August 2008

Explain the decision

August 28, 2008
Jamie Corrigan

Re: Region of Waterloo swim club

It would be interesting to hear more about why the University of Waterloo chose to exclude the Region of Waterloo ( ROW ) swim club from pool time in favour of a new competitive club. How did the new club gain the inside track when it came to be that ROW 's longtime practice pool at Wilfrid Laurier University was going to be closed, leaving many young swimmers scrambling for a place to train? This region desperately needs to update its aquatic facilities. My daughter has been a competitive swimmer with ROW for six years. In addition to her own swimming, she has taken on several coaching positions for novice swimmers and is now spending three weeks coaching young competitive swimmers at a swim camp. Due to the lack of local facilities, she's up at 5 a.m. each day in order to get to the camp in Etobicoke by 6:45 a.m. to coach. This coming season, without the WLU pool and without UW's co-operation, ROW swimmers will swim fewer hours spread out over inadequate facilities while trying to maintain the high standards set by 32 successful years in the pool.

Jamie Corrigan
Waterloo

Club not sanctioned

August 27, 2008
Christine Bourke

Re: Troubled Waters For ROW — Aug. 20

I was surprised in reading this article about the new swim club at the University of Waterloo that no mention was made of the fact that this new club is not sanctioned by Swim Ontario. (Nor does the club make this clear on their website). This means that the "competitive swimmers" in this club will not actually be able to compete. I wonder if the swimmers or the parents who sign them up for this club understand this. Swim Ontario has put an indefinite hold on the sanctioning of new clubs, and it may be some time before this is lifted. Even then there is no guarantee this club will get sanctioned. One of the criteria for sanctioning a new club is that it does not infringe on an existing club's ability to have access to water to keep their programs running. With the WLU pool closing, the ROW team is losing its home pool and has been shut out of using the University of Waterloo pool as there is no time available due to new club activity. In whose best interest is this new club in anyway?

Christine Bourke
Waterloo

Keep Laurier's pool

August 09, 2008
David and Kelly Summerhayes

Re: Local swimming program

Today, the world will be watching a swimmer begin his quest to become the greatest athlete of all time. Michael Phelps of the United States will begin his drive to win eight gold medals at the Olympic Games.
This would make him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Keith Beavers, of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club, will be competing in the 400-metre heats with Phelps, trying to squeeze into an impossibly difficult final. This will be a bittersweet moment for the 300-plus swimmers and the 200-plus families of the regional swim club: proud to watch Keith, sad to have no pool to swim in.

As one swim club family (like so many heavily committed swim families) our story goes like this. We sold our home on the water in Muskoka to come to the Region of Waterloo to swim for the regional club. This move has been a great experience for our children. The club, the cities and the region have been tremendously inviting, but with no pool to swim in our family's lifetime commitment to swimming is in peril.

So we will watch Keith Beavers with pride, but our hearts are heavy because we are unsure if the region's swimmers will be able to realize their dreams.

Please help support the local aquatic community, its programs and Wilfrid Laurier University in trying to keep the region's only Olympic-sized pool open.

David and Kelly Summerhayes
Waterloo

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