January 2009

Victoria Park Lake cleanup to cost millions

January 30, 2009
Greg Mercer

At an early stage in the planning to deal with toxic sludge in Victoria Park Lake, consultants briefly considered a very simple solution — fill in the lake.

But the image of Victoria Park without its lake didn't go over well with the public, and the idea was ditched. (more)

(Ed. Let's make sure the ducks and geese have a place to swim. The public has until February 5th to tell the city of Kitchener what they think.)

Region won't dive into fight to save WLU pool

January 28, 2009
Record staff
Web edition

WATERLOO REGION — Regional councillors are not going to dive into the fight to save the Olympic-size pool at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Yesterday, councillors decided that they didn't have money to deal with an issue that isn't their responsibility. Pools fall under the jurisdiction of local municipalities. (more)

Federal budget stimulates new sport and recreation building initiative

January 27, 2009
Ian Bird
Senior Leader, Sport Matters Group, Ottawa

With today's Federal Budget, Finance Minister Flaherty and Sport Minister Lunn have taken direct aim at the long standing infrastructure deficit in sport and recreation with a new $500 million fund, to be expended in the next 2 years, to renew and build facilities in our communities. "This is the right thing at the right time for Canada," declared Ian Bird, Senior Leader of the Sport Matters Group. "With such a long-standing need to address the sport and recreation infrastructure deficit, this program promises to strengthen our communities, encourage individual participation and sporting excellence, and stimulate economic development." (more)

Power players

Meet the top 25 movers and shakers of the Waterloo Region sports world; they make things happen — on the home front, across Canada and abroad

January 24, 2009
Josh Brown

There is no shortage of talented sports minds in Waterloo Region. Today, The Record recognizes the Top 25.

They're Waterloo Region's power players in sport. Athletes, coaches, managers, behind-the-scenes folks and movers and shakers. People who have influence and create positive change. People who make a difference because of who they are and what they've accomplished. (Find out who made #9 on the list.)

New ROWSwimming.ca site goes live after 5:00 PM

January 22, 2009

Starting some time after 5:00 pm today, the new ROW web site will be reachable from http://www.rowswimming.ca. As domain name servers around the world are updated, visitors to the .ca web site will be redirected to the new site. Please note that you can browse the entire site without "requesting access" or "logging in". Access (write-access) is only required if you would like to become a writer for the web site. Enjoy!

ROW's Tri-city success

January 20, 2009

Region of Waterloo Swim Club athletes competed in three different competitions last weekend in three different cities - the common factor being the success in all venues.

"Our goal was to have as many of our swimmers competing the same weekend as we could - to provide opportunities for everyone to compete" said ROW's Head Coach Dean Boles.

ROW's twelve year old and under swimmers competed in London at the 12 and Under Celebration Meet, an annual competition the London Aquatic Club puts on to focus on the younger up-and-coming swimmers. ROW's top 13 and older swimmers competed at Ontario Cup at University of Toronto while the next tier competed at the Etobicoke A/B Meet at the Etobicoke Olympium. In all, over 90 swimmers were racing at the three competitions.

At the Etobicoke A/B Meet, ROW's Frances Heather (14) stood out, qualifying for Ontario's Provincial Championship in both 100 Back and 100 Fly, medalling on both the 100 Back and 200 IM as well. The A/B Meet is unique in that it runs two meets as one - an 'A' qualifier meet and a 'B' qualifier meet at the same time. In the 'A' pool, Leanne Weise also medalled with two Bronzes (50 and 100 Breaststroke). For the 'A' boys, Rene Gibson won Silver in the 50 Free and Bronze in the 100 Free. Teammate Carlos Riobo also was third in the 17/Over 50 Free. In the 'B' end, Victoria Waind led the way with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and two Bronze medals. Laura Bartlett also won Gold and picked up a Bronze as well. Frances Jones earned a Bronze in the 100 Breaststroke. Overall, one-half of all swims placed in the top 8 of the meet!

