June 2009

Senior levels of government step forward with $1M each to help repair Laurier pool

June 30, 2009
Liz Monteiro
Mercury News Services

More than a year ago, the fate of the pool at Wilfrid Laurier University was bleak.

The 50-metre pool was slated to close because the university didn't have the money to repair the ventilation system.

"It was a tough decision to close the pool. The facility was borderline unsafe … it wasn't high on our priority list,'' Laurier president Max Blouw told a group of supporters at Laurier yesterday who came to cheer as the federal and provincial governments announced $2 million in contributions for pool repairs. (more)


Governments boost Laurier pool

One year after crisis, Ottawa and Ontario each contribute $1M


Laurier pool repairs get $2-million boost

June 29, 2009
By Liz Monteiro
Record staff
Web edition

WATERLOO - Wilfrid Laurier University pool received a $2-million boost from the federal and provincial governments this morning.

Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid and Kitchener Centre MPP and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy each announced they were giving $1 million for pool repairs.

The money announced this morning at the athletic complex at the WLU is an addition to the $2.2 million already collected for the pool. (more)

Pool receives additional $2 million from governments

June 29, 2009
Lauren Millet
Cord Weekly

The donations will allow more extensive renovations to be conducted, keeping the pool open for 15-20 years

On June 29, just after 9 a.m., the federal and provincial governments announced that they will each be committing $1 million toward the renovations of the Laurier swimming pool.

The funding, announced by Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy, will allow the pool to remain open for another 15-20 years.

"The community rallied together to find a solution to keep this important recreational facility open," said Braid. "Students along with community groups demonstrated how important this [facility] is to the community." (more)


June 16, 2009

Provincials Moved to London, Ontario
SUBJECT: Host Location change for 2009 Jr Provincials LC to London, Ontario
ATTENTION: Swim Ontario membership

As has been reported in the media and the City of Toronto, strike action by city of Toronto employees appears increasingly imminent. This has positioned the Swim Ontario 2009 JR Provincials LC as a "Vulnerable Event"- if hosted at the Etobicoke Olympium. This information has come directly from the Head of Aquatics for the City of Toronto. At this time there is no guarantee that our current host can seamlessly deliver our Championship event. In addition, efforts to deliver the event in the GTA would not allow for a seamless delivery maintaining the integrity and format of the desired championship environment.

With the cooperation and support of the London Aquatic Club, City of London, and Etobicoke Swimming, we have secured the London Aquatic Club as hosts of the 2009 Jr. Provincials LC at the Canada Games Pool on the same dates and times. The championships will maintain all advertised meet formats, rules and delivery including the procedures for entry. Swim Ontario and Etobicoke swimming are disappointed that the later are not able to host; however they have been extremely cooperative in arriving at this contingency plan. ESWIM's meet management will maintain their lead role as meet management to assist LAC with the leadership and management of the competition.

Due to the timing and urgency of this decision, Swim Ontario is strongly encouraging all participating clubs to provide officials (both senior officials and timers) for the event, in particular for Thursday and Friday. Our host is very hopeful that the membership can assist.

Swim Ontario understands that this late announcement and change of venue are disruptive to our clubs, swimmers and their families. However we are confident that this announcement provides all of our members the ability to make effective alternate travel arrangements. For those seeking accommodations, the University of Western Ontario Residence and Conference Services have supplied the following opportunity. Download UWO accommodation info here.

Swim Ontario is very grateful to ESWIM and LAC and the City of London for their cooperative efforts to deliver the 2009 Provincial Championships LC as seamlessly as possible.


John Vadeika
Swim Ontario

Swim club's most famous sons inducted into hall of fame tonight

West, Davis won five medals at L.A. Olympics; Barry was coach

June 11, 2009
Christine Rivet


From Olympic medallist to swim parent, Mike West's career has gone the distance.

West, now 44, recently watched from the gallery as his kids splashed about in the same pool that launched his career.

"It makes my heart swell when I see my kids cheering for their teammates," said the former Region of Waterloo Swim Club superstar, now a medical doctor in Dundas, Ont. "I took it for granted when I swam, but now I see the impact that swimming for a team can have on you."

Along with potential life-saving skills, and the even the ability to save others, the sport also provided West with a blueprint for a lifetime of achievement based on values like teamwork and diligence.

So West said he is delighted to return to his hometown for a crowning achievement tonight when he is enshrined in ROW's new hall of fame. (more)

ROW swim club inducts '84 Olympians into Hall of Fame

June 10, 2009
By Bob Vrbanac, Chronicle Staff

It's been a quarter century since Canada had its best showing in the pool at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Three men who where instrumental in that success are now among the first inductees into the Region of Waterloo Swim Club's Hall of Fame.

ROW is holding its Gala of the Stars event tomorrow night at Revolution night club. It will feature the inaugural Hall of Fame induction of 1984 Olympians coach Clifford Barry, gold medalist Victor Davis and Mike West who won silver and bronze at the Summer Games.

