A small group of local swim enthusiasts called the old Schumacher Lion’s Club pool home. Whenever the opportunity presented itself, they would attend area competitions under the name “The Timmins Swim Club.”
With the opening of the new Archie Dillon Sportsplex Pool in 1981, a small group of local parents, led by Pierrette Ferrari, decided there was enough interest to formalize a competitive swim team. The Timmins Marlins Swim Club was born. Approximately 15 swimmers were registered with Swim Ontario that first year.
The Club is incorporated as a non-profit organization and operates under its own Constitution, By-laws and Policies. In the early days the club colors were burgundy and red. Volunteers did coaching, and parents drove the swimmers to various meets, paying all expenses. The Club colors are now navy blue and gold. We have a full time paid Head Coach, and the team travels by bus; fundraising helps to minimize the costs.
Many young Marlins are graduates of the pre-competitive Future Olympians Swim Club. The FOSC originally started as a TMSC pre-competitive program in 1992. In 1996, the still pre-competitive FOSC became a Club on its own, registered with Swim Ontario. TMSC and FOSC maintain a close relationship.
Originally there were four divisions in Ontario. All new Clubs started in Division 4 (AAAA). The Marlins moved into Division 3 (AAA) during the 1986-87 swim season. Swim Ontario restructuring reduced the number of Divisions to three and positioned the marlins in to Division 2. The Marlins maintained their position in Division 2 until the 2008 – 2009 season in which they dropped down to Division 3. However the Marlin Team of 20 captured the Division 3 Banner in the following season positioning the team back into Division 2 for the 2010-2011 season.
The Timmins Marlins host a number of swim meets each year. In-house meets offer newer swimmers a less stressful first meet experience, while providing more senior swimmers an opportunity to refine their technique and lower their times. TMSC also has the opportunity to host regional developmental and regional championship meets on a rotational basis. The Timmins Invitational had been held annually from 1995, however due to Swim Ontario imposing a ban on sanctioned meets in March, the last Timmins Invitational was held in 2005 as no other suitable weekend was available.
The TMSC has had swimmers compete at all levels including Provincials, Junior Nationals, Nationals, Olympic Trials and World Cup. Drew Chorney (after leaving the Marlins to attend university) swam at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials. Stephanie Kuhn swam at the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 and 2008 (the first one as a Marlin). Raymond Chow swam at the 2004 Olympic Trials. Andrea Jurenovskis was a member of the Ontario Tour Team that competed in Charlotte, N.C. in 2007 and Switzerland in 2008. Andrea also swam at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Several swimmers have gone on to compete at the university varsity swimming level.
In 1999, the Marlins established the TMSC Web Site which continues to evolve. Visit the site at timminsmarlins.ca for Club information, pictures, meet results, and more.
Today, TMSC continues to be a parent-run club with an eleven-member executive. The TMSC continues to strive at maintaining a team environment where every swimmer has the potential to be the best they can be.
The TMSC appreciates the continued support from local businesses, the citizens of Timmins and the City of Timmins.