The first SwimBC Regional Camp took place October 18-19, at the newly refurbished Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre in Kitimat, where 30 young age-group swimmers from the Northwest clubs in Kitimat, Terrace, Smithers, and Prince Rupert came together to gain knowledge and inspiration in further developing their swimming.
A transpositional error resulted in 11&U Girls 50/100 Fly times being listed incorrectly; they have now been corrected in the link below.
Coming out of the meeting of SwimBC's Technical Advisory Committee on Wednesday, October 1, the decision was made to implement a nominal increase (faster) to the time standards than would have been typical, but at the same time, making changes to the number of bonus (non-qualified) swims at AA and AAA Championships for the coming year.
It will still take two AAA times to qualify for AAA Championships, and likewise, two AA times to qualify for AA Championships; however, there will be a maximum of TWO bonus swims available to swimmers. Swimmers with three qualifying times will be able to enter one "bonus" event, while anyone looking to swim four or more events will need to have the qualifying time in each event entered.
In addition, for short course AAA Championships in March, stroke 50s will be incorporated as scoring events at the meet. The time standards for these events have been developed by mirroring the percentage deviation in 50 Fly, Back, and Breast, compared to the 100m qualifying standards for each of those strokes, that Swimming Canada employs for those same events at Canadian Age Group Championships.
Whether or not to include the stroke 50s at Long Course AAA Championships will be revisited after short course AAA Championships.
SwimBC's time standards are in .pdf format below; we will work to have a HyTek version available shortly. Also included below are the standards for Swimming Canada's events, as well as the Provincial Para-Swimming AAA Standards.
The aim of the SwimBC’s Provincial Team Program has always been, and will continue to be, looking to support and nurture swimmers and coaches to sustain continued improvement and ultimately, to represent BC on Swimming Canada’s National teams. Starting in the 2014-2015 season, SwimBC will be shifting the focus of the Provincial Team Program from one of being focused on a Provincial Coach overseeing camps and competitions to one where swimmers and coaches can be more directly and sustainably assisted in moving along the performance pathway.
SwimBC 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.
Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson recently attended the Canadian Swimming Congress, where he had a chance to share his vision with coaches from across the country. Atkinson also took some time for an in-depth interview as we turn the page to a new season of swimming.
The achievements of BC swimmers and coaches over the past year were celebrated, with notable performances recognized and honoured, at the 2014 SwimBC / BCSCA Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction, held in Whistler on Saturday, September 27.
Swim BC is hosting a Para-swimming classification for Para-swimmers with a physical impairment FCS (Functional Classification System) during the weekend of Oct 17-19; the date and time will be determined by the number of requests submitted. The deadline to request classification is October 6.
We apologize for the delay in publishing the time standards for the 2014-2015 season. We have a draft completed and will be presenting them to SwimBC’s Technical Advisory Committee at our scheduled meeting on Wednesday, October 1, to solicit their feedback on the standards as well as proposed meet format changes.
We expect to have the standards, along with any meet format and/or qualifying changes, published by the end of next week.
Canadian Swim Coaches & Teachers Association launched its Hall of Fame Friday in Calgary as part of the 2014 Canadian Swimming Congress with the induction of three members, two of whom had significant BC contributions and accomplishments.