Jasper Kottrell, left, helps Cooper McEachen race 25 metres at the Nanaimo Riptides’ Blue and Gold Night meet Dec. 12 at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo swimmers show their team spirit at Blue and Gold Night meet

Nanaimo Riptides co-operate at team-building event

Nanaimo Riptides could all take pride in their team colours at Blue and Gold Night.

Last Wednesday, Dec. 12, the swim team held its fall event intended to give the club’s youngest swimmers their first sampling of a swim meet. For some of the youngest age groups, it was their first time in the deep end of the pool and their first taste of competition. The littlest swimmers had help from older club members, who swam alongside them in their lanes.

“The big kids help the little kids out because they’ve never swam in this [end],” said Adriana Prlic, president of the Nanaimo Riptides Swim Team. “It’s a fun, team-building event. This is kind of their introduction to a swim meet, and same for the parents.”

The Riptides’ I Can Swim program is for kids five years old and up. There are three program intakes per year, in October, January and April, and each ends with a Blue and Gold Night.

Claire Boudrot was one of the club’s competitive swimmers helping out last Wednesday. She said she recalls swimming in her first Blue and Gold Night meet and remembers how the water was colder, graduating from the warmer kids’ pool. She said the events are good for team-building.

“It gives the younger kids a chance to race and they look up to the older kids,” Boudrot said.

Veronica Hall, another one of the club’s competitive-stream swimmers, said there’s great atmosphere at the pool for Blue and Gold Night.

“We have a lot of team spirit. We’re all happy, cheering on the side of the pool. It’s a fun day,” she said.

Hall said she enjoys being out there helping the little kids and said the youngsters have a lot of potential.

“They’re a lot faster than I am,” she joked.

Prlic said the registration numbers were great for the fall but there’s plenty of room for I Can Swim kids for the upcoming winter session. She said the coaches are young and dynamic and engage the children and feedback has been positive.

“We’re really trying to focus more on stroke technique, but also we’re trying to make it fun for the kids…” Prlic said. “The idea is to get them involved into swimming and then eventually they want to move into competitive if it’s something that they like.”

For more information, visit www.nanaimoriptides.com.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Fire official deems morning fire at Nanaimo school suspicious

Nanaimo Fire Rescue extinguishes fire at portable at École Océane

Nanaimo hotel tax set to go up

Hospitality association lays out five-year plan for tourism in Nanaimo

Tour de Rock ready to start making its way down Vancouver Island

Tour de Rock takes place Sept. 21 to Oct. 4

Public meeting will explore ideas to battle addiction and crime in Nanaimo

Organizers call for treatment centres, accountability for crimes, citizens’ task force

VIU students empowered to ‘shift the vote’ this election

VIU Students’ Union, B.C. Federation of Students launch ‘Our Time is Now’ campaign

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 19

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo athletes earn gold, silver, bronze at 55-Plus B.C. Games

Huge contingent of local participants competed in largest-ever 55-Plus B.C. Games in Kelowna

Nanaimo beekeepers take down nest of giant hornets

One nest eradicated at Robins Park, but there are still Asian giant hornets around

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Most Read