Tsunamis take the meet by storm

By Lori Larsen

Excited to once again be the host of a province-wide meet in the home pool, the Camrose Tsunami Lifesaving Club had an extremely successful meet on March 10 and 11, finishing with second place overall.

“We had 250 athletes compete this past weekend,” shared Camrose Tsunami head coach Heather Barr. “Clubs came from all over the province: Jasper, Hinton, Lacombe, Wetaskiwin, Cochrane, Calgary, Okotoks, Drayton Valley and Spruce Grove.”

Besides placing second overall, the Camrose Tsunami Club experienced a record 48 athletes competing in this meet.  “That was a record number of competitors at a single meet for the club,” noted Barr, adding that it was an incredible event all the way around.  “We had so many fantastic people from our community coming out to volunteer. It was greatly appreciated.”

In preparation for the provincial championships to be held March 31 to April 2, to be hosted in Camrose, Camrose Tsunami athletes continue training and honing in their skills.

“We are expecting an even larger number of athletes to attend this two and a half day event,” said Barr roughly estimating 300 athletes to attend.

“Morning events will be our younger swimmers on Saturday and Sunday. The Friday evening and Saturday, Sunday afternoon will be our older swimmers.”
As always, spectators are welcome to attend and witness the focus, strength, and fitness required to complete the arduous competitions.

Barr asks that anyone wishing to attend the Friday evening Simulated Emergency Response (SERC) Competition, to be at the pool and seated prior to the 5 p.m. start. The Junior competition will start at 8:30 a.m. on the Saturday and Sunday and the Senior competition will start at 1 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the Camrose Tsunami Lifesaving Club, visit the City of Camrose website at www.camrose.ca/en/recreation-and-leisure/programs-and-courses.aspx#Camro....