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Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Jerzy Partyka

Head Coach

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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 1985.

  • NCCP Level - Senior Coach

Jason Smith

Head Assistant Coach

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Kathleen Morgan

Assistant Coach

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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!

Julia Veidt

Assistant Coach

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Hey I’m Julia! I grew up in Penticton, BC, where I swam with KISU Swim Club. I did my undergrad at the University of Guelph in Health Science and International Development, and swam breaststroke and IM for the Guelph Gryphons varsity team.

I’ve been coaching both swimming and paddling for 8 years, and am an NCCP level 201 coach. I love coaching swimming because it teaches valuable life lessons, allows athletes to stay active for life, it is the only sport that can save your life, and most of all I get to help young people fall in love with sport and reach their full potential.

Outside of the pool, I am currently attending medical school and also love cooking, drawing, reading, paddling, and almost anything outdoors.

Sydney Hoar

Assistant Coach

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I’ve been apart of the swim club since 2018 and started coaching swimming shortly after. I’m currently going to UNBC majoring in history to eventually be a high school teacher. Away from swimming I enjoy hanging out with friends and reading! 

Katya Wood

Assistant Coach

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My name is Katya Wood, and I am a former Barracuda swimmer. I swam with the club for 6 years at a provincial level and compete throughout BC. One of my greatest achievements was being part of the 2018 BC Summer Games and bringing back home a silver medal for the 200 IM. Since swimming has been such a great part of my life, I am excited to start coaching the young swimmers and teaching them all the skills I know.  Currently I am enrolled in the Biomedical Studies Program at UNBC with plans on pursuing my dream of working as a family practitioner. Aside from the pool and school I enjoy working out at the gym, going on hikes, and hanging out with friends.