Dave is excited to be starting his second season as Head Coach
of the Olympian Swim Club and his tenth season with the
club this fall. Dave is Level 3 (Senior Coach) trained
and is working towards becoming fully certified that this level.
Dave’s coaching philosophy is that for swimmers to be
successful they need to strive for constant improvement every day.
Through dedicating themselves to their training and challenging
themselves in the pool every workout, he knows that they can
achieve to great heights in the sport.
Swimmers that Dave has coached over the years have won medals at
the Senior, Age Group, and Western National Championships levels,
while breaking many records at the Club, Provincial and National
level. These swimmers have gone on to compete on National teams at
the World Championship, World Junior Championship and various
National and Provincial teams.
He has also been named as a coach to National and Provincial Teams
including most recently the 2013 Canada Games, the 2011 and 2012
North American Challenge Cups and the 2011 Western Canada Games.
For the 2009-2010 season Dave received the Alberta Age Group Coach
of the Year and Alberta Para-Coach of the Year awards and from
2011-2013 Dave was the Alberta Provincial Backstroke Coach.
Dave began his own swimming career at age 9 in Mississauga,
Ontario. He swam there for 9 years before attending the University
of Victoria in BC. He competed for the UVic Vikes for five years
while completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree. While swimming in
Victoria, Dave represented British Columbia at the 2001 Canada
Games and won a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke at the 2002
Canadian Interuniversity Sports championship.
Dave is excited to continue as part of the OSC program
that has become one of the top teams in the country over the last
few years and to have the opportunity to lead the team into
This is Lesley’s sixth year coaching with the Olympian
Swim Club but not her first time spent with the club. As a
competitive swimmer, Lesley swam eight years with the Olympians and
qualified for senior nationals in the freestyle and 200 butterfly
Lesley’s coaching career began with the Bonnie Doon Blue
Fins and although she worked with all the age groups, she found a
good fit with the younger swimmers and decided to focus her efforts
there. After an absence from the pool to start on her own family,
Lesley returned to coaching at the Keyano Swim Club. Her extensive
work with that club had her working with all age groups right up to
seniors national swimmers, but it was in the development of the 14
& under swimmers, of whom she has spent the majority of career
coaching, that she decided to focus her attention on. She is now
firmly established in our club and in her work with this age
Lesley is a certified level two coach and continues to pursue
further education in her chosen field. Currently she is working on
attaining her competitions coach certification. She has been
selected to represent Team Alberta as a coach over 10 times and has
a proven track record of coaching her swimmers to both provincial
and national records.
It is her belief that age group swimmers should excel in all
four strokes and have great technique. She also believes that with
hard work, all swimmers can achieve their goals. Lesley’s aim
for the upcoming season is to help all her swimmers succeed and
reach their personal goals.
When not on deck, Lesley enjoys her time spent with husband
Troy, and two sons; Tyler and Shane as well as her three
With more than 21 years of coaching experience, all in the
Edmonton area, Lesley is back on deck for another season with the
Olympians. We are looking forward to hearing her loud familiar
whistle, in all its pitches, as she goes about her coaching duties.
Age Group Performance
Julia returns to the Olympians after spending the last four
years studying at the University of Minnesota. She has been
coaching for the past 14 years with both summer and winter clubs,
most recently coaching with the Southdale Sharks in Edina,
Minnesota in 2013-2014 and the Merritt Otters Summer Swim Club in
2011 and 2012 where she had numerous swimmers medal at provincial
and state championships. Before that, Julia was the JOW coach at
Fountain Park from 2008 to 2010.
Julia swam competitively for 8 years, starting in summer and
winter club in Grande Prairie then at Grande Prairie Regional
College and the University of Alberta. She finished her NCCP level
2 certification in 2007, has a Bachelor of Physical Education and
Masters in Physical Education from the University of Alberta. She
is currently finishing her PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in
sport sociology and psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Julia’s coaching philosophy is that hard work and a focus
on always improving technique, no matter how big or small, will
result in fast swimming and meeting goals. She is looking forward
to being back on the deck with OSC!
Youth Development Coach
Heather Van Brabant
Fountain Park JAG Coach/X Group Coach
Heather is coming to us from Leduc where she coached 3 years of
lifeguard club as well as she coached for a year for Leduc Otters
Swim Club. She is excited for the opportunity to join our
club and help strengthen children’s development of
She swam competitive for 13 years with Leduc Otters Swim
Club/Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. She went to the 2004 Olympic
Trials, US Open, US Nationals and World Cup.
She started helping to coach Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Pre-Competitive group, after falling in love with coaching she
decided to get her level 1 coaching certificate and started
coaching with Leduc Otters Swim Club. Her career took off
Fountain Park Pool OW Coach
Fountain Park JOW Coach
Mychaela Risling is returning for her third year coaching with
the Olympian Swim Club. Before coaching, she spent five years as a
competitive swimmer with the club before going on to University to
further her education. When she was offered an opportunity to
return to the club in a coaching role, it was something she
could not pass up. This will be her second year working with the
Fountain Park JOW group and she could not be more excited for the
season! She hopes to get all the new swimmers really excited about
the sport and comfortable and confident in their skills in the
water which will set the foundation for further exploration into
competitive swimming! Mychaela absolutely loves watching the
incredible progress in athletes of this age throughout the year and
cannot wait to begin a new season. Currently a full time
student at the University of Alberta working on a business degree,
she also works as a lifeguard for the city of St. Albert when she
isn’t coaching our JOW’s.
