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Chena Coaches

Chena is proud to boast one of the best coaching staffs in the country.  We are here to support your needs and 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 one of the board members.

 

Coaching Staff

Patrick Paradis

Head Coach / Director of Swimming

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Coach Patrick has been the Head Coach / Director of Swimming for Chena Swim Club since September 1, 2010 and is extremely excited for the 2018-2019 Season, his 9th year running the Program.

Under Coach Patrick’s leadership Chena athletes have broken over 210 Club Records, 18 BC Provincial Records and 4 National Age Group Records and in 2013 Coach Patrick saw his team win the BC Provincial Short Course Team Championship Banner.

As well as breaking records and winning titles, 4 of Chena’s athletes (who swam their entire age group careers within the Program) have gone on to become Canadian Senior National Champions with 3 more swimming to podium performances.  Chena has seen its Athletes represent Team BC & Team Canada on the National & International stage at events including;

  • 2018 Open Water Junior World Championships (1 Athlete – Team Canada)
  • 2018 Mallorca, Spain Best Fest Open Water Event (1 Athlete – Team Canada)
  • 2017 FISU World University Games (1 Athlete – Team Canada)
  • 2017 Canada Games (Team BC Closing Ceremonies Flag Bearer – 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze)
  • 2017 UANA Open Water Championships (1 Athlete – Team Canada – 1 Gold & 2 Silver)
  • 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials (6 Athletes & 2 Bronze Medalist)
  • 2015 Pan American Games (1 Athlete – Team Canada)
  • 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships (3 Athletes – Team Canada)
  • 2013 Junior World Championships (1 Athlete – Team Canada)
  • 2013 Canada Games (5 Athletes – Team BC)
  • 2013 Youth Australian Olympic Festival (1 Athlete – Team Canada)
  • 2012 North American Challenge Cup (2 Athletes – Team Canada)
  • 2011 North American Challenge Cup ( 2 Athletes – Team Canada)

Chena has been honoured to see their Head Coach named to the following Team Coaching Staff & Swimming Canada Programs as well as earning his own Coaching Awards and Nominations;

  • 2018 Open Water Junior World Championships – Team Canada
  • 2017 UANA Open water Championships – Team Canada
  • 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships – Team Canada
  • 2011 North American Challenge Cup – Team Canada
  • Swimming Canada Select Coaches Group – 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018
  • 2017 Coach of the Year (Runner Up) – North Shore Sports Awards
  • 2013-2014 Rubber Boot Awards – Top Coaching Performance in BC as voted on by Swim BC Coaches)

Vincent Chung

Senior Assistant Coach

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Coach Vincent is excited to be back for the 2018-2019 season as Chena Swim Club’s Senior Assistant Head Coach. This will be his 3rd season with Chena after spending 9 years with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas summer swim club (3 years as head coach) and 2 years as a volunteer assistant coach for Simon Fraser Aquatics. Vincent has spent over 15 years in the sport with experience coaching all age groups. He believes in long term athlete development, purposeful practice, and the power of dedication and passion. Outside of swimming, Vincent is an UBC Engineering graduate, an exercise fanatic, and a novice guitar player. He hopes to help his swimmers accomplish their goals, build their confidence, and fulfill their potential. Vincent’s ultimate goal is to inspire his athletes to love the sport as much as he does!

Mandi Smith

Chena -SFU

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I grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and attended University in Lethbridge. I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 6 to 22. Finishing my career as the U of L Women’s Team Captain. I’ve always loved the sport of swimming and jumped at the opportunity to pursue this sport as a full time career.  I’ve had the great fortune of working with several talented athletes and coaches that have helped me become the coach that I am today. I love the challenge of finding the right connections with the athletes to help them in their swimming careers and achieve goals they didn’t know were possible.  It’s a lot of fun to be part of a positive group of like-minded athletes working toward excellence.  I’m really excited for the partnership with CHENA and what great successes we will have as a team moving forward. 

