Are your thoughts turning to the New Year with all its hopes and promises? Don’t forget some pool goals for the New Year! Maybe you want to attend more often, try a competition, be grateful, or ….. There are so many possibilities. And so many ways to achieve those objectives; such as…..
Attend More Often: Don’t forget you can drop into any practice for $15. Or you can register for any practice (pro-rated fees begin Jan 1st).
Try a competition: It really is a supportive, competitive and fun environment. Keep in mind in that Masters Swimming you are seeded by the time you submit in your entry form – this way you end up swimming in the same heat as others at a level similar to you. This keeps the meets competitive but within your own ability. If you are still unsure, ask a teammate who has been what it’s like!
We have four focus meets scheduled for this year which means workouts will be aimed at these meets and there will be on deck coaching during the meet. You are welcome to try any of the many Masters meets that work for you. Find a complete list at http://mymsc.ca/Competition.jsp. Please let me know if you plan on attending any of them. Here are our focus meets:
January 17th: Alderwood Teddy Bares 41st Annual Short Course Yards Swim Meet, Etobicoke, On. This meet is a small, fun meet where all races are in short course years (so less commitment!) https://www.mastersswimmingontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2016-01-17-Alderwood.pdf
- February 28th: 5th Annual Thornhill Invitational Swim Meet, Pan Am Sports Centre, Unionville, ON. This meet is held in a beautiful new facility where Provincials will be in April (25 metre pool). http://thornhillmultisport.com/programs/invitationalswimmeet/
- April 1-3, 2016: 2016 Ontario Masters Swimming Championship. Pan Am Sports Centre, Unionville, ON. It’s great when these large and exciting meets are held so close to home in such great facilities. Such a fun experience to swim at Provincials. http://www.2016provincialchampionships.com/en/
- May 20-23, 2016 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship. Etobicoke Olympium, Etobicoke, ON No web link yet. This is your chance to swim with the best masters swimmers in the country. (And the rest of us too!) You might even see some former Olympians. There is plenty of room for all levels of swimmers. It is as much fun to watch this meet as it is to swim in it. Records get broken – personal and National (and sometimes World). Some Gators have been known to break those records.
Be Grateful: We are so lucky to participate in a sport where we can continue to be challenged, build strength and stamina and not have to worry about hairstyles. We have great teammates, wonderful coaches and warm showers (for the most part). As we head into more intense workouts, we will have those important things to rely on. Lets be supportive of our teammates, encouraging of ourselves and grateful to our coaches for all the hard work everyone will be putting in. Let’s embrace the challenge of getting off the warm couch on dark winter nights or out of the cozy bed on cold winter mornings. It’s all worth it!
We continue on at Snow on Sundays as usual and are back in AY Jackson beginning January 5th. Don’t forget about GNO on Thursday January 7th after practice @ The Goose – Leslie (North of York Mills). See attached calendar.
Happy New year All! See you in the pool.