CGC Aquatics Teams Make Waves This Summer

August 28, 2017

Masters Swim Team Members Compete at World Swimming Championships

From August 14th-August 20th, the 17th World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary brought together swimmers from across the world. While there were many different languages, cultures and countries present at this event, one obvious commonality amongst all the athletes was their passion for swimming. Masters Teams from Nova Scotia were represented by six swimmers, including CGC Masters Swim Team members Ewa Gawlik and Helena Piccinini.


Ewa Gawlik (70-74 age group)
200m Butterfly GOLD – new provincial record
100m Butterfly – 4th
50m Butterfly – 8th
200m IM – 8th
800m Freestyle – 8th

Helena Piccinini (55-59 age group)
50m Freestyle  – 33rd
100m Freestyle – 36th
50m Butterfly – 40th

Congrats Ewa on your gold medal and record setting performance! Way to go ladies!


CGC Summer Swim Team Claim Small Team Champions and Most Improved

The 2017 Summer Swimming Provincials were held from August 18th-August 20th in Windsor, NS. The CGC Summer Swim Team took home awards for Small Team Champions (11-12 Age Group) and Most Improved Team, with four swimmers selected for the Nova Scotia All Star Team.

The CGC swam to a 6th place finish overall, up from 8th last year with 1503 points, up 903.5 points from last year.

“We had 6 individual medalists, a bronze for our 11-12 boys relay and a silver for our 13-14 boys relay, many Top 10 swims, and one of our swimmers tied for the Highest Individual Points for a Male” said Nathan Mendel, one of the CGC coaches. “Overall it was a great meet with strong performances from all of our swimmers and a lot of best times.”

Individual Results

  • Keilen Bellis – 1st place Boys 11-12 200m Freestyle, 1st place Boys 11-12 50m Freestyle, 1st place Boys 11-12 50m Breaststroke, 2nd Boys 11-12 50m Backstroke  & 2nd Boys 11-12 50m Butterfly
  • James Cameron-Hamilton –1st place Boys 13-14 200m Freestyle, 1st place Boys 13-14 100m Butterfly, 1st place Boys 13-14 400m Freestyle, 1st place Boys 13-14 100m Backstroke, 1st place Boys  13-14 200m IM
  • Omar Albatnigi– 1st place Boys 10 & Under 25m Breaststroke, 2nd place Boys 10 & Under 25m Butterfly, 2nd place Boys 10 & Under 100m IM
  • Jerry Wang – 3rd place Boys 15-16 100m Breaststroke, 3rd place Boys 15-16 50m Breaststroke
  • Ghalia Albatnigi– 3rd place Girls 11-12 50m Backstroke
  • Macguire Burke – 3rd place Boys 11-12 50m Breaststroke
  • Senali Jayawarnia –1st place Mixed 25m Freestyle Participation,
  • Jessica Zhuqian Liu  – 2nd place Mixed 49m Freestyle Kick
  • Kira Lloyd – 1st place Mixed 25m Breaststroke Participation, 2nd place Mixed 25m Freestyle Participation

Team Results

  • Keilen Bellis, Oliver Patriquin, Macguire Burke, James Cameron-Hamilton 2nd place Boys 13-14 200m Freestyle Relay
  • Keilen Bellis, Macguire Burke, Calvin Chu, Omar Albatnigi 3rd place Boys 11-12 200m Medley Relay

 Nova Scotia All Star Team

  • Omar Albatnigi – 10 & Under All Star Team
  • Keilen Bellis – 11-12 All Star Team
  • Macguire Burke –  11-12 All Star Team
  • James Cameron-Hamilton – 13-14 All Star Team

For more details on the competition, full list of results and more, please visit Swim Nova Scotia’s website.

Congratulations to our CGC Summer Swim Team on an amazing end to the summer swim season!

Junior Lifesaving Competition

Admist the fog and humidity at Rissers Beach, our two junior lifesavers Ruben and Ella Mae gave it their all on August 13th. Ruben participated in the rescue tube swim and the wading race, while Ella took part in the beach flags. Ruben won second place in the rescue tube swim, and Ella achieved third place in beach flags.

The rescue tube swim consists of participants swimming around buoys in the water while wearing a rescue tube. The wading race has athletes go around three flags set in the shallow water, racing each other and tring to take the lead by running, swimming and jumping while using the waves to gain speed. In the beach flags event, participants lie face down in the sand and at the sound of the whistle they jump up, turn around and sprint 20m to catch the flag before others.

“They both had a great amount of fun,” said Olivier Blais, Junior Lifesaving coach. “Between events we practiced different techniques to use in the waves, and fooled around too of course.”

The day ended with a giant game of tug of war for all the participants.


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