2020-2021 Senior Coaches

 

Chris Henderson
Head Coach
Senior Blue & Senior White
Shannon Cunningham
Junior Blue & Junior White
 
   
I grew up in Georgetown and swam for HHBF from 1996-2001. I raced at the national level and made a number of provincial and national finals.
 
I attended the University of Waterloo, as well as Renison College, and swam for a brief time at UW, while graduating with a Degree in Social Development Studies, as well as a Diploma of Social Work.
 
I started coaching with HHBF in 2008/09 alongside Paralympic Team Canada Coach Mike Thompson and together we built HHBF into a competitive team. I took over as head coach in 2012/13 and since then, with the help of Coach Shannon, we have re-written the record boards, grown the club in size and depth, and created a progressive program that embraces the Long Term Athlete Development program set out by Swimming Canada.
 
My philosophy is: HAPPY HEALTHY SWIMMERS, SWIM FAST! I believe we need to have our athletes passionate about the sport and keep them healthy through rest, recovery and nutrition.
 
My passions off the deck include my family (wife and three little girls), advocating for physical fitness, researching nutrition, and the key it plays to health and athletics, as well as running ultra marathons (100 milers) with my brother in law! Feel free to talk to me about whatever is on your mind. See you at the pool.
 
#BeBetter     #DoEpic ​   #OutTrainThem
I was born in London Ontario, but grew up on the beaches of Sarasota, Florida. This is where my love of the water began. I started my competitive swimming with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks were I had the opportunity to be a multi event qualifier and finalist competing in the YMCA Nationals, Florida All Stars and Junior Olympics.
 
While competing with my local team I also swam with my high school swim team (Riverview High School) and was a state qualifier all four years focusing in the 100m backstroke. Throughout my tenure with the Sharks and Riverview Rams, I learned the fundamentals of hard work, dedication both in and out of water, and the importance of transferring these lessons to my daily life.
 
I completed an Associates degree from UCF in Orlando then moving to Ontario I graduated in 2009-2010 with a degree Visual and creative arts degree from Sheridan College. For five years I worked with the Atlantis School of Swim in Oakville. I began as a youth swim instructor and while I still spend time in the pool in a teaching role, I quickly became on-deck supervisor, in no small part thanks to my extensive swimming background. In 2013 I joined the Blue Fins team where I continue to teach the joy and passion for competitive swimming as I had enjoyed as a young child.

" Your off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! " Dr.Suess

Aman Rooprai
Intro Comp A,B,C
 
Stephanie Schweigl
Assistant Coach
Junior Blue and Junior White

I was born and brought up in India. I learned to swim there and progressed to competitive swimming. While I earned 3 medals in my overall high school swimming career, I earned 10 times more medals (30+medals) in my 4-year competitive college-swimming career in India. As a result of the team-effort, our college swimming team remained undefeated and won the overall championship trophy for two consecutive years. Furthermore, I also participated in 3 national championships representing my university and state (province).

Life opened-up opportunities and I moved to Canada to pursue higher
education. I completed my Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from Ryerson University and started working in the private sector. I continued my passionate-connection with the sport of
swimming. While completing my education and then working in the industry-setting, I developed and worked at the Brampton YMCA as a Swim-Instructor, and as a Lifesaving Swim Coach under the strong
leadership of my supervisor. I kept my competitive athlete-spirit alive. I won 2 Bronze and 1 Gold medals in various relay events in the Ontario Seniors Lifesaving Championships over the years.


Determined to grow my swim coaching knowledge, I completed my NCCP Level 01 certification and became a certified Swimming Canada Fundamentals Coach.  I advanced my knowledge and earned the Level 05 certification (education pathway) from the American Swimming Coaching Association.

My goal at HHBF is to develop technically strong swimmers, resilient personalities, and community leaders. I believe in struggling, fighting well, and following the process.


“Do what you can with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

 
I was born in Brampton, Ontario and have been swimming competitively for 15 years. I spent 7 years  swimming at Cobra Swim Club, where I accomplished many things, including going and medaling at
provincial events. I joined Halton Hills Blue Fins in grade 8, where I had the lovely chance of meeting the  coaches and teammates, where I grew lifelong friendships.
 
My coaching career began, when I started volunteering with Cobra Swim Club at the age of 11 and have f allen in love with it since. Watching developing swimmers accomplish their goals both in and out of a
pool has been a feeling like no other. I then worked my way up the ladder, starting as a volunteer with  the HHBF Mini Fin program, then Intro A coach and now the Junior Coach. While swimming  competitively and working alongside HHBF, I also worked for the City of Brampton, as a lifeguard/ instructor, that lead into my position as a Deck supervisor.
 
My goals for swimmers have always been making sure all athletes are confident, healthy, and grow the  same appreciation for swimming that I have. Swimming, although is an individual sport in some aspects,
it is very much a team sport in respects to training and the competitive environment you make. It will  make all the difference in your swimming career.
 
I hope to see you all at the pool!!
 
Just keep swimming – Dory (Finding Nemo)