For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

Senior Red Update from Coach Brandon

May 11th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior Red Update from Coach Brandon)

Hi Senior Red swimmers and parents!

If you don’t know me already my name is Brandon de Costa and I have the privilege of being the Senior Red Coach again this summer. My swimming career started when I first joined summer swimming at 6. Through the years, I eventually joined the Richmond Rapids. At my time with the Rapids, I became more backstroke inclined and my swimming took me to win both Age Group Nationals and Westerns in the 50 Back and placing third at Age Group Nationals for 100 back and first at Western Canadian Championships. I am so glad that I am back and I am ready to get to work. I am so pleased with the amount of effort that we have been putting into practice this week so let’s continue to build off the amazing job we have been doing for the rest of the season.

The first bit of the season we are focussing on getting the rust off our swimming. So mainly stroke technique focused but at the same time still gaining lots of fitness throughout the practices. As I said earlier I am really happy with this group’s mental attitude in wanting to get better. So far we have had about half the group show up and what we have discussed is really making this summer a fun and competitive one at the same time. We have come up with qualities of a swimmer we are trying to do every day. One of them is accountability. I know school and other activities are in the full swing of things but if you have yet to come to practice please send me an email with a summary of what is happening. It is very important to keep great communication between swimmer and coach to make both of our lives easier.

My goals for our summer are

– To create a competitive and fun environment for everyone

– A minimum of 4 practices a week with school (if activities or school gets in the way please send me an email)

– Swimming every day we have practice once school is over

– Be mindful of what we are doing every practice

– To be amazing role models for the kids younger than our group

– To support and motivate each other to want to do better

As the swim meet season is just right around the corner I would like everyone to come to as many swim meets as possible. The two meets that are mandatory are our home meet the Ice Breaker and Regionals.

If you haven’t had the chance to meet me please come up to me and say hi. Would love to introduce myself to everyone!

This summer is going to be a blast and I can’t wait!

News from Coach Colette and Junior Red

May 11th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on News from Coach Colette and Junior Red)

Hi Junior Red swimmers and parents,

My name is Colette Summers and I am really looking forward to coaching Junior Red this summer! As some of you may know, I have been a competitive swimmer for quite a long time. I started off with the Kigoos when I was six years old, and when I was ten, I began swimming winter club. I competed with the Winskill Dolphins under coach Ben Keast for a few years, and then moved to Vancouver Pacific Swim Club for my grade 12 year. I recently finished my first year in the Commerce program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and I am also on the Queen’s varsity swim team.

As far as coaching experience goes, I was a volunteer swim coach at both the Winskill Dolphins and Vancouver Pacific Swim Club. I have had plenty of experience working with swimmers around the same age as those in Junior Red, so I am delighted to be able to coach this group!

My goal for this season is to make sure every single swimmer achieves the results they want while still having a great time. I really hope to make swim practice something that the swimmers look forward to every day. I plan to do this by making the environment comfortable and fun for everyone, and by giving each swimmer the feedback they need in order to perform successfully.

We are only a few weeks away from our first meet, the Ice Breaker, and I think that it’s important to remind you all of a few key things:

  • Please try your best to come to as many practices as possible! I can’t stress how important this is because we work on different skills in each workout. I understand, however, that there are many things that come up and reasons for which we can’t always make them.
  • I have told the swimmers this a few times, but some of us forget about this quite often: try to bring a water bottle on deck every practice. I know that all of the Junior Red swimmers work really hard, so they need to stay hydrated to perform their best every workout.
  • I will be emailing out a goal sheet for the swimmers to print off and fill out for me once I get the Junior Red email list (I would normally print this off but my printer is broken!). When I have everyone’s sheet, I will read through the swimmers’ goals and record them for myself, and then hand the sheets back so that the swimmers can keep them for the season.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or come talk to me at the pool when I am not coaching! I hope that everyone is just as excited for this season as I am!


