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Marie’s update for February 13, 2020

A few things to update you with. I’ve also attached a calendar at a glance that highlight cancelled practices only, to the end of the year. 
Family Day Weekend Practices

All practices are ON Sat/Sun this weekend – the holiday Monday practice is 6:45-8:00am ONLY (due to last week’s Mon am blip). There is NO pm practice on Monday the 17th.

Upcoming Practice Schedule to end of May

Sunday February 23 – time changed to 8:45-10:15am (waterpolo tournament)

Saturday February 29 – 7-8:00am practice cancelled

Saturday March 7 – 7-8:00am practice cancelled

Saturday March 14 – Saturday March 21 inclusive – practices cancelled (March break)

Sunday March 29th CU only – practice cancelled (ROCS Swim meet)

Sunday April 12-26 inclusive CU practices cancelled (CU shutdown)

Sunday April 12 – 6:45-8:00am JCC practice cancelled (Easter Sunday)


A small but mighty crew will be participating in the OSM training camp. There is still time to sign up- contact me if you decide last minute! I’ve highlighted the week our OSM crew is away on the calendar (over March break). 

Upcoming MSO Provincials

If you are interested – Nepean Masters is hosting Provincials March 27th-29th at Nepean Sportsplex. Registration is online via MSO. They are also looking for volunteers as well.

Summer swimming

We will be opening up summer registration in March. Emily Anzai will be our lead coach, with Taylor Sim and myself as backups. Welcome back Emily! More details to follow.

JCC Fundraiser *OSM Team participants required* Sunday, March 29, 2020

I feel very strongly about supporting the JCC; OSM will take care of the donation, we need a TEAM.

The funds raised will be used for scholarships towards Ganon preschool, summer camps, and memberships.

Stage one of the event takes place in the spin room where a spin instructors will guide the team on a 60 minute ride. After a short break participants will move to the pool where members of our crew will swim laps for 30 minutes. First team will begin at 8:30AM, with subsequent team slots continuing through the  morning and afternoon.  I have requested the 8:30am start. PLEASE consider being a part of the OSM Team this year.

Personal Note

I will be out of commission from Friday, February 28 for 6-8 weeks. I have cancelled the Saturday morning workouts up to the end of March break and will not be on deck for any practices during that time. I am having surgery (I am fine) and hope to bounce back quickly. All practices will be covered so you will be in very good hands! 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any comments or queries!

Marie's update for December 19, 2019

Holiday schedule:

To confirm the Holiday schedule coming up. Our last practice is this coming Sunday (JCC or CU); no practices next week until the following Saturday (the 28th) morning. Note that CU is cancelled Sunday the 29th (so there are only 2 practices available that weekend).

Cancelled practices:

Monday -Thursday Dec 23-26

Sunday December 29 at CU 9:45-11:15am *JCC practice is ON

Tuesday – Wednesday December 31/January 1 (*practices are ON Monday the 30 and Thursday the 2nd)


The last link was a preview of the accommodations we will be staying in. This is the last link- customized for our OSM crew.

Sunday December 29th, JCC 6:45-8:00am is Coach Diana’s last  OSM practice. She will be focusing on the SwOtt pre-comp swimmers! We wish her all the best.We welcome Taylor S as the new coach for that practice time beginning in January.
Saturday morning b’fast

Mary G has kindly organized bfast after the 7-8am practice this Saturday. There are only a few settings left at the table, so if you are interested in coming out, please be sure to ask Mary during practice!
HappyHolidays everyone!


Marie and all your coaches

Marie's Update December 12, 2019

Hello OSM swimmers!
A belated update that includes the upcoming Holiday schedule. It will be posted on the website. 

Willy Lee Meet

Thank you to all participants at the meet. It was a quiet success, the numbers were smaller than usual but those that participated had fun; and $2700 will be donated to the YMCA this year. A huge thank you to WL Meet volunteers who organized the meet behind the scenes and made the meet possible. The pool time is booked for the next WL meet – Saturday, November 21, 2020

Mallorca Training Camp

Here is the link (customized for OSM).  If you are interested, please contact me directly. The deposit date is extended and the daily cycle trips are optional:

OSM t-shirts

If you would like one, please send a note to Dave (  by indicating colour (Black or White) and size (XS, S, M, L or XL)There may be a delay (December delivery) for sizes other than Medium, as most other sizes have sold out and will need to be specially ordered. They fit kind of large. Generally women have been going for Small or Medium and men, Medium or Large. 
Price: $15-$20 (depending on size of order). NB Dave will be at CU practice Sunday morning.


We are settling into practices that are focused on technique as well as some distance (no timed swims for awhile!) Here is the Holiday schedule at a glance. Note: weekend practices are open for anyone to attend; Mon/Thur practices are regular session practices. Practices are cancelled on:Tuesday -Thursday Dec 23-26Sunday December 29 at CU 9:45-11:15am *JCC practice is ONTuesday – Wednesday December 31/January 1

Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe Holiday season!

So quiet in here…

Well done to all the Nirvana swimmers this morning. It really did get quiet in the pool as we all just focused on our breathing, staying in streamline and making every stroke count.

As promised, here is the article from the NYT that provided the inspiration for this morning’s mini set.

And here’s an article that I wrote for my other team, on pretty much the same topic.

Coach Fraser

Marie’s Update November 15, 2019

2 things:

  • Lynda Richardson is looking for an adult volunteer tomorrow to help with the 50-50 draw. Please email her if you can help.
  • All 3 practices are ON this weekend; Saturday morning, and JCC Sunday and CU Sunday!

