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Mission Statement


Our mission is to teach and develop proper fundamental swimming strokes and racing techniques in a supportive & motivating environment. We aim to provide a cohesive team structure for swimmers to have fun as well as encouragement to compete & succeed in the exciting sport of competitive swimming.


The Garden City Aquatic Club engages in a multi-level competition program within the governing body of Swim Ontario, in congruence with Swimming Canada under the guidance of the Canadian Swim Coaches Teacher Association (CSCTA).

Our training program attempts to provide challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The following statements outline our philosophy:

  1. Individual improvement and attainment of his/her personal goals is our primary objective. We emphasize competition with oneself. Winning ribbons, medals, or trophies is not our main focus and should be considered as a byproduct and result of the fun, hard work, discipline and dedication our athlete's put forth in practice.

  2. Our swimmers are praised for improving his/her stroke and/or time. It is the coach's responsibility to offer constructive criticism of an athletes' performance. It is the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) responsibility to provide the love and encouragement that bolsters a swimmer's confidence and self-image throughout their swimming career.

  3. Swimmers are taught to set realistic, yet challenging, goals. Those goals are then translated into meet performance expectations based directly on their training efforts relative to the training cycle at the given time. Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances, and strokes. This policy promotes versatility and encourages the swimmer to explore his or her potential in the wide range of events offered in competitive swimming.

  4. Sportsmanlike behavior is of equal importance to improved performance. Respect for meet officials, opposing coaches, and competitors are encouraged and expected. Congratulations to others during competitions, support of fellow team members of all levels and abilities, determined effort, and mature attitudes are examples of behaviors praised and rewarded by the GCAC coaching staff.

  5. The Garden City Aquatic Club promotes healthy competition amongst team members, especially during training where athletes are encouraged to challenge each other. However, we will not tolerate competitive behaviours that demonstrate directed negative comments, feedback or actions towards swimmers within the team community. An action of this nature undermines GCAC's philosophy of maintaining solid team unity and violates each member's right to participate in a safe and encouraging environment.

  6. All athletes are expected to act in accordance with the Swim Ontario and Swimming Natation Canada guidelines and code of conduct available at www.swimontario.com and www.swimming.ca.


Providing Outstanding Swimming Opportunities to Ontario's Niagara Region

Fenwick - Fort Erie - Grimsby - Niagara Falls - Niagara on the Lake - Pelham - Port Colborne
St. Catharines - Smithville - Thorold - Wainfleet - Welland - West Lincoln