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
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
Come on board with me and let’s all work together to generate
an atmosphere where everyone succeeds!
Coach Rick's Email Contact: email@example.com
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.
Coach Kate's Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
Coach Sam's Email Contact: email@example.com
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.
Coach Rachel's Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Coach Hollen's Email Contact: email@example.com