Final Details for Willy Lee Meet

A heartfelt thank you for signing up for swimming in the meet. We have a good showing of OSM swimmers. And many thanks to all of our OSM volunteers who have come together to make this meet happen!

Tom’s vision for this meet was community, fun and swimming. Job well done in continuing his legacy!

If you are still on the fence about entering the meet, last minute swimmers can still be entered! Contact coach Diana ( to make it happen. 

Enjoy Saturday… here’s a few things to remember for the meet:

-Warm up is 12-12:50. Get a good warm up in.

 -There will also be a warm up/warm down lane available throughout the meet. Use it and keep your muscles loose before/after sprinting.

-Stay hydrated!

-Bring cash to take part in silent auction/raffle tickets.

It’s all for charity so enjoy yourself and have fun!


Marie and all your coaches

Last week to sign up for Willy Lee! Do it!

A quick update to remind everyone it’s the last week to register for the Willy Lee meet. The intent of getting you to sign up to swim is to push you past your comfort zone! It’s a lot of fun and guaranteed to have you hooked. 

To date there are only 19 OSM swimmers entered to swim in the meet, with 44 swimmers in total. To have a fun, engaging event, we need more swimmers to sign up…our aim is to have over 100 swimmers in total. Calling all swimmers to sign up (we need more swimmers than food and prizes)!!

Be sure to sign up by Thursday!! To recap, the WL meet is:
Saturday November 16Brewer pool12:00-3:30pm(Wup 12- 12:45 – meet starts 12:50-3:45pm)

Sign-Up n Link


Marie and all your coaches

Marie’s Update October 11, 2019

Willy Lee Masters Meet

I encourage, invite and cajole all of you to sign up for the Willy Lee meet Saturday November 16th. It’s a quick turn around meet (starts at noon – finishes up about 3:45pm). Its for charity, so you are swimming for a good cause. Its fun and a great way to dive into competing (some for the first time) or challenging yourself to a new event! If you aren’t keen to swim, please sign up to bake and/or help out the day of the meet. We need your involvement! 
I will send out a separate email with the signup sheet and point of contacts (for donating prizes, baking, event sign-up)It is our MAIN event – so please jump in and participate! In the meantime, attached is the meet package. Please let me know if you have any questions.


We are starting to settle into a routine at practice (the hardest part is getting to practice!). If you are in need of a practice switch, a kind reminder to let me know in advance. There should be no attendance surprises on the pool deck for coaches!

Practice cancellations for the next 2 weeks

We’re coming up to the end of the pool closures! Here’s a snapshot of the next 2 weeks. Practices are ON this weekend, so if you are in town, come out and join us! For those of you who’ll be out of town – safe travels and enjoy your weekend!


Marie and all your coaches

Marie’s Update Sep 30, 2019

First Week

A great first week back in the pool! It was great to see many faces back at all the practices. If you missed practice, plan to come out this week (Wednesday onwards!)…A polite reminder that Mon/Tue practices are cancelled this week due to the Holidays! Please be sure to check the schedule below.

Saturday and Sunday mornings:

Please meet at the side door of the JCC (beside the school/playground at the back) at 6:50am. Practice finishes up at 8am – but if you’d like extra drill/skills we have a few extra minutes. It would be great to have all swimmers finished up/dressed by 8:30am. We can exit by the front doors. Sundays meet up at the side door by 6:35am;  again – you can leave by the front doors after practice.

Carleton University Pool 

Making headlines in Ottawa these past few weeks is the need for newer/better pool facilities in Ottawa. Carleton University (separate from the City) is also in need of an upgrade. I have been approached to write a letter of support; if you would like to write an assenting letter, I can forward you the contact info. The more the merrier! Letters must be sent in by October 15th.

Willy Lee Meet

There will be a meeting coming up for the organizers of the Willy Lee Meet (Sat Nov 16) – if you are interested in helping out in any capacity, please contact me. I am hoping you are planning out your events – some familiar and some that would challenge you. If you haven’t raced in awhile its the perfect place and time to do it!


Marie and all your coaches

Ottawa Swim Masters (OSM) 

OSM 2019-20 Season Start

Season Kick-off:

Hoping all of you are ready to suit up and make as splash as our season starts in just over a week!We begin our OSM Masters season Monday September 23 at 5:30am practice! Check the calendar (end of this message) to note the JCC closure dates due to the Jewish holidays. OSM coaches are keen and ready to go – a big welcome for new-to-OSM coach Olivia (Wed/Thurs evenings) and welcome back to Julia (CU Sundays and Thur mornings) and to returning coaches! We are lucky to have such a dedicated crew.

Good Habits

As with every new season, there will be new faces and familiar faces in your lane. Be patient especially in the first few weeks when your lanes get sorted. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes early so your coach/lane mates can get organized (if you happen to come in late, jump into practice where your mates are – keep the lanes flowing and disruption to a minimum). Always remember the hardest part of your workout is getting to the pool! Keep yourself motivated and positive with your lane mates! Consider challenging yourself this year… to your first race, your first 200FL, your first 200IM etc. Its amazing what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it. My goal is to swim 3x/week!  

JCC Passes/Privileges

Each of you will require a photo pass to enter the building. The front desk is expecting you to drop by and renew/obtain a pass if you are not a member. Please approach the front desk and let them know swim with OSM. A polite reminder that facility perks and privileges are for JCC members only (hot tub, sauna, gym etc).

Reserve these dates:

*Majorca sign-up/deposit deadline: November 1st

*Willy Lee Annual Fun Meet: Saturday November 16th
It will be another fabulous year of swimming! Welcome aboard!

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