Swimming

Former Vernon Kokanee Swim Club member Savannah King, a two-time Olympian and four-time Canadian university swim team champion, is an assistant coach with Montreal’s McGill Redbirds. She has been accepted into an apprentice coaching program with Canadian U-Sports. (Photo submitted)

Former Vernon swimmer earns apprentice nod

Savannah King named one of 18 former athletes to U-Sports Female Apprentice Coach program

  • Apr 16, 2021

 

Aquafit classes at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. There will be three aquafit classes scheduled for Terrace residents starting April 5 at the Terrace & District Aquatic Centre. (Angie Mindus photo)

Classes make a splash back in Vernon pool

Aquafit and Aqua Therapy return to rec centre following PHO clarification

 

KISU swim club member Justin Fotherby is one of six swimmers from across Canada to be recognized for the 2020-2021 Victor Davis Award. (Submitted photo)

Penticton swimmer wins major awards, closing in on Olympic dream

Justin Fotherby, a KISU club member, has just won the prestigious Victor Davis Award

 

Keith Brewis speaks to the crowd at Vernon’s Schubert Centre during his induction to the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in November 2012. Brewis, who founded the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, and was instrumental in the start of what is now the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club (cross-country skiing), died Monday, Jan. 4 at the age of 88. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Kokanee Swim Club founder remembered as ‘likeable guy’

Keith Brewis started swim club and played role in formation of cross-country ski club; dies at 88

Keith Brewis speaks to the crowd at Vernon’s Schubert Centre during his induction to the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in November 2012. Brewis, who founded the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, and was instrumental in the start of what is now the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club (cross-country skiing), died Monday, Jan. 4 at the age of 88. (Morning Star file photo)
Winter Starr, 7, was brave enough to go for a polar bear swim in Oyama to ring in 2021.(Contributed)

Icy Oyama waters no problem for 7-year-old

Winter Starr welcomed the new year with a polar bear swim

Winter Starr, 7, was brave enough to go for a polar bear swim in Oyama to ring in 2021.(Contributed)
Steve McKenzie, Lynda Jones Layng and Lisa Spalding have been braving the cold waters of Okanagan Lake every morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Near freezing temperatures won’t keep these South Okanagan swimmers out of the lake

The trio of swimmers have been swimming in Okanagan Lake since the community centre pool closed

Steve McKenzie, Lynda Jones Layng and Lisa Spalding have been braving the cold waters of Okanagan Lake every morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed for its annual three-week maintenance period from Aug. 26 to Sept. 16. (City of Vernon - photo)

Chlorine leak closes Vernon pool

18 swimmers evacuated, pool opens shortly after

The Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed for its annual three-week maintenance period from Aug. 26 to Sept. 16. (City of Vernon - photo)
Group founder and event organizer Michele Rauter (left) chats with two of eight other brave individuals who took part in the Lake Country BC - Lake Plunge! group’s first dip into the frigid waters of Wood Lake at Oyama Sunday, Nov. 8. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Okanagan lake swim group plunges ahead

Nine brave souls meet for first Wood Lake dip of Lake Country BC - Lake Plunge! group

Group founder and event organizer Michele Rauter (left) chats with two of eight other brave individuals who took part in the Lake Country BC - Lake Plunge! group’s first dip into the frigid waters of Wood Lake at Oyama Sunday, Nov. 8. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

Dangerous oasis: The fatal history of a popular Kootenay Lake beach

Six Mile Beach near Nelson is known for its unique sand spit. But locals have feared it for decades

Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services
Ida Jenss and Lily Nay swam across Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on Thursday. Photos: Tyler Harper

Lily and the lake: How a young B.C. girl with Down syndrome swam to her dream

Kaslo’s Lily Nay set her mind to swimming Kootenay Lake on Sept. 3

Ida Jenss and Lily Nay swam across Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on Thursday. Photos: Tyler Harper
Kelowna’s Nick Pelletier had his attempt to swim 106 kilometres from Vernon to Penticton cut short due to medical reasons, but he nearly doubled his fundraising goal towards BrainTrust Canada’s Youth Concussion Clinic. (Nickpelletier.ca)

