The Bear Facts September 25th, 2020

Paul Birmingham
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Welcome to the  sixty-eighth issue of  The Bear Facts:
A source for all things Keyano!

1. Schedule Information
2. For Parents and Swimmers
3. Group Report
4. Bingos/Fundraisers Information
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. 

Pool Schedules

This was a week that started with an expectation of new information from the City of Edmonton, but unfortunately none was announced. What we have found instead are signs that the City may drag out pool openings week after week. In the meantime, we have worked this week on relocating affected swimmers and changing our expectations in terms of facilities. 

Programs Relocated
Over the last two weeks, members from our more lengthily closed locations of Meadows and Terwillegar have been contacted with options to temporarily relocate to the confirmed opening programs of Bonnie Doon and Jasper Place. With that process now complete, we have the best possible contingency plan already in place. Every registered swimmer has a place to start swimming for the 2020-21 season. Thank you to those families who are adding to their daily driving time to get their young ones to a temporary pool. 

Meadows and Terwillegar Recreation Centres - January 2021
Keyano is going to plan for a reopening date of January 2021. While the City of Edmonton has not made an announcement to this effect, we know that every week the chances of a January reopening are growing exponentially. 

Members who have moved temporarily to Bonnie Doon or Jasper Place should expect this schedule to remain until Christmas. If the miraculous happens and the City decides to reopen these pools before Christmas, we have already set up our program, rosters and staff to be able to quickly transfer swimmers back to the facilities closer to their home communities. We would love to have that surprise, but for now we will go with the expectation of continued closure at these pools so that we can turn the page and plan accordingly for this fall. 

Bonnie Doon & Kinsmen Gold Start Dates - October 12-19, 2020
Keyano is going to plan for a reopening date of the Kinsmen competition pool sometime within a week after Thanksgiving. While the City of Edmonton has not made an announcement to this effect, we understand from those on the ground here that there will be a minimum 2 weeks to tile and fill the pool after the current construction project is deemed complete. The project will be deemed complete the moment a particular concrete section is approved as cured... we are literally waiting for something to dry. By simple extrapolation, this makes Thanksgiving the earliest possible opening, or possibly some time over that week. 

Bonnie Doon and Kinsmen Gold programs will not start before Thanksgiving, however our members and staff are all ready at the wait - we will start programs on the first possible date. 

Starting All Programs
Our first goal remains to get every possible swimmer into programs as soon and as safely as possible. We hope that by making realistic estimations for the City's pools that our members can get off of pins and needles for at least a couple of weeks and be able to make plans for their family. 
Pool Protocol Changes
There were a couple of changes to facility protocols this week as we got back into the water:
Jasper Place Pool
By 4:01pm on Monday, the facility manager at Jasper Place realized that he had drastically overestimated the ability for Keyano parents to wait in the viewing area during workout. Unfortunately, it has been decided for the foreseeable future that  there will be no spectators allowed at Jasper Place.
For some background, there are two clear pathways onto the pool deck at Jasper Place. The manager has reserved the path through the shared change rooms for Keyano's swimmers as the space is larger and allows groups to change and stage before workout. The manager has also reserved the path through the viewing area for their lessons program, which has 4-6 parents and toddlers coming through every 20-30 minutes. With these zones both being reserved for consistent traffic flow, it will not be possible to allow spectators at this time purely due to concerns related to shared spaces during Covid-19. 
Royal Glenora Pool
The RGC shared some new building access and amenity rules early on Monday. As a reminder, here are the main points:
  • Mask coverings must always be worn in the aquatic centre when not in activity.
  • Participants are to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled class start time
  • Participants are expected to arrive “ready to swim” - this will help avoid overcrowding in the changeroom area
  • Participants must leave immediately after their class end time (unless a lane booking has been made or a teach pool booking has been made)
  • In an attempt to limit crowding in the aquatic centre, we ask that you limit the number of caregivers/parents to 1 per child.
  • Spectators will not be permitted in the aquatic centre, with the exception of parents of young children.
  • Our main hot tub will not be used for program students during this time. This may get revisited.
There will be a parent meeting with Chris Nelson and Charlene Grey (RG Recreation Manager) on  Monday, September 28th at 5:15pm outside near the members' entrance to answer questions about the start of the season and reinforce anything we have noticed in the first week of start up. 

