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Welcome Coach Jamie!

The High 5 Blue Wave swamily would like to welcome our new Head Age Group Coach, Jamie Peterkin. The video below gives Jamie a chance to introduce himself, talk about his history, his coaching philosophy and his plans for the program. His bio follows...Welcome Jamie!

A man of Caribbean roots, Coach Jamie was born in Barbados and grew up in St Lucia, where he competed for the national team for  17 years. He competed at numerous Regional level meets throughout the Caribbean as well as the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games,  LC World Championships, and the Sydney Olympic Games. Awarded Male swimmer of the year 8 times by the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development, Jamie was always a very competitive multi sport athlete.
 
He attended Pinecrest High School for two years on an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, and was awarded most improved swimmer in his senior year, as well as camp counselor of the year at the world renowned Pinecrest Swim Camp. He went on to become a scholarship student athlete at the University of Kentucky, and was a 2 year letter winner, and member of the (SEC) conference team. He transferred to the University of Tampa to complete a BS in Marketing, where he competed for the Spartans at the NCAA Division II Championships in his JR & SR year, becoming a two time NCAA All-American.
 
Jamie began his coaching career in 2007. He founded the Sharks Swim Club and was Head Coach for 9 years and National team coach for St Lucia for 10 years. He coached throughout the Caribbean region at several Championship meets, as well as the Commonwealth Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, numerous SC and LC World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. His coaching accolades include Five time National Coach of the Year of the Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation, as well as coach of the year amongst all sporting disciplines by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Saint Lucia.
 
His coaching philosophy has always been centered around KAIZEN, a Japanese philosophy focused on continuous improvement. If there was one component swimmers could focus on everyday, Jamie would advise them to think Technique, Technique, Technique!!! He believes that's kids must understand why they choose to swim, in order to appreciate the journey and take ownership for what they desire out of the sport.
 
Being involved in many different sports growing up, he understands swimming is a tough sport, however being on a Swim Team is an incredible experience for all ages, and creating a fun environment where kids and adults can thrive is what's it's all about.