Swimming: Trail Stingrays open season

The Trail Stingrays Swim Team dives into a new season as they prepare for the first meet in Nelson this weekend.

The Trail Stingrays Swim Team dives into a new season as they prepare for the first meet in Nelson this weekend.

Head coach, Samme Beatson returns again for yet another successful summer but this time with two new assistant coaches by her side, Madison Green and Jennifer Chung.

“Having two new enthusiastic coaches working with me this year it is going to be a very fun season,” says Beatson.

Both assistant coaches have been swimming with the Stingrays for many years, 11 for Green and five for Chung. They are so stoked to be back working with previous and new swimmers. As well as looking forward to an incredible season.

With 15 of 30 swimmers heading to the Nelson meet, set for Saturday and Sunday, Beatson is fired up with the great turnout.

“Lots of new swimmers this season, I expect them just to have fun and become comfortable with racing,” said Beatson. “Swim meets are an awesome way to showcase the skills swimmers learn over the summer.”

Swim meets takes place all over the Kootenays from Grand Forks, Colville, Creston and Kimberley.  Regionals will be held in Trail this year on Aug. 2-3, which means Beatson will be building the team up step-by-step through all eight of the meets and hoping to win the home title with the most points.

Goals and expectations Beatson hopes to achieve over the season with each swimmer is developing strong base skills and getting best times.

The club is always recruiting for more members to join the team and encourages anyone over the age of six to come try it out, the only prerequisite is the ability to swim a length of the pool. For anyone who is interested they will receive a great trial deal, which includes five trial practices for only five dollars.

Jennifer Chung is a J. L. Crowe student in the work experience program.

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