Olympic prospects (OP)

Olympic Prospects  (OP) is MAC's pre-competitive development program. OP is designed to establish a strong technical foundation in all four competitive strokes while instilling a love of swimming so that children and families enter the sport of competitive swimming with an opportunity for lifelong enrichment. To join, every new swimmer must go through an assessment. The assessment is required to determine if the swimmer is ready for the program and what level best suits the swimmer. Swimmers will be selected for one of the OP programs below. Assessments are by appointment. Each assessment takes about 10 minutes. Please email [email protected] to book an assessment. Refer to our Membership page for what to bring to the assessment.


oP program DIRECTOR
[email protected]

Assistant Coaches: Maeve Atkinson, Emily Ma, Brianna Mohammadi




Parent representative for OPA, OPD & OPDEV: JP de MIRANDA and JIA LI
Parent representative for OPB: OLENA CHAPOVALOV
Parent representative for OPC: ROHAN BHARGAVA
Parent reps act as a liaison between the coach, the parents, the club and its members. To reach your OP parent rep, email [email protected]



2022-23 Olympic Prospects Practice Schedule


December schedule revised 01/12/22


January/February Schedule


OP programs start date: week of October 3, 2022


Pool Location until end of season: MILLIKEN MILLS POOL, 7600 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON L3R 9S5


Entrance Criteria to the Olympic Prospects Program:


  • Age: 8-10 yrs
  • Must be able to swim 25 metres of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and have an understanding of butterfly
  • Swims three times per week


  • Age: 7-9 yrs

  • Must be able to swim 25 metres of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and understand dolphin kick

  • Swims two times per week


  • Age: 6-8 yrs

  • Must be able to swim 25 meters of freestyle and backstroke

  • Swims once a week


  • Age: 6-13 yrs
  • Must be able to swim 25 meters of freestyle and backstroke
  • Swims once a week


  • 11-13 years

  • Must have an understanding of all 4 competitive strokes and must be able to deliver regulation turns

  • Swims once or twice a week

Practice Structure

  • 5 - 10 minutes dryland/activation/mobility on deck
  • 45 - 50 minutes of swimming (skills/kicking)
  • 5 - 10 minutes of games or relays in water

Daily Expectations for Swimmers

  • Listens and tries to do what the coach says
  • Courteous and respectful with the coaches
  • Courteous and respectful with other swimmers in the pool
  • Comes to practice with a good attitude
  • Fosters teamwork and sportsmanship

Practice Guidelines

Teach and continue to improve the basic swimming fundamentals:

  • Body Position, stack and lock streamline
  • Properly kick all four strokes
  • Properly swim all 4 strokes
  • Starts and Turns
  • Breathing Patterns for Free and Fly
  • Introduce the concept of body dolphin swimming.
  • Team Cheers
  • Goal Setting


There will be 1-2 developmental swim meets for Olympic Prospects. Schedule to be determined

Criteria to Exit to Competitive Stream - "Graduation" (On Coach's Approval)

  • Streamline off every wall with a stack and lock. Be able to push off, back, side, stomach.
  • Has knowledge and can execute at least three core drills pertaining to each stroke
  • Is comfortable doing short and long axis turns.
  • Has four legal strokes maintaining proper body position
  • Has a legal 100 IM
  • Has a basic practice habit (per practice document)
  • Legal starts and finishes.
  • Understands and can display good sportsmanship
  • Understands changing pace / speed adjustment
  • Age Recommendation: at least 7 years of age to 10 years of age

Equipment Required

Goggles Mandatory
Swim Cap Mandatory
Black Swim Suit Mandatory
Mesh Bag Mandatory
Kickboard Mandatory
Fins Mandatory
Pull Float Mandatory

Swim caps can be purchased from the office - please email [email protected] or speak to your coach on deck 

Equipment and Black Swim suits can be purchased from Ontario Swim Hub

As a member of Markham Aquatic Club, you have access to exclusive offers through the following retailer:

Ontario Swim Hub (Inside T&T Grocery Plaza) 8339 Kennedy Rd #2137 Markham, ON L3R 5T5