For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

Junior Red Update from Coach Kaylyn

July 9th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Kaylyn)

Hey Junior Reds!

Hey Junior Reds!

Great swims at Hootenanny this weekend, lots of best times and technique improvements.  This is our final week of practice before we head into Hell Week followed by IM Tough Week. It is important to come to practice this week so that we are in good shape to be able to swim hard. (We have had very low attendance lately for morning practice…I know it’s early but please try to come out)

Our main focus this week is High Intensity/ Race Strategy which means being able to hold that top speed through out a race using breathe control, strong kick through out and not losing the water in our catch. It is easy to let our technique fly out the window when we get tired so we must practice good technique and push through when we get tired. Please listen carefully during practice and work hard on your technique corrections as we are approaching Regionals very soon!

Excited to see you guys race at the Surrey meet this weekend!

Coach Kaylyn

Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis

July 8th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis)

Hello Senior Reds!

Incredible job at Hootenanny this weekend! It was our first meet with finals so many of us had to swim all three events twice in a day which took a lot of mental and physical determination – amazing work. 

There are only four weeks left of practices before Regionals, two of which are Hell Week. I HIGHLY encourage everyone to attend as many practices as they can since the biggest area of improvement needed is our physical endurance which can only increase through consistent swimming. Please make an effort to get to the pool this week. This week will be focussed heavily on technique and race tactics (dives, turns, relay takeovers, etc) with some longer sets to increase our endurance and breathing patterns. 

A few reminders:

  • Sign up for “Heroes and Villains” when registration opens, it is a mandatory part of our Hell Weeks.
  • Sign up for the North Delta swim meet if you can as it is the last one before Regionals!
  • The secret word is Shacklebolt.
  • Start packing and preparing for the Saltspring meet if you are attending it – double check everything and come to me with any questions!
  • Wear runners and bring a water bottle to every practice. 
  • Hell Week: start planning rides to the Grouse Grind on Tuesday, July 16th

I’m so proud of all of you and I hope you are proud of yourselves too! We will be looking back at our Goal Sheets from May at sometime this week to review our progress over the season and create a final goal for ourselves. 

See you on the pool deck, 

Coach Alexis

Club and Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emmy

June 27th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Club and Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos!

I can’t believe we have now reached the halfway point in the season.  With only four full weeks of training left before regionals, I hope to see all swimmers training often, training hard, and training with a purpose! Regionals and provincials will be here before we know it, and I encourage the swimmers to do everything possible to guide themselves towards success. 

I was impressed with the performance of the Intermediate Red swimmers at Super 7 and I was excited to see so many swimmers challenging themselves and participating in events outside of their usual schedules with excitement! I was happy to hear so many positive comments from the swimmer’s as positive thinking is something I encourage all swimmers to practice (and something that we practice as a group every Friday evening.) It was also exciting to see so many best times! I hope to see these practices continue throughout the second half of the season.

Over the last two weeks the intermediate red swimmers have focused primarily on these areas for each stroke:

-Butterfly: staying relaxed by pressing the chest down and entering the arms softly and with control

-Backstroke: rotating the hips and bending the elbow for a stronger, more efficient catch

-Breaststroke: bringing the legs back quickly, and keeping the knees relatively stagnant as the feet turn out and kick down and together

-Freestyle: applying pressure to the hand and forearm to achieve an efficient and strong catch position with the fingers angled down and the elbow up

Finally, congratulations of the two previous swimmers of the week: Alex Y and Fern B. Alex is a leader, and supporter to everyone in the group. She consistently works both hard and smart; pushing herself to her limits every practice, while swimming with  awareness of her body and the efficiency of her technique. Alex is often the first swimmer to arrive and the last to leave, helping to set up and take down the pool. For these reasons she is both a fierce competitor and role model to her peers. Fern has the best attendance in the group, which is apparent as she often has the best underwaters in the pool! Fern has shown considerable improvements in her technique and demonstrates an understanding of what it takes to improve. Fern’s excellent attendance, and attitude have paid off as she has posted some impressive results, and is currently ranked number one in BC in her age group for 100 IM. Way to go girls!

I hope to see many Kigoos at the movie day and Canada Day parade this weekend!

Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey

June 26th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey)

Hey Intermediate Whites,

Awesome job to everyone who came to Super 7 this weekend!

Everyone has been doing a great job at practice these past few weeks. Just a reminder that the July practice schedule starts this Friday afternoon so make sure to look at the new schedule before then. This week we will be working on practicing race pace swimming and continuing to practice good habits at practice. As school and other activities are ending make sure you are coming to as many practices as you can.

There is no swim meet this weekend but the club movie day is on Sunday and the Canada Day parade Monday.

Also make sure you are still bringing runners and a water bottle to practice!

Coach Hailey 

Junior Red Update from Coach Kaylyn

June 24th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Kaylyn)

Hi Junior Reds,

Congratulations on some awesome swims this weekend from the super 7 meet, I hope you all had a good time!

