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Coaching Staff

                                       

HEAD COACH

Kristine(Kris) Van Otterloo

kvanotterloo@cityofgp.com

After many years of competing as a swimmer herself, Kris transferred her passion for the sport into coaching competitive swimming. Over the years she has earned her level 2 swim coach certification(NCCP) and partially completed her level 3 swim coach certification(NCCP). In 1994 she began coaching with the Grande Prairie Piranhas Competitive Swim Club as an assistant coach. Kris remained in this role until 2001. In 2000 Kris took on the role of head coach for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves Swim Team until 2005.  The same year she started with the Piranhas Kris also began coaching the Grande Prairie Aquarians Competitive Summer Swim Club as an assistant head coach for three seasons.  In 2002 Kris assumed the role of Head Coach for the Grande Prairie Piranhas until 2006 when she took a hiatus from coaching to raise her family. Kris was selected in 2004 to join the coaching compliment for both Team Alberta and Team Canada as a Junior National Coach. She remained in this role until 2006. Kris recently returned to coaching with the Piranhas from 2013-2015 while her sons were swimming competitively.  Kris is eager to return to coaching and share her skill, passion and love of the sport to the swimmers of the GP Aquarians.  Kris took on the role as the Aquarians' Head Coach for the 2018 season and has been with the club since.

"I spent most of my life dedicated to swimming and always knew my passion for the sport would bring me back to it someday". 

 

ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

Sabrina Willsey

 

Sabrina has been a competitive swimmer for 14 years with the Grande Prairie Piranhas, Duncan Stingrays, and currently swims for the UofA Pandas Varsity Swim Team. She has also coached with the Piranhas from 2006-2012 and then again in 2015 and 2017. While spending one summer in Edmonton, Sabrina coached with the Sherwood Park Millennium Marlins Summer Club. During the school year at the UofA, she helps coach the competitive group of the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team. Sabrina still enjoys getting in the pool and training with the UofA team while getting her degree in Civil Engineering.  This is Sabrina's second year with the Aquarians.

 

JR COACHES

Kendra Dunn & Laura Lowen

Kendra and Laura have both been swimming as competitive swimmers since they were young girls. Kendra has swam competitively with the GP Aquarians since 2008 and  Laura joined the team  in 2010 having previously swam with the Peace River Porpoises. Both girls have just completed their swim 101 course and will be working with the younger swimmers in Blue and Green.

 

 

Registered Provisional Psychologist 

Mental Performance Consultant  

Matthew Bain, MEd, MA,

                                                                                                                                                          

Matthew is a friend of swimming and has been involved at various levels for over 15 years. Matt is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with the Coaches of Canada and a Senior Coach certified (old Level III) in swimming. Matt is also a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Matt has been working towards a PhD in Sport Psychology in the areas of motivation, high performance athletes, and coaching efficacy as well. Most importantly, Matt is passionate about athlete development in an appropriate manner in order to ensure athletes have a focus on skills and abilities to improve on a daily basis. 

 

 

 

 

 
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