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Matthew Mains

General Manager, Senior 2 Group

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After a one year break to spend time with his new and growing family, Matt is energised and ready to return to ROW to help make it the best club to swim for in the region, Ontario and Canada. Matt is a trained age group coach, who is returning to coach the Regional Sprint group after previously coaching the Gold group for 6 seasons (2008-2014). Matt has coached athletes who have been successful at regional, provincial, national and international level competitions.

Matt retired from competitive swimming in 2008 after spending 4 years as a member of the Canadian National Swim Team and representing Canada at the 2003 Pan-American Games, where he won a bronze medalist in the medley relay. He also represented Ontario at the 2001 Canada Summer Games, winning gold in the 200m breaststroke. During his 20 year career he participated in all levels of competitions: development, regional, provincial, university, national championship, international circuit and multi-national multi-sport competitions. Most recently Matt has competed in the 2014 FINA Masters World Championships where he won the 200m breaststroke while setting the Canadian record for the 30-34 age group.

Matt attended the University of Waterloo, where he completed a double major undergrad in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Management Sciences. While representing the University of Waterloo in the pool he captained the team for two years, was twice named Academic All-Canadian, twice named Athlete of the Year (2003,2004), and 4 times OUA Swimmer of the Meet (2002-2005).

Matt is looking forward to passing on his knowledge and experiences in sport onto all swimmers and teaching them skill development and mastery.

Hans Witolla

Elite

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Hans has been involved in swimming for forty years. His coaching career began at the Hamilton Wentworth Aquatic Club. He coached for 26 years at the Brantford Aquatic Club first as head age group coach and then as head coach. He has spent the last six years coaching for the Guelph Marlins and at the University of Guelph. He also works for the City of Brantford as a pool supervisor each summer.

Hans brings with him a diversity of experience having coached novice swimmers all the way up to International competitors. He has coached numerous swimmers on Provincial and National Youth teams, developed two Olympians, two swimmers in Lake Ontario crossings and has helped coach world class tri-athletes.

His coaching philosophy has been honed by three decades in the sport. He believes that in order for swimmers to have an opportunity to be high performance athletes, they must develop a love for the sport and the process of being an athlete. Secondly they must become supremely skilled at what they do, fundamentals and strokes come first, training. Thirdly they must have an attention to detail, be able to change and do what is necessary to excel. 

Matthew Pedersen

Senior 1 Group

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Matt has been a member of the ROW swim club/WLU as an athlete for 17 years. As a coach, Matt has been with ROW for 7 seasons. Matt has experience working with OUA Varsity, Fitness Swim, Bronze and Silver level athletes. The past two seasons he has been with Gold 2 and TOP in an assistant role.

 

He is currently completing his Bachelor of Education‎ through Western University. I spent a year teaching English as a Second Language in Sanbon, South Korea. Matt is very excited to be a fixture in the ROW coaching staff. 

 

Kaitlyn Schultz

Bronze Group, TOP and Stars Co-ordinator

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Kaitlyn has been a vital member of the ROW coaching staff now for over 3 years, and we are thrilled to have her return this season. Kaitlyn has been affiliated with swimming in Ontario for over 20 years. Kaitlyn places an emphasis on stroke mechanics, and technique, while making swimming fun. In 2009, Kaitlyn accepted the position of head coach of the Variety Village Flames where she coached both able bodied and paralympic swimmers of all ages. During her tenure there, she successfully placed a swimmer on two consecutive Paralympic World Championship teams, as well as receiving two Speedo Awards of Excellence for coaching two athletes to Canadian records, and being the coach of a national title holder.

Kaitlyn's coaching philosophy closely mirror's ROW's commitment to the sport of swimming, community and youth, "Although the idea of personal best is a prominent theme in my coaching, the concept of "team" is just as important. I want my athletes and their family members to share values of friendship, team pride, and community support."

 Kaitlyn will be heading up our Athletic Swim Program and will be returning to position as lead coach of our Bronze program.

Alex Johnson

Gold and Silver Groups

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Alex has recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor's of Math in Honours Statistics.  Here he spent 5 years swimming under Varsity swim coach Jeff Slater competing with the University of Waterloo.

Previously, Alex coached with Club Warriors.  He gained experience running several groups within the club over his five year span of coaching. Alex is a certified NCCP Fundamentals coach and looks to continue educating himself through the National Coaching Certification Program. He is pleased to work with the experienced coaches that ROW has and feels that he can learn a lot from them.

Prior to University Alex began his swimming career as a ten year old with East York Swim Club where he swam for two years making his first provincial championship.  After folding in 2001 Alex moved to Crescent Town Swim Club under coach Fred Arzaga where he competed for the remainder of his age group swimming career.  He has competed at several age group provincial and national championships including Ontario Junior and Senior Provincial Championships,  Eastern National Championships, Canadian Age Group Nationals and Canada Cup.