THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the parade this year! We earned THIRD place in the Sports/Dance Category!! We would like to give special thanks to the sponsors that helped make the float possible this year: Westham Island Herb Farm lent us the trailer and hay as well as Dunbar Lumber and Rona who donated all the supplies required to build the LOP on wheels. And thank you to the parent volunteers that worked all week to get the float parade ready!  We are already planning for 2019 … thinking of starting blocks and lane ropes!

WEEKLY UPDATE – MAY 25th

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what you need to know for the upcoming week!

Time Trials

A big thank you to all who came out and volunteered and participated in last night’s time trials event! It was a huge success and both kids and parents had a great time.

Meet Sign-Ups

Deadlines are fast approaching for some of your favourite meets! The sign up for B4 closes on Monday at 9:00pm, you can access it here.

SUPER 7 SIGN-UP CLOSES ON FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST! Please be sure to have your entries completed by this date! We are anticipating a lot of people will be signing up for this meet (we’re hoping to break 100 swimmers!), so entries take us a while to get through, hence the super early deadline. We want all of our Stingrays to come out and participate in the meet and show our Stingray Pride! You can access the sign-up sheet here.

WRASA Development Meet UPDATE – the meet is June 27th NOT June 20th as it was previously written on the website!

NOTE: please ignore all emails asking you to sign into your Active portal for the remainder of the season! We will continue with our method of google forms for meet sign ups for the remainder of the season unless I otherwise state in an email.

May Days Parade Info

This Sunday is the May Day’s Parade and there are just a few reminders on when and where to be at drop-off and pick-up! Swimmers should be dropped off between 11:15 and 11:30 am to help with decorating the float. Our float will be located on either Chisholm Street or Georgia Street.  At the end of the parade we will be stopping to let the kids off the float on Garry Street, by the tennis courts around 1:00 pm. Please be sure to pick up your child from this location, or make other arrangements for them to be picked up by someone else! Our coaches will wait with the kids until they are picked up, however we cannot assume responsibility for any who may leave without being picked up by a parent or friend. Here are a few other friendly reminders about the parade to keep in mind:

The marshalling area for Ladner Pioneer May days parade will be closed to all general traffic, including drop offs for parade entrants, at 10 am on Sunday, May 27th.  Please either drop off any participants before 10 am or park and escort them to their float.  

The roads closed at 10am will be: River Road, Georgia Street, Delta Street at Bridge Street, and Elliot Street at Westminster Ave.

Any and all Stingrays are encouraged to participate in decorating and riding the float – the more the merrier!

House Cup

We are officially kicking off our House Cup Competition for the season! The first challenge will be taking place on Wednesday June 13th, with our annual Bingo Night. The Breakdown of how House Cup will run and a list of the Houses is posted at the pool and has been sent out in an email by Coach Alexa!

June Practice Schedule

We will be switching over to our June Practice Schedule next Friday. So have a look to make sure you arrive at the right time for practices as there is some variation from the May schedule!

Lost and Found

Moving forward the club will be donating all items remaining in the lost and found at the end of each month! Please have a look in the bin we have allocated at the pool for any items that might belong to you as it will be emptied next Thursday.

WEEKLY UPDATE – MAY 18th

 

Hi Stingrays,

Here is what you will need to know for next week!

Victoria Day, May 21

There will be NO PRACTICES on Monday, May 21st! This includes both regular program and Masters practices. Enjoy the long weekend!

Time Trials Sign-Up

The sign-up for Time Trials closed the evening of May 15th at 9:30pm. If you have not yet signed up, but would like to, please be sure to email your child’s coach prior to Monday May 21st at 9:30pm.

If you are planning on attending practice on the afternoon of May 24th, you must sign-up for Time Trials, as there are no formal practices scheduled for that afternoon!

Please note, Little Stingrays are not eligible to compete in the Time Trials event, but are welcomed and encouraged to come and watch some of our fellow Stingrays race in our own pool!

Kigoos Meet Sign-Up

The sign-up for the Kigoos meet on June 2-3 closes tonight at 9:30pm! Please be sure to have your entries completed prior to this time– you can access the sign-up here.

May-Days Parade

We are still in need of a sound system for our May Days Float, which is right around the corner! If you have one that you are willing to lend for the afternoon please contact Paula Kolisnek at paulakolisnek@hotmail.com!