'A' Meet Results

Emily Schueler (13): 7th 200 Back, 8th 400 Free
Erika Lade (13): 7th 50 Fly
Frances Heather (14): 2nd 100 Back, 3rd 200 IM, 4th 100 Fly, 200 Back, 7th 50 Free, 8th 100 Free
Sarah Livingston (14): 6th-50 Breast, 200 Breast
Leanne Wiese (15): 3rd 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 4th 200 Breast, 200 Free, 50 Fly, 6th 100 Free
Brittany McIntyre (18) 7th 100 Free, 8th 50 Breast
Dean Bennett (14): 8th 200 Free, 200 Back
Rene Gibson (14): 2nd 50 Free, 3rd 100 Free, 6th 200 Free
Christian Riobo (15): 8th 200 Fly
Carlos Riobo (17): 3rd 50 Free, 6th 200 Free, 7th 100 Free, 8th 100 Breast

'B' Meet Results

Laura Bartlett (13): 1st 100 Back, 3rd 200 Back, 5th 200 Free, 200 IM
Kayleigh Swanson (13): 4th 50 Fly, 5th 50 Back
Anastasiya Zanko (14): 5th 50 Fly, 8th 100 Back
Victoria Waind (14) 1st 200 Breast, 2nd 200 IM, 3rd 50 Free, 200 Free, 4th 100 Free, 100 Breast
Frances Jones (14) 3rd 100 Breast, 4th 100 back, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 7th 200 Free, 8th 50 Free
Jacqueline Knight (14) 5th 50 Breast
Sydney Johnston (14) 2nd 50 Fly, 5th 400 Free, 7th 100 Free, 8th 200 Back
Paige Mohaupt (15) 5th 200 Back, 6th 100 Back
Victoria Livingston (16) 5th 100 Breast

Region considers plea to help keep pool open

January 15, 2009
Record staff

Regional council has agreed to consider a request to help keep the Olympic-size pool open at Wilfrid Laurier University. After listening to the pleas of nine people, including members of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club, councillors agreed yesterday to refer the matter to a council committee. (more)

Waterloo not ready to commit to pool

January 14, 2009
Liz Monteiro

Waterloo's chief administrative officer says he wants to talk to City of Kitchener staff before council decides how much money to give to help keep the Wilfrid Laurier University pool open.

Councillors were presented with a staff report this week that suggested the city give Laurier $50,000 a year for five years. The money would come from an assessment growth reserve. (more)

In the swim of things

January 14, 2009

Dean Bennett of ROW competes in the 400-metre freestyle event at the Region of Waterloo Swim Club Winter Invitational Meet at the Waterloo Swimplex on Saturday. (photo)

City defers decision on possible funding for pool

January 14, 2009
By Greg MacDonald, Chronicle Staff

The City of Waterloo will decide next week whether or not to provide funding help to keep the region's only 50- metre swimming pool open.

On Monday, councillors considered giving $50,000 annually over the next five years to Wilfrid Laurier University to support the pool, but deferred the decision one week. (more)

Most Popular Stories

January 08, 2009
University of Waterloo Alumni Association

January's issue of University of Waterloo Alumni e-zine, @UWaterloo, features most popular stories of 2008, as determined by its members.
From August, 2008…

Tax priorities wrong

January 08, 2009
Sandy Wynn

I am fairly disgusted by the way taxpayers' money is being spent. We are told there is no extra money to keep the Wilfrid Laurier University pool open for those who need it, yet there is money to support the symphony. (more)

University pool may stay open

January 07, 2009
Lauren Millet

The Wilfrid Laurier pool, previously doomed to be closed, now appears to have the funding necessary for the short-term repairs

Laurier's pool, the topic of much scrutiny and the cause of stress for athletes and community groups alike this year, looks as though it may have found a way to remain open.

WLU originally announced in July that the pool was to close on August 31. (more)

Pool needs city support

January 05, 2009
Lina Raco

My 11-year-old son swims with the Region of Waterloo Swim Club at Wilfrid Laurier University pool — a 50-metre pool that is used by many aquatic clubs and schools in our community. I'm deeply saddened this pool may be closing soon. It's disappointing that the various levels of government have not committed to help. (more)

But not everyone gets it…

Not the city's problem

January 05, 2009
Peter Lavigne

Re: Wilfrid Laurier University pool
The City of Waterloo has no business investing my money in the Wilfrid Laurier University swimming pool. (more)

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