November 2008

Kitchener debates projects for $9.8M provincial windfall

Money earmarked for infrastructure

November 28, 2008
Terry Pender

City councillors are deciding how to spend $9.8 million in unexpected funding from the provincial government.

City staff provided councillors with nine options for spending the funds — Kitchener's share of the provincial budget surplus announced earlier this year. (more)

Pool closing a tragedy

November 28, 2008
Charles Heather
Re: Wilfrid Laurier University pool
A valuable community facility will close on Dec. 31. It's now definite. All of the groups that use this pool know this should not have been allowed to happen. (more)

GOLD Squad competes at NOTHERS

November 27, 2008

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) sent a contingent of swimmers to the Nothers Invitational swim meet this past weekend (Nov 21-23) where they faced off against some very strong competition. In spite of the
recent news regarding the forthcoming closure of their training facility at Wilfred Laurier University, all swimmers showed improvement and resilience.

On the female side, they were lead by Jenny Zhang and Cassandra Holtby. Zhang won the 11 year old 100m butterfly was second in the 50m butterfly,100m and 200m backstroke and finished third in 50m backstroke and the 50m and 400m freestyle. Holtby won the 11 year old 50m butterfly and the 200m freestyle and finished second in the 50m and 100m freestyle events. Hannah McKay had a spirited swim to finish second in the 10 and
under 100m butterfly. Jasmine Raines placed second in the 10 and under 200m breaststroke.

The ROW boys completed a podium sweep in the 50m freestyle on Friday with John Fauteux out-touching teammates Nicholas Pflug and Bradley Shushack for the win. The threesome almost repeated the feat in the 50m
backstroke, with Pflug beating out Fauteux for the gold and Shushack finishing in fourth. Fauteux continued his medal streak by wining the 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, placing third in the 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle. Pflug added second place finishes in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.

Other top 8 performances included:

Mallory Allan - 6th 100m backstroke, 7th 50m and 200m backstroke, 8th 100m freestyle
John Fauteux - 5th 200m IM and 200m freestyle, 7th 100m backstroke
Cassandra Holtby - 5th 100m backstroke, 6th 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle, 7th 200 IM
Hannah McKay - 5th 200m backstroke
McKayla Meyer - 5th 200m freestyle, 7th 100m breaststroke, 8th 50m and 400m freestyle and 200m IM
Katia Myers - 5th 50m butterfly, 8th 100m butterfly
Nicholas Pflug - 4th 100 backstroke, 200m IM and 200 freestyle, 8th 50m breaststroke
Jasmine Raines - 5th 200m IM, 6th 50m breaststroke, 7th 400m freestyle, 8th 800m freestyle
Bradley Shushack - 4th 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle, 6th 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle, 7th 50m butterfly, 8th 200m IM
Jenny Zhang - 4th 400m IM, 5th 200m IM

Rec and leisure takes new approach

November 26, 2008
Greg MacDonald
Chronicle Staff

The City of Waterloo is implementing a big change in the way it operates its recreation and leisure department, moving away from providing services to facilitating neighbourhood efforts.

Heading up the new philosophy will be the department's new general manager, David Smith. (more)

UW can't say too much as clock ticks on Laurier pool

November 26, 2008

While hundreds of swimmers at Wilfrid Laurier University's soon-to-be closed pool hold their breath, the University of Waterloo has at least tossed a life raft over the rail. (more)

Laurier pool is worth saving

November 25, 2008
Anne Kallin

Re: Hope Fades For Laurier Pool — Nov. 17
It's unfortunate that neither the cities of Waterloo or Kitchener — nor another provincial or private donor — has come forward to save the Wilfrid Laurier University pool. (more)

Plug pulled on Laurier swim team

November 21, 2008
Christine Rivet

No pool at Wilfrid Laurier University means no varsity swim team after this season. (more)

Going under

WLU moves towards closing pool

November 19, 2008
Greg MacDonald
Chronicle Staff

After months of negotiations, Waterloo's only Olympic-sized swimming pool is still slated to be closed by the end of the year.

The Wilfrid Laurier University pool was originally supposed to be closed in the summer, but the university extended the deadline to give the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, the province and local swimming groups time to find funding to keep it open. (more)

Pool's future bleak

Jeremy Tremblay November 19, 2008

Hope fades for Laurier pool

November 17, 2008
Greg Mercer

With six weeks left before it is to close permanently, hope that Wilfrid Laurier University's pool can be saved appears to be sinking fast. (more)

ROW swimmers at the Brantford Swim International

November 11, 2008

Brantford Swim International 2008
Region of Waterloo Swim Club had their first competition of the month in Brantford, competing at the always fast Swim International on November 7-8. With 40 teams from across Ontario and Quebec the meet lived up to its reputation as a very tough competition.

ROW swimmers were strong in all the age groups, with outstanding efforts from Graeme Kemp (all best times and all of his swims in the top 8). Dean Bennett also is off to a fast start this season, also swimming all best times and reaching the final in 200 Back. ROW's medals came from Luke Summerhayes (Silver in the 400 IM) and Bronwyn Kemp, Bronze in the 200 Breast.

These swimmers are gearing up for a number of bigger meets fast approaching: Canada Cup, Youth Cup and a group will be travelling to Portland to race in the Bergen Invitational.


13-14 Girls

Margot Cunningham 6th 200 Back
Sarah Livingston 8th 200 Breast

13-14 Boys

Graeme Kemp 8th 400 IM, 6th 200 Breast, 4th 200 Back
Dean Bennett 5th 200 Back

15-16 Girls

Monique Begy 6th 200 Back
Jessie Little 7th 400 IM
Alana Corrigan 8th 400 IM

15-16 Boys

Luke Summerhayes 2nd 400 IM, 6th 200 Breast,
Ross Bennett 8th 200 Free

17/Over Girls

Bronwyn Kemp 7th 400 IM, 3rd 200 Breast, 7th 400 Free
Carly Martin 4th 200 Back, 6th 100 Fly
Michaela Sceli 7th 200 Breast
ROW's Senior Girls Free relay was 7th (Monique Begy, Carly Martin, Margot Cunningham, Bronwyn Kemp)

17/Over Boys

Zach Summerhayes 7th 200 Breast, 8th 400 Free, 400 IM


November 4, 2008


Paralympians working to form permanent Paralympic Athletes Council

OTTAWA (November 12, 2007) - Paralympic athletes have come together to create an interim Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) Athletes Council. (more)

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