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Pirate Kick-off

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Oct 4, 2019 2:26AM PDT

Pirate Kick-off @ BPAC from 10:00 to 1:00

Gear and Team Shirt pick-up will be upstairs in room 208 will be in for suit fitting, ordering and purchases

We will be presenting the following awards, based on last years performance:
(@10:30 Awards Presentation Zander Ford Room down stairs)

Outstanding Male Performance
Outstanding Female Performance 10 & Under
Outstanding Female Performance 11 & Over(Outstanding Performances are based on highest achieving event on the FINA point scale out of the SC & LC)

Most Improved Male
Most Improved Female 10 & Under
Most Improved Female 11 & Over
(Most improved awards are based on improvement percentage across all strokes in both the SC & LC season) 

Treasured Pirate Award
(Awarded to the swimmer the coaching staff felt greatly represents the Team Values of Hard Work, Mastery, Courage, and Self-Reliance; and more importantly…think is a great person!)

Hope to see everyone there!!!

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Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Sep 26, 2019 1:20PM PDT

​"​Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.​"​ ~ Jane Austen

What does pride look like on a​n​ athlete​ and among a team​?

​Personal ​pride ​is having self-respect​ for one’s self by ​taking honor in how one does things. An athlete may take pride in their execution of a turn, in their work ethic or in their ability to mentally prepare. Feeling pride is joyful, a great emotion! An athlete should reward themselves with feeling pride as milestones of achievement are completed and as new skills are mastered. It is good to feel joy for trying to do things to the best of your abilities and it feels even better when it’s a shared joy among the group​. ​​

Teams that have a shared pride reflect individuals with determination to​ become ​as ​good as possible for themselves and for ​the group​. ​A ​team​ that takes pride in what they do will swim with passion every day. ​ ​Passionate efforts of everyone on the team will build team pride.

​PIRATE swimmers can show pride in their teammates, by being aware of and acknowledge other people for their accomplishments and the passionate effort they put forward.

​Of course, there is the wrong pride​-arrogance, vanity, self-ego and false pride​. People with self-ego ​are seen around the pool deck and in other sports. They carry themselves or speak in ways that makes them feel big. This type of pride​fullness​ is usually sparked by some success but leaves quickly when they lose​ or make a mistake​. Quite often, their loses are hung up on excuses out of their control like, “the starter held me too long​”.​​​ These people also tend to rely on their athletic skills rather than their effort​. They think that they are “a talent”,​ and ​with that they gain a sense of entitlement or expect special privileges.

Developing ​a positive pride is a choice.
Is pride ​you feel ​based on ​outcomes​​, or is based on something you choose to do​?

​Is the joy you feel shared ​by others on the team​?

​How can you and the rest of the Team show its pride day-in and day-out?​

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New face on deck this season

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Sep 6, 2019 8:56AM PDT

Coach Kennedy Fald is a new face on deck this season!  She will coaching Discovery Green and Imagination on Tuesdays & Thursdays for the 2019-2020 season.  Kennedy has been swimming since the age of 4 and has been coaching swim teams since the age of 12.  Out of high school, Kennedy earned an athletic scholarship from Sonoma State University in California (warmer weather—go figure) in water polo.  She later graduated from MacEwan University with a major in Psychology—currently working on a minor in Biology.  On her summers off she served as Head Coach of the Devon Dolphins for the last four years. 
Please join me in welcoming her to the Pirate Family!

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Free Clinic

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Aug 10, 2019 6:58AM PDT

CLINIC Info, Dates & Time:

SEPTEMBER 3-6 & 9-12 from 5:15 to 6:00 PM @ the Outdoor Stony Plain Pool
However we swim the rest of the year at the TRI in Spruce Grove
Must be able to kick with a board 25m, the full length of the pool.

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Swimming Lesson Sign-up

Posted by Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club at Aug 10, 2019 6:57AM PDT

Sign-up for PeeWee Pirates (PWP)
Located @ the TRI
Low Coach to Swimmer Ratio
Learning to swim with PWP is a great child activity for the local Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, St. Albert, Parkland, and West Edmonton communities