The Tritons


Coaching Staff 2016-2017


Head coach Moira Milward: After completing a competitive swimming career culminating in international honors representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games & Great Britain in the Olympic games & World student games, Moira began coaching. She has coached in the UK, in BC and after a break began coaching in Nova Scotia.

Moira’s philosophy of coaching is that the swimmer is the focus. She is clear that all she does in coaching is to help the athlete – whether it’s stroke development, competition skills, nutritional guidance or other character building support. Watching the young athlete mature is part of the joy of coaching.

Previous careers in Moira’s life are teaching, and RN, BScN. Now with those careers behind her, the focus is on building her portfolio of coaching education. Ever the student, she loves to learn and absorb ideas that will assist in swimmer development.

She loves working with the Wolfville Tritons and seeing where they can go!

 

Jennifer Ingham will be team leading the Nova Tech grass roots program this year.  She is certified  NCCP Level 1. Jen is a former competitive age group swimmer and a former member of the Tritons. She swam with the team for 10 years before becoming a member of the Dalhousie Varsity swim team for 3 years where she was All Canadian as well as an AUS AllStar. She came into coaching later in life after working in the dental and human resources fields. Jen lives in Wolfville with her husband and two sons who were both former Tritons. Jen feels fortunate to be able to share her love and passion for the sport of swimming with a new generation of young athletes.

 

Jessica Bent has been teaching kids to swim (as well as coaching) for almost ten years. She is certified NCCP Level 1. Jessica is currently enrolled in a Masters of Theology program at Acadia University. She is a former member of the Acadia Varsity swim team where she specialized in butterfly and backstroke. Jessica is coaching the Nova Tech swimmers again this year.

 

Caitlin Spackman is an Acadia student in the Education program. She was an age group swimmer for 6 years with the Shearwater Bluefins and swam one year with the Acadia Varsity team. This is her 6th year coaching with the Tritons. Caitlin will work with both the Nova Tech and Age Group swimmers this year and is excited to be back this season! 

 

Benjamin Henger is a first year Acadia student currently doing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Although this is his first year coaching, he has plenty of experience, swimming six summers with the Windsor Bluefins and six years with the Wolfville Tritons. This is his first year on the Acadia Axemen Swim Team. Ben will be working mainly with the Nova Tech swimmers this season.


Hayden Adams is a 5th year Recreation Management student at Acadia University, as well as NCCP Level 1 certified. After 5 years as a member of the Windsor Bluefins Swim Club, 3 years with the Wolfville Tritons, and 4 years with the Acadia Axemen, he has switched gears to coach with the Wolfville Tritons. Hayden was a member of the 2013 Canada Games Swim Team, as well as a Senior National, and CIS qualifier. Having ended his swimming career in the Spring of 2016, Hayden is excited to pass on his knowledge of the sport to next generation of Tritons. Hayden will primarily be coaching with the Age group swimmers this season. He is all about helping swimmers be the best they can be, and having a lot of fun along the way!

Board of Directors 2016-2017

President: Mike Stokesbury

Vice President: Leigh Huestis

Financial Officer: Jenny Keddy

Secretary: Kjerstin Baldwin

Registrar: Daniëlle Grimbergen

PPP Manager: Daniëlle Grimbergen

Fundraising Chair: Carrie Thorsen

Age Group and Nova Tech Team Manager: Nelson O'Driscoll

Equipment Manager: John Duncan

Communications/Wesbsite Administrator: Lisa Price

Member at Large: Kent Williams

Member at Large: Kerstin Henger



Training Programs

Goals of the Wolfville Tritons Swim Club Model:

  • To encourage athletes to develop to their maximum potential as swimmers and individuals through a commitment to personal excellence.
  • To create an atmosphere for athletes to acquire an understanding of the importance of setting and achieving individual goals.
  • To inspire athletes to develop an appreciation of the importance and process of working within a group toward a common goal(s).
  • To cultivate positive working relationships with other clubs and sport related organizations within the province of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.
  • To produce athletes on the provincial, regional and national levels through all of these pursuits.

WTSC offers the following programs:

  1. Novice Training Squad 
  2. Intermediate Training Squad 
  3. Junior B Training Squad 
  4. Junior A Training Squad 
  5. Senior Training Squad


Novice: Novice swimmers as those swimmers joining the club who have recently learned to swim & are able to swim a length on their front & their back. The objective of this group is to develop the skills required to make swimming easier & more enjoyable. In this group swimmers will learn new skills such as diving into the water safely and swimming in a lane with other swimmers. This level of swimmer is able to compete at the participation level of Swim NS’s Nova Tech program thus introducing them to competition when they feel capable. This group swim 3 times/ week

Intermediate: The Intermediate group are those more capable swimmers who have developed skills in all 4 strokes. They are able to dive in off the block & know how to turn. This group continues to develop their skills in the strokes and enhance their opportunities in competition. The swimmers in this group are encouraged to compete in the Nova Tech program and can advance through that program to the age group level. There are 5 competitions throughout the season & the Nova Tech season culminates in the provincial meet held in mid May. This group swim 4 times /week

At no time are those who swim with us ever forced to compete if they feel uncomfortable doing so. So often young swimmers feel stressed by thinking they have to compete & so cannot enjoy what is offered. Those who have been with us for some time & did not want to compete have been known to change their minds as they become more comfortable.

Junior B:  The swimmers in this group are those who have qualified from the Nova Tech program and the coach of that program feels they are capable of the extra work done in the Junior B group. This group is looking to qualify for the NS Junior Provincial Championships. The standards required for this competition can be found on SwimNovaScotia.com

Junior B swimmers continue to work on the skills they were introduced to in the Nova Tech programs, but as they get stronger and swim more often they improve quite quickly. Again it must be stressed that competition is optional, but encouraged. This group do 4-5 pool practices and are introduced to dry land activities

Junior A: Junior A swimmers are those who have achieved the Junior Provincial qualifying standard, the work this group does is to assist them to qualify for the next standard which is the Senior Provincial Championships. (‘Junior’ & ‘Senior’ are defined by the time standard & not age). Much of the work the Junior A group does is similar to the Senior group, only they do less practices.  This group does 6 pool practices & one dry land

Senior: The senior group are swimmers who have a senior provincial time standard and are 15 this swimming season OR have at least one national AG qualifying standard. The swimmers in this group spend a great deal of time in the water & are fairly dedicated to their sport. This group swim 8 practices and do 3 dry land work outs.


Progression from one group to the next is at the coach’s discretion.



Club Philosophy

The primary objective of the Tritons Swim Club is to provide an opportunity for all members to achieve their potential in the sport of swimming. Because swimmers join our club at various ability levels, individual progress in the sport will vary. At the early stages, coaches emphasize developing technical skills, encouraging a love of the sport, and creating a team atmosphere. As swimmers develop and their level of commitment increases, continued training will ensure opportunities to perform at their highest possible level.

 

Commitment, hard work, successful goal setting, and long-term planning will ensure a positive outcome for any athlete. The Tritons Swim Club strives to help members adopt these habits while, at the same time, enjoying all the fun that the sport of swimming has to offer.

 

Regardless of swimmers’ final standing in competition, the swim team experience will provide them with valuable resources that they can apply to all aspects of their lives.  Through the Tritons Swim Club’s emphasis on leadership, sportsmanship, and self-discipline, all swimmers will gain the opportunity to be the best they can be in the pool and to become better people in the process.









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