Trinity Western University

2010 News

Diving In: Spartans Swim Program and Langley Olympians Swim Club make a joint splash

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The addition of Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) swimming to Trinity Western University’s Spartans Athletics program has opened the doors to a unique partnership with a local organization. Spartans Athletics is pleased to announce its association with the Langley Olympians Swim Club (LOSC), and Head Coach, Brian Metcalfe. “Partnerships are always exciting, bringing about an unending supply of new synergies,” says TWU Director of Athletics, Murray Hall. “It’s a great day for Trinity Western, the Langley Community, Spartan Athletics and the Complete Champion Approach™ to be associated with another high performance organization and their Head Coach, Brian Metcalfe.”

TWU Spartan Athletics already partners with the Township of Langley in operation of the Langley Events Centre, which now serves as home court for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. “These partnerships create opportunities for both parties to fulfill their mission in ways that might not otherwise be possible,” says Hall. “The cooperative agreement between TWU and Langley Olympians Swim Club benefits students who wish to combine high performance swim-training with a university degree.”

The Langley Olympians Swim Club will provide pool times and all technical aspects of swim mechanics, with strokes, training and race tactics taught by Langley Olympians Swim Club instructors and coaches. TWU Spartans staff will provide the administrative and The Complete Champion Approach™ infrastructure support mechanisms for student-athlete swimmers. “The principal focus of the partnership is to ensure that TWU swimming student athletes have a great place to swim and train and have access to ‘already-in-place’ infrastructure support systems,” says Hall.

Formed in 1997, LOSC provides swimmers the opportunity to swim year round and pursue their sport at its highest level. LOSC offers NCCP professionally certified coaches, lead by the Director of Swimming and Head Coach, Metcalfe.

Both the Langley and Abbotsford Olympians Swim Clubs have had numerous Provincial & National Champions, Provincial and National record holders as well as having swimmers represent B.C. and Canada on Provincial and National teams. Local swimmers have participated in the Pan Pacific Championships, World Championship, and World Student Games. The LOSC was represented by Langley resident, Jake Tapp, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

A former National-level swimmer himself, Metcalfe has been a full time coach in B.C. for the past 27 years at both the National and International levels. For the past nine years, he has served as Director of Swimming and Head Coach for both the Langley and Abbotsford Olympians Swim Clubs. “It’s wonderful to live and work in a community that supports excellence in sport,” says the Langley resident. “Many of people’s core values and successes in life can be traced back to what they learned while participating in sports.”

While competitive swimming will be new to the university, TWU has CIS teams in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and basketball, which have collectively earned 11 national championship medals including four gold medals.

  • Last Updated on July 8th, 2010 at 9:15am
  • Author: Wendy Lees
  • Email: media@twu.ca
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