LANGLEY, British Columbia – The addition of Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) swimming to Trinity Western University’s Spartans Athletics program has opened the doors to a unique partnership opportunity with a local organization. The Spartans are pleased to announce their association with the Langley Olympians Swim Club (LOSC), and Head Coach, Brian Metcalfe.
“Partnerships are always exciting, bringing about an unending supply of new synergies,” said TWU Director of Athletics, Murray Hall. “It’s a great day for Trinity Western, the Langley Community, Spartan Athletics and the Complete Champion Approach™ to be associated with another high performance organization and their Head Coach, Brian Metcalfe.”
TWU Athletics already partners with the Township of Langley in operation of the Langley Events Centre, which now serves as home court for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
“These partnerships create opportunities for both parties to fulfill their mission in ways that might not otherwise be possible,” said Hall. “The cooperative agreement between TWU and Langley Olympians Swim Club benefits students who wish to combine high performance swim-training with a university degree.”
The Langley Olympians Swim Club , who train at Walnut Grove Community Centre pool, will provide pool times and all technical aspects of swim mechanics, with strokes, training and race tactics taught by LOSC instructors and coaches. While Spartans staff will provide the administrative and The Complete Champion Approach™ infrastructure support mechanisms for student-athlete swimmers.
“The principal focus of the partnership is to ensure that TWU student athletes have a great place to swim and train and have access to ‘already-in-place’ infrastructure support systems,” said Hall.
Formed in 1997, LOSC provides swimmers the opportunity to swim year round and pursue their sport at its highest level. LOSC offers NCCP professionally certified coaches, lead by the Director of Swimming and Head Coach, Metcalfe.
Both the Langley and Abbotsford Olympians Swim Clubs have had numerous Provincial & National Champions, Provincial and National record holders as well as having swimmers represent B.C. and Canada on Provincial and National teams. Local swimmers have participated in the Pan Pacific Championships, World Championship, and World Student Games. The LOSC was represented by Langley resident, Jake Tapp, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
A former National-level swimmer himself, Metcalfe has been a full time coach in B.C. for the past 27 years at both the National and International levels. For the past nine years, he has served as Director of Swimming and Head Coach for both the Langley and Abbotsford Olympians Swim Clubs.
“It’s wonderful to live and work in a community that supports excellence in sport,” said the Langley resident. “Many of peoples’ core values and successes in life can be traced back to what they learned while participating in sports.”
While competitive swimming will be new to the university, TWU has CIS teams in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and basketball, which have collectively earned 12 national championship medals including four gold medals.