Coaching Staff
Xiaoping Lu Head Coach

Xiaoping began his coaching career in 1978 as the professional coach of the Chinese Navy Swimming Team and the Liberation Army Swimming Team (top team in China). He subsequently became the director of the Chinese Navy Swimming Team, a position which he held for 5 years. During his time as coach of the Chinese Navy Swimming Team, several of his athletes broke national record and his team held the top fourth spot in China. Xiaoping graduated from the Shanghai Physical and Culture University in China majoring in swim coaching. Xiaoping has been coaching the Gators Swim Club since 1997. Under his tutelage his swimmers have received provincial and national recognition. In July of 2003 one of his swimmers received three silver medals in the Club Nationals in Calgary. During 2004 to 2009 season, Xiaoping's swimmers got several gold, silver and bronze medals in national and international meet. Xiaoping is also selected to coach BC Team to attend 2005 Canada Games and the 2008 BC vs. Alberta dual meet. In 2006 season, Xiaoping was selected as head coach of BC team to attend Paul Bergen Junior International and his swimmers got two gold medals and two fourth. Further more, as coach of Canadian Junior National Australia Tour Team, Xiaoping attend Victoria State Championships Open and his group got several gold, silver and bronze medals and broke girls 5X 50 free relay Victoria State record. Xiaoping also received Canadian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association 2006 and 2008 Speedo Domestic Excellence Award. Xiaoping was NCCP level 3 certified coach in 2001 and finished some of NCCP level 4 course in 2002. Currently, Xiaoping is Senior Coach Certified of Canada.

Head Coach Xiaoping coaches the Elite and Senior A groups

Anchie Xu Coach

Anchie was a former member of the National Swim Team and Zhejiang Provincial Team of China.  During her swimming career, she won several national championships and attained excellent results and rankings in international swim competitions.  She received a Silver Medal in the 100IM event in the FINA Short Course World Championships in 1997.  FINA has ranked her as one of the top 50 swimmers.  She was ranked 22nd overall, in the women's 200M individual medley event in 1998.

Anchie has been coaching since 2000, and has experience in both, China and the United States. She loves working with kids and sharing her swimming experience.  Her goal is to train the swimmers to be competitive and to develop a passion for swimming, while building character, dedication and perseverance.

Anchie has Bachelor Degree in Law from the Sun Yat-Sen University in China.

Anchie is now fully certified as an Age Group Coach (NCCP level 2), with National Coaching of Canada recognition.  She is also certified as a National Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor.

Anchie coach Age B group 

Kyle Cheng Coach

Kyle started his swimming career in Gators’ summer clinic and worked his way up to the Elite group. Under Xiaoping’s tutelage, Kyle competed at the provincial level and maintained provincial level until he decided to hang up his swim shorts (and decided to put on some coaching shorts). During the last year of his swimming career, Kyle finished with top 10 in BC for 100 and 200 breaststroke in his age category.

Now in his 9th year coaching for Gators, he is coaching Age A and Senior B while assisting Senior A. Currently, Kyle is pursuing a degree of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College to further improve his coaching abilities. He hopes to inspire his swimmers and provide as much support as he can to lead them to success for not only swimming but also their own personal goals.

Kyle is trained in NCCP Level 2 and has High Five Certification.

Kyle coaches Age A, and Senior B 

Jennifer Zhao Coach

Jennifer has been a Gator since she was nine years old. Growing up in the pool, swimming has not only shown Jennifer hard work and dedication, but also a drive to work through difficult times. Jennifer dabbled in multiple sports growing up such as golf, dance, and basketball, but she found swimming to be the most rewarding. Injuries have pulled her back from continuing her swim journey at 16 years old, but she is incredibly honoured to take the role of a coach. This will be her fourth year as a coach for Gators and she is determined to create a fun, competitive environment as well as guide her swimmers in the right path.

If Jennifer is not seen at the pool or at school, she will be found at the gym improving on her own strength and endurance. She might have hung up her towel, but she continues to dedicate her time in health and fitness through powerlifting and Olympic lifting. She has worked with great trainers and gained knowledge on nutrition, injury prevention, and strength development. She hopes to share her passion with her swimmers. Jennifer is NCCP level 1 trained.

Jennifer will be coaching Alligator and Gold

Maria Pelekh Coach

Maria started swimming with Gators when she was 12 years old, starting in the Junior group and climbing up to Senior A. Under the coaching of Kyle and Xiaoping, she worked extremely hard, pushed her own limits, and became an accomplished swimmer, especially in freestyle and breastroke. She decided to put a stop to it in 2016, but she wasn’t ready or willing to completely say goodbye to the club, and was welcomed back as a coach in August 2017.

Maria coaches developmental groups, and enjoys every moment of it because she appreciates the potential of every one of her young swimmers, her goal being to help them to harness said potential and developing skills and to use them towards the future. She hopes to provide her swimmers with determination,  inspire them to continue down the path of training, and to help them develop a strong base for their swimming goals in the future, always being there for them with support and tough love.

Currently, Maria is in gr.12 and is balancing her school responsibilities with those that come with coaching in order to build a future not only for herself, but for the swimmers that she answers for.

Maria coaches the Gecko, Salamander, and Crocodile groups.

Yu Tong (Sisi) Zhou Coach

Sisi started swimming with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas Swim Club when she was 13. However, she quickly found her niche within the swimming community as a volunteer coach in 2010. She joined the coaching team in 2012 as a development coach where she lead the same group of swimmers for two seasons before leaving the club. Sisi has also been an active lifeguard and swim instructor with the City of Vancouver since 2013. She has worked at a number of locations including Hillcrest, Britannia and Renfrew. As aquatics has always been a big part of her life, Sisi is excited to be joining the Gators Swim Club as a development coach for the 2018/2019 season.

Outside of aquatics, Sisi has completed a Bachlor of Arts in Sociology from UBC as well as a HR dipolma from BCIT. Currently she works in UBC's Mechanical Engineering Department as a HR Assistant.

Sisi coaches the Silver, Crocodile, and Gecko groups.