As many of you are aware, Swimming Canada (SNC) informed Masters Swimming Canada (MSC) on May 29,2019 that given MSC’s continuing lack of adherence to the SNC / MSC MOU, Swimming Canada was terminating the MOU as per the conditions contained within the agreement. There have been a series of releases by both organizations over the past few months, but it appears that there will not be a resolution to their outstanding issues.
Your MSABC Board of Directors met on June 16, 2019 in Vancouver to discuss the impact of this for Masters Swimming in BC. The Executive Director of Swim BC, Ken Radford, was invited to brief the Board on the current situation for Masters Swimming from his point of view. A strong MSABC-Swim BC relationship is very important to us for 3 reasons:
1. Swim BC is the governing body, holds the authority to sanction all competitions in BC, and as such sanctions our Swim Meets
2. Swim BC provides the training programs, clinics and evaluation of all officials in BC, and as such provides for the supply of officials for all MSABC competitions; and
3. MSABC uses the Swim BC registration system to register our swimmers; and as such accesses comprehensive liability, accident and Directors and Officers liability insurance.
Ken assured us that there is no change with the Swim BC relationship, and expanded on enhanced servicing. Swim BC will: continue to sanction our meets, supply officials, register our members, work to register and enhance liability coverage of our coaches and our clubs. SNC will establish a dedicated staff position to support masters swimming and programming by Sept. 1. Their Human Resources and Operations teams have begun the hiring process. Due to the increased workload for the staff and new hires at both Swim BC and SNC to support Masters Swimming, our fees to those two organizations will increase slightly. Any world, Canadian or BC records set at our meets will continue to be fully recognized as has been done in the past (this has always been a Swim BC / Swimming Canada role) and all swimming events (inclusive of training sessions) will be fully insured as always. Our combined membership fees for the 2019/20 season will therefore drop from $45 to $39 (due to the removal of the MSC Fee) with the following breakdown:
1. MSABC $14
2. Swim BC $15
3. SNC $10
Your MSABC Board is confident that we will have a full slate of swim meets starting with the already sanctioned North Shore Masters Sprint Meet on October 19, 2019 and will culminate with our BC Provincial Championships in Surrey April 17 to 19, 2020. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or concerns, or if you have ideas for improving masters swimming in BC.
Masters Swimming Association of British Columbia