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5 Things to Look For at the BCSSA Regional Championships

07/30/2014, 5:00am PDT
By Kelvin Cech

There's something special happening at the pool this weekend...


Let’s take a second to try to think of the absolute best place to be on a hot summer day.

The lake? The ocean? An outdoor swimming pool?

No matter which way you slice it, hanging out by the water in the summer is just awesome. The action of the pool, the positive vibe of the crowd, the snacks, the drinks - outdoor pools are where it’s at whether you’re 5 or 55. 

The British Columbia Summer Swimming Association cares so much about summer that they included it in their name. The BCSSA is built on the experience of swimming: elite coaching, intense competition and an emphasis on enjoying the water in a safe and encouraging environment. Since it’s inception in 1958, the BCSSA has grown to over 5000 athletes in the areas of speed swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. 

Learn more about the BC Summer Swimming Association.

This is an exciting time for the North Shore Winter Club, because the BCSSA Regional Championships are coming to our pool this weekend, August 2nd and 3rd.

Here are 5 things you can expect to see if you’re coming down to check out this fantastic swimming event.

1. Excitement

This weekend will be a great way to introduce them to the sport if your son or daughter is interested in swimming. 

People from all over the lower mainland will be at the club to swim, cheer and have a great time. The atmosphere for past BCSSA events at the club has been legendary - this year’s meet promises much of the same. 

2. Competition

The BCSSA Regionals are the last step before provincials. Athletes from our very own Marlins swim team have invested an incredible amount of effort in their training leading up to this event, as have other clubs from the greater Vancouver swimming district.

So throw on your team’s colours and bring your noisemakers.

3. Noise

On that note (get it?), be prepared to either make noise or just listen to it. With the amount of people descending on the club this weekend and the action surrounding all the events, the pool and tiki deck promise to be filled with cheering and coaching.

4. Focus

We’ve talked before on this blog about the importance of focus. With individual sports, it’s the responsibility of the athlete to perform to the best of their abilities. As Paige Jungaro told us, clearing your mind is crucial before you jump in the water.

“If you over-think things then you'll get overwhelmed and confused. Because once you jump in, it's all you.”

Read more about Paige and her methods of focusing before a meet.

5. Preparation

One of the first things you’ll notice about any large swim meet is just how many swimmers that will be doing their own thing. 

Swimmers are supposed to pack everything from a fleece blanket to keep their muscles warm to hand-held video games to keep their mind occupied as they relax in between events. 

You’ll see swimmers jogging in place, stretching and building up their bodies and minds in preparation. 

And the biggest thing to remember about all that prep work?

It’s just the tip of the iceberg. The amount of hours these athletes put into their dryland training, perfecting their strokes and improving their mental and physical endurance long before the event arrives is staggering. 

The BCSSA Regional Championship Swim Meet is an annual tradition at the North Shore Winter Club that showcases the grind experienced by the best swimmers in the province. If you’re looking for a little family-friendly fun and a lotta inspiration, get down to the club this Saturday and Sunday.

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