I would like to remind you guys again to please bring a water bottle on deck and have a snack before practice. Additionally, I’d like to remind you all that we have morning practices so please do your best to attend. The upcoming July schedule can be found on the Kigoos website (there are some practices at Watermania).

This past week we went over our goals from the beginning of the season to check in and see how we are coming along. Some of us had met our mid season goals while others made adjustments. If you were away last Fridays practice come see me before or after practice to review your personal goals.  We also heavily focused on our tight streamline glide off the wall/turn into the “explosion” of our breakout this week. We need to carry through working on this skill in practice so that we can be prepared for our races at hootenanny.    

This week we are going to focus our attention on Starts, Finishes and Race Pace as we end our final week of June training. With this focus we are working on improving our top speed and starting and ending our races as quick as possible. As school is ending, please do your best to come to practice!

Coach Kaylyn

Senior White Update from Coach Erika

June 24th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Erika)

Hey Senior Whites,

Great job this weekend at Super 7! Lots of us got best times, or were very close to our best times. The past few weeks we have worked on breakout, and I’m seeing lots of improvement from everyone. This week we will be reviewing back and fly technique, since we had difficulty with these this weekend. We will also be working on fast stroke rate. 

There is no meet this weekend since Monday is Canada day. Kigoos has a float again this year, but there is only space for 50 swimmers to participate so make sure you sign up ASAP if you want to join.

I have been so happy with how many of you are coming to practice. Keep coming to as many as possible and make sure you bring a water bottle.

See you at the pool,

Coach Erika

Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis

June 24th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis)

Hello Senior Reds!

Absolutely outstanding job at Super Seven this weekend, you really brought the effort and Kigoo spirit with you throughout all of the seven races. Some of us have even broken some best times from last year or are right on them which is awesome to see! Now that school is over, try to come to as many practices as possible 

Since we don’t have a swim meet this weekend, these next two weeks will follow a similar pattern from the previous two. This week will have a heavier focused on endurance and longer sets while next week will be easier with a stronger focus on the finer points of each stroke’s technique (SW: Hedwig). We will be doing timed races at least once a day for the rest of this week for the strokes we are focusing on during the practice.

Some areas I noticed this weekend where we are losing some speed are: breaststroke pull, breaststroke kick endurance, turns/kick-outs, back starts, and 50 fly endurance. We will be focusing a lot on breaststroke and fly over the next two weeks, ideally bringing up our stamina enough to stay strong through 100’s. 

This weekend is Canada Day, and that means the parade! We can only take the first 50 swimmers who sign up so if you would like to join us in the parade sign up as soon as possible. 

Again, amazing job this weekend and I’m so excited about practices and the Hootenanny meet coming up! Keep up the awesome work.

See you on the pool deck,

Coach Alexis

JD Turquoise Update from Coach Nikol

June 23rd, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Turquoise Update from Coach Nikol)

Hi JD Turquoise 

We are almost two months into our season and the improvements I am seeing are awesome. The constant effort that is put into each and everyone of our practices is how every child is able to get best times at every meet they attend. 

I would like to remind ALL PARENTS to please sign their children up for JD meets and weekend meets. Every single child in this group is working very hard in practice and they know their swimming rules very well now. The next step is for them to be enjoying that hard work and seeing their accomplishments first hand. 

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT HOW TO SIGN UP YOUR CHILD OR ARE WORRIED THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FINISH A RACE, please come and talk to me or send me an email. I am happy to help at anytime! 

See you on the pool deck!!!

Coach Nikol 

JD White Update from Coach Gabe

June 23rd, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Gabe)

Hey JD Whites,

Been a while since I sent out a blog post, there hasn’t been much new and exciting to talk about lately but here is a little update. Over the last 2 week we worked on dives, relay takeovers and breaststroke. This coming week we are going to do our best to learn some butterfly in time for the hootenanny.

Next week there is no swim meet because Monday is Canada Day! If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to be in the Kigoo’s float in the Steveston parade. There are only 50 spots so make sure you sign up early.

We have been doing incredibly at both the JD meet and the weekend meets and I’m so excited for us to learn the butterfly so that we can start getting best times in that as well.


Gabriel Lee

Junior Red Update from Coach Lucy

June 19th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Lucy)

Hey JD Reds,

Awesome job these past few weeks! Attendance has been really great and I encourage everyone to try to come out to morning practices as there are usually fewer swimmers which means lots of one on one coaching time! 

These past couple weeks we have been working on IM and fly as well as backstroke flip turns. We will be continuing to work on these skills and strokes throughout the next couple of weeks. I will be starting to sign up those of you who are coming to weekend meets in in events like 100 IM and 50 fly. It will be great to try out these events as we have been working on them a lot in practice. 

I also encourage everyone to sign up for JD meets as they are a really great opportunity to practice for weekend meets! 

Keep up the good work!

Coach Lucy