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JD Update from Coach Alexis

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Update from Coach Alexis)
Hi JD’s and JD Parents,
As all of the JD’s are improving, there is a key area of focus that the JD coaches want to address fully – our breaststroke kick! This coming week, on Monday July 4th through Friday July 8th we will be having a Whip Kick Week. All practices will continue as normal but the main focus will be the swimmers breaststroke kick and stroke. We want to make sure that the swimmers all have the firm foundation of this kick for later years. We will be having as many Assistant Coaches in the water as we can during these days to help out and we hope to see a big turnout for this week as it is a very important element in the swimmers improvement.
We hope to see all of you on the pool deck for Whip Kick Week!
Coach Alexis

Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis)

Hi Intermediate Whites!

We all had an awesome meet this weekend at the Super Seven and I’m so proud of all of us for our races. This week we will be working a lot on our breaststroke head position which is a key point that we could all work on. We will also be going over a lot of turn work and breakout work to make sure that we really use the walls to our advantage! If everyone could please remember to always bring a water bottle to practice because we have had a few cramps over the past week. Be sure to sign up for Hootenanny if you can go because the deadline has been extended until this Wednesday.
This Friday is the Canada Day parade which is a super fun event where we all get to cheer and show our Kigoos pride while walking through Steveston in the parade. Sign up by Wednesday please and I hope to see you all there!
Keep up the awesome work,
Coach Alexis

Upcoming Kigoos Events

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Upcoming Kigoos Events)
1)  Canada Day Parade – This Friday!
The information was in the last Notifier.  All swimmers participating must sign up HERE.  One additional note – we don’t have a trailer this year to all swimmers MUST be able to walk the entire distance.  Please be sure to be wearing you Kigoos red t-shirts and other Kigoos gear.  As of now we have about 50 swimmers signed-up.
2)  Pub Night – Thursday, July 7th 6-9 PM
If you are attending you must claim your tickets today.  HERE IS THE LINK.  All families receive two tickets as part of their registration.  We have tons of great prizes and it should be a wonderful night.
3)  Coach Emmy’s Awesome Pizza and Movie Party – Thursday, July 7th – 5:30 – 9:00 PM
While parents are at the Buck & Ear Bar and Grill our swimmers will be in and around Steveston Community Centre.  Look for a sign-up coming shortly.  Swimmers can be dropped by at 5:30 behind the Steveston Pool.  There will be some outdoor games, pizza and then we will go in the Community Centre to watch Zootopia.  Swimmers can be picked up at 9:00 at the end of the Pub Night.
4)  Kigoos goes to the Movies – Thursday, July 14th (noonish)
We have our new date for going to the movies.  Kigoos will got to SilverCity on Thursday, July 14th at about noon (final show times will be out a week in advance) to see The Secret Life of Pets.  This is always a popular social event.  Coaches will supervise the swimmers at the movie.  A sign-up form will be available soon but save the date!
5)  Please be sure to also sign-up for all the upcoming meets:
  • Hootenanny at Watermania – EXTENDED UNTIL THIS WEDNESDAY – join over 110 Kigoos swimmers at the largest meet of the season other than provincials
  • JD Meets – Ladner, Richmond and Crescent Beach.  Our home meet will be at Watermania on Wednesday, July 13th.  Hopefully we have a huge turnout of Kigoos from JD and other swimmers with B times.
  • It is also a good time to sign-up for Surrey, White Rock, North Delta and Regionals.

Super 7 Timers, Warm-Ups and July Practice Schedule

June 21st, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Super 7 Timers, Warm-Ups and July Practice Schedule)

Three important items for today:

1)  The timing sheets are now posted HERE for the Super 7 Meet on Saturday and Sunday at Watermania.  We have a number of shifts to cover – please sign-up.  Also, please be sure not to erase others who have already filled in the form.

2)  The following are warm-up times for this weekend:

SAT:

7:45-8:20: JR R, JR W, INT W, INT R

8:05-8:40: SR B, SR W, SR R

deep pool: JR R, INT W, SR B, SR W

shallow pool: JR W, INT R, SR R

 

SUN:

7:45-8:20: JR W, JR R

8:05-8:40: INT W, INT R, SR B, SR W, SR R

deep pool: JR W, INT R, SR R

shallow pool: JR R, INT W, SR B, SR W

3)  The practice schedule for July has now been posted HERE.  Please make careful note of Minoru and Watermania pool times.  The number of hours in the water is consistent (actually slightly higher) than in past years.  Our JD swimmers have 5 hours of practice a week, Juniors have 6 and Intermediates and Seniors have 8.  If you have any questions please ask your group coach or Head Coach Emmy atheadcoach@kigoos.com

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding as the pool renovations continue at Steveston Pool.  A particular thanks to Rosie Nickerson who acts on our behalf working with the City and to Emmy who has had to continue to recreate practice schedules as we negotiated pool space with the City.  While it is disappointing that the project is still not completed at Steveston, the staff at the City responsible for pool allocations have been excellent to work with as we did our best to ensure we had adequate pool space this summer.

