Swim Alberta Announces Appointments To Newly Established Technical Working Groups

Megan Narsing News

Swim Alberta and registered coaches in Alberta have had a long and strong history of working collaboratively on the technical swimming program for the province.  In September of 2017, along with the former Alberta Coaches Council, Swim Alberta put in place the Alberta Technical Program Committee (ATPC).  This committee has acted as an advisory committee to Swim Alberta on technical …

Summer Work Opportunity

Val Carr News

Office Administrator Swim Alberta is inviting applications for the Office Administrator. This is a summer contract position from 1 May – 31 August 2020. The successful candidate will provide support and coordination to technical programs and events of Swim Alberta. The successful candidate will work out of the Swim Alberta office, which is located at 11759 Groat Road in Edmonton. …

Winter Festival North with Avery Wiseman

Megan Narsing News

It might be chilly out but prepare to feel the heat at Winter Festival North this weekend in Spruce Grove! The festival will be hosted at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre February 22-23 hosted by the Parkland Pirates and Olympian Swim Club. The Winter Festival is usually one of the first chances for females aged 10 & under and males 11 & under swimmers …

Pratt & Johnson Receive Swimming Canada’s 2019-20 Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Bursary

Megan Narsing News

CALGARY – Cole Pratt listens attentively to Dave Johnson’s every sentence and learns something new almost every day in the swimming pool. Pratt admires and respects Johnson’s celebrated career as an accomplished coach who has a long history in bringing out the best in his athletes. However, there’s much more to the affiliation between the 17-year-old Pratt and 68-year-old Johnson than …

Para Prospects West is coming to Alberta

Megan Narsing News

This year the city of Edmonton will be hosting the 2020 Para Prospects West Camp at the University of Alberta from February 5-8, 2020. Twenty para athletes including 8 from Alberta, 9 from B.C. and 3 from Manitoba, along with twelve coaches – 6 from Alberta, 3 from B.C., 2 from Manitoba and 1 from Saskatchewan will be participating. Swim …

2020 SWIMMING CANADA MASTERS SWIMMING AWARDS ARE OPEN

Megan Narsing News

Nominations are now open for the Swimming Canada Masters Swimming Awards including the Award for long-term contribution to Masters Swimming in Canada. The Excellence in Coaching Award for an exceptional coach. Masters Swimming Excellence award in recognition of Masters Swimmers who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding results at the highest level of competition in Masters Swimming. The nomination documents are available Nomination – …

Winter Festival South Wrap-Up

Megan Narsing News

The 2020 Winter Festival South took place in Cochrane, AB at the Spray Lakes Sawmill family Sports Centre last weekend. Thank you to the 198 athletes that came out to participate and a warm thank you also to guest swimmer Cole Pratt who met with many excited swimmers Sunday. Swim Alberta would like to recognize the following athletes who made …

Kicking Off Winter Festival South with Cole Pratt

Megan Narsing News

The first Swim Alberta meet of the season is kicking off at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre in Cochrane, AB this weekend January 25-26th 2020 for Winter Festival South. Winter Festival is a fantastic opportunity for females aged 10 & under and males 11 & under to have their first taste of a provincial level competition and experience …

Swimming Canada Names Emma O’Croinin Female Junior Swimmer of the Year and Coach Paul Birmingham, Junior Coach of the Year

Megan Narsing News

Doing double duty this summer served as a valuable learning experience for two of the country’s top young swimmers. Emma O’Croinin of Edmonton’s Keyano Swim Club and Joshua Liendo of the North York Aquatic Club both qualified to compete at the FINA World Championships and the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. “It was all a little surreal,” said …

Cole Pratt Breaks Canadian Backstroke Record

Megan Narsing News

BY BEN DORNAN/SWIMSWAM Canadian National Teamer Cole Pratt, representing Calgary’s Cascade Swim Club, took down the Canadian record in the short course 200 backstroke on the third and final night of the 2019 Ontario Junior International meet. After a casual 1:58.04 in prelims, Pratt blew away the field in the final, hitting a 1:51.30 to beat Markus Thormeyer‘s previous mark of 1:51.57. Great …

Happy Holidays – Office Closure

Val Carr News

The Board and Staff of Swim Alberta would like to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2020.

