Head Coach (National)
Hello Winskill! I competed at the club and varsity level and was on the Canadian National swim team for four years. I became internationally ranked at the age of 13: Ranking within the top 20 swimmers in the World for 400 IM, 200 Fly and 800 Free. In 1980, I broke the Canadian record for the 800m Free. I was the first female swimmer inducted to the NAIA Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame and was honoured with Athlete of the Year for Simon Fraser University. I ended my swimming career in 1983 and soon thereafter started coaching full-time.
Upon completing my coaching theory and practicum level three, I became head coach of the Winskill Dolphins in 1989 where I enjoyed many great successes and earned youth coach of the year in 1998; I stepped down from this position in 2000 to focus on running my own business. I sold this business in 2016 so I could give more attention to my true passion in life: swimming. While I have always coached part-time with the Winskill Otters Master’s program, in 2015 I was honoured to be chosen as Canadian National Head Coach for the Deaf. I recently returned this summer from Samsun, Turkey where the Deaflympics were held!
My general philosophy towards swimming is about instilling strong training habits and work ethic while building a sound technical platform in all four competitive strokes. Most importantly I do everything within my power to form healthy and lasting relationships with all my athletes; I believe socializing with both swimmers and their families help to build strong club dynamics. The main objective behind all healthy competitive swim clubs is to provide an opportunity for each of its member’s to attain his or her maximum potential in competitive swimming. I will work with all of the swimmers and their coaches to help provide, where possible, an individualized approach to their goals in this sport!