testKKKD OAS Newsletter - August 2020 - Ontario Artistic Swimming

Club registration for FutureGen closes September 30! Register your athletes here.

AquaGO Instructor and Program Assistant courses are coming, register now to reserve your spot

AquaGO! is the nation-wide grassroots foundation program for artistic swimming in Canada and is the launching pad for all other programs delivered by Canada Artistic Swimming. This new program reflects the current science behind long-term athlete development (LTAD) in the sport of artistic swimming, thus focusing on developing aquatic literacy as well as providing an introduction to the sport.

Instructors and Program Assistants are the heart and soul of the program. If you are interested in starting the process of becoming an AquaGO! Instructor or Program Assistant, click here to for course dates and information!

We have a new weekly series that will brighten your Mondays!

The Coach’s Toolbox is a new weekly series that will share new resources to help you expand your coaching toolbox! These resources will cover everything from advice from professionals to coaching strategies during COVID-19. You can check back in every Monday for a new resource to explore. 

 Click the image below to read the newest edition of the OAS Coach’s Toolbox! 

OAS Board of Directors Call for Nominations

It is time to begin the process of forming the Candidate slate of those seeking election to the Ontario Artistic Swimming Board of Directors for 2020-2023.

In October 2020, three board positions will be open for election:

  • OAS Vice President Sandra Inglis is up for re-election, and she has indicated she plans to seek a new 3-year term
  • OAS Director-at-Large Brad Davis will not be seeking re-election, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Brad for his service to the artistic swimming community.
  • OAS Director-at-Large Hilary Caldwell is up for re-election, she will not be seeking re-election as she will be relocating to Halifax, Nova Scotia to complete her post-doc training at Dalhousie University. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Hilary for her service and wish her the best of luck with her upcoming move.

Nominees must fill out a Nomination Form and Nominee Profile found on Governance webpage under 2020 Annual Meeting Documents and submit it to nominations@ontarioartisticswimming.ca prior to 4 pm (EST) on August 24, 2020.

Click here for more information and the nomination process!

OAS HP Program is here

Ontario’s Got Talent!

Ontario Artistic Swimming is excited to announce its plans for HP Talent Identification, Selection and Programming for the 2020-2021 season!

Led by OAS HP advisor Sheilagh Croxon, a task force of experienced Ontario coach leaders (see bios below) have worked to develop a plan that will ensure that OAS talent identified athletes are provided with expert programming, monitoring, and preparation to help them successfully develop along the High Performance Athlete Pathway set by Canada Artistic Swimming. Athletes will be monitored by Talent ID Scouts throughout the 2020-2021 season and based on performance improvement will be invited to an in-person camp in March 2021 to best prepare for Provincial and National Team summer selections.

Click here for more information about the program and the selection process.

Do you have any questions? Join us on August 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. for a live information session! Click here for information about the live info session and the access link to join. Please send all questions to Mary-Jane Ling at mjling@ontarioartisticswimming.ca prior to August 5, 2020.

Return to Sport enters Phase 3

We couldn’t be more excited to watch clubs transition back into a training environment. It is crucial that clubs take the time to ensure they are following all the guidelines and procedures outlined in our Framework for Return to Artistic Swimming in Ontario.

Clubs can expect an updated Framework that reflects the changes associated with Phase 3 on August 10, 2020. This document can be found on our COVID-19 Resources page or our Framework for Return to Sport page. Sanction requests for start of new season programming will be accepted after our August 10 final release of our OAS Phase 3 Return to Sport Framework.

Fill out an Injury Experience Survey and get rewarded!

OAS has been tracking injuries amongst all participants for 3 full seasons. The goal of this injury tracking program is to better understand how injuries occur during artistic swimming participation, in order to develop effective injury prevention strategies. OAS is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all participants in artistic swimming in Ontario, and improving their experience in the sport. As part of that mission, we need to hear from you about your experiences with injuries in artistic swimming.

All coaches who engage in and complete the survey will receive 1 professional development (PD) point and each athlete will be entered to win some OAS swag! The athlete draw will take place on Sunday, August 23. 

Click here to fill out the survey now!