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DAVE LING – Head Coach – Senior & National Senior

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Coaching with the Newmarket Stingrays since July 2020.

Why I became a swim coach

I received a call from John Grootveld at the Toronto Swim Club to help coach once a week.  Once a week turned into twice a week and things have snowballed since that day.  Coaching and club development has been exceptionally rewarding and I can not imagine doing anything else.

Finest coaching success

Moving out east to St. John’s, Newfoundland, leaving my southern Ontario roots, and rebuilding a proud swim community.  It was a big project building a club up from just two Easterns qualifiers in 2016 into a club with a swimmer who qualified to represent Canada at the Jr Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji (2018), produce six Sr. National qualifiers and over 20 Easterns qualifiers (2020).

Biggest influences on my swim coaching career

Bill O’Toole (TSC), Byron MacDonald and Linda Kiefer (UofT) and Peter Bradstreet (Brock University) all have been great mentors in my career.  All four are great coaches and better people.

Dave’s Professional Achievements

2008-2016 – Coach, Toronto Swim Club

  • Coach of a swimmer on a National Age Group Record 800 freestyle relay (girls 13-14) (2014)
  • Coach of a National Age Group Record 400 medley relay (boys 11-12) (2014)
  • Coach of a National Age Group Record 200 medley relay (boys 11-12) (2015)
  • 2014 Swim Ontario Provincial Team Champions
  • 2014 Easterns Team Champions

2016-2020 – Head Coach, St. John’s Legends

  • 2017, 2018, 2019 Newfoundland Provincial Team Champions
  • 2018, 2019 Nova Scotia Provincial Men’s Team Champions
  • Noah Cumby named to Canadian Junior Pan Pacific Championship team (2018), earned a Bronze medal in 400 Medley Relay
  • 2019 Nova Scotia Provincial Open Water Team Champions
  • Over 200 Provincial Records

2020-present – Head Coach, Newmarket Stingrays

Dave’s Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • Graduate of the University of Toronto, Hon. BA (History) in 2004
  • Swam 17 years with COBRA, BROCK, University of Toronto, Toronto All-Stars, Toronto Swim Club
  • 2004 Athletic All-Canadian, 2nd Team, 5x OUA All Star, 2004 OUA Award of Distinction
  • Three-time University of Toronto Swim Team Captain
  • Represented Canada at the 2000 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu, swimming the 25km

Edit Varga - AG2 / AG1

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Coaching with Stingrays Since: September 2018

Edit was born in Hungary. Her passion for swimming began at the age of 4 when she joined the Kaposvar Swim Club, and began training under the guidance of Josef Csutoras and Andrea Kecskes, who launched the Olympic champion breaststroker Norbert Rozsa. She remained a successful member of the team for 12 years, as a swimmer, then stayed onboard as a coach until she graduated from the Physical Education University of Budapest as a Swim Coach. She received a Degree in Sports Management from the University of Semmelweis.  

Edit has over 14 years of experience in the competitive swimming environment. Her swimmers have earned more than 20 provincial medals, where they broke more than 100 club records, qualified for the Eastern National Championships and won gold medals at the Ontario Open Water Championships. She is an outgoing, outspoken competitor, and holds the Level 2 NCCP certification in Canada.

Edit puts a very heavy emphasis on being competitive, because if a swimmer is internally motivated to win each and every day, and they are constantly striving to be the best possible version of him/herself, then they are going to be successful in whatever they do. She believes in working hard every day and thriving on a challenge. Success is no accident! 


Andrey Tihanyi  - AG3 / AG4

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Coaching with Stingrays Since: September 2020

Why I became a coach

I realized how much coaches and sport influenced my life in a positive manner, and wish to give back and offer the same level of coaching excellence.  The “process” and journey which an athlete takes not only offers great success within sport, but more importantly creates development opportunities that set a path for success in life.

Finest coaching success

Having the opportunity to build a competitive swim program and culture from recreational roots, and developing athletes with little or no competitive swimming experience into regional and provincial caliber swimmers.  However, the best is yet to come!

Biggest influences on my swim coaching career

Too many to name, and the list keeps growing!  I try and surround myself with great leaders and experienced mentors, whom I am able to learn valuable lessons from.  I observe and study within and outside the sport of swimming, and constantly seek out personal and professional developmental opportunities.

Andrey’s Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), with a Concentration in Psychology - Laurentian University.
  • NCCP Level 2 (Trained), and working towards advanced certification and Level 3.
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.
  • Internationally successful multi-sport athlete (swimming and basketball).
  • Multiple Top 10 finishes at the World Masters Championships 2017 (Budapest).

Sam Shalovsky - AG5 / DEV 1 / DEV 2

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Coaching with Stingrays Since: December 2008

Why I Became a Swimming Coach: Having returned to swimming after thirty years (when my children started competitive swimming), I quickly became aware of the fact that many swim clubs/coaches were more interested in quick results rather than the long term development of young athletes. I had been coached, all through my youth, by people like this and was sure that there must be a better way. A young coach that worked with my son put it into words perfectly, “I do not want my athletes to go through what I did”?.

Finest Coaching Success:
Every time a child gets out the pool at the end of a tough workout with the desire to return for the next practice.

Biggest influence on career of swimming coaching:
Two coaches that embrace the philosophy of long term goals over immediate success, Rhys Gormley and Christine Green (Barnet Copthall Swimming Club).

Sam’s Academic & Athletic Achievements:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Internet Technology – Buckinghamshire Chiltern University
  • Junior Provincial Qualifier in Zimbabwe (‘75-‘77)
  • British Swimming Coach – Level 2
  • England Rugby Union Coach – Level 3