Coaches and Directors

Board of Directors:

Bos, Shannon [email protected] Team Manager
Friesen, Jenna [email protected] President Elect
Kremenik, Kathryn [email protected] Fundraising
Martindale, Kira [email protected] Vice President
Matheson, Julie [email protected] Equipment Manager
Odorski, Alana [email protected] Secretary
Odorski, Joel [email protected] Officials Chair
Pinder, Erin [email protected] Treasurer
Pinder, Erin [email protected] Member at Large
Suttorp, Vivien [email protected] President
Weighill, Sue [email protected] Member at large

For more information please feel free to contact us via our form located on the 'Contact Us' page.

 

Joshua Adams Head Coach

Joshua Adams (P1/Gold)

My name is Joshua Adams and I started swimming when I was 10 years old. I trained and competed with the Excalibur aquatic club for the first 8 years of my swim career and then continued swimming with the University of Regina Swim Team. During my off season I trained with James Kwan and competed for the Orcas over the past 4 years; I currently still compete and train for the university of Regina. My favorite events are anything short and not breaststroke. I have been coaching since I was 18 for the Orcas, starting with the mini’s group and progressing up to P1. This will be my first year as head coach and I am excited for the season. My favorite memories as a swimmer are probably competing at CanWest where I got to compete and watch our relay team win silver in the 4x200. Another one of my fondest memories was racing and watching at ASSA regionals, the environment is ecstatic, and the times are fast. My goals this year for P1/Gold are to create an environment of highly motivated athletes that put conscious work into the little things.

Madeline Bennett Assistant Coach

Madeline bennet (Bronze Whales)

I swam with LASC for 12 years and swam with Orcas for 3 seasons. My main events are the 100/200-meter backstroke and the 50-meter butterfly. I coached for LASC for 2 years and loved working with the kids there and I am excited to work with the kids this season and the other coaches. As a swimmer I loved the sense of being on a team and building friendships with my teammates and I want to create that same environment for my swimmers. Having good coaches that helped me improve my strokes and technique in understandable and simple ways was important to me as a swimmer and helped me love the sport. My goals for the Bronze Whales are to become comfortable swimming front crawl and backstroke and to be confident to attempt breaststroke and butterfly. They should also feel confident doing flip turns and have an understanding how to do an open turn. I look forward to a great season no matter the form it comes in :).

 

Owen Guyn Assistant Coach

Owen Guyn (P2/Bronze)

Hi everyone, my name is Owen, and I started my swimming career with the Orcas in 2003 and swam every summer with the club until I graduated high school in 2014! I then continued that career with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns varsity swim team for five years. These days, I continue to train full-time with LASC. My favourite events to swim are the 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly. I started my coaching career with LASC in 2015 and continue to coach with LASC during the winter months. This is my second season coaching with the Orcas, and I'm excited to be back after the summer season was cancelled last year! My favourite moment in my career so far as a swimmer was winning a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Canada West University Championships in 2018, as well as winning a silver medal in the 50m freestyle at the same meet. As a coach my favourite moment was coaching at ASSA Provincials in the summer of 2019 and seeing all the hard work that the athletes put in finally pay off! Due to the pandemic that we must navigate, my group goals for this year are just for everyone to continue to do the best they can with the opportunities that we are given. Whether that is in the pool, on the field, or on Zoom, I would just love to see everyone devoted to improving themselves every time they show up!

Devlan Sheppard Assistant Coach

Devlan Sheppard (silver)

I have been swimming competitively for 12 years with multiple clubs and disciplines, predominantly the Lethbridge Orcas. I am currently swimming year-round and have plans to swim for the Pronghorns in the fall. I can be found swimming my favourite events which are the 200 Free, 200 IM and 100 IM. I am a first year swim coach, with multiple years of experience teaching swimming lessons and coaching/mentoring in other sports. My favourite moments as a swimmer is the atmosphere and “buzz” at provincials and regional championships. I also loved the camaraderie and the countless hours and weekends developing friendships with other athletes and coaches. I hope to provide a fun and welcoming environment for swimmers to improve and expand their swimming skills. And as a strong advocate for the benefits of youth sports I hope the kids enjoy an experience as similar to a normal season as possible. After a long period of irregularity and minimized opportunities for youth activity I am aiming to be able to help the kids continue to be interested and progress in their swimming.

Charlotte Vanden Elzen Assistant Coach

Charlotte (Mini’s/Bronze)

I have been swimming with the Orcas since I was 8 years old, up until last year, which was my last season, and it was cut short due to covid. I continued my swimming with the Pronghorns team this year. My favourite events are 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, but I also love doing 400 free. This is my first-year coaching and I'm excited to learn lots and get to know the kids. My favourite moment from swimming is every summer season’s regionals and provincials. Its such a fun and competitive environment, and I hope we can get back to doing swim meets soon! My goals for the mini orcas are just to get them comfortable in the water and introducing them to freestyle and backstroke body position.