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CBAC swimmers perform well, despite lockdowns

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The Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club (CBAC) is another team affected by the new COVID-19 restrictions.
Last season the club was having a great year, and coach Morgan Syvertsen says just days before the initial lockdown was announced in March, all of his swimmers had qualified for provincials. Due to the restrictions, they were not able to compete and were only able to get back in the pool this fall to train. This too was fleeting.
“Because of the AHS announcement, all team sports, which includes swimming, was put on hold until December 18, and that is our Christmas break anyway, so we are essentially done for the month,” said Syvertsen.
He has since learned they may be able to do some training.
“I got a call from Andrea at the pool, and she said the pool is able to allow one swimmer and one coach at a time to train. We’ll probably take them up on this, it’s better than nothing,” he said.
Despite the break, he said his team has been performing well.
“This year, I don’t know

what it is, but all the kids are doing so good. They are already obviously faster than they were last year,” he said. “We were so looking forward to some competition so we could get a real test, but now we are lucky to get into the pool.”
He doesn’t know if the team will be able to compete this year, but they are looking at some solutions, including virtual meets.
“You would essentially race the same people in your own pool who are in your own club, so you really don’t get a chance to be pushed by anybody else, which is unfortunate,” said Syvertsen.


AJHL puts pause on season

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It will be a little longer until fans will get the chance to see the Dragons on the ice.
Already the Dragons’ season was halted when a member of the Canmore Eagles tested positive, and a couple of days later the AJHL announced the Dragons had a case of COVID -19.
Now the league has pressed pause on the season due to the new Alberta Government restrictions.
“As a result of Provincial restrictions announced on November 24, the AJHL season is on pause until existing limitations are lifted and we are permitted to safely return. The AJHL Board of Governors will reconvene on December 19, 2020 to determine a timeline and updated protocols for return to play,” the league stated on its website.
The Mail reported in last week’s edition there has been cases of COVID-19 discovered on a number of different squads including the Dragons, the Okotoks Oilers, and the Calgary Canucks. After an initial report of a case on the Canmore Eagles announced on November 19, CBC has since reported there are 16 members of the team who have tested positive
The first case in the AJHL was a member of the Whitecourt Wolverines, announced on the league’s Twitter page on November 4.

Senior girls Dynos place third at home tourney

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The DVSS Senior girls Dynos were happy to be on the court to play as they hosted a four-team tournament over the weekend.
School sports are very different, especially indoor games, to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Because of this, there are no spectators, and all physical distancing measures are in place including regular sanitization of the nets and balls as well as scheduled hand sanitization breaks. DVSS live-streamed the games on its Facebook page for spectators
The tournament includes a cohort of teams from Oyen, Delia, and Consort.
Coach Erica Crocker said the team played well, and they were able to take away a third-place finish.
She said, overall there were some outstanding performances from her players, especially Grade 12 Randi Gill and Kelsey Sharpe. Rookies Piper McCluskey and Ella Schille also did an excellent job.
Next week they play the same cohort group, which will be the final tournament for the Dynos in their short season.


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