*CANADA DAY PARADE JULY 1– Please be at 4th and Chatham at 9:30am sharp.*
We are now in the thick of racing season. I would like all of you to start thinking about speed as much as you can during practice. We have been doing a lot of sets that are focused on racing, however they will be of no use if you are not in the racing mindset throughout your training.
Please remember to bring water to practice and stay hydrated throughout the day so that you do not cramp up during our sets.
Canada day shortens our week a bit, so please do your best to make all of the other practices in preparation for the hootenanny!!
Remember to sign up for Saltspring. It’s a very fun meet and it’s for seniors only!
*CANADA DAY PARADE JULY 1– Please be at 4th and Chatham at 9:30am sharp.*
Hi Intermediate B’s,
I hope everyone had a restful weekend as most of you took a week off from swim meets. Did you take some time re-reading my previous blogs (especially those in May) and reflect on the skills we have practiced?
Let’s quickly review what we have worked on for the past two weeks. Firstly, I emphasized the importance of the W.U.B (Walls, Underwater Kick, Breakout). Secondly, we must practice this consistently. This directly correlates to how well you can hold your technique when under stress and fatigue and is the key challenge all athletes face and must overcome. Let me reiterate this again. Everyone will feel tired near the end of the race, but those who remember to hold their technique together will swim faster than those who do not.
This week will be Fine Tune Week. We will continue to apply the W.U.B into all of our strokes to ensure consistency in an often overlooked portion in races. I will be showing videos regarding the W.U.B, Dives, and Turns to help everyone better visualize their body position to ensure EFFICIENCY (Key word for this week) in our strokes. Furthermore, we will increase our Turnover in our strokes, Speed in our turns and refine the quality of our Underwater kicks such that we can be fully ready for the HUGE meet this weekend in UBC! – Coach Leo
• Attend Canada Parade Tomorrow at 9:30am! I’ll have an awesome time walking with you beside our awesome Kigoos Float and it’ll be a great time for you to show off your Kigoos Spirit! I really hope you will be there!
• Surrey Meet Sign-Up deadline TODAY (June 30)
• Everyone must attend as many practices as possible! Only 8 Swimmers out of our group of 25 have been attending over 50% of practices in June (We had 26 practices this month), and of those 8, only Seraphina, Aisha, and Olivia attended over 80% of practices. Just remember this… the more you come to practice, the quicker you can improve.
• The Swimmer of the Week last week is Aisha H! She came to all practices. Congratulations!
Hello JD Bronzes!!
Port Moody Golden Spike Meet
Here is the ZIP File with everything you need to register your club for our JD Meet on July 9th.
- True Conditioning and Yoga dryland times have been updated. It’s especially important to wear proper active clothes and to bring a yoga mat if you have one. Make sure you’re on time so you can get the most out of these dryland sessions.
- Wednesday practices are now an hour later to make room for a Water Polo Skills practice from 4:30-5:30. This is open to Juniors and Intermediates who want to try out the sport and learn some new water skills! It’s also great fitness training to complement your swimming. Sessions will be led by Coach Andre.
What a great JD Meet!!
Hello Junior Bs!
Well done to those of you who swam at the Ladner Super 7 swim meet, a lot of us were entered in 100 free or 100 IM for the first time and I was very pleased with your efforts – so great job! We also had lost of best times, which is definitely something to be proud of. Our backstroke is improving too, which I am very happy about, but we will keep on working on backstroke touch turns/turns this week to keep it fresh. We have been getting some more turnout in practice lately, and that is great. Please try your best to keep it up because the more practices you attend the more you will have the chance to improve!
This week we will continue swimming some sets with less rest in between them (faster sets/sprint sets). This will help build up our endurance and our capability to still swim fast, and properly, when we are tired. We are also going to be narrowing down on our breakouts, turns, and finishes, as they are all crucial aspects when it comes to racing. Lately we’ve had some great practices with more meters, so I’m exited to see what you guys can do at practice this week because when we are focused it is awesome how well we can do, and how much distance we can swim in each practice! Due to these faster sets, we will also be using the pace clock more, so please remember to look at the arrows yourself instead of waiting for an indication to start from me. It will make things easier for everyone!
The Kigoos Movie Night is this Thursday the 26th, and we will be seeing How To Train Your Dragon 2. More information is posted on the Kigoos website and there was also an email notifier that went out a few days ago. There will be no practices that day at Steveston Pool due to the movie. Hope to see you there for one of our first social events of the season!
Enjoy the rest of the week, and let’s hope the sun comes out for our pool time!
The Ladner swim meet concludes our warm-up for the rest of our competitive season. Starting next week, the swim meets will follow the format of Regionals. In other words, we will have to achieve top 8 in Preliminaries to get into Finals. This might seem scary or even overwhelming and I certainly agree that it is not an easy task. As a B swimmer, a challenge you will face is that you will have to compete against A swimmers during these meets. Furthermore, these meets often combine A/B results. So yes, it is hard… BUT it is also definitely possible to do well! In my opinion, the distinction between A/B swimmers is superficial as anyone who works hard in practice can achieve a fast time. Once you are on the blocks, everyone has the potential to win and anything could happen until you finish the race. As your coach, it is my job to help you achieve your swimming goals. Always swim with confidence and determination to win! Here are the highlights at the Super7 Meet.
Ladner Swimmer of the Meet
Most outstanding performance: Jeff L
Most improved (time): Olivia C
Most improved (technique): Seraphina T
• Jeff placed 7th in 100 Back and 100 Breast, and 5th in 50 Breast. He also swam a phenomenal 100 Freestyle where he took off 12 seconds.
• Olivia took off a total of 47.66 seconds. She took off an impressive 42.48 seconds in 100IM!
• Seraphina achieved all best times in all her races. She broke a 40 in her 50 freestyle, placed 9th in 100 Breast in her division against A swimmers, and took off 3 seconds in 50 Fly. Her butterfly and breaststroke technique has improved so much and she was able to put apply my tips into her races. Well done!
As a whole, our times are steadily improving and our strokes are becoming more consistent. For this week and in July, we will be developing our endurance such that we can remain in control of our strokes when under fatigue. The key word for this week is CONSISTENCY. The swimmer who has the best consistency in technique will win the race. This week we will focus on our Backstroke Turns so that we can make the most use of our UWKK. Remember that the W.U.B all contribute to a great start. Skipping either the W,U, or B will result in a poor race.
Swimmer of the Meet details have been sent out to your parents and it will commence today! I hope you will attend as many practices as possible. If you want to do well in Regionals, become a better swimmer with stronger fitness, it is crucial you do so starting from now on. For those who have been attending 5-6 practices out of 7, you know that each day builds off the previous one and it is you who is learning the most. See you all this week – Coach Leo
• UBC Sign-up Deadline TODAY (June 23)
• DRAG WEEK is this week: Bring an extra T-Shirt starting on Tuesday (June 24-June 27)
• Swimmer of the Week begins today (June 23)