2017 Spartans Coaches
Name: Aaron Gamble
Groups: Alpha and Masters
Favourite Stroke: Underwater
Favourite Race: 1500 Free and 100 Fly
How many years have you swam and where: Almost 30 years all over Alberta, most recent with the Lethbridge Orcas Masters, where we won the ASSA Masters Provincials Title
How many years have been coaching: Heading into my 20th year in and out of the pool
Favourite memory coaching: The fact that I have made a career out of my passion.
Hobbies: My Daughter, my family, swimming, lifting, eating, sports
Personal motto: Celebrate all of your success no matter how big or small and learn from your failures
Name: Steven Maychak
Favourite Stroke: Fly
Favourite Race: 50 & 100 Fly
How many years have you swam and where: 15 years- 8 years as age group summer club swimmer in Vegreville and St.Albert, Alberta. 7 years as master swimmer in Brooks and Lethbridge.
How many years have been coaching: This will be my 7th year.
Favourite memory coaching: Realizing 5 years ago that coaching and aquatics is my passion.
Most embarrassing moment at pool: My 1st 100bk race, I started in lane 5 and finished in lane 3.
Hobbies: Learning about sports/movement, reading, playing scrabble and swimming.
Personal motto: Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.
Name: Erin Williams
Groups: Delta, Gamma, and Epsi
Favourite Stroke: Butterfly
Favourite Race: 200 IM and 100 Fly
How many years have you swam and where: I swam for ten years with the Lacombe Dolphins and for one year with the Red Deer Marlins Swim Club
How many years have been coaching: This will be my fifth year coaching!
Favourite memory coaching: My favorite memories from coaching usually come from watching relay teams race. We’ve had a number of Marlins relay teams win medals from the outside lanes at Provincials which resulted in some incredibly exciting races!
Most embarrassing moment at pool: My most embarrassing moment at the pool was probably getting disqualified in 200 IM when I was 16 because I didn’t touch the wall during my back to breast turn. I got into the habit of turning without touching the wall in practice and to my surprise it translated into my race… It was then I fully understood the meaning of “practice how you want to race”!
Hobbies: In between studying for school I enjoy playing volleyball as well as swimming and biking.
Personal motto: Learn as much as you can from as many people as you can!
Name: Caileigh Sheppard
Groups: Epsilon and Gamma
Favourite Stroke: Freestyle
Favourite Race: 400 free and 800 free
How many years have you swam and where: I’ve been swimming competitively for 15 years and spent the entirety of that time with the Lethbridge Orcas.
How many years have been coaching: This year will mark my third year as a coach and my second year coaching with the Spartans!
Favourite memory coaching: My first year coaching one of my little girls used to reject high fives from any boys as she was told boys have cooties; to the point where she would take their hands curl it into a fist.
Most embarrassing moment at pool: My most embarrassing moment at the pool would probably be the first time my coach signed me up for the 400m freestyle. I screamed and cried bloody murder the whole way up to the blocks and as it turns I ended up becoming a distance swimmer.
Hobbies: I love writing and performing music, knitting and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Personal motto: Don’t underestimate the power of coffee and a girl with a dream.
Name: Taylor Dixon
Groups: Epsi and Gamma
Favourite Stroke: Backstroke
Favourite Race: 1500m Free, 400m IM, 200m Back
How many years have you swam and where: I swam competitively for almost twelve years with LASC. Although I no longer race competitively, I always find myself making my way back to the pool.
How many years have been coaching: This will be my seventh year coaching, but my third with the Spartans!
Favourite memory coaching: Just watching the culmination of the year’s progress within my Gamma and Epsi groups at Spartan swim meets
Hobbies: Reading, napping, and triathlon training
What would be your personal motto: Just keep swimming!