Calgary’s Erica Morningstar Inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame

Megan Narsing News

On Tuesday, Erica Morningstar was the first swimmer ever to be inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame. Morningstar is a two-time Olympian who went to Beijing in 2008 and the 2012 Games in London. She was named CIS Female Swimmer of the Year in 2011 and the University of Calgary’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2010 and …

Albertan Swimmers Took Top Spots in both Male & Female Races in Barbados

Megan Narsing News

CARLISLE BAY, Barbados – Canadian swimmers won all six titles at the Barbados Open Water Festival during the weekend, but the skills they learned will hold greater value long after their victories have been recorded. Canada sent a contingent of 22 swimmers and six coaches to the festival, which featured a series of practices, clinics and classroom sessions. The Barbados trip …

Coach Alex Dawson & Four Albertan Swimmers Join the First Ever Pan-Canadian Open Water Camp in Barbados

Megan Narsing News

A group of 22 Canadian swimmers will compete in distance races and participate in a Pan-Canadian open water camp this weekend in Barbados. The eighth annual Barbados Open Water Festival will be hosted in Carlisle Bay. The festival will feature competition in 1.5, 3.3, 5 and 10-kilometre distances. Past festivals have attracted swimmers from 35 countries. Several different provincial sections …

Discover Camp 2019

Megan Narsing News

Swim Alberta’s bi-annual Discover Camp took place on Sunday in both Edmonton and Calgary. With having both classroom time and swim time with Albertan Star Athletes the energy at all three camps was electrifying. The Male Camp in Calgary had special guests Tristan Cote and Coach Mike Blondal. The Female camp saw Rachel Nicol and Coach Mandi Smith. Both groups …

Swim Alberta Conference Roundup

Megan Narsing News

The 2019 Swim Alberta Conference took place in Canmore at the Coast Canmore Hotel September 27-29th. It was a time of inspiration, education and a time to celebrate the swimming achievements from across the province in the 2018-2019 season. Presentations for sessions were given by Dean Boles, Ryan Atkinson, Frank Van Den Berg, Dina Bell-Laroche, Steve Indig, Kevin Dennis, Dr. …

Creating A Safe Sport Environment

Megan Narsing News

Swim Alberta has taken the pledge to create a safe sporting environment both in and out of the pool for everyone involved. If you see something, say something. Visit our safe sport page for more information: https://swimalberta.ca/safesport/

Alberta Makes Top 8 in Club and Individuals Swimming Canada Swim-a-Thon Campaign

Megan Narsing News

Swimming Canada is pleased to announce three grand prize winners for the 2019 Swim-a-Thon campaign. These grand prize winners are recognized as the top fundraisers from across Canada. Top Individual Fundraiser This year’s top individual fundraiser winner, raising a grand total of $5,500 is Rachel Nguyen from the Etobicoke Swim Club. For her efforts, Rachel’s grand prize includes a $3,500 …

National Coaches Week – Recognition Submissions September 21-29 2019

Megan Narsing News

Coaches are there for support, growth, strength and inspiration. National Coaches Week shines a light on these heroes on the pool side. We asked Swimmers from across the province to submit who they recognized as a great coach and what made that person so special. Every day from September 21 -29th we will be posting a new leader in their …

Morgan Bird’s Results from World Para Championships Day 4

Megan Narsing News

LONDON – It didn’t take long for Aurélie Rivard to get back in the winner’s circle at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Twenty-four hours after taking silver in the women’s 400-m freestyle, the Canadian superstar captured gold in the 100-m free S10 on Thursday evening to earn her second triumph of the competition and the fourth world title of her …