About This Issue


Nick J. Thierry
Editor / Publisher

The big event during March was the Maritime Life Spring Nationals in Victoria, B.C. Mar 17-20, the selection trials for the most important competitions this spring and summer. Joanne Malar was the star with four individual golds and a silver. See the coverage from page 5-8.

A special word of thanks to Swimming/Natation Canada and Penny Joyce with help in getting photos from the competition from photographers Greg Kinch and Mario Bartel. Thanks to Rob Traynor of Servtrotech for all the help with the computer results and of course Dorothy Liedtke, the Meet Manager, for her help and cheerful disposition.

I interviewed some of the prominent swimmers at the competition and hope you enjoy reading about Erin Gammel and Rick Say who are just starting out to make a name for themselves.

The story of Kristy Kowal, the 100 breaststroke world champion from the USA, is proof that you don't need to be a favourite to win at that level. Whatever the outcome it has not been scripted yet. So if you're there and then make finals, anything is possible.

The final two World Cup reports are on page 33-34 with a commentary from Germany which explains how the added competitions and high travel costs are watering down the intensity of the series.

From the orld Cup two personality profiles: Stev Theloke, the German backstroke hope and Mark Foster, the veteran British sprinter.

Jack Kelso reviewed Cecil Cowin's latest book Swimming Dynamics. It's a terrific read, highly recommended if you're interested in the people that shaped our sport for the last century.

Tag is up-to-date for all meets received to mid March. Junior Nationals now include prelims as well as the finals. Provincial championships from B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia are included.

Next month's issue will cover the FINA Short Course World Championships, and the Australian and American Nationals.