For more details on group scheduling for the new season 2020/21 please click here:

by Mattea Lastovka

Alex is known for reading or playing online solitaire on the bus with his phone or book no more than two inches from his nose, wearing incredibly thick glasses. You can’t blame him though, with a -500 and -400 eye prescription, Alex’s glasses are a necessity. For reference, a prescription of -6 is considered severe myopia.

Swimming has always been a large part of his life, whether he was in the pool swimming or on the deck coaching. As a swimmer, Alex was a distance specialist and I can only assume this history in the aerobic events is what drives him to create such gruelling distance practices for his swimmers. But just like many swimmers, his best events were not his favourite. In fact, his favourite event was the 200 breaststroke. He says he really enjoyed it because prior to swimming breaststroke, he was primarily a distance guy. “I liked 200 breaststroke because it wasn’t a distance event,” he chuckles.

One of his most embarrassing coaching moments was at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii. A few days before the competition, the team was doing a workout in preparation for the meet. National teams from all around the world were there, trying to look their best and be their best for the major event. Alex was of course trying to look good as one of the Team Canada coaches, as some of the worlds fastest up and coming swimmers (including Australia’s Emma McKeon and the current 400IM world record holder, Daiya Seto) were in attendance. Alex went to lean over the edge of the pool to grab the time of one of his swimmers. Little did he know,


under his foot was a piece of clear plastic. It slipped, bringing Alex along with it, crashing into the pool. So much for projecting a cool and professional image.

Luckily, Alex is no stranger to embarrassing moments. At the age of ten, Alex’s mother bought him a new “swimsuit.” To this day, Alex is not convinced it was a swimsuit. Why? This cloth “suit” did not have a drawstring. So, when Alex debuted his new suit at practice and dove into the pool, and he quotes, “It went right down to my knees... that was embarrassing.”

One of Alex’s favourite sayings is, “a happy face is a happy place.” This is eminent throughout his entire swimming belief system. When asked to give swimmers one piece of advice, he said, “I think that the most important part of any sport, especially an individual sport is to be careful not to judge yourself badly. You don’t want to get down on yourself because it’s very easy to do. But the best advice I could give to any young athlete is to always look on the bright side and stay in your happy place. Sometimes it’s hard, but that’s my advice.”

Swim meets are gruelling; coaches may be at the pool for 12+ hours per day. With screaming children, many tears, crowded pool decks and constant noise, it can be difficult to stay in a good mood at a swim meet. When asked what would cheer Alex up at the end of a meet when he’s tired and grumpy, he burst into an embarrassed giggle, trying to protest the fact that he does get grumpy after all those racing sessions. But, he finally admitted the secret,“I always like when the swimmers have some good, fun interaction and jokes, and come in with some fun commentary.” He also says that his favourite meets to attend are the PCS Christmas Cracker in Victoria and the Phoenix meet. You can expect those fun meets to keep Alex in a good mood as well.

If a swimmer is feeling like they just cannot seem to cheer Alex up, I asked him what the best way to bribe him was. Alex sternly asserted that he is not bribable but some things that have possibly worked in the past were: coffee from Hawaii and home cooked food. The divine meals whipped up by Jen Brendzan bring a twinkle to Alex’s eyes and many swimmer’s as well.

Alex has had a lot of success throughout his coaching career, including being the coach of Penny Oleksiak, one of Canada’s most famous swimmers in history. And though Penny was an incredible accomplishment, Alex’s crowning swimming achievements included swimmers which he coached significantly throughout their career; from when they were just young age group swimmers, all the way until they were senior competitors. Some of these included: Tara Van Beilen (2012 Olympian, 2nd fastest 200 breast time in the world, Olympic semi-finalist), Mack Darragh (2016 Olympian, World Junior Championship bronze medallist, Pan Pacific Championship attendee). Alex has also had many national record breakers throughout his coaching career. One notable record was when his girls in Oakville set the NAG in the 4x50 medley relay, only to be broken by a group of Alex’s 11-12 Keyano girls.

So if you’re on deck, always make sure to say hi and prepare a joke for Alex “the Mileage Master” Wallingford.

(If you want your coach to be interviewed next, or you have any burning questions for any of the coaches, email me at [email protected])

What's Cooking?
This week we are starting a new segment featuring recipes our Keyano Bears like to cook up for their families. They might be their own creation or a special handed down favourite. We’re going to stay pretty healthy here so you probably won’t see any glazed donut or chocolate cheesecake recipes (not that those aren’t yummy as well). 
We will be asking swimmers throughout the club what they like to cook for their families.

