Our Coaches


Sarah Hynd (Head Coach) I began swimming on a swim team when I was 5 years old. When I first began swimming I was on a summer club in Louisiana. I fell in love with the water at an early age. When I moved to Canada in 1990 I continued with swimming through swim lessons and joined the Regina Optimist Dolphin Swim Team when I was 11. Swimming became my passion at this point in my life and the team became my extended family. I swam competitively until 1999 when I graduated high school and went to University and received my Bachelorette of science in Nursing. 

In my Swimming career, I swam at the National level and attended Canada Games in Brandon Manitoba in 1997. I feel that swimming provided me with life skills that have continued on into my professional life. Swimming at the competitive level takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Setting goals and working hard to achieve them builds character in swimmers and doing this with your team mates creates individuals that can work well with others. This club is about building individuals as much as it is about building athletes. 

I have four children ages 12,10,7, and 6 that all love the water. The oldest three swim on the team and enjoy being with their friends and traveling to meets. I would like to see all the athletes pull the same enjoyment out of the sport that I have seen in my girls. We are fostering a fun, safe and supportive environment for athlete development in the Chinook Swim Club. 

My love for swimming drove me to receive my 101 certification and to become 201 trained through Swim BC. Through this program, I learned a lot of valuable teaching tools that I will be using with all of your swimmers. Over the past 2 years, I have been coaching with all of our experienced coaches and have learned so much from them. Throughout this season, I will be acting as head coach which means that I will be helping to organize the season, develop program planning and be a source of communication between all of the parents, coaches and the BOD. All of our coaches have a lot of knowledge and experience to offer our club and will be working together to provide your athletes with the best experience possible. I look forward to the upcoming season!


Katrina Walters -Katrina Walters has been a swim coach with our club for 5 years.  She has completed her Community coach course and her level 1 theory through swim BC and will be completing her 101 this September. Katrina swam on the Pan Pac National team in 1995 and qualified for Worlds that year and NCAA (American College Championships).  Katrina was a National Champion in Backstroke and placed fourth at Olympic trials.  We are lucky to have such an experienced athlete as a coach for the Chinook Swim club. 

While swimming and studying architecture at Brown University, she lifeguarded, volunteer coached, and spent summers coaching the White Rock Summer Swim Team. After retiring from swimming, she completed her Masters in Architecture at UBC and now works as an architect on the Sunshine Coast while raising two children. Katrina coaches because she enjoys sharing the skills she learned from swimming with others and hopes to help kids develop a love of active living that can last a lifetime. For her, this has translated into trail running, biking, kayaking, and hiking.

Robert Hynd has been a coach with the Harbour Seals/Chinooks since it reformed in 2007. He swam competitively for the Regina Dolphins swim club from age 6 until age 20. This team was the top age group swim team in Canada in the early 1990s, consistently beating much larger teams from bigger cities. Pride, discipline and loyalty were key traits strongly emphasized by the coaches and are central to the success of the team. Rob went on to swim for the University of Regina Cougars and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and continues to swim a few times per week. He is in his 11thyear of coaching the Chinook Swim Club and takes great pride in seeing young athletes improve. Robert is also one of our local dentists in Pender Harbour.

Danielle Brault NCCP 201 certified coach with over 40 years of coaching experience.
As a swimmer Danielle enjoys swimming with Masters and specializes in breaststroke, IM, and sprints of any stroke. Danielle looks forward to coaching our Junior/Senior team on Wednesdays and sharing her vast knowledge of the sport with our athletes. A small selection of Danielle’s coaching experiences can be viewed below.

 Assistant Coach, previous Maui camps in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Head Coach, Victoria Masters Swim Club - 1994-2017
Founder & Head Coach Lahr Masters Swim Club (Germany) - 1985-86 Masters Head Coach & Founder, Equipe de natation de Cowansville - 1979-85 Head Coach, Equipe de natation de Cowansville - 1976-85

Noah Grant-Byrnes-Noah has been with the Chinook Swim Club for 5 years and is currently one of our Senior athletes. Noah has been volunteering with the learn to swim program for the past two years and has discovered his interest in coaching both the learn to swim and competitive programs. This September Noah will be completing his 101-certification through Swim BC.  This will allow him to take more of a leadership role with the Chinook swim club. Congrats on recently completing your National Lifeuard Certification! 

Amelie Horabin -Amelie is one of our senior swimmers and she is now in her second year with the Chinook Swim Club. Amelie is coaching on Mondays with the Junior program.  Amelie has her WSI certificate through the Red Cross Program.  She brings to the pool a strong knowledge of all competitive strokes along with her teaching knowledge from her program.  Welcome to the coaching staff Amelie!  Congrats on recently completing your National Lifeuard Certification!


Lorren Benko-Lauren has been with the Chinook Swim Club for 5 years.  She is also one of our Senior athletes that is moving into a coaching role. Lauren is a well-rounded athlete that has excelled in Vollyball, Tennis and Swimming. Lorren has been coaching tennis for a year and is looking forward to bringing that experience into the swimming world.  Lorren will be working with our junior program on Mondays.