SwimBC had 24 swimmers representing the province at the 2016 Prospects West camp in Toronto, ON. As we've done in the past, we took the quadrennial opportunity to hold this camp alongside Swimming Canada's Olympic Trials, looking to give some of our future prospects the opportunity to see what "The Show" is and experience the spectacle of it.
SwimBC was joined by 32 other swimmers from Swim Alberta, Swim Manitoba, and Swim Saskatchewan for the four-day camp. Part of the desired experience for both the swimmers and the coaches we had along on the camp was to have each work with "new" people; therefore, the swimmers were placed in groups with swimmers from other clubs and provinces, and with a group coach other than their home coach.
The swimmers were given a log book to complete; it contained, in addition to the usual workouts, some goals, how they were proceeding toward those goals, and what weaknesses they were striving to address.
At the Olympic Trials meet itself, the swimmers were assigned the task of picking a swimmer, then following them throughout the preparations, execution, and cool-down of one of their races - giving them some insight into the diligence and processes employed by swimmers seeking a berth on the Olympic Team.
SwimBC wishes to congratulate the swimmers once again on their selection for this opportunity, and we also thank them for the energy, effort, and focus they brought to the camp. We look forward to working with them as they continue their development in the sport.
Special thanks goes to our coaching staff, consisting of Drew McClure (RAPID), Sue Logan (VPSC), Dave Chisholm (CTSC), Jennika Efford (ISC), and Janusz Kaczmarek (WVOSC) for making themselves available, and for the passion and expertise they brought to the camp for the swimmers.