Coaching Staff

Tristan Vowles
Head Coach, Lakeshore Performance Coach
Email: [email protected]

Tristan has been a member of the swimming community for over 20 years. He began his coaching career with the Hamilton Aquatic Club, and has been coaching with the Etobicoke Swim Club for the last 7 years, under accomplished Head Coaches Kevin Thorburn and Robert Novak. He believes in coaching each athlete on an individual level, inspiring them to create ambitious goals, and enabling fulfilment through challenge. He has developed a philosophy of coaching centered on values of effort, attitude, professionalism, and teamwork to achieve high performance results.

As an assistant coach, Tristan has had many athletes excel at the Provincial and National level. He has been a part of developing many Ontario Provincial Championship winning teams, as well as the Canadian Junior Championship winning team in 2018. Some of Tristan’s personal coaching accomplishments include:

  • 1 swimmer selected for the 2017 Junior World Championships in Indianapolis, representing Albania for the 800FR, 1500FR, and 400IM
  • 8 swimmers qualified for the 2020 Canadian Olympic Trials
  • 1 swimmer on an Ontario Provincial relay record
  • 4 swimmers on Etobicoke Swim Club relay records
  • 5 swimmers in the top 16 at Ontario Junior International, including a B final winner in the men’s 50BR
  • 4 swimmers in the top 16 at Canadian Junior Championships, including a B final winner in the women’s 200IM
  • Numerous winners, medalists, and finalists at the Ontario Provincial Championships

Tristan is excited to take ‘learn to swim’ and pre-competitive athletes, foster their development through age group and senior level swimming, and prepare them for university athletics and life beyond the pool deck. He is looking forward to building a culture of excellence, and developing the next wave of great athletes and great people at Lakeshore Swim Club.

 

Nicole LaCoste
Head Age Group Coach, Junior Provincial and Blue Group Coach
Email: [email protected]

The sport of swimming has been one of my greatest teachers in life, and has equipped me with skills that continue to positively impact my life today. I grew up following my mom around the pool deck as she coached, and began my competitive swimming journey with MSSAC at age 10.

During my swimming career, I competed at various levels, achieving the National standard during my teen years. This was one of the highlights for me, as I got to compete alongside my sister at my first National meet – Olympic Trials. I continued swimming on the varsity team at the University of Western Ontario.

Over the last 15 years I have had the opportunity to coach various developmental groups, as well as age group swimmers. During my time with MSSAC, I coached our tier 2 age group level athletes to their regional and provincial time standards. I am passionate about inspiring athletes to achieve their goals, and supporting them as they develop their skills both in and out of the pool. I am committed to providing an inclusive, hard working and fun atmosphere that inspires everyone to be themselves. As a lifelong learner myself, I am continuously pivoting and adopting creative ways to coach and support development.

I am incredibly grateful to have joined the LSC team, and I look forward to our continued growth as a club.

 

Charlotte Reed
Senior and Regional Group Coach
Email: [email protected]

Hello everyone! My name is Charlotte, and I have been in the swimming community for the last 15 years. Growing up in Nassau, The Bahamas, the water was a natural habitat for me. I swam competitively until I was 15, but had to stop due to a double knee injury. When I moved to Toronto at 15, coaching was the natural step because I wanted to continue being on deck, in the environment I loved.

My passion for the sport of swimming bleeds through as I continue to work for and care about the environment I am making for my swimmers. With Lakeshore, I have had the pleasure of working with the Comp 1 and Comp 2 age groups. I enjoy working with the older groups, and forming a connection with these swimmers so that they have a comfortable and productive swimming environment. The older athletes appeal to me more, as I understand the fears of balancing high school and swimming, having gone through that transition as well.

I focus on keeping the children’s passion for the sport alive, and making the training difficult but also fun! Watching the kids progress and grow to where they are today makes me proud, and I look forward to continuing back in the pool (finally!).

 

Donna Ramsbottom
Head Fundamentals Coach, Yellow Group Coach
Email: [email protected]

Swimming has always been fun for me. I grew up on Georgian Bay and learnt to swim in the lake, doing lengths along the cement pier where we would swim to the middle marker and back.

I lived in the Bahamas for 20 years, where I trained with the American Swim Coaches Association to be certified in “learn to swim,” “mommy and me,” “intro to competitive” and “competitive” swimming as an ASCA Level 2 Coach. My mentor coach was an Olympic athlete and Olympic Coach, Andy Knowles from Swift Swimming. With Swift I taught the Government School kids grades 4-6 to swim, and acted as site supervisor and trainer for learn to swim programs, as well as assisted coaching the swim team.

Since moving back to Canada, I have completed my Canadian training and am a qualified Age Group Coach. Being a coach also requires me to have my NLS and CPR. I am also a certified yoga instructor 200HR Hatha Yoga and have completed NCCP Fundamental Movement and Sport Nutrition.

 

Christine Sorocky
Fundamentals Coach
Email: [email protected]

Christine began swimming at age 9 with the Etobicoke Swim Club in the Intro program, and worked her way through their competitive program for the next 10 years. She represented the club at the Junior Provincial and National levels until her transition to the University of Toronto, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree and stayed close to the water through lifeguarding. During her swim career, Christine also volunteered as an assistant coach with her elementary and high school swim teams.

Having spent her life on the pool deck, Christine hopes to bring her background in swimming and love for the sport to help young swimmers have positive, fun experiences in the water while improving thier skills. She is very excited to join the Lakeshore team this season!

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