Kigoos News for June 14th

June 15th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos News for June 14th)
JD Meet on Wednesday:
The warm-up times are at 4:00-4:40. Please try and get there a bit before that. It is an outdoor meet and it is supposed to be raining so come prepared for the weather. We are making relays for the meet so please email alexis@kigoos.com if you can’t stay for one. The estimated time for the meet ending is around 7:30.  All other information is available via the meet package that is posted under our Meet Sign-up page.
July Practice Schedule:
If you have walked by Steveston Pool lately, you may have already guessed, but it will not be ready for July 3rd.  We are currently finalizing our practice schedule that will carry-on until we can get into Steveston Pool.  We will be using Minoru Pool in the mornings and Watermania in the afternoons.  We hope to have the schedule posted in the next few days.
Kigoos Scholarship Committee:
We are looking for 4 parents to volunteer to serve on the Kigoos Scholarship Committee.  Parents involved in the process must be in at least their 4th year with the club, and not have any child(ren) who are considering applying for the awards.  If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, please contact Scholarship Chair Zoë Stronge at zoestronge@gmail.com.  Thank your for your help with this important committee.
Movie Afternoon – Change of Date:
We are looking to do our Kigoos Movie afternoon on Thursday, June 30th not June 23rd.  Look for final details shortly.
Checking Your Times:
Swimmers can look up their times from races throughout the season.  The results are usually updated within a week of a meet.  To learn how to do this, see the instructions HERE

Senior Red Update from Coach Brandon

June 15th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior Red Update from Coach Brandon)

Hey, Senior Red!

Firstly I wanted to just say how proud of all you I am. We have had an amazing first two swim meets of the year! I can’t wait to keep up the amount of effort we have been putting into each practice and race so far this season. So let’s keep up the amazing work that we have all been doing.
Hopefully, school is going well for everyone as it is exam season coming. I know all of you are super busy with school and that is okay. Making sure that we are ready for school because it is important as well. I want to organize a group social when everyone’s school is over I will bring this up this week at practice.
Just a couple things from me:
-I would like all of us to start bringing water bottles to practice. Some of us have been getting muscle cramps in practice so we need to avoid those.
-When school is over I would like everyone to bring runners as we will be doing dryland.
-We are going to start up yoga again so if everyone could look into getting a yoga mat that would be awesome!
The work we have been putting into practice makes me really excited for the upcoming swim meets!
See you at the pool!
– Coach Brandon

Senior White Update from Coach Michael

June 9th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Michael)

Hello All Senior Whites and Parents!

I hope all is going well with the last days of school counting down until summer! I know Provincial exams are coming up soon for some, and I wish all the best of luck for those taking the exam.

On a swimming standpoint, our first meet was right where I thought we would be; we raced, and competed hard, and we have a lot to work on. Which is alright! We as a group need to really focus hard on bringing the same focus on technical aspects in a race as we do in practice. Furthermore we need to focus on how we attack our races, not just shutting down and moving our arms everywhere, yet being in control of the whole race. On the other hand, I am very excited to move forward to more swim meets to consistently improve throughout our season.

As said before the next couple of weeks will be focused on endurance with a lot of focus on technique. I am very happy to say that our group attendance has been the most consistent it has ever been, and I know when more people show up with 100% effort, we end up doing great things in practice which translates into meets. Hence getting one step closer to your goals whatever they might be.

Keep up the fantastic work Senior Whites!

Best,

Mike J-S

IceBreaker Warm-up Times at Watermania

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on IceBreaker Warm-up Times at Watermania)

Saturday:

DEEP:
7:15-7:50 (in at 7:30) JR RED
7:35-8:10 (in at 7:50) INTERMEDIATE RED
7:55-8:30 (in at 8:10) SR RED

SHALLOW:
7:15-7:50: JR WHITE
7:35-8:10: INTERMEDIATE WHITE
7:55-8:30: SR WHITE AND SR BLUE

DEEP:
7:15-7:50 (in at 7:30) JR WHITE
7:35-8:10 (in at 7:50) INTERMEDIATE WHITE
7:55-8:30 (in at 8:10) SR WHITE AND SR BLUE

SHALLOW:
7:15-7:50: JR RED
7:35-8:10: INTERMEDIATE RED
7:55-8:30: SR RED

Friday Practice Schedule at Watermania

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Friday Practice Schedule at Watermania)
Friday:
3:45-4:30: JD
4:15-5:00: JR White
4:45-5:30: JR Red
5:15-6:00: Intermediate White
5:45-6:30: Intermediate Red
6:15-7:00: Senior Blue
6:45-7:30: Senior White
7:15-8:00: Senior Red

Parent Participation Form

June 2nd, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Parent Participation Form)

HERE is the link to the updated Parent Participation Form for 2016.