2021 Nanaimo White Rapids Coaches

Head Coach: Lee Vanden Ham

Email: [email protected]

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 hometown 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.  Six 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 finishing my fifth and final year of education with a minor in kinesiology at Vancouver Island University and I am currently on the Student Union executive board as director of internal relations. Over the last 3 years, 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.   

Assistant Head Coach: Em McGibbon​ 

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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 became a coach, swimming instructor and lifeguard, working at Ravensong for over 3 years.  I am currently finishing my French degree at UVic. During my studies I had the opportunity to teach in France and study in Montreal (while teaching bilingual swim lessons). I am aiming to do my Post Baccalaureate Education at VIU to become a french immersion teacher (hopefully Kindergarten). This will be my fourth year with the White Rapids and I cant wait to continue to share my experiences with the team. Swimming has played a huge role in my life, but I think that swimming isnt just about learning how to go faster. Its about building confidence and creating a supportive team environment for personal growth.

Senior Coach: Ava Johnson

Hi everyone! My name is Ava and I am so excited to be coaching with the White Rapids again this season. This summer will mark my twelve season swimming for the White Rapids and my sixth season as a coach. Outside of swimming and the pool, I am a 3rd year student at Vancouver Island University. I am majoring in Education and minoring in Kinesiology, to one day become a physical education and social studies teacher. Swimming has been apart of my life for so long and I can’t imagine my life without it. I love the atmosphere at the Kin pool and the positive feeling you get when you're there. I am very excited to see what this summer will bring and to share my passion for swimming with the White Rapids as a senior coach this summer. See you at the pool!

Senior 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 ninth year with this club and my sixth year of coaching. I am also a Lifeguard here with the city and a member of the Mariners swim team. Outside of aquatics, I am currently in my second year of the Kinesiology program at VIU and I am aiming to either become a teacher or go into occupational therapy with my degree. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion of the sport with the rest of the club this summer!

Junior Coach: Arada Barclay

Hi! I’m Arada Barclay and this summer marks my 7th season with the White Rapids as a swimmer and 5th as a coach and I couldn’t be more excited to be back at the pool this year! Being a member of this swim club has given me so many fun experiences and I’ve made amazing friends over the years. As a coach I hope to inspire our swimmers and provide them with a fun and safe environment to develop athletic and social skills. Outside of swimming, I’m a grade 12 student graduating from Nanaimo District Secondary this June and I will be starting my studies at VIU in September. See you at the pool!

Junior Coach: Kayley Morch

Hi everyone!  My name is Kayley Morch and I am very excited to be coaching and swimming for the Nanaimo White Rapids again this year!  This summer will be my eleventh season as a swimmer and my fourth season as a coach.  I am currently in grade 12 at Dover Bay Secondary School and I will be going to UVIC in the fall for Psychology.  Swimming has always been a very big part of my life and I am super excited to be back at Kin pool and to be able to share my knowledge and love for the sport with the rest of the club!

Junior Coach: Nyah De Pol

Hi everyone! My name is Nyah De Pol. I am so excited to spend another summer with the Nanaimo White Rapids. This coming summer will mark my 12th season swimming with the club and my 4th year coaching. Outside of the Nanaimo White Rapids, I spend the off season training with the Riptides. I am very passionate about swimming and coaching and love dedicating my time to the sport. I have also played 12 seasons of soccer and 4 seasons of basketball. I love constantly being active and have always been excited to try new things. I am a grade 11 student at Dover Bay Secondary. I am working hard so that I can go to UBC after graduation. I am eager to get back on the pool deck for another amazing season. I am excited to share my passion and love for the sport and this club with all of you! I look forward to seeing you all at the pool this summer.

