News and Announcements
Newsletter November 10th 2019
No Practice Monday November 11th
The team website at Ogopogoswimteam.com has an up to date calendar, important club information, newsletters, and a number of other documents.
Like out team facebook page for quick reminders and updates.
Swim Meet Information
Ogopogo Mini Meet
The one mini meet of the winter season will be on Sunday February 9th 2020 from 1-5pm. This is a great opportunity for new families and swimmers to find out what a swim meet is all about. As well as a good reminder of what racing feels like for the returning swimmers.
For those parents who are new to swimming check out the parent handbook from last summer. The handbook has lots of important information. The 2019 Parent Handbook con be found under the RESOURCES tab to the left.
Please plan on attending the Regionals swim meet on Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd 2020 in Kamloops. Swimmers need to attend one day of a swim meet during the summer season to qualify at Regionals. Swimmers qualify for Provincials by attending Regionals. Regionals are not just for experienced swimmers. Last year we had several new swimmers qualify to swim at Provincials and 2 of those swimmers won GOLD MEDALS!
Volunteer OpportunitiesWith our first mini meet coming up our first need for volunteers will be too. The is a great opportunity for parents to try out timing, marshalling and other swim meet jobs.
The document 2019_2020_Important_Dates.pdf was attached to this post.
No practice Monday November 11th.
Lest we forget.
On Wednesday October 30 be ready for some Halloween fun.A portion of each practice will be fun, Halloween themed activities.
I hope you’re all recovering well after last weeks Provincials because we’re getting ready to go for the 2020 Provinicals!
We are excited to announce that the 2020 Provincial Championships will be held from August 18 – 23rd at the new UBC Aquatic Centre. I’ve attached the full statement from the BCSSA and UBC below.
Some important things to note:
- We will be moving to a 6 day format with Provincials starting on a Tuesday rather than Monday. Due to there being both a 25 metre pool and a 50 metre pool, we’ll be able to run events closer together and sometimes simultaneously which will hopefully decrease the amount of time and money that families with athletes in multiple sports have to spend at provincials. Don’t worry, the discipline directors will work to make sure the competition schedule allows for the athletes to compete in all their sports with adequate rest!
- Probably the most important point of the news release: Hotel Bookings.
The BCSSA and UBC are currently working on a contract that will ensure that all teams have enough rooms for all their athletes. Please DO NOT call UBC Residences and Hospitality to book rooms right now as they will decline your booking. Instead, we will be asking each club to provide your regional director with the approximate total number of rooms/ beds that your club will need at Provincials. From there we will finalize the UBC Hotel contract and release a unique BCSSA booking link to our members. An email to collect this information will be sent out in the next few weeks so please look into the number of rooms your club needed this year and survey your members so that you can provide us with an approximate number.
We hope that you and your clubs are as excited as we are about this announcement. As the host location of the first ever BCSSA Championships, we can’t wait to celebrate the history, people, communities and volunteers who have grown the BCSSA into what it is today when we return to UBC.
Meghan Cheung, Provincial Manager
BC Summer Swimming Association
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The document 2020_BCSSA_Provincial_Championships_Announcement__1_.pdf was attached to this post.
IF YOU WERE NOT AT THE PROVINCIAL MEET, THEN I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT MICHELLE HIRAOKA IS ONE OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE BCSSA HALL OF FAME. MICHELLE HAS BEEN A DEDICATED GOLDEN DOLPHIN FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, GIVING HER TIME TIRELESSLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE YOUTH OF GOLDEN.
MICHELLE IS THE FIRST PERSON FROM THE OK REGION TO BE INDUCTED SINCE I HAVE BEEN PART OF THE BCSSA.
WELL DESERVED AND WELL DONE!!