Stories, strategies, resources
Anti-doping is often thought to be exclusive to high-performance sport. Athletes are whisked away from the public eye after winning events to have urine and blood collected.
Swim BC would like to congratulate Vince Mikuska and Janet Dunn on their appointments to World Para Swimming (WPS) Working Groups;
Swim BC is pleased to be introducing a new program, the Swim BC Pacific Wave.
A new article on SIRC highlights the need for increased focus on Masters athletes needs and the importance of Sport for Life.
Academic All-Canadians are student athletes who have achieved an academic standing of 80-percent or higher while representing a varsity team. One female and one male student-athlete from each of the four U SPORTS conferences are selected annually to make up the Top 8.
On December 21st, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) released information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and how it relates to anti-doping rules.
As the year is coming to a close, we would like to recognize the Provincial & National Records set during the first quarter of our 2020-2021 season. These athletes have persevered through uncertain times, and we would like to congratulate them on their hard work.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held annually on December 3rd. This year’s theme is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world by, for and with persons with disabilities”.
Swim BC would like to congratulate Mark Tweksbury on his appointment to the Order of Canada.
This program is intended to be an opportunity for all clubs in BC to share performances, whether they be from a sanctioned time trial, a race rehearsal in workout, a get-out swim or one a last rep in a descending set. Coaches are encouraged to submit any times; Swim BC will rank and publish daily (or as best we can, pending a high volume of submissions)
BC Swimming Hall of Fame member Bruce Robertson has received the Commonwealth Sport Canada Award of Merit in recognition for his volunteer service with the CSC.
Swim BC has partnered with Swimming Canada to deliver a virtual swim camp for distance-oriented athletes. The camp will be running from November 21 – 28th
The 2020-2021 Swim-a-thon sign up is now available! It will be hosted by Swimming Canada & Raise-a-thon like in previous years. You can sign up now, and Swim-a-thon events can be hosted anytime between now and May 31, 2021.
Thank-you to those who have expressed interest in the Swimmingly platform, an easy way to hold Time Trials and Virtual Swim Meets. We have nearly 1/3rd of the BC Teams interested in getting set-up with Swimmingly.
The Swim BC President’s Award is awarded to a long serving individual within the BC Swimming Community who has had a significant and lasting impact on the direction of the sport.
The Hyack Swim Club has a rich legacy of performance, since their inception in 1973 through to and including this past 2019-2020 season.
The CCA is hosting a Women in Coaching Summit that is open to all women Coaches. This Summit is going to be hosted online on November 21st starting at 10am PST.
Bailey Herbert swims for the Langley Olympians. She is the winner of the 15 & Over Aggregate Award at BC Winter Provincial Championships.
Peter Huang swims for the Hyack Swim Club. At Winter Provincials in Victoria, he broke the National Record in the Long Course Men’s 13-14 400m Free.
Arianna Hunsicker swims for Surrey Knights Swim Club. She is an accomplished swimmer and has been an excellent representation of BC Swimming Excellence.
Cameron Chambers swims for Kelowna Aquajets. During Provincial Championships, he scored 4033 Canadian Para Points from all Para events swam.
Tina Hoeben is the long-time Head Coach of KISU Swim Club in Penticton BC. An accomplished coach who has pursued education through the National Coaching Certification Program, National Women in Coaching programs and serves as a role model and mentor to other coaches across the province.
Brian Metcalfe is the Head Coach of the Langley Olympians Swim Club and the first recipient of this new Swim BC award. A highly respected coach in the BC and Canadian swimming community, Brian has many years of coaching experience and education.
Piero Porreca is a highly accomplished level 5 official who provides selfless leadership to the Swim BC officiating fraternity and swimming community.
Carmen Massey is currently in her second term as the President of the Columbia Shuswap Selkirks Swim Club’s. Her contribution to the fabric of BC swimming through her selfless efforts with the Selkirks has been significant.
Since the beginning of the season we’ve been anticipating what a return to competition might look like, and what would be required to keep our swimmers, coaches and officials safe. To address this, Swim BC has determined that step one is introducing “in-club” Time Trials with significant amendments to required officiating complements, working to maintain total participants under 50 individuals.
Swim BC has reviewing and working with a web-based platform that enables clubs to run competitions designed to permit an easy / fast set-up, provide minimal touch points, and can run virtual competitions (limiting numbers of individuals on the pool deck and reducing travel requirements).
The 2019-2020 competitive season was anything but ordinary. For many, the season was cut short and leaving many swimmers unable to achieve the goals they had dreamed of achieving that season. However Hyack swimmers, Peter Huang and Paul Orogo still managed to achieve their goals and break National Swimming Records. We asked them, What did it take?
Swim BC would typically have announced the awards for the 2019/20 season at the 2020 BC Swimming Congress Awards Banquet. As we know, the Congress was cancelled this year due to COVID. When the decision to cancel was made, Swim BC took the opportunity to make much needed revisions to the organizations awards system, realigning to add more swimmer categories and generate quantifiable criteria.
The Swim BC office is moving at the end of October. If you are mailing anything to the office, please use our new address moving forward.
Swim BC invites you to be part of the conversation.
Swim BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
305-4420 Chatterton Way
Victoria, BC V8X 5J2