Short-Course Swim Meet Highlights Pool & City for Future Events

February 26, 2015


The East Coast Short-Course Championships will be held over four days from February 27th, 28th, and March 1st and 2nd, 2014 at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. The event hosted by Swimming New Brunswick, along with the Saint John Fundy Swim Club (TIDE), is the most important short-course swim meet of the season with over 385 swimmers of all ages, 80 officials, parents and team staff to Saint John, from all parts of New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland generating over $300,000.

“We expect to see our high-calibre New Brunswick swimmers really excel in this venue,” says Gary Losier TIDE Swim Club president. “For many of our athletes it will be a stage to gauge their progress and compete against swimmers they may not see as often.” This meet is the culmination of the short-course season with many swimmers using this event to establish qualifying times for other national events.

This event is also intended to enable the Saint John Fundy Swim Club (TIDE), Swimming NB and the Canada Games Aquatic Centre to extend their partnership in order to bid for other higher level swim competitions. “We are awaiting final word on another high profile meet for 2015 and the Championship meet this weekend will give our group a chance to demonstrate that the City of Saint John, the Canada Games Aquatic CentreSwimming NB and TIDE are capable of hosting a first-class event in a first-class venue in a first-class community.”

“Sports tourism is big business for Saint John with events like the East Coast Short-Course Swim Meet generating over $300,000 in economic spin-off for hotels, restaurants and retail around the city,” says Ross Jefferson, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “Sport champions like the TIDE Swim Club and the Swimming NB team are vital to growing this tourism sector and we applaud their dedication.”

Schedule of Events;

  • Preliminaries 9am to 1pm with the Finals 5pm to 9pm all four days.
  • Official opening ceremonies Saturday March 1st at 5pm with Minister Dorothy Shephard, Minister for Healthy and Inclusive Communities, Councillor Shirley McAlary on Behalf of the City of Saint John and President David Frise representing Swimming NB

 

For further information;
Contact Gary Losier, Tide Swim Team President
(W) 849-5749
(H) 847-9635

Ross Jefferson, Executive Director, Discover Saint John
(W): 658-2990