It's official - we made it through our first season as a family involved in competitive sport! The Synchro season has wrapped up with a visit to Nanaimo for the BC Provincials. The kid swam her last competition as a novice and next year enters the Provincial Stream (novice is for any athlete competing for the first time, athletes move up or choose not to compete after that year is up).
It was a really great opportunity to see other clubs, and continue learning about the organization. The team performed well and improved on their scores from the last meet. The Kid also improved in her individual figures but still has some work to do on some of them for next year. If any one has some great flexibility exercises for kids let me know!
We really enjoyed Nanaimo. I think it may be the first time I have really spent any time there and I have to say I really liked what I saw of the city. It's small, and laid back. Most of the larger stores are on the outskirts of the city so the downtown core and the water front were not crowded allowing us to explore and wander and not worry about bumping into people. I'm sure it gets super busy in the summer though!
It was great to see how the girls, all from the BC Interior and some, like the Kid, more recently from Alberta. Being next to the ocean was incredible for them.
Here are a few of our favourite Nanaimo pictures.
The view from the Coast Bastion Hotel, great place to stay - easy walking distance to the waterfront, small shops and restaurants and an easy drive to the aquatic centre as well.
Nanaimo has quite a few amazing sculptures and art pieces along the waterfront.
No shortage of great spots for photos.
A highlight for all the girls, the ferry ride to and from Nanaimo.