Submitted by ALEX SHOGOLEV
We are a medium sized team that has expanded from Selkirk to Winnipeg. Michelle (Head Coach) and I have discussed and agreed that this move will create a spark within the swimming community; by showcasing that two locations can act as one unit. We have created a program that includes our non-competitive (Dolphins Swim School) and competitive (PODs 1-3) program.
A little bit of background about myself and Michelle; I was born in Israel and immigrated to Winnipeg in 2005. My parents signed me up for swimming to strengthen my immune system. Now, I am a former competitive swimmer with 12 years of swimming experience. I have represented the University of Calgary Dinos, University of Manitoba Bisons, and have been on the national team once. Some of my career highlighted meets are CanWest Championships (medalist), CIS or U-Sport Championhships (medalist), and Rio 2016 Olympic Trials. I have been coaching and developing age group swimmers for 5 years.
Michelle has been coaching the Dolphins Swim Club for over 20 years. As a young athlete she competed at the Manitoba Games in Track, Western Canada Games in Swimming and Canada Games in Water Polo (bronze medal). Her coaching career started as a parent volunteer when her oldest child was interested in competitive swimming. Since then, she has coached numerous swimmers to the provincial and national level.
With the current COVID-19 situation, we are following guidelines set by Swimming Canada, Swim Manitoba, and the City of Winnipeg to ensure the safety of all our athletes (Maximum 4 per lane, with social distancing and stay within their cohorts). Before every practice, we have ensured to take the participants temperature, sanitize, and complete their online self-check waiver.
Currently, we are holding tryouts at Pan Am Pool every Saturday at 2:30 and 3:30. The child signing up must be at least 5 years old and know how to kick and float OR maintain a Red Cross level 4 or higher. Link to sign up for the tryouts: https://bit.ly/3ivHAEt.
Our Instagram page is @dolphins_swim_club