Bluefish Registration for 2018/19 Season

We offer non-competitive, pre-competitive, and competitive programs in a fun and encouraging environment!  Become the strong, fast swimmer you have always wanted to be!

Registration Dates @ the Nick Smith Centre

Returning Swimmers: August 16th & 23rd (7-9pm)

New Swimmers: August 23rd (7-9pm)

Assessment for new swimmers at the pool on August 22nd from 4-6.

Westjet Gift of Flight – Congratulations to Kevin Hamilton

Congratulations to the winner of our Westjet Gift of Flight, Kevin Hamilton!

Thank-you to Jeremiah Gillet for donating his time in coordinating the donation of these tickets from Westjet.  Finally, thank you to all the families who helped with our final fundraiser for the season and sold so many raffle tickets!

Have a fantastic summer!

Jenn Wroe, ABSC President

Swim-A-Thon 2018!

On behalf of the board and coaching staff we are excited to announce our Swim-A-Thon campaign for this year.

Our club is once again will be fundraising using Swim Canada’s online fundraising program.  This allows us to raise money quickly and easily all from just a few clicks from our computers.

All of us will now be able to reach out to family, colleagues, friends, and utilize the tools of social networks in Canada and throughout the world to increase our “Swim-A-Thon” dollars raised this year.   In fact, if you have ever participated in a national charity event you will know that raising valuable funds for special causes is made easier through tools like RaiseAThon.

Our club this year has a goal to raise $13,000. The funds raised are essential to operating our club and in keeping registration fees from rising.  With your help, we know we can achieve our goal.

Our Swim-A-Thon will involve all swimmers and it will be held  APRIL 3/4/5 from 3:15 to 5:15 at the Nick Smith Centre pool.  (Swimmers to arrive at 3:00)

We encourage the parents to go online and assist your swimmer with the registration.  Realize this year, the family affidavit is part of the online swimmer registration.  We are also starting the fundraising campaign this year on  Feb 20, 2018 which gives your swimmer 6 weeks to reach their goal

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  You may find out more information here.

Please go to our club link at and register your swimmer and start spreading the word to family, friends, business colleagues, social contacts and those that support the sport of swimming in our community, province and Canada.

Your fundraising goal is $250 per swimmer

Please show your support, help us provide the best resources, coaching and programs that we can by helping to raise these valuable dollars that will support our swimming program.

If you have any questions please contact your Swim-A-Thon : Rhonda Sawyer

Otherwise please contact RaiseAThon at if you have any technical problems.

Bluefish Bottle Drive – November 4th

On Saturday, November 4th, Bluefish will be running a bottle drive.

We will meet at the Nick Smith Centre foyer @ 9am. Maps of town will be given out and we will finish by noon. We will need the help of parents with vehicles and or trailers to shuttle back and forth. We will have a trailer at the pool on Thursday Nov 2 from 5pm until 7pm where you can bring your own empties if you like. We will be making a public appeal on Facebook and perhaps the weekender and Oldies 107.

Thanks in advance for your support. Kevin Adam. 613 612 5679 cell or

Team Wear Event – October 2nd and 3rd


Parents will have the opportunity to order swim suits and team apparel for their children between 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the Nick Smith Centre on:
Monday October 2
Tuesday October 3

We will have sample swim wear in all sizes for swimmers to try on for proper fitting.
(Boys and Girls) The swim wear available is at a good price and stands up well.

Myself and Cherie will be on hand to help with sizing and questions.

Orders will be paid for in cash or by cheque when order is placed.

Looking forward to 2 successful nights!
First few days back in the water for return swimmers and first time for others!


*** A reminder will be sent on Sunday


Rhonda Sawyer
Swim Wear Coordinator

Bluefish Early 2017/18 Registration

We are holding an early registration for returning Bluefish swimmers on August 14th (7-9pm) at the Nick Smith Center.
Please print out and complete forms BEFORE you come to registration.  This will speed things along.  
Thank you.  Looking forward to seeing you on Monday night.  Please make sure you check the forms over carefully as there may be a few minor changes from the previous season.  
Jenn Wroe
ABSC President

Bluefish Training Pays Off

The busy and successful 2016-2017 season continues for the Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club (ABSC) at the Nick Smith Centre. Positive results at three recent meets have shown that the hard work of the swimmers and the guidance of their coaches is paying off.

