I wanna be a Swimstar…

Quarantine has been long. It has been mentally exhausting. It has been frustrating.

And the UK has cracked.

They’ve gone full Nickelback.

In a parody of the song “Rockstar” by Nickelback, which has been dubbed Canada’s most hated band as a result of incredible overexposure over the country’s airwaves, Steve Buckley has built a full-blown, swim-themed parody of the song titled “Swimstar.”

Steve Buckley is the creator and leader of the swimming website pullbuoy.co.uk, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of covering swimming on the internet this month.

With mostly unique vocals performed by Hugh MacDonald (well, there as unique as any of Nickelback’s songs are from any other of Nickelback’s songs), the video features age groupers, legends, Olympians, Junior National team swimmers, and aspiring Olympians from across the country opining about their dreams for aquatic success.

Among the swimmers featured in the video are two-time Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington, World Championship competitor Michael Gunning, 1980 Olympic silver medalist in the 400 IM Sharron Davies, 2008/2012 British Olympian Jemma Lowe, 7-time Para-Swimming World Champion Tully Kearney, and BBC Olympic and Paralympic sports journalist Nick Hope.

Story by Braden Keith, SwimSwam.com, June 3 2020

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New (updated link) Sign-up dates available on Google Forms for Zoom Sessions

Hi all – for those who have been joining me for our Zoom workouts, thank you! I’ve added new dates to sign-up for the next two weeks. Please sign-up at https://forms.gle/ReCCPjZCnKB2PbN28. Hope to see you virtually soon!

Sorry everyone — please use this updated link to sign up. Thanks!

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Staying Active and Engaged

Please check your emails for an update from Coach Victoria about workouts! Information will also be posted in the workout section.

You should have also received an update email from Swimming Canada but don’t forget to work on completing the newest challenge.

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CANCELLED: Canadian Masters Swimming Championships

Following the lead of the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, Swimming Canada has announced the cancellation of all summer 2020 national events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships (May 22-24, Etobicoke, Ont.), Canadian Junior Championships (July 22-27, Montreal), and Canadian Swimming Championships (Aug. 6-9, Edmonton).

“The world needs healing. It takes time. The sun will rise again for the most celebrated Games, and for our Canadian championships. The athletes will awe us with their amazing talents once more. The world just needs some time to heal. Once the storm is over, we will swim again,” El-Awadi said.

You can read the full news release here: https://www.swimming.ca/en/news/2020/03/27/remaining-2020-national-events-cancelled/

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Circuits/stretching sessions to do at home

Hi all! It must feel so odd not to be in the water. Since we will not be swimming for a while, I encourage you to stay active. To aid with this, I will be adding some circuit training and stretching sessions for you to complete at home. You can find these where I have posted the swim practices. By no means do you have to complete these; only use if you would like to. I will be adding a new session 3-4x per week, and have just updated the first circuit tonight. I also want to add a disclaimer that I am not a personal trainer; please use your discretion when completing the sessions, and respect your body’s boundaries. If you have any questions or feedback, please email me at vlovsin@ualberta.ca

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