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Season 2013/14 done.

posted Jun 14, 2014, 11:19 AM by Mette B Jensen Novais   [ updated Jun 14, 2014, 11:20 AM ]

With summer on our doorsteps, the warmer weather means Tri-season is here. Many of our swimmers are hitting the road biking, running and, of cause, adding more open water swimming into their schedules. Further, this summer 25 of our swimmers will be participating in the Fina World Masters Championship (August 1-10 in Montreal) and 10 of our swimmers qualify to represent Canada ITU World Triathlon (August 26 to September 1st in Edmonton). Good luck everyone on all the competition and Tri-events. Have fun, be safe and enjoy. For more info and to follow these events, go to http://www.finamasters2014.org/ and http://edmonton.triathlon.org/

 In the beginning of the year, a group of 24 swimmers went to our training camp in Naples Florida - swimming 2x2 hours a day. I think the people who went can say that this was a great trip, with lots of swimming, hard work and wonderful camaraderie. It was also a perfect time to get away from the snow storms and a break from one of the worst winters we've had for many years. I am in the process of planning next year's training camp. It will be at the same place and time - February 2-8, 2015.  More info to follow.

 The charity swim this year was a great success, with a total donation of $4000 to the local charity Fare Share Food Bank. Ron from the charity was very thankful for what we did for the food bank.  Well, done and compliments to all swimmers who swam the 1 hour event and to everyone who donated and helped in making it a success.

 The 2013/14 season has been very successful for our club. In March, at the 2014 Provincial Championship, our female team placed number one in Ontario. With 28 swimmers competing over three days, our outstanding success placed The Oakville Masters in 5th place overall! 

 A couple of months later, in May at the Nationals, two of our swimmers - Sylvie Tremblay and Janice Gibbs - set provincial records in their age groups, respectively in 100m IM and 50m Fly. Further, our swimmers did amazing well with many PB's and medals. See Arn Birnie's  (Aqua program) article that was published in the Oakville Beaver (see below) or at  http://www.insidehalton.com/sports-story/4549902-oakville-swimmers-master-ful-at-national-championships/

 Even for the non-competing swimmers, we are seeing continuous improvements at fitness and technique.  With more emphasis on sprint, power and some hypoxic training, we are seeing an overall higher fitness level.

 We are in the process of organizing the registration and season for 2014/15.  As in the past, you will be invited to register in the program(s) for which you were enrolled in season 2013/14. If you would like to register in any of the other program(s) instead, please make the request to me by email.  Only if there is space available will you be notified of enrolment in the new program(s).  Otherwise, you will be placed on the relevant waiting list and remain in your previous program.

 The Oakville Masters Swim Club has become a great "community". The comradeship of our club members is wonderful and we should be very proud of it. 

 Our 2013/14 season is near the end and celebrations are just around the corner with our BBQ on Saturday, June 14.  Please come and celebrate a successful year. Annual awards will be presented, so it will be great to see many members present.  A big thank you to Andy Csidei and Mimi Ngo for all their work during the season making sure the club is running smooth and a special thanks to Marilyn Jin for organizing the BBQ and to Val Scott for hosting it.

 Happy swimming to all our members during the summer.  

 Coach Mette


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