Ulf Ornhjelm

Head Coach

Ulf Ornhjelm has 24 years of coaching experience and has coached swimmers to numerous National and provincial records. He has placed swimmers on Canadian National , Junior, Youth and Age Group Teams over the last 20 years

Ulf started coaching in 1989 for the ACE Swim Team and became the Head Coach from 1992-1998. In the fall of 1998 he moved on to the Newmarket Stingrays Swim Club as the Head Age Group Coach a position he held until the summer of 2013.

Educated at the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected as men’s captain for the swim team his junior and senior year. He was also a two time Most Valuable Player on his team and the recipient of the Jimmy Nippert Award in 1987 for the top senior male student athlete at University of Cincinnati. He is also a certified level 3 coach and still honoring an Ontario College of Teachers certificate. As well he is recognized as a ChPC (chartered Professional Coach) with the Coaching Association of Canada.

View a video of Ulf talking about his vision for COBRA.

Kim Inglis-Clarke

Operations Manager, Coach

Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her coaching and management positions. Her vast experience is based in coaching competitive swimming of all ages & abilities. She has NCCP 3 certification and is a Level 3 swimming offical. She started coaching in 1991 for the North Bay Y Titans. She continued her coaching career for Laurentian University Swim Club where she apprenticed under Dr. Jeno Tihanyi and other talented head coaches. After graduating with honors in Health & Physical Education in 1998 she became the Head Coach for the Valley East Waves.

In 2000 she joined the COBRA Swim Club where she held numerous coaching positions.  Often refered to as 'The Glue' of the organization, she is a benevolent leader, innovator, and builder in the sport we all love. Her coaching successes include numerous Provincial medalists & finalists; provincial tour teams and record holders, as well as assistant coach for Team Canada 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in Italy.  This experience combined with her knowledge of the inner workings of the sport make her leadership role as Operations Manager integral to the success of our organization.

Some recent accolades include:

  • 2020 Swim Ontario Hometown Hero
  • 2021 Swim Ontario Male Para Coach of the Year
  • 2022 Swim Ontario Male Para Coach of the Year


Tony Cowx


Tony has been involved in swimming since he was 6 years old. He was a member competing over 20 seasons for clubs in Welland, Niagara Falls, St. Thomas, St. Catharines (Varsity and club), and finally with COBRA Masters. Tony began coaching with COBRA in 2003, certified NCCP Level 2. He is a graduate of Brock University with a BSc in Mathematics(2002). His swimmers have won numerous Provincial and Canadian Age Group Championship medals. In 2008-09 he was awarded by OSCA as the 12 & Under female Coach of the Year. 2018-19 will mark his 16th season coaching at COBRA.

Jorge Neves


Jorge has been involved with swimming since the age of 10 when he started competing in Portugal. He developed to become a National record holder and National Champion during his swimming career. He started his coaching career in 1988 at the Etobicoke Swim Club and in 1990; he went to York swim club where he coached until June 2000. He produced several finalists / medalists at provincial championships and helped develop swimmers that went ahead to receive swimming scholarships and others that reached levels as far as the Commonwealth games.

Jorge took a sabbatical for 9 years to spend more quality time with his wife and son. During the 2009/10 season, he volunteered to help Tony Cowx coach the Squad 2 group


Ian Roopnarine

Coach, Office Manager

Ian joined the COBRA team in 2002 and has served the swimming community with his Larger then life personality for over 20 years.  Ian displays incredible enthusiasm passion for the sport and has an unique ability to motivate swimmers to surpass their goals and all they are capable of and beyond. He believes his expertise and personality is best suited instilling fundamental swimming skills in our youngest athletes. He is coach of Paralympian Matthew Cabraja (2020 - Tokyo).  Ian was an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2018 World Series of Para in Denmark. In 2019 he was part of the coaching staff for Team Canada for 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in Italy and was selected as 1 of 4  apprentice coaches for the 2019 Para World Championship in London England.

Some recent accolades include: 

  • 2018 Ontario Coaches Association – Grassroots Coach of the year
  • 2019 Brampton Board of Trade Top 40 under 40
  • 2021 Swim Ontario Male Para Coach of the Year
  • 2021 Swim Ontario Coach Service Award
  • 2022 Swim Ontario Male Para Coach of the Year