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Let all kids compete in BC swim meets!

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More than fifty kids in North Vancouver are being denied access to sanctioned swim meets in B.C., due to Swim B.C.'s denial of their club's application.

All these kids have been training during the 2014-2015 season, as part of the SwimFaster Program, with more than 300 participants in development stages.

SwimFaster has been in operation for more than 7 years in North Vancouver, BC, offering competitive swim instruction to kids 3 to 18 years old.

Swim BC is the provincial entity representing Swimming Canada, responsible for the promotion of competitive swimming at all levels. Swim BC denied the SwimFaster Club application for sanctioning, removing the right for these kids to swim competitively.

Swim BC dismissed the SwimFaster appeal application, hiring two lawyers from Ontario to challenge the case.

Swim BC holds itself out in its website and promotional materials as an organization committed to developing young athletes and being “athlete centred”. The provincial Ministry for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, which governs amateur sports organizations in BC, has continually stated that it is committed to ensuring that all children who wish to participate in amateur sports be given the opportunity to try. We are requesting that these core values of Swim BC be upheld and that as advocated in its own fair play policy, our children be given equal opportunity to participate. This is about the kids and providing them with the experience of competitive swimming, as a true sport principle.

Based on the previous elements, The SwimFaster Parents Association demand Swim BC to sanction SwimFaster Club in North Vancouver, so our young athletes can continue to train with the enthusiasm and motivation of competing in swim meets.

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