Our first recipe is from Hannah Cossey (Junior National)! 
She loves to make her mother’s fish tacos recipe, everyone loves them and they are her younger brother Xander’s favourite! Who doesn’t like fish tacos?!
You will need to make the following

Fresh Pico de Gallo recipe
Cilantro Slaw recipe
Fish taco sauce recipe
Cod fillets
Corn tortillas
We will start with  Pico de Gallo

3 medium tomatoes seeded and diced
1 medium onion diced
2 jalapeños peppers, membrane and seeds removed then diced finely
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 bunch cilantro chopped finely 
1 tsp salt
Juice of 2 limes

Put all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving

Next  fish taco sauce

1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 TBSP lime juice
1 TBSP siracha ( adjust to taste)
1 -2 fresh cloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of salt

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl, chill for 3-4 hours

Next the  Cilantro Slaw
2 cups shredded green cabbage
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Juice of 1 lime ( 1-2 TBSP)
1/2 TBSP honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Taste and add additional lime juice or honey as desired. Stir to combine and set aside until ready to serve. 

Now for the  fish!

1.5 lb cod
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 TBSP Avocado Oil

In a small bowl combine chilli powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Place fish in a shallow dish. Pat fish dry with paper towel. Rub with seasoning mix. 

Heat Avocado oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Working in small batches cook fillets 3 - 4 minutes per side or until fish is opaque and cooked through. Repeat with remaining fish. 

To assemble your tacos you need the following 
Corn tortillas
Sliced Avocado 
Fresh cilantro 
Pico de Gallo
Taco Sauce
Lime wedges

Spoon slaw and fish into corn tortilla add avocado slices, fresh cilantro and Pico de Gallo. Drizzle with fish taco sauce and lime juice. Serve with refried beans and black beans and rice for a post swim refuel!

Thanks Hannah!!

If any of our young swimmers/budding chefs have a recipe to share please let us know - email [email protected]

Senior Provincial
by Francois Coetzer

Senior Provincial swimmers are gearing up for an interesting 2020-2021 season.  With a reduced schedule they have been taking advantage of the lane space when they get it and working hard at improving their strokes and conditioning.  After a successful summer training program, the swimmers are continuing to show growth and we are excited to see what the next few weeks and months hold.  With such a big group of swimmers, we are lucky to have so much diversity that will allow each swimmer the opportunity to be pushed by each other.  Keep up the great work everyone and see you on deck!
GO Bears!
Changing Covid-19 Protocol at Parkway Bingo
Effective: Oct 1, 2020
Afternoon, Evening and Late-Night Events
11 Total volunteers per event:
1 Chairperson 1 Bonanza Controller 1 Paymaster
3 Bonanza Sellers 4 Nevada Sellers 1 Even Bettor Seller

All volunteers are required to wear a mask while in the bingo hall.
Please note Cart and Ball Controller have been removed temporarily as we are trying to
promote less handling of cards and to practice social distancing. Once AHS lifts social
distancing measures volunteer requirements will return to where they were.

2019-20 Bingo Commitment Reconciliation
Please go to our  Bingo Information page to find the 2019-20 season Bingo Reconciliation. If you were a member in 2019-20, please double check our reconciliation for accuracy. 

As per Keyano's decision related to the Covid-19 shutdown, all commitments were prorated to March 15, 2020, and no further commitments were added when we returned in July. 

As per Keyano's decision related to the Covid-19 reopening of bingo halls, members are eligible to carry forward any remaining commitment from 2019-20 to the 2020-21 season with no penalty. Members may payout their bingos or work them in 2020-21, and are asked to declare their choice to Christine Reeves,  [email protected]

Signing Up for Bingos
As with every season, we have experienced a rush to sign up for bingos in September and October. We appreciate members' may be looking for shifts and find a mostly filled slate. Please continue to check from time to time, as shifts do open up. And, if you have not been able to sign up for any bingos at all you may contact Christine Reeves,  [email protected], who is extremely helpful with our members and can help find you dates. 

Most importantly, note that your 'Trimester' commitment is a maximum and not a minimum - there is no minimum requirement by December 31st, and you have all season to complete your membership commitment. 
We would just like to remind members that information on equipment required for each group is located on the Keyano page of the Team Aquatics Website please click here.
Emma Carry
Noah Deniaud
Kyla Nelson
Selena Khalil
Diana Yang
Gracie Carelton
Maximilian Smorschok
Robyn Coleman
Isla King
Ruth Jaskowiak
Ella Rozendaal
Natalia Chow

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