Graham Pardon- won 9 medals total,broke his own club record in the 100IM and the 10&U 50 Breastroke record held by Richard Funk set in 2003


Senior National
Naomi Slee
Great job this month Naomi! Keep swimming!

Garrett Brendzan
Amazing job this month Garrett! Keep swimming!

Senior Provincial
Payton Hayman
Nice job this month! Keep Swimming!

Junior National: 
Shayne Bowie

Shayne is a tireless worker with a 98% attendance record. She brings a positive attitude to her swimming everyday and is always supporting her teammates efforts. Shayne is a relentless racer and never lets up until she hits the wall. She recently had a fabulous meet in Victoria with 100% best times while winning the 400 and 1500 freestyle events.
We like Shayne ‘Tower of Power’ Bowie.

Junior Provincial
Amelie Donald

Amelie swam 100% best times at the Xmas Cracker meet. She brings a positive attitude to every practice and has a great work ethic.

Julia Jaremko
Julia had a great December of racing at Candy Cane and Age group challenge swimming many best times. She continues to show improvment in her technique and always bring a smile to practice.

Lena Slee
Amazing work this month! Keep Swimming!

Royal Glenora

Finley Minskip
Great job this month! Keep swimming!

Phoebe Charleson
Amazing job this month! Keep swimming!

Reese Milroy
Great job this month! Keep swimming!


Lucas Urban

Great job this month! Keep swimming!

Solomon Tomi
Semo has had great attendance this month and has been working hard! His butterfly technique has vastly improved, his freestyle has been looking fantastic, and he is always smiling and having fun on deck. Keep up the great work Semo!


Tessa Valpy
Tessa she has been working very hard and as a result has learnt to do proper breaststroke kick. 


Connor Mi
Connor has been working hard this month, making every practice and work every set as best he can. He has improved in every asleep thing of his training. Well done Connor!
Brynne Bucharski
Brynne is always at practice ready to work hard and with a positive attitude. She did an awesome job at the Christmas camps over the break and has really improved her streamlines over the past month. Keep up the awesome work Brynne!

Alison Gouglas
Amazing job this month Alison!  Keep swimming!


Para-swimming Invitational
- February 8th 2020 - 

The Steadward Bears Para-swimming Team is excited to be hosting our first Para-swimming Invitational! This will be the first club run specialized para-swimming meet in Alberta, and we are excited to be hosts. The Steadward Bears are committed to creating opportunities for individuals to participate in Para-swimming from grassroots to high performance, and this meet will be inclusive to athletes at any stage of athletic development. To help make this swim meet a success we are looking for experienced volunteers to fill the following key roles:

·  Recorder · 
·  Scorer · 
·  Clerk of Course · 
·  Electronics Assistant 

Please contact Nikola Srnic, Officials Chair,
for more information at

For more information about your group please click on the buttons below:
Emily Ulrich
Jackson Weeks
Lena Slee
Hasnaa Awad
Aaron Bagonza
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