Dave is excited to be starting his fourth season as Head Coach of the Olympian Swim Club and his twelfth 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 teams.
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 has also served on the Alberta Coaches Council for the last 3 years and is currently the committee's chair.
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 the future!
Performance Coach & Assistant Head Coach
At the 2013 Aquatics Banquet Conference, Lesley was recognized for her work and took home the Age Group Coach of the Year award. This top award is presented to the Alberta coach who works with swimmers who are primarily 14 and under. Lesley's greatest strength is her consistency in getting her swimmers to achieve their best performances at provincial and national level championships.
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 last year was a stroke coach for the Prospects West and the North/South Swim Camp. 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 23 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 Coach
Coach Ryan is excited to join the OSC family. Our new coach comes to us from the Rider Nation where he was the Head Coach of the Tritons.
Coach Ryan is a Level 3 certified member of the American Swim Coaches Association and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Health Science. He has been positively impacting young athletes of all ages and abilities that love to swim since 1998. With 15 years of coaching experience Ryan believes he has a solid perspective towards understanding and preparing athletes for a successful future in swimming and in life.
During the course of his career, Ryan has coached an event winner in every stroke and distance--including Open Water--in state & regional level championships in the US. Many of the age group swimmers he has coached have gone on to swim in NCAA schools of all divisions and reach the US national level.
In addition to his work on the pool deck, Ryan’s love of the sport of swimming has led to his serving as a zone coaching staff member, clinic speaker, and has resulted in his being active on numerous board & committee positions all relating to swimming.
Ryan is currently relocating to Edmonton with his bride of twenty years Heidi and their three children Kate, Liz, & John.
Youth Development Coach
Bobbie is excited to be back coaching with Olympian for another season with the Youth Development group. Bobbie graduated from the U of A in 2015 and completed her Bachelor of Education degree. She currently has her level 1 certificate and is looking to pursue her coaching education further.
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. Bobbie swam for the University of Alberta Pandas, representing U of A at the CIS championships all five years. She also holds multiple U of A swimming records. 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 believes that with working hard and focusing on technique every athlete can reach their goals and swim fast. Bobbie is ready to coach athletes to another amazing season!
Heather Van Brabant
Fountain Park JAG Coach
Heather is excited to return for her fifth season of coaching with OSC. She previously coached OW for two years, JOW for one year, and Mini Os for a year before moving to her current position as a JAG coach as well as Head Coach of Fountain Park pool. She has currently completed her level 1 certificate and is always looking for new learning experiences.
Heather has a lot of experience with the sport of swimming. She swam competitive for 13 years with Leduc Otters Swim Club and Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. She went to the 2004 Olympic Trials, US Open, US Nationals and World Cup.
Heather is excited for the opportunity to strengthen children’s development of competitive swimming. She is confident that with her diverse background she can bring a unique perspective to the sport and help swimmers achieve all their goals while having fun.
Scona JAG Coach
Brittney is excited to continue coaching for Olympian Swim Club for a second season. She 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 coached with RDCSC until summer of 2014 at which time she joined the OSC staff.
In Red Deer, she coached a range of swimmers. Now going into her sixth 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 fourth year of the Bachelor of Science program studying Kinesiology. Brittney is looking forward to continuing as a part of OSC and helping swimmers improve their technique and skills to become better athletes!
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.
Fountain Park OW/Scona JOW Coach
Lee Vanden Ham is very excited to be returning for his second year with OSC. 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 high school swim team and helped them win their 28th City Championship as a captain of the team. two years ago he coached with Edmonton Keyano and over the summer he was the lead coach for the U of A swim camp. He is now very honored to be rejoining OSC for the upcoming season. Lee is still currently coaching for his former high school team as well as now working professionally as a PADI SCUBA Divemaster
Scona OW Coach
Christine is very excited to start her first season coaching with Olympian Swim Club. She competed for 16 years in swimming and is an OSC alum. She competed with OSC for 7 years in which she participated at the national level. Christine then went on to represent the University of North Florida for one year where she competed at the CCSA championships. She then finished off her swimming career with the University of Alberta Panda's, competing at the CIS championships for the past three years. Christine is currently finishing up her last year at the U of A in the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. Christine believes that with a lot of hard work and a little bit of fun everyone can enjoy swimming.
Fountain Park JOW Coach
Katelyn MacLeod began swimming at the age of 5 with the Olympian Swim Club and her love of swimming is still going strong. To give back to the sport, Katelyn is coming back for her fourth year of coaching by assuming the role as the new JOW coach at Fountain Park pool.
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 MacEwan University where she is currently in her fourth year.
Terwillegar JOW Coach
The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to announce the addition of Julia Marchand as the JOW Terwillegar coach for the upcoming season. Julia is no stranger to the club having spent the past 10 years as a competitive swimmer for the Olympian. She finished her competitive career competing at the Western Canadian Championships in the Butterfly events. In ending her competitive career, Julia was not ready to say good bye to the OSC family. She decided to give back to OSC because she wanted to coach young swimmers once she finished competing and was ready to move on. Julia hopes to pass on her love for swimming to the kids just starting out and hopes they enjoy it as much as she did. Her goals for the swimmers include teaching proper technique, building speed and encouraging them to make the most of the experience. With her infectious enthusiasm for the sport that she loves, we have no doubt that the JOW's at Terwillegar are in for a great season.
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 two seasons.
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.
Future FPP OW & Scona JOW Coach
Blair is excited to be back coaching at the pool after being a stay at home dad since the completion of the 2011-2012 swim season. From 2008-2012 he acted as the Assistant Head Coach with the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club in Medicine Hat. This is the same club he swam with in his youth, so his start with the OSC will be his first time with another swim club.
Coach Blair attended the University of Alberta finishing with a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree in 2006 and is also trained as a Level 1 swim coach. In 2008 he took up his position in Medicine Hat where he went on to assist the program in growing to be one of the best small clubs in Canada. In that time Coach Blair served in helping numerous swimmers become provincial champions/medalists/finalist and provincial team participants. In his time he was privileged enough to directly assisted the Head Coach in coaching Provincial Record Holders, National Age Group Champions, and National Team Members.
Recently, his wife Jeanine returned to school. This triggered a move back to Edmonton where they and their two young boys Mikai & Owen are settling back in.
Blair has been competing in triathlons over the last 8 years and has taken his passion for the sport into helping others. As a trained Community Triathlon Coach, Blair has combined his education and experience to help other triathletes become faster and more efficient in the water. Coach Blair loves helping guide others in achieving/exceeding their goals and looks forward to the opportunity to do so with OSC.