For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

Some Final Thoughts from Coach Ava

August 24th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Some Final Thoughts from Coach Ava)

That’s a wrap! I am so extremely proud of how all of you swam throughout the season. All of you improved tremendously as athletes both physically and mentally, which was wonderful to watch!

Regionals was a fantastic meet for us (we won!), so congratulations to all of you who participated that weekend. I would also like to send out a big congratulations to all of our Provincial Qualifiers, and to those who actually swam this past weekend at the provincial meet. Provincials are always exciting, but this year I saw some of the best swimming I’ve seen yet- way to go, guys! We had 5 of our relays medal on Friday, and 5 again on Saturday, with 6 of those medals being gold! There were records broken, outside snipes, and some major TSN turning points!

As you guys know, this was my last season with the Kigoos and what a season it was! While I am extremely sad about leaving, I am also bursting with happiness about how this season went, and how my time with the Kigoos has been. As a swimmer, I would look forward to May 1st every year because that is when summer began, when I would get to set foot back on deck at Steveston Pool, find out who my coach would be, and be reunited with all of the people that I would be spending the next four months with, day in and day out. As a coach, I looked forward to May 1st for different reasons; how tall did you all get? Who’s voice dropped? How did my group look? How did the team look? For over a decade my year has been clearly divided into summer (May 1st to the end of Provincials) and all those other seasons. Thinking forward to next year, I think that I will probably have some sort of crisis on May 1st when I realize that it’s not in fact summer yet, that I’m not allowed to swim at outdoor pools yet, and most importantly that I won’t get to see all of you! From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank each and every one of you from Tater Tots up to Senior for being such a hugely important part of my life. You have all had your little impacts on the way that I think, the way that I look at the world, and the way that I approach situations (and the way that I dance), and for that I cannot thank you enough!

I hope that you all have an amazing school year, and that you keep swimming for the rest of your lives! Kigoos is one of the best things that will ever happen to you regardless of how fast or slow you are, I promise. Now, there is no way that I will be able to stay fully out of the loop, so I will definitely be popping in from time to time, and you bet that I’ll be wanting to know “what’s new and cool”. Until then I will miss you all dearly! Thank you for such a great run!

JD Season Ending Post from Coach Julia

August 14th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Season Ending Post from Coach Julia)

Well Kigoos, that’s a wrap for the JD season! Thanks to everyone who made this summer the success that it was… parents, coaches, and CITs – we couldn’t have done it without your help, time, and effort!

The JD Coordinator position was new to the club this summer so I learned a lot as the season progressed, and really enjoyed doing something a little different this time around! It was a great experience which I’m thankful I was able to have, and it also gave me the opportunity to develop more of a connection with the JD parents, which I really appreciated.

All the JD swimmers did a great job and should be proud of themselves – there was lots of improvement especially near the end of the season, and many swimmers became way more confident in their own abilities, which was great to see! I hope many of you will continue on with swimming as it’s a great life skill and our Tsunami program is a helpful way to maintain and build upon the skills learned this summer.

Thanks again to those of you who came out to the picnic tonight, and also for the gift that I received last week. It was very thoughtful and I will for sure make use of it! As for now, enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck to those who are continuing on to Provincials!

See you next at the banquet in September!

Junior Red Blog Post – For Coach Leo

August 11th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Blog Post – For Coach Leo)

Hi Junior Reds,

I hope you enjoyed your time this summer swim season. For those who have been with Kigoos, I hope you learned something new about swimming and racing. For those who joined us this year, did you enjoy making posters for Ice Breaker, watching Inside Out, playing tag at Splashtastic Pool Party, marching in the Canada parade, hiking the Grouse Grind, hanging out at Pasta Night, and so much more?