In mid January the team travelled to Perth for the Mike Brown Invitational.. This 3 day event included races in length up to the 1500m freestyle. The Bluefish had 25 swimmers attend, the largest number for any meet in 10 years. The Bluefish swimmers achieved 93 personal best times over the 3 days, with 20 swims resulting in Regional Qualifying times. Among the team highlights Abby Harrod dropped a full 54 seconds off her previous personal best, resulting in an 11:56 time for the 800m freestyle (FS). Alex Rowe finished with an outstanding 19:52 in the 1500m freestyle. And in 6 events Clayton Williamson dropped a full 75 seconds off his personal bests. From this meet 4 Bluefish swimmers qualified for the 2017 Eastern Regional Championships.

Held February 3rd to 5th in Belleville, the 2017 Eastern Ontario Short Course Regional
Championships introduced a much more challenging qualifying standard. Each of the 4 Bluefish who qualified, had to do so in at least 3 events in order to attend. This put the. In competition at a very high level. Over 500 of the fastest swimmers from 19 teams across Eastern Ontario were in attendance. Bluefish team highlights included:

Jordan Schaepper, at age 9 qualified and swam in 7 events and achieved 5 personal best times, including a 16 second improvement in both 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley (IM). Hadleigh Williamson age 12, like Jordan, in her first Regional Championship swam in 7 events and had 3 personal best times and 2 events within 1 second of her best time, as well as a very admirable 8th place finish in Breast stroke. A great accomplishment for her first Regional. Alex Wroe age 13, swimming in his 4th consecutive Regional swam in in 7 events. The format for swimmers age 13 and older is like the Olympics; each Swim their events in a preliminary race and the top 16 swimmers then compete again the same evening, with the exception being the longer events (over 400m) which are only swum once. Alex qualified for 3 finals and was an alternate for 2, improving his personal best time in every event. Cameron Shepherd age 15 also qualified for his 4th consecutive Regional Championship but was unable to compete as he was away on a student exchange.

Later in February the team traveled to the Brewer Pool in Ottawa to take part in the Swim to The Beat SWOTT meet. With 21 swimmers from the Bluefish in attendance, they raced in 60 swims. Another very successful day, cheered on by family and teammates, and DJ Pumping dance music, the swimmers had 40 personal best times. As well, the Bluefish had 34 podium finishes: 13 first place, 9 second place and 12 third place. The highlight Swim of the meet was Hadleigh Williamson who swam the 200m Freestyle in 2:50.49 which was 52 seconds faster than her time in the same event 1 year earlier.

With one short rest over March break, the training continued, again paying off with great result at the recent Ontario Youth Olympians, Long Course Swim Meet at the Nepean Sports Complex, held April 9th. This was the one and only Long Course Swim Meet of the year, 50 meter pool, other than Long Course Regionals; the longer 50m pool is much more challenging than competing in the shorter 25m pools.

Of the 17 Bluefish swimmers, 8 were in their first long-course competition. Out of 99 total swims, Bluefish achieved 55 personal best times.  We had 5 swimmers that posted 5 out of 6 personal best times,  They include Hannah Gillett, Liam Gillett, Ava Hammond, Trinity Kaerbye and Tate McIntyre. There are currently have 4 Bluefish swimmers, Anna McMaster, Jordan Schaepper, Alex Wroe and Cameron Shepherd qualified to compete at the upcoming Long Course Regional Championships to be held at the Nepean Sportsplex on Jun 2-4, 2017. There are also 3 swimmers that are within striking distance of qualifying and have one last chance at Deep RIver Blackfly May 13/14. Along with numerous personal best times for all the Bluefish, top 3 finishes included: Alex Ambercrombie 3rd in 400m freestyle(FS); Liam GIllett 3rd in 50m Breaststroke; Mason Kenny 2nd in 200m breaststroke; Tate McIntyre 3rd 100m FS; Jordan Schaepper 1st in 200m and 400m FS, and 100m butterfly; Sam Wallace 3rd 200m breaststroke; Alex Wroe 1st in 400m FS and 3rd in 50m butterfly; Abby Harrod 2nd in 400m FS and 200m IM; and, Trinity Kaerbye with 3rd in 400m FS.

Training will be put to the test at the upcoming Blackfly Swim Meet in Deep River. But the real challenge will be May 15, 16 and 17th when the swimmers will complete the 2017 Swim-A-Thon. This event, held annually by Swim clubs across Canada raises funds to keep local teams and the Swim Canada program going and developing young athletes. This year the 60 Arnprior Bluefish Swimmers will each be attempting to Swim 5km in 2 hours.

To support this great team and the opportunities for these and future swimmers please do so at

For more information about the ABSC, including registration forms, a gallery of images, and list of contacts, please visit their website at