Dave is excited to be starting his third season as Head Coach of
the Olympian Swim Club and his eleventh 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, Junior Pan
Pacific Championship and various National and Provincial
He has also been named as a coach to National and Provincial Teams
including most recently the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championship,
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 seventh 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
signed on to coach with the Olympian Swim Club in 2007. She is now
firmly established in our club and in her work with this age group.
At the 2013 Aquatics Banquet Conference held last fall, Lesley
took home the Age Group Coach of the Year award. This top award is
presented to an Alberta coach who works with a group of swimmers
who are primarily 14 and under.
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 dogs.
With more than 22 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
Bobbie has a
long history with swimming in Edmonton and is an OSC alum, having
swam with OSC in high school. In her time swimming with the club
she set multiple club records both individually and on relays. For
the last five years Bobbie has been swimming for the University of
Alberta Pandas, representing U of A at the CIS championships all
five years. Some of the highlights of Bobbie’s swimming
career include representing Canada twice on National Junior teams,
winning relay medals at the National Championship and Olympic
Trials, and representing Alberta at the 2009 Canada Games. Bobbie
is currently finishing her studies at the U of A and will be
completing her Bachelor of Education degree in the next year. Over
the years Bobbie has volunteered at a number of events coaching
young swimmers. Bobbie is excited to coach the next
generation of OSC swimmers in the upcoming year.
Heather Van Brabant
Fountain Park JAG 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 OW Coach
Brittney is extremely excited
to be a part of Olympian Swim Club for the first time. She has
spent her swimming and coaching career thus far with the Red Deer
Catalina Swim Club, swimming with RDCSC from when she was 10 until
16. After completing her swimming career, she finished her NCCP
Level 1 certification and has been coaching ever since.
In Red Deer, she coached a range of swimmers. Now going into her
fifth year of coaching, Brittney began coaching a pre-competitive
group and eventually worked her way up to coaching provincial level
swimmers. Outside of the pool, she can be found at the University
of Alberta where she is in her third year of the Bachelor of
Science program studying Kinesiology. Brittney is looking forward
to being a part of a new swim club and helping swimmers improve
their technique and skills to become better athletes!
Fountain Park JOW Coach
Kassandra has been
coaching the St. Albert Sailfish summer swim club for the past
three summers, working with swimmers of many different ages and
skill level. She started working for OSC teaching the I Can Swim
program at Fountain Park in fall 2009. While she enjoyed this
experience, she is really looking forward to engaging swimmers at a
more advanced level. Last season she also was an assistant coach
for St. Albert Gators Triathlon Club. She believes that emphasizing
technique is vital for the success of any athlete, and that fun is
key, particularly for new swimmers, in developing a positive
relationship with the sport.
Though she has never swam at a competitive level, she has been
competing in triathlon since the age of eight and is an avid
runner. Kassandra is entering her third year in the Arts program at
the University of Alberta with an Anthropology major and a History
Scona Pool Head Coach
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
fourth year as head coach of Scona pool.
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 fourth and final 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 continue with the OSC
program in this upcoming season. Prior to making the switch to
coaching, he swam competitively for 10 years. During the 2010-2013
swim seasons, he coached for the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club where he
was the head coach of the Bonnie Doon satellite program before
switching to the Olympian Swim Club. He looks forward to
establishing a competitive and fun environment for the OW group at
Terwillegar. His goal is to help his swimmers reach their full
potential and develop the necessary technique and speed to compete
at both the regional and provincial level. Outside the pool, Stefan
is a full-time student at the University of Alberta, pursuing his
Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Terwillegar JOW Coach
Lee Vanden Ham is very excited to join the OSC coaching team
this year. Lee began swimming at the age of 6 with the Edmonton
Huma Swim Club and stayed with them for 11 years as a swimmer and
worked as a coach helper in his last year. He was also a part of
the Strathcona Lords Highschool Swim team and helped them win their
28th City Championship as a captain of the team. Last year he
coached with Edmonton Keyano and over the summer he coached the U
of A swim camp. He is now very honoured to join OSC for the
upcoming season. Lee is still currently coaching for his former
high school team as well as the U of A Para swim team. Lee is not
only involved with competitive swimming, but is also an avid scuba
diver. He currently has his PADI Rescue Diver certification and is
working on his Divemaster certification.
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.