This is the first time ROW has enshrined any of its past swimmers in the club's 32 year history of international swimming, which has consistently produced Olympic-calibre swimmers. That tradition started in Los Angeles, when Davis won a gold medal and broke the world record in the 200-metre breaststroke. He also [earned] silver medals in the 100 meter breaststroke and 4 by 100 medley relay. (more)

Winner of the Mother's Day Quilt Draw Announced

June 10, 2009

The draw for the Mother's Day quilt was held Tuesday evening at the ROW Awards Night celebration. The winner of the quilt was Victoria Rawn. Proceeds from the quilt raffle will be shared with Marillac Place, a local organization that provides chances for brighter futures to mother-led families.

ROW swims big at Western Region Championships

June 10, 2009

Competing at the Western Region Championships June 5-7 at Brock University, 52 ROW swimmers showed they came to race, winning Gold in 27 races and Silver and Bronze medals in 41 additional individual events. Relays were an additional strong point for the Region of Waterloo Swim Club, with the team showing its strength in numbers by winning and medalling in 3 and 5 races respectively. The three day competition had over 300 swimmers from 25 teams across the Western Region.

In addition to the great number of medals and ribbons won, many swimmers were able to capitalize on the occasion to qualify for the next level - the Ontario Provincial Championships. Congratulations for qualifying in the following events: Robbie Gray (200-400 Free), Andrew Koo (50 Free), Alexander Elliot (100 Fly), Katia Myers (100 Back), Jenny Zhang (200 Back), John Fauteux (50 Free), Jonathon Vanderveen (100 Free), and Jasmine Raines (100-200 Breast).

Coming up in July are the Ontario Provincial Championships (Etobicoke) and then the Canadian Age Group Championships (Montreal).


9 Year Old Girls

Kirsten Gerger: 2nd 100 Back

10 Year Old Girls

Hannah McKay: 1st 100 Back
Lauren Shearer: 2nd 100 Breast
200 Medley Relay 3rd (Gerger, Shearer, McKay, Claire Neaven)

11 Year Old Girls

Haley Lintner: 3rd 800 Free
Mckayla Meyer: 1st 400 Free, 2nd100-200 Breast, 3rd 200 Free
Katia Myers: 1st 100 Back,2nd200 Back
Jasmine Raines: 1st 100-200 Breast

12 Year Old Girls

Cassandra Holtby: 1st 100 Free, 2nd 50-200 Free, 3rd 200 Fly
Jenny Zhang: 1st 200 Back, 2nd 400-800 Free, 3rd 100 Back
200 Medley Relay 2nd (Zhang, Raines, Holtby, Meyer)
200 Free Relay 3rd (Holtby, Zhang, Myers, Meyer)

13 Year Old Girls

Laura Bartlett: 1st 100 back, 2nd200 back
Emily Schueler: 2nd 200-800-1500 Free

14 Year Old Girls

Frances Heather: 1st 100 Back, 100-200 Free, 2nd 50 Free
200 Freestyle Relay 1st (Heather, Schueler, Bartlett, Livingston)
200 Medley Relay 1st (Bartlett, Livingston, Heather, Schueler)

15 Year Old Girls

Victoria Waind: 2nd 400 IM

11 year Old Boys

Marcel Heather: 1st 100 Fly, 3rd 200 Fly
Aidan Jones: 1st 100 Breast
Andrew Koo: 1st 50-100 Free, 200 IM, 200 Breast
Matthew McCuaig: 3rd 400 Free

12 year Old Boys

Alexander Elliot: 1st 100 Fly, 2nd 200 Fly
John Fauteux: 2nd 50 Free, 2nd 100-200 Breast, 3rd 100 Free
Nicholas Pflug: 2nd800 Free, 3rd 400 Free, 400 IM
Jonathon Vanderveen: 1st 100 Free, 2nd 100 back, 200-400 Free, 3rd 50 Free
200 Medley Relay 2nd (Vanderveen, Fauteux, Koo, Elliot)
200 Free Relay 1st (Vanderveen, Fauteux, Elliot, Pflug)

14 Year Old Boys

Robbie Gray: 1st 200-400 Free, 200 IM
Kostadin Kolev: 1st 200 Back, 2nd 1500 Free, 3rd 100 Back, 100 Free

15 Year Old Boys

Rene Gibson 3rd 50 Free
David Mallett: 1st 200 Breast, 3rd 800 Free, 100 Back

16 & Over Boys

Cameron McKnight: 1st 200 Free
200 Medley Relay 3rd (Kolev, Gibson, McKnight, Gray)

ROW salutes stars

June 03, 2009
Compiled by Record staff

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club will honour three of its most famous graduates.

Former Olympic medallists Mike West and the late Victor Davis, along with coach Clifford Barry, will be enshrined in the club's new hall of fame.

West and Davis claimed five medals at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, while Barry, who coached Davis throughout his career, attended the Games as an assistant coach for Canada. (more)

Area swimmers to be honoured

June 03, 2009
Mercury Staff and News Services

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club will honour three of its most famous graduates. Former Olympic medallists Mike West and the late Victor Davis, a Guelph native and former member of the Guelph Marlins swim club, along with coach Clifford Barry, will be enshrined in the club's new hall of fame. West and Davis claimed five medals at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, while Barry, who coached Davis throughout his career, attended the Games as an assistant coach for Canada. The event, ROW's Gala of the Stars, will be held at The Revolution on Marsland Drive in Waterloo on June 11 at 6 p.m.

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