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Coaches & Directors

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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Vincent Chung

Head Coach

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Coach Vincent is returning for his 5th season with Chena Swim Club and his 1st as Head Coach. Vincent has spent the previous 2 years as the Senior Assistant Coach and Performance Strength Coach and 2 years as a Youth and Junior group coach. Prior to joining Chena in 2016, Vincent coached 9 years with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas swim club, including 3 years as Head Coach as well as 2 years as a volunteer assistant coach under the new Swim BC Technical Director, Cory Beatt.

Vincent is an NCCP level 2 coach with over 15 years experience in the sport - he believes in a personal approach centred on building meaningful relationships, developing sustainably over the long term, and exploring and maximizing the potential of each athlete. Outside of swimming, Vincent is a UBC Mechanical Engineering graduate, a gym enthusiast and olympic weightlifter, an avid reader, and a novice guitar player. Vincent's goals are to help his swimmers accomplish their goals, to inspire those around him to love the sport as much as he does, and to lead the club to continue a tradition of community, positivity, and performance. 

Chris Paproski

Senior Assistant Coach

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Coach Chris Paproski joins our coaching staff this season to begin his full-time coaching career working with the Senior Green and Senior Provincial groups. Chris has over 15 years of competitive swimming experience, beginning with Chena as an age group swimmer and he is excited to return to give back to the younger generation of North Shore swimmers. After developing into a senior national level swimmer with Chena, Chris spent 4 years at the University of Calgary to continue his swimming career and pursue an undergraduate degree in Communications. Chris is an NCCP level 1 coach and wishes to share the life lessons he has learned through swimming and to inspire his swimmers through personal understanding, engagement, and unique perspective of the sport.

Nicolas Hernandez

Senior Blue Coach

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Emmy Obedkoff

Lead Youth Coach

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Coach Emmy joined competitive swimming in 1999 and quickly developed a passion for the sport. She specialized in breaststroke and swam for fifteen years before transitioning into the coaching world. Over the last ten years she has coached many different clubs around Kelowna and the lower mainland, but most recently spent the last five years as Head Coach of the Richmond Kigoos Summer Swim Club. Coach Emmy is a certified NCCP level 1 coach and holds a degree in psychology from UBC. Coach Emmy is very excited to join Chena and share her knowledge and love of swimming with the team as the Youth Lead Coach. Coach Emmy strongly believes that all swimmers thrive when they develop a positive relationship with their coach and group members. Through her coaching, she seeks to connect with each swimmer and motivate them to achieve their best, through the delivery of technical feedback and encouragement. She hopes to add to the positive Chena environment and hearten a lifelong love for the sport of swimming amongst the club.

George Hill

Lead Junior Coach

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Look for the exhilarating and enthusiastic on deck and you will find Coach George! With 10 years of coaching experience specifically tailored to the Junior level, George brings a methodical yet energetic life to the pool and his swimmers. This year George will be taking on the important role of Lead Coach for the Junior Program, running the Junior Green and Junior Blue groups and overseeing Junior White and Chena Skills. George will also be leading Chena’s Volunteer Coach Program, mentoring and guiding young swimmers into future Chena Coaches. One can be sure that with George at the helm, Chena’s Junior Program will be the solid foundation of our Club, developing today’s Juniors into tomorrow’s Olympians.

George holds a degree from the University of British Columbia in Civil Engineering and is a certified NCCP Level 1 coach. His previous coaching experience includes 5 years with the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club, 1 year with Chena (2012) and 3 years with Cruisers Aquatics. Outside the pool, George loves outdoor athletics including rowing, swimming, running, cycling, windsurfing, skiing and hiking. If you thought swimming in Deep Cove was cold, try a glacial fed lake half covered in ice!

Kirstie Hume

Junior White Coach

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