May 18, 2023
Dear Region C Clubs,
We are reaching out today to ask for support, seeking your assistance in providing a sense of normalcy and opportunity for Alberta Summer Swimming (ASSA) athletes affected by wildfires and communities lacking the necessary infrastructure to host meets.
As you are aware, our province has recently witnessed devastating wildfires, leading to the displacement of numerous individuals and disrupting the lives of many families. These challenging circumstances have left communities and our swimmers in a state of distress and vulnerability, with limited access to proper training facilities and opportunities to compete.
In light of these circumstances, we are hoping we come together as ASSA clubs to extend our support to those affected by the wildfires. Our primary focus should be twofold: assisting fire evacuees in continuing their training and enabling communities lacking the necessary infrastructure to host meets.
Assistance for Fire Evacuees:
Many swimmers who have been displaced by the wildfires face the distressing reality of disrupted training schedules and a loss of the swimming community they hold dear. It is our responsibility to ensure that these athletes can continue their training and maintain a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos.
We kindly request each club within Alberta Summer Swimming Region C to consider opening their facilities to these fire evacuees, allowing them access to training opportunities. By extending our support and understanding, we can provide them with the much-needed space to continue their progress and find solace in their passion for swimming.
Furthermore, let us be proactive in reaching out to these athletes, by staying connected and providing encouragement, we can help them navigate the difficulties they face and demonstrate the true spirit of community and camaraderie that ASSA represents.
Support for Communities with Infrastructure Challenges:
Certain communities within our affected regions lack the proper infrastructure to host swimming meets, denying their athletes the chance to compete and showcase their skills or obtain time for Alberta Summer Games. We can play a vital role in addressing this issue and providing these communities with the opportunities they deserve.
We are proposing that Region C clubs extend an invite to Regions B and A to compete in the first few weeks of our season. Together, we can ensure that athletes from these communities have the chance to participate in competitions and experience the joy of friendly rivalry, fostering their growth as swimmers and individuals.
Let us strive to be inclusive and accommodating, ensuring that every swimmer within our region has equal access to the benefits and opportunities ASSA provides.
By working together, we can promote a sense of unity and fair competition that truly embodies the spirit of our organization.
I sincerely urge all Alberta Summer Swimming Region C clubs to actively participate in these initiatives. By doing so, we can make a meaningful impact and provide ASSA swimmers affected by wildfires and communities facing infrastructure challenges with the chance to pursue their passion, regain a sense of normalcy, and compete alongside their peers.
Thank you for your attention, and I am confident in the generous spirit and dedication of our clubs to support our fellow swimmers and communities in need. Together, we can make a lasting difference in their lives and provide them with opportunities for growth and success.
Lynnette Thoresen President, ASSA