Coaching Staff

Head Coach Rod Agar [email protected]
Senior, Senior-FIT, Masters, Age Group White

Rod has an extensive background in coaching with many years of experience at clubs CPWD is familiar with from Perth, Windsor and Kingston, including also experience coaching at Queens University and the Royal Military College of Canada. Rod is a strong believer in swimmers having ownership of their swimming careers and goals and he is especially proud to have previously coached Bailey Andison, who just recently competed for Canada at the Olympics in Tokyo. With Head Coach Rod, we feel that together great things do indeed lie ahead for CPWD. Rod can be contacted for any coaching related question, regardless of swim group. 



Assistance Coach Heidi Lowry [email protected]
Junior Dragons

Heidi Lowry has been coaching various sports for over thirty years and teaching for twenty-eight years. She grew up in Toronto and participated in baseball, track and field, soccer and basketball before falling in love with volleyball in grade ten.
She attended The Ohio State University on a volleyball scholarship and won a Big Ten championship, was an NCAA Final Four competitor and an Academic All Big Ten recipient. An injury ended her career at OSU so she decided to coach the Ohio State Men’s Club team. They came second at the National Championship in Texas that year. Playing and coaching at Ohio State gave her the opportunity to travel around the world and play against many great players and learn from some of the best coaches in the world.

After graduating, she began teaching in Toronto’s Beach community. This gave her the chance to train for beach volleyball and she began having success on the National and FIVB tour representing Canada around the world leading up to the 2000 Olympics. She and her teammate were ranked 34th in the world that year and just missed qualifying for the Sydney games.
After retiring from beach volleyball she continued to play indoor for a club team, coach her school teams and founded her own club team in Toronto until a move took her north to teach in Bracebridge, Ontario. At her last volleyball competition she tore her ACL and needed surgery to repair the damage. 

After hanging up the kneepads due to the injury, she decided to try her hand at another sport and for twelve years she competed in the Highland Games Heavy Events. She was one of the top ranked women in Canada and the World. She came second at Masters World Championships and then retired from that sport. 

She is married to a farmer from Almonte and they have three talented children Isabel 13, Mason 12, and MacPherson 10. All three children have swum for Carleton Place Water Dragons and Heidi figured if she was going to be at the pool anyway sitting on the pool deck, she may as well put her passion for sport and coaching to good use. This will be her second year coaching a  group for CPWD. She also coaches track and field with the Beckwith Athletics Club.

She believes it is her responsibility to pay it forward to all of the young athletes of today’s generation. She is currently working at the Board office in Ottawa and supports students with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs.  The challenges and adversity she has faced as a player and as a coach make her perspective on sport unique. Successes and failures have taught Heidi that the most important thing is to keep moving forward and never give up!



Assistant Coach Chloe Fortier [email protected]
Junior Dragons

Chloe has been swimming for close to 10 years. Her favourite stroke is butterfly, and like many flyers she feels it is a love-hate relationship, but she usually enjoys it. Her favourite race is the 50m fly. She is a veteran senior swimmer of CPWD and enjoyed very much the legendary team Christmas parties of previous senior group traditions, and the wonderful team unity from the Montreal (Samak International) meets from years ago, even though she says she does not love to compete.

Swimming has been a big part of  Chloe's life and she enjoys very much the amazing friends she has made along the way, plus the routine. For Chloe, not much compares to the feeling of complete calm that the water can bring, or the feeling of accomplishment after a 
long practice. For Chloe, that coupled with a great team environment makes for a pretty awesome sport.

Outside of swimming Chloe has quite a few passions. She loves to read, draw, paint and spend time outdoors, even though homework and studying has taken precedence over more creative hobbies as things have gotten busier with school over the years.

Chloe loves everything about coaching swimming. She loves that she is able to help children cultivate a love for swimming, she loves that she can pass on her knowledge of the sport to a younger generation of swimmers, but most of all she loves the swimmers, and having the opportunity to spend so much time with such great groups of kids.


Assistance Coach Josh Agar [email protected]
Age Group Blue