Xiaoping began his coaching career in 1978 as the professional
coach of the Chinese Navy Swimming Team and the Liberation Army
Swimming Team (top team in China). He subsequently became the
director of the Chinese Navy Swimming Team, a position which he
held for 5 years. During his time as coach of the Chinese Navy
Swimming Team, several of his athletes broke national record and
his team held the top fourth spot in China. Xiaoping graduated from
the Shanghai Physical and Culture University in China majoring in
swim coaching. Xiaoping has been coaching the Gators Swim Club
since 1997. Under his tutelage his swimmers have received
provincial and national recognition. In July of 2003 one of his
swimmers received three silver medals in the Club Nationals in
Calgary. During 2004 to 2009 season, Xiaoping's swimmers got
several gold, silver and bronze medals in national and
international meet. Xiaoping is also selected to coach BC Team to
attend 2005 Canada Games and the 2008 BC vs. Alberta dual meet. In
2006 season, Xiaoping was selected as head coach of BC team to
attend Paul Bergen Junior International and his swimmers got two
gold medals and two fourth. Further more, as coach of Canadian
Junior National Australia Tour Team, Xiaoping attend Victoria State
Championships Open and his group got several gold, silver and
bronze medals and broke girls 5X 50 free relay Victoria State
record. Xiaoping also received Canadian Swimming Coaches &
Teachers Association 2006 and 2008 Speedo Domestic Excellence
Award. Xiaoping was NCCP level 3 certified coach in 2001 and
finished some of NCCP level 4 course in 2002. Currently, Xiaoping
is Senior Coach Certified of Canada.
Head Coach Xiaoping coaches the Elite and Senior A
Anchie was a former member of the National Swim Team and
Zhejiang Provincial Team of China. During her swimming
career, she won several national championships and attained
excellent results and rankings in international swim
competitions. She received a Silver Medal in the 100IM event
in the FINA Short Course World Championships in 1997. FINA
has ranked her as one of the top 50 swimmers. She was ranked
22nd overall, in the women's 200M individual medley
event in 1998.
Anchie has been coaching since 2000, and has experience in both,
China and the United States. She loves working with kids and
sharing her swimming experience. Her goal is to train the
swimmers to be competitive and to develop a passion for swimming,
while building character, dedication and perseverance.
Anchie has Bachelor Degree in Law from the Sun Yat-Sen
University in China.
Anchie is now fully certified as an Age Group Coach (NCCP level
2), with National Coaching of Canada recognition. She is also
certified as a National Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor.
Anchie coach Age B group
Kyle started his swimming career in Gators’ summer clinic
and worked his way up to the Elite group. Under Xiaoping’s
tutelage, Kyle competed at the provincial level and maintained
provincial level until he decided to hang up his swim shorts (and
decided to put on some coaching shorts). During the last year of
his swimming career, Kyle finished with top 10 in BC for 100 and
200 breaststroke in his age category.
Now in his 9th year coaching for Gators, he is coaching Age A
and Senior B while assisting Senior A. Currently, Kyle is pursuing
a degree of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College to
further improve his coaching abilities. He hopes to inspire his
swimmers and provide as much support as he can to lead them to
success for not only swimming but also their own personal goals.
Kyle is trained in NCCP Level 2 and has High Five Certification.
Kyle coaches Age A, and Senior B
Jennifer has been a Gator since she was nine years old. Growing
up in the pool, swimming has not only shown Jennifer hard work and
dedication, but also a drive to work through difficult times.
Jennifer dabbled in multiple sports growing up such as golf, dance,
and basketball, but she found swimming to be the most rewarding.
Injuries have pulled her back from continuing her swim journey at
16 years old, but she is incredibly honoured to take the role of a
coach. This will be her fourth year as a coach for Gators and she
is determined to create a fun, competitive environment as well as
guide her swimmers in the right path.
If Jennifer is not seen at the pool or at school, she will be
found at the gym improving on her own strength and endurance. She
might have hung up her towel, but she continues to dedicate her
time in health and fitness through powerlifting and Olympic
lifting. She has worked with great trainers and gained knowledge on
nutrition, injury prevention, and strength development. She hopes
to share her passion with her swimmers. Jennifer is NCCP level 1
Jennifer will be coaching Alligator and Gold
Maria Maria Pelekh
started swimming with Gators when she was 12 years old, starting in
the Junior group and climbing up to Senior A. Under the coaching of
Kyle and Xiaoping, she worked extremely hard, pushed her own
limits, and became an accomplished swimmer, especially in freestyle
and breastroke. She decided to put a stop to it in 2016, but she
wasn’t ready or willing to completely say goodbye to the
club, and was welcomed back as a coach in August
coaches developmental groups, and enjoys every moment of it because
she appreciates the potential of every one of her young swimmers,
her goal being to help them to harness said potential and
developing skills and to use them towards the future. She hopes to
provide her swimmers with determination, inspire them to
continue down the path of training, and to help them develop a
strong base for their swimming goals in the future, always being
there for them with support and tough love.
Currently, Maria is in gr.12
and is balancing her school responsibilities with those that come
with coaching in order to build a future not only for herself, but
for the swimmers that she answers for.
coaches the Gecko, Salamander, and Crocodile groups.
Yu Tong (Sisi) Zhou
Sisi started swimming with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas Swim Club
when she was 13. However, she quickly found her niche within the
swimming community as a volunteer coach in 2010. She joined the
coaching team in 2012 as a development coach where she lead the
same group of swimmers for two seasons before leaving the club.
Sisi has also been an active lifeguard and swim instructor with the
City of Vancouver since 2013. She has worked at a number of
locations including Hillcrest, Britannia and Renfrew. As aquatics
has always been a big part of her life, Sisi is excited to be
joining the Gators Swim Club as a development coach for the
Outside of aquatics, Sisi has completed a Bachlor of Arts in
Sociology from UBC as well as a HR dipolma from BCIT. Currently she
works in UBC's Mechanical Engineering Department as a HR Assistant.
Sisi coaches the Silver, Crocodile, and Gecko groups.