It was a privilege to be your coach and I had a great time. I hope I was able to share my passion of competitive swimming and deepen your interest in swimming. Don’t forget the keywords we talked about: keep practicing towards efficient strokes by staying low when breathing, countering pause with quick stroke rate, and maintaining speed with underwater dolphin kicks and breakouts. Doing these once is not enough though… you must be consistent especially when you’re tired! Always hold the water and pull with power and intensity. Finally, I hope you will swim with confidence as you continue to build on the things we practiced.

See you all at the Kigoos Club Picnic this Wednesday. I will hand out your Time Sheet to you then.

Thank you Junior Red Swimmers and Parents,

Coach Leo

JR Red Points Earned Summary (May – Aug 2015):

Div 1G: 827

Div 1B: 371

Div 2G: 192

Div 2B: 390

Div 3B: 6

O Cat 1: 325



Head Coach Update from Coach Ava – Getting Ready for Regionals!

August 4th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Head Coach Update from Coach Ava – Getting Ready for Regionals!)

Hello Kigoos! Can you believe that Regionals is this weekend?! I have some extremely important information that I want to share with you all:

  • Your nutrition and rest are very important elements when it comes to the outcome of your races. Make sure that throughout this week and during the meet you are hydrating with water, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and getting lots of sleep!

  • Relays will be posted at the pool on Wednesday. Please make sure that you check the relays and arrange to be at the meet to swim it. Being on a relay at Regionals is a huge privilege and should be taken seriously. The relays have been created based on times, and have been reviewed thoroughly in order to ensure the best possible combinations.
    • Please note that relays at Regionals go straight to finals, unless there is more than one heat in prelims. In other words, if you are on a relay, you must stick around until after finals to swim. 
    • If you have been placed on a relay for Regionals, you must swim this relay. No absences will be tolerated.

  • Do not “dog” heats. All swimmers should swim their best during both heats and then again in finals. You never know who could bump you out of a spot for finals and you do not want to be left wishing you would have put more effort in.

  • Let’s all wear our tie-dyed t-shirts for Saturday at Regionals. Our team spirit needs to be top notch for this meet! Get ready to cheer loud, and to support your teammates! Finals at Regionals are especially exciting. Even if you do not qualify for finals, stick around the pool deck so that you do not miss the excitement!

  • Please wear your Kigoos swim caps during your races. This helps coaches find you in the pool, and also represents the team! Think of your Kigoos cap as the equivalent of a team jersey- you wouldn’t play a game without it.

  • If you know that you will not be attending Provincials in Victoria, but you think that you will be a qualifier, please notify Coach Ava immediately.

  • We have 140 swimmers entered in close to 600 events this weekend, this is HUGE! Get pumped up!!!!!!!! Give every single race your 100%.

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”  -Dan Gable


Junior Red Update from Coach Leo

August 4th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Leo)

Hi Junior Reds,

Regionals is here! Remember to stay hydrated and relaxed. Think about the tips we talked about, visualize your strong strokes and your quickness off the walls, and have fun at Pasta night together. I am very happy to have the privilege to coach you this season. 

This week, we will do dives, turns, and relay takeovers. Rest well and let’s bring all our intensity and energy this weekend. See you this week!

Pasta Night (Aug 6Thursday)

JD Update from Coach Julia – Including Triathlon Results

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Update from Coach Julia – Including Triathlon Results)

Hello JDs, congratulations on completing an awesome Olympic challenge week! You guys swam through the tougher practices, rocked the triathlon, and earned bonus scoops with your Olympic teams based on challenges during the week… great job!! Our race day on Friday involved a little more shuffling around than anticipated, but in the end everyone had a blast and we ended the day off with a yummy bowl of ice cream to celebrate.  Thank you to all of those who helped out to make the week a success!

This upcoming Tuesday the 4th marks our final JD practice of the year, and it will be lead by everyone’s original coach to give swimmers the chance to be with their own coaches and groups once more before the season is done. It will also give swimmers the chance to pick up their “swim card” from their coach if they have not yet already done so. Thursday the 6th is Pasta Night, and JDs are more than welcome to attend that event as well. Best of luck to the JDs swimming at Regionals too!

