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Swim Expert Review: Dolfin LightStrike Racing Suit

Swim Expert Review: Dolfin LightStrike Racing Armor

 

 

The Dolfin LightStrike offers swimmers uncompromising fit and performance. One of the most unique and high tech racing suits on the market. With Dolfin’s Perfecta-Fit and Styku 3D body scanner, Dolfin was able to create the perfect sizing system for all athletes to ensure swimmers can find their best fitting racing suit with the Dolfin LightStrike. The unique and exclusive micro-sizing fit will allow for complete customization for every swimmer - with variable fit options in the 3 key zones: Chest, Torso, and Hips/Legs.  Swimmers can choose from open/closed back, regular/long torso length, and tight/flex leg giving an unprecedented 6 fit options per size to make sure your racing suit is perfect for you! 

 

The suit itself is also leading edge in terms of the technical features it provides, so not only will the suit fit your specific body type the best - it will also be one of our best performing suits. 


The fabric is woven in an intricate design – while being aesthetically pleasing, it also serves to provide the suit with increased strength, durability, and compression qualities. Stormlight shell fabric and hyperlight lining gives this suit ones of the highest strength to weight ratio of any race suit fabric on the market.

The seam design on the suits provides targeted compression with their Variable Compression – with zones to provide more compression where you want it, and less compression where you don’t. 

 

The Dolfin LightStrike is has a very high amount of compression built into the suit in those targeted zones with the Core Power and Vibration Control taping. The Core Power taping is design to compress, control, and activate your major power centre - your core. The Vibration Control taping is 3D-molded to mimic your anatomy to reduce drag and control to provide maximum energy return. 


This suit is perfect for those swimmers looking for the ultimate in technical features while still offering flexibility and lightweight fabric. Though do not underestimate the targeted compression zones, they do offer a very high amount of compression and give this suit a very snug fit. With the Core Power and Vibration Control taping - this suit will be VERY hard to get on, but once it is on it will feel like a second skin. 


Swim Expert Tips: 

  • Go down 1-2 sizes from your training suit size and fit preferences, but we do recommend most swimmers only size down 1 size from their training suit size. 
  • Taller female swimmers (5’7” and up) should consider the long torso option. 
  • The tight leg vs flex would depend on stroke and swimmer size/preference - breaststrokers and IMers should consider the flex leg. 
  • Be Patient when putting this suit on and give yourself some extra time before your race - it will take a bit longer than other racing suits and will be quite hard to get on, but once on it will feel like a proper fitting suit. 



Electrify your lane with Dolfin LightStrike Racing Armor! 



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Orange Cap Campaign 2022 - Fundraising Efforts

 

 

Hello TAS Families,


On September 30th, 2022 competitive swim clubs and athletes across Canada wore orange swim caps to honour the residential school experience and support those who continue to be affected by the genocidal residential school system.


Over the last couple of months, Duncan Swim Team (BC), the Indigenous Sport and Wellness (ON) organization, Lakeshore Swim Club (ON), Swim Ontario and Team Aquatic Supplies (Canada) have banded together as a sport community to run an Orange Cap Campaign across Canada in support of Youth Indigenous Sports.

As a response and continued commitment to Reconciliation, we, as a collective swim community have focused and will continue to focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Call to Action, #88; “We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.”

We are pleased to announce that we have collected a total of $7, 146.80 from the Orange Cap Day campaign sales at TAS locations across Canada. All proceeds of orange caps purchased through the month of September will be donated to local Indigenous communities and sport organizations across the country through the direction of the Aboriginal Sport Circle.

Thank you to the clubs and individuals who participated on Orange Cap Day in support of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. We look forward to seeing you next year!

- Leanne, Gary, Nicole, Dean and Greg

 


Interested in learning more? Check out the links below to familiarize yourself with upcoming opportunities and organizations that we support.

  • The TRC 94 calls to action (sport ones are #87-91),
    • https://crc-canada.org/en/ressources/calls-to-action-truth-reconciliation-commission-canada/
  • To learn more about the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2023,
    • https://naig2023.com/
  • The International Governing body for NAIG (NAIG council),
    • http://naigcouncil.com/about.php
  • The Aboriginal Sport Circle: Canada’s national voice for Aboriginal sport, physical activity, and recreation,
    • https://www.aboriginalsportcircle.ca/about

 

 

Please read on to learn more about the organizers of this event.

Background on organizers


Leanne Sirup (she/her)
Inuit, Head coach Duncan Swim Team, Head coach Aboriginal team BC

As a former National Team member, Leanne has transformed her love of Swimming to Coaching. In her role as Head Coach of the Duncan Swim Team she works with the Aboriginal communities, locally and provincially, in developing opportunities for involvement in Swimming and in Hockey. In addition, Leanne works with the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC) as Head Coach of Team BC for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) since 2006.

