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.
Assistant Head Coach
competitive swimming while growing up in California. She competed
at a national level in high school which afforded her the
opportunity to swim for the UBC Thunderbirds as a distance swimmer
while completing her degree in Anthropology.
While swimming at UBC,
Jennika started coaching for VPSC. Once she had finished her own
swimming career she continued coming to the pool every day in the
hope of inspiring the next generation of
After working for VPSC for
3 years and spending 2 summers working with the summer club in
Jennika moved to Vancouver Island to work with Island
Swimming. After 4 years at Island
Swimming as Head Development Coach, assistant to the Senior Group
and yoga teacher, Jennika moved to Tyee Aquatic Club where she
was Assistant Head Coach for two seasons. Jennika joined CDSC
in September 2018 as our Assistant Head Coach.
philosophy is aimed at developing not just great swimmers, but
great people. She loves working with athletes and helping them
reach their full potential in and out of the
In her time away from the
pool deck Jennika enjoys yoga, trying new restaurants, and
Please join us in
welcoming Jennika back for another great season with our Dolphin
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
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 in the North Vancouver Recreation
system, as well as Masters swimmers with the North Shore Masters
and passion for coaching is undeniable and we are so fortunate to
have him with us once again!
Iain has been a coach with the Canadian Dolphins since 2016,
instructing junior swimmers over a variety of Age Groups.
Iain swam competitively for 10 years with the 1500 m being his
favorite event. He currently is attending UBC majoring in Chemistry
and attributes his academic success to the focus and discipline he
developed as a competitive swimmer.
Iain is a certified NCCP Level 1 Coach and holds both his
National Lifeguard and Red Cross Standard First Aid certifications.
Iain is passionate about the sport of swimming and hopes that
his experience and knowledge of competitive swimming can guide all
of his Dolphin swimmers to success.