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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 Head Coach & General Manager.

2017/18 Coaching Staff

Abderrahmane Tissira

Head Coach & General Manager

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Regina Dolphins & Cougars Swim team Head Coach since 2014
 
Team Canada Junior Pan Pacs 2016 Staff
Swimming Canada Coach Select 2016-17 
Swimming Canada Coach Select 2017-18
 
Abderrahamane has been employed as the head coach and general manager of the swim team ELITE Longueuil, since 2008.  During this period, the Elite team won the Banner Men's Team Champion Canadian Eastern Championships in 2014, earned more than 80 medals at national age groups and Eastern Championships, 1 Canadian record and 18 Quebec provincial records. 

Abderrahamane is a Level 4 swim coach with more than 20 years of coaching experience.  His training philosophy is to create an environment which engages the swimmers to the point where they swim every set to the full extent of their potential.  Potential plus preparation = peak performance, but>

 
For Abderrahmane, peak performance comes by getting the whole thing right: physical training, stroke technique, racing skills, dives, starts, finishes, warm up, cool down, mental approach and a thousand other things.  Attitude is everything, and enthusiasm is infectious.  
 

Craig Nieuwstad

Assistant Coach (Junior)

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Craig hails from South Africa where he began coaching at the age of 17. Starting out by shadowing the coaches at his swim club, he was soon appointed as the Assistant Coach. He balanced both a Ba Sport Science and a B (Hons) Sport Science with his coaching in order to further his knowledge in the science of performance. In 2010 he travelled to Minnesota to partake in a summer internship where he gained valuable knowledge.

As the Assistant Coach for Tygerberg Aquatics his duties included on deck coaching of swimmers from juniors through to the provincial and national swimmers and programing and planning for the Junior program. He is currently doing his Masters degree at the University of Regina where the focus of his program is on competitive swimming research.

Jason Cawkwell

Assistant Coach (Prospect)

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Alexandra King

Assistant Coach / Bronze Dolphins 2

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Lucien Zucchi

Assistant Head Coach

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