After Suspension, Ontario Masters Swimmers Now Cleared to Compete

Swimming Canada has released a statement on behalf of themselves, Masters Swimming Canada, and Swim Ontario on how they’re going to allow masters swimmers to participate in sanctioned provincial, national, and international competitions.

Prior to this announcement Masters Swimmers in Ontario were notified that they were no longer allowed to compete at this year’s masters nationals and the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary despite already buying flights and hotels to the events.

In late 2015 it was announced that Masters Swimming Ontario was suspended and no longer in good standing with Swim Ontario – the provincial governing body for swimming.

MSO sent out a notice in early January this year that they were not recognized by Swimming Canada, and not recognized by FINA as being part of Swimming Canada – thus illegible to compete.

The statement below offers a solution, allowing masters swimmers from Ontario the ability to compete and be sanctioned:

This is a joint announcement for Swimming Canada, Masters Swimming Canada and Swim Ontario regarding registration for competitive Masters swimming in Ontario in the 2016-17 season.

Swimming Canada, Masters Swimming Canada and Swim Ontario have jointly agreed on a protocol that allows Ontario Masters swimmers to register to participate fully in sanctioned provincial, national and international Masters competitions. Swimmers may now register directly with Swimming Canada.

A $2 fee is required for those swimmers who have previously registered with MSO. Those who have not yet registered may also do so, by following the same link, and paying the indicated fees.
We wish all swimmers a successful and smooth competition season.

Click this link – – to submit a registration application to Swimming Canada.

For assistance with registration, please contact [email protected]

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3 years ago

I once went on a tour of Alma Ata with a busload of Canadians. . There was another bus in tandem who never spoke to us .I thought they were Czechoslovakians .or something . Turns out they were French – Canadians on the same tour who demanded separate arrangements for every stop , every outing .

Still , no reason to keep them in some sort of swimming prison camp . Onwards to Budapest ! Liberte Fraternite et plus de sex .

T Smith
3 years ago

This really doesn’t solve the problem we where fighting against with the SC. There is so much more behind this and instead of just getting the story off Swim Canada’s website you should be getting MSO side too

Bo swims
Reply to  T Smith
3 years ago

My understanding is that years ago Swim Ontario allowed MSO to self sanction meets when they shouldn’t have. The current mess is Swim Ontario and Swim Canada reasserting control of the sanctioning process and MSO claiming privacy issues over sharing of registration data. The same data every other province shares with Swim Canada for age groups, seniors and masters. My friends in Ontario are disappointed with MSO’s lack of transparency on this issue.

S. Ferguson
3 years ago

I never understood why SC and SO would ever have prevented the advancement of sport and individuals actively wanting to participate in healthy lifestyles through the sport of swimming; this was not inline with the Canadian sport models that they are supposed to be engaging with.

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