Members of the PEI competitive swimming community,
I want to start off by congratulating the swimmers who have been named to PEI’s 2017 Canada Games Swim Team and wish you all great swims in Winnipeg. I know you will do our small province proud.
On July 10th, 2017, the Swim PEI Board of Directors met to appoint swimmers to the 2017 Canada Games Swim Team. There were 12 spots available for able body females and the same number for able body males. There were two swimmers named to the Special Olympics team, with the same number named to the Para Swim team.
After appointment of the Team was announced, two appeals were launched challenging the decisions of the Board. In accordance with Swim PEI’s Appeals Policy, an independent Appeals Panel was appointed, and heard the two appeals on July 25, 2017.
The panel subsequently dismissed both appeals, and confirmed the Board’s appointment of swimmers to the Team.
In naming swimmers to the team, the Board was committed to three principles:
After extensive consultation with our coaches and research from other jurisdictions, the Swim PEI Board approved a Canada Games Selection Criteria policy in January and shortly thereafter, held two open meetings with swimmers and parents to explain the rationale and answer any questions.
The policy development was led by our Board’s Vice-President and supported by our Board executive – who collectively have extensive experience in sport administration, governance and policy development – and no direct relationship with any current PEI swimmer.
The 12 spots on the female able body team were filled by 12 swimmers who met all the criteria set out in the Selection Criteria policy, and were chosen by the coaching staff to best represent PEI at the Games.
There were 12 spots available on the male able body team, with only 10 swimmers having met all the criteria in the Selection Criteria Policy. Those 10 swimmers were named to the team.
The Board then reviewed the Selection Criteria and the mandate of Swim PEI, and decided by a majority vote, that the two vacant spots on the male able body team should be offered to the only other two able body males on the training team who met the eligibility criteria, other than having achieved a qualifying time.
3. Long-term success of the sport on PEI.
The long-term goal of Swim PEI is to increase the number of swimmers from PEI who compete and medal at national level meets. An important step in the pathway to that goal is to increase our swimmers’ exposure to national level meets, such as the Canada Games.
Offering the two vacant spots on the male’s team to these two swimmers was an opportunity to do just that – an investment in the future of our sport.
To leave these spots vacant would have been a missed opportunity, and an abdication of the responsibility we have to develop the sport and create a platform for our swimmers’ future success at the national level.
In the Fall, the Board will be offering members of the swimming community an opportunity to provide feedback on all aspects of the 2017 Canada Games experience so we can ensure we build on the things that went well, and learn from those areas where improvement is needed.
For now, our attention turns to our swimmers who will represent PEI next week in Winnipeg.
Swimmers – while you are representing Canada’s smallest province, remember those PEI athletes who have preceded you and have won big on the national and international stage. Go with their legacy in mind, and the confidence that you have put in the hard work to achieve personal best results.
We will be cheering you on in person, and from afar.
President, on behalf of Swim PEI Board of Directors
Mitch O’Shea, Vice-President
Elaine Cormier, Secretary
Marguerite Middleton, Treasurer
Christine Da Prat, CBAC delegate
Bill Meisner, SDSC delegate
Kim Smith, UPEI Panthers delegate
George Lyle, Director-at-Large
Nicole Manuel, Executive Director