LANGLEY & ABBOTSFORD OLYMPIANS SWIM CLUB

"Learn to Swim the Olympian Way!"

Langley: 604-532-5257                 Abbotsford: 604-825-1856

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LANGLEY AND ABBOTSFORD OLYMPIANS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS:

 

PREMIER SPONSOR

 

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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brian Metcalfe CEO/Head Coach

Brian has been a full time coaching for 38 years in BC from summer club coaching to year round coaching. He has been instrumental in providing high calibre club environment centered on personal excellence wherever he has coached.  Over the past 17 years LOSC has had tremendous success with achieving high performance results for individuals and the club.  LOSC is one of the few clubs to place in top 5 clubs at Sr. Nationals that is not a Center or Academy.   

Brian started coaching with the Hyack Swim Club in 1983-84 and the Surrey Summer Club in for three summers 1982-1984.  After starting his coaching as an Assistant Coach with Hyack Swim Club he then moved to Victoria to coach at the Victoria Amateur Swim Club as Assistant Head Coach from 1984-1988.  From there he went on to be Head Coach of Pacific Sea Wolves Swim Club (PSW) from 1988-2001.  In 2001 Brian became the Director of Swimming and Head Coach for both Langley Olympians & Abbotsford Olympians Swim Clubs. 

Over the course of his career he has received numerous BC Coach of the year awards for his accomplishments.  Brian has won two golden boot awards that what determined by his coaching peers for us successes. Brian is a level 4 certified coach.

Over the course of Brian’s career he has coached many top swimmers in BC and Canada. 

  • Olympic Team Members - Jake Tapp (2008)
  • Senior National Champions - Phillip Weiss, Katrina Walters, Jake Tapp and Chelsey Salli
  • National Age Group Record(s) - Chelsey Salli
  • Provincial Record (s) - Phillip Weiss, Jake Tapp, Melanie Dodds and Chelsey Salli, Bailey Herbert, Leila Fack
  • Past Senior National Team Members - Hillary Metcalfe, Jake Tapp, Chelsey Salli, Kayla Rawlings, Melanie Dodds, Phillip Weiss and Katrina Walters
  • Past Junior National Team Members - Bailey Herbert, Jake Tapp, Chesley Salli, Kayla Rawlings, Melanie Dodds, Katie Kotlowski, Rachelle Salli, Spencer Landsiedel, Willem Hergeshiemer, and Katrina Walters

Brian was choosen to be the Head Coach for Team BC at the 2020 Luxembourgh Meet in Luxembourgh, Belgium.  He also has coached many BC record holders not limited to those mentioned above as well as National Record holders.

 

Strasser Sankar Assistant Head Coach

The 2021-2022 season marks Strasser's first year with LOSC. His background includes 10+ years as a national athlete for Trinidad & Tobago and 12+ years as a coach. He began coaching at the Petrotrin Barracudas Swim Club in Trinidad, where he was the Assistant Coach for four years and the Head Coach for five years. After relocating to BC, Strasser joined the coaching staff at the Pacific Sea Wolves Swim Club, where he guided swimmers to club records and provincial/western qualifying standards.

Strasser is NCCP Level 3 trained and ASCA Level 5 certified. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Master's degree in Sports Science from Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Strasser is excited to join LOSC and looking forward to a season of excellent results.

Zachary Haw Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

Zach has been a swim coach in Canada for the past 8 years. His experiences include being Assistant Head Coach at the North Vancouver Cruisers Summer Swim Club for the 2017 season and Lead Coach at the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club from 2014-2017. He has worked with some mentor coaches from Canada and the Philippines in gaining knowledge and discussing how to best teach and coach swimming. His most recent mentorship visitation included visiting ESWIM in February 2020 and UVPCS in December 2017.

Zach has been successful and continues to be committed in increasing swimmer participation in club activities and is known by former swimmers and parents as someone fostering an inclusive and fun training environment while still improving performance, psychological, physiological, and social needs of his swimmers. His coaching philosophy stresses heavily on hard work and effort, focusing primarily on conducting oneself in a disciplined fashion in pursuit of excellence. Zach, together with his athletes, have successful podium finishes and club record holders over the years. 

Zach is currently NCCP Level 3 certified. He hopes to work towards gaining more experience coaching and making a positive impact to his swimmers.

On a more personal side, Zach was a former varsity swimmer during his high school days. He recently graduated from the University of British Columbia, double majoring in psychology and political science.

Reese Blunden Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

This is Reese's third year coaching with LOSC. She started swimming when she was 7 and swam with LOSC for 9 years.  During her time with LOSC, she competed at numerous meets from across BC as a Provincial level swimmer.  She has lots of personal swimming experience to offer swimmers and has taken coaching courses.

