Head Coach:  Amanda Etherington

Our Head Coach Amanda has spent most of her life in a pool, either as a swimmer or an instructor. After a brief stint coaching with CPWD in 2013, Amanda went to Perth and volunteer coached while being mentored by Coach Rod Agar of the Perth Stingrays. In 2014, she returned to CPWD as assistant coach, then in 2015 became the Head Coach at CPWD.  A Level 2 Certified Coach with 20 years+ background in recreation, fitness and aquatics, Amanda has coached both Provincial level & Age Group National level swimmers. She was the proud recipient of CSCTA's Domestic Excellence Award in 2016, formerly the "Coach of the Year" award. 

Coach: Melanie Ayotte

Melanie Ayotte (Gillespie) has been around the pool deck since 1991 when all four daughters started swimming with the Perth Stingrays. Her girls have competed nationally and internationally, with two receiving full swimming scholarships at Arizona State and UNLV.  Melanie has been coaching competitive swimming since 1994. She coached at Carleton Place (1994-1996), Perth Stingrays (1996-2002, 2005-2009 as Head Coach) and the Nepean Kanata Barracudas (2002-2005, 2009-2013 as Head Age Group coach), working with swimmers from novice to international level.  Melanie loves to coach Age Group swimmers 13 and under.  She was awarded the Ontario Swim Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" in 2012, 12 & Under Male Swimmers.  After a three year absence, Melanie has returned to the swimming pool to work with our the swimmers at CPWD under the direction of Head Coach, Amanda Etherington.  

Assistant Coach: Laurel Price 

Laurel Price joined the Carleton Place Water Dragons in September 2017.  She swam competitively with the Perth Stingrays throughout her years at high school and has worked with children teaching swimming lessons for 10 years, teaching advanced swim classes for 7 years and has coached at a small non-competitive swim club. Laurel's favourite stroke is butterfly! Additionally, Laurel attended Brook University graduating with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She is very excited to be part of our club because she can share her love of swimming with others and work side by side with our coaching team.

Coaching Opportunities

CPWD is currently seeking Assistant Coaches for our Age Group program. Please contact our Head Coach directly at