That’s the view of the George Water Lilies swim club hopes to make a splash with local people and future athletes as they place an offer forward to host Canada national team and its training camp ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Head Coach Nicole Barager spoke to city council last night of the financial help they need in order to house the national athletes if the bid is successful. Artistic Swimming fans can book their Olympic Artistic Swimming Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.
“I understand the economic spin-off for an event like this which has such a small number of members is insignificant, but I don’t think the public impact is simply about being revenue made. Having an opportunity to have athletes at the highest caliber come and prove their skills in the water for people in our public to watch would provide a huge boost to sport variety in George.”
Barager explains an extension of the pool will also be necessary for Team Canada.
“Artistic swimmers are very good at training in the smallest little spots,” she said when asked the question by Prince George Matters. “But if we can offer them our beautiful ability, why would we not? If we can give them 25-meters, which is what they have to travel by at the end of circuit going in routine, then that would be ideal. It has to be in the deep end because they have to lift and they throw people six feet into the air without touching the bottom, so it’s also a safety concern.”
More sponsorship funds will need to be raised and the help of the city is a big step forward but Barager believes the Water Lilies will have no trouble in gathering the rest. She claims Prince George ‘fell in love’ with artistic swimming when it was showcased in B.C northern capital at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, which could increase the odds of locking the bid.
“Some people don’t understand it simply because it doesn’t get enough contact that swimming does, that gymnastics does, or that hockey does,” she said when asked about the current perspective of the sport. “They think my athletes are not athletes. By watching someone who is at the level of an Olympian race you’re going to see that they’re outside athletes and they make it look easy because they have to make it look easy.”
Despite being a six-year-old club with only 30 members the George Water Lilies’ recent success at regional could also play aspect in the bid for Team Canada training camp.
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