Masters swim championships here in April

Local club to host hundreds from around the province

Members of the Okanagan Masters Swim Club are hosting the B.C. Masters Swim Championships in Kelowna this April.

Kelowna will be host to more than 300 Masters swimmers from around British Columbia and Canada this April during the Team Aquatic Supplies B.C. Masters Swimming Championships.

The Okanagan Masters Swim Club (OMSC) is organizing and hosting the event for the second time in five years.

“With a membership of 115, we are one of the largest Masters swimming clubs in B.C.,” said Tony Hoft, OMSC president. “We’re privileged to have the H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre as our home pool. Our beautiful Okanagan together with one of the most advanced aquatic facilities in Canada, provide an unmatched opportunity to attract swimmers from around the province. We are privileged also to have an enthusiastic and hard working team of experienced volunteers who have put in several hundred hours of their time to make the 2011 Provincials an enjoyable and memorable experience for swimmers, guests and officials.”

OMSC encourages Masters swimmers throughout B.C. and beyond to submit their entry forms well ahead of the April 5 deadline. Meet manager Laura Garrett says they are looking for more volunteers step forward to offer timekeeping and other services for one or more days over the weekend.

More information is available on  www.okmasters.com/2011-provincials

Around 1,600 Masters swimmers are registered in British Columbia. Masters swimming provides excellent opportunities for improved health and quality of life through regular low-impact exercise, improved cardio-vascular function and the general well-being that comes from exercise, heaps of camaraderie and even a little competition. If you’re over the age of 18, you’re old enough to join, and if you’re beyond 90 you can still continue to be an important and active member of Masters swimming.

For more information on Masters Swimming visit the OMSC website at  http://www.okmasters.com. OMSC also hosts the FINA Open Water Swim in Okanagan Lake during late August, as part of the Kelowna Apple Triathlon. The OMSC website has more information:  http://okmasters.com/events/open-water-kelowna-apple-2011

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