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Kigoos Pub Night

June 10th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Pub Night)

Save the Date!

This year’s Annual Kigoos Pub Night Fundraiser is Thursday July 10th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Your tickets will be distributed in a few weeks! How can you help make this a great Fundraising event for Kigoos?

Sell More Tickets – A night of fun for you,  your friends and family who would like to support Kigoos and have great chances to win some awesome prizes.  Please email me at for more tickets!

Some Great Prizes you could win  –  Canucks Team Autographed Jersey, Daniel Sedin Autographed Jersey, $450 Gift Certificate for Shock Indoor Paintball, $350 Gift Certificate for Aru Spa and much more!  We will accept cash or cheque to pay for  Silent Auction items.

Cake Auction – Awesome, yummy cakes to bid for.  Details to come on how you can donate!

50/50 draw  – How lucky are you?  Last year the big lucky winner won over $300!

We Need More Prizes – If you, or the company you work for, can donate something for our Raffle or Silent Auction, please email me at as soon as you can and I will send you a Kigoos Fundraising letter. Thanks so much!   Sonja Dong Kigoos Pub Night Coordinator

Club Photos and Provincials – Notifier Update

June 9th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Club Photos and Provincials – Notifier Update)
1)  Here is the schedule for Wednesday – Photo Day (please note regular practices are cancelled):
Photo Time (please arrive by the time listed below):
JD – 4:00
Juniors – 4:30
Intermediate B – 5:00
Intermediate A – 5:30
Seniors – 5:45
The Photo Form was included with the last Notifier and is also on the website.
Also note:  there are 2 make-up sessions with True Conditioning on Wednesday – all Juniors at 5:30 and Intermediate B at 6:00 (30 minutes each).
Finally, at 7:00 on Wednesday Coach Andre will run a Water Polo Games / Skills Practice for any interested Kigoos swimmers 11 years and older.
2)  We are still 2 months away from Provincials, but if you think your child may qualify and you will be attending, you need to book a hotel room now (you can always cancel later).  Last time the Provincials were in Kamloops most hotels were sold out.  You can find all the information HERE on our website – including our special arrangement with the Sandman Inn that is being held only until this Saturday, June 14th.

Kigoos Updates for Sunday, June 8th

June 8th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Kigoos Updates for Sunday, June 8th)
Some updates for the week ahead:
1)  We want your feedback.  While it is fresh in your mind, give us feedback to help make improvements to the Ice Breaker for next year.  HERE is the survey.
2)  Tater-Tots Registration -NOW FULL – email Coach Ava at to be put on the waitlist.
3)  Club Photo Day – Club Photo Day is this Wednesday, June 11th.  A schedule will be out shortly.  The form can be downloaded HERE.
4)  Last Call Sign-up for Ladner Super 7 – this is usually one of most popular meets for Kigoos.  After the Ice Breaker and Regionals Super 7 is usually our biggest turnout.  The final chance to sign-up is now with cut-off tomorrow (Monday) night.  The other meet we need an accurate number for is Salt Spring Island (for seniors and siblings).  If you are going to Salt Spring – please sign up ASAP.  You can find all Meet Sign-Ups HERE.


Mock Meet Details

May 27th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Mock Meet Details)
Below are a few updates regarding the Mock Meet happening this Saturday, May 31st at Steveston Pool.
Please do not forget to place your food orders by tomorrowWednesday May 29th. Sign-up is on the website.
We are asking that swimmers arrive at 6:45 am so that we can get sign-in done before warm-ups and cheers begin at 7 am.
There will be two heats of each race for each group respectively. For example, there will be two heats of Junior 50 freestyle, two heats of Intermediate 50 freestyle, and two heats of Senior 50 freestyle. Swimmers will be able to sign up for maximum two events during the sign up period.
The meet will run similar to a normal meet with the JD swimmers racing first, then Junior, followed by Intermediate, and Seniors going last for each event. Please arrive on time at 6:45 am so that we can organize the heats and get the meet started as soon as possible.
The first race will swim at approximately 7:50am, and the final race will finish at approximately 9:20am. This will allow the JDs to eat first, then Juniors, followed by Intermediates, and then Seniors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Coach Ava at
Thank you, we hope to see you all at the meet!

