Coaching

Day of Week Time of Day Jon Sue Pascal Nelson Nick
Monday PM Lower Upper
Tuesday AM1 Lower Upper  
Tuesday AM2 All
Wednesday PM   Upper  Lower
Thursday AM1  Upper Lower
Thursday AM2 All
Friday AM1  Lower [E] Lower [O]
Friday PM All [E] All [O]
Sunday AM3 All [O]  Lower [E]  Upper [E]

Note: sessions marked [O] and [E] are coached by different coaches on Odd and Even weeks. For example, Sue coaches all lanes on Friday evenings during Even weeks. Nick coaches the same session on Friday evenings during Odd weeks. Nelson coaches all lanes for the AM2 sessions. ‘Lower‘ means lower numbered lanes. ‘Upper’ means higher numbered lanes.

Session Legend Time
Morning AM1 6:00 – 7:00AM
Morning AM2 7:00 – 8:00AM
Morning AM3 8:00 – 9:30AM
Evening PM 7:30 – 8:30PM

 

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Coaches

L to R: Jon Smirl, Sue Morrison, Eli Dimitrov, Pascal Sutherland
Missing: Nelson Chapman, Nick Rabinovitch, Emmy Obedkoff
*photo credit: Angelique Duffield, www.BrightSparkMedia.ca

Jonathan Smirl (Head Coach)

I am a transplant to Kelowna by way of Victoria, arriving here in 2008 to work on attaining my Certified Exercise Physiologist designation and Masters degree in Human Kinetics.  Eventually I would like to establish a career working in the rehabilitation, medicine or sports medicine fields.

Over the course of my 15-year coaching career, I have been privileged to have worked with many different swimmers and triathletes ranging in age from 3 years old to 80+, introductory swimmers to national level competitors, try-a-tri participants and Ironman Champions and everywhere in between.

As a coach, I am a firm believer in quality over quantity.  As such I like to devote a great deal of time working with swimmers and triathletes on their improving their technique and try to help them develop a solid technical foundation.  My experiences have shown that this is the key to becoming a successful swimmer.

Over the past 2 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Okanagan Masters Swim Club, and hope that all of our members continue to have a good time training in both our H2O Centre and wonderful Lake Okanagan.

Sue Morrison

Sue has decades of coaching experience with swimmers and triathletes of all levels (recreational to competitive) and ages (children to adults over 85 years of age). She also serves as Chair of the Central Okanagan Aquatic Society (COAS). COAS served a critical advocacy role in galvanizing community support for the new H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre and continues to play an active role in the Aquatic Advisory Committee. Sue‘s credentials include: NCCP Level 3-Swimming, Level 2 -Athletics:Distance Running and Level 1 -Triathlon.

Sue has coached triathlon for more than 20 years and has devoted much of her time to the Ironman distance. Her athletes includes overall age group winners and finishers and top three Clydesdale category finishes. Sue runs the very successful Kids of Steel triathlon camps as part of the Kelowna Apple Triathlon every year.

Pascal Sutherland

I began swimming at 6 in Ontario as a summer swimmer in Port Credit.  After completing the summer circuit I decided to abandon baseball and soccer and focus primarily on swimming.  I swam competitively with Tomac in Mississauga before moving to Vancouver at the age of 12 and swimming for the Vancouver Dolphins.   I swam with them until just after my 14th birthday when I strained a ligament during the Provincial 200 backstroke final.  It was there that my age group career ended.  I went to a small high school in the US where I turned my attention to golf and tennis.

I become a born again swimmer in Nanaimo at the age of 25 with a masters group that ran out of Frontrunners.  Seven years and 7 masters clubs later (what’s the record?) I continue to enjoy swimming both for social and competitive pursuits.   I have also been competing in triathlons for the past two years ago and have completed distances ranging from Olympic to Ironman (Twice!).  In 2010, Pascal was the 1st male in the 30-34 age group out of the water at Ironman Canada.

I have been coached by some high profile coaches including Tom Johnson and Graham Smith and am a strong believer in establishing good technique and working with each swimmer individually to develop the style of stroke that they are best suited to.

I look forward to helping our OMSC members achieve their goals in their upcoming year.

