Maria del Carmen Escobar
Carmen Escobar - Head Coach
Whitehorse Glacier Bears is
welcoming New Head Coach Carmen Escobar.
Carmen will enter her first season with WGB
bringing her 22 years of experience as coach with her,
including 12 years at her home country Mexico, where she was part
of the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing, 2009 World Championships
in Rome, 2007 Short curse world Championship in Manchester, 2007
Rio de Janeiro Panam Games team and many other international
Canada, she spent the past 10 years working with the Hamilton
Aquatic Club in Ontario, where she grew the team more than doube
its size, and also developed many provincials, easterns, junior
national, nationals and Olympic trials qualifiers.
We are looking forward to work with Carmen
and the entire coaching staff to make 2019-2020 season a very
productive and succesful one for all our members.
Black Bear & Kodiak Coach
Hey I’m Julia! I grew up in
Penticton, BC, and swam with the Penticton KISU Swim Club. In
university I swam breaststroke and IM for the Guelph Gryphons while
majoring in Health
Sciences and International Development. I represented both my club
and my university at
provincial and national level meets. I’ve been coaching both
swimming and paddling for the last
six years, and this is my second season with the Glacier Bears. My
favourite part of being a
coach is seeing young people fall in love with sport and helping
them reach their full potential. I
especially like coaching swimming because it is a sport that
teaches valuable life lessons, gives
athletes skills that allow them to stay active for life, and it is
the only sport that can save your
I always like to learn more about swimming and coaching, and have
recently been furthering my
professional development through the Swim BC coach mentorship
program, where I have an
ongoing mentorship with coach Rod Barratt and other coaches at
Pacific Coast Swimming in
Victoria. I have also been working on more NCCP courses this
season, and am currently a level
201 trained coach.
Outside of coaching, I enjoy swimming for exercise, drawing and
painting, cooking, running,
hiking, and am looking forward to learning how to whitewater kayak
this summer. I have really
enjoyed exploring the Yukon since moving here in 2017, and my
favourite experience was
driving the Dempster highway all the way to Tuktoyaktuk last
summer. Aside from coaching, I
also assist with research in the area of community health, tutor
with the Kwanlin Dun First
Nation, and lifeguard at the CGC. I am hoping to further my
education and pursue a career in
medicine or medical illustration.
Fun facts about Julia: My nickname is Jules, my favourite event is
the 200 breaststroke, my
favourite snack is dark chocolate almonds, and I’m also a
henna tattoo artist.
Kodiaks & Silvertips Coach
Born and raised here in
Whitehorse, Bronwyn is a native Whitehorse Glacier Bear swimmer,
swimming since she has been five years old. During her time as a
Bear, Bronwyn was fortunate enough to earn a spot on team Yukon,
team BC and both Junior and Senior Canadian
After graduating from
high school, Bronwyn earned a scholarship to swim and study at NCAA
Division I school, Indiana University. While there, she was varsity
captain, Big Ten Champion and honourable All American. She
completed her studies with a bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology,
majoring in Exercise Science.
Bronwyn retired from
swimming after the 2016 Rio Olympic Canadian Trials and moved back
home to Whitehorse. Since then, she has found her way back to the
pool, but this time as a coach.
Bronwyn has now been with
the Whitehorse Glacier Bears for two full years, coaching from
Brown Bears up to Silvertips.
Bronwyn is excited to be
back with the Glacier Bears and is motivated to help young swimmers
experience some of the great opportunities she had
Brown Bears Coach
Cubs & Teddy Bears Coach
Shereen has been a part of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears on and off for 25 years. She started as a swimmer from 1977-87. She started coaching right out of High School in 1988. She coached Mackenzie Downing when she was a cub at 6 years old. She has always had a passion for swimming and coaching. She said "It is a pleasure to be out there coaching swimmers of all ages". She took a break for a few years while she went to school to become a teacher. It was during this time that the club was transitioning from a summer club to a winter club. She coached the Indigenous Games 2003 swim team. We had 9 swimmers attend the event in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her goal as a coach is to ensure that all her swimmers try their best and have fun. If they compete, it is always about setting personal goals for each swimmer and being a good team player. She sees many parents that she used to swim with back in the day, that now have their own children in the club.
She started back with the winter club in March 2012 and has really enjoyed her time with the swimmers. Shereen says, "see you in the pool or on the deck…"
Teddy Bears Coach
Director of Client Strategies at aasman brand communications in Whitehorse for the past 8 years.
- Graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
I have been a technical coach on decks in Newfoundland swim clubs and now with Glacier Bears.
Mackenzie GC Berry
I was born and raised here in Whitehorse and was lucky enough to
be a swimmer with the Glacier Bears for more than 10 years, mostly
under Head Coach Marek Poplawski. During that time, I
competed up to the national level and was able to train under a
number of really great coaches (picking up some tips and tricks
along the way). It was also during this period when I had my
first exposure to being a coach, myself, as I was able to coach
some of the younger kids within the club.
After graduating from high school, I attended Queen's University
where I earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours in
Kinesiology. At Queen's I competed as a varsity swimmer for
the duration of my 4 years and had the privilege of acting as the
Men's Team Captain for my junior and senior years. I was also
able to continue gaining coaching experience during this
time. Following my time at Queen's, I moved to Saskatoon
where I earned a Masters in Physiotherapy and gained a great deal
of knowledge and experience, in regards to injury management and
structuring conditioning programs for different populations,
including youth athletes.
I've since returned to the Yukon and am now working as a teacher
here in Whitehorse. I'm happy to be back in the territory and
thrilled to be able to work with athletes in a sport that means so
much to me.