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Welcome to JD Orange from Coach Gabe

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Orange from Coach Gabe)

Hey guys, for those of you that didn’t get a chance to meet me at the parent meeting on Saturday, I’m Coach Gabe and I will coaching the JD Orange group this summer.

My main goals for the group are to make sure that everyone is having fun in the pool, and make sure that your kids have good fundamental skills in swimming. For our first week in the pool we worked on our flutter kick and started some back kick. By the end of next week I would like to have them comfortable with back kick and working on our freestyle arms. We’ll be starting most practices with some fun games in the back field, so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear.

If you anyone would like to contact me my email is, I make it a priority to check my emails in the morning and at night so hopefully I will be able to respond as quickly as possible. If you are looking to chat with me in person, I will do my best to stick around for a couple minutes after afternoon practices, it is difficult for me to chat after morning practices since I need to head straight from the pool to school. Can’t wait to have an amazing summer with you guys.

Coach Gabe

Welcome to JD Blue from Coach Erika

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Blue from Coach Erika)

Hi JD Blue swimmers and parents,

My name is Erika and I am very excited to be coaching JD Blue this summer! I have been swimming with Kigoos for the past 11 years, and this will be my second year coaching.
This season we will cover the basics of all 4 strokes, as well as learn turns and dives. My hope is that everyone comes to at least 4 practices a week, but the more you can make the faster you can improve! As the season progresses, I want everyone to try to make it to a few JD meets, as they are a great place to practice races, and everything we’ve learned in practice.
This week we have been working on the basics of freestyle, remembering to kick with straight legs, and roll to side glide position to breathe. Next week we will be focusing on the basics of backstroke, and flip turns.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or find me at the pool before and after practice.
Looking forward to a great season,
Coach Erika

Welcome to JD Turquoise from Coach Vincent

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Turquoise from Coach Vincent)

Hi everyone!

My name is Vincent and I’m coaching the JD Turquoise group this year. This is my first year coaching my own group, but I have been CITing for the past 3-4 years and I hope we can all have a lot of fun this summer!

I started swimming when I was a JD myself, so I know how intimidating it can be, especially for younger swimmers who are new to swimming and I remember my coaches creating a very welcoming and positive environment, so my goal for this summer is to make sure all the kids are having fun. I’d also like to build a solid foundation for the swimmers so that as they advance to higher groups, they can become stronger and faster swimmers themselves.

If you’re wondering how many practices your kid should be going to, my hope is that they come to at least 2-3 practices a week, but of course try to come to as many practices as you can. If you guys have anymore questions, feel free to email me at or ask me after practices.

Hope to see you all on the pool deck!

Welcome to JD White from Coach Charlie

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD White from Coach Charlie)
Hi JD white!
    I’m super excited to be your coach for this summer season! I love seeing some new and some familiar faces in the group this year. For those of you who have had me before you’ll know I’m a competitive person and love seeing the success you guys have at the meets and at practices. More importantly I’m hopeful that together we can make this a fun season to remember!
    Our focus for the summer will be freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke mainly, striving to compete at JD meets or even regular meets. If you guys are feeling adventurous we may even dip our toes into the realm of butterfly….
    As a final note I’d love for you guys to try and make as many practices as possible but aim for 3-5 per week! See you guys at the pool!

Welcome to JD Red from Coach Lucy

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to JD Red from Coach Lucy)

Hi JD Reds!

My name is Lucy and this is my 3rd year coaching and my 9th year swimming with Kigoos. During our first week of the season we have been focusing on the basics of freestyle and backstroke, making sure we’re breathing to the side and not lifting our heads up to breath. We will be continuing to practice this in the next couple of weeks and working on breastroke as well as learning how to do flip turns.

This season, a couple of goals I have for my group is to have everyone swimming all of their races legally and to have a fun, positive experience with Kigoos. Towards the end of the season, we will be working towards having everyone racing 50m butterfly and 100 IM. Just a reminder to all the JD’s to bring runners to dry land as most days we’ll be warming up in the back field.

I’m looking forward to a great season!

Feel free to contact me with any questions  or concerns!

Coach Lucy

Welcome to Senior White from Coach Alexis

May 5th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to Senior White from Coach Alexis)
Hello Senior White swimmers and parents!
Welcome to the start of the 2018 swim season! We’ve already had an awesome first week and a decent turn out at each practice. As a group, we have discussed some season goals for both practices and competitions: to get fit both in and out of the pool, to understand all the rules to competitive swimming, and to try our hardest and aim for best times in competitions. This season will be hard work and require commitment from everyone to bring our best effort everytime we’re on the pool deck, but it will also be a lot of fun!!
Throughout the summer there will be a variety of club social events where I expect all of the Seniors to be good role models for the younger swimmers by attending. These events are lots of fun every year and will be even more fun for everyone if all ages participates!
Please remember to bring a water bottle, runners, active wear, and a positive attitude to every practice! We will be working hard during the dryland warmups and doing a lot of technical work in the pool to build a strong foundation for sprint work later on. Come prepared to do your best and email me at with any questions!
See you on the pool deck,
Coach Alexis

Welcome to Senior Red from Coach Michael

May 2nd, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to Senior Red from Coach Michael)

Hello Sr. Red!

