By Leah Nissly
Tents of all shapes, colours and sizes greeted me as I walked up today to the 41st annual Stony Plain Sharks Swim Meet at the outdoor pool in Stony Plain.
It was like a big family reunion!
People milling about, food being eaten, and swimmers being timed.
Every year the Stony Plain Sharks holds a meet, when it’s their turn. The swim club competes every weekend around the province with 10 different clubs in Region B. Each weekend these teams combine around 350 swimmers to win medals! There are medals for the free stroke, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
At the end of the year, the club will compete at the Kinsman, for the provincial meet. During the week, the competitive swim club meets every day for practice and training at the outdoor pool in Stony Plain. Anyone is welcome to join the team at the beginning of the season, which is May-August. They just need to be able to swim unattended across the pool.
I also talked with Heather, a Sharks veteran herself. She swam for 10 years in the club, and now is on the executive board running social media and registration. Her daughter is now in her fifth year of the swim club as well! Heather values the lasting friendships made through the club, as now some of the swimmers she swam with are now bringing their kids as well. The fun, friendship and family of the club are definitely the highlights of being on this competitive swim team!
Way to go Sharks, swim on!
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