Leanne’s family history includes her Mom: Owelyah Elisipee E5-301, being taken from her family in Clyde River, Nunavut at the age of 5yrs and placed in a Residential School in Montreal, QC for 11 continuous years. Her sister Qillabuk was also taken and the two were separated with Owelyah going to a Residential School in Montreal, QC and Qillabuk in Ottawa, ON. Upon being released to home, they had to relearn their first language of Inuktitut as their schools forbade them to speak their original language. The sisters were not able to communicate either, being French & English speaking. Owelyah was also forced to adopt her government issued “Eskimo Identification Number” of E5-301 as her ‘surname’. All Inuit were forced to wear the small leather or copper disc inscribed with their specific number. “To many they looked and felt like dog tags.”

It is uncomfortable for many to learn of all the truths coming to light. If you’ve read this far, please do not feel shame. You are educating yourself and by doing so, you have made the choice to be a part of the healing process and ensuring we all do not repeat history. Qujannamik (thank you in Inuktitut).

Gary Lynch (he/him)
Manager of Sport and Athlete Development; Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO)

As a wrestling coach and guidance specialist working within the education system in northwestern Ontario, Gary was able to see the positive affect sport has on youth, as well as some of the barriers that specifically Indigenous youth face in accessing sport. Hoping to address the accessibility gap to sport programming, Gary has taken on the role as Manager of Sport and Athlete Development for Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario. Using sport as a conduit for capacity building and human development, Indigenous Team Ontario and the North American Indigenous Games are just one critical piece in moving forward together for reconciliation. 

Nicole LaCoste (she/her)
Age Group Coach, Lakeshore Swim Club

With many years of experience around the pool deck as both an athlete and a coach, Nicole is passionate about giving back to the sport that taught her so much. In 2021, Nicole presented the Orange Cap campaign idea to her swim club, Lakeshore Swim Club (LSC), with hopes of getting more involved with the Indigenous Sport Community and taking long-term action to Reconciliation. Last year as a club, they raised funds and awareness by wearing orange caps and participating in an educational walk. She could not be more pleased to have joined the nation-wide campaign this year as an organizer. Nicole is committed to continued relationship development with the current organizers and looks forward to future partnerships in the swimming as well as in the larger sport community.

Greg Sanderson
General Manager, Team Aquatic Supplies Ltd.

As a lifelong swimmer, Greg transitioned his love of the sport into coaching and, eventually, the business of swimming. Coaching in several small communities on Vancouver Island, Greg has had first-hand experience working with indigenous swimmers and their families. The results of the National Truth and Reconciliation Committee have been an eye-opening experience, one that both Greg and Team Aquatic Supplies Ltd. feel strongly about and are committed to increasing knowledge and awareness about the devastating impact of the residential school system. The Orange Cap project is a positive step in raising awareness across Canada, specifically within the swimming community. We look forward to working with the team on future Orange Cap projects.

Dean Boles
CEO/CTO, Swim Ontario

Dean currently works for Swim Ontario and has been involved with competitive swimming for 47 years, as a national level competitor, a club/university/provincial mentor coach in Ontario. He was the Head National coach for Danish swimming for 3 ½ years and during his time as a coach/mentor, he coached swimmers to five Olympic Games. Upon his return to Canada in 2019, Dean became aware of Truth and Reconciliation, learning the tragedies of the Indigenous people, taking part in a walk of support on Canada Day in downtown Toronto 2021. He then learnt of the initiative by Nicole LaCoste and her swim team that raised awareness and funds by wearing orange caps on September 30, 2021. Dean brought the idea of making it nation-wide across all the swimming clubs to Greg Sanderson, General Manager of Team Aquatic Supplies, long-time supporter of competitive swimming and worked with fellow organizers to make the initiative happen during September 2022.

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Back To Swim Series - What Fins Should You Choose?

 

Back to Swim Series

 

Fins are one of the most important pieces of training equipment competitive swimmers can have at all levels.  From a novice level swimmer who is building fundamental skills such as undulation, to Olympic level athletes building strength and speed; fins are an essential tool to the development of swimmers!

There are two basic styles of fins: long blade fins and short blade fins; and each have some fantastic benefits! But depending on your training goals, one might be better suited for your needs than the other!

Long Blade Fins

The most noticeable difference between long blade and short blade fins would be the length of the “blade” or the fin. Long blade fins are of course longer than short blade fins, but that is not the only difference between the two fins. Long blade fins are usually made of a more soft rubber material to allow a bit more flex in the blade of the fin. The added resistance of the longer blade means you will be moving more water with every kick, and the flexible blade ensures that not too much pressure is put on your ankles when kicking.

These fins are typically used for slower tempo drills and training. The long blades allow you to slow down your stroke and kick tempo while still maintaining a proper body position in the water. This is excellent for beginner swimmers who are trying to focus on a specific technical aspect of their stroke!

