Masters Swimming Gone Hollywood!

If you are not in the pool between 9:00 and 10:00 pm Thursday (February 28th) evening, be sure and check out Doc Zone on CBC Television. Boomer Revolution – a one hour documentary – takes a close look at the baby boom generation focusing its lens on boomer extra-curricular activities – including swimming!

The largest, wealthiest generation in our history is hitting what used to be called “The Golden Years”… at the same time that life expectancy has gone up, by more than thirty years in the last century. What will all those baby boomers do with all those extra years? Aging and retirement will never be the same again.

The hour long episode is entertaining, informative, funny, thought provoking – and it features Gilles Beaudin, MSABC’s President.

For more information visit DocZone online

Nominations Wanted!

Do you know a swimmer who has achieved a little something extra ordinary this year, or contributed to Masters Swimming a little more than others? Tell us. MSABC wants to know!

Each year MSABC gives an award to two of our members:

  1. the Ted Simpson Achievement Award and
  2. the Stan Powell Memorial Service Award.

Ted Simpson was a valued coach of the Vancouver Y Torpedoes from 1960 – 67 and later a Masters coach. He showed interest in all who came under his tutelage, made swimming fun and made swimmers feel good about themselves. He valued achievement in all forms. The Ted Simpson Achievement Award is a fitting memorial to Ted and how he lived his life.

You can nominate one of your MSABC teammates for distinguished results in this swim season by emailing the MSABC President. Results from Worlds, Nationals, Provincials, and local meets, improvement in personal best times, overcoming injury, illness and/or disability will all be considered for this award. The recipient will be announced at the Provincial’s Banquet and have their name engraved on the Ted Simpson trophy as well as receive a framed MSABC limited edition print.

Stan Powell participated in a variety of sports as both an athlete and as a secondary school level coach throughout his life. He believed one should give something back to the community for the enjoyment received by participating in sports. With this in mind, Stan was personally involved with swimming, water polo, basketball and baseball. He gave freely of his time by volunteering for sport and saw Masters swimming as a lifestyle.

Upon Stan’s death in November 1999 his family requested donations to establish a suitable memorial. The Stan Powell Memorial Service Award is a fitting tribute to his memory.

You can nominate one of your MSABC teammates for their contribution to the betterment of Masters Swimming in British Columbia and/or service to Masters Swimming by emailing the MSABC President. The recipient will be announced at the Provincial’s Banquet and have their name engraved on a large oak perpetual shield as well as receive a smaller plaque.


The Iceman is Among Us – Canada’s first ice swim

On December 23rd 2012, British Columbia masters swimmer Paul Duffield etched his name in open water history by becoming Canada’s first “Ice Swimmer.”

Under the watchful eyes of his support team and wearing no more than a speedo, swim cap and a pair of goggles, Paul swam just over one mile in 4.3°c water. The chilling Okanagan Lake swim took 36 minutes and 50 seconds and followed the International Ice Swimming Association rules.

Paul spent two months acclimatising to cold water swimming regularly in the lake and taking ice baths.

You can read more about his swim on his blog.

Victoria Masters Meet Report

Well! Another one bites the dust? I’m not sure what that phrase comes to mind right now! The day started off with our MSABC President who was going to be officiating for us – being fogged in at the Vancouver Harbour! Thankfully the day didn’t continue down that path!

It had been 2 years since we had a long course meet (as last years we ran Provincials short course) and this swimmers proved that and kept our records processor very busy! There were 22 BC Records and 11 Canadian Records broken by the 144 Swimmers! You can view the meet results here.

Again we had swimmers from many clubs participate. The largest being our home club Victoria with and impressive 44 swimmers this year! This followed by Nanaimo Ebbtides and then the Victoria Crystal Silver Streaks and Winskill Otters! We had clubs come from as far as Calgary and then we can’t forget our friends from the USA! There was a from Puget Sound (Washington State) came again!

I cannot thanks the professionalism and efforts that Island Swimming puts in every year for our swim meet, not only the day of – but also the many phone calls Joanne receives from me prior to the day in a small panic – Thanks So Much!!!

Having said thanks to them, I cannot forget the volunteers and members from our club who donated food either. Without them we have no meet. I truly was amazed at the amount of food we had this year (as were the hospitality volunteers!!) but you swimmers didn’t let me down! I was impressed at the volume of consumption! You rose to the challenge and made sure we didn’t have to haul much out afterwards!!

I also want to put out an amazing thank you to the Victoria Masters Coaching Team. We (as in all the swimmers) thank you so much for everything you do for us! 44 swimmers at a swim meet is no easy task, yet you all seem to keep us in check! I know for a fact that Danielle you reminded me to “get on the blocks” a couple of times – keeping me focused.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic time. You should have all received your certificates with times by now, I hope that whether you set a BC or Canadian record, you set a personal best time, acheived a mid-season goal or even participated in a swim meet for the first time – you will be back next year. It was a great success and all of us from Vic Masters look forward to seeing you again next year!