The Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club would like to thank all of our members for their support during the 2013 part of our season. The HTAC office will be closed for the holidays at 5:00 pm on Friday December 20th, 2013 and will reopen on Monday January 6th, 2014.
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in 2014!!!
The HTAC Coaches and Office Staff
For the 2013 Christmas swim schedule, please click here.
Congratulations to Coach Brian Beckwith, voted HTAC’s best mustache!
The HTAC campaign proceeds raised will be donated to charity. In Canada, funds are invested in programs focused on:
- awareness and education
- living with and beyond cancer
- staying mentally health and living with and beyond mental illness.
Thank you to all the coaches and athletes who participated in this year’s Movember!
HTAC Senior Boys… with a little mustache assistance (left to right): Joshua Vosman, Simon Law, James Cormier, William Smith, Evan Germana, Colm Somers, Bayley Young
HTAC Senior Women in the spirit of things: Raquel Raiche-Marsden, Kelsey Bolivar, Kaisla Richardson
HTAC Coaches: Stuart Smillie-Sharp, Aaron Maszko, and Brian “Best Mustache” Beckwith!
This past weekend in Quebec City six members of the Trojan’s Senior Performance group had the opportunity to attend the FNQ provincial distance camp. Pictured left to right above, Colm Somers, Olivia Feschuk, James Cormier, Sarah Polley, Isabel Sarty and William Smith spent the weekend swimming along side the best that Quebec has to offer under the guidance of Montreal’s National Training Center coach Tom Rushton. Tom is one of Canada’s most successful young coaches in recent years, and along with Quebec’s Provincial coach Sebastien Messier and various assistant coaches including our own Ian Cunningham he provided the swimmers with a challenging yet positive atmosphere in which they explored the limits of what their bodies could endure. Geraint Berger was also invited to attend, but was force to withdraw at the last minute due to injury.
The camp was held at the brand new, state of the art Aquatic Complex at the University of Laval and featured five practices held over two and a half days, covering a total of 40,000 meters. Highlights included multiple practices of 8000 meters or more, and a monster 5200 meter set on the last morning which had the swimmers going 20 x 100 at maximum speed in a pyramid structure. The six HTAC swimmers attending the camp performed extremely well, serving notice to the Quebec swimmers and coaches that the Halifax area is producing some of the best young talent in the country right now. This point was driven home on Saturday night when our own Sarah Polley won the girls 400 free kick race in a blistering fast 5:55.
Although it was a grueling weekend for the swimmers in terms of physical, mental and emotional endurance it will only serve to make everyone better in the long run. Coach Ian had the following to say about the camp experience – “It was tough, no doubt about it. At one point or another all of our swimmers experienced muscular failure, but so did the French swimmers. Tom pushed these athletes until they literally couldn’t lift their arms over their heads. In the end though, that’s what these types of camps are about and now its up to our attendees to come back to Halifax and use this experience to motivate, inspire and lead their team mates so that everyone in our senior competitive groups can elevate their performance to a new level.”
Pictured below are all of the athletes and coaches who helped to make the weekend so successful for each other. The big smiles show that despite the challenging workouts and the physical stress that the swimmers went through everyone enjoyed their experience and the group finished the weekend as a single unit, achieving the common goals of FUN, FRIENDSHIP and FAST SWIMMING.
Check out the meet summary by Head Coach Aaron Maszko for the Dalhousie Relay and IM Add-Up meets held October 26th and 27th at Dalplex – http://www.htac.ca/?p=2813
Seven Trojans from the High Performance group have been invited to participate in a distance swimming camp in Quebec City from November 1st to November 3rd. Geraint Berger, James Cormier, William Smith, Colm Somers, Olivia Feschuk, Sarah Polley, Isabel Sarty, and Assistant Head Coach Ian Cunningham are heading into the camp to work with FNQ Provincial Coach Sebastien Messier and Montreal Swim Centre Coach Tom Rushton, as well as several of Quebec’s top 18 and under distance athletes.
The camp will consist of five 8000m practices over two and half days of training, emphasizing technical and strategical characteristics necessary for high performance distance racing. Bonne chance Trojans!
HTAC 2013 Age Group National Team, several of which will be attending the Distance Camp in Quebec City
David Sharpe, HTAC 2012 Olympian, is looking for assistance in his pursuit of a second Olympic berth and a new Canadian record. To find out how you can help him directly, please visit his Pursuit Campaign page at https://pursu.it/campaign/david-sharpe/ and his Fan Fit page at http://www.fanfit.ca.
Many swimmers, parents, grand parents (and other relations), coaches and patrons were sad, frustrated and angry with the new capacity restrictions put in place at Dalplex Pool. And with good reason. Many athletes’ families had to wait outside for their swimmer to finish their races before making a long trip home to Cape Breton, or Yarmouth, or further still. This was not a surprising reaction, nor were the circumstances unknown to Swim Nova Scotia or to the Nova Scotia Swim Coaches Association. Various strategies had been discussed as to how best provide viewing access to the facility, such as rotating spectators in and out of the facility similar to the 2013 Summer Swimming Provincial Championships, or closed circuit television, and many other options. Everyone is actively working toward a resolution in a timely manner to satisfy the concerns of all parties involved.
To view the full Coach’s Lane article, please click here
Parents watch the pool from above the stands at the Dalhousie Add Up Competition due to facility safety restrictions