Celebrating our OAK Graduates!

2019-2020 OAK Graduates

Callum MacPherson

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
9 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
The best memories of my swimming career have to be Bermuda and Barbados training camps. I had a great time with all my friends and had an amazing experience going to these beautiful places.

Any advice for younger swimmers?
It is all worth it in the end. Sometimes you feel like you want to quit and just give up or it might be too hard, but it'll all show in the end results. Just stick with it and power through!

What university will you be attending?
Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Eason Cai

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
4 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
My half year swimming journey with Coach Dave. I improved the most and he taught me not only how to be a better swimmer, but also how to be a better person.

Any advice for younger swimmers?
Pain is temporary. Have a goal, and strive towards it. Bring your dedication to the pool; bring your motivation into every day's training. Support your teammates, because they will have your back whenever you need it. Enjoy your time in the water.

What university will you be attending?
McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.


2018-2019 OAK Graduates

Ben Landa

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
9 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
ManSask 2014, my very first travel meet. Going to The Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch and staying at a local market before going to the hotel, running with Coach Laura, and going out for post-meet frosties from Wendy's with Coach Kyle are amongst my fondest memories with the club. I had a great experience bonding with all the senior swimmers, especially those whom I roomed with Kevin Booth and Will Malcolm - we stayed up all night and watched Mantracker and Storage Wars Texas, it was great! (sorry coachessss...) - and I had some very memorable swims to round out the weekend.

Any advice for younger swimmers?
I really don't wanna say anything too cliche, because I'm sure everyone else will be giving the token inspirational shpiels of "never give up", "listen to your coaches", and so on. I will say this however; your passion and commitment to the sport will dictate how far you go in it. Whatever goals you have, you will have to work for them. You'll have to make sacrifices in your scholarly and social lives, and you should be prepared for any setbacks that may hinder you along the way. But the satisfaction of achieving those goals is well worth it.

What university will you be attending?
Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Emma Miron

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
9 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
Oh my, this is going to be hard... there are countless good memories to choose from! A few include:
All of the training camps I've been to. This year's training camp in Bermuda particularly stands out to me because there was an awesome group of teammates. Everyone worked super hard and we had the most fun ever! Shout out to our bus driver Keith! Love you man!
Winning the lip sync battle in Bermuda with my group of Dancing Queens (Specifically beating Chris' group ;)
Competing at Trials
Relays! I love getting before relays with my teammates and cheering each other on

Any advice for younger swimmers?
The key to success is work ethic and attitude. Always put your best effort forward. Don't be afraid to push yourself and test your limits - you won't die. Set high goals and don't let excuses or anything else get in the way. Attitude and mindset are so important to being successful (I learned this the hard way). If you believe in yourself and are backed by hard work, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. Always remain positive and enjoy the journey. A word of encouragement to a teammate to a simple smile can go a long way. Always smile and be kind :)

What university will you be attending?
Western University in London, Ontario.

Jeannie Lam

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
9 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
Making provincials unexpectedly.

Any advice for younger swimmers?
Always be the hardest worker and the one having the most fun. Hard work and determination will always pay off, always enjoy what you're doing.

What university will you be attending?
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Julien Legault

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
My best memory is when we travelled to California for Far Westerns 2018.

Any advice for younger swimmers?

What university will you be attending?
Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Kate O'Hare

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
10.5 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
I have so many great memories, one that really sticks out to me is ManSask 2015, I celebrated my 14th birthday at the meet and being able to celebrate with all my friends is something I'll never forget. (I still have the crown they gave me:))

Any advice for younger swimmers?
Always remember that swimming is supposed to be fun, never do something you don't enjoy because you will always be better at the things that you love. Your competitive spirit and passion will drive your sucess, because talent and skill can only get you so far. Wanting to be the best is something that comes from and is driven by you and only you.

What university will you be attending?
Western University in London, Ontario.

 

Rodrigo Hontoria-Arroyo

How long have you been swimming with OAK?
10 years.

What is your fondest memory of your swimming career?
Change room talks with the boys, dancing with the boys, traveling with the boys, movies with the boys, pillow fights with the boys...
And the one time we were locked out of IR at like 5am so Kyle started chasing the custodian around trying to get his attention, while Sean tried to lockpick the door with his 2015 red Ram 1500, 30,000 horsepower diesel nitrous 10 engine car keys. It was hilarious.
Also, coming in 4th place in a lip sync battle with the boys is easily my greatest swimming achievement.

Any advice for younger swimmers?
Rleax, enjoy and have fun with swimming! PLEASE don't spend your time dwelling on the past! It's not worth the energy or time. Learn from it and excel from it. Live in the moment, and appreciate the people who want to see you succeed! Block out all the negative influences and be the person you want to be. Focus on you!!! Work to make yourself a better person and make others around you better along the way. BE HAPPY and make sure others are happy as well.

What university will you be attending?
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.