Swimming

The pool at Matsqui Recreation Centre will be closed for maintenance from Sept. 7 to 27. (City of Abbotsford photo)

Matsqui Rec Centre pool in Abbotsford temporarily closed for maintenance

Arena, youth centre and physiotherapy remain open during closure

 

Kids take the plunge at Camp Qwanoes’ Aqua Park. (Photo submitted)

Several campers and staff test positive for COVID-19 at B.C. kids summer camp

Crofton’s Camp Qwanoes executive director hopeful a day camp can still proceed next week

 

Penny Oleksiak of Canada holds up her bronze medal from the women’s 200-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader

Penny Oleksiak swims into Canada’s record books after earning sixth career medal

Her bronze is her sixth career medal, the most for any Canadian in the Summer Games

 

Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Chilliwack Stingray swimmers go back and forth at Rotary Pool Wednesday night during a swim-a-thon to benefit former Stingray Addison Johnston, who is battling a rare form of leukemia. (Facebook photo)

Chilliwack Stingrays rally behind former teammate battling cancer

Addison Johnston, a 17-year-old G.W. Graham student, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia

Chilliwack Stingray swimmers go back and forth at Rotary Pool Wednesday night during a swim-a-thon to benefit former Stingray Addison Johnston, who is battling a rare form of leukemia. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford city council has approved a recommendation to delay the opening of Centennial Outdoor Pool until next year to allow for almost $1.1 million in upgrades. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Abbotsford council approves almost $1.1M in upgrades to Centennial pool

Improvements will delay reopening of outdoor pool until 2022

Abbotsford city council has approved a recommendation to delay the opening of Centennial Outdoor Pool until next year to allow for almost $1.1 million in upgrades. (Facebook photo)
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph

When Cold Is Hot

Cold water swimming is therapy and exercise

  • May 26, 2021
Lia Crowe takes a cold water swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Don Denton photograph
Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

Dangerous oasis: The fatal history of a popular Kootenay Lake beach

Six Mile Beach near Nelson is known for its unique sand spit. But locals have feared it for decades

Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services
The Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club has returned to the pool for 2020. (Submitted)

Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club back in the pool

Limited schedule available for swimmers at Matsqui Recreation Centre

The Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club has returned to the pool for 2020. (Submitted)
Ida Jenss and Lily Nay swam across Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on Thursday. Photos: Tyler Harper

Lily and the lake: How a young B.C. girl with Down syndrome swam to her dream

Kaslo’s Lily Nay set her mind to swimming Kootenay Lake on Sept. 3

Ida Jenss and Lily Nay swam across Kootenay Lake near Kaslo on Thursday. Photos: Tyler Harper
The pool at Matsqui Recreation Centre will reopen for modified activities starting Aug. 10, and the arena will open for private bookings. (City of Abbotsford photo)

Pool and arena set to reopen at Matsqui Recreation Centre

Modified activities and physical distancing will be in place starting Aug. 10

  • Jul 23, 2020
The pool at Matsqui Recreation Centre will reopen for modified activities starting Aug. 10, and the arena will open for private bookings. (City of Abbotsford photo)
Sport Abbotsford has called on the City of Abbotsford to open Centennial Outdoor Pool for the summer. (Sport Abbotsford photo)

Sport Abbotsford calls for opening of Centennial Outdoor Pool

Local sport association claims lack of consulting from City of Abbotsford in decision process

Sport Abbotsford has called on the City of Abbotsford to open Centennial Outdoor Pool for the summer. (Sport Abbotsford photo)
The teens hopped a fence into the pool. (Langley Advance Times files)

Teens sneak into community pool for illicit swim

Nothing was damaged or stolen at the pool in Aldergrove, police say

The teens hopped a fence into the pool. (Langley Advance Times files)
Abbotsford’s Centennial Outdoor Pool will not re-open this summer. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford’s Centennial Outdoor Pool will not re-open this summer

City officials cite operating costs and desire for indoor pools as reasons for decision

Abbotsford’s Centennial Outdoor Pool will not re-open this summer. (Facebook photo)
Nora Cashato, 12, organized a petition to preserve the Fort Langley Outdoor Pool after she learned about its coming closure from her mother, Rachelle. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

12-year-old petitions to preserve neighbourhood pool

Local youth will take her case to council next Monday

Nora Cashato, 12, organized a petition to preserve the Fort Langley Outdoor Pool after she learned about its coming closure from her mother, Rachelle. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Abbotsford’s Erik Rexha had a strong showing at the recent Winter Age Group Championships in Vancouver, collecting a pair of medals.                                 Submitted

Abbotsford’s Rexha earns pair of medals

Spartans swimmer takes home bronze and silver from Winter Age Group Championships

Abbotsford’s Erik Rexha had a strong showing at the recent Winter Age Group Championships in Vancouver, collecting a pair of medals.                                 Submitted
The AOSC’s Sarah Wooffinden competes at the Langley and Abbotsford Olympians novice meet on Jan. 25. (Submitted)

Abbotsford Olympians hit the pool in 2020

First events of new calendar for local swim club sees good results

The AOSC’s Sarah Wooffinden competes at the Langley and Abbotsford Olympians novice meet on Jan. 25. (Submitted)
Justin Mitchell, in a photo with young athletes from 2016, has been banned from coaching in any Water Polo Canada-sanctioned event following accusations of bullying and sexual harassment. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Justin Mitchell, in a photo with young athletes from 2016, has been banned from coaching in any Water Polo Canada-sanctioned event following accusations of bullying and sexual harassment. (Black Press Media files)