Two important new Directives from MSABC

Your MSABC Board of Directors would like to make the membership aware of two important changes that will affect registration for the 2014 FINA World Championships and future competitions:

1. FINA does not recognize unattached swimmers in sanctioned swim meets. In accordance with FINA MASTERS Rule 3 which states that all swimmers must represent clubs, the leadership within FINA Masters has stated that future FINA World Records and FINA Top 10 times will not be recognized if there are unattached swimmers in the meet. MSABC has therefore taken all B.C. unattached swimmers and placed them in the Dogwood Masters Swim Club (DOGW). The Kelowna Provincials was the first meet where all MSABC unattached swimmers swam under the DOGW banner. MSABC meet results in future will not show any unattached swimmers.

2. In January 2014, Masters Swimming Canada (MSC) made a request to all provincial organizations to have swimmers registering for the ’15th FINA World Masters Championships’ in August represent their own clubs and not ‘Superclubs’ like our own MSBC. FINA MASTERS Rule 3 specifically forbids swimmers representing countries or Federations, but does not specifically deal with ‘Superclubs’ formed by Canadian provinces or US states. As the host country, MSC would like to have all Canadian swimmers registered and swimming for their regular club. The MSBC issue was discussed at length at our Board meetings and again with our interested members at the April AGM in Kelowna, and your MSABC Board understands that some members do not agree with our decision. We acknowledge that this policy decision will result in swimmers from small B.C. clubs not being able to swim on ‘relay day’ but, after full consideration, your MSABC Board supports the MSC request. We therefore request that MSABC members registering for FINA Worlds do so under your current club affiliation. For those who have already registered as MSBC, you have until June 1st to change your club affiliation. For the information of our membership, MSC has also asked that swimmers registering for the 2014 FINA Worlds not change clubs during the summer. The MSC request is below:

Registration for 2014 FINA World Masters Championships

Between close of 2014 FINA registration on June 1, 2014 and the close of the 2014 FINA events on August 10, 2014, swimmers are expected to compete only for the club under which they have registered for 2014 FINA. This will help minimize the optics of jumping between clubs in the months prior to Worlds.

Gilles Beaudin / President MSABC

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