The Smoky River Manatees Swim Club didn’t bring home any medals from provincials, but the outcome is pleasing for coach Natasha Smit.
Six swimmers and four alternates went to provincials in Edmonton during Aug. 19-21. The alternates didn’t get the opportunity to compete.
But the boys 14 and under team placed fifth overal in the 200-metre free relay. That team consisted of Cole Bremont, Maxim Maisonneuve, Mathieu Maisonneuve and Blake Lambert.
Coach Natasha Smit is proud of all them for their efforts.
“In all the events, the kids (made) their personal bests so far,” says Smit.
That goes for the entire club and the season, she adds.
“We had a very successful season. We had some kids who’ve never swam before and they did very well for the season. The outcome was good. The main goal is for each child to reach their own best and improve on it.”
Evident to her was the character building and person growth throughout the season. She also offers kudos to assistant coach Josée Bouchard, who worked mostly with the youngers swimmers.
Smit plans to coach the Manatess again in 2017. She hopes some older swimmers will be interested in coaching roles with the team.