Meet our Head Coach: Richard Millns
Don't let the biker stache fool you. Coach Richard is serious business. Happy to be here as the Sea Lions Head Coach, Richard comes to the Winter Club from the previous position of Assistant Head Coach of the University Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas. In that position Richard guided many senior swimmers to both national and international success. Richard also worked as the Assistant Head Coach of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Varsity Team.
With 4 years experience as a varsity coach, Richard coached many swimmers to the podium of the CIS national championships. Along with terrific varsity performances Richard also guided many swimmers to podium performances at Senior Nationals. Richard has coached swimmers to senior Canadian Records, CIS championship records, national age group records, as well as several provincial records in 2 different provinces (Saskatchewan and Alberta). Richard has coached for the Canadian National Team on 2 separate occasions, and has recently worked as the Head Coach of Team Alberta for the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke Quebec. Along with the varsity coaching experience Richard has coached 4 different age group programs, 2 as a Head Coach, and 2 as an Assistant Coach in a supervisory role. As well Richard has coached summer club, triathlon clubs and masters. With a great deal of experience Richard will bring a great deal of perspective and authenticity to the Sea Lions program. "It is my dearest belief, that champions are made and not born, and a champion can come from anywhere"
Meet our Assistant Coach: Michelle Downey
Michelle grew up in Vancouver and began swimming at a very young age. By 12 she competed at her first Senior Nationals and by the end of her career had Senior Nationals in a variety of events and distances. She participated in the 2001 Canada Games, won the Victor Davis Award in 2002 and was on the 2003 Junior Canadian Tour Team.
She started her coaching career with the Glencoe Gators and is entering her forth year with the Sea Lions. Now married, Michelle has made the jump to stay in Calgary.
She loves to outdoor rock-climb and is a certified instructor, has a degree in Small Business and operates her own floral design business. Michelle loves learning and is excited for each year with the Sea Lions, always ready for the next challenge.
Meet Kevin Pedersen
Kevin has worked at the Calgary Winter Club as a swim instructor and lifeguard for over 6 years, as well as taking on the role of supervision the seal pups swim program for the past 3 years. Kevin swam at a young age with the sea lions but chose to pursue competitive squash and badminton. He has been actively involved with coaching a pre-competitive level of swimming with the seal pups to help prepare them for sea lions, tsunamis or synchronized swimming, teaching kids the foundations for swimming.
Kevin is currently enrolled in criminal justice at Mount Royal University and hopes to pursue a law degree after he completes his undergrad.
Meet Mark Corah
Mark started swimming at a very young age. He was a member of the sea lions swim team for 12 years up to and including last year. He is a three time receiver of the Top Male Swimmer award, and four time winner of the Coaches Group Recognition award. Mark was also a national qualifier four years in a row in 50 and 100 Back. The 2012 2013 season is Marks first season as a coach and he is looking forward to the new types of challenges it will present him. Mark graduated from Sir Winston Churchill High School last summer and is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary taking a degree in political Science.
As a coach, Mark is hoping to reinforce values of determination, dedication punctuality and self honesty, all of which he believes to be key life lessons swimming can deliver. Swimming is about more than just success in the water, it is a way of instructing and instilling life skills and lessons on young adolescences. In coaching, Mark hopes to pass these values as well as his knowledge of competitive swimming on to the children he coaches.
Myles is one of the few who were born and breed here in Calgary. As a national-level competitive swimmer of 12 years, Myles brings experience, wisdom and kinesthetic awareness to the pool deck. Combining his degrees in Philosophy and Kinesiology, Myles aims to harmonize mind and body to produce total-athletes. This lack of respect for the total-athlete is one area of weakness within Canadian Swimming which Myles feels must be addressed from the grass roots level.
Myles' accomplishments in the pool include a multiple Canada Interuniversity Sport finalist in backstroke and a provincial record holder at the age group level. At the international level, Myles was in the final at the Canada Cup in a field which included Lenny Krayzelburg, the world and Olympic champion in backstroke at the time. Some of the more unique examples of Myles' backstroke ability are the completion of the 2000 meter and 5000 meter races on multiple occasions.
In the hours outside of the pool, Myles is currently working on a leather-shop project focusing on bags, belts, wallets and other accessories for day to day living. His interests include hands-on creativity, cooking Indian food and growing his beard. Myles Coaching Philosophy: "Create a dialogue with your athletes and meaningful, enduring relationships will be created which will translate into success for everyone involved. We strive day in and day out to be the best in the history of our bodies. I believe that fundamental technique is the underpinning of the greatest athletes in the world. Let's be proficient."
Meet Brody Hilland
Health and fitness has always been an important part of Brody’s life. Since the age of 10 he has been extremely passionate about the sport of badminton, having represented the Calgary Winter Club at many tournaments over the years. Along-side fellow Club member, Justin Mullaly, Brody has brought three national titles to the Club. He has also represented Canada at the Junior Pan American Games and the World Junior Games, winning a gold medal in men’s doubles at Junior Pan Ams and placing in the top 16 at the World Juniors. Through his experience training as an elite athlete and his education in personal training, Brody is able to create individualized programs for any fitness goal. Brody’s personal philosophy is that consistency pays off, so don’t give up.