As students begin their summer vacations, our Kentville Marlins summer swimmers are busy training at the newly renovated Memorial Pool and competing in meets across N.S.
Swim Nova Scotia’s (SNS) program is designed for athletes who wish to participate in competitive swimming from the beginning of July until the end of August. Last year, there were 18 summer clubs and 870 swimmers registered with SNS. Swim meets are held over every weekend of the summer, culminating in the Summer Provincial Championships. The 2019 championships are slated to be held in Bridgewater Aug. 16-18.
The Kentville Marlins team was created over 20 years ago to help youth in the community improve in the sport of swimming while being in a positive team atmosphere. The team offers youth ages five to 18 the opportunity for swimmers to strengthen swimming-related skills through daily team practices and one-on-one training. This year, the Kentville Marlins team consists of 16 swimmers, with head coach Ethan Payne and assistant coach Isaac Payne.
The club is a registered non-profit organization that is managed by a volunteer executive and parents. The president, Joe Cross, and vice-president, Shauna Manning, collect funds through government grants, sponsorships, donations, membership fees and revenue generated by fund raising activities.
The Kentville Marlin swim team is fortunate to have the support of the community and businesses to help host the local valley meet. On Aug. 3, the Kentville Marlins are welcoming Swim Nova Scotia teams, special guests and the community to the Kentville Memorial Pool to cheer and support our talented youth. The meet event begins at 7:30 a.m. with warm-ups, and concludes by 5 p.m. with team relays.