News and Announcements
BCSSA and Team Aquatic Supplies are teaming up to bring you a last minute gift idea that will bring smiles to faces of swimmers all over BC!
You can purchase a personalized BCSSA branded track jacket for the swimmers on your lists and $5 from the sale of every jacket will be donated to BCSSA.
Jackets are available for a limited time only (they must be ordered by 11:59 PM December 15) and will be available for pick up at the TAS North Vancouver store (2120 Dollarton Hwy #107, North Vancouver) before 5 PM December 23. If you need shipping, this is an additional cost of $15 but Canada Post cannot guarantee Christmas delivery unfortunately.
Every order includes the opportunity to add a personalized customization below the BCSSA logo (12 character limit) allowing you to put a swimmer’s name or club on the front of the jacket.
At only $39.50 + taxes, this is a steal of a deal that is a “blue ribbon win” in all ways!
Order your jackets today exclusively using this link:
The PHO Order recognizes that now more than ever sport provides important physical and mental health benefits to our communities, and as such sport can continue; however, within some new parameters.
The latest announcement from the PHO (December 2, 2020) has not yet been written and circulated and therefore, clarification on some of the points is needed. We anticipate that the PHO will release the official written orders within the next 24-48 hours so please keep an eye on the Provincial Health website for updates.
All organized adult sport & recreation activities are to be suspended immediately and until notified by the Provincial Health Officer. In other words, any and all organized MASTERS SWIM PROGRAMS are to be suspended with no activities until notified.
Youth sport & recreation programs can continue, with physical distancing and Covid-safe measures in place however:
- Games & competitions must be suspended immediately.
- Sport activities should focus on skills and drills training with no games or competitions of any sort.
- No spectators are allowed at any sport activities under the order. The only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player. For example, providing first aid.
- Travel to, from and between communities for team athletic activities like games, competitions, training and practice is prohibited under this order. If the athletes sporting activity is available in their home community, they must participate in their home community. They are allowed to travel to the closest neighboring community to participate IF they have already been participating in this activity AND the activity is not available in their home community.
- Masks are required in all indoor public settings. We recommend that you err on the side of caution and wear a mask in all indoor public settings, including lockers, change rooms, etc. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this order but should be encouraged to comply if possible.
- High performance athletes already training in B.C. and identified by CSI-Pacific are excluded from the sport-related restrictions.
For more information and to view the latest Wavelength newsletter, follow this link:
Effective November 7, 2020 at 10 PM PST, a new region-specific provincial order took effect, impacting group physical activities including indoor sports.
Some clubs have asked for clarification or guidance on how these new orders impact their programs and practices.
The Provincial Health Order advises that business, recreation centres or other organizations that organize or operate indoor group physical activities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions must suspend these activities.
This includes group activities like:
- Spin classes
- Yoga Classes
- Group Fitness
- Dance Classes
- Any other group indoor activity that increases the respiratory rate
Indoor, contact sports where physical distancing cannot be maintained are suspended.
This includes activities like:
- Martial Arts
BCSSA swim clubs must therefore evaluate whether their club activities can be continued while maintaining the provincially mandated physical distancing guideline of a minimum 2 meters (6 feet) from one another. Clubs should contact their host facility to discuss whether changes to their “Return to Swimming” plan are required, or if their in-person activities should be suspended.
The Order will be in effect for two weeks, from November 7 at 10 PM until Monday November 23 at 12 PM in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions.(https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/regional-health-authorities)
Provincial Health Order on limiting social interactions:
ViaSport has announced that the LOCAL SPORT RELIEF FUND is now open and accepting applications for funding up to $7,500.
The ViaSport Local Sport Relief Fund has been developed to provide one-time financial relief for non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19. The fund is supported by the Province of B.C. and administered through viaSport British Columbia.
The goal of the funding is to support local sport organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The Province of B.C. recognizes the importance of community-based sport organizations and has allocated this funding to help in their recovery.
Eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $7,500 to help offset fixed and operating costs. Funding must support administration and operational needs for an eventual return to sport, and new sport programming or initiatives are ineligible.
- Non-profit local sport organizations
- Non-profit local sport organizations, which exist for the sole purpose of serving underrepresented populations and have well-established sport programming. Underserved populations include Indigenous peoples, girls & women, LGBTQ+, low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, ethnic or religious minorities, and newcomers to Canada or refugees.
All organizations must be located in British Columbia and focus on sport delivery at the local or community level. Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a B.C. registered society or CRA charity number. For-profit organizations and those with a provincial scope of delivery are not eligible, including viaSport’s funded Provincial Sport, Disability Sport, Multi-Sport and Regional Alliance partners.
Funding Guidelines and online Application can be found on the viaSport website (www.viasport.ca).
If you need assistance with an application for funding, please contact Penny at email@example.com.
The document Local_Sport_Relief_Fund_-_ViaSport_2020.pdf was attached to this post.
BC Summer Swimming Association is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its scholarship awards for BCSSA members, coaches, and volunteers.
We recognize that our future strength as an organization is in our membership, our swimmers, our coaches, and our volunteers. Our scholarship program reflects our commitment to our membership, supporting their growth and development as individuals, through their education.
The field of candidates was strong this year and it was difficult to choose the recipients. All applicants should congratulate themselves on their accomplishments and be prepared to submit applications for consideration again next year.
Ian Allen Scholarship is awarded to deserving current and/or past BCSSA member who are planning to, or are presently attending post-secondary institution, in recognition of their commitment and dedication to BCSSA and the community. Preference is given to individuals who have not previously been awarded a BCSSA scholarship or prize. Each recipient receives $2,000 towards tuition at a post-secondary institution.
Aramis St-Gelais (Salt Spring Stingrays Summer Swim Club)
Katherine Toy (White Rock Amateur Swimming Association)
Regional Prizes are awarded to a maximum of 1 deserving candidate in each of the 8 BCSSA regions. Preference is given to individuals who have not previously been awarded a BCSSA scholarship or prize. Each recipient receives $1,000 towards tuition at a post-secondary institution.
Jemma de Fondaumiere (FS Region: Ladner Stingrays)
Megan Owens (FV Region: Chilliwack Stingrays)
Addison van Genne (OK Region: Princeton Kokanees)
Tim Baker (SF Region: Coquitlam Sharks)
(Jason Parish Memorial Scholarship Award)
Ernest Hoptioncann (VD Region: Vancouver Vikings)
Myia Dunn (VI Region: Comox Valley Blue Devils)
BCSSA Coach Award: BCSSA recognizes a BCSSA Coach who is returning to complete their education at a post-secondary institution with a $500 award, payable towards tuition.
Alexandra Jevons (Powell River Aquatic Club & Squamish Pirates)
The document Scholarship_Winners.pdf was attached to this post.