Coaching Staff
Gord Sprung Head Coach

Gord is OSHAC’s Head Coach. He coaches the Senior team and runs all of the dryland training sessions. Head Coach Gord began his swimming career as a member of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club and went on to represent the Axemen at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. It was there that he began his coaching career working with the Axemen in his final year as well as taking on the role of head coach of the local swim team the Wolfville Tritons.

Gord has been with OSHAC since 1994, he started off as the Head Age Group Coach, and 4 years later he was promoted to Head Coach. As Head Coach, he has seen the club produce several provincial and youth national champions. He has also coached a number of athletes who have gone on to be selected to several Provincial and National teams including the Ontario Canada Games Team and the Junior Pan Pacific Team.

Coach Gord is a former National level swimmer with over 16 years of experience as an athlete and now more than 25 years of experience as a coach, his passion for helping athletes reach their potential remains as strong as ever.

Kiersten Wollenzien Head Age Group Coach, AG1 & AG2

Kiersten has been in the swimming community for almost twenty years now. Through hard work, determination, and many years of swimming for the Newmarket Stingrays Swim Club, Kiersten made her way to qualifying for Age Group Nationals. After her time with the Stingrays she went onto swim for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats on a Division I swimming scholarship where she competed for four years; helping her team earn an ECAC Championship title in her senior year. After her time at UNH, she found she didn't want to leave behind the sport she loved so much and applied to be the Assistant Coach at Queen's University where she earned her Bachelor of Education.

After Queen's Kiersten went back and coached at Newmarket for several years. She coached many different ages and levels of swimmers in her years at Newmarket. She guided many swimmers to achieve their goals and coached a few onto the podium at different championship meets.

Kiersten is a very technique and goal oriented coach and will aid her swimmers realize what it is that needs to be done to achieve their goals as much as she can. She has a pure passion for the sport of swimming and for helping others reach their goals. She is very enthusiastic and loud and can usually be seen pacing up and down the deck or yelling and gesturing from atop a block during practices. She knows a lot about time management and balancing life and is always open to sharing any story or knowledge she has in the field of swimming, time management, TV, movies, or anything else you are curious about. In her spare time, Kiersten enjoys practicing yoga, going to crossfit classes, and bingeing on Netflix.

Patricia Luke Age Group III Coach

Tricia has been coaching with the Oshawa Aquatic Club over the past several years.  She joined OSHAC after beginning her coaching career with the Thunder Bay Thunder Bolts where she attended Lakehead University .  She also spent a few key coaching years with the Whitby Dolphins upon returning home from her post-secondary education.

Tricia swam for 10 years with what was then the Whitby Iroquois Swim Club reaching status as a provincial level swimmer.

When not coaching, Tricia is an elementary public school teacher with the Toronto District School Board and also spends time volunteering with the Canadian Newfoundland Dog Rescue.  She is very proud of her accomplishments as a swimming coach and her dedication to the Long Term Athlete Development in the sport of swimming which can be attested to if one counts the number of senior and gold swimmers who have come up under her coaching with the Oshawa Aquatic Club.

Andrew Miller Masters Coach

Andrew started swimming at the age of 11 after his family moved to Elliot Lake from a small northern mining town in northern Manitoba. He continued to share his enthusiasm for the sport as a water safety instructor, lifeguard and through participation in lifeguard competitions. Andrew spent two years on the University of Waterloo's Varsity swim team where he excelled as a freestyler and butterflyer. Andrew continues to pursue his love of swimming by practising with the Senior group in the mornings and by coaching the Masters group on Monday and Friday nights.  

Andrew has been coaching the Masters group for 4 swim seasons and is learning more about swimming with every  practice.

Kim Barton Dolphin Coordinator

Kim has been swimming forever and her parents struggled to keep her out of the water. She has memories of being tied to the tree at the cottage just to keep her out of the water! She swam as a competitive swimmer and did synchronized swimming. Her proudest moment was bringing home a bronze medal when she attended the World Masters Games in Denmark for synchronized swimming

As a competitive swimmer, her favourite stroke was the butterfly. To this day, she remembers her coach saying - “don't just do it, DO IT! Make it count!”

As a coach, she loves that moment when a swimmer looks at her and says – “I get it now”, and goes off to show you just how much they do get it.

Kim is happy to be a part of the OSHAC family again.

Alexandria O'Connell-Gray Varsity Coach

Ally is currently in here first year of the Social Services Worker program at Durham College. She started swimming competitively in 2012 when she was in grade 8 and continued until the end of grade 11. During her competitive swimming career, she earned a number of awards, including Most Improved, Coach’s Award along with four Time Off Awards. During her grade 12 year, Ally turned her focus over to coaching and really enjoyed her experience as a Dolphins coach.

From the very beginning breaststroke has been her favourite stroke. She will never forget the funny lesson she learned in her very first meet. You can just imagine the excitement that she must have felt when she placed first in her very first breaststroke race, that excitement was quickly replaced by a life lesson when she got DQ’d because she forgot to do a two hand touch. Another life lesson came when she was bragging about how long she did the plank for and later Gord made the whole group plank for double the time that she was bragging about.

Ally loves working with people on setting goals and working with them to help them achieve their goals. Ally is passionate about establishing a positive environment so swimmers can grow as people in and out of the pool. This season, she will bring a positive, friendly, and motivating atmosphere during training.

You can contact her at allyoconnellgray@gmail.com or 905.626.4091

Board of Directors
Jeff Champagne President
Tabitha Simoes Vice President
Amanda Chapman Treasurer
Lucy Romao Vandepol Secretary
Andrew Miller IT/Web Coordinator
John Veurtjes Registrar
Melissa Mitchell Equipment
Sarah Davis Social Representative
Julie Reid Officials Chair
Andrea Buller Meet Manager
Belinda Woodford Bingo Manager