Last season was anything but normal for the Inconnu Swim Club, with many national and provincial swim meets cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the shortened campaign and lingering uncertainty, the club plans to dive into the upcoming 2020-21 season by the end of September.
"We are super eager to go ahead with the pool, a lot of kids have been dying to get swimming, and we're working on a schedule and registration so we can begin in September," said Inconnu President Jen Louie.
Swim B.C. has released its return-to-swim guidelines for all member groups, and Inconnu is now in the middle of developing a return-to-swim plan of its own to submit to the City of Fort St. John, and is expecting to have a full-length season.
The North Peace Leisure Pool remains closed, but the city is hoping to have the pool open by September 14.
The pool is normally closed for maintenance during September, but city workers were able to finish that work this summer, meaning Inconnu swimmers could be training earlier this year than they would otherwise in a normal year.
New coach welcomed
The club will be welcoming new head coach Josh Sorensen from Lethbridge this season, who most recently coached the University of Lethbridge Pronhorns swim team.
Outgoing head coach Curtis Robinson will be returning to America, where he and his family are from, at the end of the summer due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and the border restrictions between Canada and the United States.
Louie said there are still many details to finalize for the coming season.
As of right now there will be no sanctioned meets, and no gatherings of more than 50 people. The club relies on sponsorship and community donations, and is expecting that to look a little different this year. Still, everyone involved is focused on making a season work this fall.
"We hope as a community we can come together, to help kids get back in the pool, and go forward with some version of a season," Louie said.
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