Swim team to use Sackville pool while awaiting fate of YMCA facility
AMHERST - Despite the impending loss of the only competitive swimming venue in Cumberland County, the Cumberland Spartans Swim Club will continue to stay in the water.
Following the announcement of the administration's decision to temporarily close the Y pool in mid-March, the Spartans Swim Club have been offered the opportunity to share pool time with the Sackville Swim Club while they wait to find out the fate of the YMCA pool.
The Spartans Club has been in existence the past 12 years. President of the club is Manson Gloade, and the team is managed on the deck by senior coach Jan Matthews, coaches John and Nicole Collicutt and the newest coach, Zach MacDonald.
Despite being a relatively small and young club, the dedicated swimmers of the club have realized success on a team and individual level.
In 2001 and 2005, the team captured the Nova Scotia Future League Championship Small Team award, and in 2006, the club won the Top Team Performance Award at the Nova Scotia AA Championship.
Recently, swimmers including Emily Matthews, Hannah Thompson and Justin Court have represented team Nova Scotia at the East Coast Championship.
The club has been represented on the Nova Scotia all-star team for each of the past five years, as well as on the Atlantic all-star team that travelled to Ottawa in May 2008 for a swim camp and tri-meet with all-star teams from Ontario and Quebec.