Kelowna athlete’s 106-km swim cut short, but funds finish strong

Nick Pelletier set out to traverse full length of Okanagan Lake in support of Youth Concussion Clinic

Kelowna’s Nick Pelletier had his attempt to swim 106 kilometres from Vernon to Penticton cut short due to medical reasons, but he nearly doubled his fundraising goal towards BrainTrust Canada’s Youth Concussion Clinic. (Nickpelletier.ca)
An RCMP boat on Okanagan Lake near Tugboat Beach in downtown Kelowna on Aug. 17, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Body of 29-year-old man recovered from Okanagan Lake

The man is presumed to have drown while swimming at Tug Boat Beach in Kelowna

An RCMP boat on Okanagan Lake near Tugboat Beach in downtown Kelowna on Aug. 17, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
The Vernon Aquatic Centre remains closed until October. (City of Vernon - photo)

Vernon pool remains closed until October

Upgrades and maintenance taking place while rec centre is shut down due to COVID-19

The Vernon Aquatic Centre remains closed until October. (City of Vernon - photo)
Emergency crews were called for reports of a drowning incident in West Kelowna. (Dave Ogilvie)

Lifesaving Society urges caution after two drownings in Central Okanagan

The warning comes after a drowning incident on July 9

Emergency crews were called for reports of a drowning incident in West Kelowna. (Dave Ogilvie)
Loaner children’s lifejackets are available at 14 locations around the Shuswap. (Contributed)

Life-jacket Day a chance to reflect on boating safety

101 Canadians die each year in boating-related accidents; improper lifejacket use is a factor

Loaner children’s lifejackets are available at 14 locations around the Shuswap. (Contributed)
Until further notice, Greater Vernon Recreation Services has shut down the Vernon Aquatic Centre’s hot tub, steam room and sauna. The pools and weight room remain open. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon Aquatic Centre shuts down hot spots; pools, weight room still open

The centre’s hot tub, steam room and sauna have been closed due to COVID-19

Until further notice, Greater Vernon Recreation Services has shut down the Vernon Aquatic Centre’s hot tub, steam room and sauna. The pools and weight room remain open. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon’s swimming pool is at capacity, director of Recreation Services Doug Ross told council Monday, March 9, 2020. (Black Press file)

Vernon pool at capacity: director

Recreation Services likens pool to ‘full glass of water’ ready to spill over

Vernon’s swimming pool is at capacity, director of Recreation Services Doug Ross told council Monday, March 9, 2020. (Black Press file)
ORCA SWIMMERS                                Members of the Summerland Orca Swim Club, with coach Delano Ducheck, were in Vancouver for the Swim B.C. Age Group Provincial Championships in Vancouver. (Contributed)

Summerland Orca swimmers earn provincial medals

Eight swimmers qualified for provincial championships

ORCA SWIMMERS                                Members of the Summerland Orca Swim Club, with coach Delano Ducheck, were in Vancouver for the Swim B.C. Age Group Provincial Championships in Vancouver. (Contributed)
Hundreds came out for the Vernon Winter Carnival’s annual Polar Bear Swim at Paddlewheel Park on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Polar Bear Swim makes a splash at Vernon Winter Carnival

The annual icy plunge was attended by hundreds at Paddlewheel Park on Saturday, Feb. 15

Hundreds came out for the Vernon Winter Carnival’s annual Polar Bear Swim at Paddlewheel Park on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)
Vernon Kokanee swimmers sensational in Kelowna

Vernon Kokanee swimmers sensational in Kelowna

VKSC swimmers set four new club records, qualify for 2020 Speedo Western Championships

Vernon Kokanee swimmers sensational in Kelowna