Canada Artistic Swimming (CAS) continues to monitor and follow the advice of local and federal government bodies including our national and provincial health advisories as well as staying up to date on the various states of emergency and other measures imposed provincially and locally around the country in attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Given the current status and trajectory of the virus in Canada, it has become impossible for the organization to safely host the 2020 Canadian Championships, scheduled for Quebec City, May 4-9. Effective today, this event is cancelled.
This has been a difficult decision, but CAS continues to be committed to following all of the recommended guidelines and measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the health and well-being of the participants both in our sport and of Canadians in general.
We would like to sincerely thank our organizing partners Natation Artistique Québec and Québec Excellence Synchro for all the work they had already put into preparing for this event.
CAS’s executive and volunteer leadership team would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the initiative taken by our provincial Members, and the many individual registrants who have conducted such a positive and engaging social media campaign since the self-isolation and social distancing requirements began. CAS is truly amazed at the creativity and resilience demonstrated by our participants.
As the next few weeks and months unfold, CAS will continue to support initiatives around the development of the sport, our coaches and our athletes to maintain active interest and to use this unprecedented time to promote tasks and activities that can be done virtually. Like our Members and registrants, we hope that swimming pools and programs will be back to normal soon.
In the meantime, we will also continue to work with our Members to support the continuity of our organization infrastructure by sharing experiences and detailed information connected to the various stimulus packages currently being offered by our respective governments.
A brief Q and A related to the cancellation of the 2020 Canadian Championships is below.
We wish all of our Members and participants continued good health and safety through this challenging period.