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 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
Assistant Age Group Coach
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
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
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.
Assistant Age Group Coach
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 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
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
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 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
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 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.