National Coaches Week 2020

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This National Coaches Week (September 19-27 2020) we asked our members which clubs coaching team YOU think should be showcased. We selected 9 of those clubs and they told us WHY they coach. Each day a new club will be added so keep watching our social media all week long to see your club!

If your club wasn’t nominated this year, not to worry! We are taking submissions for next years National Coaches Week all year long. Just send an email to megan@swimalberta with a photo of your coach or coaches and a sentence or two about why you love your club should be showcased next!

Day 9 – Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club

OUR WHY: “I coach to give kids the chances that I had as a young swimmer, to progress to a high level and experience the fun that can come with hard work ethic.” – Nate

“I coach because I absolutely love it. I want other kids to love swimming as much as I did and getting to pass on what I’ve learned to the next generation is really rewarding!”– Emily

“My why is to try and help leave a positive impact on each swimmers lives both in and out of the pool and to try instil a drive for hard work and dedication to find a successful outcome.” – Jordan

“Growth, I specifically like to see the kids grow and improve. I look forward to seeing the kind people they will turn into.” – Danton

Day 8 – Red Deer Catalina Swim Club

OUR WHY: “Our coaching staff is AMAZING….from our Learn to Swim team right up to our Head Coach Lucien, all of our team is dedicated, inspiring and adaptable.  During this difficult Covid time, we have not only seen our team come together and bond, but grow and thrive and we owe much of that to this wonderful coaching team.  THANK YOU RD CATALINA COACHING STAFF, looking forward to a great 2020-2021 season.”

Day 7 – Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club

OUR WHY: “We love to coach because we love to see the swimmers learn, develop and succeed in and out of the pool. We find it very rewarding to give back to a sport that has given us so much.”

Day 6 – Glencoe Gators Swim Club

OUR WHY: “All of us agreed that we coach because we enjoy being a part of the growth and development of the athletes – both within the sport and as individuals.”

Day 5 – Edson Orcas Swim Club

OUR WHY: “We are the coaches of the Edson Orcas and love what we do.  We strive for our athletes to be well rounded human beings. Work hard, do your best, and have fun — in and out of the water.”

Day 4 – Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club

OUR WHY: “Our coaching philosophy at CBAC can be summed up in my favourite saying: “The best swimmer in the world is the one that’s having the most fun—except for the winner; that one’s actually the best swimmer.” The goal is to win, but the process in getting there should be good fun. “

Day 3 – Lac La Biche Whitecaps Swim Club

OUR WHY: “Is to share our love of swimming to the kids in our community. To Ensure they have the opportunity to learn, love and race and share this incredible sport. Swimming is as much about them as individuals and their goals, as it is about team, sportsmanship and friendships. Coaching these kids from little splashers to provincial qualifiers has been the most amazing experience. These kids make us so proud of them for all their hard work and achievements.”

Day 2 – Olympian Swim Club

OUR WHY: “Our coaching staff always strives to be enthusiastic, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient, clear communicators! With all of this passion, we are sure to be successful!”


Day 1 – Medicine Hat Waves Swim Club

OUR WHY: “We all love coaching because we enjoy being youth leaders in our community. Our swim club is like a small family & we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our athletes. We have the courage and the heart it takes to be good leaders and to be the foundation for our athletes success in and out of the pool.”