Message from our Club Officials Chair

Hello all Channel Cats families!

My name is Lisa Loewen and I’m the Club Officials Chair for the Channel Cats. One of my jobs is to organize clinics for parent volunteers to learn how to become a swimming official. At these clinics you learn the different roles involved in running a swim meet.  By becoming a swimming official, you not only get to be on deck during a swim meet, but you also learn the rules of the sport your child is participating in and understand how meets are run.

Some of you may not know this but all swim meets are run by volunteers, so if we don’t have parent volunteers, swim meets can’t take place.

New officials start with the Level 1 Clinic: Introduction to Swimming Officiating. After you take this clinic, you will be a Level 1 official and can volunteer as a Timekeeper at swim meet.

We will be running a Level 1 clinic on the following Saturdays:

Level 1 ClinicNov 20, Nov 27, Dec 11: 6:15 am- 7:45 am (during Saturday morning swim practice).

You can also take the Level 1 clinic online. If you’re interested in this option, you’ll need to complete the registration form I’ve attached and I will register you. I’ll send you more details after you’ve returned your form to me.

Are you already a Level 1 official? Plan to take a level 2 clinic! We’ll be offering Level 2 clinics on these dates:

Strokes and Turns ClinicNov 27 8:00 am- 9:30 am

Chief Timer ClinicDec 11 8:00 am -9:30

LOCATION: I’m still waiting to hear back from the Rec centre about room availability. I’ll let you know the location of our clinics as soon as I can.

All through COVID we weren’t allowed to host clinics in person so I look forward to meeting new parents at the Level 1 clinic! If you’re not sure about officiating, come to a clinic and hear more about it. It’s a great way to get to know other parents in the club and it’s also a lot of fun! All officials who volunteer at a swim meet earn money into their Family Accounts, which can help to offset the cost of meet entry fees for your swimmer.

Let me know what clinic(s) you would like to attend. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks everyone!