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Alex Pasemko Head Coach

Hello Coho!

I am so excited to be coming back this 2017 summer season! Over the winter I have been coaching with Riptides working with kids around the same age group as I do with Coho, 8-12. 

During the year I have been doing a lot of continuing education such as getting my NCCP level 2, credits for my CSEP personal training, conferences, webinars, working with trainers at SC2 out of the Bill Warren Training Center with dry land programming and daily research from nutrition to efficient flutter kicking!

I started swimming in Coho when I was 11 and quickly realized that this was what I was meant to do. I had an awesome couple years swimming for Coho, made great friends, who are my best friends now, learned how to swim butterfly like a pro and ultimately learned how to grow as an individual. Sports and athletics has such a huge impact on my life and still does today. Coho was where it all began in my athletic and sport career. I left Coho and swam with Riptides for a few more years where I was Nationally ranked and also came home with a silver medal from age group nationals in the 50 fly.

Swimming stopped and volleyball became my sport from grade 12 to August of last year. I Went the Lethbridge College for my Exercise Science Diploma and played varsity volleyball for the Kodiak's for 3 years. Then I moved to SAIT and did my Marketing diploma and played on the varsity Trojan's  team for another 2 years. In August of last year I went to Slovenia for an international camp to play in the Semi-Pro leagues in Europe. Didn't make a team...so I traveled around for 6 months instead!

So as you can see athletics, sports and fitness are my priority.

I'm ready to work hard at 110% effort for the next 4 months!

GO COHO!!

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Ben Sr. Assistant Coach

Hello! 

My name is Ben, and I am excited to be back coaching for Coho. This will be my 8th year coaching for the Canmore Coho. I have been a part of the swimming world since I was a small eight year old boy joining the Canmore Coho swim club. I still train regularly in the pool because swimming is a lifelong passion for me. Swimming allows me to stay fit and healthy while doing something I love. It is my goal to pass on a passion for swimming to the kids this year. This year, I am once again coaching the oldest group of swimmers. Other interesting things about me include: I tell hilarious jokes, I know an incredible amount about Star Wars, and I love singing! I am currently going into my final year of study at Ambrose University in Calgary. After graduation, next year, I plan on pursuing a Masters Degree of some type. This year I am also focusing on preparing to break 20 minutes in the 5km run distance. Other hobbies include reading and relaxing with a good video game.

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Kate Vanderbeek Assistant Coach

Hello!

My name is Kate, and I am excited to begin coaching with Coho this summer!

My parents discovered my love for the water at just five months old when I was enrolled in my first swimming lesson. I began swimming competitively at the age of four, and have over 20 years of experience. I swam club for many years qualifying for my first Olympic Trials at the age of 14. After high-school I continued my swimming career at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. During my time at Laurier, I studied Kinesiology in addition to swimming. I served as the captain for 3 seasons, was awarded Rookie of the Year, and MVP for 3 consecutive years, as well as Laurier’s Athlete of the Week 6 times throughout my career. Throughout my time at Laurier, I also competed for the Oakville Aquatic Club at National Championships, World Trial, PanAmerican Trials, and Olympic Trials. My season came to an end this past April as I finished my undergrad, but I still swim and Crossfit to stay in shape! I am considering competing in Masters swimming as I make a transition into coaching role. I have a strong passion for health, fitness and sports, and my goal is to continually better myself and others along the way.

I began coaching 3 years ago with the Region of Waterloo Swim Club, in addition to offering private swimming lessons at Swim With Kate. Swimming has taught me many lessons both on and off the deck, and it is my mission to give back. I am passionate about passing on my extensive knowledge of training, competing, and balancing school and work life as an athlete. In September, I am headed to Edmonton to begin completing a Masters Degree in Coaching. I have a strong interest and will be conducting research in the area of athletic burnout, in addition to coaching the Golden Bears and Pandas Varsity Swim Team.

I am looking forward to bringing my best to the team this season J

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Carly Jr. Coho Coach

Hi Everyone!

My name is Carly Russell and I am so excited to be back coaching Junior Coho this year. Coho has been a huge part of my life, and I am so happy to help keep that going for the Junior Coho’s! I trained competitively up until last year and now have made the switch to just coaching. This will be my 4th year coaching with the club, and I could not be more excited. I currently am in my first year of a History degree at Ambrose University in Calgary. After that, I intend to pursue my teaching degree at Ambrose as well.

As I mentioned, Coho has been a huge part of my life. I am at the pool almost every day whether it is for working or training personally. I love training almost as much as I like coaching. My favourite events are probably the 100 and 200m IM as well as the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke. In addition to swimming, I love karate and competing in that sport!

When you don’t find me at the pool, I am probably working at the Old School Bus Ice Cream. I also love spending my time volunteering with Girl Guides, and making sure that I keep up with my love of politics by actively participating in my Youth Parliament. Coaching the Junior Coho program has been a dream and I can’t wait to see what the season has in store for us.  

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