Kelly began coaching
swimming because of the fun and friendships he had while he swam.
Over the past 30 seasons, he has coached with some of the best
coaches Canada and other countries have had including: Deryk
Snelling, Jim Fowlie, Tom Johnson, Dave Johnson, Clive Rushton,
Kevin Thorburn, Pierre Lafontaine, John Hogg, Steve Price, Mike
Blondal and Howard Firby. He has been fortunate to learn various
coaching techniques from all of these great coaches, as well as
develop some great age group swimmers over the past twenty plus
years with the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club.
Kelly is approaching his
25th year of coaching the Canadian Dolphins. Our club attracted
Kelly because of its former greats, such as Leslie Cliff, Elaine
Tanner, Steve Pickell, Gail Amundrud and Cheryl Gibson to name a
few. The Canadian Dolphins has a vast and great history and one
that has survived the ages. In the history of the CDSC, there have
only been 4 or 5 head coaches of which Tom Johnson and Deryk
Snelling still remain active within Canada and Bill Rose is still
heading up a team in the U.S. Unfortunately, one of the greatest
coaches, Howard Firby, passed away a while ago.
Kelly also has been
fortunate to coach various Canadian and provincial record holders
while they were in their teens such as: Maya Beaudry, Michelle
Mange, Brent O’Connor, Darryl Rudolf, Taryn Lencoe, Shannon
Hackett, Haylee Johnson, Zach Somjen, Desmond Strelzow and Tamee
Ebert, to name a few. Some of these athletes participated in the
Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, Australian Youth
Olympics and various National and International
Kelly's philosophy is
that talent in itself is not the key to winning, but the swimmer
also has to have a strong desire to succeed, work hard and have a
great attitude towards training. Kelly believes that if an athlete
is to become one of the best, he or she also must have attributes
such as overall physical development, a great attendance
percentage, a positive attitude, belief in the system as well as
talent and the desire to succeed. An athlete who does not make
excuses but rather learns from his or her mistakes is far more
likely to succeed in the long run. Taking ownership of their own
training, habits and abilities will only further develop great
Kelly believes that the
sport of swimming helps our swimmers become better people by giving
them direction and helping them to manage their time. It gives an
athlete a chance to travel, to meet new friends and to gain
confidence by persevering until they succeed. Teaching the swimmers
the basics and rehearsing great technique, attitudes and efforts
are ways in which CDSC athletes will succeed.
Dario is a lifer with the Canadian Dolphins, having swum and coached with the club for over 20 years!
As an age group swimmer, Dario was ranked consistently in the Top 10 in Canada, and won the 400 and 1500m free at the first Age Group Nationals held in 2003.
Dario has been coaching for us since 2006, and has coached age group swimmers from LMR to Age Group National levels, and also coaches our Masters Group.
Dario graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree, and is NCCP qualified in Swimming (Level 3), Basketball, Gymnastics and Triathlon.
Dario's passion for swimming and all sports, as well as his dedication to our club and our swimmers, are abundantly evident, and we are delighted to have him with us once again!
has been coaching for more than 30 years. In Quebec, she started by
coaching young swimmers and masters. Then she progressed to
coaching a development group. Soon she became the head coach of a
swim club of around 150 members. She directed a sport studies
program and led swimmers to the podium at the Canadian National
championships. She also was a facilitator for the technical part of
the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP). For the last 14
years in British Columbia, she coached development groups and
masters programs with different swim clubs such as HYACK, WDSC and
the Arbutus Club, where she was the head coach.
We are fortunate to have
Thérèse joining our coaching team again this
Khosro has been coaching with the Canadian Dolphins since 2001 and is responsible for coaching our youngest developmental swimmers. He also spearheads our monthly developmental mini-meet program .
Khosro started swimming at age 13, and by age 17, he had broken the Iranian 100m Breaststroke LC record.
Prior to coming to Canada, Khosro coached the Iranian Youth Development Team in waterpolo and swimming, and coached at the Athletic University in Athens, Greece.
Since coming to Canada, he has taught thousands of children to swim in Vancouver and on the North Shore through their recreation systems. He was Assistant Head Coach at the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club for 8 years, and continues to coach developmental swimmers at the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club, as well as Masters swimmers with the North Shore Masters Swim Club.
Khosro’s talent and passion for coaching is undeniable and we are so fortunate to have him with us once again!
This is Ivy’s fifth season coaching our youngest swimmers alongside Coach Khosro. Ivy has many years of experience teaching swimming, and is delighted to be working with the swimmers in the Junior Dolphin and White Groups, who are at the very crucial starting point in their careers as swimmers. Ivy is NCCP Level 1 qualified.
Ivy is especially proud that her daughter, Chelsea, has been swimming with the Dolphins since she was 5 years old!