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Orillia's Channel Cats diving into a new season in the pool

All of the training groups have officially started; Blythe Wieclawek participated in training camp for top female prospects
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Blythe Wieclawek and coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards attended the Provincial Female Prospects Training Camp at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Photo submitted

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim clubs’ 2019-2020 swim season is well underway. All of the training groups have officially started. Channel Kittens, Jr Novice, Sr Novice, Bronze, Silver and Gold are all in the water.

We are looking forward to another year of fast swimming and happy swimmers. 

Recently, Blythe Wieclawek, 14, participated in the Provincial Female Prospects Training Camp at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Blythe was invited to the camps based on her performance at Canadian Junior Championships in the 100-metre backstroke.

Swim Ontario staff implemented the two-day camp that consisted of three two-hour pool sessions, yoga, strength and conditioning and rock wall climbing.

Coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards attended a portion of the camp.

“I try to get to camps when they are offered as I always seem to come away with learning something new," said Thompson-Edwards.

 Wieclawek had this to say about the experience:  “I enjoyed the different exercises during activation and dryland and it was a challenge but great to get feedback from other coaches in Ontario.”     

The Channel Cats are gearing up for their first competition this weekend in Milton.          

A few of our most recent graduating swimmers have moved onto postsecondary education, and varsity swimming.   

Grier Kershaw is a member of the Men’s Varsity Team at Acadia University, Hughie Edwards is swimming for the Men’s Varsity Team at Laurentian University, Megan Widmer is competing for the Women’s Varsity Team at Queens University while Nic Rainville is comepting with the Mens Varsity Team at Laurentian University.   

All are in their first year of study and we wish them well in the first varsity swimming season. 



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