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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

Tammy Andersen

Head Coach

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Coming from a well respected coaching family, I have been coaching in some capacity for the past 18 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 third season with Okotoks, and I am excited to take on this new role as Head Coach.  Let’s swim fast and have fun!

Sharon Barr

Coach

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I am really looking forward to coaching with the Stingrays in the summer of 2018.
 
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.

Thomias Bruch

Assistant Coach

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The OSSSC was honoured to have Thomias graduate from Group 5 swimmer to coach this year after a strong, powerful performance at Provincials last season.

SWIM BIO:
- competitive swim for 10 years.
- plan to become a personal trainer.
- swam for 3 different clubs and learned a lot under each coach.
- teaching swim lessons and lifeguard for 3 years now, presently at Okotoks Rec Center.
- attended many national level and provincial level meets all over Canada.
- favourite swimming moments were in my 2015 Hawaii training camp and last summer at provincials in Edmonton.

Emilia Hesterman

Assistant Coach

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I am excited to be part of the coaching team of the Okotoks Stingrays Summer Swim Club and coach of Group 1.

“I am really looking forward to sharing my passion and love of swimming with all the young swimmers. My priority is have my swimmers work hard, develop great stroke technique and most importantly have lots of fun!”

SWIM BIO:
- competitive swimmer for 12 years
- on the Varsity swim team with the Pronghorns at the University of Lethbridge
- returned from USportNationals in Toronto where I finaled in the 100 Breaststroke.
- completed 1st year in Bachelor of Art History & Education program at U of L.
- swam for 11 years with the Foothills Stingrays Swim Club in Okotoks and will continue to train with them during the summer months.
- completed both Community Coach program and the 101 Coaching Program.

Branden Bonham

Assistant Coach

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Having myself swam with the Okotoks Stingrays for the last five years, I am super excited to be able to coach with the club in 2018! Although it was initially Water Polo which involved me in water sports, competitive swimming has long been my passion.
 
I am thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to coach the sport I love with the club that has been my home for years.
 
Leading Group 3 this year, I strive first and foremost to ensure my swimmers walk away from each practice and meet feeling accomplished, and wanting to come back the next day. I am a huge believer in a team environment, and I feel a cohesive team dynamic will motivate swimmers to work hard, and more importantly, make sure they have fun.
 
Personal bests and hard work will always be my measures of success, if everyone gives their all, all the time, I know we will have a great season!