Polar Bears Coach
Malwina developed her passion for swimming while growing up in Slupsk, Poland, later moving to Szczecin, Poland to further hone her skills. During her 20 year long career she gained a wealth of experience, training with many excellent coaches in Poland and later in Germany. Malwina competed in numerous European and World Championships, and many World Cup open water races. In addition to swimming, she began competing in various triathlons around Europe. Since 2003, Malwina has worked as a swim instructor, teaching children and adults in both group and private lessons. She also became part of the coaching staff at the Szczecin Triathlon Club.
Malwina obtained her degree in Physical Education from the University of Szczecin in 2005 and began her coaching career in earnest at the MKP Szczecin Swim Club and the SMS Szczecin Sport School. Together with other talented coaches, she helped swimmers get to European Championship, World Championship and Olympic Games competitions.
In 2009, Malwina took the head coaching position with the Trojan Swim Club in Dublin, Ireland. Under her direction the club grew in strength every year, increasing the number of National qualifiers as well as the number of swimmers reaching finals and winning medals. During her stay in Dublin, Malwina was also assistant coach with Youth Provincial and National teams, and served as a board member with the sport governing body of Leinster Province.
Malwina came to Canada in August 2013 and assumed duties as Head Coach of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears Swim Club. Malwina is very enthusiastic about rebuilding the team, and enjoys her day to day work with WGB swimmers. Her approach is to teach swimmers to work hard, but always with a smile on their faces. During her first season with the Bears, the club realized a significant increase in the number of qualifiers for BC AA and BC AAA Championships, and once again had a swimmer eligible for the Age Group Nationals in 2013. One year later WGB had two swimmers representing Yukon at National AG Championships. In the summer of 2014 they qualified to 6 finals and won 2 bronze medals.
Away from the pool, the coach pursues an active life style and a healthy diet. The adventurous Malwina is not afraid to take risks, and likes to explore the world and other cultures. Malwina enjoys a number of outdoor sports including hiking, biking, snowboarding and cross country skiing. She still likes the water a lot, and favours scuba diving and any sport which includes a few waves and a few challenges.