Our Team of Competitive Coaches
Director of Swimming Development
Senior Gold coach/Junior Bronze/Varsity Assistant Coach
Leadership Training for Managers Certificate
Kendra has been with the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club for 20 years. She started her career more than 30 years ago after completing a PhysEd degree at Laurentian University. Through those years she has coached athletes to the highest levels, including Kristy Cameron who was selected to the Canadian 1998 Commonwealth Games Team. She has also coached para-athletes to Canadian Teams and collaborated/mentored her coaches toward creating the relay that broke all ten Age Group National relay records in 91 days, a first in Canadian history.
Kendra leads her team of coaches with the philosophy of of growth, inclusion and personal achievement. Under her guidance and leadership, the club has grown to include multiple levels of swim programs for international/national level athletes to introduction levels for all ages. Her ability to mentor coaches and athletes to the highest level has been recognized and she has been asked to speak to her philosophy and methodology at WOSA Regional Camps and the Swim Ontario Coaches Conference.
Kristy Cameron Coach 1998 Commonwealth Games
Andrew Ford (200 IM) Assistant Coach 2012 London Olympics
20 AGN Records
50+ Swimmers to National Level
Intermediate Gold & Junior Gold Coach
NCCP 3 - certified, NCCP Learning Facilitator (Swimming 101)
Laura Nicholls has been coaching for over 20 years and is a two time Olympian. This is Laura's fourth year coaching in Guelph. She started her coaching career while still actively swimming at the National and International level. Laura has coached for Waterloo, Pickering and Oakville in a combination of roles from part time assistant to full time age group coach. Over the past 12 years in Oakville she has worked tirelessly with the 12&Under program to instill the basic fundamentals of swimming, create a passion for the sport and a desire for the youngsters to be successful in the future, both in and out of the pool.
Laura’s coaching accomplishments include the Swim Canada Coaching Award of Excellence in 2010 and 2012. She also coached a group of 11-12 year old boys to a Long Course Canadian Age Group record in the 4x50 Free and 4x100 Medley Relay in 2017.
Sr Silver/Jr Silver/Blue Marlins Coach
NCCP 2, trained
Like some of the greatest coaches in Canadian history, John came to the sport late after falling in love with it. He is our multi-sport/outdoor expert having graduated Algonquin College in Outdoor Adventure Naturalist (2012) and continuing on to become involved in whitewater rafting, canoeing, climbing, competitive lifesaving, cycling and hiking. He is one of the Marlins athletes who participate, and has medalled, in the National Lifesaving Competitions.
In the six years he has been with the Marlins coaching staff he has dedicated himself to shadowing coaches of all levels, quizzing national coaches in cross-country running, triathlon and swimming, and advancing his swimming NCCP levels. In the past year he coached new swimmers to their first regional and festival times and assisted on groups comprised of new provincial/national level athletes. John also assisted with the creation of the relay that broke all ten Age Group National relay records in four months, a first in Canadian history.
John can engage the most unengaged youth. He is interested, passionate, and seeks to find the fun in training hard. You will often see him leading the dryland outdoor runs or participating in the the circuits. The kids easily pick up on his love for the sport and excitement to teach what he knows.
JR Bronze/Blue Marlins/Marlins House League Coach
Haylie was born and raised into GMAC, first competing at the age of 6. Since then she has been a loyal team member, swimming at GMAC all the way to today. Not yet finished with her own swimming, she still trains with the Marlins and has now taken a spot as part of the coaching staff. She started teaching lessons and assisting in coaching the competitive roster seven years ago and has gradually taken on a larger role each year. She is very passionate about the sport and takes personal experience into account when trying to motivate her swimmers. She takes pride in watching Marlin swimmers succeed and grow each year, whether they're her swimmers or not.
I am originally from Mexico and I came to Canada when i was 16 mainly to focus more on my swimming and enhance my swimming performance to a more international level while attending the University of Guelph. I achieved by successfully making the cut to trials for London 2012 Olympic Games. I’ve been swimming competitively since I was 8 and I recently retired to focus more on my swim coach career and a new found passion for crossfit. I’m a huge fan of dryland activities and I always like to challenge my strength to see if I can surpass my limits. I love working with young swimmers as it provides me the opportunity to pass down my knowledge and experience from the sport to turn them into better, efficient and confident swimmers.
Sr Bronze/Blue Marlins/Marlins House League/SwimSchool Coach
NCCP 1, certified
NCCP 2 - trained
Para/Blue Marlins/Jr and Sr House League
NCCP 2 - trained
Int Silver/Para/Blue Marlins/Jr and Sr House League
Amanda is entering her 4th year with the club, as a coach and her 8th year as a parent with swimmers in the club. She first fell in love with the sport as a 4 yr old. She happily trained and raced for the next 16 years, as well as adding coaching in through her teen years. Amanda has been eagerly rediscovering her love for the sport though her coaching with GMAC. She particularly enjoys and takes pride in the process of helping new swimmers have a great first experience with the sport while they learn to work hard and challenge themselves.
Mary has been with the club for four years professionally and as a family for 10 years. Mary spent the previous 14 years as a National Sales Manager for a couple of different consumer packaged goods company and prior to that a Purchasing Manager at a major retail chain. Mary has experience in communications with high level decision makers and the end user, presentations, budgeting, and negotiations. Organization is her middle name. Mary thrives in streamlining processes to satisfy the end user.