Coaching Staff
Amanda Coach - Etherington Head Coach

High Performance & Senior

Our Head Coach Amanda has spent most of her life in a pool, either as a swimmer or an instructor. After a brief stint coaching with CPWD in 2013, Amanda went to Perth and volunteer coached while being mentored by Coach Rod Agar of the Perth Stingrays. In 2014, she returned to CPWD as assistant coach, then in 2015 became the Head Coach at CPWD.  A Level 2 Certified Coach with 20 years+ background in recreation, fitness and aquatics, Amanda has coached both Provincial level & Age Group National level swimmers. She was the proud recipient of CSCTA's Domestic Excellence Award in 2016, formerly the "Coach of the Year" award. 

Angela Coach - Krizanac Age Group Black & Blue Assistant Coach

I can only remember ever being comfortable in the water, thanks to my parents, who taught my siblings and I the fundamentals of swimming at a young age. In 1998 I, wanting to join my then best friend, started attending swimming lessons at the newly built indoor pool — the only one in town. She soon quit swimming. I really enjoyed the lessons so I continued. A year later I learned that a swim club was recently established and it was recommended that I join. What fallowed were 9 challenging, yet wonderful years of continuous hard work and fun. I was part of a small and successful aquatic family. We trained an average of 25 hours a week, competing regularly and traveling frequently. I had the opportunity to perform nationally and internationally. Favourite strokes from the start have been freestyle and breaststroke. Always admired a beautifully executed butterfly (working on it). With age I’m learning to appreciate each stroke, and love to incorporate all into my personal swim workout. In my early twenties I stepped away from swimming for a few years, focusing solely on schoolwork. After moving back and forth between Europe and Canada, I began more actively swimming in 2015 when the family settled in Georgetown, ON. There I gained certifications for First Aid and instructing, and shortly after for coaching. I have been instructing swimming, and coaching lifesaving sport ever since, and am dedicating a greater amount of my time to coaching and working towards becoming a full–time swimming coach. I love working with individuals of all ages who allow swimming, at whatever capacity, to be a part of their healthy fitness routine. I have an immense appreciation for the sport and its powerful grace. The years I devoted to being a competitive swimmer have had a great impact on who I have become, and are the foundation of who I continuously strive to be — a healthy, active and dedicated individual. It would be a great privilege for me to provide such a remarkable opportunity to another. I look forward to seeing you at the poolside.

 
 
Heidi Coach - Lowry Pre Competitive Assistant Coach

Heidi Lowry has been coaching various sports for thirty years and teaching for twenty-six 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.  She is married to a farmer from Almonte and they have three beautiful children Isabel 11, Mason 10 and MacPherson 8. All three children swim 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 first  year coaching the pre-competitive group for CPWD. She also coaches the 13U girls volleyball team for Ottawa Fusion.  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 who are challenged with behaviour difficulties.  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!