Effective Monday, September 20th, the City of Edmonton, and therefore Kinsmen Sports Centre, has decided to adopt the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program.
What does that mean for us? It means we keep our rental times and that starting on September 20th:
To access public City services and programs, people ages 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption or show proof of a negative test result (completed within 72 hours of visiting). From September 20 to October 25: proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before the time of entry. After October 25: proof of complete vaccination (two doses) is required.
Tests must be privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within 72 hours before accessing a program or service.
Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
All people ages 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption or show proof of a negative test result, to gain entry into City of Edmonton facilities.This applies to participants, coaches, teaching staff, officials, volunteers and spectators.
To ensure access control measures are in place, some facility entrances may be closed and patrons will be directed accordingly.
During the initial stages of this program, Edmontonians should plan to arrive at facilities a little earlier than normal. We ask for patience as City employees review patrons’ individual vaccination status or recent negative test results. As of Monday, September 20th, ALL dryland and aquatic rental groups at Kinsmen Sports Centre will enter and exit the facility through Door 3 (in the field house) until further notice.
IS NOW OPEN!!! There are some changes this year to our training times as the City has made changes to their rental policies that impact our access to the pool. Rest assured that the board has worked diligently to make the best of what we were able to access for training times.
Swimming will begin on Saturday, September 11. Lili is leaving this year to further her education but Alex Wallingford will remain as a coach again this season. We are also welcoming Mathew Mossey back to our coaching staff this season.
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.
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.
We will provide updates as we can with regards to our returning to the pool. In the meantime, please take this time to enjoy the things that you can. We are looking at providing some home workouts to help keep you active and to give you something to do at home in these weird times. Stay well, stay positive and here’s hoping we’ll see you all back in the pool sooner rather than later.