Nelson Chapman

I began coaching Y Masters at the Kelowna Family YMCA about 2 and a half years ago. Without having a competitive swimming background, my coaching philosophy was mainly influenced by my life guarding and swimming-lesson-teaching experience and, funny enough, my essay writing skills from university. I like to think of each workout as a well structured essay. I start with a ‘thesis’ and work from there to unpack that focus throughout the workout. Each part in the workout should serve to introduce, explain, support, or reinforce the main purpose/focus of the workout. While I was taught swimming lessons, when possible I preferred to use the discovery-method of teaching (i.e., provide a foundation and guided questions to allow the swimmers to explore from the ground up what/how to do what the skill is). This influences my coaching in that I like to break specific swimming skills down and allow swimmers to experience working through each ‘building-block’ of the overall skill or technical element as opposed to a “describe, demonstrate, do” approach. (Although there are times for that too.)

When I’m not coaching, I am working to pass the time (and feed/shelter myself) until I write the LSAT in December, in preparation for law-school in September 2011 (hopefully). In June 2010 I graduated from UBC-O with a B.A. majoring in Psychology. When I’m not working I like to play volleyball, watch movies and read, bike and run, and even swim occasionally – although it’s a goal of mine to be doing this more regularly!

Nick RabinovitchNick Rabinovitch, Coach

I had a late start to the competitive swim scene at age 15 in Edmonton, but have been quite involved ever since, both as a swimmer and a coach. Over the last 20 years I have coached many teams and at many levels, including as head coach of the now defunct Kelowna Masters Swim Club. I am also involved with the Across the Lake Swim, helping coach the open water swim clinics. I also have two young children whom I try to coach on occasion, but then the looks on their faces quickly reminded why it’s a bad idea. I have one in Aquajets, which gives me volunteer responsibilities there. So, when I am not working or sleeping, you can usually find me on a pool deck.
My coaching philosophy is rooted in technique and I insist that swimming is a thinking sport, maybe not in a race, but definitely in practice and development. I continue to train and compete with the Okanagan Masters. I find that swimming helps my coaching and vice versa. After all these years, I still really enjoy both. I hope my enthusiasm translates to my swimmers and they feel that they are learning something useful.

Emmy Obedkoff

I put on my cap and goggles for the first time at age four and swam for ten years with the Ogopogo Summer Swim Club! I joined winter swimming when I was fourteen and swam for four years with the Kelowna AquaJets. Swimming has always been one of the most important things in my life and I am very fortunate to be able to share my passion with others through coaching. I first began coaching with the Ogopogo Swim Club when I was sixteen and have loved it ever since! I am currently the co-head coach of the Ogopogos as well as an assistant coach for the OKM swim academy and the jr. jets program in the Kelowna AquaJets. My favourite stroke to swim and to coach has always been breaststroke. I enjoy sharing my energy and positive attitude both on and off the pool deck, and I am very excited to be a part of the Okanagan Masters family as a coach and as a swimmer!

Eli Dimitrov

On November 21, 2013 Coach Elena (Eli) Dimitrov passed away in the loving presence of her family. She had fought a courageous battle with cancer for several years and it was her time to rest.

Eli came to us a few years ago with a high level of determination, passion and talent which enhanced the OMSC culture immensely. She was well known as the “fly” Coach having fly drills and sprints as part of her regular workouts. As exhausted as swimmers got, by the end of practice, they knew it was well worth it. Many swimmers can credit Eli for their improvements because she was very dedicated to see that they succeed and be all they can be.

Let’s raise a toast to Eli and the Dimitrovs and celebrate the beautiful life she lived and all the lives she touched. Please send hugs and kisses to the family

Eli’s BIO:  “Eli has over 15 years of competitive swimming experience including being a former member of the Bulgarian National Swim team.  She has been a swim coach since 1985, when she worked for 5 years with kindergarten and pre-competitive swimmers at the Sofia Sport Development centre in Bulgaria.  In 1990, she moved to Canada and coached with the Milton Marlins in Ontario before proceeding to coach with the University of Calgary swim club before relocating to Kelowna in 2009.

Since becoming a member of the OMSC coaching staff, Eli has been a staple of the OMSC weekday morning workouts for over the past year and as her swimmers can attest, she always finds a way for her swimmers to challenge and push themselves to new heights.

When Eli is not coaching, she usually can be found working her day job as a massage therapist.  As a massage therapist, she is able to utilize the deep understanding of how the human body works from her lifetime involvement in sports to provide clients with the important benefits of massage therapy. Her experiences enable her to identify the main cause of the client’s condition and apply appropriate treatment plan resulting in faster recovery and patient satisfaction.”