The 2015 MSABC Provincials were held in Nanaimo this year. We had hoped and planned for over 200 swimmers but enjoyed having 189 join us ranging in ages from 18 to 95. Masters swimming is truly a life long sport! The swimmers who came had a fantastic time from all of the reports we received.
Congratulations to the first time competitors and all of the swimmers who made personal best times.
We are excited to announce that 57 records were broken!! 4 World, 32 Canadian and 21 Provincial. The world records were set by Sarah McDonald from Vic Masters, the Vic Masters relay team, Fred Schuloff and Jack Kelso.
The swimmers enjoyed an Ebbtides Chili Off on Friday night. Many of the Ebbtides swim team contributed their own special recipe. The swimmers were asked to vote on their favourite. Our president, Dale Shepherd was the winner!
Finally after sorting out some technical difficulties for our up to date slide show to work, the banquet was a huge success! We all enjoyed a vegan pasta dish, chicken, and a variety of salads, yummy desserts all catered by the Vancouver Island University Culinary school.
Tributes were made to Jean Carlsen and Hugh McGregor, inspirational swimmers to all, who unfortunately are no longer with us.
Our MSABC outgoing President, Gilles Beaudin presented the Stan Powell award to Sheila Campbell from Okanagan Wine Country and the Ted Simpson award to Annelle Harmer from English Bay. Aart Looye received the President’s award for his many contributions over the years to Masters swimming.The Meet Managers from the past year were recognized with a Thank You gift certificate from the MSABC Store.
Throughout both the swim meet and the banquet, the majority of the swimmers and volunteers went home with a door prize ranging from free swim passes or goggles to Speedo backpacks and stand up paddle boarding lessons.
Thanks so much to our very generous sponsors! In recognition of their support, a thank you banner acknowledging our Diamond, Gold and Silver Sponsors will soon be hanging on the wall at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. We had so many Bronze contributors, both monetary and in kind that are too numerous to list at this time.
As we all know, a meet cannot be a success without the tremendous hardworking volunteers. With a meet being hosted by our small club, the volunteers worked long hours in the course of the 2 1/2 day meet. Thank you so much!!
As the meet closed on Sunday afternoon, once again the swimmers were invited to eat more by enjoying a social where both new and old friends were able to unwind.
We hope the swimmers who took home their MSABC pins as awards are wearing them proudly either on their medal lanyard, clothing or swim bags. The goody bags were stuffed with highlight pens, mini flashlights,shampoo, caps with our unique Native frog logo and accompanying water bottles . Everyone went home with not only a smile but a full stomach and something tangible as well.
Hopefully everyone will return with one or two new teammates in tow when we host our 35th Ebbtides meet in January.
And if you haven’t already be sure to sign-up for the Open Water Provincial Championships.