Home of Summer Mortimer, Paralympic Gold Medalist London 2012

Reg Chappell

FOUNDER

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

 

 

PRESIDENT/PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR- PAUL LAU

Paul Lau, NCCP Level 2 Coach with over 10 years of coaching experience from novice to provincial and national level athletes; has coached with Champion Swimming, Richmond Hill Aquatic Club, and J-Dolphins.  Paul was a former competitive swimmer and an elite track and field athlete where he was a former provincial champion, competed at national levels and was selected to the Canadian Track & Field Junior Team.  Paul holds an engineering degree from University of Toronto and is currently the owner and Head Coach of Champion Swimming.   

 
 
 

Reg Chappell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine VanDalen

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

HEAD AGE GROUP COACH - WAYNE ZHANG

Wayne was a professional athlete in China.  He trained in the sport of swimming for over 10 years and was on the Provincial Swim team.  Wayne has completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Education.  He is NCCP level 2 certified and has been coaching for over 11 years.  For the past 3 years Wayne has been coaching with the Markham Aquatic Club; he has developed athletes at the Regional, Festival and Provincial levels.  Several of his swimmers have placed in the national top 5, 10 and 20 rankings in their age groups.  We are happy to welcome Wayne to our coaching staff.

 

HEAD STROKE DEVELOPMENT COACH - CHRISTINE VANDALEN

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 11 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 Skill Development’ program and our ‘Duck Skills Stroke Development’ program. “Incorporating fun, innovative ideas, physical literacy and fundamental skills is a big part of her coaching strategy. When the swimmers have fun they stay motivated and excel quickly.

 

STROKE DEVELOPMENT COACH - CHRISTOPHER MCLELLAND
 

Chris has been swimming for 7 years and competing for 6.  Chris currently trains with the AA team. Chris has been ranked in the top 25 in his age group provincially and 52nd nationally for the 200m Butterfly. Chris is NLS, First-aid and CPR certified and is currently working on completing his NCCP level 1. 

 

 

 

STRENGTH TRAINING COACH – PAOLINA ALLAN

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.