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Our Team of Competitive Coaches

Kendra Papple

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 19 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

Laura Nicholls

Intermediate Gold & Junior Gold Coach


NCCP Learning Facilitator (Swimming 101)

Laura Nicholls has been coaching for over 20 years and is a two time Olympian. 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 instil 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.

Melissa Lennie


Development Coach - Jr Silver


B. Early Childhood Education, OTC


If you have swim with the Marlins, you are a product of Melissa Lennie. Melissa has been with the club for 19 years as a swimmer and coach. She has held many roles with the club including Swim School Coordinator, Lifesaving Coach, University Manager, Video Tech, and Development (Devo) coach.


Now she fills the most important role of the club, she is the introduction competitive level coach. Melissa introduces all the kids to swimming, encouraging a love for the sport and solid understanding of fundamental skills.


Chantique Payne



Lifesaving Coach (and UofG Varsity Coach)


Technical Leader, Lifesaving Society of Canada


Chantique came to Guelph and was an accomplished nationally ranked varsity swimmer, Canadian national record holder, and National Lifesaving Team member on four world tours.  She has been coaching for the Marlins for seven years now, sharing her knowledge of swimming and competitive lifesaving with multiple groups throughout the club.

Chantique has taken on the role as Varsity Coach for the Guelph Gryphons Swim Team for the 17-18 Season. Chantique will coach the GMAC Lifesaving Indoor and Outdoor program.


Chantique has a remarkable skill at helping athletes uncover and feel confident about their skills. She approaches her groups believing that everyone can be successful and that the coaches are responsible for figuring out how to make it happen for each individual.


“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”  - Einstein


John Carey



Sr Silver/Sr Bronze/Blue Marlins Coach

NCCP 2, in-progress


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 five 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.   

Haylie Burton
Assistant Jr Gold/Assistant Jr Bronze
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.
Lindsay Watt
Performance Plus/Sr Gold Assistant
NCCP 3 trained
BEd, BHons

New to the Marlins for the 2017-2018 season, Lindsay has been involved in aquatic teaching and coaching for over 15 years. Having started with Lakeshore Swim Club as an athlete then volunteer coach, she went on to work with the Mississauga Aquatic Club before heading back to Lakeshore for another 4 years. During her time there, she moved from initially coaching the Intro swimmers to departing as the Head Age Group coach. Many of her swimmers have reached the 12&Under provincial level podium and top 10 times in the nation; in addition to developing numerous para-athletes – one of which competed in the Parapan Am Trials in 2015. She focuses on a high level of technical precision and discipline with her athletes, to benefit them now and in the future.

Lindsay truly has a love for the sport, and wants to share that passion with other athletes. From swimming (and music!) Lindsay believes there are so many invaluable skills children can learn that will forever positively influence the people they grown into, and continue to benefit them in their everyday lives for years to come.

Mary Gerrard
General Manager

B.Sc.Chemistry/BPharm/Marketing Minor

Mary has been with the club for two years professionally and as a family for 9 years.  Mary spent the previous 13 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.