Our Coaches


Coaching Staff

Rick Burton

Head Coach


Welcome to the 2019-2020 swim season. 

I am pleased to be going into my fourth season as Head Coach of the Sea Lions.  The history of this organization goes almost as far back as I do and I believe we can create our own history going forward.

I have been involved in swimming for a long time.   As a swimmer, I set numerous provincial records and even a couple of national records in distance freestyle that didn’t last very long.  However, I did get the opportunity to represent Alberta and Canada at a number of international competitions.

As a coach, I have had the opportunity to coach quite a few swimmers who went on to be integral parts of every Olympic Team from 1984 – 2000.  I spent 20 years in Fort McMurray (1992 – 2012).  The first 16 years were as the Head Coach of FMSC and then 4 working in oil and gas as a Continuous Improvement and Performance Management specialist.  That is what brought my family to Calgary in 2013 as I became the National Manager of both of those departments for FT Services.  We are all fully aware what has happened in that industry, and so I returned to coaching in September 2015 with the Parkland Pirates in Spruce Grove.  The team experienced an incredible growth both in terms of membership and performance, and I was very proud of both those facts.  I began with the CWC Sea Lions in August 2016. 

We have a lot of potential that I am really excited about tapping into and helping all swimmers strive to reach their own individual potential.  I look forward to meeting everyone and creating an overall team culture that promotes individual development and success.

Come on board with me and let’s all work together to generate an atmosphere where everyone succeeds!



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Kate Vanderbeek

Assistant Head Coach


Kate Vanderbeek joined the Sea Lions family officially on September 1, 2019.

Kate has an extensive swimming background both as a Club Swimmer and a University swimmer where she qualified for Olympic Trials in 2008, 2012 and 2016.  She has just completed her Masters of Coaching degree at the University of Alberta (where she was the assistant coach of that University team for 2 seasons).  To complete her practicum, Kate was in Victoria and the National High Performance Centre where she worked with both the Senior and Next Gen coaches and swimmers.

While completing her Masters degree, Kate was head coach for three summers with Summer Club teams in both Canmore and for two seasons with the Golden Dolphins.

Kate is also an Ambassador with the Canadian 'FAST AND FEMALE" sports for girls initiative.

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Samantha Diminutto

Assistant Coach


Samantha is a former synchronized swimmer and competitive speed swimmer from both the CWC Sealions and Sea Sprites. She is living in Calgary as a practicing artist and is currently pursuing her masters in Art Therapy. She is very excited to be returning as a Sealions Swim Coach. 

"As a swim coach, it is my goal to bring out the best in my swimmers. I think back to when I used to swim and remember how prominent and meaningful sport was during my school years. Sport isn’t only about fitness. It teaches the athletes discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, social skills, motivation, organizational skills and much more. Friendships made during sports are those that have the potential to last a lifetime. I am inspired by the benefits children receive through swimming and competition, and how these skills will develop to aid them in their future. Therefore I aspire to teach and coach swimming in a creative and playful way as to instil a core love for sport, health, fitness and teamwork. I strive to bring out the best in my swimmers, and my swimmers are truly my inspiration.” 

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Rachel Clarkson

Coaching staff


Rachel has been swimming since before she could walk! Her parents were always firm believers in learning to swim and the importance of being fit. This is a principle that she has carried into her coaching motto. Rachel swam with the Sea Lions for 9 years before deciding she wanted to coach.  In 2016, Rachel coached the Blue group of the Sea Lions and then the Saskatoon Goldfins in 2017.  In 2018, she returned back home to Calgary to coach Stars and Blue.  Rachel believes in working hard, having fun, and leaving everything you’ve got in the pool! This will be her third year coaching the Sea Lions.

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Hollen Wells

Coaching staff


Hollen has lived in Calgary and has been a member of the CWC her whole life.  She competed as a Sea Lion for seven years and still continues to swim; freestyle is her favourite stroke.  She has taught swim lessons for the past few years at the CWC.  Currently, she attends the University of Calgary in a combined degree program for Psychology and English.

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