October 2019: Swimmer of the Month

July 20, 2021

October 2019 SOM

This past month was SPOOKTACULAR for the DSSC Swimmers! DSSC had their first two swim meets of the season resulting in 2 new BC Age Group Championship qualifiers, 5 new LMR qualifiers and a bunch of best times. Congratulations to all the athletes!

For October, the coaching staff were looking for athletes who showed PERSEVERANCE. The below athletes are those the coaching staff believe exceeded their expectations and pushed themselves to the limit.

Mini Dragons 1 

Manreet John and Simrit Zhawar: For swimmer of the month it was all about perseverance and the two Mini Dragons level 1 swimmers that represented it the best is Manreet Johal and Simrit Zhawar. These two demonstrate the importance of high attendance and hard work. Not only do they show up on time for practice but they also utilize their time wisely and effectively with a smile on there face.There is never a time at practice where they are not serious about their swimming. They are always striving to be better than last practice and be the best that they can be. Amazing job girls!!!!

Mini Dragons 2

Param Lalli: it has been a pleasure to get to know Param so far this season. He has shown peseverance in every practice by coming preparred with a water bottle and all of the needed equipment. Also, it is great to see him participate in the first Pass Meet of the seson and the Halloween fun meet with an awesome costume! He always works hard and is focused throughout practice which allows him to always perform his best. Great job Param and keep up the great work! 


Sunny He: Sunny started the season off with some less than spectacular starts off the block. Through a lot of grit, determination and a few hundred belly flops Sunny’s dive starts have started to really get good. He fires himself off the block with some good power and has now started to look for new challenges in order to make his dive even better. If 100 dive starts over the course of a month and showing improvements at the end of October doesn’t show perseverance, I do not know what does. Nice work, Sunny!

Junior Age Group (JAG)

Gurman Atkar: The month of October proved to be challenging and very Rewarding for Gurman. After only four weeks he was able to achieve his LMR standard at the first pass meet. The JAG group has been focusing on working hard and pushing through hard training- something that isn’t easy to do! At first Gurman was unable to always make the times he needs or get his own time off the pace clock, he is now able to do both while leading the lane. Keep it up, G!


Abhay Dhour: This is Abhay's first year with the club and he has taken every challenge thrown at him in stride. His dedication to the club even within this short period of time has impressed all of the coaches. Congratulations Abhay!

Competitive Development 

Vincent He: Vincent was the perfect example of perseverance this past month. Every practice he was on time, performed dryland exceptionally well and was always asking questions on how to become a better swimmer. A highlight for Vincent this month was competing in his first swim meet ever and absolutely destroying it!

Developmental Age Group (DAG) 

Amrit Zhawar: October was an absolutely killer month for Amrit. Amrit shined when it came to difficult sets as as 8x200's free descending 1-4. Even though Amrit was going off 5 seconds rest, his determination and technique remained constant. As a result of his perseverance this past month, he received best times in his 100 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 IM and 50 free at the PSW Invitational. 

Top Age Group (TAG)

Kirra Trites: Kirra’s introduction to distance training has been filled with tough lessons. Always a tough racer, Kirra had to learn how to swim more relaxed, how to pace herself for distance events even when getting sufficient rest to go really fast. The Top Age Group has started specific training with its athletes and each training set gets a little bit longer and a little bit harder. Kirra has done a great job at maintaining focus and getting things done. With tight hips and hamstrings she has also had to manage keeping herself healthy with an increased work load. Well done Kirra, keep striving to be awesome.

What are coaches looking for in November?


For November, coaches will be awarding Swimmer of the Month to those swimmers who not only strengthened their kick, but as well as strengthened their mindset.