Mark your calendars for the Otter’s Summer Picnic on Sunday, July 26th from 3pm – 7pm at the Centennial Beach Picnic Shelter in Boundary Bay.
We are more than a swim club, we are also supporters of our community. We are proud to provide a $250 scholarship to a student in our local high school, South Delta Secondary School (SDSS). This scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who has achieved good academic standing and has excelled in the areas of participation, sportsmanship and service while a member of the SDSS swim team. Martin Topp will be presenting the scholarship to the winner.
I want to thank the six athletes that represented our club incredibly well at Provincials on the Island, Michelle, Fernanda, Liz, Aaron, Dan & Barb. You all swam very well and I want to thank you for taking the time to compete for the club.
As Michelle mentioned we won the banner for Medium Team again this year, it was very exciting for us (it never gets old!) We continue to do well as a team because so many of you are coming out to compete on behalf of our team. I look forward to seeing more of you out there at our meets later in the fall.
Barb Baerg competed in her first meet at Provincials this year and I know I will see more first timers at Provincials next year because it is in our own backyard at Watermania in Richmond. This will be a great goal to work towards for our 2015-2016 Season!
Mark your calendars for the second annual Ottermania swim meet on Saturday, December 5 at Watermania in Richmond! Ottermania was a great success last year & we have decided to do it again this year. More information will be coming soon.
We are anticipating a full membership again for the 2015/2016 season and as such will have early registration available for returning members.
Early Registration will begin Aug 16 and end Sept 13. Once we are full, registration will be closed even if that occurs before the Sept 13 deadline. If we are not full by that time, we will open registration to new members.
There is a slight increase in fees this year: $630 to swim from Sept 1- Aug 31. (This includes the MSABC insurance fee of $40).
Registration consists of:
- MSABC waiver
- Winskill Otters registration
- 2 cheques of $315 each, dated Sept 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016
Our annual general meeting will be held after swim practice on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Please come out and learn more about your club, your executive and share your ideas on how we can make our club better. We will put on the coffee, if everyone will bring a snack to share. It is a great way to kick off the new season!
Every year, Winskill pool closes for their annual maintenance and this year is no exception. The pool will be closed from August 9th to August 23rd, inclusive. During that time, we will have only Sunday swim times at Ladner Outdoor Pool and Watermania Pool. The times are as follows:
- Sunday, August 9th: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Ladner Outdoor Pool
- Sunday, August 16th and 23rd: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Watermania Pool in Richmond (Long Course)
- NO practices on August 11, 13, 18 and 20th
In addition, typically every summer, we reduce our swim times to 1 hour on Sundays, however this summer we will keep with our regular 11⁄2 hour swim practices.
Some of you may have seen a new face helping out with some of our coaching – Josh Baerg is one of our member’s, Barb Baerg’s, son. Josh started swimming when he was 13 years old with the Winskill Dolphins. By 15, he was competing at the Canadian Age-Group Nationals and Western Senior Nationals. Josh had great success at the Deaf Pan American games in Brazil and in Bulgaria for the Deaflympics. When he’s not coaching the Ladner Stingrays or helping out with the Otters, he is taking his Bachelor of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. Thanks for helping out!
Congratulations to Judy Baker who just recently accepted a National Team Coach Position with Deaf Swimming Canada. To read more, please click here.
Due to a swim meet being hosted by the Winskill Dolphins, there won’t be a practice on Sunday, June 14/15.