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Coaching Staff

Janusz Kaczmarek

Head Coach

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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

Brenna McLean

  • 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

Emily Overholt

  • 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.

Norman Ng

Assistant Head Coach

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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:

 

Nathan Clement

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 end.

John Melnikow

LMR Coach

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Paul Frost

LMR/OSA Coach

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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 challenges.”

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 swimming himself.

 

Ashley Wong

OSA Coach

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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.