Update #1 – Nov 4, 2019
I was contacted by Luis Escobar, Head Coach of EOMAC in regards to the original content of this post. He explained to me that in no way is it possible that we had this communication at the 2019 Alderwood Teddy Bares Masters swim meet, that whoever I spoke with must have pretended to be the ‘Head Coach of EOMAC’. Luis stated that he was indeed at this meet, but he remained at all times amongst his athletes and did not engage with anyone else at the meet.
I asked Luis to put himself into my position… I was at a swim meet, a masters swim meet, in the middle of January, it was -20deg that morning, and it was early on a Sunday morning, not in some random place where some random person came up presenting themselves as a swim coach. In addition, in the stands beside our team was his team: the EOMAC masters. Someone stands in front of our team presenting themselves as the Head Coach of EOMAC, asking to speak to the Head Coach of TOEST… so what reason is there not to believe that that person was authentically the Head Coach of EOMAC? What reason is there is to think that the person is an impersonator, an impostor?
I shared with Luis that I have nothing personal against him, that the point of the opinion piece was to reveal how at the time, swim team boards & coaches were being ‘sold’ by SNC/SO that masters swimming couldn’t live without them and being used to sell the message to masters swimmers in an effort to intimidate and undermine the efforts of Masters Swimming Ontario (MSO).
Hence the post title has been amended and this update provided.