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About Us

Welcome to Okotoks Stingrays Summer Swim Club. 

Established in 1982, the OSSSC trains and competes from May 1st until mid August, allowing children the opportunity to swim competitively for a short season and also take part in other sports activities during the year. The focus for the club is for our children to improve their swimming technique and overall fitness, while doing so in a team environment, and most importantly having FUN!!

 

The OSSSC competes as part of the Alberta Summer Swim Association in Region E, against the Calgary Swordfish, Calgary Tritons, Canmore Coho, Didsbury Aquajets, Cochrane Piranhas, and High River Otters, with the most competitive swimmers going on to represent the club at the Provincial meet at the end of the season. 

Coaches

Sharon Barr

Co-Head Coach

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I am really looking forward to coaching with the Stingrays in the summer of 2017.
 
I have been active in swimming for a great many years. I swam competitively throughout my childhood and had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Pan American and Commonwealth Games before receiving a swimming scholarship to Simon Frasier University. While completing my teaching practicum I was asked by my hometown Swimclub if I would coach, I mentored under Ron Gilchrist with the Prince Rupert Swimclub. There I developed a love of working with swimmers to develop their skills, self-confidence and self-worth.
 
I created the Cranbrook Tritons, Terrace Bluebacks and when I moved to Calgary in 1988 started coaching the Glenmore Seals Recreational Swim Club. I began coaching summer club in 2000 with the Calgary Tritons and am excited to start this new chapter with the Stingrays.

Tammy Andersen

Co-Head Coach

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Coming from a well respected coaching family, I have been coaching in some capacity for the past 17 years. My love for the sport developed while watching my sister swim. I gained interest and knowledge watching the technical aspects of the strokes and was fascinated by the long term development and planning that goes into coaching a season. Having coached both in Canada and Belgium I am a strong believer in personal bests. I believe every swimmer is different, and that they should strive to be the best that they can personally be in every practice. I enjoy coaching swimmers of all ages, but particularly enjoy the difficult teenage period. What can I say? I love a challenge!

This year marks my second season with Okotoks, and I am excited to take on this new role as Head Coach along with Sharon.  Let’s swim fast and have fun!

Katie Duval

Coach

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Hi there! My name is Katie and I have been a part of the OSSSC for 8 years now. I am currently enrolled in my third year at the University of Lethbridge for a degree in Mathematics Education. Coaching has always been a passion of mine and it is the main driving force behind my pursuit in becoming a teacher. I absolutely love being able to see the mental and physical growth that my swimmers make from the beginning of the season to the end. An added bonus is that my swimmers also help me to grow as an instructor! I am extremely excited for another season with the Stingrays and I can’t wait to get started.

Tracy Jensen

Coach

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My name is Tracy Jensen. I am very excited to be coaching with the Okotoks Stingrays this summer. I have been involved in competitive swimming for 25 years. I swam competitively growing up, and have 16 years of experience coaching various winter and summer club swim programs. My passion for swimming is what motivated me to become a coach. My passion for coaching and working with kids is what led me to my current profession, teaching. I am an elementary school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. In university I studied psychology before moving on to education. As a coach, I believe that sports should be challenging and fun. Since swimming fast is fun, I focus on teaching proper stroke technique and skills, while encouraging swimmers to develop confidence and a love for the sport of swimming. I'm looking forward to a great summer with the Okotoks Stingrays! 

Emily Ede

Coach

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Hello! My name is Emily, I am 17 years old and I currently go to Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks. I have been swimming for 10 years and will be starting my second year of coaching. I have been with the Okotoks stingrays as a swimmer going on two seasons and I am very excited to be joining as a coach! I look forward to sharing my love and dedication to the sport with my swimmers and watching them grow in their abilities and confidence throughout the summer. It's going to be a great season!