Conor has been involved with swimming for 19 years. He is 23 years old and been with the Coquitlam Sharks since he was 5. He was a summer swimmer until the age of 19, where he tried his hand at Winter for 2 years with the Haney Sea Horses. He began volunteering at the age of 13, and started coaching at 15. This will be his 4th year as a Head Coach and running the Senior Program. He graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in June 2017 with his degree in History. With the ambition to become a police officer. That’s him in a nutshell
Mitchell will be the Intermediate Head Coach this year. He was the Lead Coach for Intermediate the last two years. He has been swimming with the Sharks for 11 years and coached for 7 years. He will make summer as fun as he can for everyone while improving there performance. He looks forward to an exciting 2017 season.
This will be Brooke’s second season coaching with the Coquitlam Sharks, and her first as a head coach of the Junior group. She has been a swimmer for 13 years, with 8 of those years spent as a summer swimmer. Her best and favourite stroke is backstroke because you get to breathe the whole time! She just recently retired her swimming career as a varsity swimmer at SFU and looks forward to using her knowledge and working with the next generation of swimmers. She is currently in her second year of studies at SFU, working to achieve a Bachelors Degree in the faculty of Health Science. She is also looking forward to getting to know all of the swimmers and having a great summer!
Ali is so excited to be coaching with the Sharks this summer as the Head Coach of Development! She was a swimmer for 13 years starting with the Boundary Bay Blue Backs and then the Ladner Stingrays for summer swimming. She then moved onto winter swimming with the Winskill Dolphins until she graduated and started up with SFU Varsity Swimming for her first year of University. This will be her first year coaching with the Sharks. She is currently attending SFU for the Health Sciences program and just finished her second year. She decided to retire her swimming career after her first year with SFU to concentrate on school and to focus on the training of the younger generation to help develop the skills and love for the sport. When she was swimming, she was a breaststroker and freestyler! She is excited to be a part of the Sharks and can’t wait to see where the season takes us!
Lydia Bellis dove competitively at a DPC Provincial/National level from the ages of 12-16. She has 5 years of coaching experience with her former winter dive team both at a Learn-To-Dive and certified competitive level, and has successfully coached athletes to podium finishes at provincial competitions, Tier II Nationals, and consecutive BC Games. It is her first summer with the Sharks as Dive Head Coach and she looks forward to the new and exciting experiences to come!
Natalie has coached synchro for the last 8 years and been the Head Synchro Coach for the Coquitlam Sharks since 2010. She swam for the B.C. Aquasonics for 10 years, five of which were at a National and International level.
Shanan D’Souza has been involved in water polo for 10 years as an athlete, Referee and Coach. He enjoys the fast pace of the game and wants to share his knowledge with younger athletes. He has had some great experiences and success playing water polo, both with his club team, Fraser Valley Water Polo, at national competition and centralizing with the junior national team. Shanan has been coaching for the last 5 years primarily within the lower mainland league with the Coquitlam Lions and will be returning for his second year with the Coquitlam Sharks this summer. He is looking forward to a second exciting and successful season with the Coquitlam Sharks.
Daniel has been swimming competitively since the age of eight and involved with the Sharks since age 10. He started swimming year round at age 14 and continues to do so on the SFU varsity team. He has one year of coaching experience and one year volunteer experience, both with the Sharks.
Julia has been swimming for the Sharks for 7 years, and coaching for 4. Being involved with the Mini Sharks for 3 years, she is excited to be working with the Intermediates for the summer season of 2017. She looks forward to a hard-working, yet fun season!
William has been swimming for over 13 years in both Winter and Summer swimming and coaching for 4 of them. He had the opportunity to coach a variety of groups but will be mainly coaching Junior A this year. He is currently studying at UBC with the goal of pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. He also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee in his spare time, hiking, as well as discovering new food places to eat at! His favorite stroke is breastroke and he is looking forward to another great summer season with the Sharks!
