2019 Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club Coaches

Head Coach: Baylee Munro

My name is Baylee Munro, and I'm the head coach of the Nanaimo White Rapids. This is my 5th year coaching with the club, and my second year as head coach. I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (and a minor in Business) where I was also a member of the UVic Vikes varsity swim team for 5 years. In my time with the White Rapids, I have applied a systematic approach to training and athletic development that has culminated in several club records, provincial medals, and successful swimming careers. I am an NCCP Level 3 Senior Coach In-Training, which means that I have received specific training in areas like exercise physiology, sport psychology, and leadership so that I can provide the club with a high standard of coaching. I have been recognized within the BCSSA for my skills in season planning, having presented provincially at the annual BCSSA Coaches Conference multiple times. I pride myself on my continual professional development and being able to combine my strong analytical background with my love for swimming and coaching. See you on deck!

Assistant Head Coach: Steven Moore

Hi everyone! My name is Steven Moore, and I am excited to be back for another awesome summer at the Bowen Park Kin Pool! My swimming background starts right here with the Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club where I have been a swimmer for 15 years, I think? (too many to count). This will be my seventh year of coaching and fifth with the White Rapids. Previously I have worked with swimmers all over Nanaimo, spending time with the Nanaimo Riptides, Nanaimo Ebbtides and VIU Swim Club. I have recently graduated from Vancouver Island University where I have obtained my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture along with my Diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology. Over my years of both coaching and swimming I have been very fortunate to have work with plenty of great people who I have learned a lot from. I hope to use this knowledge of swimming I have gained , and pass it down to the next generation of Nanaimo White Rapids Swimmers.

Senior Coach: Em McGibbon​ 

Hiya! My full name is Erin Maude, but I prefer Em. I started learning to swim when I was about 3 and began competing at 6 with the Ravensong Breakers in Qualicum. After nearly 10 years of competitive swimming, I coached with the Breakers for one year. I became a swimming instructor and lifeguard when I was 17, and I taught swimming at Ravensong for over 3 years.
This will be my third year with the White Rapids and I can’t wait to continue to share my experiences with the team. Swimming has played a huge role in my life, but I think that swimming isn’t just about learning how to go faster. It’s about building confidence and creating a supportive team environment for personal growth. I am currently studying French at UVIC and hope to become a French immersion teacher in the future. I have already lived in France for a year and I will be returning from my year in Montreal to continue sharing my love for aquatics!

Senior Coach:  Lee Vanden Ham

Hello Friends!  My name is Lee Vanden Ham and I am super excited to be coaching for the White Rapids again this year! I began swimming at the age of six in my home town of Edmonton with a summer club called Edmonton Huma Huma Nuka Nuka Apua’a and stayed with them for 11 years as a swimmer and eventually ended up coaching with them for 3 years. Out of the 14 years of my time with Huma, we won provincials four of those years, with two separate back to back provincial championships and I managed to get a provincial record as well.  Five years ago I coached with Edmonton Keyano Swim Club and proceeded to coach the next two seasons with the Edmonton Olympian Swim Club. During that time I was the lead coach for the U of A summer swim camp for three years and also coached the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team for one year. I am entering my fourth year of education with a major in physical education at Vancouver Island University and I am currently on the Student Union executive board as director of internal affairs. Over the last 12 months, I was in charge of the Winter Maintenance session for  White Rapids as well as coaching SD 68 high school swimming. I am also currently the vice president and co-founder and captain of the brand new VIU Mariners Varsity Swim Club.   

Intermediate Coach: Dima Bobkov

Hi, my name is Dima Bobkov, I am very excited to coach at Kin Pool again this summer! Swimming has always been a large part of summer for me, whether it’s recreational or competitive, and my time with the White Rapids has helped me improve myself in many ways. I have been swimming with clubs since 2011 and have been part of the White Rapids for 4 years. The club atmosphere is a great place for meeting friends and achieving best times or fitness goals and I am happy to be a part of it! Outside of swimming, I like biking, cooking, photography, and driving; I’m also a 3rd year student at UBC studying Electrical Engineering. I look forward to being a part of the team and seeing everyone this summer!

Intermediate Coach: Ava Johnson

Hi everyone! My name is Ava and I am excited to be coaching with the White Rapids again this season. This summer will mark my tenth season swimming for the White Rapids and my fourth season as a coach. Outside of swimming and the pool, I’m a grade 12 student at Nanaimo District Secondary School and played on both the volleyball and basketball teams, on which we were named the Island champions in both sports. Swimming has been apart of my life for so long and I can’t imagine my life without it. I love the atmosphere of the pool and the feeling you get when you're there. I am very excited to see what this summer will bring and to share my passion for sports and swimming with the White Rapids as an Intermediate Coach this summer. See you at the pool!

Intermediate Coach: Finn Bodnar

Hey all! My name is Finn Bodnar and I am super excited to be back with the White Rapids for another season! I started competitively swimming in 2007 with the Campbell River Salmon Kings and continued with them until I moved to Nanaimo and joined the White Rapids in 2012. This summer will mark my seventh year of swimming with this club and my fourth year of coaching. Other than coaching and swimming, I am also in grade 12 at Dover Bay Secondary School as well as a Lifeguard/Instructor with the City of Nanaimo. I can’t wait to share my experience and love for swimming with the rest of the club!

