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Season Ending Blog Post from Coach Michael

August 24th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Season Ending Blog Post from Coach Michael)
Hello Kigoos and Senior Whites!
As we all head home from Kamloops we reflect on an outstanding season and achievements. To all the swimmers, you showed not just the coaching staff, but the club, what hard work, determination, and persistence results in. We have set goals and we’ve achieved them and went to places with our potential that we never thought we were capable of doing at the beginning of the season. I can honestly say that all of the coaches are immensely proud of every swimmer. However, there is more work to be done. These skills that you have developed  and new experiences you have learnt from over the summer should be transferable into the upcoming academic year; to not lose focus on your own personal goals, to never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, to complete your journey to your fullest potential, and never being afraid to adapt your plan if your initial one doesn’t succeed. As I go back to Carleton, I too will keep with me lessons that I learnt this summer. I’ll remember each and every highlight of the Señor White group and everything we’ve accomplished individually and together. Such as getting my ankles crossed over at the beginning of the year, all the Raptor sprints and Canadian sprints, and the true understanding of 100% in and 100% out. And most importantly, to never forget to keep that little bit of savage in you. It is safe to say with a firm belief that the senior white members have developed to become great individual leaders. This was not luck. We said why not.  And we truly did shock the world.
Best wishes to everyone and have a fantastic fall and winter season!

Update from Head Coach Emmy

August 2nd, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Update from Head Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos!

This season has flown by and it’s hard to believe Regionals is already this weekend!

I would first like to acknowledge the Intermediate and Senior red swimmers for their hard work over the last two weeks! I am so proud of the training they put in and it was great to see everyone working hard, encouraging their teammates, and pushing themselves to new limits. Congratulations to the green team (senior) and the yellow team (intermediate) for winning the Amazing Race!

With regionals approaching this weekend, we are now in the taper phase of our training cycle. This means we are resting up for the weekend and our focus is on fine-tuning our races with special attention to starts, turns and finishes. Everyone is looking sharp in the pool and I am excited to see all of the work the swimmers have put in over the last fourteen weeks pay off! I am happy to hear many positive comments on the pool deck. I would like to advise everyone to trust their training and enter into the weekend with a confident mind set, as a strong mental attitude is necessary for fast swimming!

Some announcements…

  • We have 64 relays entered and very few alternates. If your swimmer is on a relay please ensure they are available. Relays with less than 8 teams go straight to finals. Please make sure to check the relay teams and check in with your coach before leaving the pool this weekend.
  • If you know you are not planning on attending provincials and think you may be a qualifier, please let me know ASAP.
  • Be safe this week! Rest up, eat well and sleep well!

I can’t wait to see the Kigoos swim fast and have fun this weekend!

 

Emmy

Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis

August 2nd, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis)
Hi Intermediate Whites!
Regionals is 2 days away I hope you are all excited! You have all been working so hard and your technique has improved immensely over the past 3 months which is amazing. I’m super proud of everything you’ve all accomplished this summer. These next few days are all about the little things like dives, turns, underwaters, and breakouts. We will also be doing timed sprints like the ones on Monday afternoon. I hope everyone can make it to Pasta Night on thursday for our last practice before Regionals and have a great day off tonight!
See you on the pool deck,
Coach Alexis

Senior White Update from Coach Michael

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Michael)
HELLO SR WHITES
AND WELCOME TO THE BEST TIME OF THE SEASON ;)
This year, In Honour of Canada’s birthday, our theme is Canada 150.
This year we will be going through the various different parts of Canada, such as Sports, Geography, Land Marks, and other parts of our cool country. And learn something along the way EH.
This Hell Week will be hard, but this week will show yourselves how hard work pays off. Its important to take note that its important to focus on technique when times gets hard and also maintaining focus on the task at hand.
This will be fun, Oh Canada!
Mike JS

Junior White Update from Coach Tamara

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Tamara)

Hey Junior Whites!

We have been having a great turn out to our afternoon practices and weekend meets. You’ve all been taking off lots of time and placing well. I would like you all to remember to bring running shoes and water to practice.

 

Hell Week….

Welcome to Hell Week in these next two weeks you will pushed to your limits, you’ve been warned. Our theme this year will be survivor and at the end you will be getting a scoops. With hard practices also comes some fun and challenging individual or group challenges. If you are  going to miss a practice please let me know.