Club Updates for May 27th

May 27th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Club Updates for May 27th)
It is so great – we will have more than 160 swimmers at Ice Breaker – we will have about 90% of our swimmers participating.
We have a number of new items for today:
1)  You can get a Shark Club Card from Head Coach Danna that gives you 20% off at the Watermania Swim Shop – see her at the pool if you are interested
2)  We will be starting our dryland training with True Conditioning today.
Dryland times for this week will be:
Junior B: Friday, 5:30-6:00 pm (before practice)
Junior A: Friday, 5:00-5:30pm (after practice)
Intermediate B: Friday, 5:30-6:00pm (before practice)
Intermediate A: Tuesday, 6:30-7:00pm (before practice)
Senior B: Tuesday, 6:30-7:00pm (before practice)
Senior A: 7:30-8:00 pm (before practice)
3)  There are updated group lists posted HERE on the website and the June Practice schedule is posted HERE.  You will see the June practice schedule includes training with True Conditioning.
4)  We are looking for someone to shadow the “Food for Officials” position who would take over the position next year.  We are also looking for 3 volunteers to assist with food preparation in-advance of the Ice Breaker.  If you are interested in either of these opportunities please contact  Joanne Nicholson at – 604-816-8254
5)  We do need help with sponsors.  The Kigoos sponsorship package is posted HERE.  For companies that wish to take full advantage of recognition opportunities, the deadline is this Thursday so that we can ensure inclusion in the Icebreaker program.
It is a busy couple weeks as we lead up to Ice Breaker.  We plan to post the sign-up sheets for volunteers by Friday.

Tater Tots Summer Swim Program

May 25th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier | Registration - (Comments Off on Tater Tots Summer Swim Program)

What to expect:


This seven week intensive swim program is designed for young swimmers to learn and build on the fundamentals of swimming. While this program aims to help younger children be more comfortable in the water, and to establish the key fundamental skills in swimming that are necessary to improve quickly, this program is not meant as direct stepping stone into our Junior Development program and should not be treated as such.


Preference will be given to younger siblings of Kigoos families as well as Kigoos Alumni on a first come, first serve basis. All swimming will be done in the small teaching pool at Steveston Outdoor Pool.


Due to limited pool space we only have room for a total of 18 swimmers. Each session is 30 minutes long and your swimmer will be assigned either the first or second half hour of the stated times and will be notified once registration is complete. The cost of the program is $100 and includes a Kigoos t-shirt




MondayWednesdayFriday from June 16th until July 30th (no sessions on Wednesday, July 9th or 23rd).  There are a total of 18 sessions.  Each session will be 30 minutes.  The program runs from 5 – 6 pm and swimmers will be assigned to the first or second half hour.


Please note:


Swimmers are expected to be on deck and ready to swim at the posted time. They should have goggles and a swim suit. Parents must be on deck for the duration of the practice to care for their child if needed.


The deadline for registration is Monday, June 9th (or until the program sells out)


For more information contact Coach Ava by email at  Click HERE to register.  Participants will be notified which timeslot they are assigned to no later than the end of the day on June 11th.

Some Friday Kigoos Updates

May 23rd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Some Friday Kigoos Updates)
1)  The “Meet the Coaches” sessions will be immediately following your child’s group practice tomorrow (Saturday) morning.  So the first meetings are with Intermediate A and B parents at 8 AM and they continue throughout the morning.
2)  We are looking for 2 mature and responsible Intermediate or Senior swimmers to help out with the Tater Tots this season, starting June 16. They will be practicing Monday,Wednesday, and Friday from 4:45-6pm. It is necessary that you be at all of the practices.

Due to limited space, we only have room for 2 volunteer coaches. No previous coaching experience is required.

If you are interested in helping out with the Tater Tots this summer, please send a short explanation of why you would like to volunteer with the Tater Tots to Coach Ava at

Applications are due by June 1st, and candidates will be contacted with a response no later than June 4th.

3)  A new expanded Tater Tot program will run from mid-June until the end of July, 3 days a week.  Full details and registration will be out next week.
Food orders for the Mock Meet are due Wednesday, May 28thCLICK HERE to place your orders.

Be sure to register for the Ice Breaker and other June Meets.  So far we have about 80 swimmers registered for the Ice Breaker but we will hopefully have almost all swimmers in the club signed up by the Monday deadline.  HERE is the link.

