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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.

All Coaches are held to following the Code of Conduct as laid out by the Canadian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association - found here

Coaching Staff

Steven Hitchings, ChPC

Head Coach

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Has been coaching for 17 years, with 8 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 philosophy:

Mission: Guidance, Growth, InspirationVision: To be a teacher, a guide for young people, to be remembered as a catalyst to become more.

Values: Preparation; Creativity; Growth; Planning; Empowerment

Philosophy. 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.

Gary Cheung

Age Group Head Coach

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Gary comes to the Goldfins after 6 years of being the Head Coach of the Swift Current Baracudas. Gary will work in the Competitive Program as well as be the Masters Head Coach. Gary is NCCP Senior Coach trained (formerly level 3), a great coach and joins the staff ready to learn, ready to teach and ready to help in leading the Goldfins into the future.

Jennifer Robinson

Head Development Coach & AG2 Coach

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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.  

Sean Pederson

Coach - Age Group 1

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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 calls AG1 home.

Jeff Saganski

Coach - Development

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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 leads the Development group with great energy and passion, for many in the club their true love of swimming started in Coach Jeff's group.

Mitch Benkic

Coach - Senior

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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 Senior group and brings a wealth of knowledge with him from his varsity experience.

Kimberly McWhirter

Coach - Intro

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Kimberly joins the Goldfins this year as our AG2 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 and is a great addition to the Goldfins Coaching Staff.

Colin Aspen

Coach - Intro

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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. Debuting now as a competitive level coach with the Intro group, he is eager for the upcoming season and is looking forwards to working with all the swimmers.

Reed Aspen

JR Goldfins Program Supervisor

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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 Jr. Goldfins.
Board of Directors

Peter Tierney

President

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James Haywood

Vice-President

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David Hemeon

Treasurer

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Lauria Harrick-Kelln

Secretary

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Jay Magus

Registrar

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Bruce Lyle

Meet Manager

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Laddy Hemeon

Bingo Coordinator

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Boyoon Choi

Equipment Coordinator

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Celia Mildenberger

Fundraising Coordinator

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Susan Ryan

Officials Director

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Rich Chapman

Public Relations Director

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Mei Hao

Social Coordinator

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Shawna Nelson

Sponsorship Coordinator

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Belinda Bilous

Team Manager

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Steven Hitchings, ChPC

Head Coach

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