News and Announcements

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September 27, 2021

The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, updated the current Order on Gatherings and Events as of September 10, 2021.

Further to the updating of the order, the PHO provided clarification on how to interpret the current orders as they relate to various sport & recreation settings.

As of today, we have received further clarification from viaSport on the application of these orders to BCSSA swim clubs, specifically to coaches of adult programs.

  • Structured programs supervised by an adult and provided for those under 22 years of age are exempt from proof of vaccination for participants and any supervising adults (i.e. coaches)
  • Structured programs with swimmers age 22+ are required to provide proof in the form of a vaccine card that participants have received at least 1 dose (until Oct. 23, 2021) or 2 doses (as of Oct. 24, 2021).
  • BCSSA Clubs who employee paid coaches cannot inquire as to an employee’s vaccination status (this is private medical information), however, a swimming facility may require proof of vaccination for anyone entering. Volunteer coaches (unpaid) may be asked to provide proof of vaccination.

Please always refer to the latest provincial order when determining your course of action, and always communicate with your local facilities and municipalities rules and guidelines as well.

BC Health Officer Oders and guidelines: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions
BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/

The document Proof_of_Vacc_Updated_09272021.pdf.pdf was attached to this post.

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September 27, 2021

Following the release of the Virtual Provincial Competition Results in last week’s Wavelength e-Newsletter, clubs noticed some discrepancies in the posted results which prompted a review by BCSSA staff and, ultimately, some changes in the club rankings and other results.

The top 20 provincially ranked BCSSA clubs, based on the August virtual Provincial Competition are as follows:

1. Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club (550 points)
2. Mission Marlins Swim Club (461 points)
3. Burnaby Mountain Mantas Swim Club (363 points)
4. Port Coquitlam Marlins Swim Club (360 points)
5. Saanich Peninsula Piranhas Swim Club (295 points)
6. Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club (264 points)
7. Coquitlam Sharks Aquatic Club (256 points)
8. Port Moody Aquarians (199 points)
9. North Van. Cruisers Aquatic Club (194 points)
10. Ogopogo Summer Swim Club (162 points)
11. Dawson Creek Seals (126)
12. Golden Dolphins (126)
13. North Delta Sunfish (101)
14. Merritt Otters Swim Club (97)
15. Oak Bay Orcas (96)
16. WRASA (93)
17. Salmon Arm Sockeyes (83)
18. Revelstoke Aquaducks (77)
19. Penticton Pikes (75)
20. Lumby Lightning (66)

  • NOTE: The ranked order of the top 10 did not change, but the number of points achieved by each did. There were changes in the rankings after #15.

For full 2021 Provincial Rankings results, please visit the BCSSA website under RESULTS / PROVINCIAL RANKINGS.

For full meet results, please visit the BCSSA website under RESULTS / MEET RESULTS and choose VIRTUAL PROVINCIALS 2021-AUGUST 31 2021.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if further discrepancies in the posted results are found.

The document Wellbeing_Infographic.pdf was attached to this post.

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Clubs that would like to participate in the 2021 BCSSA Virtual Provincial Celebration Meet can submit qualifying swims right to the end of August.

The BCSSA Office has a meet template backup file, along with the events file for import into Active or TM. Also attached below to this announcement is the events list with the correct event numbers for all events.

Events List: https://bcsummerswimming.com/clubs/6594/documents/542735

Note
We are running separate events for each Division. The events are in exact traditional Provincials order, except that we have made the Medley and Free relays mixed, since they are for fun any way.

Hytek Instructions:
Please run your local meet using the attached meet template, but rename your meet by adding in the region or host club. Please do NOT change events, as it will be difficult to compile all the results after all meets are complete. You can adjust sessions, and move events from one session to another, but please do not change the events themselves.

VERY IMPORTANT – Please do NOT score the events as they complete. Leave event status as ‘done’ – if you need to print results from finals please use the ‘List’ function. Once all the results have been compiled in the master meet, we will score and publish results.

When the meet is complete, please use ‘file/export/results for MM Merge’ and send the file to competition@bcsummerswimming.com along with a backup of the completed meet.

Swimmingly Instructions:
A swimmingly version of the meet has been created. All regions/clubs using Swimmingly for the Virtual Provincials are asked to email competition@bcsummerswimming.com with club names so that I can add them to the meet. It will then show up on their Meet Schedule page I Swimmingly.

