Newsletter - March 12
Congratulations to Oksana Chaput & Mia West (Manta) and Kelsey Wog & Sarah Watson (UMAN) for their selection on the Tokyo to Paris Swimming Canada virtual camp. Team Building Activities will take place virtually on Saturday March 27 and April 17.
Congratulations to Mia West (Manta) and her coach, Tommaso Panizza, for their selection on the 2021 Youth Relay Camp for World Junior. The camp will take place virtually on Saturday April 17.
SNM Return to Play v5 Protocol
Version 5 of the Swim Manitoba Return to Play protocol is now available on our website:
There are many updates through the document, mostly to reflect the new orders of March 5. All the updates are identified in purple. (Pages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, and 21 (Annexe A – Screening Checklist))
Here are some changes to meet the standards of the provincial health orders of March 5:
Training groups cannot have more than 10 swimmers.
Take reasonable measures to ensure that there is no interaction between different groups of participants who are engaging in a sporting activity at the facility at the same time; and
The number of persons in dressing rooms to 50% of the usual capacity or to a number that ensures that all persons in the dressing room are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons, whichever is lesser.
Limit occupancy to all portions of the facility other than dressing rooms and the areas where sporting activities are conducted to 25% of the usual capacity.
It’s important to revise these changes in the Return to Play v5 document and maybe revise the general content of the document.
We ask all clubs who intend to do a return to sport to send us a revised document of their club return to sport protocol.
We invite all clubs to contact their facility to know the exact rules and protocol they need to follow specific to their facility.
Federal Sport Emergency Fund Phase 3
We have received the phase 3 funding through Sport Manitoba and cheques will be sent early next week to all clubs who have applied.
Return to Swimming
A few clubs in the province have managed to return to training with a limited number of swimmers and a limited schedule. More clubs should be able to gradually resume their activities.
We understand that after 12 months of waiting many are eager to return to training, just as we are, and some will find that the return pace is too slow and does not involve enough swimmers/groups. This situation is temporary. We are confident that the capacity will be greatly increased in April, although you should understand that we will not return to ‘normal’ 100% capacity for some time.
Swim Manitoba will be monitoring the situation closely and will continue to engage with Sport Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to ensure the return to swimming is as easy and quick as possible.
We will continue to communicate any new information to our members through club presidents and head coaches as we learn of new developments.
The Swim Manitoba community is ready for a return to swimming and we will do all we can to do so safely and as quickly as possible.