The pool isn’t quite ready yet but the Golden Dolphins Swim Club’s 2014 season is already underway with the start of dry-land training.
Last season was an exciting year for the Dolphins. The club sent multiple athletes to the provincial championships and standouts Zara Johnson and Josh Hiraoka came home with medals.
“We have an exceptional group of swimmers,” said Brenda Plonka, the club’s president. “Considering we have an outdoor pool and start three weeks after the other clubs, we have a great showing when it comes to regionals and provincials. Bringing home medals from regionals and provincials is a great honour to bring to Golden.”
In-pool training will start soon enough, but for now it is important for the swimmers to get their bodies ready for the season through a variety of drills and exercises. The training on land is designed to improve the swimmers’ balance and core strength. According to the team’s two coaches, Hailey Kehler and Caprice Rosentreter, it’s a vital part of getting ready for the season.
“Balance and a strong core is really important in the pool,” said Kehler. “A lot of people don’t realize that.”
“If you don’t have a strong core, or even strong legs, then it’s kind of hard to try and swim,” added Rosentreter.
The team’s first meet is scheduled for May 31, but the Dolphins aren’t just about competition and swimmers aren’t obligated to participate in races. Over 100 swimmers are registered for the upcoming season, with participants from as young as five to athletes as old as 18.
“Our position is to make sure that the kids are having fun and getting good exercise at the same time,” said Plonka.
There had to be a cap on registration this year because there wasn’t enough room in the pool last season, which caused some collisions and safety concerns. New members were accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
The competitive swimmers will be attending meets every weekend starting with the season’s opening races on May 31. The club’s home meet is scheduled for July 12 and 13, which will all lead toward the regional and provincial competitions at the end of the summer.