Junior Coach: Ella Page

Hey everyone, I’m Ella! This will be my eighth summer as a swimmer and my third as a coach. There’s a lot to get excited about with being back at Kin Pool this summer; one of those things for me is that I get to continue sharing my love for swimming and our White Rapids family. I have had so many great experiences through the club, developing lifelong skills and making friends. I want to help swimmers have a great time, just as I have. When not at the pool, I’m at Dover Bay Secondary School as a grade 12 student. You might also see me around working as a junior firefighter with Lantzville Fire Rescue. Next year I’ll be going to VIU to pursue my studies in politics and philosophy. What I exactly plan on doing with that? To be determined. Anyways, stay healthy and safe, and I can’t wait to see you all at the pool!

Junior Coach: Sophie Peer

Hi everyone! My name's Sophie Peer and I'm so excited to be back at the Kin pool for another great season of swimming! This will be my 8th summer swimming with the White Rapids and my third summer as a coach. I’m a grade 11 student at Nanaimo District Secondary school, and hope to one day become a marine biologist. I have loved the water and swimming for as long as I can remember and I can't imagine life without 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. My favorite part of being a coach is seeing swimmers gain new skills and reach their goals. I can't wait to see you all on deck and in the pool!

Developmental 2 Coach: Isabella Richards

My name Is Isabella (Izzy) Richards. I’m 16 years old. I have been a part of the White Rapids Community since 2015 and coaching since 2019 and I am so glad to be coming back as a coach this summer. Outside of the pool I am involved in musical theatre with Dover Bay's Performing Arts Academy.  My absolute favourite saying is “ teamwork makes the dream work” and that’s what I hope to leave my swimmers with at the end of
the summer. Looking forward to diving right in (haha) and making a splash this summer!

Developmental 2 Coach: Isabelle Parsons

Hi swimmers! My name is Isabelle Parsons and I am so stoked to be back this summer. I am 16 years old and a grade 11 French Immersion student at NDSS, hoping to continue my education somewhere far away and pursue a degree in psychology. I’ve been a swimmer with the Nanaimo White Rapids for six years and a coach for two. When I’m not speed swimming I am competing with my Synchro team. We are a U15 provincial stream team with the Nanaimo Diamonds. Throughout my years with the White Rapids I have fallen in love with swimming and the environment the club emits. I have been involved with sports practically my whole life and the pleasure of being taught by a variety of different coaches, who’ve ultimately shaped me into the coach I am today. Needless to say I am so excited to meet you all and pass on the skills and enjoyment I have learnt from this sport. 

Developmental Coach: Aia Segal

Hey! My name is Aia and I’m a grade 10 student at NDSS in the french immersion stream. I’m super excited to start coaching this year, and can’t wait to get back in the pool. I’ve spent 4 or 5 summers with the club and the pool community is truly something special; fun and engaging and awesome. I love to swim, in the pool and otherwise,I am grateful for the chance to share that love with others and hope to inspire the swimmers. I teach, the way my coaches have inspired me. Outside of the club, I love to read, am part of the musical theatre program at ND and am thinking of studying law or environmental social sciences. I can’t wait for the hot weather to arrive and to see you all at the pool!

Developmental Coach: Jack Mace

My name is Jack Mace. I am keen to be a Developmental Coach this swim season. I have been a member of the club for the past 8 years. I love spending my summers at the outdoor Kin Pool. I hope to see more members at the Water Polo sessions this summer. I participate in multiple sports outside of swimming. These include basketball, cycling, running, climbing, ultimate frisbee, etc. I am also a fluent pianist.  I am currently a Grade 10 student at NDSS.  So excited to get OFF THE BLOCKS!

Developmental Coach: Jasmine Schellinck

Hey Swim Club! My name is Jasmine Schellinck, I’m so happy to be coaching this year! I am 16, started swimming when I was 7 and I have been a swimmer at NWRSC for 9 years now. I love the kind, friendly and fun community that I have grown up with each summer. Swimming has played a big role in my life and I continue to love it! This will be my first year coaching and I'm so excited! I wish to provide the same positive experience with swimming that my past coaches have given me. Outside of swimming, I am a student at Wellington Secondary School and I'm involved in Leadership, Basketball, Band (Flute, Trombone, Alto), and Soccer. I look forward to  meeting all of you! Let’s have a great season together!