Coming out of the year-end survey were some questions that are worth sharing and answering with everyone in the club. We will continue to add to the list as we go:
How do the Kigoos decide which meets to attend?
There are typically nine weeks to the pre-regionals swim season from the beginning of June until the end of July. The Kigoos have traditionally attended eight meets as a club. Of those eight, six of them are within the region (Ice Breaker, Ladner, Boundary Bay, Surrey, White Rock, North Delta) and then two outside of the region. Some meets like the Ice Breaker are on the same weekend every year while others do shift weekends. After these six meets are set we look two find two other meets with priority to those which are most local. We typically also take off the weekend around July 1st. Over the last few years the two out-of-region meets have been in Coquitlam, Vancouver, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Burnaby. It depends completely on what is available on the weekends we are looking for a meet.
The only addition to this is that the Kigoos have a tradition of attending the Salt Spring Island Meet in mid-July. This is an option for senior swimmers and their siblings.
Why do more clubs come some years to the Ice Breaker?
The size of the Ice Breaker is really dependent on the other meets occurring on the same weekend. All Fraser South clubs will attend, but we may also get other local clubs if there are no meets that weekend in Vancouver or the Simon Fraser Region. The Ice Breaker is always the first full weekend of June – other meets do move around. Two years ago we had a huge turnout for Ice Breaker since there were no other local meets, this past year there was a meet in Burnaby the same weekend.
How are Coaches Hired?
The Head Coach is a 12-month position from September 1st – August 31st. Each year efforts are made to ensure the Head Coach is hired / renewed no later than August 1st – one month prior to the start of the contract. The President of the Club, assisted by other executive members lead the search for the Head Coach. This can include canvassing current coaches for their interest and posting to a public competition.
Group Coaches for the coming summer are hired early in the year. We try to have all coaches in place by February for a May 1st start-date. The Vice-President of the Club leads the process for hiring coaches. He along with the parent-executive member who is responsible for Coaching Development, the Head Coach and a representative who can focus on the lifeguarding responsibilities make up the committee. The Hiring Committee recommends a slate of coaches to the Executive for approval. Candidates submit resumes, are interviewed and have references checked as part of the hiring process.