FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Skyeler Kerr has accomplished an impressive number of feats in his career swimming with the Inconnu Swim Team, which is drawing to a close.
Kerr had a phenomenal final season swimming with the club, culminating in his qualifying for the Canadian Olympic Trials in Toronto back in April. In addition, the swimmer competed in his first ‘A’ final at the Senior National Championships in Edmonton on August 6th. Kerr placed 5th in the event, the 50 metre backstroke. Focusing on the backstroke was something somewhat new to Kerr, who said that while the club chooses a specific stroke to focus primarily on in training for periods of time; this was his first season spending the majority of time on the swim.
Despite these impressive feats, which also include several medals at Age Group Nationals in July, Kerr’s fondest memory from the past season actually spans the entire season: watching his team mates improve in their events. “It’s been brilliant to see and really exciting to see this next generation coming up,” Kerr said. “They’ve been doing great on the provincial scale, regional scale, and national scale. It’s been really nice to see the traction happening, to see them developing the way they have.”
After graduating from North Peace Secondary earlier this summer, Kerr is moving to Edmonton in late August where he will begin studying engineering at the University of Alberta. The aspiring electrical/computer engineer will also be continuing his swimming career at the Varsity level with the U of A Bears. The biggest difference between Varsity and Age Group 7 is that post-secondary competition is more of a team, as opposed to individual sport, explained Kerr. “Everything you’re doing, you’re trying to get points for your team, you’re competing at these dual-meets and competitions. Suddenly, you become more of a value from a team point of view, because you’re trying to give your team the win against the other teams in the meet versus in Age Group, where it’s a lot more about personal focus and self-improvement.”
While he is excited to begin his training on the 1st of September, Kerr said that he will definitely miss the community in Fort St. John. “It’s a great environment to grow and develop, no matter what you want to do.”