Jerzy Partyka has been head coach of the Prince George Barracuda
Swim Club since 1993. He has international experience, having
coached in both Poland and Germany. His focus is on developing
swimmers to have excellent technique in order to bring them to the
national level, and under his supervision the club has produced a
number of top age group swimmers in Canada over the past 26 years.
Jerzy’s certification includes:
A degree in
Physical Education from the University of Poznan and a Masters
degree in 1983.
A post graduate degree in
coaching swimming from the University of Warsaw in
NCCP Level - Senior
Head Assistant Coach
Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Jason has been a part of
the club since 1999. He heard about a coaching opportunity in
Prince George and figured, why not? So he got in his car and drove
to Prince George in March of 1999 to begin his new adventure. That
was experience itself!
Jason has been blessed coaching alongside Jerzy all these years.
Favourite moments in swimming: Reading about former club members
succeeding in swimming on the national and international stage
while thriving in university swim programs in Canada and the
Teri swam with the Barracuda's in her youth; swimming at
national level meets and achieving top age group standings. She has
25 years coaching experience including starting a swim club and
master's program in Canmore Alberta, working as Jerzy's
assistant coach for 5 seasons, running the summer and winter
programs for both the Castlegar Aquanauts and Mission Marlins. Teri
has finally settled with her husband and 3 children back in Prince
George where she loves coaching the development program, spending
time mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other
outdoor activities with her family.
Kathleen has been part of the club since 2008!
The first seven years as a swimmer. She is currently in her 5th
year as a coach.
Kathleen is currently at UNBC majoring in English working towards
becoming an elementary school teacher.
Away from school and the pool, she enjoys spending time with
friends, reading and diy projects!
Squamish, Alex's parents moved to Powell River last
She is currently in
her second year at UNBC majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology with a minor in Physchology.
Last season, Alex
started out with the our club as a swimmer after having swum with
the Squamish Pirates since the age of seven. Swimming highlights:
podium finish three years in a row at the BCSSA Provincial
Championships in the 100 backstroke and 200 im (2015-2017). She
also holds the PGB women's short course club
At the age of 14, Alex
began volunteer coaching with the Squamish Pirates. Since
then, she has gone on to complete her NLS and WSI with the Red
Cross as well as completing her Level 1 for coaching. Now she
coaches for the Pirates during the summer months.
She loves coaching while
developing and inspiring young swimmers.
I have been with the club
11 years , 9 spent swimming, 2 volunteering and now this is my 12th
year , as a coach with the club. I am currently doing my EMR with
the justice institute of British Colombia, hoping to one day have a
career in emergency services. As well I am focusing on saving my
money to travel , I would love to explore the world.
My name is Maddie, I am a university student at UNBC
currently taking a history degree with the end goal of joining the
education program to become an elementary school teacher. In the
past, I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years with my home club on
Salt Spring Island, I also coached with the salt spring stingrays
for 3-years and volunteered with them for 4 other