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Reg Chappell

FOUNDER/President/High Performance Coach

2012 Ontario Coach of the Year

Canadian & Ontario Para Female Swim Coach of the Year

Coaching Association of Canada Award of Merit

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Coaches

Reg Chappell

FOUNDER/HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH - REG CHAPPELL

2012 Ontario Coach of the Year; Canada & Ontario Para Swim Coach of the Year; Coaching Association of Canada Award of Merit; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Reg has coached for 50 years; Coach of the 2012 Canadian Paralympic Team, 3 World Records, 5 Can. Records, 24 National Age Group records; 33 Ontario Age Group records; 2 Gold, 1 Silver,1 Bronze Medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games; 2 time Canadian University National Champ; numerous swimmers have qualified for Olympic Trials; 2 age groupers went on to make Olympic teams; another 3 swimmers just missed making Olympic Teams; led Ducks Swimming 2005 & Newmarket Stingrays 1985 to wins at Ont. “AAA” Age Group Team Champs. Presented the "Special Achievement Award" by the Ontario Swim Coaches Association in 1980, 1985 & 2005. He is a Physical & Health Education major from the University of Windsor; former National Coaching Certification Level 1,2&3 Course Conductor & was Program Advisor & Master Course Conductor for ESSO Swim Canada Awards. He was Secretary of the Ontario Swim Coaches Association for 14 yrs. Reg oversees the swim program & ensures a high level of training for our coaching staff.

Kelly Hughes

‘AA’ TEAM HEAD COACH — KELLY HUGHES

Kelly has coached for 15 years; “A” Coach for 2 years; Head Age Group Coach and Team Administrator for 7 years; and 8 years with the Master Ducks. As a former elite swimmer she was ranked 8th in the world, 200 Fly; placed 4th & 5th (200m fly & 100m Fly) at the Commonwealth Games; 6th (200m fly) at the World Championships; 4th (200m fly) at the Pan American Games, was a Canadian Record Holder and qualified for World and Commonwealth Games in the 800m Free. Kelly swam for the Etobicoke Swim Club & North York Aquatic Club and received an athletic scholarship to Arizona State University. She helped lead Ducks Swimming to its 2005 win at the Ontario “AAA” Age Group Team Championship and led the team to 2nd Place in the 2014 Ontario “AA” Age Group Team Championships. NCCP Level 2 in progress. Kelly is responsible for implementing all aspects of the Ducks Swimming program.

Edit Varga

 

HEAD AGE GROUP COACH - EDIT VARGA

Hungarian born, has coached 11 years, 6 years with the Delfin Swimming Club in Kaposvar and the last 5 years with Ducks Swimming where she has proven to be an excellent addition. Edit holds degrees in Sport Management; Professional Trainer in Swimming from Semmelweis University in Hungary and studied Sport Management at the University of Maryland. Edit lived and worked an additional 4 years in the US before coming to Canada. Edit has completed her NCCP 1 certification in Canada and is currently working on her NCCP Level 2 certification.  

 

NATALIE - COMPETITIVE COACH — Silver 4 & Sr. C

Natalie has been a competitive swimmer for 8 years (with many more to come!) and currently trains with the A Team. Natalie is an extremely talented and versatile athlete and has emerged as a leader within the A Squad; having achieved both Provincial and Eastern Canadian Time Standards as a butterflier. This is Natalie's second season coaching Stroke Development. She is NLS Certified and absolutely loves teaching and developing swimmers. Natalie "can't wait for the chance to help create a fast swimmer!" Natalie is currently working on completion of her NCCP Level 1 Certification. 

Christine VanDalen

CHRISTINE VAN DALEN— HEAD STROKE DEVELOPMENT COACH

Christine started swimming competitively at the age of 5, and continued on to become a Provincial Champion. She is an NCCP level 1 coach who has been with the Ducks for 9 seasons. She enjoys coaching young kids to help them learn the fundamentals of swimming while also developing a love for the sport. Christine designed and oversees our ‘Duckling Fitness’ program and our ‘Duck Skills Stroke Development’ program. “Incorporating fun, innovative ideas is a big part of my coaching strategy. When the swimmers have fun they stay motivated and excel quickly.” You will also see her running our interclub Fun Meets and social events.

Kevin Boehnke

KEVIN BOEHNKE — STROKE DEVELOPENT COACH — Silver 4 & Bronze 1

Kevin swam competitively for 9 years, representing the Stouffville Ducks, and competed at a regional level. Kevin is currently attending Durham College, completing a Plumbing Fundamentals program. Kevin is currently working on completing his NCCP level 1 certification and is very keen to continue his coaching education and contribute to the future success of our team.

Megan Hughes

MEGAN — STROKE DEVELOPMENT COACH — Silver 1,  Bronze 1 & Gold 1

Megan has been involved in swimming, soccer and gymnastics for most of her life. Megan competed provincially in artistic gymnastics; currently enjoys playing rep level soccer; and competes for her high school in the pool. Megan was a Junior Coach Volunteer last season, assisting with the Ducklings Program. She is NLS Certified and has completed the Water Safety Instructors Course. Megan “enjoys working with our newest and youngest Ducks as they begin their Stroke Development journey.”

 
 
    PAOLINA ALLAN - STRENGTH TRAINING COACH

Paolina Allan, a former professional Triathlete. A late bloomer who found her form in her 30's, She has raced all Over North America and Europe. Representing Canada at the ITU long distance Championships. She has qualified as a Professional Triathlete 3 times for the Ironman World championships in Kona. In 2009 Paolina was the Triathlon Canada Elite Long Course Triathlete of the Year. Locally she is a multiple-time winner of the Multi-sport Triathlon Series overall standings, she still holds several course records in Ontario. More recently she is focused on bike road racing at the provincial and national level competing at 3 women’s elite national championships. For the last 3 years Paolina was a swim coach with the Aurora Master Swim Team. After retiring as a pro triathlete she launched her own coaching and personnel training business. Paolina is a certified personal trainer.