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KISU SWIM CLUB 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 novice to international competitor.

KISU was founded in the fall of 1981, as a competitive swim club, at the same time that the new indoor pool in Penticton opened. The first coach, Debbie Millar, and 25 members began what has become one of the most respected swim clubs in the Okanagan.

The name, KISU, is the Interior Salish Indian word for steelhead, referring to the ocean going trout. Being internationally renowned as one of the best fighting fish, the powerful steelhead, or KISU, was a suitable name to represent the finest of the Okanagan's swimmers.

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 dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Tina Hoeben

Head Coach

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This is Tina's 19th season with the KISU Swim Club (more than 30 years of coaching swimming). She has her NCCP Level 3 and in the past few years has done a lot to improve her coaching experience and expertise.

Tina believes that swimming is a sport for everyone from the young to the not-so-young from the fitness interests to those with the highest goals.  When you sign your child up for swim club, you are giving them a gift that will last a life time.  There are many life lessons to be learnt through sport and competition which apply far beyond the water.  After a few years in swim club, swimmers can walk into any pool and feel confident about their ability in the water. 

She also has her BSc in Physiology, BFA in Fine Arts - Visual Art and MFA in Fine Arts. Tina has a wide variety of interests, which include outrigger paddling, cycling, hiking, skiing, yoga and more. This past summer, she competed in a 700km race in the Yukon.  Her team came in first womens and fourth overall.

Favourite part of swimming - descending sets, Favourite Race - 400 Free, Favourite Food - almost anything, What you like about swimming - friends, fitness, Pet Peeve -swimmers sitting on the lane rope! Favourite club cheer - We have the Coach.

Theresa Zunich

Age Group Coach

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Theresa began her swimming during High School where she swam competitively.  Then when her sons became interested in competitive swimming, she started her coaching career. 

She enjoys the competitive side of swimming and has been dedicated to the sport for 19 years. During this time she has completed her NCCP Level I, II and III.

Theresa coached with the Miramichi White Caps, Bathurst Blast Piranhas Swim Team and Kamloops Classic Swim Team.  She was one of Team New Brunswick’s Head Coaches at Canada Games in Regina.  She also coached Team Atlantic at the 2007 Tri-Team Training Camp and Competition in Halifax. Theresa was Head Coach for Zone 2 swimming at the BC Winter Games in Cranbrook in 2008 where the team placed 1st, and again as Head Coach for Zone 2 swimming at the BC Summer Games in Langley in 2010 where the team placed 2nd.

Several of her swimmers have earned spots on the Canada Games Team in 2001 and 2005.  Many swimmers have competed at Eastern and Western Nationals, East Coast Championships, Age Group Nationals, many provincial AA and AAA Championships and two of her swimmers qualified for the North American Challenge Cup in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.  

This year Theresa will coach the Age Group swimmers and is looking forward to a successful season.

Theresa’s passion is to get swimmers excited about competitive swimming. 

If you have trouble remembering her name you may call her “Coachtee”.

 

Hilary M Harling

Mini Squad Co-ordinator

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Hilary has been with the KISU swim club for about 12 years, both as a swimmer and Minisquad coach.  This season she has taken on the role of Minisquad Coordinator. She also works for the City of Penticton as a lifeguard and swim instructor.   

Since starting swimming through Red Cross swimming lessons Hilary has been an eager little fish as there has never been a time in her life where she didn’t love being in the water and learning all aspects of swimming.  She swam her way from Minisquad all the way through to the seniors swim group (present day Swim Acadamy) until she started coaching Minisquad in high school.  Hilary returned to KISU after graduating from university with a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology.   

Hilary’s favorite thing about coaching is watching swimmers gain confidence in their swimming abilities.  Bring on the season!

Jamie Lynn Ferguson

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Board of Directors

Jacki Kliever

President

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Simone Annette Peters

Director - Equipment Manager

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Randall Bamford

Member at Large

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Anne Benn

Member at Large

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Terry Kowal

Member at Large

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David Spear

Member at Large

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Shawn Wallich

Member at Large

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Dawn Follestad

Member at Large

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Nicole Courtenay

Member at Large

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Jenn Lisa Andrews

Treasurer

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