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 the lead coach for your group.  Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply.

Coaching Staff

Reg Shaw

Head Coach/Director of Swimming

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Reg Shaw is the Knights Head Coach / Director of Swimming.  Being fully certified level III and coaching for 20+ years, Reg brings forth years of experience both swimming coaching, and team management.

Reg started his coaching career with Prince George Barracuda while attending college and move on to Head Age Group Coach with Kelowna Aqua-jets for 6 years.  After time in Kelowna, Reg spent many years with Kitimat/Points North as Head Coach/General Manager and finally down to the lower mainland.

Since taking over the helms of the Knights, the club has seen growth and performance in all areas.  Over the past 6 seasons, Reg’s experience includes event Coach for 2010,2013, 2015 IPC Worlds, 2012 Paralympic Coach, and 2013 Queens Diamond Jubilee Recipient


"With the support of the SKSC board and assistant coaches, I can assure you all that the upcoming season will be filled with, excitement, performances, and social opportunities for all swimmers and parents.  Knight’s Swimming has a lot to offer each season, so I encourage you all to invite friends, and neighbors to the TEAM." - Reg Shaw
 

Amber Czerniej

Assist. Head Coach (on leave)

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My name is Amber Czerniej and I am proud to be in my 10th season with the Surrey Knights Swim Club as Assistant Head Coach!  I am currently NCCP Age Group and Senior Coach trained.  I also have a BSc in Kinesiology with certificates in Active Health and Nutrition.

I have been in or around swimming pools my entire life.  I was a competitive swimmer for 17 years, 8 of them at the senior national level for the Hyack Swim Club, SFU Varsity Team, and Simon Fraser Aquatics.  On deck, I have been coaching or teaching swimmers for over 10 years.  I have coached and taught a wide variety of ages and abilities ranging from preschool learn to swim lessons to provincial/age group level swimmers for both summer and winter clubs and up to adults masters swimming and pretty much everything in between.

My coaching philosophy comes a lot from my own personal experiences as swimmer combined with my coaching experiences.  My goal is create a love of swimming in all the swimmers I coach and help them learn important life skills such as dedication, hard work, and accountability to use both in the pool and in life.  I am a strong believer in long term athlete development and focus a lot of time on the skills and technique necessary to be successful in the long term.  My goal is to instil the passion that I have for swimming into my athletes to create “swimmers for life” who continue to love the sport even once they have stopped and use the values learned in the pool and apply it to their lives.

I look forward to another successful season with the Surrey Knights and working with swimmers from all groups!

Dave Geary

Performance

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David Geary will be coaching our Perfromance 6 and Performance 7 groups, as well as assisting with Black and Red. David has roughly 14 years of coaching experience. His most recent role was as Head Coach with the Haney Seahorses Swim Club. He spent 6 years in Haney where he coached a number of provincial medalists and national qualifiers. Prior to that he swam at Simon Fraser University and where he earned a Degree in Communications. He is currently working towards his Level 3 coaching certification. He is looking forward to an exciting first season with the Surrey Knights. 

Philippe Voisard

Development/Head Pre-Competitive Coach

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Philippe began his career in competitive swimming at the age of 5, and continued competing for the next 18 years. The highlights of his career as a competitive swimmer included:
  • Representing Canada on the Junior National Team at age 17;
  • Being a finalist at Nationals on several occasions;
  • Spending his last 2 years being coached by Jeno Thianyi, who coached Alex Baumann to his Olympic Golds in 1984.
After retiring from competing as a swimmer, Philippe was appointed Head Coach of the Laurentian University Swim Club, where he was mentored daily by Jeno Thianyi for the first 2 years. In his 6 years at the helm of LUSC, Philippe helped several swimmers reach Junior and Senior National levels. One of his swimmers also participated in the Canada Games and was a finalist at Nationals.
 
In 1998, Philippe coached Dave Chisholm, one of the best open water swimmers of the time, and was recognized as the Canadian Open Water Coach of the Year. 
 
After a 12 years hiatus, where amongst other things he taught English in Korea, he returned to coaching with a burning passion to guide young swimmers in the discovery of their full potential in and out of the pool.

Nathan Stein

Development

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Josh Drew

Snr Competitive/Community Fitness

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Hello.

