Maui in March

Looking for a good does of vitamin D topped up with a great dose of swimming? Infinity Swimming is headed back to Maui – March 2014.

Join masters swimmers from across the province for a week-long swim camp at the outdoor pool in Kihei.

Learn more here

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President’s message

To those swimmers renewing their membership, I say ‘Welcome back to a new MSABC swim season!’ and to those of you who are joining for the very first time, I say ‘Welcome to good health & fitness, friendships & camaraderie and a venue where, if you’re so inclined, you can set goals and surprise yourself!’

MSABC is one of, if not, the oldest organised Masters Swimming Associations in Canada and we are proud to be held up as a positive example of ‘how to’ for other Master groups! We have been blessed to have had a long string of dedicated volunteers, passionate to their sport, to guide MSABC from its inception in the late 80’s to the present and I would therefore like to present you our current Board members:

Gilles Beaudin (President) – English Bay Swim Club
John McManus (Vice-President) – Navy Masters Swim Team
Nancy Ryan (Secretary) – Nanaimo Ebbtides
Keith Kendall (Treasurer) – Victoria Masters Swim Club
Len Martel (Registrar) – Victoria Masters Swim Club
Susan Simmons (Editor) – Victoria Masters Swim Club
Glen Mehus (Director) – Wine Country Masters Swim Club
Rod Carmichael (Director) – Victoria Masters Swim Club
Mike Dowling (Director) – North Shore Masters

It’s great that we have the Island, the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan represented and it’s this diversity that makes our Board that much stronger and that much more representative of our membership. If you see a Board member on the pool deck, whether at practice or at a meet or on the street, please take a moment to thank him or her for all the long hours they put in on behalf of you – the swimmer. The strength of any Association is in its membership and we try each year to get ‘new blood’ on to the Board so, if you’re so inclined, please let us know as positions do become available each year and are voted on at our Annual AGM.
Last year saw a ‘make over’ of our web site along with the launching of our this Blog (replacing the Bulletin), Facebook & Twitter accounts. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up today to one or all three as there’s no better way to keep up to date with all that is happening in & around MSABC.
Last year also saw the introduction of MSABC’s first ever Open Water Swimming Championships held in late July in conjunction with the Thetis Lake Swim for MS. It was a great success and we look forward to its growth in the years ahead!
For those of you chomping at the bit to compete, we already have a half dozen sanctioned meets spread throughout the year from October to March leading up to our Provincial Swimming Championships to be held in Kelowna at the end of April. For the true ‘keeners’, there are also Nationals in Windsor ON and FINA Worlds in Montreal. For more info, please check out our web site.
For those of you who just swim for the health & fitness – and you make up the bulk of our membership – I hope this aquatic season continues to put a jump in your step and a smile on your face!

Welcome back!

Gilles Beaudin
President MSABC


World-class Achievements by OMSC Swimmers

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Kelowna, BC, October 4, 2013 –  Okanagan Masters Swim Club (OMSC) has once again demonstrated the talent and determination of its members with some superb performances, including mother-and-son team, Conny Stamhuis (81) and Mike Stamhuis (60) who brought medals back for several events at the Torino 2013 World Masters Games.

Conny,  a founding member of OMSC and competing in age group 80-84, won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m breaststroke (setting a BC record at the same time) and 50m freestyle.  She also took silver in the 50m backstroke and gold with her relay team in the women’s 4x50m freestyle.

Mike, competing in age group 60-64, medaled for each of his four events, including gold in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200 backstroke, as well as bronze in the 400 freestyle, setting new BC records for each event.  Mike’s achievement was even more remarkable considering he had just crossed the English Channel as member of a five-person OMSC relay team, the OMSC Lake Monsters, shortly before World Masters Games.  Other OMSC members on the Channel relay team were Denise Cesselli, Leora Dahl, Phred Martin and Tracey Sutton.

Talented triathlete and swimmer Carmelle Guidi-Swan (41) broke the Canadian 100m butterfly short course record for age group 40-44 in 2012 and still holds her age group ranking as the fastest in Canada for 2013!   Speed isn’t the only way to achieve recognition however. Paul Duffield (42) accomplished the coveted “Ice Man” status, becoming one of only 34 people in the world at that time to have completed a one mile (1.6 kilometre) continuous swim through waters colder than 5 degrees Celsius.  Duffield’s superb achievement qualified him as Canada’s first certified ice swimmer in accordance with the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) rules. Duffield was appointed by the IISA as one of only ten Ice Swimming Ambassadors in the world to promote ice swimming and to offer assistance to any other aspiring ice swimmers.

OMSC president Brent Hobbs added, “We are incredibly proud of the individual and team based achievements of our swimmers.  That said, we should always remember that Masters swimming is open to adults of all skills levels, including recreational, fitness swimmers and champions alike.  Our mission is to promote fun, fitness, health, fellowship and participation among swimmers aged 18 and older.”

He continued, “With Kelowna’s H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre as our base, we have put together one of the best Masters swimming programs in Canada, with seven sessions per week and five experienced coaches. Our membership of 90 or more will attest to the fact that swimming  as part of a team makes exercise a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.”

OMSC will also be hosting the 2014 BC Masters Provincial Swimming Championships in April, and expects to attract up to 300 swimmers and their families to the Okanagan. For more information on Okanagan Masters visit the OMSC website at http://www.okmasters.com.