Notice of MSABC By-law Changes

Please note the MSABC has updated our By-Laws as per the request of the Registrar of Companies. We will need you, the members, to confirm you are ok with the updated by-laws at our upcoming AGM.

The MSABC Annual General meeting will be held approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of competition on Saturday, April 23rd in the Multipurpose Room at Watermania.

You can view the By-laws here.

See you at the Provincials!

Have you signed-up for Provincials yet?

Hosted by the North Shore Masters and North Shore Aquatics Society this year’s provincial championships will take place at Watermainia in Richmond, BC from April 22 to 24, 2016.

Go here for Online Registration or here for the Meet Package.

Book at room at the local Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Riverport (5 minute walk to Watermania or Banquet Venue) from $125 to 145.00 per night. Be sure to quote the block name: Masters Provincial Swimming Championships for special pricing.

MSABC Bylaw Updates


A recent  Societies Act change requires that all not-for-profits have their bylaws available in electronic format. This has prompted the board of directors to not only digitize but also modernize MSABC’s bylaws.

As we work through the bylaws at top of mind is MSABC’s past, present and future.  Our current bylaws were last reviewed in 2000 and certain aspects have since become irrelevant.  In addition, Governance is in need of  modernization to reflect current best practices.

Our end goal is to create user friendly, plain language bylaws that will help guide us through the various processes under which we operate.  Bylaws are the backstop to  the policies that govern our very dynamic organization.

In early April 2016 we will publish the proposed changes to the bylaws for your review.  Ultimately the board will ask you to vote  on the adoption of the new bylaws at this year’s AGM in Richmond.

MSABC Quickies



Please don’t forget to submit your nominees to the Board of Directors for the Ted Simpson Achievement Award and the Stan Powell Memorial Service Award. For more information go here.

Only you know who!


It’s that time again. MSABC is looking for award nominees for both the Ted Simpson Achievement and Stan Powell Memorial Services Awards and only you know who should be nominated.

So send us a note and nominate someone. If you don’t, who will?

Ted Simpson Achievement Award Criteria:

  • registered MSABC Masters Swimmer who has achieved distinguished results in the current year or
  • overcame injury, illness and/or disabilityannelle

Last years winner was Annelle Hammer.

Email the board with the name of your nominee and a few sentences as to why you are nominating them no later then April 10, 2016.

Stan Powell Memorial Service Award Criteria:

  • contributed to the betterment of Masters Swimming in British Columbia and/or service to Masters Swimmingshelia.jpg

Last years winner was Shelia Campbell.

Email the board with the name of your nominee and a few sentences as to why you are nominating them no later then April 10, 2016.

Nanaimo Ebbtides Swim Meet Report

Now that the waters have calmed on a great day in the pool, we can look back on the successes that we had for the 35th Annual Nanaimo Ebbtides Swim Meet.

To put this meet, we had 67 volunteer positions to fill including our office folks, officials, chili cooks, kitchen crew, drivers and many others; this is no small feat for a team of less than 40 members! This year we hosted 109 swimmers from 18 clubs all over the province as well as a few from Alberta and Ontario with our oldest swimmer being 79 and our youngest swimmer being 22.

Records have now been tallied and we can say that we had 10 BC records, 1 national record and 1 world record set! A huge “congratulations” goes to Avila Rhodes of the Victoria Masters for her new world record in the women’s 60-64 age group for the 100 breast with a time of 1:26.35.

As always, the Ebbtides enjoyed hosting all of the swimmers, coaches and fans that joined us for the meet. We hope to see you all again next year!

Kristin MacColl

Meet Manager for the Nanaimo Ebbtides

Letter to the Editor for distribution.

A Big Thank you to the Masters Swim Club and the Family Y in Kelowna, BC

To all it may concern;

I am 65 years old and I did not learn to swim as a child. Two years ago I took swimming lessons at the Family Y in Rutland. They provided a private instructor who made it easy to learn.

Once I felt comfortable in the water I was invited to swim with the Wine Country Masters Swim Club which meets regularly at that facility. I joined them three mornings most weeks. On July 18th of this year I completed the Across the Lake Swim of 2.1 km in under 52 minutes. I am proud of my accomplishment but mostly I am grateful to the people who taught me to swim and encouraged me to practice.

The Family Y is a wonderful facility. The people are friendly and provide assistance at every step of the learning process. It is without a doubt the best deal in the valley and I encourage everyone to check it out and become a member.

The Masters Swim Club is a marvelous organization. These people are accomplished swimmers and most having been swimming since childhood. Yet they were patient and kind and welcomed me to their group. I can’t think of a better way to learn a new activity than to practice in the company of experts.

In closing I would like to say a sincere thank you to the people who helped me learn to swim. There were many of you and I am grateful for your encouragement.


Kelowna, BC