We spent a lot of time at our home pool during Week#3 which means we needed a lot more volunteers to help out at the swimming and diving competitions. We are at home again for both swimming and diving for week#4 so we are counting on our members to contribute their time as officials and volunteers and their talents with plenty of home baking for our bake sales.
On July 11 we welcomed the team from the Beaurepaire Pool (BEAU). Our Dolphins were in fine form and managed a solid win: Westmount 560 to BEAU 500. Check out our record board with new records registered for Violette Hall in 9-10 girls freestyle, Gabrielle Béasse in 11-12 girls backstroke, Ronnie Hartal in 11-12 boys backstroke and Benjamin Richards in 8 and under boys butterfly. Our 9-10 girls relay also swam their way onto the record board with the following four swimmers: Ava Seirafi, Simona Makkerh, Margaux Bélanger-Lacroix and Violette Hall. Way to go Dolphins!
We have another home meet this week and we would like to remind you that if you sign up for the meet, you are expected to show up. Your team mates are counting on you to be there for your relays and to finish all of your individual events. If you need to leave before the end of the meet, please check in with your coach to say goodbye and to make sure you don’t have any other swims still remaining. It is disappointing for swimmers who waited to swim a relay only to find out that the kids they were supposed to swim with have left without telling anyone. Please don’t let your team mates down in this way!
We would like to encourage all of our members to contribute something to the bake sale this week: home baking such as cupcakes and brownies are preferred or unique treats such as fruit kebabs, watermelon slices or candies. The more sweet treats we have the more money we can raise to cover the cost of ribbons.
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On Sunday morning we welcomed Lakeside Pool from Pointe Claire (SIDE) and they were a large team with some great divers, including some intrepid parents! We were no match for their big numbers so we suffered another loss. We are at home again this week and we hope that more divers will sign up to improve our chances.
Because we are at home, we want to remind our diving families that as hosts, WE ARE ALL NEEDED to help make the meet a success. We would ask that all the parents who are sending children to the diving meet please assist as volunteers. We would ask that all diving families contribute food items to the breakfast concessions: juice, fresh fruit, croissants or danishes, muffins etc. Together we can make this a success!
SIGN UP YOUR DIVERS, YOURSELF AS A VOLUNTEER OR OFFICIAL, AND FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS
The synchro routines have been developing nicely both here at our Westmount Pool and in the far-off Greek Islands where one of our synchro swimmers is continuing her practice while on vacation there!
We cannot wait to see the finished product!
Our waterpolo team had a great time at the Summer Players tournament for 14 and under players. We brought the youngest contingent to the tournament and so we managed to get in two games before being eliminated. It was a great experience at Cedar Park. We will not participate in the Atom tournament this year as we do not have enough 10 and under players. Instead we will set our sights on the Bantam tournament on July 28 which is open to players 12 and under (12 years old or younger as of January 1, 2018).
SIGN UP TO PLAY IN THE BANTAM TOURNAMENT
Believe it or not, supervision has expanded in the last week and is nearly at 25 children! Our largest group yet. We hope they are having fun!
Keep following our blog from week to week. We’ll have more news next time.
Go Dolphins Go!
The heat wave of the season scorched us this week: as the temperature soared our Dolphins continued to improve and impress us with their skills! This week we are excited for our first FUN DAY/THEME DAY with the theme of DISCO DAYS this Thursday July 12. We encourage costumes, dancing and guaranteed FUN!
On July 4 our Dolphins managed our first win at Hudson Yacht Club (HYC) with a score of 552 for Westmount to 496 for HYC. The team spirit was phenomenal with lots of cheering all night long. Special mention goes to Gabrielle Béasse who achieved a new team record in 11-12 girls butterfly. Thanks you to all the parents who braved the drive out to Hudson to help as officials. You helped to ensure that the swimmers had a great competition!
We missed our Dairy Queen ritual because the meet ended late but we look forward to going to Dairy Queen after the meet this week when we will be competing at HOME and welcoming the team from Beaurepaire (BEAU). We are counting on all of you to help make this meet a success and show our guests some friendly Westmount hospitality! We will need timers, judges, concessions volunteers, runners and ribbons people as well as delicious food contributions to fill our concessions table.
SIGN UP OFFICIALS, VOLUNTEERS AND FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS HERE
We want to remind parents that if you sign up, please show up and participate. The swimmers’ team mates are counting on them and the other volunteers and officials are counting on you!
Dolphin divers were at Dixie Pool this morning and though we suffered another loss, it was a closer match-up because we sent a few more divers this week. The other team still had more divers than we did so even with our many top finishes, it was not quite enough to win the day. We hope that we can change that at our next meet!
Thank you to the parents who helped out! Your help at meets is so important and we couldn’t do it without you.
