The core values of our competitive swim team are:
Ownership and Responsibility
These are the principles that will help guide swimmers to achieve a better behavior, fulfillment and success. It is important for all swimmers to commit and promote these values so coaches can focus their energies on the task at hand.
As swimmers grow and mature, they are expected to take on the core values and live them on a daily basis. While swimmers are young it is the role of parents/guardians to take on the core values on behalf of the swimmer and to work with the coaches to help swimmers develop those values as they mature.
In order to achieve personal and team goals, every coach, swimmer, parent or guardian is expected to be committed in each and every task they undertake. To be committed is to have a clear goal of what you want to achieve and have a personal investment in reaching that goal. A part of being committed is to know and accept what the current situation is, and the development steps that need to be taken.
Through giving 100% commitment to each task, every member can achieve their personal goals and contribute towards team goals. Commitment is an essential part of creating a can do culture where individuals are able to maximise their potential.
Ownership and Responsibility:
100% commitment is more likely to be attained when an individual takes ownership of what they are trying to achieve, only by taking ownership can individuals truly take responsibility for their actions. Honest, open and trusting relationships make it easier to take ownership and responsibility for actions.
The swimming development manager takes ownership and responsibility for the strategic direction of the Competitive Swimming Program. The responsibility of the coaching team is to provide a challenging environment for swimmers, setting appropriate targets and giving the best technical advice.
The swimming development manager and coaching team act in an honest, professional and transparent manner, always putting the needs of the program first.
Swimmers need to trust their coaches to provide the most appropriate training program and to give honest advice in order to help them. By taking ownership for their behaviour both in the way they train and compete, swimmers have the opportunity to be able to be the best that they can be.
For example, swimmers demonstrate their commitment by arriving on time and not missing sessions, swimmers are also responsible for the physical condition in which they arrive at the pool in order to gain the best possible improvements from the session. This includes eating a healthy diet and having sufficient sleep to recover for the next session.
When swimmers and coaches understand and undertake the values of ownership and responsibility, then a friendly, safe environment is created in which all members can achieve personal success through higher levels of organisation and discipline.
Achieving personal excellence occurs by giving 100% to all tasks and continually challenging previous bests. This process is built upon a well thought out commitment, acceptance of responsibilities, ownership of actions and the setting of high targets that are achievable. By incorporating these values into daily living, we can all continue to make our best even better.
In order to keep a fun and healthy environment at the Bluefins, every member has to show respect. Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important, or held in high esteem or regard. Respect conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities and it is also the process of honoring someone by consideration for their actions.
At Bluefins, is team spirit important? Yes indeed! The feeling of pride and loyalty that exists among the members of the Bluefins team is tangible and makes us want our team to do well or to be the best.
As a non-profit, inclusive, competitive swim club, Beaconsfield Bluefins will accomplish this vision by:
Providing one of Quebec’s most progressive training programs that is appropriate for the swimmer’s age, ability level and commitment to the sport, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential at every stage.
Providing coaches with the resources and support to do their job successfully and feel valued. Offering them opportunities to enhance their knowledge and experience as teachers at all levels in the club.
Creating and nurturing a fair and positive team and club environment that extends beyond competitive swimming, supports participation of all members, and inspires swimmers to reach their goals.
Encouraging a respectful attitude among swimmers, parents, volunteers and coaches always.
Ensuring swimmers, parents, volunteers and coaches receive clear, timely and friendly communications and feedback.
Beaconsfield Bluefins will be an inspiring swim club, enabling its members and coaches to achieve excellence and reach their potential in the sport of competitive swimming.
The Beaconsfield Bluefins culture will be supportive, balanced and offer a sense of belonging, like an extended family. Coaches will be respectful of their athletes and engaged with swimmer development at all levels, while swimmers will be taught invaluable skills and attitudes that will serve them well throughout their lives. The club will be a model in Quebec for successfully developing swimmers.