During the past two years, the Ravens Swim Team has made great strides. In 2016 we had our first Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national qualifier since 2006, we’ve broken 19 Carleton University records (some of which had stood since the 1980s), we had numerous athletes qualify for multiple finals at the OUA championships, and we’ve seen our team swell in size from just eight swimmers two years ago to 35 this year.
Under head coach Brian Hill – a four-time Paralympian, Paralympic medalist, World Champion, and former world record holder – the Carleton Ravens swim program has undergone significant changes over the past year. As a way of honouring Carleton’s rich history, while ensuring future successes, Hill has asked the athletes to accept nothing less than excellence from their own performances, and that they aim to excel – both in and outside of the pool.
“Ensuring that the athletes push themselves is my primary objective,” said Hill. “I want them to be self-motivated, driven, and prepared to win at any moment,” he added. “I’m convinced,” said Hill. “With hard work, some smart swimming, and a little guidance, these athletes will accomplish great things,” he added.
Your support and encouragement will be significant in helping our swimmers achieve their goals.
We’re asking that you donate, and that you commit to supporting the future of swimming at Carleton University.
Our athletes are young, hard-working, vibrant and intelligent. They exude confidence, while nonetheless remaining humble. As a community, we look to these young individuals for hope, as vehicles for change, and as the successors to a prosperous future of their own making. We support them financially, emotionally and intellectually. With your assistance, we can ensure they meet their objective, and perform admirably while representing the best Carleton University has to offer.
After a successful campaign last year — see the thank you video here, we are aiming to raise $15000 again this year.
We plan to use the funds to send the team to St. Catharines for the deBray Divisional Championships at Brock University at the end of November, and to London, ON for the OUA Championships at Western University in February.
We also hope to purchase team back packs, and subsidize the team’s dryland workouts at Carleton’s High Performance Centre.
With a successful fundraising campaign, we will also invest some of the funds to create a swimming bursary, and to decrease the swimmer fees.
With your support, Carleton Ravens Swimming will continue to succeed far into the future. As in the past, our athletes will continue to pursue both academic and athletic success, while nonetheless enjoying their newfound freedom and responsibility as young student-athletes.