Staff Contacts
Coaching Staff

Richard McGill

Head Coach

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I am very excited to be in Fort McMurray and working with swimmers full time once more. I have had a varied career; starting with joining the sport at an old age(15yrs) and starting my coaching career at the young age of 20. I then coached for  15 years and then began my career as a firefighter for the next 25 years.  After retiring from the fire service I was once more back on deck and loving it.  It rekindled my desire to be back on deck fulltime and a eagerness to face  new challenges. I have had a life long passion for the sport and want to instill this in all of our swimmers. You will hear me say many times,' it is the journey not the destination that is important.'  It was through my particpation as an athlete, coach and student that I developed the skills that allowed me to be successful as a coach, firefigher and a dad (I might be biased about the dad part but I think my kids would agree)

 

Jim Ericson

Assistant Head Coach

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I am excited to be in Fort McMurray.  Years ago I coached for four years in Grande Prairie as the Head Coach, so I am prepared (somewhat) for the upcoming winter.  I started competitive swimming in 1971 and swam for eleven years.  I then went straight into coaching.  I coached in several programs as the Head Coach and have over thirty years competitive swimming experience as an athlete and coach.  

I have used my swimming background in many aspects of my life, as an athlete, scuba enthusiast, scuba instructor, lifeguard, swimming instructor, sailing skipper and coach.  Swimming is a lifelong sport that provides numerous opportunities in many directions.  It is my hope that my swimmers will benefit in a similar manner.

Kim Norris

Coach

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As a swimmer of the Fort McMurray Swim Club at its inception and for many years, there is a big place in my heart for the clubs continued success and accomplishment. I was blessed with great coaches when I swam to National level and am so excited to be coaching the Mini Mantas this year and being able to mentor another season of coaches and swimmers. My philosophy is to coach swimmers to have fun as they work and play in a fair manner, to help them set and work hard to achieve challenging goals, and to do THEIR best and be THEIR best in everything they do.

 

 

Jo Young

MANTA Swim School Coordinator

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Coach Jo is in her second year as the swim school coordinator.  Coach Jo is no stranger to the pool.  She was a competitive swimmer for 12 years and her favorite race was the 200 fly!!! She then went on to coach for 20 years in Kitimat, BC prior to moving to Fort McMurray.   Coach Jo passed on her love for swimming to her children, with all 3 children participating in competitive swimming, one at the national level.  Coach Jo is well versed in the life of a swimming parent!!

Coach Jo's goal for the MSS program is to inspire in all the kids a great love for the sport of swimming.  But not just the sport.......... also the sportsmanship, teamplay and the friendships that will last for years.  Lessons learned in the pool can be put into your every day life.  You can succeed at anything you try, it only takes a little hard work and its a lot of fun along the way.   

Coach Jo can not wait to get to know all of her little swimmers again this year.  

Gwyneth Norris

Coach

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Hi. My name is coach Gwyneth. I swam competitively for 4 years with the Fort McMurray Swim Club and I enjoyed swim so much that I wanted to share my passion with everyone else. I have worked with lots of different age groups from 5 year olds to 12 year olds. Swimming is such a great sport to be involved in. It teaches you so much about team work, discipline, strength, endurance, and achieving high goals. It’s an honour to be part of the swim club and amazing to be able to watch swimmers grow, progress and achieve the goals that they hoped for.  

Shiloh Helberg

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