Team Captains


Kaiwen Liu and Samantha Zastre

Kaiwen Liu's Biography

Kaiwen Liu began his journey with the West Vancouver Otters back in 2011, initially starting as a rookie in Coach Kris’s AA group. Through the accompanying years and experiences, Kaiwen's constant support from fellow peers and family paired with his ever-growing desire to exceed expectations, motivated Kaiwen as he slowly climbed his way up to Head Coach Janusz Kaczmarek's Senior National Group. Through his pristine mentorship, Kaiwen was met with a very successful season last year, meeting his all-time goal of racing at the Western Canadian Championships. Now, hungry for more, Kaiwen is looking forward to seeing his teammates and himself furthering their swimming careers and having tons of fun while doing so! Kaiwen is honored and jubilant to have been selected as the 2018/19 male team captain for the West Vancouver Otters and will go above and beyond in ensuring that this year will be the most impactful and fun for all Otters swimmers. Kaiwen wishes all the best for his fellow teammates and hopes to see some fast times and future leaders arise.

Samantha Zastre's Biography

Samantha Zastre joined the West Vancouver Otters in 2015, from another competitive team on the north shore, starting initially in Coach Norman’s AA Group. Samantha moved up to the provincial group that season, and one year later she was invited to move into Coach Janusz’s National group. With the support of her team mates and dedicated instruction of her coach, Janusz, she feels she had a very successful past season, resulting in her attending Pan Pacific Trials and Junior Nationals at the end of the season. She is now ready for another great season to begin! Samantha is honoured to be selected again as the female team captain for 2018/2019 season and can’t wait to see what this new season will bring for the team. She is looking forward to seeing hard work, fast swimming and of course lots of fun this year with the Otters team. Samantha would like to wish everyone good luck for this season and remind everyone to constantly keep up the hard work in order to improve and do your best!


Team Captain Responsibilities

The Team Captain should:

•    Create a positive group environment for all athletes.
•    Be the team motivator, the enthusiast, the person who sees the good that hard training can do.
•    Be the liaison between team members and the coaching staff whenever possible.
•    Notify and coordinate team members of all team activities, meetings, dinners, etc.
•    Keep a current record of emails, Facebook and phone numbers of all team members.
•    Display exceptional sportsmanship, so that team members can emulate.