Newsletter - November 27


Message from Swim Natation Manitoba President

Dear Swim Manitoba Community,

As you may be aware, on Tuesday, November 17th during a Provincial COVID update, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said a Winnipeg swim team travelled to Kenora for practice.  Being previously unaware of this the Executive Director of Swim Manitoba was promptly in contact with the President of Sport Manitoba to clarify the situation.  After further investigation, it was found that it was not an entire team but a parent and their two children who had booked swim lanes and travelled to Kenora for open swim independent of their club and Swim Manitoba.  This information was communicated to the President of Sport Manitoba and was corrected November 19th by Premier Brian Pallister during a subsequent Provincial update, further stating that  “While Manitobans are not legally restricted from travelling to northwestern Ontario, it is very unfortunate that this family chose to disregard the advice of [Manitoba’s chief medical officer] Dr. Brent Roussin and our government to ‘stay home’ at this crucial time in our fight against COVID-19,”


We are working with the swim family to ensure that they understand the risk associated with this action and the impact it has had on our community.  These are difficult times, and our swimmers are anxious to get back in the pool, but these are unprecedented times and we need to stay together, supporting the public health orders.  We appreciate the cooperation and commitment from the swim clubs, their boards, and their swim families as we navigate through this pandemic.


Janice Kostelnyk


Swim Natation Manitoba


Coaching Through COVID – Webinar

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) made their webinar of November 18 “Coaching Through COVID” available for free on YouTube. Myriam Paquette, physiologist at INS Québec, Mike Thompson, Head Coach, High Performance Centre Québec, and Tess Routliffe, para-swimmer, Silver medalist at the 2016 Paralympic Games are the speakers.


With the uncertainty brought by the current health crisis, creating periodized training plans has become an even greater challenge. This presentation will address flexible periodization strategies that will help coaches and athletes adapt to their constantly evolving circumstances. 


The lack or opportunities for competition is a second a major challenge during this time, and strategies to maintain athletes’ motivation and create challenges and occasions to perform will also be discussed. 


A national team coach and athlete will be invited to this session to share their experience and strategies and answer the attendees’ questions.


Age Categories for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games

Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games has announced the age categories for the 2022 Canada Summer Games. LINK


Here are the age categories for Swimming:



● Male swimmers must be born in 2005 or later

● Female swimmers must be born in 2006 or later



● All para swimmers (classes S1-S14) must be born between 1996-2008



● All Special Olympics Canada registered swimmers must be born between 1996-2008


COVID-19 Updates and Return to Swimming

With a five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate that stays over 14 per cent and case, hospitalization, and death statistics still very high in the province, we urge all our members to be cautious and abide by the instructions of health authorities. The sooner we can collectively flatten the curve, the sooner we can return to a more normal life.


Swim Manitoba is in contact with Sport Manitoba, the Canadian Sport Center, and several other PSOs to find solutions to a safe return to play as soon as possible.


Government of Manitoba COVID-19 website: