Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Janusz Kaczmarek Head Coach

Janusz Kaczmarek has been the Head Coach of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club since 2001. He brings to the Otters a wealth of coaching experience from National and International levels with teams in Poland, Switzerland and Canada. His Canadian experience is extensive as he has been Head Coach for three major swim clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In his day, Janusz was a fierce competitor in the pool, setting a number of national records and winning titles for the Polish National Team. As a coach, his accomplishments include:

  • 2013 Canadian Youth Coach of the Year
  • 2013 BC Youth Coach of the Year
  • 2014 BC Junior Coach of the Year

Janusz’s swimmers have won gold medals in the European Championships, placed in finals in the Olympics and captured gold medals and established a world record time in the Para-Olympics. Notable swimmers and their accomplishments include:

Relay – Ben Christie, James McQuade, Daniel Russell and Craig Brazier

  • 4 x 100 Free LC – Canadian Age Group National Record
  • 4 x 100 Medley SC – Canadian Age Group National Record
  • 4 x 50 Free SC – Canadian Age Group National Record

Brenna McLean

  • 2008 Victor Davis Memorial Award recipient
  • 2009 – Age Group National Record in 200 Fly SC
  • 2011 Canadian Summer Nationals – Gold in 200 Fly
  • 2013 Canadian World Championship Trials – Bronze in 200 Fly
  • 2013 US Open – Bronze in 200 Fly
  • Captain of the 2013 Indiana University Hoosiers Women’s Team

Emily Overholt

  • 2012 – 13-14 Age Group Record in 400 IM LC
  • 2013 Canadian Summer Nationals – Gold in 200 Fly
  • 2013 World Junior Championships – Bronze in 400 IM (Junior World Record)
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games – Silver in 4x200m Free Relay
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Championships – Bronze in 4x200m Free Relay

 

Head Coach Janusz coaches the Youth and Senior National swim groups.

Norman Ng Assistant Head Coach

Norman Ng is the Assistant Head Coach of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club and has coached professionally since 2005.

Before joining the Otters, Norman was Senior Assistant Coach at the Hyack Swim Club and was part of the coaching staff that helped the team earn the 2012 Long Course Provincial AAA Championship title. With the Otters, Coach Norman and his swimmers earned the 2014 Swim BC Development Club of the Year.

Norman swam competitively for 11 years. As a swimmer, his accomplishments included achieving his Age Group Nationals and SNC Western times in multiple freestyle events.

“Working as an Assistant Head Coach has been a goal of mine for a long time. I’m hoping that my experience and passion for the sport of swimming will help improve the performances and successes of all Otter swimmers."

 

His notable swimmers and their accomplishments include:

 

Nathan Clement

2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships – Silver in S7 50 Fly, Bronze in S7 50 Free

2015 Parapan Am Games – Bronze in S7 50 Fly

2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-swimming Trials – Canadian Record S6 50 Free

2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro) - 7th in S6 50 Fly (S6 Canadian National Record)

 

Coach Norman is extremely excited to be part of the Otters coaching staff. He believes he can help swimmers reach their maximum potential and make all the sweat and tears worth it in the end.

John Melnikow LMR Coach
Nathan Clement OSA Lead Coad
 

Nathan Clement is excited to be the OSA and Youth Development Lead Coach for the remainder of the 2021-2022 season. Clement swam for the West Vancouver Otters from 2009-2017 and coached with the club from 2016-2017, and recently returned in Spring 2021.

 

Clement carries a passion for developing swimmers and believes in teaching fundamental skills and helping youth grow and improve in, and out, of the water. 

 

Throughout Nathan's swimming career, he has represented multiple Canadian national teams, including:

 

-2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships - Pasadena, California, USA

-2015 IPC World Championships - Glasgow, Scotland

-2015 Para Pan Am Games - Toronto, Ontario, Canada -  Bronze Medal 50m Butterfly, S7

-2016 Paralympic Games - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil -  7th 50m Butterfly S6 and Captain of Canada's Paralympic Swimming Team.

 

Outside of swimming, Clement completed a bike ride across British Columbia in summer 2020, spanning over 1,000km in 11 days from Fernie, BC to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. 

 

He looks forward to working with OSA and YDG on reaching their dreams and goals in the sport.

 
Ashley Wong OSA Coach

Ashley coached the OSA and LMR groups last season and is looking forward to coaching the OSA group again this year! She started swimming with the OSA group at the age of 5 and swam competitively with the Otters for 10 more years.

During her time as a competitive swimmer, she always valued the emphasis that Otters Coaches placed on technique. She appreciated the drills, the hard workouts and the discipline of early morning practices! She wants to use this philosophy when working with OSA swimmers this year. 

Ashley is a Swimming Canada Level One Certified coach. She is very excited to use her formal coaching training, combined with her experience as a competitive swimmer, to bring out the best in all the OSA swimmers that she will coach this season.

Colleen Rostek OSA Coach

Colleen is a certified NCCP Swimming Canada Coach and has coached OSA, YDG and LMR swimmers. She is passionate about working with our athletes and helping them reach their full potential as swimmers and as individuals. Colleen is a Masters swimmer herself, and coaches Master swimmers.

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