By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
Looking ahead this week there's a significant competition being staged in the city at the YMCA Owen Sound Bruce Grey Pool.
The Owen Sound Aquatic Club will be the host squad for the 2020 Huronia Regional swimming Championship.
This is a very large affair that runs three days; Friday through Sunday and features somewhere close to 300 swimmers competing.
The Owen Sound club will have more than 20 swimmers entered in the regional meet which is an excellent gauge of where a swimmer stands geographically.
Beyond the region there are provincials and national competitions, but that's for another day.
Recently, I spoke to the new Head Coach of the Aquatic Club, Ken Fitzpatrick.
As a swimmer, Fitzpatrick was an Olympian finishing 5th in the 200-metre breaststroke at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles; a race that was captured by his teammate Victor Davis.
Following his competitive career, Fitzpatrick has coached the Silver Dolphins and the University of Western Ontario teams along with a small but notable club out of Waterloo.
Fitzpatrick relates his immediate priorities are to increase the number of participants in the " Splash " program and also to elevate a number of current club members into the Provincial scene, which means this weekend with the Huronia Regional meet might be the launching spot for that second initiative.
I'm Fred Wallace