Head Coach - Senior Competitive
Robert has a long track record of success in Canadian swimming,
most recently as Head Age Group Coach and Junior National Coach at
The Etobicoke Swim Club where he worked under Head Coach Kevin
Thorburn, a prominent Canadian Olympic swim coach. A former
competitive swimmer himself, Robert swam for several Manitoba swim
clubs and the University of Manitoba, competing at the national,
youth and junior national levels and twice competing in the Canada
Games (1997 and 2001). Robert’s best events were the 200 Free
and 100 Back.
Among many accomplishments, Robert’s swimmers have
achieved numerous National Age Group Records and Provincial Records
(Ontario), Senior Canadian Records, World Junior Records. 2
Age Group National Titles(2009 & 2011), Age Group National
Womens Title (2016) 10 Jr. Provincial Titles and an Eastern
and Western Canadian Title. He has coached 100+ Provincial Champion
swimmers and 30 Single Age National Champions and with this
acieving CSCA Award for Domestic Excellence in 11 consecutive
Robert has coached many swimmers as an Age Group coach that have
reached many Provincial Teams, NACC Teams, and Junior National
Development Teams. His accomplishments have been recognized by SNC
which has selected Robert for NACC staff twice, Austrialian Tour
Teams, Junior Pan Pacific Championships, World Junior Championships
and Swimming Canada's Select Coaches Program.
Currently pursuing his NCI Level 4 certification, Robert has an
appreciation for the development of a strong, progressive program
that builds the technical, physical and mental base for performance
excellence in the pool while providing a positive overall swim and
life experience for swimmers. Motivation and growth of the
swimmers, steering them past obstacles is a core strength of his.
He also brings the continuous learning and development philosophy
to the coaching staff, himself included.
Laurence joins our club from the United Kingdom. For the past 2 years, he coached for the Bolton Metro and helped them achieve the most improved program in the North West of England for the past 2 season. Laurence has coached multiple county, regional and national medallists and has had his swimmers selected for England's national talent program for the past 5 seasons. In 2016, he had his most successful season where he coached 15 swimmers to the British National Championships achieving 11 Medals and a top 5 finish in the top age group club.
Laurence was a national standard swimmer until the age of 18. At that time, he took a 2 year coaching apprenticeship and became passionate about coaching the next generation of accomplished swimmers!
Laurence visited Canada in 2016 as part of his ongoing coaching education and was a participant at the Canadian Coaches Conference in Toronto. At that time, he spent his time visiting some of the top senior swimming programs in Ontario.
Laurence is a results driven, straight talking Yorkshire-man and a great motivator. He believes in creating a positive team environment with relentless consistency. His motto: "What can we do today to make us better than yesterday"
Head Age Group Coach - AGP 1
Glen is a former college swimmer who has returned to the sport as a coach. He began swimming in London, Ontario at the age of 6 with the London Aquatic Club. He swam at LAC for 13 years, three of them as a National Qualifier. He was Junior National Champion in 1996 in the 1500 free. Glen received a swimming scholarship to St. John’s University in New York City, where he swam in the NCAA Division 1 for four years while studying Business. He was Team Captain in his senior year.
Glen began his coaching career with McGill University Masters Swimming, coaching there for four seasons and producing Provincial and National record holders. He has been in charge of the program for the last two years, while also serving as the Assistant Coach for the McGill University varsity swim team. Glen is currently completing his CAC Level 1 certification and is excited to continue his coaching education. He is looking forward to working with young up and coming swimmers and growing with Markham Aquatic Club.
Age Group Performance 2
Val swam competitively for 15 years. At the age of 15, she joined the Canadian Senior National team and during that time (1976-1980) she represented Canada and competed internationally in places such as; France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia and Japan. While at the FINA World Cup in Japan she received a silver medal as part of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.
Val is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received a full athletic scholarship. During her time at USC she remained on the Dean's Honor role until graduating in 1986. Val broke school records and attained All-American plaques in her specialty events (50, 100, 200 freestyle, sprint relays).
Val is a fully certified Level 2 coach and is working towards completing her Level 3 accreditation. She has been Head Coach at a team in Eastern Ontario for the past 8 years.(2009-2017) and while there, her swimmers qualified for Trials, Senior & Junior Nationals and Provincial meets. Val was also part of the coaching staff for Eastern Ontario's successful 2012 Ontario Summer Games Team.
Val wants to encourage her swimmers to dream big and be fearless in their pursuit of them......"Hitch your wagon to a star!"
Junior A and Junior B
Wayne was a professional athlete in China. He trained in the sport swimming for over 10 years and was on the Provincial Swim Team since 1987. Between 2000 and 2010, He has completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Education; and started coaching young swimmers since 2007. He has his swimming certification from China and continues his swimming education here in Canada.
Wayne believes that winning is more than simply a swimmers' position in a race. He considers that his responsibility as a coach is to create an environment for swimmers to reach their highest personal potential as both people and athletes. His objective is to devise cutting-edge skill training, provide coaching and support and ensure that young athletes develop valuable sporting skills and principles.
Lev’s desire to be a competitive swim coach started when
he was working with local swim schools and helping swimmers achieve
their goals in all avenues. He is passionate about coaching
competitive swimming and helping swimmers achieve well roundedness,
efficiency in all four competitive strokes, developing a strong
kick and encourages the swimmers to be a student of the sport.
He is excited to be apart of the Markham Aquatic Club family and
believes swimming is a great sport that develops sportsmanship,
encourages team involvement, self discipline, builds self
confidence and provides individual growth.
"I believe our job as a coach is to help our young athletes to
develop into the best version of themselves. We hope that they will
develop into exceptional individuals during their time with the
club, and during their journey will also reach all their goals as
student athletes. I will teach the swimmers that working hard and
doing the right work can be an exciting and fun process, which will
help with their development in all areas of their life."
Lev is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in
Engineering at York University and has completed NCCP Coaching
Coach Snow brings a unique combination of experience,
technology, videography and photography to the Markham Aquatic
Club. A passionate coach for effective and efficient stroke and
fluid mechanics, Coach Snow draws upon over 40 years of competitive
swimming coaching experience with stops in Windsor, Hamilton,
Vancouver, Etobicoke, UofT, Dorado Stars, Barrie and most recently
completed a 4 year career as the Head Coach of the Whitby
A certified Level II Coach/Instructor, Coach Snow has a Bachelor
of Human Kinetics, specializing in Exercise Physiology and Sport
Administration, He is a guest speaker at coaching clinics and
the coaching host of underwater stroke analysis sessions with
swimmers of all ages. Coach Snow provides the swimmer and his
colleagues with an interactive view of the stroke from all angles,
providing the viewer with the tools and information to improve the
efficiency of the stroke.
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