Message from Commission President - Mrs. Jenn Girard
Hello BCSS Aquatics Zone Reps,
We hope everyone had a restful summer!
With the ever changing tides due to Covid-19, we wanted to take a moment and clarify that there will not be a 2020 Aquatics Season.
This is because it would be impossible to run any inter-school swim meet, never mind a provincial championship with 1000+ athletes, under the current restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic.
While some have suggested a time trial/virtual competition, this is not feasible for the following reasons:
Until facilities are fully open without restrictions in all regions, opportunities for practices and competitions will likely be unequal due to pool access.
The financial impact of reduced number of swimmers per lane will impact schools negatively. It may make rental time for practices and competitions challenging and near impossible as all user groups compete for limited space and time.
There is a financial impact to make accommodations for events that must be taken into account in budgeting for the sport and events.
Many families and athletes may face the realities of an economic downturn. By holding a season we would disproportionately disadvantage those athletes.
The Commission is also concerned about the risk of injury to the athletes if they are trying to compete under less than ideal training. We know there are some swimmers that we see annually that struggle to finish races. Our Commission does not want any athlete getting injured because they were unable to have the proper training due to pool space limitations caused by Covid-19.
Our Aquatics Commission is still waiting on guidance from BCSS as to whether schools can continue practicing if there is no BCSS Aquatics season (as long as athletes are in the same cohort), as well as if schools and/or Zones can hold virtual swim meets if they so choose. As soon as we receive clarification, we will send it along!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Although please know that most questions will likely be directed back to BCSS for additional guidance as we are following their direction for our next steps.
- Mrs. Jenn Girard
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Earl Marriott is located in South Surrey and is one of 3 high schools on the Semiahmoo Peninsula. Our enrolment is consistently between 1900 and 2000 pupils, providing educational opportunities for students from one of the largest catchment areas in the Surrey School District. We are proud to offer a French Immersion program consisting of approximately 25% of our total student population. We look forward to hosting you on our newly renovated field or in one of our 3 gymnasiums!