Swimming

Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in England

Ravensong Breakers product Nikolas Bennett is one of eight para-swimmers on Canadian team

 

Olympic, Paralympic and world champion swimmers competing at the Bell Canadian Swimming Trials in Saanich Commonwealth Place. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Swimming Canada trials take over Saanich Commonwealth Place

Swimmers battling for national team spots at upcoming international competitions

 

Edward James of the Duncan Stingrays competes in the 12 and under boys 100m butterfly at the 2022 Vancouver Island Regional Short Course Championships on Jan. 29. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan Stingrays set phenomenal pace at Island short course championships

Swim club sets personal bests at 86.4 per cent clip

 

As others don pink t-shirts for anti-bullying day (Feb. 23), swimmers across British Columbia – including White Rock Wave members Bill Blair, Debbie Dunn and Cindy Yoc – are wearing pink caps as part of an initiative set up by Swim BC. (Contributed photo)

Sea of pink at B.C. pool a tribute to kindness, compassion during anti-bullying week

Swim BC offered pink swim caps to teams across the province for annual initiative

As others don pink t-shirts for anti-bullying day (Feb. 23), swimmers across British Columbia – including White Rock Wave members Bill Blair, Debbie Dunn and Cindy Yoc – are wearing pink caps as part of an initiative set up by Swim BC. (Contributed photo)
Bill Behse of the Canadian Red Cross checks the contents of an emergency shelter unit at the Regent Park Community Centre in Toronto, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was “winding down” its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Waves of nostalgia for Canadians taught to swim by Red Cross as program winds down

The transition marks the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians

Bill Behse of the Canadian Red Cross checks the contents of an emergency shelter unit at the Regent Park Community Centre in Toronto, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was “winding down” its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was ‘winding down’ its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Waves of nostalgia for Canadians taught to swim by Red Cross as program winds down

2022 will mark end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over 75 years

The Canadian Red Cross announced earlier this month it was ‘winding down’ its swimming and lifeguard lessons through 2022, marking the end of a program that taught water safety to millions of Canadians over a 75-year stretch. (Photo by The Canadian Press)
Lauchlin MacGregor gets a lift from his Duncan Stingrays teammates at the Richmond FastSwim Classic last month. (Submitted by the Duncan Stingrays)

Nothing ugly about Duncan Stingrays’ pre-Christmas results

Swim team travels to meets in Richmond and Nanaimo

Lauchlin MacGregor gets a lift from his Duncan Stingrays teammates at the Richmond FastSwim Classic last month. (Submitted by the Duncan Stingrays)
Stingrays swimmer Matthew Ruiter races in the 200m backstroke during the club’s Winter Break Invitational last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan Stingrays post excellent results at Winter Break Invitational

Multiple personal bests and top-3 finishes for host club

Stingrays swimmer Matthew Ruiter races in the 200m backstroke during the club’s Winter Break Invitational last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan Stingrays swimmer Teddy James competes in the 50m butterfly during the club’s Orange & Black meet at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre on Dec. 1. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Young Duncan Stingrays dive into competition

First meet of the year for club’s youngest swimmers

Duncan Stingrays swimmer Teddy James competes in the 50m butterfly during the club’s Orange & Black meet at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre on Dec. 1. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Sam Gerbrandt, Teddy James, Nina Lampinen, Clara Lake, Waylin MacGregor and Matthew Ruiter were among the 11 swimmers who represented the Duncan Stingrays at the Comox Valley Sharks’ Fall Meet Series last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Sam Gerbrandt, Teddy James, Nina Lampinen, Clara Lake, Waylin MacGregor and Matthew Ruiter were among the 11 swimmers who represented the Duncan Stingrays at the Comox Valley Sharks’ Fall Meet Series last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Members of the Duncan Stingrays senior group, from left: Anna Fairweather, Kate Schultz, Evan Hales, Kailie MacGregor and Malcolm Blackburn. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Bennett Cup a test of training for Duncan Stingrays

Eight swimmers compete among the best from Island and Mainland

Members of the Duncan Stingrays senior group, from left: Anna Fairweather, Kate Schultz, Evan Hales, Kailie MacGregor and Malcolm Blackburn. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Duncan Stingrays took 20 swimmers to the Nanaimo Riptides Invitational last month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan Stingrays return to the pool after 19 months

Brody McCartney eclipses 29-year-old club record

The Duncan Stingrays took 20 swimmers to the Nanaimo Riptides Invitational last month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Crofton summer camp

Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)
Penny Oleksiak of Canada holds up her bronze medal from the women’s 200-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader

Penny Oleksiak swims into Canada’s record books after earning sixth career medal

Her bronze is her sixth career medal, the most for any Canadian in the Summer Games

Penny Oleksiak of Canada holds up her bronze medal from the women’s 200-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
The busy beach seen at Fuller Lake Park and others earlier in the summer will return with the lifting of advisories. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Beach advisories lifted

Bacterial counts back within acceptable levels

The busy beach seen at Fuller Lake Park and others earlier in the summer will return with the lifting of advisories. (File photo by Don Bodger)
The Crofton Pool will reopen July 2. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Lifeguard services returning to Fuller Lake Park, Crofton Pool

Summer schedule starting after hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic

The Crofton Pool will reopen July 2. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Parksville swimmer Nicholas Bennett has earned a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (Submitted photo)
Parksville swimmer Nicholas Bennett has earned a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (Submitted photo)
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph

When Cold Is Hot

Cold water swimming is therapy and exercise

  • May 26, 2021
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph
Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

Dangerous oasis: The fatal history of a popular Kootenay Lake beach

Six Mile Beach near Nelson is known for its unique sand spit. But locals have feared it for decades

Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services