A Sixty-Year-Old Tradition: The NAA Kicks Off its First Week of Dual Meets

[July 6, 2024]

The Northshore Aquatic Association and its 16 member pools are thrilled to have hosted, last Wednesday, the first Dual Meets of 2024. The seven events across the West Island saw enthusiastic participation from swimmers and families, marking a promising start to what is set to be an exciting season packed with fun.

“It’s a great community of people, a great community of swimmers, lots of fun”, says Katie Hewlett, Division Chief for the City of Dorval. The three outdoor pools of the City of Dorval have been participating in NAA activities for decades.

Sixty Years Strong

The 2024 season is a special one, as it marks the Association’s sixtieth anniversary. “Since 1964, this Association has served countless children and families across the West Island”, says Leniyo Amayao, Vice-President of Competitive Swimming. “It is rare that you find accessible community activities as deeply-rooted as the NAA, which have managed to remain at the forefront of families’ summer plans for six decades.” 

Expanded Participation across the Board

For the first time in its 60-year history, staff members employed at a pool affiliated with the Association are eligible—and encouraged—to participate in swimming activities. This landmark change, unanimously approved by the General Assembly, stands as one of many upcoming measures to redefine the Association’s vision and make its activities more accessible to all members of the communities it serves.

Upgraded Electronic Systems—Live Results

Over the last year, the NAA has redeveloped and improved the Dual Meet Results Sheet, improving the ease-of-use of the system handled by dozens of volunteers and coaches each summer. 

With this new system, the NAA is proud to announce that the Dual Meet experience has been enhanced with the introduction of Live Results. Swimmers and their families will now be able to enjoy consulting live results at all Dual Meets. Results will be updated within 10 minutes of being entered into the system and will be available at the following address:

A Team of Volunteers at Your Service

The NAA is also excited to announce the recruitment of over 15 volunteers, through the new Student Volunteer Experience Programme. This program, led by the Vice-President of Competitive Swimming, aims to expand the Association’s ability to serve the membership, while also teaching students useful skills for the future. The dedication and hard work of these volunteers will invaluable to the smooth operation of our events and the success of the Association’s 2024 activities.

A Promising Future Ahead

The NAA has been committed to promoting aquatic sports, promoting fun and participation, and fostering a sense of community for all members. The measures announced today are only the beginning of a new direction to ensure many more years of achievements and growth. 

Over the next month, member pools will compete every Wednesday, in preparation for the prestigious end-of-season Time Trials and Big Meet. 

The Northshore Association and its hundreds of volunteers wish all swimmers a great swimming season full of fun!