Stephanie was an age group swimmer in Eastern Ontario from 1996 to 2004 and became an active member of MMAC in 2009. Stephanie has been coaching and teaching swimming for various clubs and programs since 2001. As an athlete her favourite workouts and races are sprints, especially the starts and turns. As a coach she likes to keep variety in her workouts, of distances and strokes and is always available and willing to provide feedback. She would like to encourage all members to try racing in at least one masters' swim meet before deciding if it is for them or not.
Cheryl has been involved in water sports her whole life. She was an age group swimmer with the St. James Seals until she was 16. After leaving age group swimming, Cheryl became involved in water polo, playing for her high school team and the provincial junior team and later recreationally.
Cheryl has been involved in masters swimming for over 25 years as a swimmer, competitor, and volunteer. She has served on the MMAC board for over 10 years, including club president. Most recently, Cheryl ventured into coaching and finds it both challenging and rewarding!!
My goal is to provide interesting and challenging practices while providing tips on how to swim better. I truly believe swimming is one of the best all round workouts for your body, mind and soul.
Swim long and prosper!
Jason learned to swim as an adult after dumping in a canoe in a northern lake. He believes research and coaching techniques derived from advanced speed swimming can help masters athletes become fast, fit and efficient. Progressive skill development through thoughtful attention to drills is the key to gaining skill - but it's really hard work!
Jason's coaching goal is the same no matter what the age and skill level: strong, confident, and smiling swimmers.
One of Jason's specialties is having swimmers use fins to help develop that "fish-like" feel for the water. Everyone's invited to join in the fun at the "Fin Friday" workout.
Joanne has been involved in swimming for her lifetime: as a swimmer with the Manitoba Marlins; University of Manitoba Bison Swim Club; Winnipeg Dolphins Swim Club; Mid-Can Masters and MMAC. I have also worked as a swim coach with the Winnipeg Dolphins, Manta Swim Club and MMAC. I've competed in provincial, national and international level swim meets as an age group and masters swimmer. I met myhusband in the pool and swam while in labour with my daughter, born 3 hours after a workout. By my crude calculations, I estimate that I have swum over 25 million metres in my age group career, so any additional distance, at this stage of life, is "icing on the cake".
As a coach, I will strive to provide varied workouts that meet MMAC members' needs in strokes and distance, with varied pace times and rest intervals. As masters swimmers, you have the ability to choose/modify some aspects of the workout as long as this does not interfere with your fellow lane mates' workout. I will provide stroke correction and feedback for you to try and enhance your stroke performance. We are all at workouts to enhance our physical fitness, to minimize "slippage associated with aging" and to enjoy the social aspects of swimming. Remember to get the names of your lane mates and have fun!
I have my NCCP Level 1 Swim Coach Certification and a Master's of Nursing from the University of Manitoba.
My childhood evolved in the water. At the age of six, I started competing in club and school events and some national swimming competitions in the Philippines. During my college days, I competed at the NCAA level and also joined some international competitions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia. I started coaching in 2011. I was an assistant coach at San Beda College, Manila and head coach of the Lake City swimming club in the Philippines. I was also chosen to be a member of the coaching staff for the Philippine swim delegation at the ASEAN School Games in 2014. I love to continue to pursue my passion in the sport of swimming. I love to teach and provide the strategies and corrections for strokes.