The Kimberley Sea Horse Swim Club (KSSC) has had a busy summer so far. The local club hosted the annual KSSC Swim Meet on July 15 here in Kimberley. The club hosted 130 swimmers from Nelson, Creston, Trail, Castlegar, Grand Forks, and Colville, Washington.
“The Kimberley swimmers performed well and were incredible hosts to our guests,” said Pam Drydale from the KSSC. “The theme of the meet was Super Heroes, and the word of the swim meet was sportsmanship. We saw so many incredible displays of sportsmanship this weekend.”
Drydale says the province is making the move towards self-marshalled meets, and the club is following suit.
“As the province is making the first move toward self-marshalling for senior swimmers, the club decided to make the first move toward this new provincial plan. The senior swimmers enjoyed this opportunity and the volunteers in the marshalling area had positive comments for this new provincial initiative,” she said.
She adds that the swim meet was cut short due to circumstances beyond the control of the club and meet officials.
“Due to some minor, but unforeseen circumstances we had to have an early end to our swim meet. Swimmers were unable to compete in the 100 metre free style and the freestyle relays,” she explained. “This was a difficult, but neccessary decision by all parties involved. With the decision to end the meet early, the coaches met and made some additional decisions.”
Regional Coach Jacob Verhesen from Nelson said to the swimmers that coaches unanimously voted that no medals would be awarded to any swimmers and there would not be an overall club champion.
“The swimmers demonstrated incredible understanding,” said Drydale. “During the awards, swimmers received their ribbons for setting pool records, and there were many swimmers who set new records in our pool. It was a wonderful celebration of the Kootenay Region Swim Family.”
Colville Sharks swimmer, Kendall Zawadski, was also recognized at awards time for her incredible act of sportsmanship.
“Kendall jumped into the pool with a younger swimmer, from a different club, who did not want to finish her race, and Kendall swam the rest of the way with the younger swimmer,” Drydale said. “Way to go, Kendall!”
The KSSC was also presented with a donation from the Royal Bank of Canada.
“At this time, the KSSC would like to thank the Royal Bank for their generous donation. It is greatly appreciated.”