MSABC’s Greater Lengths SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

All MSABC members are invited to participate in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held during our Provincial Championships weekend on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at the Commonwealth Pool (4636 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria) 30 minutes after the last event is completed. Elections for Board positions and annual reports on all topics related to the running of Masters Swimming Association of BC will be some of the items on the agenda. If you are interested in getting more involved with MSABC, here are the board positions going up for re-election this April:

  • President
    • 2-years
  • Secretary
    • 2-years
  • Treasurer
    • 2-years
  • Competition Coordinator*
    • 2-years
  • At-large Directors
    • 2-year

*Transitioned from an At-large Director position 

During the Provincials Championship weekend, the Ted Simpson Achievement Award and Stan Powell Memorial Service Award will be presented.  Every club in BC has deserving members and all it takes is a few minutes to jot down a few notes and submit an award nomination. PLEASE submit a nomination from your club before the end of March.

Vic Masters Requests Your Attendance!

The RBC Wealth Management 2019 MSABC Provincial Championships is only a few weeks away!! The Victoria Masters Swim Club (VMSC) is excited to be your host for this event from April 12 - 14th.

Swimmers will be greeted upon arrival at the Commonwealth Pool. They will receive a swag bag full of items to support them during their swim (one of a kind swim cap and water bottle, snacks, spa essentials and other items all in a reusable bag).

Team Aquatics will be on deck during the meet with an array of swimming equipment available for purchase (including wetsuits).

Westcoast Massage will be on deck on Saturday to provide massages. Massages will be by a suggested minimum donation with all funds raised going to a local charity. No swimmer will be turned away if they can not afford the suggested minimum donation.

During the meet, a door prize will be given away at the start of every event - that's over 25 door prizes!

The Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 13th features food prepared by one of the top catering companies in Victoria, Ambrosia Centre and Island Gourmet Catering. You will enjoy plenty of freshly baked buns, salads, seasonal vegetables, entrée (vegetarian entrée available), and desert. Dinner will be served buffet style with plenty of round table seating in the private banquet room. We will have live music provided by members of the VMSC. A cash bar will be available.  During dinner we will be announcing door prizes donated by Team Aquatics and Pinnacle Fitness (including an $800 swim suit!). Tickets are available to be purchased when you register. If you have already registered, or are attending as part of the cheering squad and would like to purchase a ticket, please email the Banquet Coordinator - Mark Langdon -

The VMSC and MSABC would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to this meet: RBC Wealth Management, Team Aquatics, Pinnacle Fitness, Destinations Greater Victoria, Beacon Law,  and Peninsula Dental.

As a friendly reminder early bird registration for this event ends on March 12th. The last day to register is March 31st.

See you all on deck!

Vernon Masters Puts on a Carnival

Vernon, January 27, 2019 — The Vernon Masters Swim Club held a successful Swim meet on Jan. 27th. There were 50 swimmers including teams from up and down the Okanagan valley; Penticton to Salmon Arm and Kamloops. There was also a dedicated delegation from the Winskill Otters who had competed the previous day in Nanaimo. One of the more exciting races was the final heat of the 50 Fly where 2 provincial records were set; Floor Terpstra 18-24 and Mike Stamhuis 65-69. A third provincial record was set in the 100 Fly by Kurt Ochi 40-44.

The Vernon Masters would like to give a large thank you to the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy for providing swimmers with massages during the event. As ever, it would be impossible to put on this event without the help of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club. They provided most of the senior officials for the meet as well as the timing pads and score board and the great new starting blocks with backstroke boards. Finally we would like to acknowledge the generous support and assistance from the Vernon Rec Centre for the facilities.

Lots of Love From the English Bay Classic

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Well, another EBSC ‘Love to Swim’ has come & gone and it’s time for me to sit down and recap this year’s event.

Being Meet Manager, as opposed to a participant, I saw the meet from a different angle this year.  Swimmers see a meet as a one-day affair but, in reality, it takes months of preparations to get all of the pieces in place. I would like to send out a great Thank-you! to fellow EBSC’ers David Clarke (Clerk of Course), David Webb (Officials Co-ordinator), Fraser Norrie (Head Timer & Volunteer Co-ordinator) & Michael DiPietro (Registrar) for, without whom, all of these ‘pieces’ would not have fallen into place. And, of course, a big thank-you goes out to all the volunteers involved as no event such as this can function without their hard work!

On what turned out to be a snowy Sunday in February, we had 180 swimmers from 23 teams hailing from not only B.C. but also Alberta, the Yukon and Washington State descend upon the Vancouver Aquatic Centre for a day of amazing & inspiring swims.  The ages ranged from 19 to 95 and, in all, 13 B.C. Provincial Records were set (5 relays & 8 individual) and of those were also Canadian National Records.

Among these amazing swims were also some pretty close sheer misses for records and, of course, tons of ‘personal bests’ from many of the competitors throughout the day. Great swimming to you all!

For inspirational swims, we need not look any further than Aart Loye’s participation fighting back (as he is so well known for) from a debilitating stroke suffered a few years back. We would expect no less from him!

As always, the Pink Flamingo Relay was a crowd pleaser and after a closely heated first 2 laps, the Victoria Masters once again swam away with the box of chocolates!  You would think that with all the chocolates they have won and eaten over the years of this relay, they would have slowed down a bit?

In closing, I would be amiss if I didn’t send out a big Thank-you! to Rob Traynor who ran the electronic timing system and to Charles Tai (Head Referee) and all the officials who took time out of their day to make sure this meet ran smoothly!

Thank-you to everyone, swimmers – officials – volunteers, for making this year’s event, as in the past, so much fun!

Gilles Beaudin
Meet Manager

Who Won Nanaimo's Chili Cookoff?

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - Nanaimo Ebbtides hosted the 38th annual masters swim meet at the Nanaimo Aquatic center, with a 150 swimmers. The racing was off to a great start with 95 year old Betty Brussel making a Canadian record in the 400 free, soon to be followed by many more! Congratulations Betty, you are truly an inspiration to us all. Other records of note were performed by Jack Kelso, who has now aged up to 80 years young and broke Canadian records in 50 Fly, 50 back, 50 Breast, 50 Free, congratulations! Other noteworthy swims, Ian Burvill’s 200 fly BC record, and Andrew Sweet, 50 free, 50 fly, BC record.

I would like to thank the volunteers from the Nanaimo Swimming community- the winter club, Nanaimo Riptides, summer club, White Rapids, and our own Ebbtide members. We could not have hosted the meet, drove to and from the ferry , fed all with the chili cook off, without you all.

I would like to also thank Terry Ryan, Don Irwin, Nancy Ryan, Jeremy Orton, and Darcy Irwin. Part of our amazing official crew these are the unsung heroes of running a swim meet.

A special thanks  to Team Aquatic supplies for their amazing support.

Hope to see you all in Nanaimo next year.
Nanaimo Ebbtides


The Board of MSABC wishes to continue receiving host bids for the 2020 & 2021 MSABC Provincial Championships. We have already received one bid for 2020 and the deadline for any other bids is March 31st. We would like to hear from all interested clubs, so that planning can start earlier, making the meet as big of a success as past years.

If you have any questions regarding bid and/or hosting requirements. Please feel free to reach out to us, the Board, via our email.


  • 2019 MSABC Provincial Championships [SCM] - Friday, April 12th - Sunday, April 14th Victoria, BC

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View past meet results

Meet the New West Senior Shattering World Records!

Betty Brussel, left, world record for women 95-99 with a fast swim in the 50-metre breaststroke. Carole Gair, right, is the coach of the White Rock Wave masters swim team.

Saturday, March 6, 2019 - Betty Brussel is in a class by herself.

Not literally, but the New Westminster swimmer has achieved something that few could even dream of. At the age of 95, the senior swimmer has shattered the world record for women 95-99 with a fast swim in the 50-metre breaststroke, set last week in Chilliwack.

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Interior Savings Back for 10th Year as Title Sponsor of Across the Lake Swim Kelowna

Interior Savings has signed on as title sponsor of the July 20, 2019 Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna, rounding out a full decade of support for this event.

Since the Credit Union first partnered with Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna in 2010, the event has grown from 400 swimmers making the 2.1 km swim across Okanagan Lake to as many 1,500. It has become the largest and longest running open water swim event in Canada and has been named as one of the Top World Open Water Swims. Last year the swim celebrated its 70th Anniversary!

According to Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings, “This is an event all of us in the Okanagan should be proud of. Even with its success and notoriety on the global stage, it continues to be a truly iconic local event vested in the betterment of our community.”

The annual swim challenges young and old alike to achieve their personal best while also raising money to provide free swimming lessons to every grade three student in our school district. To date the Society, with the support of its community partners and sponsors, has provide 12,500 kids with free swim lessons.

“We’re excited to celebrate our tenth year of helping to drown proof the Okanagan,” continued Conway. “Given the abundance of water sports in the Okanagan, we recognize the critical role this event plays in providing water safety skills to our kids.”

Race Director Peter Rudd highlighted the important role Interior Savings plays in the event. “It’s the best gift we could receive for our swim, and for water safety in our community. Interior Savings not only provides financial support, they also support us with volunteers. It’s a real team effort,” said Rudd.

“You can help us in our mission to keep kids safe in the water by registering yourself, your family or giving the gift of registration to help someone else participate,” added Rudd, “but register before Feb 28th to take advantage of early bird pricing!”.

Registration is open for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna July 20, 2019


About The Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna

The Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna is Canada’s largest and longest running open water swim, attracting both locals and participants from around the world to Kelowna. Each summer, swimmers of all ages and abilities challenge themselves to swim 2.1 kilometres across Okanagan Lake, helping raise funds to provide swim lessons to every Grade 3 student in School District #23.

Media contacts:

Race Director: Peter Rudd 250-470-0281

Media Volunteer: Alexis MacMillan 778-363-4733

NEW MSABC Policies

MSABC Board has recently undergone an extensive review and renewal of our own policy handbook.  This page on our website contains links to the most recently reviewed and adopted MSABC policies.  New and existing policies will be added as they are reviewed and approved by the Board.  Thank you for your patience in this matter as this is an ever-ongoing and lengthy process.

Tri BC Promo

Triathlon BC is the provincial governing body for multisport across BC, responsible for developing athletes from the grassroots on to the National podium.  Over 3,000 annual, and 20,000 day-members participate in over 60 sanctioned events annually, including opportunities to qualify for the age group world championships. In addition to athlete development, Triathlon BC is also recognized as a leader in Officials and Coach development in Canada.  To learn more about opportunities across BC, whether you are a participant, aspiring high performance athlete, coach or official, please visit

To support the development of triathlon across BC, qualify for a spot to represent Canada at the Age Group World Championships, or simply to participate at a local event, Masters Swim Canada members can enjoy a 10% discount on their annual membership. Simply use the coupon code  MSC201902 when registering.

Please note, membership discount is limited to the first 100 transactions through to July 1st.

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