Darda’s Message

 

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Former member of Canada’s Paraplympic National Team Darda Sales spoke to Channel Cats swimmers tonight.     Her message to swimmers was loud and clear:  How are you going to bounce back from failure?  That is what people will remember-not that you failed but how you were able to bounce back.

Her message to parents: as long as your swimmers are having fun, that is all that matters…not the times, not the added pressure, just have fun and love what they do.      Adding pressure will definitely cause them to burn out and leave the sport.

Excellent advice from someone who has been through it all…..ups and downs and learning a lot about herself along the way.

 

 

Info for Development Meet this Sunday

Hello all, just a reminder about a few items regarding the development meet this Sunday.
Location:   Bracebridge Sportsplex
                    110 Clearbrook Trail
                     Bracebridge ON
Warm up time: 8:00 am, meet starts at 9:00 am
PLEASE HAVE YOUR SWIMMERS THERE AT 7:45 INORDER TO LOOSEN UP WITH THE TEAM ON DECK AND FOR THE COACHES TO MEET WITH THE SWIMMERS BEFORE THEY GET IN THE POOL.
Parents are to watch from the upper viewing area-parents are not allowed on deck unless they are officiating.   
I have attached the team list, which outlines what events our swimmers are competing in.      We can not predict when your swimmers will race as it is based on number of people in each event.     Each event will be divided into heats-depending on the number of swimmers.
Jr Novice swimmers will have an X next to their entries….they have to be entered as exhibition as they are registered with Swim Can as non-competitive, but are allowed to compete in one meet per season.    Their times will count.
SWIMMERS ARE TO STAY UNTIL THE LAST CHANNEL CAT SWIMMER RACES IN ORDER TO SUPPORT HIS/HER TEAMMATES.   PLEASE ASSIST US IN ENCOURAGING A SUPPORTIVE TEAM ENVIRONMENT.     The meet will probably end by 12:00.     (estimated guess).
Swimmers need to wear their CATS team shirts when on deck between races as well as their CATS caps.       Make sure your swimmers have water, and some healthy snacks ie oranges, grapes, muffins, raisins, trailmix…..please don’t send chips, chocolate, candy of any kind.   
 Thank you, if you have any questions ask myself or your swimmers coach.     See you Sunday at 7:45.
Meredith Thompson-Edwards
Head Coach
Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club

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May Schedule

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Congratulations to Coach Elaine

11033869_10153161791400622_1125663401512792339_nCongratulations Coach Elaine officially inducted into the Orillia Sports Hall of Fame as a “Builder” of competitive swimming in Orillia.   We are so proud of her, and lucky to have her.     Congratulate her when you see her!

April 28 Guest Motivational Speaker

dardaOn Tuesday April 28th Darda Sales will be giving a motivational speech to Channel Cats swimmers and parents at the Orillia Geneva Bingo Hall, 6:00 pm.       A brief bio is below.   Coach Meredith first met Darda when she attended Georgian College for a season taking the Post Graduate Therapeutic Recreation Program.   Darda swam and coached with our club, then went on to the 2008 Paralympics.

Darda Geiger was born in London, Ontario, on September 11, 1982.  She was the youngest of four children, with two older brothers and an older sister. She grew up on a farm in rural Ontario. In 1985, when she was two, she lost her right leg above the knee in a farm accident.  She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate certificate in Therapeutic Recreation. She is an athlete therapeutic recreational therapist.

When Geiger was nine, she met three athletes who were training for the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, and decided to become a Paralympian too.  This dream came true at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney. As a member of the 4×100 medley relay team, she won a gold medal in the world record time.  This was followed by a gold medal in the same event at the IPC Swimming World Championships in 2002,  and a silver at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens.  She also won bronze medals in the 100 m freestyle and 400 m freestyle events at the 2006 IPC World Championships.  

Geiger married Brad Sales, a fellow Paralympic swimmer and member of the Canadian national swim team, and now goes by the name of Darda Sales. They have three children.   She competed the 50 m, 100 m and 400m freestyle and the 100 m backstroke events at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, her third Paralympic Games, but did not win a medal. 

Sales retired from swimming in 2009, but became interested in wheelchair basketball. She competed for Team Ontario at the women’s national championships, and made the national team in 2014.   In July 2014, she was part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto.