News from Kamloops

September 12, 2012

The TCC Welcomes International Students

Kamloops, B.C. - Ninety-three students in the Kamloops Thompson School District No.73 International Student Program have been invited to a special orientation at the Tournament Capital Centre on September 15th 2012.

The students, who recently arrived in Kamloops from countries all over the world, will receive a special tour of the TCC, including a weight room orientation, so that they are eligible to safely use the gym. The students will also receive a tour of the pool with a focus on how to safely enjoy the special features such as the water slide, diving boards and hot tubs. After the orientations the students will have some fun together during a general recreational swim.

"Our staff welcome new visitors to the TCC every day" says Glen Cheetham, Aquatics Program Supervisor with the City of Kamloops. "The great benefit of partnering with the School District on this program is that we can proactively ensure that every international student receives a warm welcome and understands how to safely enjoy this great community centre during their stay."

In addition to the orientation, 24 of the international students have signed up for a free 'Swim to Survive' challenge. City lifeguards will teach the students some basic water safety skills so that they are better equipped to survive an unexpected fall into water.

"We are excited to bring this program to our International students who truly become part of the larger community. As Canada’s Tournament Capital, Kamloops offers so many opportunities for citizens to live an active, healthy lifestyle year round. Thank you, City of Kamloops for the warm welcome extended to our International Students!" commented Carol Rimmer, District Principal of International Education.

The Kamloops International Student Program offers a variety of quality educational programs. International students, ages 13 to 18, are placed in a homestay family, integrated into Canadian classes, and are fully immersed in English language and culture at home, school and in a community that is 97% English speaking. A vibrant extra-curricular activities program is provided for International students. More information is available at

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Media Contact:
Glen Cheetham, Aquatics Program Supervisor
City of Kamloops

Carol Rimmer, District Principal, International Education
Kamloops Thompson School District No.73