I am very glad to be back coaching the Richmond Kigoos Swim Club, and look forward to building off of the successes from last season. For those who have not been acquainted with me, I just completed my second year at Carleton University in the faculty of Political Sciences. Moreover, I swam competitively for 11 years, with the Vancouver Vikings, Richmond Rapids, and the Canadian Dolphins Swim Club. Through the years I became a sprint focused swimmer, and had competitive success at a national level. That being said I will use the experiences I have gained and translate that into the pool.

The main goal as a coach I have for the season is helping the athletes get to their goals. I have a firm belief that Sr.Red will excel this season. However, as many of you know, it will not come easy. I further expect Sr.Red to have a proclivity for hard work. In light of this, all I want is 100% in and I’ll give 100% out! Whether that is getting a best time, competing at provincials, or finishing on the podium; I am here to help everyone get to their goals. In order to do so I encourage swimmers to communicate with me. Whether if it’s questions about swimming or if something comes up. Additionally, being in a Sr. group bears responsibility. I want us to show the leadership I know every group member has. Meaning showing up with a positive attitude, activating properly, encouraging group members and other club members when times get tough, and continue to impact the community in a positive fashion.

In the weeks to come we will be refreshing our technical focus in the order of Free, Back, Breast, and Fly. I want to see every Sr.Red swimmer bring proper equipment like  running shoes and water bottles to every practice as we are getting back in shape for the season. If you feel a little ‘rusty’ in the water that’s ok, trust the process, we have all summer to grow and learn!

One last thing, I urge the entire Kigoos community to cheer on the Raptors in the NBA playoff as they are Canada’s team! #WeTheNorth

Let’s have an awesome season!

Best Regards,

Michael Jakac-Sinclair

Welcome to the Summer from Head Coach Emmy

April 29th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to the Summer from Head Coach Emmy)

Welcome back Kigoos!

I am very excited to be back for my fourth season with the Kigoos and third year as head 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. As a swimmer, I swam in both summer and winter clubs, but have never missed a season of BCSSA since joining in 1999! When I was growing up, I would look forward to May 1st all year for the magic of summer swimming to begin, and now I do the same thing as a coach!

I am very excited to be working with intermediate red again this year! My expectation for the intermediate red swimmers is that they will attend practice often, on time, and ready to improve. This means, that they will not only work hard, but also listen well, and think about each movement they make in the water. I emphasize eliminating “junk meters” and always swimming with a purpose. In the first few weeks of practices we are going to talk a lot about developing a good ‘feel for the water;’ and how to ‘swim smart.’ My hope is for the intermediate red swimmers is to not only see improvement in their technique, but also understand the mechanics of swimming and the importance good technique, all while having fun and enjoying the sport of swimming.

I believe all swimmers thrive when they develop a positive relationship with their coach and group members. Through my coaching, I strive to connect with each swimmer and motivate them to achieve their best, through the delivery of technical feedback and encouragement. I hope to foster a positive environment and hearten a love for the sport of swimming amongst the Kigoos!

I hope to see all Kigoos work towards representing my club goals, which are:

  1. A strong technical base
  2. A positive community
  3. A love for the sport

If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, come find my on deck before or after practice, or send me an email at

Looking forward to a great season!


Various Kigoos Updates

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Notifier - (Comments Off on Various Kigoos Updates)

In case you are not on our Notifier list – here are the latest Kigoos updates:

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so now.  HERE is the link to all the information.  Please share this information with others in your network who may be interested in Kigoos this summer.
Groups and Practices
The practice times for the season are posted HERE.  The first draft of the groups will likely be posted within 10 days.  Groups can fluctuate at the  start of the season, but we would like to have most things in place at least 2 weeks prior to the start of practices.
Tater Tots
Tater Tots registration is open now.  HERE is the direct link.  This is a program for swimmers not quite ready for Kigoos and is a great learn-to-swim option.  The program always sells out.  This year the program runs from June 1st until the end of July on MondayTuesday and Thursday for 1/2 hour sessions – it will run during the same time as the JD practices in the small pool.
We are now recruiting CIT Coaches for the summer.  Being a CIT is often the first step towards coaching with Kigoos.  These volunteer coaches  receive training and support from the Head Coach, attend clinics, and assist with JD and Tater-Tot Programs.  Email Emmy at no later than April 9th if you are interested.  Priority will be given to swimmers in division 4 and above.
Save the Date
Saturday, May 12th is our first parent social of the year.  We are having a fundraiser at Yuk Yuks Vancouver.  Tickets are just $15 for a fun night of comedy.  It is a great way for parents to connect and it is also a club fundraiser – so invite your friends.  More information in the coming weeks – but HERE is a link to buy the tickets.
Social Media
Finally, in addition to the Notifiers and our website, we try to stay connected through social media.  You can LIKE us on Facebook at follow us on Twitter at:

Winter Swimmers – Come Join Kigoos!

February 10th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Registration - (Comments Off on Winter Swimmers – Come Join Kigoos!)

Are you a winter swimmer looking for a way to keep swimming in the summer in a fun and competitive environment – we would love you to join Richmond Kigoos.

In order to best accommodate Winter (O Cat) Swimmers, we have reduced the fees knowing you will start late. The O Cat fee is $420 and the parent participation hours are also reduced to 15 hours.  We have also added specific year-end awards for O Cat swimmers.

Please check out our Registration Page for all of the details.  O Cat Registration is now available online.

Any questions – please email Nancy Lemaire at or Chris Kennedy at