Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Shane Downey Head Coach - Gold & Silver

This is Coach Shane's third season with the Collingwood Clippers Swim Club. As the Head Coach, Shane coaches both Gold I and Gold II, Silver Group and this season he is assisting and mentoring the Jr. Clippers Program. It is Shane's goal to assist all swimmers to pursue thier full potential in the sport of competitive swimming. 


Shane has been involved in the world of competitive swimming since the age of 9 when he joined the Innisfail Dolphins Summer Swim Club. At the age of 14 he started swimming year round with the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club, then moved to Calgary to swim with the Calgary Patriots Swim Club and finished his competitive swimming career with the University of Calgary Swim Club. Shane achieved Senior National times in Backstroke, Freestyle and Butterfly. He also made the Canadian Jr. Pan Pac National Team in 2010.


Shane was the Assistant Head Coach of the Langley Olympians Swim Club for four seasons (2013 - 2017) and was the Head Coach of the Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club (sister team to Langley) for three seasons (2014 - 2017). Shane was mentored by Brian Metcalfe and worked closely with him to develop his skills to become a knowledgeable and confident swim coach. In total Shane has 7 years of coaching experience under his belt. He has worked with a broad spectrum of swimmers ranging from learn to swim to Age Group National level swimmers. Shane has taken several swimmers from being Regional qualifers to being qualified for Canadian Jr. Championships and Western Championships. Coach Shane is NCCP Level 2 Certified and is pursuing his Level 3 Certification.

Joyce Downey Assistant Head Coach - Bronze & Purple

Joyce began her love of swimming at the age of 9 with the Foothills Swim Club (now the University of Calgary Swim Club), where at the age of 13 she achieved Sr. National standards. She also competed as a Synchronized swimmer with the Foothills Syncho Team and the Calgary Aqua Bells. She became involved again with Competitive Swimming in 2002 while on the Executive of the Innisfail Dolphins Swim Club, as well as working at swim meets as a Timer, Stroke and Turn Judge, Clerk of Course and Meet Manager.


Joyce began coaching Competitive Swimming in 2006 at the Age Group Development level for 8 years, plus 2 years as Head Coach in Central and Southern Alberta.  She helped swimmers place in the Top 5, 10 & 25 at the Youth Recognition level, Top 5 in Canada Rankings and earn Age Group National Time Standards.


Joyce moved to Belleville to become the Head Age Group Coach where she coached for 2 seasons all three Age Groups (ages 9 – 15) and helped with both the Senior Groups (ages 13 – 18).  During her time in Belleville she had 24 new Regional Qualifiers, 7 new Festival Qualifiers and they have broken over 42 Club Records.  Two of her swimmers are ranked in the Top 20 Canada Rankings. She has had swimmers medal at both Regionals and Festivals. She attended Regionals, Festivals, Canadian Swimming Championships, Ontario AA Long Course Championships and Ontario Open Water Championships.  


Joyce is NCCP Level 2 Certified and is continually updating her skills and knowledge of swimming. She is working toward achieving the Senior Coach Certification. She coaches with positive reinforcement, challenging athletes to achieve their full potential both in and out of the pool.  

Hailey Abbott Jr. Clippers Coach

Hailey began swimming competitively with the Collingwood Clippers when she was 8 years old. Currently Hailey swims in the Gold Group. She has attended many National and International Invitationals including Eastern Canadian Championships, Far Western Championships and most recently the TYR Summer Senior Championships. Hailey is a grade 10 student at CCI, where she participates in many different sports. She loves learning new things, as well as helping others learn and improve as well.

Maggie Rhodes Jr. Clippers Coach

Maggie has been involved with competitive swimming since the age of 6 when she joined the Star Swimming Swim Club in Buffalo, New York and is now swimming with the Collingwood Clippers. She has been with the Clippers for the last 3 years and has been a senior swimmer for 2 years. Last season Maggie made Provincial and Canadian Junior Nationals and competed the 2019 Canadian Junior Championships in Calgary, competing in the  100 and 200 backstroke. She currently attends Collingwood Collegiate Institute.

Carole Binsky Assistant Fill-in Coach

Coach Carole has been involved in Coaching with the Collingwood Clippers for three seasons now. For the 2019-2020 swim season Coach Carole will be working with CCSC as a fill in coach. Coach Carole was a competitive swimmer from the age of 6 and continued into her teen years.  She then came back to swimming in 2006 as a Masters Swimmer.  

From that time she also pursued being a deck official and in February 2016 earned her Master Official Blue Badge. Carole has been on deck at Canadian Trials, Canadian Nationals, Junior Nationals, Ontario Junior  Internationals, Pan Ams, Para Pan Ams, and organized and ran the swimming portion of the Invictus Games 2017. Coach Carole is NCCP level 1 Certified. 

Board of Directors
Chris Rhodes President
Barb O'Connor Vice President
Christina Schroeder Registrar
Ian Paterson Treasurer
Andrew Fawcett Equipment Manager
Wade Mitchell Officials Coordinator
Jan Abbott Meet Manager
Susan Knight & Melanie Crawford Fundraising
Cheryl Bedard Social Coordinator
Naomi Paterson Secretary