Coaches

The Manitoba Masters Aquatic Club employs experienced swim coaches.

Please see the biographies below to learn more about our coaches.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie was an age group swimmer in Eastern Ontario from 1996 to 2004 and became an active member of MMAC in 2009. She currently serves as the volunteer coach coordinator, a substitute coach and a member of the board. Stephanie has been coaching and teaching swimming for various clubs and programs since 2001. As an athlete her favourite workouts and races are sprints, especially the starts and turns. As a coach she likes to keep variety in her workouts, of distances and strokes and is always available and willing to provide feedback. She would like to encourage all members to try racing in at least one masters' swim meet before deciding if it is for them or not.

Chelsea

Chelsea was a competitive swimmer with the Manitoba Marlins. She is also a triathlete and has coached with the Marlins and with Triathlon Manitoba. Chelsea is Triathlon Manitoba's Coach of the Year for 2014.

Cheryl

Cheryl has been involved in water sports her whole life. She was an age group swimmer with the St. James Seals until she was 16. After leaving age group swimming, Cheryl became involved in water polo, playing for her high school team and the provincial junior team and later recreationally.

Cheryl has been involved in masters swimming for over 25 years as a swimmer, competitor, and volunteer.  She has served on the MMAC board for over 10 years, including club president.   Most recently, Cheryl ventured into coaching and finds it both challenging and rewarding!!

My goal is to provide interesting and challenging practices while providing tips on how to swim better.   I truly believe swimming is one of the best all round workouts for your body, mind and soul.

Swim long and prosper!

 

David

Intro to Masters Swimming

Dave is an ex-varsity and Masters swimmer who has competed in local, provincial, national, and international Master’s swim meets. Dave has been coaching since 1999.

Dave, originally from Montreal, trained and competed with McGill University Varsity Swim Club and with McGill University Master’s Swim Club. Through over 10 years of Masters swimming, Dave has competed in numerous local, provincial, national, and international (Japan, 1986; Australia, 1988) swim meets. Dave has been Head Coach for a Special Olympics Swim team since 1999, and has been a Coach with Manitoba Masters Aquatic Swim Club since 2000.

He also has his NCCP Level 2 Swim Coach certification and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.

Jason

Jason

Jason learned to swim as an adult after dumping in a canoe in a northern lake. He believes research and coaching techniques derived from advanced speed swimming can help masters athletes become fast, fit and efficient. Progressive skill development through thoughtful attention to drills is the key to gaining skill - but it's really hard work!

Jason's coaching goal is the same no matter what the age and skill level: strong, confident, and smiling swimmers.

One of Jason's specialties is having swimmers use fins to help develop that "fish-like" feel for the water. Everyone's invited to join in the fun at the "Fin Friday" workout.

Joanne

Joanne has been involved in swimming for her lifetime: as a swimmer with the Manitoba Marlins; University of Manitoba Bison Swim Club; Winnipeg Dolphins Swim Club; Mid-Can Masters and MMAC. I have also worked as a swim coach with the Winnipeg Dolphins, Manta Swim Club and MMAC. I've competed in provincial, national and international level swim meets as an age group and masters swimmer. I met myhusband in the pool and swam while in labour with my daughter, born 3 hours after a workout. By my crude calculations, I estimate that I have swum over 25 million metres in my age grou career, so any additional distance, at this stage of life, is "icing on the cake".

As a coach, I will strive to provide varied workouts that meet MMAC members' needs in strokes and distance, with varied pace times and rest intervals. As masters swimmers, you have the ability to choose/modify some aspects of the workout as long as this does not interfere with your fellow lane mates' workout. I will provide stroke correction and feedback for you to try and enhance your stroke performance. We are all at workouts to enhance our physical fitness, to minimize "slippage associated with aging" and to enjoy the social aspects of swimming. Remember to get the names of your lane mates and have fun!

I have my NCCP Level 1 Swim Coach Certification and a Master's of Nursing from the University of Manitoba.

Ken

As an NCCP level 2 swim coach and ex Ironman, Ken has been coaching with MMAC since 1987. He uses a variety of swimming stroke drills to reinforce good technique.

Ken motivates his swimmers by inserting surprises like “Vertical Kicking” into practices. Ken says researching new swim sets is a fun way to spend Friday evenings.

Kendra

Kendra grew up in the USA and began competitive swimming in Seattle, WA. Kendra furthered her swimming career in Winnipeg and trained briefly with Iga Ziendalski, then Pal Temesvari with the Manitoba Marlins National group. Kendra was also part of Team Manitoba. Kendra's specialty was 200 metre breaststroke, and she competed in Westerns and Nationals.

 Kendra is also an animal lover and is a volunteer with Manitoba Mutt Dog Rescue.