Little Stingrays

Practices will begin on Monday, June 4th! We recognize that a 3:15 start time may place some families in a pinch with it being so close to the time school gets out, so there are no worries if your child arrives to practice after the 3:15 start time. The kids will be doing a 15-minute activation and sticker time prior to getting in the water, so as long as you’re able to arrive around 3:30, you’ll be good to go. Unfortunately, we have to make do with the times the Corporation has given us at LOP for this season.

Sometimes if the weather is not the greatest, the kids may get cold in the water relatively quickly. We recommend purchasing a wetsuit for your child if you know they are prone to getting cold quickly! You may be able to find some locally, or you can also find some online here.

Morning Practices

Our morning practices have began! If you are not planning on attending an AM workout, please let your coach know!!

Volunteer Coaches

Please be sure to submit your availability for both May and June by Monday May 21st, at 12:00pm!  If you do not submit your availability, you will not be placed on the schedule!

Saltspring Swim Meet

The club is looking to get a headcount of how many senior swimmers (Div. 4+) will be attending this meet. Please either email Mike at president@ladnerstingrays.com or fill out the meet sign-up here.

WEEKLY UPDATE – MAY 11th

Hi Stingrays!

Here is what you need to know for the upcoming weeks for our swim club!

TEAM DRYLAND:

Reminder tonight is our first team practice at Memorial Park. All pool practices are cancelled in lieu of team dryland!

TIME TRIALS:

We will be hosting our annual Time Trials event on Thursday, May 24th, from 6:00-8:00pm! Click Here to access the sign-up sheet. The sign up will be closing on Tuesday, May 15th, at 9:30 pm! Please be sure to sign your child up if you plan on attending the event.

We will need parents to come and help us out, so please sign up if you are available – we can’t run the event without you!

There are NO regularly scheduled practices for the afternoon of May 24th, when Time Trials are taking place, so in order to ensure your child is entered into some events for the afternoon, please sign them up.

MEET SIGN-UPS:

Are now active and available for you to access! Please note the sign-up deadlines for some of the swim meets, as they are quickly approaching! If you have any questions regarding the sign-up process, please email Coach Alexa at alexa@ladnerstingrays.com. If you have any specific questions pertaining to your child and their ability to compete in a swim meet, please email your child’s coach directly!

Click Here to access our sign-up page!

Sign-up for the Richmond Kigoos Icebreaker will be closing on Friday, May 18th, at 9:00 pm!

MAY DAYS:

We are in need of some equipment for the upcoming May Days parade on May 27th! We are looking for a sound system that someone would be willing to lend for to the float to play music throughout the parade.

If you have a sound system you are able to lend please contact Paula Kolisnek at paulakolisnek@hotmail.com!

MEL ZAJAC SWIM MEET: 

June 1-3 is the annual Mel Zajac swim meet and there are sure to be some exciting races! Tickets can be purchased online from their website or at the door.

Coach Brandon is entered in the meet along with Ryan Lochte and Caelab Dressel! Coach Brandon will be at the meet both Friday and Saturday and if you have any questions about the meet please contact him at brandon@ladnerstingrays.com.

COACHING CONCERNS

If at any point over the course of this season something arises with your child that you feel needs reconciliation or attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s coach! It is our job as your coaching staff to ensure a positive and successful summer season in the water for all swimmers, and we can only do so if we are made aware of any issue that may arise.

Please let us know at any point if your child is struggling, or you have any concerns, so that we may address them promptly. We’re not able to fix something if we find out about it at the end of the season, so please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Have a great weekend and we will see you at the pool next week!

Team Dryland!

This Friday, May 11 will be our first team practice of the season! It will be taking place at Memorial Park from 4:00-5:00pm with a potluck to follow. It is going to be one hour of dryland so please ensure your child comes prepared with appropriate footwear and a water bottle.

Little Stingrays are welcome to come out and join in the fun and games! This is a great opportunity for them to meet their peers as well as their coaches for the season. And senior swimmers are expected to be there even though they do not normally have practice on Friday afternoons.

As well please take a moment to sign-up for our potluck in the google form below.

https://goo.gl/forms/bggdQ7ZJthFmg2F93

All regular pool practices will be cancelled this Friday in lieu of  team dryland!