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Friday, February 7, 2014

Attention Windsor! We Need Your Help!

In the midst of the hoopla of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the City of Windsor and the Windsor Aquatic Club, are hosting a major Swim meet at the New Windsor International Aquatic and Training Center starting next week Thursday Feb 13, 2014 through Sunday Feb 16, 2014.

This is a National Level Swim Competition for over 700 qualifying Swimmers 13 years and older, coming from Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario. These swimmers are coming to establish/ record National competitive racing times to qualify for National events for their age groups ultimately with the goal to be considered for spots to represent Canada on the Next Summer Olympics.

Because of circumstances beyond our control we are short on Volunteers. Perhaps you know of individuals who love sports,  especially aquatic sports, who might be willing to come out (to a wonderful and warm pool) to help volunteer as timers or in other capacities.   To run any swim meet we normally have between 90 and 130 volunteers and Officials per Session. This coming meet is a four day meet with Morning Sessions that run two Pools simultaneously and will require over 120 Officials in the mornings but we still need 40 or so more to help with timing and on deck routing of swimmers.  In each of the evening sessions we still need 40 per session as well.  Positions such as security (checking deck accreditations prior to entrance onto the deck) are also available.

To explain the shortage of help we need to note that at most swim meets we count on parents attending the swim meet with their younger children to help to do Officiating, timing and to volunteer. Unfortunately, even though there are over 700 swimmers and 102 Clubs coming from all over Eastern Canada, many of the these swimmers are coming by bus with only a very few parents and some chaperones. Many clubs are sending their few qualifying swimmers with their 1 or 2 coaches. Given that there is also another major meet in Brantford Ontario (Winterfest) on the same weekend for which many of the 2 Windsor swim clubs (Windsor Aquatic Club and WEST) are attending with swimmers under the age of 13, most of our regular wonderful volunteer parents are going to be out of town.

There are two sessions per day,  Thursday, Friday, Saturday sessions begin with warm-up at 7:30 a.m. with first race off the blocks at 9:00 a.m. for preliminary heats,  followed by the finals each evening session beginning with warm-up at 4:30 p.m. and first race off at 6:00 p.m.  Sunday also has two sessions,  with preliminary warm up starting at 7:30 a.m. as in previous days,  but the warm-ups for the final session on Sunday will be earlier, and start at 3:45.    Each session would last approximately 3 to 4 hours total.

To volunteer to help or for information interested individuals can contact Rene Coppens at