 
I have been swimming, or a part of swimming for the better part of the last 13 years. I swam competitively for 10 years 5 with the Knights, and have been coaching for parts of 4 years, all of which have been with SKSC. I started coaching as a volunteer, but quickly moved to lead coach for the North Surrey dev. program. During this time I completed the swim canada coaching 101 course. Thet last 2 seasons I have coached Regional 2, as lead coach, and have split responsiblity for the Competitive fitness group. This year I have also started coaching Masters swim, and have taken over as lead Comp fit coach.

Kayla Harrison

Jr. Competitive/Community Fitness Weds

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Hi there!

I’m Coach Kayla, and I’ve been involved in the swimming world for 11 years now, and I’ve been with the Surrey Knights for 6. I’ve officially been a coach for Surrey for three years now – I started as a volunteer for the summer camps four summers ago, when I was 15, and was officially added to the coaching staff when I was 17. My swimming career was on and off over the years as I was plagued with medical problems, but I was never out of the water for too long. (I remember mornings when my mother thought I’d prefer to sleep in instead of going to the pool for morning workout. Those mornings usually contained arguments after I realized I’d missed practice, as she severely underestimated how much I preferred the water over my sleep.)

I love every moment I spend at the pool, whether I’m in the water or on deck. Interacting with the swimmers I help coach in Mini Knights, Bronze, and Silver is always the best part of my day. I can’t count how many days I’ve left the deck after coaching feeling much happier than when I walked on to it. I hope that I can continue to coach with Surrey and meet new swimmers for many years to come! 

Nicole Bell

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Hello Surrey Knights! my name is Nicole and I'm currently in my third season coaching with the Knights. This year, I am lead coach of the Fleetwood Mini Knights group and am also helping out with coaching the Bronze and Silver groups.  I swam competitively for a summer swim club for 7 years before stopping due to shoulder problems. From a very young age, I have grown up with an immense love for water and the sport of swimming. I have learned a lot from my coaches and have formed valuable experiences that have shaped me into who I am today.  I feel very lucky to be able to share my love for swimming with so many wonderful, talented swimmers. I am very excited to be coaching for another season & am looking forward to yet another successful year! 

Juliette Neidig

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Hello!
My name is Juliette Neidig and I am proud to be in my third year of coaching with the Surrey Knights and eighth year as a part of the team. Swimming competitively has always been a part of my life for a very long time. It has not only helped me become a physically, strong female athlete, but has also shaped me into a mentally smart and confident person. Every practice I would set a goal for myself to maximize my time in the water to achieve as many skills as I could. It’s incredible to see what you are capable of once you commit to the process and put your heart into it. 

I started coaching with the Surrey Knights in the summer camps program in 2014, and fell in love with the position. I'm thrilled to be sharing what I've learned in my swimming experience and from my past coaches, and teaching them to others. Seeing young swimmer excited about coming to practice and racing makes me even more excited for another amazing year with the Knights!

 
 

Andrew Bickell

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Hello Surrey Knights!

My name is Andrew Bickell, and I’ve been dedicated to the world of aquatics since I began to swim at age five. Since then, I have become a certified lifeguard and swim instructor under the Red Cross and have found a passion for helping young swimmers achieve their goals through my teaching and coaching. I swam with the Surrey Knights for four years, and recently finished my final season swimming with the team. I began to coach with the Surrey Knights during the 2016 summer camp, and I am excited to continue to be a part of the club, even after my swimming career has come to an end. Previously, I coached the ‘Barracudas’ non-competitive swim club through the YMCA, and I am currently continuing to work as a swimming instructor and a lifeguard alongside my coaching. Swimming is a passion of mine, and I am even more passionate about sharing the sport with the next generation of great simmers.  I owe a lot to the Surrey Knights, and I am excited to help swimmers to work hard and improve the same way the Knights did for me when I swam.  

Dinny Chen

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Hey everyone!

My name is Dinny Chen and I've been swimming with the surrey knights for 7 years and am entering my second year of coaching for the knights. This club has changed my life so much for the better. I started out as a volunteer and I quickly picked up a passion for coaching. I am working hard to become the best coach I can be and to teach swimmers to love the sport. Even though I quit swimming, I am still learning a lot about the techniques, ways of teaching, and more! Swimming is something that will always be a part of my life and I hope it will be for most of the young knights as well.

Robert Wasieczko

PreCompetitive Coach/Community Fit. Fri

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Laura Wong

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Veryna Schwuchow

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Board of Directors

Chris Wakelin

President

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Kim Tipert

Vice-President

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Manu Mehta

Officials/Volunteer

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Cheri Narula

Secretary

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Lisa Puri

Treasurer

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Reg Shaw

Director of Swimming

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