CGC Summer Swim Team Races to Best Results Yet
Awarded "Most Improved Team" at 2015 Provincials
August 24, 2015
“We are a small but mighty team.”
After a lot of hard work from athletes and coaches, and the tireless support from parents, the Canada Games Centre Summer Swim Team wrapped up their season in August with great results at the 2015 Summer Swimming Provincials. In fact, this season proved to be one of the best so far for the team – swimming their way to nine medals, many top ten finishes in each age group, an award for “Most Improved Team” and tripling their scores from the previous year.
“We just worked really hard. We had lots of personal bests, and that’s all we as coaches can ask for,” said Laura MacMillan, CGC Swim Coach. The team is made up of 43 swimmers, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old, and could be found practicing Monday to Friday, and sometimes twice a day throughout the summer. All this dedication paid off for the team, as every one of the CGC swimmers who competed achieved personal bests. James Cameron-Hamilton and Jacob Beaulieu both posted times among the top 10 fastest ever in the 11-12 year old group, and James was also named to the Nova Scotia All Star Team.
“We are a small but mighty team,” said Cathy Beaulieu, mother of two new members this season. “With this team, you only need to put into it what you want to get out of it. It’s not only great for the kids, but great for the parents as well, because it’s a very social environment. At the end of the day, it’s not always about beating everyone; it’s about beating yourself and getting a personal best for an event.”
Layla and Mitchell Owens, also new members to the team, couldn’t have agreed more. “Everyone welcomed us with open arms from the first day and the older kids treated us as equals. It was such a great experience for us. There have been lots of improvement with our swimming, and we will definitely be back next year!” This enthusiasm is exactly what Head Coad Mallory Newman hopes each athlete will walk away with at the end of their season. “Being a part of a swim team is an experience that every kid should have. We train hard and learn from each other. This philosophy allows us to hone our skills and have fun while doing it.”