Mia Goretic Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

Mia began swimming competitively in 2012 and has been swimming competitively for 8 years.  Mia swam with The Langley Olympians Swim Club at a Provincial and National level.  She broke L&A OSC Club records and has medaled at high level meets.  She has lots of experience and knowledge of competitive swimming and has also attending multiple lifeguarding courses.  This will be Mia’s first season coaching and she is looking forward to share her knowledge with younger swimmers.

Milana Solar Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

This will be Milana’s third year coaching. Milana started swimming with LOSC at the age of 7 and has been swimming for 10 years. Milana has competed in many swim competitions all over BC. She is a certified Water Safety Instructor and has completed several other lifeguard courses. Milana has lots of swimming experience to offer younger swimmers and is excited to begin coaching!

Nevena Solar Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

Nevena is a returning coach for the Langley Olympians Swim Club. She previously coached for three years and is now returning to coaching. She began competative swimming at the age of 7, and retired from the sport at 14. During her time at LOSC, Nevena competed in many swim meets across BC. In addition to coaching, Nevena is also a lifeguard/swim instructor. She has her Water Safety Instructor certification, in addtion to many other first aid classes. Nevena enjoys bonding with children and is so excited to share her knowledge about swimming to them!

Ella Belgica Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool
Coach Ella has been swimming with Langley Olympians since she was 6 years old. Ella swam at the Provincial level and won multiple medals at BC Age Group Championships. She has also gone to swim meets around BC.
 
Coach Ella has lots of swimming experience and knowledge to teach new swimmers that she have learned through the years of swimming. Coach Ella is looking forward to help the younger swimmers to become the best they can be!
Danielle De la Gorgendiere Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

This will be Danielle’s second season coaching with LOSC. Danielle began swimming at the age of 5 with the Mission summer swim team. She then switched to winter swimming in grade 8 and swam in the National group throughout high school. She has coached two summers with the Langley Flippers and is a certified lifeguard/instructor with the Township of Langley and the City of Surrey. Danielle is looking forward to the upcoming season and is excited to start working with the swimmers.

Sophie Nazareno Assistant Coach - Walnut Grove Pool
Tiia Ovaska Head Coach - AOSC

Tiia joins the Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club for her first season.  This is her second year as a BC resident as she come all the way from Northern Ontario. Tiia comes with more than 10 experience as both swimmer and coach for Nickel City Aquatics in Sudbury Ontario prior to transitioning to Assistant Head Coach with the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts in 2018. She is organized and is excited ready to take on a new season. 

 

Tiia believes that although a strong swimmer may be built from their coach or teammates, it is the families and community support that raise strong swimmers, students, and goal-oriented people to success.

Asiah Demsky (Coaches) Assistant Coach - AOSC

This is Asiah's 12th year swimming with AOSC and is a current member of the club. She has won every swimmer of the month award at least once and has gained many awards for yearly swim meet attendance. Asiah has represented AOSC at swim meets across the Metro Vancouver area for many years. This will be Asiah's first year as a coach, but has volunteered in the past. She is looking forward to finding new swimmers who will also represent AOSC at higher levels of competition.

Sarah Wooffinden Assistant Coach - AOSC

This will be Sarah’s first year of coaching with the Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club.  She has been swimming competitively with The Abbotsford Olympians for the past 5 years and is still an active swimmer.  While swimming Sarah has received multiple awards including Swimmer of the Meet Award, Swimmer of the Month Awards for her excellent Attendance, Listening and for being the Hardest Worker, she has also received an Academic Award at School.  She is looking forward to start coaching and to work with our younger swimmers in Abbotsford to help them to improve their strokes and fitness.

Kayla Rawlings Masters Coach - Walnut Grove Pool

Kayla Rawlings swam competitively for over ten years. Kayla swam with the Langley Olympians Swim Club starting in 2003, then after graduating high school received a swimming scholarship for Oregon State University in Corvallis OR.  

She finished school in March 2010, receiving a degree in Health and Human Sciences and majoring in Exercise & Sport Science. Kayla has returned home to BC and is a teacher within the Surrey School District.  Kayla is excited to we working with our Masters swimmers!

 

Christy Thompson Office Manager

Christy has been the office manager for the Olympians Swim Club for the past three seasons.  She has never swum competitively before but has learned a lot about competitive swimming during her time with the Olympians Swim Club.  She has a good understanding of competitive sports and is involved with coaching softball at a high level and has coached teams that have placed first and third in Provincials. 

She is looking forward to continue working with the Olympians Swim Club and to learn more about the world of competitive swimming.  If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact her in our office as she is more than happy to help!

Board of Directors