On Monday and Wednesday afternoons if you could arrive 15 mins (4:30) before practice that would be great. We will have different challenges during this time.

Basic Rules

–       Every practice is all or nothing

–       Come to practice on time

–       Bring runners and water

 

Points/immunity – points will be used for scoops

–    Individual points

o   Each afternoon is worth one point

o   Each morning practice is two points

–       Triathlon and Grouse Grind (not mandatory)

o   The first male and female to finish the Grind or Triathlon will get two points

o   Everyone else that does these events gets a point

–       Individual challenges (date will not be told)

o   One person or more can win immunity

o   You can redeem this immunity any time in the two weeks. This will allow you to excused from part of or a whole set.

o   Individual immunity can only used once

–       Group challenges (group assignment Monday afternoon)

o   Members of the first team to finish get two points each

o   Members of the second team to finish get one point each

o   Members of the last team to finish get no points

o   Cheating is not accepted and will end in receiving no points of restarting.

See you at the pool!

Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis)

Ready for a meet up with Hades? This year the Intermediate Whites are travelling down to the Underworld to save our friend, Kigoo. There will be many rigorous tests of our courage, determination, and speed on our journey. In the two weeks, there are 14 practices in total and 2 extra events; the triathlon and grouse grind. If you make it to 14/16 events in total you will be invited to come to Coach Alexis’ house for a pizza party! Brush up on your Greek mythology and get ready to swim hard!

JD Fun Week Update from Coach Alexis

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Fun Week Update from Coach Alexis)

This year we travel to the Polynesian Islands to help save the world from Te Kä’s evil grasp with Moana! We will have to fight our way through pirates, learn how to sail, and destroy Te Kä before returning the heart of Te Fiti. This year we will be doing ice cream scoops, with the first 2 practices you attend earning you 1 scoop and every additional practice earning you toppings! Please email alexis@kigoos.com with any allergies. JD Fun Week will take place from July 17-21with the JD triathlon and party on the Friday in lieu of practice. Get ready for a fun week and wear your best Hawaiian outfits to blend in with Moana and her friends!

Intermediate and Senior Red Updates from Coach Emmy

July 16th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate and Senior Red Updates from Coach Emmy)

Senior and Intermediate Red swimmers,

The 2017 Amazing Race Canada will follow the senior and intermediate red swimmers as they embark on a two week journey across Canada, competing in challenges, and grueling practices to earn points for their team. The swimmers will compete for a chance to be crowned the winners of the 2017 Amazing Race, and win a pizza party for their team in addition to the ultimate prize for 100% attendance. In order to be eligible for the grand prize, the swimmers must attend 100% of practices as well the grouse grind and triathlon. The Amazing Race is a demanding competition and in order to be successful, swimmers must come prepared to train hard.

I would like all intermediate and senior red swimmers to arrive 15 minutes early for all afternoon practices, as they will be competing in challenges in an attempt to earn points for their team.

Looking forward to a challenging and rewarding next two weeks!

Your 2017 Amazing Race Canada host,

Emmy

Senior White Update from Coach Michael

July 11th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Michael)

Hello Sr. Whites and other Kigoos,

I hope everyone enjoyed the past Canada day long weekend!

This weekend we had our first big heats and finals meet, and as a club, I felt that we all did great job. We had a lot of best times, great finishes, and established new goals for the rest of the season. However, we still have a lot of work left to do.

For the Sr. White, we need to focus on executing race strategy and fallowing through with them. Its very important to fallow through with the strategy given, and how to prepare for it. Weather that is preparing before marshalling or in marshalling. Execution leads to success.

Tips:

  • Breathing in through the nose and out the mouth 5 times through with your eyes closed thinking about your race
  • Watch film on YouTube before your races
  • Relax and have fun before you are asked to go sit in marshalling
  • Do not over think your race. If you need to start visualizing on the second to last bench before marshalling
  • Listen to music and activate

We have a long time before Regionals and Provincials; meaning we still have a long time to polish off a couple of things before those major meets.

Keep Working hard!

JD Orange Update from Coach Hailey

July 10th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Orange Update from Coach Hailey)

Hey JD Orange!

I’m super proud of all your swimming so far this season! Last week we have been working really hard on our breaststroke. This we are going to work on perfecting our dives and turns and also start learning butterfly. We have been doing really good with listening when I am coaching so keep up the good work!
I hope to see you all at the Kigoos JD meet!
Coach Hailey