2020 Nanaimo White Rapids Coaches

Head Coach: Byron Trajan

Byron is well known in the swimming community.  He was head coach of the Ravensong Breakers for 3 years.  He has NCCP Swimming Level 2, NLS (expired) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from VIU (Sports Health and Physical Education, and English).  When he was 15, Byron won 4 gold medals at the BC Summer Games, a bronze medal at Junior Nationals (100 Breast) at age 18, and broke several provincial and national Masters records in his 20's and 30's. Byron represented Canada at the World Championships for Triathlon three times (2012, 2013 and 2014) and also finished 4th at World Championships for Duathlon (swim & run) in 2014. Other interesting things Byron has done include riding his bike for 3 months down the entire length of Chile to the southern tip of South America in 2016, and swimming for two weeks to several different islands in Greece in 2018. A few interesting facts about Byron are he enjoys books, movies, avocados and chocolate milk!  He believes in taking part in many different activities, being outside as much as possible and having fun. The takeaways and memories from swimming won't be the times you did; they'll be the times you had.

Assistant Head 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!

Assistant Head 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.  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 entering 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 2 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.   


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Isabella Richards

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