Kirsten has been swimming with the Sharks for nine seasons, and has been volunteering/coaching for four. She is currently in grade 12 at Dr. Charles Best Secondary and is looking forward to helping lead the junior group!
Chris has been swimming for 11 years, the first 4 of which were with the Sharks. He is currently a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears swim team and just finished his first year with them and also is studying computer science at the University. Favourite stroke is 200 fly (not exactly the most fun event), and he’s looking forward to sharing some of the skills he’s learned throughout his career with the Sharks this summer.
Tessa is a lead coach for the Development Group. She has been with the sharks for 9 years and this is her second year of coaching with them. She is looking forward to helping her group feel confident in the water and enjoying swimming.
Takeo has been swimming with the Sharks for 5 years, and this is his 3rd year as a Coach. Heis a grade 11 IB student from Port Moody Secondary and he especially enjoys History and Economics class. His favourite stroke is Butterfly, and will be coaching the Development A’s this year. He is looking forward to another great year with the Sharks!
Olivia is going on her eighth year as a swimmer. This will be her third year swimming for the Sharks, and her second as a coach, she is also a lifeguard for the city of Port Coquitlam. Olivia is a grade 11 student at Heritage Woods Secondary. And her favourite stroke is freestyle
Leo is in Post Secondary School. He has been swimming with the sharks for over 7 years and volunteered and coached here for the last 5 years.
Alison has been swimming for 6 years, and swam with the Sharks for three years as a summer swimmer, and one year as O-Cat. She now swims for Simon Fraser Aquatics. She looks forward to her first year of coaching.
Emily has been swimming with the Sharks for 9 years and volunteered for over a year and a half. This will be her first year coaching for the Sharks. She attends Dr. Charles Best Secondary, and in grade 11. She will be coaching with the Development groups this summer. She is very excited to contribute to the fun learning environment that Sharks offers our swimmers.
Sarah started swimming very young, loved the water and still does. She started coaching during the Fall Maintenance Program and all through Winter. Her specialty in strokes are breaststroke and backstroke. This year she is looking forward to helping new swimmers improve throughout the Summer. Her goal is to get as many new swimmers to the Provincial Championship as possible just like when she first joined Sharks. She’ll See you on the deck!!
Brianna has been swimming with the Coquitlam Sharks for the past 10 seasons and has volunteered for two of them. This will be her third season as a coach. She is looking forward to bringing her enthusiastic spirit and love for swimming to the group this season.
This will be Alysia’s 10th season swimming with the Coquitlam Sharks. She volunteered for three seasons. This will be Alysia’s third season coaching, and she is looking forward to passing on her passion and knowledge of swimming to the group.
Nicole has been with the Coquitlam Sharks for 11 years, first as a swimmer, and more recently as a Volunteer Coach. She has spent the past 5 years swimming Winter. Nicole is excited to be back with the Sharks and to share her passion for the sport with all of the swimmers!
Nicole swam with Hyack in the past and has been swimming with the Sharks for 2 years. Apart from swimming, Nicole has finished first year at the University of British Columbia where she is working towards her dual degree of a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Management. This will be her second summer season as a coach with the Sharks, and she is very excited to help her swimmers develop as athletes in a fun learning environment.
Neena has been swimming with the Sharks for 9 years. She is currently in grade 9 at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. She has been volunteering with the Sharks for a year and is looking forward to sharing her experience and love for swimming with others!
Sophia has been swimming with Coquitlam Sharks for 7 years and will be coaching Mini Sharks this year! She is a grade 11 student at Centennial Secondary. Her favourite stroke is backstroke and she is looking forward to a very exciting season with the kids!
Sarah is one of our Mini Sharks coaches this season. She’s been swimming with the Coquitlam Sharks for 9 years, and coaching experience since 2014. She is starting her last year at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School. She is super excited to help young swimmers develop their swimming skills, and more importantly, have fun with them in the water!