Another great use of the long blade fins is to develop the undulation and dolphin kick, which is a very fundamental and essential skill for any swimmer to learn! The extra length and flexibility of the blade help teach swimmers the natural flow of undulation in the water.

Check out our Colour Keyed Long Fins [here]

 Swim Fins / Long- Floating – FINI | WETS

 

Short Blade Fins

Other than having a shorter blade, these fins are usually a bit stiffer and wider than a long blade fin. Short blade fins also have a more pronounced rail that runs along the side of the fin to aid in catching a bit more water.

Short blade fins are designed to provide resistance to the swimmer, but not so much that it slows the kick tempo down. Short blade fins force the swimmer to maintain a higher kick tempo which provides some great training benefits. The added resistance builds strength and the high kick tempo required when using these fins builds cardio and fitness.

For competitive athletes, short blade training fins also allow you to achieve and exceed race-day speeds in a practice setting while not disrupting your natural stroke rhythm. Kick tempo is a very important piece to keep the stroke rhythm, and short blade fins allow swimmers to keep that higher kick tempo which is natural during race pace and sprinting.

Open heel designs typically allow for more natural ankle mobility, while boot fit can offer a more lock-in feel.

For open-heel design, check out the Arena Powerfin Pro [here]

For boot-style design, check out our TAS Shortblade Fins [here] or Speedo Switchblade Fins [here]

Swimming With Fins Workouts to Develop a Stronger Kick

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PERFORMANCE & RACE PREPARATION

Putting together a performance is an opportunity to show off the work you’ve put in and whether it’s a presentation, a test, a game, a race, it can be nerve wracking and exciting all at the same time.

Routine can be important to reach your ideal performance state before a big race or important performance. It is important to have a pre-performance routine that you are comfortable with and have practices throughout training. You also want to make sure you are adaptable because sometimes things come up and you must change your routine, but that’s okay!

Many of the strategies that Olympians use for a performance can also be very helpful for life outside of sport and for times when we're feeling a bit anxious, or uncertain. Building a routine can help you feel at ease and allow you to focus on little steps ahead instead of an overwhelming goal or outcome you want.


Routines:

  • Have a pre-performance routine that you are comfortable with and practice it throughout training
  • Make sure you are adaptable because sometimes things come up and you must change your routine, and that’s okay!
  • Get an adequate amount of quality sleep
  • Eat specific foods that you know sit well in your tummy, especially in high stress times
  • Talk to teammates and coaches to help build up your confidence
  • Play a game to keep your mind busy if that helps you. Ex: puzzle, Sudoku



Head to Head promotes mental resilience and physical wellness through Olympian led Youth Mentorship programs and swim clinics. Head to Head swim clinics are led by active and retired Olympic swimmers and each clinic is designed for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 yrs, from all levels of swimming (early competitive to national level). For more information visit www.headtohead.ca/clinics or contact hello@headtohead.ca.

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Managing Nerves

Many Olympic athletes hold themselves to an incredibly high standard, so when external sources like family, friends, teachers or coaches have expectations as well, it sometimes feels like additional pressure. To deliver results in high pressure moments Olympians often stick to plans they have built and repeated every day as part of their training. Staying true to their preparation needs, and building off the consistent work that has been practiced allows athletes to have confidence in themselves, and to trust their process, reminding them in the final moments before a performance, that they can
succeed! Many of these strategies to manage nerves before a performance, can be applied to managing uncertainty and anxiety faced in life outside of sport.

Inevitably, we all will face varying degrees of pressure, challenge and uncertainty throughout our lives. As such, it is important to have strategies and plans in place to manage different feelings of anxiety and worry. Consider using the strategies you have in place for performances, in your life outside of sport, to manage any uneasiness you may feel.


Here are 4 strategies that many Olympians use, in the face of pressure which you may find helpful:
● Focus on what is controllable in the situation at hand
○ Distractors and self doubt will creep in, let it pass through your mind and
remind yourself of what is within your control

● Approach the end goal one step at a time
○ Use the outcome or end goal as a motivator, but aim to clear your mind
and focus on the process and immediate task at hand

● Build and use routines to keep you moving forward
○ Find routines that work for you! Routines can help you maintain
productivity and provide you with a sense of confidence and satisfaction.

● Lean on others and be there for others too!
○ Helping others can be a great way to help yourself feel fulfilled and
satisfied. Sometimes we give such great advice and forget to take it for
ourselves!

Head to Head promotes mental resilience and physical wellness through Olympian led Youth Mentorship programs and swim clinics. Head to Head swim clinics are led by active and retired Olympic swimmers and each clinic is designed for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 yrs, from all levels of swimming (early competitive to national level). For more information visit www.headtohead.ca/clinics or contact hello@headtohead.ca.

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