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 [...]

Canadian & British Swimming Associations

What is the common thread that links Swimming Natation Canada (SNC), Swim Ontario (SO), British Swimming (BS) and Swim England (SE)? It is this:  those individuals who are in positions of authority at these [...]

State of British Swimming [2]

Click here or on the banner below for an update to "State of British Swimming"... Click here to link to the initial post on TOEST.ca regarding the State of British Swimming [...]

Canadian Forces Swimming Champs

Recently in an email from the President of the Masters Swimming Ontario Board... (see image) It is great to see that our Canadian Forces - our Air, Army and Navy - plus Royal Military [...]

Is Summer McIntosh Having Fun?

Recently on the swimswam.com website the following articles were posted: Click on the banners to link directly to the articles @swimswam.com The caption below the article states: "McIntosh broke an [...]

Why Italy?

Remember Santo Condorelli? The Canadian swimmer who became famous / infamous at the 2016 Rio Olympics for his pre-race routine of exchanging 'the finger' with his dad who was a spectator in the stands. [...]

A Dream Shattered – the Elaine Tanner story

From Wikipedia - Elaine Tanner (click to link to Wikipedia) During the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica, Tanner won four gold medals and three silvers, becoming the first woman to ever win four golds [...]

Class Action Against FINA

Excerpt from an article on swimswam.com : Represented by California law firms Farella Braun & Martel; and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; 3 swimmers have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against FINA for [...]

Swimming Is Not Enough

So you joined a masters swim club, or maybe your tween or teen is swimming with a local age group swim club... and you figure that's enough exercise. Come'on, I'm swimming or my kid [...]

When Is It Too Many?

Imagine... walking into your childs elementary school classroom and... instead of 18, 20 or 24 children in the class there was almost 3x as many children. Imagine a classroom, imagine the noise, imagine the [...]

Can Your Coach, Coach?

Can your coach, actually coach?  Ask athletes or parents of athletes on swim teams and you will be met with a quizzical expression implying 'why wouldn't they be able to coach... they are the [...]

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