Officials and Volunteers Thank you 

2014 Canadian Age Group Championships (CAGC) will be held in Winnipeg from July 23 to 28, 2014 and the 2014 East vs West Youth Dual Meet (E/W) will be held July 29 & 30, 2014.

Phew! It is over.  What a tremendous week.  Once again, Manitobans showed the rest of the swimming community in the country that we know how to host an event of this size.  Starting Sunday (20) with registration for 150 clubs and 876 swimmers and ending today with the conclusion of the East/West Youth Dual meet we have filled over 1,000 volunteer and official positions.  From parking attendants and indoor security that arrived bright and early to Hospitality who kept us fed to on deck officials and spares and office assistant that made the meet run smoothly and to sales volunteers who kept over 600 spectators a day happy, you all made this happen.  Without your generous gift of time and effort this could not have happened.

To our young on deck officials who have recently taken clinics in preparation for this event, I must congratulate you on a job well done.  At every session debriefing timers and turn judges were commended for their accuracy in times and sticking to protocol.  Well done!

Swim Manitoba would like to thank the organizing committee for CAGC, that worked many, many hours before the start of the event and very long days during the meet to ensure everyone’s needs would be met.  Sharra Hinton (chair), Nicole Parent (meet manager) Jim Fleury (officials), Darin Muma & Sarah Fellner (volunteers), Greg King (open water), Shelley Rossum (office), Candice Bell (hospitality), Janelle Asselin and Michelle Rousseau (sales) , Mark Fellner (media) and Dave Teghtsoonian (results).  A special thanks to Chris Harbeck who worked as deck operations during the event to ensure everyone was comfortable on deck.

The Open Water setup and takedown crew at St. Malo deserves a special recognition.  Thank you to Greg King, Travis Wog, Susan Wog, Scott Hartnell, Doug Crapper, Mark and Sarah Fellner, Peter and Kelly Garagan, Jim Fleury, Darin and Pat Muma, Sharra and Dave Hinton and all the St. Malo park attendees that arrived on scene at 5 am to setup the course, finish line, tents, etc. in preparation for early registration.  Greg and Scott were chest high in the water at 5:30 am installing the dock and finish line.  Despite the cold morning start, this crew setup the meet, officiated or volunteered and did takedown of all the equipment.  It was an exciting adventure and we hope to continue with Open Water races in the future.

The one thing we should all remember from this experience is that WE CAN do these types of events and DO IT well.  Congratulations to all!  We hope to see you all at our next events, Westerns in February of 2016 and Canada Summer Games in 2017.