2017-2018 Provincial Team Program - Update

This is an update on some activities within our Provincial Program of camps and competitions going forward through the rest of this season, as discussed with, and ratified by, TAC last week.

Firstly, the North American Challenge Cup, as of this writing, still has no confirmed host, venue, or idea of what teams might be competing, and, in looking at the results from last year, the depth of the competition is lacking, particularly in the 15-and-older age groups; therefore, we will not be fielding a team for that event, but will make the following changes:

  1. Instead of only eight swimmers, we will be taking up to sixteen swimmers, plus two team coaches, to the Indianapolis Pro Swim Series meet in mid-May. 
    Selection criteria for this should be out no later than early next week.
  2. We will be adding a training / competition initiative, in conjunction with HPC-Vancouver, around the Mel Zajac, Jr. Invitational at the beginning of June. This will be include approximately eight athletes comparable in age and ability to last year’s Canada Games cohort.
    We are awaiting confirmation from HPC-Vancouver on exact dates during which they would be able to accommodate us; it would either be the days (2 to 2.5 days) immediately before or after 

One other note: A small amendment was made to correct an inadvertent omission to the Prospects West Selection Criteria, to wit: "Relay lead-off, other official splits, and time trial performances will not be considered for selection".
This has been highlighted in an amended document from the same link initially circulated.
And please remember (coaches and swimmers) to complete the online Selection Availability Declaration form if you are wishing to be considered for selection.

Finally, for open water, we will be offering funding of no less than $1000 per athlete for up to four swimmers to attend Canadian Pan Pacific Championships Open Water Trials (UANA Championships) in mid-June. 
A criteria document for this SwimBC funding will be forthcoming in the near future as well.