It has been a great season and I’ve really enjoyed being a part of it, it’s hard to believe it’s winding down already! I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday at 5:45pm – please try to come to practice as it will be our last one!

Here are the times for those of you who completed the triathlon – we were blown away by how speedy everyone was and the event ran very smoothly, thanks again to all the parents, coaches, and volunteers who helped out!

JD Red, White, and Blue did 1 running lap, 2 biking laps, and 300m swimming

• Jason R: 23:27

• Justin B: 22:09

• Kenzie M: 24:07

• Keira I: 23:27

• Jenelle D: 25:25

• Brodie N: 25:10

• Tai P: 25:25

• Lucy R: 28:45

• Devon S-P: 22:06

• Katie N: 27:17

• Jake N: 25:05

• Sienna S: 30:29

• Colin N: 25:25

• Rebecca M: 29:50

• Sophie F: 27:44


JD Turquoise did 1 running lap, 2 biking laps, and 200m swimming

• Tyler R: 26:01

• Katie K: 29:54

• Sean J: 25:25

• Livia R: 28:37

Junior Red Update from Coach Leo

July 29th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Leo)

Hi Junior Reds, 

A quick update as we enter our final 1.5 weeks this season. Great job this week. Was it a challenge to execute the technique consistently every time? Whether it is holding your streamline, finishing your pull, timing your touch turns into the walls, or keeping your head down for the breakout and finish, our priority is to catch the water so that we go forward while minimizing drag. For the remainder of this week, we will continue to increase our stroke rate. Next week, we will practice our dives and turns. Remember to stay hydrated and relaxed. See you this week! 

SOTW (100% challenge week completed. Find out tonight):
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SOTM (Surrey): Sherea L. & Adrian C. 

  • Sherea kept her head low to the water surface when breathing and kept her arms close to the body when pulling in 50m free, resulting in a more streamlined body position and a quicker pull.
  • Adrian was consistent in his underwater dolphin kick 50m back and increased his kick. He conserved his speed from the wall and maintained it. resulting in a more efficient stroke.

– Regional Events will be confirmed with swimmer and parents via email (July 29 & 30)
– Red & White Meet (July 29, 4:45pm-8pm)

–  Scoops Reward (July 31, 5pm-6pm, Steveston Pool)

JD Olympics

July 26th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Olympics)

JD Olympics week: Monday July 27th – Friday July 31st


Hello JDs and JD families… Welcome to JD Olympics week! This week is going to be filled with fun challenges and team competitions, a triathlon, some racing and relays, and much more, all concluded with our season windup/Olympic celebration in the backfield on Friday the 31st during our afternoon practice!


Instead of practicing with regular groups, new groups have been made that include JD swimmers of all levels – these new groups will be everyone’s teammates for the week! Each team will be lead by a JD coach, and on Monday the 27th between 4:30-5pm the teams will have a chance to get to know their teammates, create their team poster and team name, and discuss some challenges they might like to try in the upcoming week.


Our main reward for the JD Olympics will be scoops. Scoops can be earned for various reasons – team spirit, effort, attendance, winning challenges, etc… On Friday afternoon during our season windup, scoops can be traded in for ice cream, sprinkles, smarties, chocolate sauce, or other various toppings we might have. Typically the number of scoops everyone earns during the week will be divided in order to make their scoops smaller, so for example someone may earn 25 scoops but we would divide by 5 to leave them with 5 scoops, which could be used for 2 scoops of ice cream, 1 squirt of chocolate sauce, 1 spoon of smarties, and 1 spoon of sprinkles. Please bring your own bowls and spoons, and don’t worry about not having enough scoops at the end of the week, the coaches will make sure that everyone gets enough even after dividing to make them less!


As this is the last full week of practices for the season, please try to come to as many practices as possible – remember that attendance also counts towards scoops for your Olympic team!