We want to encourage all our members of the diving program to participate in meets. The meets are fun, and a great way to see how you are progressing with what you are learning. It is also a way to show your support for your team. The more divers that participate, the more fun it will be for everyone! Our next meet will be taking place our own pool so we will need many more parents to help out and we want to see the biggest contingent of Dolphins divers participating! We will also need a few food contributions for our breakfast concession stand as well. This helps to pay for the diving ribbons.
SIGN UP TO DIVE, JUDGE OR VOLUNTEER TODAY!
The synchro girls have been progressing and working hard on their routines, which are starting to come together. The coaches have been making suit selections and the orders should be going through this week. Keep up the good work girls!
The first water polo tournament of the season was supposed to be on Friday July 6 but it got postponed due to the extreme heat. It is now scheduled for Friday July 13 at Cedar Park (CEDAR). This is the Summer Players Tournament for players 14 years old and younger (as of January 1, 2018) and we hope to present a team for the tournament. The players will need to arrive at Cedar Park Pool by 8:15am with their first match being at 9am. Parents driving the car pool will need to stay in the vicinity to move players to other swimming pools in the area since not all matches will be taking place at Cedar Park.
The Atom (10 and under) and Bantam (12 and under) tournaments will be coming soon, later in July but you can sign up at any time.
SIGN UP TO PLAY AT WATER POLO TOURNAMENTS
Unfortunately, Head Coach Laurée had a bit of an accident and she has been recovering with a head injury. She has returned this week and gets her stitches out tomorrow!
This season we have largest group in the supervision program ever! This program is open to children 12 years old and younger. The program was planned so that kids who swim in the 12 and under swim team practice are occupied while they are waiting to participate in our other programs: water polo, synchro and diving. If you would like to add supervision, water polo or diving there is still space available. Registration for synchro is now closed.
We look forward to catching up with you all again in our blog next week!
Go Dolphins Go!
The first week of Dolphins 2018 has come and gone!
We are well on our way to a great season and things kicked off with strong attendance all week at practices. The children are working hard in their sports and we can see lots of improvement already in their skills!
The first swim meet took place on June 27 out at Ile Perrot Pool (CAVIP). CAVIP finished last season as the strongest team in ALPS taking all the top honours and so it was no surprise that they pushed our Dolphins to their limits. We took our first loss of the season (Westmount 497 to CAVIP 559) with strong team spirit and a sense of accomplishment.
Shout out to the 13-14 girls Luiza Tatar, Maya Akerman and Kamila Pedroza who swam up in 15 and over to help the team when we most needed them to. Swimming up is something Dolphins are sometimes called upon to do in order to help the team ensure that we have swimmers in all the events. Special mention goes to Violette Hall (9-10) and Gabrielle Béasse (11-12) who produced some very fast times that got their names onto the Dolphins Record Board.
We want to thank all the parents who helped out as officials and we hope that we can count on more parents to volunteer this week at the upcoming meet at Hudson Yacht Club. We are again offering a bus for swimmers and they will meet at the WRC at 4:30pm this time. SIGN UP SWIMMERS AND OFFICIALS HERE.
We want to remind parents that if your swimmer signs up, they must show up and participate. Their team mates are counting on them. It can be disappointing for swimmers who are ready to swim a relay only to find out their team mate either didn’t come to the meet or decided not to swim.
The first dive meet took place yesterday, July 1, at the Hudson Community Pool. We were a very small contingent with only four divers including coaches. As a result, we lost this meet to a larger group of divers from Hudson.
Thank you to the parents who helped out at this first competition. We had to provide much more volunteers at this “away” meet because we were actually supposed to be the hosts. In effect we co-hosted with Hudson-they provided the venue, and we were to provide the officials and volunteers.
We want to encourage all our members of the diving program to participate in meets. The meets are fun, and a great way to see how you are progressing with what you are learning. It is also a way to show your support for your team. The more that participate, the more fun it will be for everyone! The next meet will be taking place at Dixie Pool which is not so far away, in Lachine, so SIGN UP TODAY!
Synchro has gotten underway and the girls are working on the basic skills as well as beginning the rudiments for their routines. We will be ordering their special swim suits soon and we look forward to seeing the progression of their routines over the summer.
The players in water polo have been having fun! The first water polo tournament of the season will be taking place on Friday July 6 at Cedar Park Pool (CEDAR). This is the Summer Players Tournament for players 14 years old and younger (as of January 1, 2018) and we hope to present a team for the tournament. Any Dolphins members interested in participating in this tournament can sign up HERE. The Atom and Bantam tournaments will be coming soon, later in July.
The supervision program has started for the season and the kids participating are enjoying themselves. This program is open to children 12 years old and younger. The program was planned so that kids who swim in the 12 and under swim team practice are occupied while they are waiting to participate in our other programs: water polo, synchro and diving. If you would like to add supervision or any of the other sports to your child’s program, there is still room in supervision, water polo and diving. For synchro, this will be the last week to add this sport as they will have gotten too far along in their routines.
We look forward to catching up with you all again in our blog next week!
Go Dolphins Go!