News from Coach Alexis and Intermediate White

May 10th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on News from Coach Alexis and Intermediate White)

Hi Intermediate White Swimmers and Parents,

My name is Alexis Silvera and I have the privilege to coach the Intermediate White Group this season. This is my 4th year coaching and 11th year as a Kigoos swimmer with my previous seasons working mainly with the Junior groups. Being part of the Kigoos family has been such a memorable journey ever since I joined as a young swimmer and I’ve had wonderful experiences in each successive year. My goal for the Intermediate White group is to have a meaningful and fun season by becoming confident and comfortable in all our strokes. Swimming is such a passionate and fun sport, and the greatest reward for me as your coach is to be able to help you have a great time while improving our strokes and endurance. Hopefully you will find swimming relaxing, challenging, and rewarding by the end of this season! I will also be applying some drills I’ve gained from my NCCP Swimming 101 course.

I have been giving out a Welcome/Expectation and Goal Sheet to all the swimmers who have shown up to practice so far. If you haven’t received one yet, find me at the next practice and I will give one to you! If you have one already, please fill out the sheet with your goals and bring it back to me as soon as possible. It is great to be back and I am excited to officially begin our group together. This week, we will be focusing on Freestyle and Backstroke body position and legs, streamline, dolphin kick, and turns. We will also be introducing IM! Please attend to as many practices as possible.


I’m so excited to be working with you this season and I will see you on the pool deck!
Coach Alexis
– Please read over the Welcome Letter and fill out the Goal Sheet
– Bring runners and water bottle
– Email me at if you have any questions

News from Head Coach / Senior Blue Coach – Emmy

May 10th, 2016 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on News from Head Coach / Senior Blue Coach – Emmy)

Hi Kigoos! Welcome to the 2016 season!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Emmy and I am very excited to be back for my second season with the Kigoos as the head coach and senior blue coach! I am a certified NCCP level one coach and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge, passion and love of all things swimming with the Kigoos for my sixth season of coaching. I have been involved with BCSSA for seventeen consecutive years. As a swimmer, I swam in both summer and winter clubs but have never missed a season of BCSSA since I joined at age 4! My greatest personal success in swimming came from the 100 meter breaststroke where I achieved a national time standard, you might see me swimming this event this summer!

I would like to extend out a big thank you to everyone for being so patient with the scheduling. Although we have not had the traditional start to the season at Steveston pool that we would like, a lot of planning has gone into the revised schedules and we are lucky to be able to still start our season on time. The attendance in the evening practices for the intermediate groups and senior blue has very low. Hopefully as we start to get in the swing of this schedule the attendance will start to pick up. I really appreciate everyone’s understanding and effort to get to practice under the circumstances and I hope to see everyone at the pool this week!

My primary goals for our club are the continuing development of:

  1. A strong technical base
  2. A positive and encouraging community
  3. Love for the sport

My coaching philosophy is process over outcome. I strongly believe in quality over quantity, which is why my senior swimmers have been working on repetitions, progressions, and drills all week. I believe a strong technical base is essential to fast swimming and this holds true to every level and ability.  Last week we worked on kick, streamlines and freestyle body position. Next week we will move on to backstroke drills and we will integrate our new and improved streamlines with the goal of completing three dolphin kicks off every wall all week. We are slowly building meters to improve endurance while holding good technique.

My expectations for senior blue swimmers are:

  • A leader to the club through attitude and work ethic
  • Respect for coaches, team mates and self
  • Encourages team mates and has support system in group
  • Independence and Ownership of own swimming

My goals for senior blue are

  • Knowledge of what it takes to get better and always swimming with a purpose- no “empty” meters
  • Sets realistic goals and strives to meet them
  • Enjoys swimming and sees the connections between hard work and results
  • Constant improvement in technique and time will come

If I have not had a chance to meet you yet, feel free to introduce yourself when you see me at the pool.

Looking forward to a great season!