News and Announcements
With all that the world is going through now with COVID-19, it is time for honoring some Neptunes for the years of work and effort they put into our club and their own future with the Diane Lego Scholarships.
We have two scholarships each worth $500 offered each year for Graduates of this year and the previous year.
Attached is the application form.
To all BCSSA swimmers, parents, coaches, officials, and board members:
“It’s a Fluid Situation” “This action is unprecedented.”
“We are in a marathon.” “Social Distancing.”
So many new phrases in our language that we just haven’t used to this extent before. And we have only been using them for just over a week.
As an organization and as individuals, we have to realize that the Covid-19 drama we are all part of, is new to everyone, the situation is fluid, and it is evolving daily.
Just over a week ago the BCSSA Board made the decision to cancel the Coaching Conference. At that time, Tuesday, March 10th, groups of up to 150 were deemed ok by the health officials. Two days later, groups of less than 50 were recommended, then less than 20, and now, try not to be in any group at all. On the 10th there was no hint that borders would be closed, flights canceled, every major sport canceled and a litany of swimming meets, including the Canadian Olympic Trials, postponed.
My point is, we do not know what tomorrow will bring, what recommendations will come forward from Dr. Henry, when swimming pools will be opened or for that matter when the border will be opened.
The current situation leaves us with some big questions.
Will the season open on May 1st?
Will we have a regular season?
Will there be a Provincial Championships this year?
What about our coaching staff if we are limited to small groups or no groups at all?
The short answer is, NO ONE knows. The situation is changing so rapidly that only a fool would make predictions. By the end of April, we know that we will be in a completely different situation than what we are in now, we just don’t know what that situation will look like.
The BCSSA Board is in communication with each other.
We are watching and waiting. And the waiting is the hard part. Waiting will be our hardest task but with reference to the season and our sport, it is what we have to do.
In the meantime, there are some things we can do:
Take care of yourself and your families, including your swim family.
We recommend that all clubs postpone their paid registrations until we are closer to May 1st.
A Board Member is talking to Active about their refund policy yet these talks are difficult with so many businesses now closed or on a work from home regimen but in the meantime, postpone any paid registrations.
Stay in communication with your City Recreation Dept but remember, they can’t predict what is going to happen.
Plan for the season but be aware, the season could be shortened or modified.
The BCSSA Board of Directors will communicate any information we learn and will be giving decisions or recommendations in late April about the upcoming season.
Our swimming world is not alone in the trials we are facing. Our whole country, our whole world, is facing the same difficulties.
In the meantime, take care of yourself and your family.
President, BC Summer Swimming Association
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We are not keeping regular office hours during this time of self-isolation however emails will be answered in a timely manner.
The latest news release from the City of Maple Ridge
We’re bringing back Artistic swimming! Meet our new Coach Teri Kempter.
Welcome parents and future artistic swimmers,
I am a fully certified NCCP level two coach and judge in the sport of Artistic Swimming and Rhythmic Gymnastics. My passion for inclusive coaching started with my course work in Supporting Positive Behavior Welcoming All Abilities, Respect in Sport For Activity Leaders, Making Headway in Sport, and Coaching is Teaching. As my coaching journey continues, I look forward to being part of a coaching community that embraces inclusion for all athletes in Artistic Swimming.
I have been coaching and mentoring swimmers for 20 years Clubs. I was recognized by Artistic Swimming Canada for my outstanding work and development with the athletes that I have trained. I was the Head Coach of the Artistic Swimming Club and Assistant Coach for the Rhythmic Gymnastic teams in Newfoundland for 10 years where I planned and executed coaching sessions for Provincial, Atlantic, Summer and Winter Games and National swimmers. I also managed and mentored coaching staff on site. I moved to British Columbia in 2002 where I began to coach for the BC Aquasonics. I coached all Recreational and Provincial athletes for 3 years.
I myself was an artistic swimmer for 23 years and won many Provincial and Atlantic titles. I have competed at National Championships, The Canada Winter Games and The American Master Nationals.
It is my belief that as a coach it is my role to ensure that the swimmers have fun at every aspect of learning and swimming. My goal is to introduce creative play in the water with and without music and to focus on the development of movement and motor skills. Helping athletes achieve their goals in a supportive and encouraging environment is my number one priority.
See you on deck!
#bcssa #summerswimming @ Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
My name is Allison Campbell and I am excited to join you as the Neptunes’ newest
Head Water Polo Coach! While I may be a new face to most of you, I find myself
back in a familiar place with Haney. I stepped onto the pool deck here as a Neptune
for the first time almost 25 years ago and both swam and played water polo with the
club for many years.
My playing career continued at the club level with Pacific Storm, where I worked my
way onto the Junior National Team roster. After competing at the Junior World
Championships, I went on to play in college for both the University of Maryland and
As my playing career was wrapping up, I found my way back to the Neptunes as an
assistant coach for three summers a few years back. I enjoyed my time as a coach
here so much that when the opportunity presented itself to help bring back the water
polo program after a two-year hiatus, I knew I had to be involved!
I am ready to share my knowledge and passion for water polo with a new group of
athletes whether you come out for a practice, a season, or you stick with water polo
for life like I did!
See you on the pool deck!