MEET YOUR COACHES
WHAT MAKES A WRASA COACH?
WRASA takes tremendous 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!
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 2021!
Head Coach, SLP Coorindator, Red 1 Coach
I’m beyond excited to be back for another season, this time as your Head Coach! I started swimming with WRASA when I was 6 and I fell in love with the sport ever since. I also swam with PSW before competing with McMaster’s varsity swim team. Regardless of who I’ve swam with, every year as the 1st week of May creeps closer and closer, I can’t help but contain my excitement for the magic of summer swimming to begin! This season will be my 16th season racing with WRASA and 5th season as a coach.
This summer, I hope to continue fostering a WRASA community that values friendship, hard work while having fun, commitment to excellence as an athlete and person, and a passion for giving back to the club. While continuing to improve our technique, I also hope to incorporate elements of competition as I know many swimmers are itching to race again!
I just finished my 3rd year at McMaster University where I am studying Health Sciences and swimming competitively. When I am not at the pool, you can find me playing soccer or basketball, at the beach sunset watching or paddleboarding, and spending 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!
Assistant Head Coach, SLP Coorindator, Blue 1 Coach
I am super excited to be back as your Assistant Head Coach for my fourth season with WRASA!
I have been involved in the swim world for over 17 years 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 volunteering 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 6th year of coaching. I have completed both a Pre-Medical and Basic Medical Science Program. I am currently finishing up a Bachelor's degree where I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Counselling and Human Development at Simon Fraser University.
I love swimming with all of my heart, and I cannot wait to help all of my swimmers succeed in their individual goals and help shape them into killer guppies! Let's make Season 102 the best season yet!
See you at the pool!
White 1 Coach
I am very excited to be back for the upcoming summer season! This summer will be my ninth season at the club, and my fourth season as a WRASA coach!
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 and 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!
Green 1 Coach
I am incredibly excited about the upcoming summer season! This will be my 1st season as a WRASA coach and my 11th year in the club. I have volunteered extensively with WRASA’s winter maintenance program as well as Special Olympics.
As well as swimming at WRASA, I swim with PSW in the winter and play water polo with FVWP! I have loved swimming throughout my life, and summer swimming has always been a huge part of my life since I have been six years old!
I am currently attending Earl Marriott Secondary and will be in Grade 11 in the coming year. In addition to swimming, I also love playing many other sports, including water polo, hockey, and basketball! During this upcoming season, my goals will be to nurture a warm and hard-working environment to the club and my swimmers.
I am looking forward to meeting you all soon!
Red 2 Coach
I am very excited about this year’s season! This year will be my 7th season with the club and my 1st year as a coach for the summer season. My love for swimming started when I was around 8 years old, as a swimmer with the Pacific Sea Wolves, and this sport has become such a big part of my life.
I attend Semiahmoo Secondary School and will be going into the 11th Grade in September as a first-year International Baccalaureate student. I have volunteered with the Special Olympics program in Surrey, and have worked hard to garner experience as a coach through the WRASA Senior Leader program, which I have been a part of for 3 years.
I just finished up my second year as a Winter Training coach, and look forward to this upcoming summer season. I have made so many great memories in WRASA as a swimmer, and I hope even more will be made as a WRASA coach. Not only has swimming given me so many amazing experiences, but it has also built a great platform for me to branch out into other sports, such as volleyball and basketball.
When I’m not playing sports, I can be found reading a book or listening to music. I speak Mandarin too, so feel free to talk to me in English or Mandarin! I look forward to seeing familiar faces, and some new ones as well.
See you at the pool!
Blue 2 Coach
I am very excited to start my first year of summer coaching at WRASA! I have been swimming at WRASA for 6 years and I am looking forward to this upcoming season!
I have been swimming competitively for 9 years and have experienced both summer and winter swimming. Swimming has allowed me to make new friends and helped me stay in shape. I have also been involved in the Special Olympics program as well as the Senior Leader program in WRASA since 2016. My goals for this summer are to create a welcoming environment for all swimmers to train hard and have fun as well as expand my knowledge of swimming.
I am finishing my Grade 12 year in high school and I plan to study sciences at university. When I am not swimming, I like to listen to music, go on walks, read books, and exercise.
I cannot wait to see everyone at the pool!
White 2 Coach
I’m Ellie and I am thrilled to be a part of the coaching staff for the 2021 summer season!
I have been with the club for 8 years, since 2013. I have been a Senior Leader with WRASA for the past 3 years and this will be my first year as a summer coach! I am currently in Grade 10 at Southridge School. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in medicine.
For this season, I look forward to helping swimmers reach their personal fitness and swimming goals as well as having a fun summer despite the circumstances. This will include an emphasis on rewarding hard work and dedication.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and learning new things, about any topic really but mostly about science, health, and the human body. A few other sports that I enjoy are snowboarding and volleyball, but swimming is my absolute favourite and I hope to share my passion with everyone!
See you at Sunnyside!
Green 2/3 Coach
My name is Jaya Burns and I am beyond excited to be coaching my first summer with the Guppies! I have been swimming with the club since 2015. My experience includes 2 years of volunteering with the Senior Leadership Program and with WRASA’S Winter Training program.
Some of my hobbies include skiing, baking, and traveling. I love to try new things and hope to make memorable memories this summer. When I am outside the pool, I am spending lots of time with my family and friends. I hope to bring hard working but fun practices for the swimmers and cannot wait to get started!
See you soon!