Our club is very pleased to announce that Bridget Powell has joined the team as KCS Office Manager. While not a competitive swimmer herself, Bridget grew up with siblings in the sport and knows what it takes to support a club like KCS. Bridget has an extensive background in Human Resources, bookkeeping and has been a business owner for several years. Bridget has one daughter who lives in Vancouver and she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and kayaking on the many lakes and rivers our province has to offer. We look forward to learning from Bridget and getting to know her over the coming months (years)!
Aquatic Director and Head Coach
Brad Dalke is the club's Head Coach/Technical Director as well as Pacific Sport Regional Head Coach for Swimming. In addition to being a fully certified NCCP Level III Coach and Course Conductor for Swimming Levels I & II, Brad holds a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of British Columbia / University College of the Cariboo. Brad had a successful swimming career as an athlete which saw him world-ranked in the 200 and 400 IM. and winning numerous CIAU Team Titles.
Brad began his coaching career in Winnipeg with the Manta Aquatic and then moved on to be an Assistant with the University of Calgary Swim Club. After working with Calgary, Brad moved to Campbell River to become their Head Coach where he immediately had a number of National Qualifiers and a Canadian Record holder in the 12 and Under Boys 100 and 200 meter Breast Stroke events. While in Campbell River he was selected to coach the BC Team at the 1989 Canada Games in Saskatoon. In 1990 he became the Head Coach of the Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Swim Team. During that time the Goldfins developed into a powerhouse in age group swimming in Western Canada. In 1993 Brad was the Co-Head Coach of Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Games in Kamloops. Brad came to Kamloops in 1994 as our Assistant Head Coach and Pacific Sport Regional Head Coach. Brad now coaches the senior swimming levels within the club.
KCS is very pleased to announce that Kent Aitchison has agreed to take on the role of Assistant Coach for our club. Kent will be directly responsible for coaching the Age Group2, Junior 1&2 and our Masters swimmers. He will also be working very closely with our Head Coach in the planning, development and implementation of various aspects of KCS coaching philosophies, training needs, methodologies and initiatives.
Originally from Lethbridge Alberta, Kent was fortunate to have the opportunity to begin his coaching career relatively early. Kent started coaching early on in High School and coached as an assistant in year-round and summer swim clubs in Southern Alberta. Kent swam on the Varsity Team at the University of Alberta and was a CIS/Trials qualifier as he pursued a Bachelor of Physical Education. Kent truly found a passion for coaching and filled his university summers coaching as the Head Coach of the Lethbridge Orcas Summer Swim Club from 2009-2013. Kent led the club and individual swimmers to unprecedented success and the City of Lethbridge Sports Council awarded Kent the distinction of Coach of the Year in 2013. Most recently, and for the past 3 years, Kent has been the Assistant Coach for the Markham Aquatic Club in Markham, Ontario, which is known to be one of the largest clubs in Canada. Kent and his wife, Carlee, just relocated to Kamloops from the Toronto area. Carlee recently graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and has started her own business, The Movement Mechanic, in Kamloops. Welcome Kent and Carlee!