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) Bronze 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 Level 2 Swim Coach, and has completed Level 3 Theory, Developing Athletic Abilities and Coaching and Leading Effectively modules through the National Coaching and Certification Program. 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 holds 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.
Ken Elphick firstname.lastname@example.org
Novice/Adult Coach Ken Elphick was born and raised in Oakville Ont. Along with his wife Pam he has 3 daughters and for now 6 grandchildren. He participated in the usual sports, soccer , football, and hockey, but didn‘t get involved with swimming until 2 of his daughters joined the Oakville Aquatic Club. Like most parents he found himself running around the province to various swim meets and decided to volunteer as an official. First as a timer, then meet manager then to the board of directors. Kens introduction to coaching started out innocently enough filling in for a practice while a coach was away. After a few more fillins he was asked if would be interested in coaching one of the novice groups. It only took one practice and he was hooked. Ken coached various OAK novice groups for the next 18 years. During the summer his daughters decided to take up flat water canoe sprint racing, first at camp Ak-O-Mak and then the Burloak Canoe Club. Ken decided to get involved in canoeing and became War Canoe coach at both Ak-O-Mak and Burloak. Kens coaching style is lots of technique , lots of patience, lots of fun but also lots of hard work. What he really enjoys is watching a swimmer who can barely swim a length, after a few practices rattling off full sets. Having a swimmer who just can’t get that whipkick, suddenly one practice have it all come together. Watching a swimmer at their first meet overwhelmed by all the action, find that at the end of the day that hey this is a lot of fun. most of all he enjoys watching a swimmer that he coached as a novice still swimming as a 16 year old, hoping that maybe he positively influenced them just a little bit. Ken is very excited about the Channel Cats Swim Club, hopefully for the next 18 years or so.