Below is correspondence that a father received after following ALL of the onerous club set up conditions – as set forth by Swim Ontario – after forwarding an application for a new swim club. This father voluntarily took the time for his own children and those children in his community:
– obtaining pool time and pool permits which is no easy feat (nor cheap feat to accomplish),
– securing a coach so that the club would have organized training sessions,
– achieved all other conditions (e.g. establishing a non-profit, establishing a Constitution, obtaining appropriate insurance, etc…)
One would think that the organization representing swimming in Ontario would be overjoyed that a parent would give of themselves, give of their time to not only their own family but to their entire community in setting up a swim club that his efforts would be rewarded, celebrated, and the father congratulated. But this is Ontario, and in Ontario, the Board of Swim Ontario rejects such selfless actions and has put in place policies designed to deter any parent from doing the unthinkable… trying to improve the opportunities for their own children, and other children.
During the moratorium period there must have been not just one or two but several applications for new clubs. Clubs that could have grown Swim Ontario’s membership numbers. In another instance I am aware of, a club in Espanola, Ontario (just outside of Sudbury) was to be established. A Facebook page was set up to advertise, town hall meetings were organized… an entire community uniting to support their children only to be rejected in the end.