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Giving Due Deliberation to Masters Athletes: The Time has Come

January 13, 2021
General Resources

A new article on SIRC highlights the need for increased focus on Masters athletes needs and the importance of Sport for Life.

Markus Thormeyer named as 2019-20 Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

January 11, 2021
Member Submissions | News

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.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Not Prohibited for Athletes

December 22, 2020
Competition | General Resources

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.

Records Roundup

December 18, 2020

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.

Recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2020

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”. 

Mark Tewksbury Appointed to the Order of Canada

November 27, 2020
Member Submissions

Swim BC would like to congratulate Mark Tweksbury on his appointment to the Order of Canada.

Introducing The Swim BC Officially Unofficial Rankings

November 26, 2020

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)

Bruce Robertson Receives Commonwealth Sport Canada Award of Merit

November 24, 2020
Member 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.

Paris & Beyond Swim Camp

November 18, 2020

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

Swim-a-thon 2020-2021 Now Open

November 13, 2020
Funding Opportunities | General Resources

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.

Swimmingly Update

November 13, 2020

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.

Swim BC President’s Award

November 6, 2020

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.

Swim BC Club of the Year

November 6, 2020

The Hyack Swim Club has a rich legacy of performance, since their inception in 1973 through to and including this past 2019-2020 season.

CSCA Women in Coaching Summit

November 6, 2020

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.

Swim BC Female Provincial Swimmer of the Year

November 5, 2020

Bailey Herbert swims for the Langley Olympians. She is the winner of the 15 & Over Aggregate Award at BC Winter Provincial Championships.

Swim BC Male Provincial Swimmer of the Year

November 5, 2020

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.

Swim BC Female Provincial Para-Swimmer of the Year

November 4, 2020

Arianna Hunsicker swims for Surrey Knights Swim Club. She is an accomplished swimmer and has been an excellent representation of BC Swimming Excellence.

Swim BC Male Provincial Para-Swimmer of the Year

November 4, 2020

Cameron Chambers swims for Kelowna Aquajets. During Provincial Championships, he scored 4033 Canadian Para Points from all Para events swam.

Swim BC Female Coach of the Year

November 3, 2020

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.

Swim BC Male Coach of the Year

November 3, 2020

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.

Swim BC Official of the Year

November 2, 2020

Piero Porreca is a highly accomplished level 5 official who provides selfless leadership to the Swim BC officiating fraternity and swimming community. 

Swim BC Volunteer of the Year

November 2, 2020

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.

Return to Competition Guidelines

October 30, 2020
Competition | News

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.

Swimmingly Pilot Project

October 30, 2020

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).  

What Did it Take? How Hyack Swim Club Grew Two National Record Holders

October 30, 2020
Coaching | Member Submissions

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 Awards

October 22, 2020
Competition | News

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.

Swim BC Office Update

October 16, 2020

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.

Sport: More Important Than Ever

October 15, 2020
General Resources | Return to Swimming

Sport BC has developed initiative to help advocate for sport during the provincial election. They have created a tool that will send a letter on your behalf to the election candidates in your community.

Six Keys to Gold Medal Governance

September 30, 2020
General Resources

Unlike the young athlete who dreams of becoming a champion, few of us grow up dreaming about joining a board of directors. Many people join a board out of a sense of duty to an organization with which they have been involved, or because they thought it time for new leadership, or were recruited for a specific professional skillset

Return to Swimming Competition Plan – Update

September 29, 2020
Competition | Return to Swimming

Last week Swim BC announced that no sanctions would be available for clubs prior to October 31st.  Updating this message, we will permit Class I –Time Trials (record attempts only) prior to October 31st. 

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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