KAMLOOPS,BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack swim team is staying close to home for its latest recruit for the upcoming 2018-19 Canada West season.
Head coach Brad Dalke has signed an athlete out of his own Kamloops Classics swim team as his second recruit. 6’3” Tanner Douglas from Sa-Hali Secondary will join the WolfPack next year as he pursues a degree in the Bachelor of Science program at Thompson Rivers.
“It was an easy decision to stay home and swim for Brad,” says Douglas. “My aunt and mom both work at TRU. My aunt is an academic advisor so she will be helping me with picking the right courses.” Douglas plans to major in Biology with a long term goal of going into medicine.
Douglas has been swimming competitively for nine years. He says moving to the USPORTS/Canada West level with the same coach he is familiar with is a benefit. “Brad has great practices which help you improve and make you feel confident. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and does personalized practices around that. He knows what I have to work on and what I can improve upon.”
“Tanner is a provincial level swimmer and we will be working on getting him up to Canada West qualifying times,” says Dalke. “ He is a real grinder type of swimmer. He works very hard in practice. The harder he works the better he will get. He has a lot of upside.”
He considers himself to be a distance swimmer-1500, 400 freestyle and some 200 meter butterfly being his specialties. “Endurance is one of the attributes you have to have to be successful. Cardio and just getting a proper pace going. If you go out too hard you will die at the end. You need to know what you are capable of and then just holding.”
Douglas is looking forward to being involved in the WolfPack’s community efforts. “ I think it is a pretty big deal. The way that I see it is that we are shaping the way the younger swimmers in the club (Kamloops Classic) think about their future in the sports. Being good role models ourselves will show them the right path to take.”
He has set making a Canada West qualifying time in his disciplines as his main goal for his first year.
The WolfPack earlier announced the signing of Emily Dagasso, who has been a longtime teammate of Douglas for the upcoming season. The swim program plans to make another recruit announcement next week.