Schools Embrace FINA Competition

Students from Roseville Public School write messages to FINA athletes, November 22, 2016. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Students in Windsor and Essex County will get a chance to experience the FINA World Swimming Championships next month.

Through the Feel the Heat program grade six students from all boards were given the opportunity to view the heats competitions from December 6-9.  Around 60 classes have signed up for the program.

Program Coordinator Tiffani Gill-Carew says its a way to get them involved in a once in a life time opportunity.

“They get to come here for free and watch the event. We’re trying to fill the stands as much as possible, especially during the day when people are at work and we figured students would be the best way to do that and get them involved in this event,” says Gill-Carew.

Teachers were also given the opportunity to tap into lesson plans for students to learn about the event and the countries involved.

In addition a select group of Grade 12 students were selected to get a behind the scenes look at the event to give them an opportunity to explore career paths associated with sports management and tourism.

“It’s not just being an athlete or a coach, there’s broadcasting, medical, marketing, sales, these many different aspects to the sport world and they’ll be able to see that here,” says Gill-Carew.

The FINA World Swimming Championships takes place at the WFCU Centre from December 6-11.