Junior Coach: Sophia Schellinck

Hi everyone, my name is Sophia Schellinck. I'm so excited to be a coach for NWRSC again! This is my 6th season with the club and my 4th season as a coach. When I first started swimming at 12 years old, I was swimming with kids who had been swimming since they were 5 years old. I felt so far behind. But the coaches helped and supported me, they showed me how fun swimming is and now I can't imagine not swimming. I want to help kids become the best swimmer they can be. I want them to feel strong in the water, like they could do anything if they set their mind to it. My biggest goal for this summer is that the kids work hard and have fun, because to me that's the best part of NWRSC.

Junior Coach: Arada Barclay

Hi everyone! My name's Arada and I'm a student at NDSS. I'm super excited to start my 5th summer with the white rapids and my 3rd summer as a coach. I've had some awesome coaches these past years and I would love to be able to have that kind of an impact on my own swimmers. My goal is to foster a fun a positive environment, and always encourage kids to do their best. I'm looking forward to seeing all the old, (and hopefully some new) faces this summer!

Junior Coach: Connor McIntyre

My name is Connor McIntyre. This is my 12th season with the White Rapids and my third season as a coach. I honestly can’t even remember a summer without swimming! I wanted to become a coach for the NWRSC because I wanted to be able to share my experiences and all the fun things being a part of this club entails. I am really looking forward to seeing all the returning swimmers and welcoming new club members. I love everything about swimming but I would have to say my favourite strokes are freestyle and butterfly. I’m super excited to begin another awesome summer of swimming with the White Rapids!

Junior Coach:  Eric Labas

Hey everyone! My name is Eric Labas. This will be my 12th year swimming for the Nanaimo White Rapids and my third year coaching for the club! I am currently in grade 12 at Nanaimo District Secondary School and the captain of the swim team. I am currently coaching 3 sessions of winter maintenance. In the fall I will be attending Vancouver Island University in their SHAPE program. Focusing on physical education sport and health fitness. I am excited to be back at the Kin pool this summer both as a swimmer and coach. Looking forward to a sunny successful swimming season!

Senior Developmental Coach: Nyah De Pol

Hi everyone, my name is Nyah De Pol and I am super excited to be coaching again this summer! This will be my 10th season with the Nanaimo White Rapids and my second season coaching. Outside of the pool I am a grade 9 student at Dover Bay. In the off season I spend my time playing soccer and basketball. I can’t wait to get back out on the deck. See you all this summer!

Senior Developmental Coach: Kayley Morch

Hi everyone! My name is Kayley Morch and this is my ninth season swimming with the Nanaimo White Rapids, and my second season coaching. I wanted to become a coach so that I could help others become a part of the club that I fell in love with. Some of my best memories are from swimming, and I've made so many new friends! I'm really looking forward to another great season full of new experiences, and lots of fun!

Senior Developmental Coach: Cameron Laturnus

I love this club! For the past 8 years swimming has been the highlight of my summer and since last year I have been sharing this love to a new generation of athletes. I believe sports have been one of the biggest effects on my character and person and hope to inspire a new generation just as I was not that long ago. Besides being a two time summer swimming provincial champion I am also an avid runner and BC summer games triathlete medalist. With all of this knowledge and love for high level sports I can’t wait to teach everything I know to my swimmers this summer!

Senior Developmental Coach: Abby Pallard

Hi everyone ! My name is Abby Pallard. I love all things swimming and have a passion for coaching. This will be my 7th season with the club and second season as a coach. I have 8 years of synchronised swimming, I am actively involved with the Nanaimo Riptides Swim Team as a coach and when I’m not at the pool I am travelling, coaching gymnastics or playing Rugby. This year I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to to swim, coach and compete with Leo Lagrange swim club in France and Spain. Looking forward to another great season with the White Rapids!

Junior Developmental Coach: Ella Page

Hey! My name is Ella Page. I’m about to “dive in” to my sixth year of swimming with NWRSC, and my first as a coach. The club hasn’t just helped me improve my swimming, but help build me as an overall athlete, with the support of all the fantastic coaches I’ve had. I can never get enough of the vibrant, positive and fun qualities on deck. I am super excited to be helping swimmers get the great experience I’ve had with the team, sharing my skills, passion, and energy towards swimming. I can’t wait to see everyone working hard, and swimming at Kin Pool this summer!

Junior Developmental Coach: Isabella Richards

Hi my name is Isabella (Izzy for short). This is my first year coaching and 5th year swimming with the White Rapids and I am very excited! When I’m not at the pool I’m singing and acting at Headliners School of Performing Arts. When I’m not performing, I help with the junior productions. I’ve started my road to becoming a lifeguard and have loved every minute of my training for that, as well as training for coaching. Can’t wait to be back at Kin Pool!

Junior Developmental Coach: Isabelle Parsons

Hi everyone, My name is Isabelle Parsons, I am a grade 9 student at NDSS. This will be my fifth year swimming with the Nanaimo White Rapids and my first year as a coach. I have always loved swimming whether I’m racing or swimming for fun. As for when I’m not swimming I’m dancing competitively, running or skiing. I can’t wait to share my love for swimming with so many others. I look forward to seeing you all at the pool!

Junior Developmental Coach: Sophie Peer

Hi everyone! My name's Sophie Peer and i'm so excited for another great season of swimming! This will be my 6th summer swimming with the White Rapids and my first summer as a coach. I have loved the water and swimming for as long as I can remember and I can't imagine life without it. I wanted to become a coach because I just love the positive energy at the pool and I wanted to become a bigger part of that and help add to it. I hope to give every swimmer the same amazing experience that I have had with this club and share my passion for this sport. I can't wait to see you all on deck and in the pool!