The Owen Sound Aquatic Club will return to racing this month with a mini-meet sponsored by McDonald’s.
The mini-meet will be held Nov. 19 to 21 at the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre.
It’s the first swim meet the team will participate in since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold locally.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no other swim clubs are able to attend the meet. However, the times will be official and could lead to next-level qualifications.
Owen Sound Aquatic Club Head Coach Ken Fitzpatrick, with support of coaches Cheryl Blay, Virginia Diemart, Jake See, Jordan Murphy and Hailey Cummings have kept OSAC alive and well through the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the spring, swimmers took part in online workouts aimed to build strength, endurance and team camaraderie. Then as the weather warmed the swimmers moved outside and “braved the bay”. Open-water swims were held at Williams Lake, Leith Beach and Sarawak Beach throughout the summer.
Now, the club is back in the pool and following a host of safety protocols including social distancing achieved through lane limits and spacing.
Swim Ontario has released a seven-page guiding document to set protocols for a return to racing.
The protocols include COVID-19 screening, mask-wearing when not in the water, electronic whistle use by race officials and keeping a full session log of everyone involved in the races.
The OSAC mini-meet will include a coaches’ challenge Thursday and Friday for the younger swimmers with a racing session Saturday.
OSAC hopes to host a series of local mini-meets in the coming months while travelling and regional meets remain restricted.
For more information, visit OSAC’s website.