Scona Pool Head Coach
Throughout her life, Lauren has learned the value of sport and
how it can affect multiple areas of an individual’s life.
This is why she thoroughly enjoys being the head coach at Scona
pool and having the opportunity to watch as the JAG and OW swimmers
learn the same value. Competitive swimming teaches hard work,
perseverance and the importance of setting goals. She is now very
excited to start her third year as head coach of Scona pool.
Lauren started swimming at the age of eight for the summer club
in Whitecourt. She moved to Edmonton and began swimming for OSC at
the age of fourteen. She swam throughout high school where she
accomplished many of her goals in the pool as well as outside the
pool in a wide array of sports. She started coaching at the age of
18 and has enjoyed every minute of it!
After taking a year off to travel, she is now in her third year
of the journalism program at Grant Macewan University. She hopes to
be able to continue coaching and helping young swimmers reach their
full potential as athletes.
Scona JOW Coach
Katelyn MacLeod began swimming at the age of five with the
Olympian Swim Club and her love of swimming is still going strong.
To give back to the sport, Katelyn returned to the Olympians last
year to take on a coaching role with the Mini O's program. This
year she is looking forward to the challenge of coaching at a
more competitive level by assuming coaching duties as the new Scona
Katelyn believes that teaching young swimmers the value of hard
work, determination and team work, is very important and the sport
of swimming provides all that and more. As a former competitive
swimmer with the club, she is looking forward to passing on her
love of swimming to the next generation of young swimmers.
When not at the pool, Katelyn can be found at Grant MacEwan
where she is currently in her second year of commerce.
Terwillegar OW Coach
Stefan is thrilled to join the OSC program in this upcoming
season. Prior to making the switch to coaching, he swam
competitively for 10 years. For the past three seasons, he coached
for Edmonton Keyano Swim Club where he was the head coach of the
Bonnie Doon satellite program and produced swimmers at both the Age
Group Trials and Provincial level. He looks forward to
establish a competitive and fun environment for the OW group at
Terwillegar where he will help his swimmers to reach their full
potential. Outside the pool, Stefan is a full-time student at
the University of Alberta, pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce
Terwillegar JOW Coach
The Olympian Swim Club would like to welcome Victoria Etheridge
as the new Terwilligar JOW coach to our family. Victoria was born
in Toronto and moved to England at an early age. It was there that
she started swimming competitively. By the time she was nine, she
was back in Canada swimming for the Barrie Trojans. From there, a
stop in Calgary (Calgary Patriots for three years), then onto
the U of A Pandas.
Victoria has found coaching to be a great experience. She
coached her high school swim team for three years and has
experience coaching a Special Olympics team as well. As this is her
first year coaching JOW swimmers, Victoria is very focused on her
hopes and goals for this group. She hopes to instill the importance
of technique and staying fit on her team and notes that better
technique translates into faster speed. It is a win win situation
in her eyes.
When not at the pool, Victoria attends school at the U of A
taking Bio Sciences. She is currently in her second year.
Jared brings a strong swimming background to this role, having swum
competitively for 15 years including five seasons with OSC.
Jared has also coached in various capacities with OSC since
2011 and last year served as the X Group Coach and the assistant
High Performance Coach. He obtained his chartered accountant
designation last year and his accounting knowledge combined with
his swimming and coaching background makes him the ideal person to
assist in balancing the needs between the technical and operational
components of the club.
This past season Jared worked with club part time to help manage
its books and records. In his role as general manager for the club,
Jared will continue this work for the club as well as assuming
additional duties. In his new role, Jared will provide assistance
to the board and coaching staff in preparing the yearly budgets,
participate in strategic planning sessions, work to develop a more
comprehensive social media initiative with an eye to maximizing
internet exposure of the club, and manage and supervise the office
As general manager, Jared will also be attending various
meetings on behalf of the club as they pertain to allocation of
pool time. He will take on a more active role with respect to
seeking corporate sponsorship and grants to provide additional
sources of revenue that will help fund club operations.
Jared will also assist in providing technical support to the
head coach who will determine the club’s staffing needs with
respect to hiring, contracts, training and mentoring.
By assuming some of the more administrative roles that have
historically fallen to the head coach, this role will enable the
head coach to concentrate more fully on the technical and coaching
aspect of the club.
Mini O's Program Director
Lindsey has been involved in the Edmonton swimming community for
over 10 years, first as a coach, then as a massage therapist and
currently in administration. For three years Lindsey was a
satellite pool Head Coach with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, spend
one year as the Head 10 and Under Coach with the Cascade Swim Club
and then joined the Olympian Swim Club in 2007 as the JOW coach for
Lindsey is a registered massage therapist and currently works
with the High Performance Group throughout the year. In 2010,
she took over the role of Team Administrator and maintains the
daily office operations of the club.
Lindsey’s commitment to excellence in the club can also be
found in the new Mini O’s program for the little swimmers.
She oversaw the restructuring of the program which now incorporates
many of our club values and goals and provides a much smoother
transition to our competitive program.
Outside of the office and deck Lindsey enjoys spending time with
her family at their cabin at Seba Beach.