Janusz Kaczmarek has been the Head Coach of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club since 2001. He brings to the Otters a wealth of coaching experience from National and International levels with teams in Poland, Switzerland and Canada. His Canadian experience is extensive as he has been Head Coach for three major swim clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In his day, Janusz was a fierce competitor in the pool, setting a number of national records and winning titles for the Polish National Team. As a coach, his accomplishments include:
- 2013 Canadian Youth Coach of the Year
- 2013 BC Youth Coach of the Year
- 2014 BC Junior Coach of the Year
Janusz’s swimmers have won gold medals in the European Championships, placed in finals in the Olympics and captured gold medals and established a world record time in the Para-Olympics. Notable swimmers and their accomplishments include:
Relay – Ben Christie, James McQuade, Daniel Russell and Craig Brazier
- 4 x 100 Free LC – Canadian Age Group National Record
- 4 x 100 Medley SC – Canadian Age Group National Record
- 4 x 50 Free SC – Canadian Age Group National Record
- 2008 Victor Davis Memorial Award recipient
- 2009 – Age Group National Record in 200 Fly SC
- 2011 Canadian Summer Nationals – Gold in 200 Fly
- 2013 Canadian World Championship Trials – Bronze in 200 Fly
- 2013 US Open – Bronze in 200 Fly
- Captain of the 2013 Indiana University Hoosiers Women’s Team
- 2012 – 13-14 Age Group Record in 400 IM LC
- 2013 Canadian Summer Nationals – Gold in 200 Fly
- 2013 World Junior Championships – Bronze in 400 IM (Junior World Record)
- 2014 Commonwealth Games – Silver in 4x200m Free Relay
- 2014 Pan Pacific Championships – Bronze in 4x200m Free Relay
Head Coach Janusz coaches the Youth and Senior National swim groups.
Assistant Head Coach
Norman Ng is the Assistant Head Coach of the West Vancouver
Otters Swim Club and has coached professionally since 2005.
Before joining the Otters, Norman was Senior Assistant Coach at
the Hyack Swim Club and was part of the coaching staff that helped
the team earn the 2012 Long Course Provincial AAA Championship
title. With the Otters, Coach Norman and his swimmers earned the
2014 Swim BC Development Club of the Year.
Norman swam competitively for 11 years. As a swimmer, his
accomplishments included achieving his Age Group Nationals and SNC
Western times in multiple freestyle events.
“Working as an Assistant Head Coach has been a goal of
mine for a long time. I’m hoping that my experience and
passion for the sport of swimming will help improve the
performances and successes of all Otter swimmers."
His notable swimmers and their accomplishments include:
2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships – Silver in
S7 50 Fly, Bronze in S7 50 Free
2015 Parapan Am Games – Bronze in S7 50 Fly
2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-swimming Trials –
Canadian Record S6 50 Free
2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro) - 7th in
S6 50 Fly (S6 Canadian National Record)
Coach Norman is extremely excited to be part of the Otters
coaching staff. He believes he can help swimmers reach their
maximum potential and make all the sweat and tears worth it in the
Paul is very excited to be rejoining the Otters for the
2021-2022 season as the Lead Coach for both OSA and the Youth
Development Group. He has a passion for swimming, and for passing
on swimming skills to young athletes. He also understands the
importance of the long-term development of young swimmers, and that
laying a good technical foundation in the early years is vital
for success later on.
Paul is a Swimming Canada level 2 certified coach, and regularly
upgrades his skills by taking approved coaching courses. He knows
that young athletes can learn important life lessons through
participation in sport, and has completed the Positive Coaching
Alliance's Double-Goal Coaching courses.
“The reason I became a swim
coach was because I love the sport and helping young athletes
succeed in it, but I think coaching is about far more than that.
Participating in a competitive swimming program provides young
people with an opportunity to develop personal qualities and life
skills that will greatly benefit them throughout their lives,
whatever they choose to do in the future. As their coach, I see
part of my role as helping them to reach their full potential as
individuals, and to develop a mature approach to life’s
In addition to coaching with OSA and YDG over the past four
seasons, Paul assists with coaching the Otters’ LMR
group. He also coaches for North Shore Masters, and enjoys Masters
Ashley coached the OSA and LMR groups last season and is looking
forward to coaching the OSA group again this year! She started
swimming with the OSA group at the age of 5 and swam competitively
with the Otters for 10 more years.
During her time as a competitive swimmer, she always valued the
emphasis that Otters Coaches placed on technique. She appreciated
the drills, the hard workouts and the discipline of early morning
practices! She wants to use this philosophy when working with
OSA swimmers this year.
Ashley is a Swimming Canada Level One Certified coach. She is
very excited to use her formal coaching training, combined with her
experience as a competitive swimmer, to bring out the best in
all the OSA swimmers that she will coach this season.