From the Desk of the Head Coach – Year End

September 8, 2022

Well, we are officially wrapped up for regular season practices for the 2021-22 season!  Now that we are done, it feels like it went by really fast.  We are now moving into our summer swim practices and provincial championships.  All our regular practices are over!

I can’t believe how successful our athletes were this year!  As a coaching staff we don’t just look at standards, percentage of improvement and new club records, as a measure of how well we did.  Although we did have many of those and a super high percentage!  This season, the coaching staff also looked at how well the club did at making new parents and swimmers feel welcome, how well did the rest of the club, and the coaching staff engage with the next generation.  I was so happy to see so many athletes at our year end Fun Meet and at the club hosted pancake breakfast that followed.  I was also very happy to see the high turnout we had at the Delta Day Parade and booth.  Some swimmers will spend 10 years of their childhood in this club, and we are so happy that families have chosen us.

I would like to thank DSSC’s Board of Directors for creating policy and processes that help guide the direction of our club, and for organizing volunteer initiatives that add value to the program.  Thank you to Wojciech Apanowicz (President), Jessica Jensen (Teasurer), Kathleen Trites (Registrar), Gurinder Sangha (Volunteers Coordinator and Equipment Manager), Kam Rai (Officials Coordinator), and our newest members Rachel Li, Gavin Wang and Helena Meng Huiyi. 

I am also very grateful to the hard work and dedication to their craft that my coaching staff showed this season.  Thank you to coaches Erin Taylor, Sophie Ferguson, Cory Bullock, Holly Friesen and Jaya Castillo.  Their knowledge of the sport, their athletes and the club make DSSC run as smoothly as it does.  Thank you so much!

DSSC’s 2022-23 season starts September 12th.  Registration is open, and our assessments for next season will be September 7-8 from 5:00-7:00pm at Sungod Recreation (please note the new time).  Your referrals of family and friends to the club is always appreciated.

I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and restful July and August.  The kids worked hard this year, and have shown such great growth both as athletes and people.  Ultimately, creating great people is the goal of DSSC and its coaching staff.

Thank you for putting your trust in us!
Yours in Swimming,