Steven Hitchings, ChPC
Has been coaching for 18
years, with 9 years of Head Coach experience before taking on the
role with the Goldfins Swim Club. A recent graduate of the
Advanced Coach Diploma Program and a Chartered Professional Coach
with Coaches of Canada, Steven has lead swimmers to club,
provincial and national records and teams. Highlighted with
leading Goldfins swimmer Samantha Ryan to the 2016 Canadian
Paralympic Team. Steven leads the Club, swimmers and coaches
with following mission, vision and coaching
Guidance, Growth, Inspiration
To be a teacher, a guide for young people, to be remembered as a
catalyst to become more.
Preparation; Creativity; Growth; Planning;
My philosophy is to develop the whole athlete, the swimmer and the
individual through the challenges of sport. To work together
towards building a person who has grown into a strong successful
adult who is able to handle all of life’s challenges. I
will do this by teaching athletes the importance of preparation,
work ethic, growth, planning and living with purpose. I
encourage athletes to lead their own learning by giving them the
tools and stepping back to guide them as they grow and
develop. At the end of the day they compete on their own and
need to be self-reliant.
Age Group Head Coach
Gary left his home - Hong Kong to Qualicum Beach, BC when he was 16
for school. He graduated from Vancouver Island University with a
Bachelor of Art degree of Physical Education. His coaching career
began in 2008 when he volunteered as a junior swim coach at
Ravensong Aquatic Club. In 2013, he was hired as the Head Coach for
the Swift Current Barracudas Swim Club, where he successfully
developed a number of provincial and ManSask qualifiers. Gary then
moved to Saskatoon in 2018 and worked with Saskatoon Goldfins Swim
Club. He received his Senior Coach (formerly Level 3)
certification in April 2019. He is currently working toward his
Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD).
His coaching philosophy includes:
1. Provide the opportunity for all swimmers to pursue personal
excellence through progressive training and competition.
2. Using measurable data to provide evidence of improvement.
3. Life and work balance.
Head Development Coach & B14 Coach
Jennifer was fortunate to have the opportunity to begin her
coaching career relatively early. Jennifer started coaching early
on in High School and coached as an assistant in summer swim clubs
in Central Alberta. Jennifer truly found a passion for coaching and
filled her summers coaching as the Head Coach of the Camrose Sea
Serpents, Royal Glenora Gators, and the Slave Lake Sharks prior to
moving to Regina in 1996.
Most recently, Jennifer has gained experience coaching summer
swimming and all season swimming with the Regina Piranhas Summer
Swim Club, the RODS, the Regina Tritons, and has presently been
coaching the Regina Masters Swim Club. Jennifer has
represented Swim Sask, coaching at the Western Canada Games,
Saskatchewan Provincial Games, and Canada Games. Jennifer
shares her coaching passion through her facilitation and evaluation
of the National Coaching Certification Program – Community
Coach Course and the Fundamentals Coach Course.
Jen is currently coaching the B14 and W3 groups.
Coach - B12 and B18
A Goldfin for life, Coach Sean has been with the team from the
young age of 7. After a successful swimming career cumulating
in an appearance at the 2001 Canada Games Sean transitioned to
coaching and hasn't looked back. An integral member of the
coaching staff Sean has coached every group in the club at one time
or another and currently has expanded his role to coach B12 and
Coach - W2 HBAC
Jeff is a long time Goldfin having swum for the team as an age
group athlete before moving on to a successful varsity career with
the University of Victoria. A full time teacher Jeff is
coaching W2 HBAC with great energy and passion, for many in the
club their true love of swimming started in Coach Jeff's group.
Coach - W2 Shaw
Coach Mitch is a long
time Goldfin, after having a successful age group career Mitch
excelled as a member of the UBC ThunderBirds. Mitch is
working this season with the W2 group and brings a wealth of
knowledge with him from his varsity experience.
Coach - B12
Kimberly is in her 3rd year coaching in the Goldfins competitive
program, this year as our B12 coach. A substitute teacher,
Kim has a natural ability to bring a group together for fun
structured learning environment. Kim swam varsity for the
University of Regina Cougars.
Coach - G16(a)
Colin was a competitive swimmer for over a decade in the sport,
and added more years to that with his roles in the Junior Gold
program, and last year coaching the Intro Group. Colin has
now jumped into the deep end taking on the G16 group alongside Head
Coach Steven Hitchings.
JR Goldfins Program Supervisor
After beginning his swim
career with the Goldfins in his early childhood, Reed swam
competitively for most of his younger and adolescent years. After a
short break, he returned to the sport as a coach for the Jr.
Goldfins program and has continued to work with the club for the
past 3 years. In this time, Reed has attained his Fundamentals
Coach Certification and has had an important role in the athlete
development of swimmers in both the Junior and Competitive
programs. This swim season, Reed is looking forward to assuming a
leadership role within the club as the Program Supervisor for the
Coach - White 1
Kylie is presently a swimmer in the Senior Performance Program with
the Goldfins. She has been swimming competitively for six years. In
that time she has represented Saskatchewan at the 2017 Summer
Canada Games. Kylie looks forward to passing on her knowledge and
passion of swimming to young swimmers in the Intro Group this
Coach - White 1
Charlize is an experienced coach of four years for a summer
competitive swim club. She is presently the head coach of the Smoky
River Manatees Summer Swim Club in Alberta. She was a Competitive
swimmer for 15 years. Charlize is working towards becoming a
Coach for the long run and wants to be the best coach she can.
She was the assistant coach for the All Stars at the 2019 Summer
Championships. Charlize looks forward to working with the White
Group this season.