Start of N-O swim season is delayed again

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 December 2020 at 1:07 pm

Not unexpectedly because of the recent rise in Covid-19 cases around the state the Section VI Executive Committee this morning voted to postpone the start of practice for low-moderate winter sports until January 4 which for Niagara-Orleans League schools means a delay in the start of boys and girls swim practice.

Practice for the swim season had been scheduled to being on December 14 with the first N-O meets slated for December 22.

“It’s clear to all of us on the committee that pausing at this time is the most responsible  act we can take,” stated Section VI President Brett Banker in a press release. “It is our responsibility to mesh our actions with that of district leaders who are trying desperately to get students back in their buildings in a responsible fashion.”

The release continues that “The Section had originally moved low and moderate risk sports from the state guidance of a November 30 start to December 14 out of an abundance of caution. The move now aligns all winter sports to the January 4 date.”

“Our focus remains doing everything in our power to create seasons for our students,” continued Banker. “Creating opportunities for kids is what motivates us and demands our attention. People are working  extremely hard toward that goal.”