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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 | SwimBC 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
SwimBC News

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. 

Return to Swimming: Competition Plan

September 28, 2020
Competition | Return to Swimming | SwimBC News

Swim BC is currently working on the Return to Swimming: Competition Plan for our clubs.  This is a lengthy process that requires a great amount of thought and collaboration to deliver a plan that is safe and meaningful for our membership. 

Return to Swimming Survey

September 28, 2020
Return to Swimming

Swim BC has developed a survey to determine the ‘state’ of our sport as we begin to move back into club activities. The intent is to give Swim BC accurate information to assist in our dialogue with institutions that impact our facility access such as the BCRPA and viaSport.

Annamay Pierse Oldershaw inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame

September 28, 2020
Member Submissions

Congrats to BC Swimming Hall of Fame member Annamay Pierse Oldershaw for being inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame this year. You can check out her UBC Sport Hall of Fame profile here.

BC Para Swimmer & Coach Win FACE Grant

September 22, 2020
Member Submissions

Congratulations Jacob Brayshaw and Renate Terpstra, from KISU, on being selected to Petro-Canada's Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) Program! The FACE Program supports up-and-coming athletes when they need it most: when they are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, but don’t yet qualify for government funding.

Celebrate National Coaches Week with free coach education: September 19-27

September 21, 2020

For National Coaches Week, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is saying #ThanksCoach by providing several NCCP eLearning courses for FREE throughout the week.  

Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games Postponement Plan Extended

September 21, 2020

The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Council announced that the Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be further postponed due to the ongoing situation with the global COVID-19 pandemic

Local Sport Relief Fund

September 21, 2020
Funding Opportunities | Return to Swimming

viaSport and the Province of BC has announced the Local Sport Relief Fund. It is a program that was developed to provide one-time financial relief for non-profit clubs and associations who have lost revenue putting their ability to offer programming at risk. Eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $7,500 to help offset fixed and operating costs. Funding must support administration and operational needs for an eventual return to sport.

Say #ThanksCoach September 19-27!

September 18, 2020

The 6th annual National Coaches Week runs from September 19th - 27th. National Coaches Week is a time to celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and their communities across Canada. Coaches are an integral part of the swimming community and we want to take the time to celebrate them this week.

Canada Games Postponement Announcement

September 16, 2020
Competition | SwimBC News

Today Swim BC was notified that the Canada Games Council and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society has made the difficult decision to postpone the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games. They have been postponed until Summer 2022 to better protect the health and safety of Games participants, the Niagara community and visitors across the country.

Sport-Informed Mental Health Care Town Hall

September 15, 2020
General Resources | Sport Science

The Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) is hosting 60-minute virtual information sessions for parents, coaches, health practitioners, sport leaders, administrators and volunteers affiliated with local and provincial / territorial competitive sport clubs / organizations. The CCMHS is a registered charity that offers sport-informed mental health care in-person and virtually from coast to coast to coast. We invite you to come learn more about how we can support your athletes, coaches, and support staff to reach optimal levels of well-being and performance!

New Study Shows What Motivates Kids to be Active

September 11, 2020
Sport Science

Active for Life has published an article outlining a recent study about what motivates kids to be active. From Active for Life "This Canadian study offers some illuminating findings for both parents and coaches. It discusses what barriers stand in our kids’ way when it comes to participating in physical activity—and it shows just how important enjoyment and confidence are for them."

Chena Swim Club Appoints New Head Coach

September 10, 2020
Member Submissions

CHENA Swim Club is pleased to announce that it has hired a new head coach for its competitive swim program for the 2020-2021 season. Effective immediately, Vincent Chung will assume the role of Head Coach of the club. Vincent previously served as the Senior Assistant Coach.

Winskill Dolphins take on 12.2km Open Water Challenge

September 4, 2020
Member Submissions

There were 2 excellent articles published about our very own Winskill Dolphins this week. The Winskill Dolphins have been training in the ocean at Boundary Bay since the pandemic began in March.

viaSport Phase 3 Webinar

August 28, 2020
Return to Swimming

viaSport released their updated Phase 3 Progressively Loosening guidelines earlier this week. Swim BC is currently working on an updated version of our Return to Swimming Guidelines.

A Letter from Cory Beatt, Technical Director

August 28, 2020
Coaching | SwimBC News

I am in my second week as the Swim BC Technical Director and have been working with our dedicated Swim BC Staff in fully understanding the Swim BC Technical program over the past number of years. I will be continuing to dive deeply into all aspects of the program to ensure that we develop the greatest opportunities for our membership.

Welcome Dawson Creek Seals

August 11, 2020
Member Submissions

Swim BC is excited to have the Dawson Creek Seals join as a new club this upcoming season. They are a joint Swim BC and BCSSA club, who are looking to give their swimmers more opportunities throughout the year.

A Parent’s Role in Safe Sport

August 11, 2020
General Resources | Safe Sport

While the responsibility for providing a safe and nurturing swimming environment falls largely on the shoulders of coaches, there are steps you can take as a parent to ensure your young swimmer is enjoying the most positive sport possible.

Why Volunteer & Officiate?

August 11, 2020

What is the best way to support your swimmer? Become an official. Swim meets require 40 to 50 volunteers and they are excellent growth opportunities not only for swimmers but also for parent volunteers. Simon Blunden, a Langley Olympians swim parent, gives us an in-depth look at his officiating experience and why you should consider getting involved.

Survey on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sport Organizations

August 11, 2020
General Resources

After a far-reaching survey of 1,300 individuals associated with Local Sport Organizations in 56 sports, Sport for Life has published their findings concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elk Valley Dolphins Use Tech to Overcome Pandemic and Geographic Isolation

August 11, 2020
Member Submissions | Return to Swimming

Thanks to recently implemented video chat, streaming, and smartphone app technology, the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club in Fernie, BC, is staying fit, having fun, and learning how to adapt their training while pools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SFA Swimmers Still Training Thanks to Resilience and City Help

August 6, 2020
Member Submissions | Return to Swimming

Though the COVID-19 pandemic derailed much of the scheduled competition for Simon Fraser Aquatics swim club, athletes are staying in shape thanks to adaptable coaching staff, positive attitudes, and help from the City of Burnaby.

COVID-19 Resources

July 28, 2020
Return to Swimming

Resources for clubs and coaches during COVID-19. Swim BC is not an official authority on COVID-19 but you can find valuable information from these credible sources.

Important Open Water Guidelines Update

July 17, 2020
SwimBC News

With the removal of Swimming Canada’s “OPEN WATER SAFETY GUIDELINES – Coaching a training group” from their website, Swim BC has developed a replacement document to serve as a resource for your Club’s open water training activity.

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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