Coaching History: 

  • Head Coach of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club 
  • Age Group Head Coach for Pacific Sea Wolves 
  • Assistant Head Coach for SFU Varsity and SFA Swimming

Coaching Experiences:

  • Swim AB provincial coach for several years.  Provincial Coaching staff appointments included North/South, Prospects West, Alberta Summer Games, Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, AB Head Coach to British Youth Nationals.
  • Team Canada Staff Appointments: Select Coach (pilot year), Australian Age Group Champs, World Juniors 2015, Eindhoven Relay Camp
  • Coach of Record Accomplishments: provincial records set by multiple athletes in multiple age groups and events including relays, Coach of Record for multiple provincial team selections, national age group records by multiple athletes in varying events, coach of record for multiple Junior Team athlete selections, Coach of record for Para Rio Olympian Selection, Para Senior National Canadian records set, Para World records broken.

 

Jason Terrillon

Youth Program Director

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Coach Jason is excited to be entering his 3rd year with the Chena Swim Club.  After working with swimmers from multiple Youth Groups over the past two seasons, Coach Jason will be taking on the role of Youth Program Director for the 2018/2019 season. With 15 years of competitive swimming and 4 years of full time coaching experience, he is ready to work with swimmers new and old to the club to help them reach their fullest potential.

Jason started swimming at the age of 5 and after 10 years of swimming for the North Shore Winter Club Marlins summer team, he made the switch to Chena and full-time swimming in 2009. After swimming with Chena for 3 years, Jason graduated high school and attended the University of British Columbia where he trained with the UBC Thunderbirds Swim Team for 2 years. Jason continued to study at UBC following the end of his competitive swimming career and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

As a Chena Swim Club alumni, he is proud to be working with the team that helped him to grow to love the sport and hopes to foster that same admiration for the future generation of swimmers.

Al Davis

Head Development Coach / Skills Director

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Coach Al is back for her 4th Season with Chena Swim Club and is excited to be resuming her role as Head Development Coach heading up the Skills Program, developing our Junior Coaches, and being the lead coach for the Junior Green and Junior Blue groups! She hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she spent 10 years swimming for the Halifax Trojans Swim Club. During these years she developed a love for the sport, her coaches and team mates. Success's include attending Age Group Nationals for 5 consecutive years and going to Canada Games for Team Nova Scotia in 1985. After achieving an English degree at Mount Alison University in N.B., she moved to Vancouver in 1993. She began coaching with the small summer club The Super Sharks out of East Vancouver in 1995. Here is where she developed her love of coaching! Spending 5 years with the club taught her the full circle of swimming development; from juniors, to seniors, to training junior coaches. Al has continued to develop her coaching skills and experiences while being a mom to 2 boys, who were also members of Chena Swim Club in the past. Never far from the pool, Al has coached and participated in various Masters swimming programs, spent 5 years having fun with triathlons, spent 4 years coaching development swimmers for The Hollyburn Hurricanes, was the Head Coach for Vancouver Coastal (Zone 5) at the BC Summer Games in 2016 & 2018 and now looks forward to continuing to develop swimmers and coaches this year with Chena! She brings 20 + years of coaching experience to the pool and a love for all that is swimming!

Alex Bridgman

Junior White East

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Coach Alex is excited to be returning for his 2nd season as a member of Chena Swim Club’s coaching staff!  The 2018-2019 Season will see Coach Alex expand his coaching role with the club.  In addition to resuming his role coaching Junior White East, he will also be working with Junior Blue, Youth White, and assisting with the Chena Skills Program.  Prior to joining the coaching staff in 2017-2018 Coach Alex swam with Chena for 8 years from 2009-2017 and competed at multiple BC Provincial Championships.  Coach Alex is eager to bring what he’s learned over his swimming and coaching career to our young Chena swimmers!

 

Yusuke Kowalewski

Junior White West

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Coach Yusuke is excited to be resuming is role as Junior White West coach for the 2018-2019 Season!  He previously coached in the Chena Skills Program for 2 years from 2015-2017 and is thrilled to once again be working with the Junior White swimmers. Coach Yusuke swam as a member of Chena Swim Club for 9 years and reached the Western Canadian Level.  Coach Yusuke was born in Japan in 1999 and has since moved to North Vancouver, and has been living here for the past 17 years.

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