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Coaches & Directors

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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 2017-2018 Season, his 8th year running the Pogram.

Under Coach Patrick’s leadership Chena athletes have broken over 200 Club Records, 18 BC Provincial Records and 4 National Age Group Records and in 2013 Coach Patrick saw his team win the BC Provincial SC 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 and the Chena has seen its Athletes on the winners podium at National and International events including;

  • 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;

  • 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)

Mark McGrann

Senior Assistant Head Coach

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Coach Mark is entering his 5th season with Chena Swim Club and his 3rd season as the Senior Assistant Head Coach with the Chena program. Coach Mark is a Swim Ireland Level 3 Senior Coach. We are thrilled to have Coach Mark continue in his role with the program and he is very excited for the upcoming season and the opportunity to continue working with and developing our next generation of Chena senior athletes. 

Al Davis

Head Development Coach / Skills Director

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Al is back for her third year with Chena Swim Club and is excited to be heading up the Skills Program, developing our Junior Coaches, and being the lead coach for the Junior Blues! 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 District at the BC Summer Games in 2016 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!
 

Jason Terrillon

Youth Coach

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Coach Jason is excited to be entering  his 2nd year with the Chena Swim Club as the Youth coach for the 2017/2018 season. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he is ready to work with swimmers new and old to the club to help them reach their fullest potential. 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.

Vincent Chung

Junior / Youth Coach

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Coach Vincent is very excited to be back this 2017-2018 season, his 2nd season with Chena! Vincent has coached with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas summer swim club for 7 years, and was the club’s head coach for the past 3 seasons. Vincent has been involved with competitive swimming for over 15 years and is passionate about teaching and inspiring the next generation of swimmers and young people to be the best they can be. He believes in the long term development process and the balance of growth as a swimmer, as an athlete, and as a person. Outside of coaching, Vincent is a UBC Engineering grad, a lover of exercise, and a dweller of hot tubs. Vincent’s ultimate goal is to help swimmers grow to love the sport as much as he does!

Alex Bridgman

Junior White East

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Alex is excited to be coaching Junior White East for the 2017-2018 Season.  He has coached in the Chena Skills Program for the past 3 years and is thrilled to now be working with the Junior swimmers.  Alex swam with the club competitively for 8 years from 2009 to 2017 and competed on multiple times at BC Provincial Championships.  Alex is eager to bring what he's learned over his swimming career to our young Chena swimmers!

 

Yusuke Kowalewski

Junior White West

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Yusuke is excited to be coaching Junior White West for the 2017-2018 season. He has coached the Chena Skills program for 2 years and is thrilled to now be working with the Junior swimmers. He is starting his 9th year swimming competitively with Chena and will be training in Chena's Performance Program with Head Coach Patrick. Yusuke was born in Japan in 1999 and has since moved to North Vancouver, and has been living here for the past 16 years.

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