The Trail Stingrays dive head first into the summer swim season this weekend when they compete in the first meet of the year on their home turf.
Having the season’s opening meet at the Trail Aquatic Centre offers a couple of challenges for coach Jennifer Chung.
“(The Trail meet) is a little earlier than usual this year,” said Chung. “And they’ve only been training for three weeks so far, so the kids are still getting back into it.”
Nevertheless, the hometown support and familiar pool will go a long way into helping the team’s comfort level for the first meet of 2017.
“I don’t have any huge expectations yet because this is just the first meet,” said Chung. “Just as long as the swimmers are having fun, showing good sportsmanship and giving their best efforts in their swims.”
The swimmers will get some added motivation thanks to the Trax swimmers participating in the meet and helping out with the young swimmers.
“I’m just excited to watch the kids compete again,” she added.
Add to the excitement will be the hometown support.
“We invite anyone to come watch and cheer on the team,” said Chung. “This will be a four-event meet, with heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon and relays to end off the day for both Saturday and Sunday.”