UPDATE from Coach Emmy
On behalf of the coaching staff and club executive I want to send everyone my very best wishes and assure you that safety and wellbeing is the number one priority of the club during this time.
While I sincerely hope that everyone is staying safe, healthy, and in good spirits, it is with great sadness that I reflect on the postponement of this year’s summer swim season. Like many other Kigoos, much of my life has revolved around summer swimming, and it feels strange not spending May 1st preparing for the first practice of the year as I have for the past 21 years. From the early mornings spent at the pool, to the weekends surrounded by excited kids and cheering parents, BCSSA has always been one of the most important aspects of my life, and therefore May 1st will always be a special day for me. I am thinking of each of you today.
While it is sad that we cannot be together at Steveston pool today, one reason why swimming is so great is the fact that it is a lifelong sport. No athlete’s experience is defined by one season, and I hope this time away from the pool makes you look forward to having the ability to train, compete and participate in swimming once again soon.
The coaches have put together some exercises and we encourage you to stay active during this time. While we cannot train together at the pool, this time of isolation lends opportunities to practice other critical aspects of swimming which we often don’t have time to focus on in our short summer season. For those of you looking for ways to improve your swimming, I encourage you to work on your flexibility and focus on swimming related exercises. Stretching to improve flexibility and performing swimming related movements using exercise bands are some of the best ways to improve swimming technique and can easily be done at home.
In my time as a Kigoo I have learned that there is nothing our community cannot overcome. This is not the first time we have been without access to our pool as many of you will remember the 2016 season when Steveston pool was closed for maintenance. Despite the many challenges we faced that season, we adapted and stayed strong as a club which I know is exactly what we are capable of doing now. As Kigoos we are working to face this pandemic together. I am proud to be a Kigoo and proud of our community.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time. I hope to see you all soon and in the meantime I wish you well.