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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. 


Jacob Verhesen

Head Coach (Group 4)


Education and Experience:
Bachelor of Kinesiology, Coaching and Pedagogy - 2016
Bachelor of Education in Physical Education - present

Coach, Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club - present
Head Coach, Nelson Neptunes, 2018
Head Coach, University of Calgary Swim Club, 2015-2016
Assistant Coach, University of Calgary Swim Club, 2012-2015

I am really looking forward to coming to Okotoks and working with a new and exciting club!
I grew up swimming in Calgary since I was a kid and ever since swimming and coaching has remained a big part of my life. I have been coaching competitively for 5 years in both Calgary and Lethbridge at the age group level and continue to love what I do and enjoy the growth and rewards that come from seeing each of my swimmers succeed. I have been a member of the Pronghorns Varsity Swim Team for the past two years while I complete my Education degree at the University of Lethbridge and will be graduating this December.
When I am not at the pool I like to get outside and visit the mountains as much as possible, stay fit, and visit friends and family.


Sharon Barr

Assistant Coach (Group 5)


I am really looking forward to coaching with the Stingrays in the summer of 2019.
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.

Branden Bonham

Assistant Coach (Group 3)


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 2019! 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!

Emilia Hesterman

Assistant Coach (Group 2)


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!”

- 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.

William Tyrrell

Assistant Coach (Group 1)


For the last 7 years I swam competitively here with the Stingrays in the spring/summer, and in Calgary with water polo teams during the fall/winter. Love of the race and the game have held my interest, but ultimately, my coach’s commitment and the club community preserved my interest in both sports. My priority as a beginning team coach is to form relationships with young swimmers to build confidence, and the same enduring interest in the sports that I have.
My ability to form relationships with young students stems from my current work in a Calgary Pre-school. Also, experiences including assistant coach with group 1 last season; working as a lifeguard; and swim instructor in Calgary enable me to commence with the group 1 swimmers well prepared.
As I lead group 1, swimmers will be encouraged to try their best, set goals, and collect many personal bests. As they do this, confidence will grow, and friends will be made.
Outside of swimming, I am keen to start at University of Calgary in September as a 1st year biological sciences student. My goal is to use this as a foundation for a career in medicine.