Mock Meet and More

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Mock Meet and More)

3 updates for today:

1)  The link was broken in yesterday’s email linking to the important document on meet registrations and cancellations.  You can find it here.  Also while you are there, sign-up for the Ice Breaker and other June Meets

2)  The Kigoos Mock Meet is coming next Saturday, May 31st – and this year we want ALL swimmers to be part of the event.

We are inviting ALL FAMILIES to participate in the Annual Mock Meet Waffle breakfast to be held on the 31st of May from 9 – 10am at the Steveston Pool. Whether you are a returning family with many years of Kigoos’ experience, or new to the club, this is the perfect opportunity to come and hang out and eat some delicious food.

Menu :  a hot breakfast of  Steveston’s very own  Damien waffles covered in strawberries, whipped cream and warm syrup and served with sausages and hot chocolate. Choose from a “Superhero”(2 waffles for $5.75) or “Mighty Mouse”(1 waffle $3.50) menu.  Starbucks coffee and Tazo Chai tea lattes will also be available for $1.25.

CLICK HERE to place your orders.  Deadline is next Wednesday, May 29th.

As usual, please bring your own cups, plates and cutlery. As we are ordering our supplies based on your confirmations, please ensure that any cancellations are sent by email no later than 24 hours before the event to avoid a fee.

Sign-in for swimming will be at 6:45, and warm-ups and cheers will run from 7:00-7:30. We will then run through  races from 7:30-9:00 with food to follow.  Don’t forget to bring:

  • Extra towels (you’ll be in and out of the pool, so you don’t want to be using the same wet/cold towel each time)
  • Warm clothes
  • Water and extra snacks
  • Your loudest voice!

This is a great opportunity to practice being in a meet-type situation before our big weekend, and to race against your friends!

3)  We are looking for 6 volunteers for the Posters and Cheers event held on Friday the 6th of June(the night before the Ice Breaker). The shift is from 4.30-6.30pm and we will be serving pizza and drinks to our members.

Updates for May 22nd

May 21st, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Updates for May 22nd)
1)  This Saturday will be the “Meet the Coaches” sessions for all parents.  Sessions will be before or after practice times.  A list of times will be emailed out in advance.  Hopefully we can have a large turnout of parents as coaches review expectations for the year.

2)  A separate email will be out later today or early tomorrow about the May 31st Mock Meet.  We are hoping all Kigoos will attend this club-only mini-meet.

3)  The meet sign-ups for the June weekend meets are now posted HERE.  The process is the same as last year.  The first cut-off is next Monday for Ice Breaker.  We are hoping ALL Kigoos will sign-up for the Ice Breaker.  Please also read an important bulletin HERE about meet sign-ups, cancellations and relays.

4)  The sign-up is also posted for the first JD Meet.  JD swimmers are allowed to swim at weekend meets but should double check with their and will have to be comfortable swimming on their own.

If you have any questions about upcoming meets, or meet sign-ups, please see your coach or Head Coach Danna.

Are you getting your Notifiers?

May 11th, 2014 | Posted by kigooswm in Calendar | Notifier | Swim Shop - (Comments Off on Are you getting your Notifiers?)

Below is the most recent Notifier sent to all families (May 11).   If you are not receiving these updates and want to be added to our list please send an email to Chris Kennedy at indicating you want to be added and if you are a parent or swimmer.


A few updates to start the week:
1)  A reminder that the new practice schedule takes effect tomorrow (Monday).  Please be sure check the website for groups and times
2)  A reminder to all interested parents that we are hosting a stroke and turn clinic on Monday, 7-9pm at Steveston Community Centre. This is for any PARENTS who would like to learn how to be swim officials this season, and for any existing officials who would like to learn about this year’s changes to the BCSSA swimming rules. We hope to see many parents there, and remind you that there will be no childcare provided during the clinic.  We encourage you to let Zoe Lee know if you are attending –
3)  We have just added to the calendar that there will be a Yingfa swimwear sale during next Saturday’s practices between 7 – 11 am at Steveston Pool  – this is a great opportunity to pick up reasonably priced suits and goggles.
4)  Look for sign-up later this week for the Kigoos Mock Meet on May 31st.  This is for ALL swimmers and will have time trials for events and we are also hosting a breakfast that morning.
Should be a sunny week at the pool!