MEET YOUR COACHES

WRASA has a lot of pride in our coaching staff. We believe we have cultivated one of the strongest and most dedicated coaching teams in BC Summer Swimming.

 

We can back up this bold claim because our coaches are also top competitors in swimming and other sports as well. They know how to coach because they know how to compete!

WHAT MAKES A WRASA COACH?

As you might have guessed, it's not easy to be selected as a WRASA coach.

In addition to being outstanding athletes, every WRASA coach brings their own impressive set of credentials. They are certified through NCCP National Coaching levels, water safety instruction, first aid and life-saving training. They've also distinguished themselves inside WRASA (such as the Senior Leadership program) or have been selected for their exceptional technical skill from many outside applicants. 

Many WRASA coaches begin as WRASA swimmers and spend a few years in the WRASA Senior Leader Program learning to the basics of coaching, organizing and leading.

 

So, now, let's meet them!

MEET THE WRASA COACHES 2019

Head Coach

​I am super excited to start another amazing season as your Head Coach! This will be my 7th year coaching and my 16th year with the club. This year is extra special as it is WRASA’s 100th year and I have great expectations for what the season will bring! We’ve got exciting events planned for you all!

 

This spring I will be finishing up my undergraduate studies and graduating with a BSc in Genetics & Physiology at UBC. In September I am starting a Masters in Cell and Developmental Biology. In addition to my love of swimming, I also like to run and have a very keen interest in fitness and health, which I try to share with my swimmers through coaching.  My goals for this swimming season are to create and build a positive competitive atmosphere and celebrate the 100th year with the club!

 

See you all at Sunnyside!

Assistant Head Coach

Hey WRASA!

 

I’m beyond excited to be apart of WRASA's 100th year as the Assistant Head Coach! I have been competing with the club since 2005 and this will be my fourth season coaching. Swimming has been a huge part of my life and has allowed me to build so many incredible memories as I hope all the killer guppies will.

 

My goals for the season are to develop an environment that allows the swimmers to have fun while working towards their own personal goals. I was the Head Coach of the Earl Marriott Secondary Swim Team and the Special Olympics South Surrey Swim Team for 2 years and I will be entering my third year of my Undergraduate Degree at UBC in the fall in the Faculty of Science.

 

I am looking forward to seeing all the new and returning guppies in May!

Coach

Hey WRASA!

 

I am super excited to be back for my second season coaching with WRASA!

 

I have been involved in the swim world for over 15 years now and have swam both Winter and Summer. I began swimming with the Cloverdale Tritons, later joining the Langley Olympians, and ended off right here with WRASA! I loved the pool and never wanted to leave so I began to volunteer as a senior leader for many summers and winters leading up to me becoming a coach. I have also started up a swim club in the Caribbean as well as volunteer at one of their Top Clubs on the Island. This will officially be my 4th year coaching. I have completed both my Pre-Medical and Basic Medical Science programs and I am currently continuing my studies.

 

I love swimming with all of my heart and I cannot wait to help all of my swimmers to succeed in their individual goals and help shape them into killer guppies! Let’s make the 100th season the best season yet!

 

See you at the pool!

Coach

Hey WRASA!

 

I’m SUPER excited to be back for another season and can’t wait to start celebrating WRASA’s 100th year! I started swimming with WRASA when I was 6 years old and I fell in love with the sport ever since. I also swam with the Pacific Sea Wolves for three years before moving on to compete with McMaster’s varsity swim team. Regardless of who I’ve swam with, every year as the first week of May begins to creep closer and closer, I can’t help but contain my excitement for the magic of summer swimming to begin!

 

I just finished my first year at McMaster University where I am enrolled in the Bachelors of Health Sciences (Honours) program and swimming on the varsity team. In terms of my coaching experience, I have volunteered extensively with various Special Olympics programs in Surrey and Hamilton, Ontario, and I have coached WRASA’s Winter Training and Summer Season for three and two years respectively. That being said, this summer will be my 14th season racing with WRASA and 3rd season as a coach.

When I am not at the pool, you can find me playing field hockey, basketball, and soccer. I also love to paddleboard, listen to music, and spend time with friends and family. Needless to say, I love sports and I hope to share my love of swimming and sports with all of you!

See you on deck!

Coach

Hello WRASA!

 

I am very excited to be back for our 100th year! This summer will be my seventh season at the club, and my second season as a WRASA coach! Also, I am currently in my first year of post secondary studying Sciences at the University of Victoria!

 

Swimming has given me an opportunity to meet so many people and create amazing friendships. I have learned so much from my coaches growing up that I am eager to share my knowledge of swimming to all the guppies!

 

When I am not at the pool, I enjoy playing soccer, listening to music, and sunset watching! Some of you may or may not know this, but I can also speak Mandarin! (only the basics)

 

I am very excited to see everyone in the summer!

Go Guppies!

Coach

Hey WRASA!

 

I’m very excited for the upcoming season and my first summer coaching with guppies!

 

I’ve been involved in competitive swimming since I was eight years old, starting my career with the Langley Olympians and currently training with the Surrey Knights. My commitment, discipline, and dedication to the sport and my team has helped elevate me to become a nationally ranked swimmer and a selected member of Team BC. I wouldn't have been able to achieve this without the enormous amount of support I’ve received from my coach and family. This has led me to find a passion for coaching and developing others to reach their potential.

 

Two years ago, I became a certified swim coach and began volunteering with the Surrey Knights along with coaching our teams summer camps.  The goal was to be able to share my love of swimming with the pre-competitive swimmers in our club.  I was inspired by the positive impact I was having on the kids I was working with and wanted to find other ways to utilize my skills in the community.

 

When I’m not at school or in the pool you can find me looking at life through the eye of my camera, skiing, hiking to the top of a mountain, or spending time with friends and family. I am finishing my grade 12 year at Pacific Academy and plan to study business in university.

 

I look forward to meeting all the Guppies in May!

Coach

Hey everyone!

 

My name is Lauren and I am beyond excited for another amazing season! I have been swimming with the club since 2006 and this will be my first year as a summer coach. My experience includes two years of coaching with WRASA’s winter maintenance program and volunteering with my school team as well as Special Olympics.

 

Some hobbies include skiing, art, and photography. I love to try new things and hope to travel around the world one day. Outside of the pool, I am always super active and play soccer, volleyball, and basketball. 

 

I hope to bring a balance of hard work and fun to practices and meets and can’t wait to get started.

See you in May!

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