Prizes / Awards:
We will not be providing provincial medals or trophies this year.
BC Summer Swimming will provide a commemorative swim cap for all who participate in the virtual provincial meet. These will be sent to each Regional Director for distribution.

The document 2021_virtual_provincials_events.pdf was attached to this post.

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Pacific Chartered Advisors LLP (https://pacificadvisors.ca/) have completed their independent review engagement of the financial statements of BC Summer Swimming Association, and submit the (draft) report for consideration by the membership at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday August 19, 67 PM.

A review of financial statements in accordance with Canadian generally accepted standards for review engagements is a limited assurance engagement. The practitioner performs procedures, primarily consisting of making inquiries of management and others with the society, as appropriate, and applying analytical procedures, and evaluates the evidence obtained.

Based on the review by Pacific Chartered Advisors LLP, nothing has come to their attention that causes them to believe that the financial statements do not present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of BCSSA as at March 31st, 2021, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations.

Financial statements can be found on the website by following this link: https://bcsummerswimming.com/clubs/6594/documents/542669

Or by downloading the pdf document attached below.

Questions or inquiries can be sent to the office of the BC Summer Swimming Association at office@bcsummerswimming.com.

The document BC_Summer_Swimming_Association_FS_2021__DRAFT_.pdf was attached to this post.

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BC Summer Swimming has chosen the 2021 recipients for their annual scholarships. There were a record number of excellent and worthy applicants this year, making the decisions challenging for the Awards & Recognition Committee.

Ian Allen Scholarship: Maya Kennedy, Vancouver Vikings Swim Club

Presented annually since 2013 to current and/or past BCSSA member who is planning to, or are presently attending a post-secondary institution, in recognition of their commitment and dedication to BCSSA and the wider community.

Maya Kennedy has been a member of the Vancouver Vikings Swim Club since 2015, participating as an athlete for 6 years and a coach for 3. Maya says that she “loved connecting with teammates and cheering on my friends from the stands during meets…” Maya has been able to maintain near perfect academic standings, a full volunteer schedule with multiple volunteer executive positions in community based non-profit organizations, and supporting her mother through stroke recovery at home. Through the challenges, Maya has developed a deep passion for helping others and unwavering optimism. We wish Maya every success in September as she pursues her dream of being a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania (Life Sciences and Management Program).

TAS Coach Scholarship: Katherine Toy, White Rock Amateur Swimming Association (WRASA)

Presented annually in partnership with Team Aquatic Supplies, this scholarship recognizes an experienced BCSSA registered coach with minimum NCCP FUNdamentals Certification who is returning to full-time post-secondary education, having successfully completed at least 1 year of study.

Katherine Toy has been a member of the White Rock Amateur Swimming Association (WRASA) club since 2006 and during this time has received 62 provincial medals, and broken 3 provincial records. Katherine volunteered as a Senior Leader from 2014-2016 and then became a summer coach in 2017, continuing with winter coaching from 2015 onwards. Katherine also contributes as a coach with Special Olympics both in BC and Ontario, traveling to the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2018. She attributes her passion for training and competing to previous coaches and she strives to “foster the same joy and enthusiasm in the swimmers I coach by centering my coaching philosophy around the FUNdamentals.” We wish Katherine every success as she returns to Hamilton and McMaster University in the Health Sciences program with the ultimate goal of being a doctor.

Regional Prizes

Each of the 8 BCSSA Regions annually awards 1 bursary of $1,000 each to graduating grade 12 BCSSA athletes who have extensive involvement in their community as well as their BCSSA club & region. They must be attending a post-secondary institution in the upcoming academic year.

p(.* Cariboo:* Joel Harris, Dawson Creek Seals
Fraser South: Devon Matson, Boundary Bay Bluebacks
Fraser Valley: Brittany Paget, Abbotsford Whalers
Kootenays: Madeline Holitzki, Nelson Neptunes
Okanagan: Anya Raymond, Kelowna Ogopogos
Simon Fraser: Max Hamanishi, Coquitlam Sharks
Vancouver & Districts: Kristopher Kirkwood, North Vancouver Cruisers Aquatic Club
Vancouver Island: Cameron Laturnus, Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club

The document Scholarship_2021_Fnl.pdf was attached to this post.