BC Summer Swimming Association releases new online Results and Records Database

Posted by BCSSA Office on Jan 18 2021 at 12:44PM PST

New provincial database provides access to a wealth of data to guide long-term athlete development and safely records and stores historical data.

British Columbia: Today, the BC Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA) releases its new online results and records database, and accessible to all through their website The arrival of this online database brings together for the first time a wealth of historical data that can be viewed and manipulated a number of different ways in order to maximize athlete development long-term.

The database is the brainchild of BCSSA Coaches Representative Lee Vanden Ham (Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club) who identified the need for new for a tool available to all athletes and coaches in BC.

“Coaches needed a way to find historical data on their swimmers, and the access needed to be easy and fast and reliable,” said Vanden Ham. “BCSSA had all the historical data but it was stored in the office files. This new online system brings all that data to our membership.”

Vanden Ham began work on the database during the spring and summer of 2020 when swimming pools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Once the framework was coded and complete, the work to standardise and upload data began and continued through to the end of 2020. With weeks of testing and verifying data completed, the database is available for anyone to access.

The online database is designed with coaches, swimmers, and parents in mind.

Features such as regional rankings, individual swimmer data over multiple years and clubs, identification of provincial bests in all events will be particularly interesting for swimmers looking to improve their ranking regionally and provincially. Coaches will be able to build their best competitive team possible using the database features of point estimations, best relay team composition, and club comparisons, plus more.

“The database is going to continue to grow and develop over the next year with expansions planned to include provincial records & awards, as well as the continued uploading of historical data,” remarked Penny Bartel, BCSSA Provincial Manager.

The database is available online through the BCSSA website, accessibly by anyone, eliminating the need to track down past coaches or club managers, and enabling easy individual access from anywhere that the internet reaches.

Quick Database Facts (currently uploaded)

  • 136 meets
  • 11,079 swimmers
  • 263,616 individual races
  • 22,611 relay races
  • 63 separate clubs

Database Features

  • Point estimations
  • Best relay teams
  • Provincial and Regional Rankings
  • Club rankings for the current season
  • Individual meet schedule & results
  • Individual swimmer results, trends, personal bests
  • Provincial “best” in events
  • Club statistics

This represents approximately a quarter (1/4) of the total data planned for the website.

Members are offered a workshop on January 23 at noon to review the database features and uses, as well as to answer questions about the database. Advance registration in the webinar is required.


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