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Monday
Dec082014

Triple gold for Brianna Nelson at Can-Am Para-swimming Championships

Brianna Nelson (ISC) of Victoria is not resting on her laurels heading into the 2015 season as she won her three races on Saturday at the Can-Am Para-swimming Championships being held this weekend at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

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Monday
Dec082014

Cochrane claims Canada’s first world short-course medal in 10 years

Ryan Cochrane (ISC/HPC - Victoria) ended a decade-long drought for Canada at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), winning bronze in the men’s 1,500-m freestyle Sunday in Doha, Qatar. The two-time Olympic medallist moved into third position at the 200-m mark...

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Thursday
Dec042014

2015 Western Canada Summer Games Selection Criteria

Linked below is the selection criteria for the 2015 Western Canada Games, which will be held in Fort McMurray, AB, with the swimming events running August 13-16, with the team departing Vancouver on Tuesday, August 11.

Being that this is almost immediately after the conclusion of Summer Nationals, SwimBC's current plan is to have all Team members travel back to Vancouver on Monday, August 10, stay overnight in Vancouver, then fly out with the rest of TeamBC on Tuesday morning.

The team will be returning to Vancouver on Sunday, August 16.

Please note that, as stated in the Technical Package (also below), team selection is open to Canadian citizens and officially recognized "Permanent Residents".

Thursday
Dec042014

Canadians get feet wet at world short-course

Three Canadians had top-16 finishes as the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) got underway Wednesday in Doha, Qatar. Hilary Caldwell (PSW) of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria was the top Canadian on Day 1 of the five-day world short-course championships

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Thursday
Dec042014

Canadians in Qatar to compete for short-course gold

A “small yet quality” Team Canada will take on the best in the world as the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) open Wednesday in Doha, Qatar. Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane (ISC) of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria, headlines the 10-member team. Cochrane, who was recently named Swimming Canada’s OMEGA Male Swimmer of the Year for 2014, will be joined by HPC-Victoria training partner and multiple international medallist Hilary Caldwell (PSW).

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Wednesday
Dec032014

2014 FINA Rule Amendments - Implemented Immediately

A communiqué from Swimming Canada today outlined the rule amendments, passed recently at the FINA Congress in Doha, UAE, which will go into effect immediately.

The most notable change is in breastroke, where the single underwater dolphin kick off starts and turns will be permitted at any time prior to the swimmer's first breastroke kick - no more trying to define where the start or "initiation" of the pull occurred.

The full text of the statement from Swimming Canada, including all of the new rule changes (including backstroke, officiating, allowance for underwater electronic lap counters for 800/1500, and a few others) is available for download here.

As long as we're talking breastroke, I often get people asking what the deal is with the "hands must be separated" rule in breastroke. I found this on the FINA website recently to better illustrate what is allowed and not.

 

Tuesday
Dec022014

Important Swim-a-thon Update for 2015

Swim BC wishes to inform its membership of an important update to the Swim-a-thon program, coming from Swimming Canada CEO,  Ahmed El-Awadi.

Any questions on the implications of this can be directed to the SwimBC office at 604-898-9100.

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November 29, 2014

To: All Provincial Swimming Organizations & Swim Clubs with Mandatory Swim‐a-thon fees
From: Ahmed El‐ Awadi
Chief Executive Officer

Subject: Swim‐a‐thon for 2015 ‐ update

This letter is to clarify our memo previously sent in regards to member clubs that have mandatory swim-a-thon assessments in place.

In our advisory sent out in early October 2014, we stated “In 2015, no club wishing to participate in Swim‐a‐thon can have a mandatory Swim‐a‐thon assessment. They may have a fundraising assessment – but this assessment cannot include a mandatory swim‐a‐thon levy.”

We understand that many clubs already had their fee structure in place at the time of this memo, and therefore were unable to make any changes to club policies.

In response to this fact, we have revised our position to the following:

In 2015, any clubs with mandatory swim‐a‐thon assessments may participate in Swim‐a‐thon, however no donors to the club Swim‐a‐thon will be eligible for charitable tax receipts.  We are currently working with Raising Spirit to update the online system to reflect this change.

Swimming Canada is doing everything possible to continue to offer this great fundraising program and meet our legal obligations as a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. Swimming Canada is required to ensure compliance with the charities directorate. We will continue to make adjustments and improvements to the program to ensure the program continues to flourish well into the future.

Kind regards,

Ahmed El‐ Awadi
CEO, Swimming Canada

Monday
Dec012014

2014 Regional Age Group Camp - Northeast

Just under 30 young swimmers from across the Northeast region came together on November 1-2, 2014, for the third of our Regional Age Group camps. We were very pleased to be joined at this camp by one of Canada's best up-and-coming distance and open-water swimmers, Eric Hedlin, who trains out of the High Performance Centre in Victoria.

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Monday
Dec012014

2014 Regional Age Group Camp - Lower Mainland #2

The final Regional Age Group camp of 2014 took place at the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre this past weekend, with 26 swimmers from across the Lower Mainland coming out to the camp. We were joined throughout the camp by 2012 Olympian, Alec Page, who shared his story of starting out swimming in little lakes on Cortez Island off of Campbell River, to walking onto the pool deck in London in 2012 to swim the prelims of 400IM in the same heat as Michael Phelps.

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