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Coaches & Directors

Our Coaches and Executive

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.

It is important that coaches not be interrupted during a practice, therefore we have a coach/parent liaison that can either arrange an appropriate time or possibly even answer the questions you may have. Email liaison@acesswim.ca

For all questions related to administrative matters, such as fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the executive members.

Coaching Staff

Joni ACES

Head coach

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Coach Joni is starting her 19th season with the ACES as Head Coach, prior to arriving with WAAC, she was Head Age Group Coach at WAC (Windsor) 1 year, Head Coach at POW (Woodstock) for 7 years and Assistant Coach with TAT (Tillsonburg) for 6 years. 

She also coached summer league and high school teams in Delhi for many years. 

She has coached two paralympians Brad Sales (2000) and Michael Heath (2012) and has had numerous Provincial, and National medalist. Coach of three world Special Olympic team members and has been selected to numerous teams to coach.

She has had four swimmers represent the ACES on Canada Games teams and has been on two teams (2005 and 2017) She is currently the WOSA Regional Director.

Coach Joni believes that swimming is a life sport, something you can do from birth to death. She enjoys sharing her love of the sport with all the swimmers on the ACES 

 

Jackie ACES

Assistant Coach

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   Jackie Buehlow has been coaching with the ACES for 15 years, she was the club president during the time of the team expanding to the new facility. 

Jackie has two children that both swam with the ACES 

Jackie loves the sport of swimming and feels that it teaches children so many life skills

 

Heather ACES

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Heather Bree Davies is a certified Level 1 member of the Canadian Swim Coaches Association (CSCA) with over 25 years coaching youth in sport. Heather has coached with Wilmot Aquatic Aces since 2012 and previous to that she coached with the Charlottetown Y Bluephins Aquatic Club (where she was also a swimmer for 5 years), Piranhas of Woodstock, South Western Aquatics, and is also with the Ingersoll Speed Sharks. Heather believes that swimming is also a pathway to the overall success of any swimmer where it focuses on personal and transferable skills development as well as goal setting for education and employment in the future.

 

Heather lives in Woodstock with her husband Leighton and has two adult daughters, Kelbe and Kassidy.  She currently works full time as the Executive Director of the Women’s Employment Resource Centre, also in Woodstock, where she has been employed for 20 years.

Alex ACES

Assistant Coach

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I swam for the team for 15 years competing at the provincial and national levels. I am entering my 7th year coaching. I am looking forward to helping the swimmers reach the best of their abilities this season.

 

Aside from coaching, I’m very passionate about fitness and well-being. I like to do running races and obstacle course events as well competing in triathlons.

Sarah Sine

Assistant Age Group Coach

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    Sarah started her swimming career with the ACES when she was 12 and swam for the team from 2003-2008.  She went on to study at the University of Waterloo where she continued to swim on the varsity team as a Warrior for 4 years. She graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Biology and returned to the ACES to coach for the 2013-2014 season.  Sarah took a break from coaching to continue her education and graduated with an MSc in Earth Sciences in 2017. She returned to the team’s coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season. Sarah loves the sport of swimming and has always made time for it in her work-life balance. She is excited to start the season with a fantastic group of kids and lots of fast but most importantly FUN swimming! 

Aaron Capindale

Assistant Coach

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Aaron is entering his third year coaching with the ACES. The year before he started coaching, he participated in a "Learn to Coach" program with the ACES where he learned lots of valuable skills and techniques. Aaron started swimming when he was 12 years old and has been loving the sport since!

On top of swimming Aaron is also an avid runner, skier and triathlete. Aaron is currently in Grade 13 at Huron Heights Secondary School. He is looking forward to another fantastic season at the ACES and is excited to have some fun at meets and practices."

Amy Meharg

ACES Coach

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Zaccardi Ljubisic

ACES coach

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I’ve been on the Aces for six years now. This is my first year of officially coaching, I volunteered last year. I always try to make things fun for the kids/teammates. Although I might not be the best swimmer on our team, I do know how to correct strokes.I am also an Instructor/Lifeguard. By the end of this season I hope that I’ve inspired the kids to keep swimming and have fun whilst doing so."

 
 

Ethan Scheerer

ACES Coach

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This is my tenth year as a member of the Wilmot Aquatic Aces. My highest swimming achievement to date is claiming the 50m freestyle club record with a 25.27. I am a grade 12 student attending Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School with plans to go on to university to study in the areas of accounting and financials. I am currently the Music Council Cochair for the 2019/2020 school year. I am currently a member of five different music groups: Senior Stage Band, Senior Concert Band, Jazz Choir, Chamber Choir and Men's Choir. I hope to teach my swimmers how to practice and perform properly. To know how to swim a stroke properly takes priority over swimming super fast in my eyes. My coach, Joni Sanders, says, 'Practicing 12.5m perfectly is better than practicing 25m swimming sloppy.' Speed will come with spending time in the pool. Technique; however, needs to be practiced. I like to think of myself as a coach who focuses on technique and expects speed to gradually build as we practice more and more. At the end of the day, I want my swimmers coming out of the pool with a smile and a positive attitude to take home.

James ACES

Coach

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James Ferber has been with the Aces for over 20 years.  James swam with the Aces for 9 years, competing at the provincial level.  James then transitioned into coaching with the team for 13 years. James enjoys helping swimmers achieve their goals, go beyond what they thought they could do,  and learn new skills. James loves the outdoors and often spends the Summer camping or canoing with his wife and three kids.   

 

Jamie ACES

ACES Coach

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I am entering my second year as a swim coach and my first season with the ACES. I am passionate about the water and love watching the development of swimmers of all ages, whether they be 5 or 50. I started swimming 5 years ago and was hooked. I believe that there is nothing that can hold you back from accomplishing what you put your mind to. I have coached age groupers as well as masters.

I have a certificate in Strength and Conditioning from Algonquin College and I completed Community Triathlon coach and Swim coaching 101 in 2018. I am a NLS lifeguard and instruct swimming lessons to all ages. In my spare time I train avidly to compete in triathlon, with recnt entries into the 70.3 realm. I enjoy camping, canoeing, outddor life and spending time with family and friends. 

I look forward to the season ahead with our amazing swimmers, coaches and families building many memories.

Keely ACES

ACES Coach

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Keely started her swimming career around the age of 6 with POW and continued to swim with teams in the United States and Canada until the age of 17. Keely attended the Lakehead University and received a degree in English and History. She also has a teacher diploma from Wollongong University in Australia. Keely started her coaching career with Wilmot in 2012 and coached for the Brantford Aquatic Club for three season. Keely is glad to be back coaching for Wilmot and looks forward to the 2019-2020 season.

Board of Directors

Mackenzie Ljubisic

President

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Josh Reeve

Vice-President

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Andrew Ewanchuk

Director

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Steve Prout

Director

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Jocelyn Haringa

Secretary

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Jennifer Black

Director

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