Olympian Visit

Head Coach - Lucien Catalina





Olympians and Award Banquet


Sunday October 6th, Red Deer Catalina Swim Club, with support from the City of Red Deer, proudly hosted two Olympic swimmers to share both their stories as athletes and their knowledge of swimming with our energetic young swimmers.


Jon Cleveland participated three times in the Olympic games (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996). He earned a bronze medal in Barcelona for his team’s performance in the 400 Medley Relay, and Swim Club members had the chance to hold the medal and dream big.

Mark Versfeld also participated in the Olympic games (Sydney 2000) and joined Jon Cleveland in sharing his experiences including the 1998 World Championships in Perth where he brought back the bronze medal in 200 Backstroke. It was an amazing experience for all the swimmers who picked up some amazing training and performance tips from these athletes.


The day also served as the platform for the 2018/2019 awards banquet, where the team had the chance to celebrate the results of the prior year. Some highlights from the season included;

•    The first international senior medal for Kyla Leibel who won a bronze and a silver medal during the Pan American Games

•    A double Provincial Championship medium team win (spring and summer), which was a first for the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club

•    Forty new team records were set last year, including numerous relay records, which is a testament to growth as a team


Each age group also recognized one swimmer in the category of most improved, best work ethic and “best race” of the year.

Most improved Award: Davis Hansen (Jr. Development), Emmy Flynn (Development), Makena Victor (Jr. Provincial), Abbigail Bahler (Provincial), Jaden Debruijn (Performance), Brooklyn Wiens (High Performance)

Best Work Ethic Award: Gian Quirino (Jr. Development), Logan Milman (Development), Piper Hilderbrandt  (Jr. Provincial), Kaymin Graham (Provincial), Isaac Bahler (Performance), Jayden Vale (High Performance)

Best Race Award: Ben Bahler (Jr. Development), Addison Pruden (Development), James Cho (Jr. Provincial), Madison Wiens (Provincial), Owen Halford (Performance), Ocean Roos (High Performance)


The club also celebrated three overall team awards. Justin Valentine won the Bonanza Cup for his years of outstanding leadership and sportsmanship. The Bryce Iliscupidez Memorial Award went to Kaymin Graham. Bryce was a young enthusiastic swimmer who passed away at a young age. His memory is honored by awarding a swimmer with a great attendance, positive attitude, who is accepting of new challenges and shows great leadership. Lastly the Art Mellom Memorial Award. Arthur Edward Mellom was a coach for Red Deer Catalina between 1971-1992. To honor his memory, we award a swimmer with great commitment, dedication and perseverance who attains success. This season the award went to Owen Halford who participated for the first time in National Championships qualifying for a final.


The Red Deer Catalina Swim Club wanted to thank the City of Red Deer, Jon and Mark for bringing the event to life. It was a truly great day for the parents and the swimmers.