Monday (4:30-6pm): Meet your Olympic teammates, choose your team name and make your poster, and begin Olympic training!

  • Please arrive at 4:30 as we plan on spending approximately the first 30 minutes making team posters and getting to know new teammates


Tuesday (5:45-7pm): Olympic training continues!

  • Practice time is per usual, please remember to please bring running shoes for the first 15 minutes of activation


Wednesday: Red & White Meet (club wide event)


Thursday (5:45-7pm): Training complete… Olympic challenge day begins!

  • Could include games during activation, swim races, relays, games, lung busters, kick competitions, penny dives, tiger sprints, activities of swimmers’ choice, and of course lots of cheering!


Friday (6:45-8am): JD Triathlon

• Please arrive no later than 6:50am as we will be organizing swimmers and setting up bikes in the back field, start time is planned for 7:05am

• JDs will be running and biking the loop behind the pool, and then swimming in the pool (distances TBA)

• We will be done by 8am as per usual practice schedule


Friday (time TBA, but will be around or during same time as practice): Season wind up in the backfield and celebration of the completion of JD Olympics

  • Families welcome!
  • Scoops will be rewarded (please bring your own bowl and spoon)

• Kigoos end of the season JD report cards will also be handed out

• Feel free to bring any snacks or dinner for yourself, and there might even be some more tasty food to share!




Coach Ian’s team

Jason R

Kenzie M

Elliot B

Xander W

Katie N

Sienna S

Sean J

Adam Z


Coach Sam’s team

Justin B

Keira I

Carson W

Eleanor B

Jacob S

Jake N

Colin N

Livia R


Coach Jacob’s team

Brodie N

Lucy R

Arthur B

Lucy D

Alexander H

Hayley B

Wynter S

Katie K


Coach Tamara’s team

Jenelle D

Brianna C

Tai P

Devon S-P

Michael C

Rebecca M

Sophie F

Tyler R


** After JD Olympics, our last practice will be Tuesday August 4th. It will be with everyone’s original summer coach and group, not with their Olympic team. **


We look forward to seeing you on deck this week, and good luck during JD Olympics! You guys have done awesome so far and improved so much, so we will end off our season with a fun filled 5 days to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments! 

JD Red Update from Coach Ian

July 26th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Red Update from Coach Ian)

Hello, JD Reds!

We are coming up on the last week of swim practice.  I want you all to know that it has been a privilege to be your coach this summer.  All of you come to practice with great enthusiasm and you always give %110 when you’re in the water!  It has been a ton of fun, and I hope you will all continue swimming with Kigoos in the Tsunami season and next summer!

This week is the JD Olympics theme.  An email has been sent out with the details.  Please be at the pool at 4:30 on Monday so that we can organize teams and make our posters.  Wednesday is the Red&White Meet (more info to come).  The JD Triathlon will take place en lieu of Friday morning practice and I hope to see you all there.  Please arrive on time (no later than 6:50) so that we can get everyone organized.  Friday afternoon will be the JD Wind-up party.  Feel free to bring any snacks you want and we will also be doing our scoops rewards!

It’s been a great summer coaching you all!

Best wishes,

Coach Ian

JD White Update from Coach Sam

July 25th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Sam)
Hello JD Whites and Parents,
For the past two weeks we have been tirelessly working on improving our freestyle, backstroke and breastroke technique in preparation for the final JD meet this pastWednesday. I was very excited to showcase our talent and abilities at the meet; and I was thoroughly impressed. All swimmers at the CBSC JD meet got best times in 50 freestyle! Great Job.
I would also like to congratulate the two JD Whites who participated in the Grouse Grind this past Tuesday – Devon and Tai. Both of whom beat me up the mountain. Well done boys.
This coming week we will have the JD Olympics as the theme of our Fun Week. These practices will be very fun; so I encourage all swimmers to attend. On Friday we will have the JD Triathlon, which is always very fun.
Thank you,
Coach Sam