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Why We’re Not Starting Up in September

As the title says, my team isn’t returning to swimming in September. Or October. In fact, we’re going to monitor the pandemic infection rates for a while to figure out when it will actually be safe, however long that takes. And the key to this decision is that Ontario had declared that kids will be… Continue reading Why We’re Not Starting Up in September

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8 Strange Olympic Swimming Events

Something fun as a change from everything else that's happening.  Oh, and the picture above is the start of one of the Olympic races in the River Seine (1900).   8.  First Olympic Breaststroke event (1904) While it’s the earliest known type of swimming, Breaststroke didn’t make it’s Olympic debut until the 1904 Olympics in… Continue reading 8 Strange Olympic Swimming Events

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Swimming Canada’s Sensible Framework For a Return to Swimming

Swimming Canada has released a first version of their Return To Swimming Framework, the 22-page “Covid-19 Return to Swimming Resource Document”. And it’s a good one. Although I know for a fact that many in the swimming community are pushing far more relaxed alternatives. It’s important to note that Swimming Canada assembled a large group… Continue reading Swimming Canada’s Sensible Framework For a Return to Swimming

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The (Immediate) Future of Swimming – A Conversation With Coach Mike Finch

For this post, I interviewed Mike Finch, Head Coach of W. Ross MacDonald Swimming in Brantford, Ontario. Mike is also one of the top technical and sprint coaches in Canada. The following is a summary of our wide-ranging discussion.   Return to Swimming While we’re aware that the swimming community is eager to get back… Continue reading The (Immediate) Future of Swimming – A Conversation With Coach Mike Finch

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OK Swimming Canada, Time To Cancel Trials and Other Swim Meets

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing our lives, at least in the short term. We've seen sweeping closures and suspensions in virtually every activity that involves many humans gathering in one place. And this includes almost every professional sport plus many amateur sports. The international swimming community is taking this seriously as well. USA Swimming… Continue reading OK Swimming Canada, Time To Cancel Trials and Other Swim Meets

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ISL, NCAA, and Their Fans Love Short Course Swimming. Why doesn’t Swimming Canada?

  Even a casual viewing of any of the new International Swimming League races shows us an incredibly exciting and competitive atmosphere. In fact, other than the ridiculously prestigious Olympics, there’s only one other type of meet that consistently has this much excitement, this much atmosphere, and this much pure fun. And that’s almost any… Continue reading ISL, NCAA, and Their Fans Love Short Course Swimming. Why doesn’t Swimming Canada?

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7 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent – (2019 Version)

This is my (almost) annual post regarding the role of swim parents. The beginning of every swim season is an exciting time for both swimmers and parents. And every year, I try to make sure that parents know how they can best help their swimmers achieve their goals. And the short answer is fairly easy.… Continue reading 7 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent – (2019 Version)

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Analysis of 2019 World Swimming Championships: Less International Parity and Less USA

  In watching the 2019 World Swimming Championships, I was struck by the apparent wide range of countries that were making finals and even medaling. And, of course, I was extremely surprised at the complete absence of US swimmers in either of the 200 FR finals. Some of this was no doubt due to the… Continue reading Analysis of 2019 World Swimming Championships: Less International Parity and Less USA