COACHES

GAIL LORENTZ JOHNSON - MAMA SHARK!

SPSharkscoach1@gmail.com

I swam competitively from the age of seven to twenty.  I was very fortunate to be a part of the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club with many exceptionally talented athletes and coaching staff.   Five of my teammates were part of the 88 and 92 Olympic Teams.  Others competed at Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games.  I sure learned much training alongside these teammates twice a day.  Then as an adult, I swam on and off with the Edmonton and the Spruce Grove Masters Clubs.

I competed for Team Alberta at the 1985 and 1989 Canada Games, and Western Canada Games.  It was also exciting times to have been a part of many relay teams that held Canadian National Records.  One was just broken a couple years ago that stood for twenty-six years!  In 2005 at the World Masters Games in Edmonton, I won Gold in the Women’s 200 I.M. in my age group. 

Swimming was my life growing up and I still feel passionate about the sport today.  Not only does this sport provide great health benefits, it instilled in me hard work, dedication, team work, determination and perseverance.   For these reasons, I introduced the sport to my children.  Now I enjoy watching them train and compete and learn all that this sport has to offer!

In 2003, I left my career as a Judicial Clerk and Justice of the Peace for the Provincial Court of Alberta, Justice Department, to stay home and raise my first child.  I never went back!  I did however, spend a couple years at the Tri Leisure Centre teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding, I just couldn’t stay away from the pool!  Now for the past couple years, I am working with children in a school setting instead of the pool.  

I love being a member of the Stony Plain Sharks Summer Swim Club family.  I enjoy witnessing all the swimmers accomplishing their goals at swim meets and seeing the camaraderie and sportsmanship at practices and meets.  I am confident my children will one day look back and have positive memories of this sport, thanks to everyone that is a part of this team.  I truly feel it is something special to be a part of!


BRITTANY RUSSELL

SPSharkscoach3@gmail.com

I am excited to be back for my 7th year coaching! I have lived in Stony Plain my entire life, and have been a Shark since I was 8!  My favorite strokes are breaststroke and backstroke.  I was also a lifeguard and water safety instructor for 6 years at the TLC, and have coached Waterpolo for the last 2 years.  Last year I took my Swimming 201 coach course and will be finishing that up this summer.  I believe swimming is a life skill, and that everyone should know how to swim.  I hope that I can share my love for the sport with everyone! 


JACK STEWARDSON

SPSharkscoach5@gmail.com

Jack Stewardson here! After swimming with the Stony Plain Sharks for +10 years, and after a fun season of coaching last year, I'm ready to come back and hit the pool! I'm super excited to return and continue to not only improve swimmer's abilities, but also encourage fun!

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly                                Favorite Food: Pasta (any)

Favorite Movie: Empire Strikes Back               Favorite Activity: seeing a movie with friends!


JOHN EVJEN

SPSharkscoach4@gmail.com

I started off in Sharks ten years ago and have not stopped swimming since. In 2006, I also started playing water polo which I took to the international level for a time in Europe. My studies at the University of Alberta focus on German literature, language learning theory and leadership theory, as well policy revisions concerning sexual assault. In my free time, I like to play music, swim and drink tea.

Credentials:

Swim 101, Level 1 Water Polo Coaching, Red Cross CPR 1, NLS, AWSI, WSI

Specialties:

Competitive swimming


JENNIFER BENNETT

SPSharkscoach6@gmail.com

At the age of 7, I joined the Hawkesbury ORCA Swim team in Ontario. I fell in love with the sport and continued to train and compete for the next 10 years.  At the age of 17 I decided that I wanted to become a Lifeguard and a swimming Instructor. I took courses for the next 2 years and became a National Lifeguard and Instructor. I worked for the Town of Hawkesbury Lifeguarding at the public pool and teaching Red Cross swimming lessons. Not long after I started working for the town, I was approached by the Hawkesbury ORCA swim team to coach 8 and under swimmers. I coached for the next 3 years. I really enjoy helping swimmers achieve their goals.

Credentials:

  • 101 Coaching Certification in process
  • National Lifeguard and Instructors

Specialties

  • Competitive swimming - I excelled in Backstroke and Sprint Freestyle. I had Ontario Provincial times for 100 and 200 back.
  • Coaching swimmers of all ages.

SAMANTHA FINNSON

SPSharkscoach7@gmail.com

Currently I am in Grade 11 at Memorial Composite High School. I grew up on the pool deck watching my brother swim for 5 years.   I started swimming competitively when I was 6 years old with the Stony Plain Sharks and started playing water polo at age 7 with the Polo Bears. I have been coaching water polo with the Spruce Grove Polo Bears for 3 years, and the Edmonton Water Polo club for 1 year. I am working towards certification to be a Competitive Water Polo Coach.

I currently play water polo with the Edmonton Tsunami in the Canadian National League. Other teams I have played water polo with are the Edmonton Capitals, T-Birds, Medicine Hat and T-Hills (Portland, Oregon) and Pierce County (Seattle). I have been to the Canadian Nationals and numerous U.S. tournaments with the Capitals.

I have spent 2 great summers playing water polo (2014 and 2013) in the U.S. Junior Olympics. I had the opportunity to play with Pierce County from Seattle and the T-Hills team in Portland Oregon! These Junior Olympic Tournaments were in San Jose and Los Angeles in the U16 age category. What a great way to spend the summers!

Since I was 6 years old summer swimming, has made the summer exciting! It is fun to get together with friends and have fun working and racing!! The swim meets on the weekends are a fun, competitive environment!  I have swam in the provincial competitions every year and even medalled in a few events.  I really enjoy my time coaching the younger athletes and I am looking forward to this year's swim season.


MELISSA KRIVOSHEIN

SPSharkscoach2@gmail.com

As an avid swimmer, I have a love for the water. Now, with two “Sharks” who love the water just as much (maybe more) as I do, I am happy to coach eager little swimmers. I look forward to jumping in the water to help the little “Sharks” learn their strokes and become stronger swimmers. This is my first year coaching with the Stony Plain Sharks. I have a passion for sports and a love of working with kids which will be a great combination for a fantastic swim season. I look forward to working with your children and meeting you on deck and at our meets.

Credentials

B.Ed., Coaching certification in water polo, lacrosse, volleyball, and basketball. Additional coaching experience in soccer, baseball and rugby.

Specialities

Working with kids, playing, having fun

 
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