Masset Eagles still soaring

  • Mar. 24, 2003 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Kim Wylie, Coach–The Masset Eagles Swim Club is still going strong! With all the set backs this year – limited training time, weather for attending off-island swim meets, etc. the club is still surviving! We have a group of 21 children, six to 15 years old, male and female swimmers, from very beginners to provincial level, all swimming and training faithfully. The children are very, very dedicated! They work extremely hard at each and every practice, a minimum of four days a week and at extremely early hours in the morning. My hat goes off to each and every one of them for their commitment and dedication!!
With that I would like to congratulate Ms. Latasha Brown on her magnificent performance at the AAA provincial swim meet in Victoria this past February/March! She swam her heart out in all five individual races and managed to better her already awesome AAA 50-freestyle time and attained another AAA time for her backstroke swim. For those who may not know, an AAA time is a top provincial time standard in specific age groups. So when one of these times is acheived it is a huge deal. It means these kids are competing against the best in their age groups – in the whole province! Way to go Latasha, all your hard work is paying off and I know I myself am so very proud of you! Great things lie ahead for you I think!
The club, as many may know, is completely parental run and is funded strictly by the monthly dues which each child is required to pay, the fundraising the children do such as concessions and bottle drives and the assistance from other local organizations such as Gwaii Trust and the Masset Haida Lions Club. Without all this support we definately wouldn’t have a swim club! On that note we would like to thank everyone for their undying support and especially their TIME! Also, after many, many years, thanks again to Gwaii Trust, the Eagles are finally going to be able to purchase our much needed computer and software. This will enable us to update all our records and be just as active and on top of things as the other clubs in the province!
On another note, the swim club is in desparate need of a lifeguard for Monday and Friday mornings (early) while the club is practicing for two hours. Required immediately and until mid-June. They would be working with one of the coaches on deck. If anyone is at all interrested please feel free to contact Kim Wylie at home anytime. The club is also looking for another coach for next season! So if you like kids and want a cool experience call us! We would love to hear from you!
The Eagles will be swimming until mid-May for some and mid-June for some of the older swimmers so if you see them please tell them you are proud! Thanks to everyone!