The Bear Facts: September 17, 2021

September 16, 2021


Welcome to the seventy-eighth issue of The Bear Facts:
A source for all things Keyano!


1. Schedule Information
2. For Parents and Swimmers
3. Group Report
4. Bingos/Fundraisers Information
6. Bear Birthdays!

Note: The newsletters are posted in the News section on the homepage, should you ever need to revisit them or see a record of our communications!

Thank you for reading. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Keyano office. 


Hi all

After an extremely trying year for all it is fantastic to back on deck and seeing the groups return to training.
This year the Club has worked hard to expand it’s footprint in the City. We have just recently inked a deal to take on the introduction to competitive swimming program at the Edmonton YMCA’s. Starting this season Keyano will be running programs in 3 Edmonton YMCA pools – The William Lutsky Family YMCA, The Jamie Platz Family YMCA and Castle Downs YMCA. The program for now will be specific to the needs of the YMCA. It is hoped that these YMCAS programs will provide a great platform to introduce more local swimmers to the competitive swimming program run in our regular Development program.
Development Program
All our Bronze, Silver and Gold programs are continuing to build and the popularity of the programs are more than evident with our registration numbers. We are still working with the City in expanding our lane allocation and pool times. We are unfortunately having to wait until  the City hires and trains more staff before we can expand into our full lane allocation. We would ask for your patience over the first few weeks of the new season. Experience has shown that the City often makes mistakes in their lane allocations and it takes a few weeks to get things adjusted.
This season we will be continuing our Sticker Chart incentive program and hoping this season the swimmers can actually have the opportunity to complete the charts!! I would ask for parents to please ensure that swimmers in Bronze and Silver bring their sticker charts to training each and every day. I would recommend that all swimmers in the Club purchase a simple mesh bag to keep all their swim equipment in. These can be purchased in any sports store and also on our online store on the website
This season we will also be expanding our Bear Cubs race series on the Wednesday evenings. The dates for these race nights are listed on the meet calendar on the Club website. We have arranged for more lane space on these evenings and we are very excited to get the kids back up and racing again.
Performance Program
All performance groups are now back in to the swing of a new season and all look happy and excited for a new season. We have put together a meet calendar for now but we are still being cautious given the ongoing Covid situation. We are still unsure as to our ability to provide team travel and we are reviewing this over time. The first expected travel meet is to be CSI in Calgary at the end of October. At this stage it is doubtful we would offer team travel. The final team travel opportunity would be Christmas Cracker (Victoria) in early December and OJI in Toronto. Obviously we would much prefer to provide a team travel option for these meets but we will have to watch closely over the next few weeks as to what is the safest option.
This year we have all our existing staff returning as well as several new hires. Over the coming weeks we will profile some of our new staff on our website and upcoming newsletters. 

We have been approached by the Oilers Entertainment Group again this year to see if we might want to organise a Club activity around an Oilers or Oil Kings game. We are looking at the logistics of this and will keep you all posted.

Speedo Week

This year as part of our Speedo sponsorship we will be affforded the opportunity to host 2 Speedo Discount Weeks. During these weeks all Speedo products on our Team Aquatics store will be offered at 60% of MSRP. This will allow all club members an opportunity to get their swimmer's race suits (and any other equipment) at a bargain price. We will be providing more details on the program over the next few weeks.


For more details on group scheduling for the new season 2021/22 please click here:

Updates for each group will be made as needed on this page.

Record Breakers
We would like to start the new season off by congratulating 2 swimmers who managed to break Provincial and Club records at the Keyano Summer Finale.
Despite only having one meet the whole of last season to demonstrate their efforts our girls got the job done!

Emma Finlin (16years)
800m Freestyle SC - 8:34.55 Alberta Provincial Record and Club Record
1500m Freestyle SC - 16:26 Alberta Provincial and Club Record

Teagan Vander Leek 17yrs
50m Freestyle SC - 25.55 Club Record

Welcome to new Coach Glen Playfair

Glen is a returning Keyano coach who will be at Bonnie Doon as the Gold Coach and also coaching the Senior Provincial Swimmers. Prior to the pandemic Glen was the Gold Coach at Royal Glenora and the Youth Development group. In addition to coaching with Keyano He also coached in Triathlon, Track & Field, and Cycling. Past experiences including coaching Varsity, Provincial, and National Teams. His philosophy is “its not about where you are but where you can be”. So, a focus on learning and improving is the goal.
Photographs and Images

We are always on the hunt for great swim photos of our swimmers in action and on the deck. We have a large number of promotional materials in the making and we would love if members might forward any photos they may have of their kids in action from past years.  Please forward your images to 
The Club will be hosting it's annual AGM on Wednesday 20th October this year. The AGM will once again be held on Zoom. More details will be sent to your club emails shortly

There will be 3 Board positions to be filled this year. Whilst any parent with interest in the governance of the Club is welcome to join we in particular would welcome anyone with experience in Law, HR and contracts.

If you would be interested in getting involved in the Club at a Board level. Please contact Club President Jill Edwards 



Given the inability of Swim Canada to host national meets last summer a ranking system was established based on results from Club hosted meets throughout the country. Despite Keyano swimmers only having the opportunity to compete in one meet  (the Keyano Summer Finale) we had outstanding success in the rankings.

A National SC Junior Team was selected based on the combined rankings whereby the Top 2 swimmers in each event where selected to the recognition team. The following swimmers were amongst the Top 2 selected:

50m Freestyle Teagan Vander Leek (2nd)
100 Freestyle Teagan Vander Leek (1st)
200 FreestyleChristey Liang (1st)
400 FreestyleEmma Finlin (1st)

800 Freestyle

Emma Finlin (1st)

Naomi Slee (2nd)

1500 FreestyleEmma Finlin (1st)
400 IMEmma Finlin (2nd)

There were several Keyano swimmmers who also made the Top 10 list in the country

200 FreestyleJosh Baldwin (9th)
400 FreestyleJosh Baldwin (9th)
800 FreestyleTanner Cole (10th)
1500 FreestyleJosh Baldwin (3rd)
100 BreaststrokeGarrett Brendzan (3rd)
200 BreaststrokeCohen Chan (6th)
200 BreaststrokeGarrett Brendzan (7th)
50 FreestyleChristey Liang (3rd)
100 FreestyleChristey LIang (3rd)
200 FreestyleTeagan Vander Leek (4th), Naomi Slee (9th)
400 FreestyleNaomi Slee (4th)
200 BreaststrokeMeghan Berrigan (10th)
100 ButterflyTeagan Vander Leek (10th)

Congratualtions to all swimmers!

None this month
Bingo Update
Please Contact Christine Reeves at if you have any questions about signing up for your bingos. 
We would just like to remind members that information on equipment required for each group is located on the Keyano site here. To order online through the Keyano/Team Aquatics online store  please click here. The password is EDM404

We are in the process of pre-ordering club speedo backpacks which you will be able to pre-order on our online store in the Team Gear section. The back packs will come withe Keyano logo and the swimmers name. We will let you know as soon as they are available for order.

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