Meredith Thompson-Edwards "Mere" email@example.com
Head Coach Meredith Thompson-Edwards has lived in Orillia her entire life and is now raising a family of her own. She has been coaching with the club since 1995 and competed in the sport for over ten years, during which time she qualified for many highly competitive meets such as Ontario Cup, Eastern Cup and Nationals.
Her position as an assistant allowed her to coach all age groups within the club. "Working with different age groups has enabled me to familiarize myself with the whole team, which is a huge benefit when planning group activities and encouraging group cohesiveness." Meredith feels knowing all of the swimmers will help to develop a more personable atmosphere which aids in creating a positive fun environment for all involved. She currently coaches the Channel Kittens (entry level swimmers) Silver and Gold training groups.
Meredith has worked along side her mother Elaine her entire coaching career, and admits it has been a very positive experience. "We both encourage the swimmers to be hard working, dedicated and supportive of teammates. Qualities that come natural for me because they were instilled at home my entire life."
In Meredith’s opinion, competitive swimming enables children to improve social, organizational and swimming skills. It creates opportunities to boost confidence and improve cardiovascular fitness level. These are all qualities that swimmers can continue to utilize into adulthood. "My goal as Head Coach is to continue to provide a positive, fun and challenging environment that my swimmers can learn from and use in all areas of their life."
Meredith attended Georgian College in Orillia and obtained diplomas in the Developmental Services Worker program and the post-graduate Therapeutic Recreation program. She is a certified Age Group Swim Coach, and has completed Level 3 Theory, Developing Athletic Abilities, Coaching and Leading Effectively, Psychology of Performance and Managing Conflict modules through the National Coaching and Certification Program, working towards obtaining Senior Coach status. Meredith is also a member of the "Orillia Old Poops Swim Club" and trains 6 times per week in and out of the pool. She held the Canadian Record in Women’s age 35-39 200 m breaststroke and competed at Masters Long Course World Championships in August 2014 placing 6th in 200 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 8th in 100 butterfly and 11th in 200 Individual Medley.