MARCH 21 2020

The Sport Medicine Advisory Committee Update can be found here:

MARCH 17 2020

The Sport Medicine Advisory Committee Update can be found here:

COVID-19 Update #5

MARCH 14 2020

On behalf of Ontario Artistic Swimming, I wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to our Member Clubs and all participants for their support, compliance and patience during the tumultuous last few days of the Leslie Taylor Ontario Cup.  Numerous changes were being made by the hour affecting all involved, as we endeavored to provide opportunity to our athletes who needed the event to qualify to national level competitions while also focussing on following recommended guidelines to contain attendance to fewer than 250 people.  We worked earnestly with the Markham Pan Am Centre, Canada Artistic Swimming and the organizing committee while following all directives issued by relevant governing bodies and the experts at Public Health Ontario.  We could not have achieved a successful outcome without the determination and support of our awesome officials, athletes, their families, coaches and volunteers.  We are most grateful to Toronto Synchro  and their incredible volunteer contingent who sacrificed their time and energies throughout and stepped up to deliver a positive and memorable event.

The past several weeks has been extraordinarily challenging and will no doubt continue to be, as we navigate through the new uncharted territory of COVID-19.  News headlines and evolving changes are happening at lightning speed, heightening levels of  stress, anxiety, anger and disappointments, which we felt, understood and respected over the recent days.  Regular communications through our clubs reiterate OAS’ high priority on the safety of our athletes and we will continue to monitor this rapidly-changing situation closely, following any further guidance/directives from CAS, Public Health Ontario and newly emerging information from municipalities/community facilities.

To this end, with the most recent announcement from CAS on the cancellation of the National Qualifier and the ongoing updates from Public Health Ontario and numerous municipalities, effective immediately and until further notice, upcoming scheduled, sanctioned Ontario Artistic Swimming competitions are hereby postponed and/or cancelled if rescheduling is not viable.  This is a heartbreaking decision, recognizing the significant work efforts that our athletes and coaches have been passionately undertaking in preparation for the remaining season’s events and championships and we will continue to update you on social media and our website with communications received from our various sources as this situation continues to unfold.

The OAS office staff may be mobile working in the coming weeks but we all have phone and email access for uninterrupted support.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or at 647-567-7962.

I thank our committed OAS staff and board for their incredible support and guidance and extend appreciation to each of you as we work through these unprecedented difficult times.  As much as the clouds may look dark today,  there are sure to be brighter days ahead when we continue to stand and work together.

Best Regards,

Mary Dwyer, Executive Director



MARCH 12 2020

Ontario Artistic Swimming (OAS) and its host clubs continue to prepare for all 2020 competitions including the Leslie Taylor Ontario Cup, which will be held at the Markham Pan Am Centre March 12-15. We defer to the expertise of Public Health Ontario, which has assessed the risk to Ontarians associated with COVID-19 as low.

As of now, OAS competitions will be held as planned in what is a very busy time of year in our calendar.

Attached is a message circulated by Canada Artistic Swimming (CAS) yesterday that is intended to guide provincial and territorial sport organizations (PTSOs) in decisions related to travel to competitions. The message includes a joint advisory from the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Sport Institute Network and Own The Podium that gives important general information about the Coronavirus including recommendations on prevention. There is also guidance on the hosting of sporting events in Canada. In particular, the message notes:

“There have been very few cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Canada. There is currently no indication for event organizers to delay or postpone sporting events in Canada.”    

OAS has developed a one-pager with Coronavirus prevention tips. We encourage you to share this document with your athletes. Good hand-washing and other protective hygiene practices will help prevent the transmission of viruses and ultimately assist in keeping all participants in artistic swimming activity healthy throughout the competitive season.

Clubs have the primary responsibility for monitoring illness among their athletes. Athletes should be encouraged to self-report if they feel unwell, and parents or guardians directed to keep their children away from the swim environment including competitions if they are showing even mild, flu-like symptoms.

 The OAS Bye Request Form should be completed for any athlete that is showing flu-like symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19 and, as a result, is unable to participate in a mandatory or qualifying event. OAS recognizes that healthcare providers and medical facilities are very busy at present and may not be able to provide medical notes in a timely way. As such, we are prepared to extend the seven-day requirement for submission of supporting documents and will consider waiving the requirement for a medical note for any athlete that is showing symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19.

 More Information
For more information on the coronavirus, visit the Government of Canada COVID-19 webpage and Ontario’s COVID-19 webpage. Ontario’s webpage is updated every weekday at 10:30am ET with the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario.

The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff is always OAS’s main concern. We will continue to monitor this rapidly-changing situation very closely and will follow guidance on cancellations from Public Health Ontario.

Kind regards,
Ruth Belcher
[email protected]

Corona Virus OAS Memo March 5
Coronavirus Tips for Athletes
SMAC Advisory on COVID-19 2020-03-02_FR

Power Point Presentation: COVID-19 Position Mar11