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Swim BC would like to congratulate the following swimmers and coach on their selection to the Pan Provincial Open Water Swim Camp and Best Fest Open Water Competition in Mallorca, Spain
Swim BC would like to congratulate the BC swimmers, coaches, and staff nominated for the World Junior Championships and Pan American Games.
Swim BC Open Water Championships will be hosted by Simon Fraser Aquatics on June 18th at Albert Dyck Park.
The Golden Flipper Challenge is an annual challenge between Swim BC and other provinces. The challenge has been designed to develop spirit, story, and a rallying cry to inspire and motivate the swimmers, coaches, and their clubs. March 2023 results are now posted!
This year the Balding for Dollars event will be held on May 6th. The Canadian Dolphins as a community will be fundraising for this amazing cause. Cole Barratt, recognized as Swim BC’s competition announcer, has graciously stepped up to be the fundraising hero and will donate most of his hair at the Balding for Dollars event.
Twenty-three Swim BC clubs participated with a total of 95 swimmers (38 Women and 57 Men). BC was well represented in the finals with 120 swims in a Junior, B, A, or Para final. We would like to recognize the BC swimmers, coaches, and staff who were nominated for the national teams.
The six-day Trials run through Sunday at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Preliminary heats are at 9:30 a.m. each day, with finals sessions set for 6 p.m. All sessions are being streamed live on CBC Sports digital platforms. Swim BC will be recognizing athletes who make Junior, Senior or Para finals.
We are proud to announce that Laon Kim of Hyack Swim Club received the High School Male Athlete of the Year award at the Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards
Swim BC is proud to be announcing a new initiative, the LA28 Competition Support Program.
Winter Provincial Championships are hosted by Island Swimming at Saanich Commonwealth Place from March 2-5th.
The 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be held this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia July 15 – 23rd. The games are host to 5,000 athletes across 16 sports. There will be two upcoming information sessions about the Games this month.
Swim BC is very proud to congratulate Glenn Greig on receiving the highest swimming officiating award in Canada. The award was announced on February 23rd by Swimming Canada.
Swim BC is embarking on a new strategic planning process intended to create a comprehensive “Swimming in BC” strategic plan. In our intent to grow as a modern and progressive sport organization, we have made an expressed commitment to use collaborative engagement processes to achieve our mission and vision in a manner that aligns with our values.
In December, we engaged a group of club head coaches, club administrators, and the staff and Board of Swim BC through the Sport Culture Index, an innovative survey that provided important information about our culture. We have used this information to inform the development of our upcoming strategic planning process. Our goal is to create a “Swimming in BC” strategic plan that will serve as a guidepost for all Swim BC members...
The University of Victoria will host upwards of 25 universities and 300 athletes from across the country at the 2023 U SPORTS Swimming Championships taking place at Commonwealth Pool from February 23-25. To volunteer at the event or to buy tickets please click read more.
With the RTR system still offline, there will be an adapted process for Divisional and Provincial Entries. Please read more for details on the entry process.
Interim procedures for Sanctioning, Meet Entries, and Meet Results during the RTR System Outage.
Following up with the Swimming Canada CEO’s statement regarding the RTR System, Swim BC would like to help our membership understand what the next few days and next steps are looking like.
The Golden Flipper results up to December 2022 are now posted! BC regions are holding the lead in 2 of the 5 contests. Thompson-Okanagan is leading Swim Nova Scotia in the 200m Fly and Vancouver Island is leading Swim Saskatchewan & Swim Manitoba in the 200m Breast. Swim Alberta took the lead over the Lower Mainland in the 100m Breaststroke. Swim PEI and Swim New Brunswick are still leading their contests over the Kootenay Region and North East & North West respectively.
Dates and Hosts have been confirmed for the following Provincial Meets
Jacob Brayshaw of the KISU Swim Club shaved over 11 seconds off his own record by finishing the S2 50-metre freestyle in 1:49.37 seconds during the morning preliminaries. He swam the final in 1:51.71.
Swim BC is seeking interested individuals to fill a vacancy on it's Board of Directors. The Swim BC Board is a seven person, skills / policy-based Board. Members are required to participate in committee work and contribute to 6 – 8 Board meetings per year. Board meetings are typically held by video conference with 2 – 3 “in-person" meetings per year. The position's term expires in September 2024. The Board is embarking on a comprehensive Culture Review and Strategic Planning process in January 2023.
The Golden Flipper Challenge is an annual challenge between Swim BC and other provinces. The challenge has been designed to develop spirit, story, and a rallying cry to inspire and motivate the swimmers, coaches, and their clubs. The first set of results are in! Check out how your region is doing by clicking on Read More.
The Board of Directors of Swim BC is very excited to inform you of the launch of two significant projects. Reflective of our values and our commitment to membership engagement, the first project will focus on piloting the Sport Culture Index, a powerful and innovative way for us to measure our sport culture. The second project will be a comprehensive renewal of our strategic plan.
Please see the story below from Aysha Haines – Manager of the EVDSC.
Our club has recently added a fall meet to our home schedule. Last year was the first time we hosted the Halloween Howler in Fernie, and we were only permitted 50 swimmers in the building at a time due to lingering covid restrictions. To say we were excited to invite everyone back this year for a meet at full capacity would be an understatement. 7 teams from BC, Alberta, and Montana registered almost 200 swimmers this year and we were thrilled to host a “fun sized” meet to ease back into the swim of things.
When we arrived Saturday morning to finish prepping the pool for warmup, we discovered that vandals had smashed several windows at the Fernie Aquatic Centre and had thrown glass and rocks into the pool. The pool would have to be closed for at least a week.
Introducing the new home of the BC Swimming Hall of Fame! A new website has been created for the BC Swimming Hall of Fame which showcases the best of BC Swimming and our important history. Along with our inductees, there are highlighted pieces of swimming history that we want to keep alive and share with the BC Swimming community. We encourage everyone to visit the BC Swimming Hall of Fame.
The British Columbia tree growing in the forest symbolizes the beauty and strength of our community and those who contribute to it. Each set of wooden blocks are unique and cut from the same tree as we are unique and parts of the whole.
The FINA Swimming World Cup hosted the second leg of the World Cup in Toronto this past weekend. 64 BC swimmers and 22 Alternates were selected to compete against the best of the best in Toronto.
On Saturday, October 1st, Swim BC awarded our annual awards for the 2021-2022 season at the BC Swimming Congress. We would like to recognize the following award winners for their achievements this past season.
This season's Golden Flipper Challenges have been set, and it's now a national event. This season's edition of the Golden Flipper Challenge is regionally based, with clubs and their swimmers coming together to challenge other regions across Canada.
The challenges include the Lower Mainland vs Swim Alberta, Vancouver Island vs Swim Manitoba / Swim Saskatchewan, Thompson - Okanagan Region vs Swim Nova Scotia, Kootenay Region vs Swim PEI, and the North East / North West Regions vs Swim New Brunswick.
Three BC athletes joined the Canadian Junior Open Water Team at the FINA Open Water Junior Championships in Mahe, Seychelles.
Swim BC invites you to be part of the conversation.
Swim BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
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