Let’s Cut The Crap

If you have been associated with the sport of swimming and live in Southern Ontario, or better yet Burlington or Oakville then you are likely familiar with the now decade long obsession Swim Ontario [...]

SNC’s Reputation vs Athlete Safety

After completing my discussions with SNC's now clearly identified contractor - aka Safe Sport Officer - I received a letter from the CEO of SNC. An excerpt from the letter is below... [...]

SNC & Its Safe Sport Officer

In light of the growing number of athletes coming forth... (a) runner Mary Cain (along with others) regarding the abuse sustained by top international coach Alberto Salazar, and the subsequent dissolution by Nike Inc [...]

RBC Training Ground

Click on either image to enlarge Its a popular tactic of coaches: find an eager and enthusiastic child who is indeed developing and 'sell' to the parents that greater and [...]

No Way Around 10,000 Hours

The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model applies not only to youth age group athletes, the model applies equally to masters athletes... Notice in the Swimming Natation Canada LTAD the line [...]

Starting Younger Doesn’t Make You Better

Click banner to link to full article An important distinction has to be made... what exactly does it mean starting younger doesn't make you better? Did the study mean to [...]

There Are No 9yr Old Elite Athletes

A must read for athletes, coaches and parents of young athletes... I understand that the research article from the Journal of Sport Science & Medicine and posted at the US National [...]


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 [...]

The Olympian Experience

Why did we name our teams: The Olympian Experience? Are we obsessed with athletes attending the Olympics, Olympic Trials, Worlds, Nationals or even Provincial level competitions? Absolutely not. Seriously then, why would [...]

Effect of Competition

From:  The Journal of Social Psychology  Volume 126, 1986 - Issue 5 From the abstract of this article: Children were placed in one of two study groups: the first group was [...]

How Do We Know

How do we know that OAK has a coach who screams so forcefully at swimmers, that parents in the stands sometimes are made to cringe? How do we know that BAD has a 'no [...]

MSO Vindicated

To Bridgette and the MSO Board, congratulations!  You stood strong against the demand to submit to Masters Swimming Canada (MSC), to Swimming Canada (SNC), to Swim Ontario (SO) and to its masters committee headed [...]

You Created It, Now Live With It

In this past masters season of swim meets, one of our meets took place immediately after a Swimming Canada/Swim Ontario affiliated swim club meet for age groupers (youth athletes). Since the meet was still [...]

Asthma Puffers: a PED

Looks like a prior post titled "Ritalin: a PED" caught the attention of a few, resulting in threats and intimidation. That I will leave all that to another post because the material Swimming Canada [...]

It Used To Be About Kids

Parents need a wake up call... Sports used to be about kids.  There was a time that t-ball was played at the local park because some dad for no other reason then [...]

“At Any Cost” Is Unacceptable

"Lance [Armstrong] and his story has become a sign post cast in stone on the journey of sport and the sign post says, 'This Way We Must Never Go Again, We Must Never Believe [...]

Ritalin: a PED

Seems parents of athletes swimming for the Burlington Aquatic Devilrays [BAD] and Oakville Aquatic Club [OAK] have lost their minds. These parents have discovered that Ritalin - prescribed for patients diagnosed with Attention Deficit [...]

Swim Ontario Legal Woes

It was last year when my wife took the NCCP (National Coaching Certification Progam) Level 1 Triathlon course. On the course, in addition to a pro triathlete and a handful of athletes wanting to [...]

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