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Coaches & Directors

Our team is a year round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from Rookie to National competitor.

All of our coaches, are NCCP trained and are members of the CSCTA. They have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for coaches of any sport in the Canada. They provide assurances that the time children spend in swimming will be quality time.

We are a non profit club, is run by its elected Board of Directors which meets each month. All members are welcome at each meeting and encouraged to be involved in team activities and fundraiser events.We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to administrative, such as fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members below.

Coaching Staff

Todd Melton

HEAD COACH

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Todd is a former national level swimmer originally from Vernon, BC.  Todd retired from swimming after fifteen years as a competitive swimmer and the last four years as a varsity athlete at the University of Lethbridge.   Todd brings with him a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education.   He now considers himself as a retired high school teacher that fortunately found his way back to his true passion in teaching swimming.   This is now his 16th season coaching swimming and his 9th with the Foothills Stingrays Swim Club.

Currently Todd is working on his 301 to further aid his swimmers in their development.

Todd's goal for each swimmer is to insure their overall growth physically, psychologically and socially.   As Head Coach of FSSC, he is dedicated to building a successful competitive swim club that will focus on hard work and dedication and long term athlete development.

For the 2017-2018 season, Todd will be coaching the Performance group and Devil Rays as well as overseeing the rest of the programs.

Head Coach

Emma Hesterman

ASSISTANT HEAD COACH / TEAM MANAGER

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Alberta Development Coach of the year (2011-2012) - Awarded by Swim Alberta

2017-2018 will be Emma's 12th season with Foothills Stingrays Swim Club.  Emma started coaching at the pre-competitive level for her first season as coach and then moved on the competitive levels for the past 10 seasons.

Emma has seen many of her swimmers throughout the past 11 years progress through the various groups from competing at the Junior Circuit level, Provincial Trials/Southern Alberta Provincial level and Championships and are now starting to achieve at the Junior National and Senior National level now under the coaching expertise of Todd Melton.  

Emma has been selected by Swim Alberta to coach Zone 2 for the Alberta Summer Games for the 2012 and 2014 games. 

Emma is a former competitive swimmer of 11 years competing throughout Great Britain and in Europe.   Emma is also Head Coach with the Okotoks Masters Swim Club. Emma has a great passion for swimming and her goal for her swimmers is excellence in stroke technique, developing a solid endurance base, plus, assisting the swimmers in managing and achieving their goals which is very much a high priority, whilst, always, creating a fun team spirit within the group(s). 

For the 2017-2018 Season, Emma will be coaching the Devils Rays, Dragon Rays and Leopard Rays.

Abby Knox

ASSISTANT COACH AND TEAM NUTRITIONIST

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Abby has been involved in competitive swimming for most of her life. She is a former national level swimmer and international level varsity athlete in the UK. Abby obtained a bachelor’s degree with honours in human biological sciences at Loughborough University as well as a postgraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics.

Abby started her career in clinical dietetics, specializing in paediatrics but when Abby moved to New Zealand with her family, she was drawn to a career in sport. She obtained a postgraduate certificate in advanced sports nutrition from Otago University and began helping many athletes achieve their sporting goals through good nutrition. Abby currently provides sports nutrition education for FSSC and plans the nutrition for team travel meets and training camps. She is the author of the book ‘Eat Right, Swim Faster’.

Abby has continued her passion for swimming through competing with masters’ swim clubs in the UK, New Zealand and now with Okotoks Masters. Her passion has transferred to her sons who have been members of FSSC since 2008.

Abby is a certified NCCP Level 1 coach and this will be her 3rd season coaching at Foothills Stingrays Swim Club.  She will be coaching the Eagle Rays, Tiger Rays and Gold Rays competitive groups for the 2017-2018 season. Her priority is that her swimmers work hard, develop great stroke technique and, most importantly, have fun!

Wouter d'Ailly

President

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The President is accountable for effective Club governance and FSSC Board and Membership adherence to the Club's Bylaws. The president chairs the Board of Directors meetings and casts a vote in the event of a time. The President has overall responsibility to ensure that the FSSC has the personnel and processes in place to deliver a highly effective competitive swimming program to the community.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per Club Bylaws. 

Dana Guidinger

Past President

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The Past-President provides advice and leadership to the current Board of Directors based on the knoweldge and experience they gained during their time as a Board Member.

 

Darrel Fedor

Vice President

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The Vice-President is accountable for effective Club governance and FSSC Board and Membership adherence to the Club's By-laws. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President chairs the Board of Directors meetings and casts a vote on Board Member motions only in the event of a tie.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per Club Bylaws.

Jenn Barber

Secretary/Equipment Director

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The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate and sufficient documentation of all club business exists to meet legal requirements, and to enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the board's business was conducted. The Secretary is the official record keeper for the Club.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.

Richard Penn

Treasurer

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The Treasurer is accountable for the administration of the financial affairs of the club. The Treasurer is an executive member of the FSSC Board of Directors and is responsible to produce accurate financial statements in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.

Angela Thiele

Membership Director

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The Membership Director is accountable for the planning and execution of membership registration which includes registering coaches and swimmers with Swim Alberta and other applicable governing bodies. The Membership Director also acts as the main club contact for Swim Alberta>

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.

Rachel Cotnam

Meet Manager

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The Meet Manager is accountable for the Clubs home hosted meets as competitive opportunities for the clubs swimmers and  to achieve fundraising goals. The Meet Manager is accountable for planning and coordinating home meets, including listing meet dates, sanctions and posting results from Swim Canada. The Meet Manager also ensures our meets have qualified Senior Officials and promotes the training of club officials in association with the Officials Director.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.

Bert Murphy

Fundraising Director

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The Fundraising Director works in consultation with the Board of Directors who sets the annual fundraising strategy and financial goals for the club and is accountable for the organization and execution of club fundraisers.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.

Kevin Harrison

Officiating Director

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The Officiating Director is accountable for planning and coordinating officiating positions for hosted swim meets. The Officiating Director coordinates and promotes the training of Club officials and is accountable for tracking and recording member officiating efforts.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.

Jon Holt

Aquatic Advocate

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The Aquatic Sports Advocate will work to organize local aquatic user groups in the Foothills area to create a larger united voice promoting aquatic sports and the need for additional aquatic infrastructure.The Advocate will also be key in liaising with Swim Alberta.

This is an elected position with a two-year term as per the Club Bylaws.