The North Bay Titans have been stuck on dry land since early March because of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean they’re not training for when the pool reopens.

The local swim club was on pace for having one it’s best seasons in the last decade before the pandemic hit.

Membership doubled to 75-plus swimmers and the team narrowly placed third at Regionals, after placing sixth last year.

“We also had seven qualifiers to provincials, up one year-over-year, and the team was having more fun and training harder than ever before,” says Coach John Mcleod.

“After a few weeks of uncertainty and sifting through all the new information we decided to carry on and started to really thrive” adds Mcleod. “On top of six live video workouts that are strength and mobility based there are weekly check-in’s with the athletes too.”

Two national level athletes have been interviewed with plans to add more.

The team has also routinely done a Friday night activity, like trivia night or paint night, with plans to change it up.

“Although we aren’t in the pool, swimmers can still train and thrive. It takes a lot of discipline to train eight times a week, so many of our athletes are fitting into this new routine quite seamlessly,” says Mcleod. “We are planning our end of year banquet, depending on public health rules, and are looking forward to a summer of swimming in the lakes, running on the trails and just enjoying our time on the land because inevitably we will be back in the pool soon.”


(Photo submitted — North Bay Titans at the Dave Kensit Short Course Championship Meet, Feb 2020)

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