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Coaching Philosophy

The Dynamo Swim Club’s coaching philosophy has been crafted by head coach Lidia Lucaciu Menzies. It focuses on the fact that while swimming is generally perceived as an individual sport it is a team of people that helps a swimmer progress. As such all of coaching staff work with all of the swimmers. This allows for the swimmers to learn from coaches who may have differing coaching techniques or styles or who simply may notice different things about the swimmers’ strokes.

Head Coach

Lidia Lucaciu Menzies

Lidia founded the Dynamo Swim Club in 1998.

 

Director of Swimming/Head Coach

Lidia Lucaciu Menzies

 

Lidia founded the Dynamo Swim Club in 1998.

Lidia swam competitively for Romania placing first in National and International competitions. She continued to race at the Masters level and placed first in her disciplines from 1983 through 1990. She also placed first in the Naytikh Ebdomada Competition in Greece in 1992. Since she started coaching in 1982 Lidia has trained a number of very successful swimmers at all levels. Some of her swimmers have reached the international stage and swam at Olympic and Para Olympic Games 

A Professional Head Swim Coach with over 20 years of progressive experience in the coaching field. Skilled in talent identification, organizing, working with athletes in all age groups and levels, including disabled athletes. She earned a reputation for developing coaches and swimmers to achieve their maximum performance levels, mentoring responsibilities related to the overall enhancement of coaching knowledge, and promoting enthusiasm.

  • Lidia also published the book "Talent Identification in Swimming" in Canada 1995

Assistant Head Coach

Marybel Menzies

Marybel has an extensive aquatic, competitive swimming background. Prior to starting her coaching career, Marybel was a swimmer for 9 years. She knew early on that she wanted to pursue coaching and began coaching for Dynamo in 2008. Marybel went on to found and coach her High School swim team in 2009. From 2010 to 2014, she coached Dynamo's 10 and under Regional A team and assisted in coaching all levels through the club including Provincial and National level athletes. During the summer of 2014, Marybel was Head Coach at Surrey Sea Lions Summer Swim Club and lead the team to Summer Provincials. From September 2014 to August 2015, Marybel was given two lead coaching positions within Edmonton Keyano Swim Club as the Head Development Coach and the Head Bear Cubs Coach as well as the opportunity to be the director of a newly established Swim School program. During this time she mentored and supervised a group of upcoming coaches, established a more unified beginners program, and gained insight into the management of a large, well-established competitive swimming organization.

Qualifications:

  • 8 years of Coaching Experience
  • American Swim Coaches Association - Level 2
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • National Lifeguard Service
  • 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher