For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

JD Blue Update from Coach Vincent

May 6th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Blue Update from Coach Vincent)

Hey JD Blues!

My name is Vincent and I am super excited to be back coaching another summer! It’s so great to see so many familiar faces and I can’t wait to meet any families who are new to the club! Just a little bit about me, I have been swimming with the Kigoos for 13 years and I am very excited to be able to give back to the club and share my knowledge with the kids. Having once been a JD myself, I know how scary it can be for younger swimmers, especially if they are new to the sport, so my goal for this summer is to create a welcoming and positive learning environment so that the kids will have fun and will want to keep swimming.

For the first week, we really focused on nailing the basics of swimming—push offs, streamlines, and flutter kick. It’s very important that we build a solid foundation so that when they move on to higher groups, they remember these basic skills and become faster and stronger swimmers. 

I understand that since school is still in session, it may be difficult to show up to every practice, but do your best to show up to as many practices as you can, ready to learn and work hard. We learn something new every practice so make sure to come whenever you can! If you have any questions for me, feel free to email me at or drop by the office and speak to me in person. Again, I’m super excited to be coaching the JD Blues and I already know this summer is gonna be amazing! 

Coach Vincent

JD White Update from Coach Gabe

May 5th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Gabe)

Hey JD Whites,

We’ve had awesome turnouts for our first four practices so I’ve managed to introduce myself to all of you but for those who don’t know I’m coach Gabe. I have been coaching for three years now and swimming for twelve years. Before I get into what we’ve done this week I’d like to talk about my expectations from you guys. I understand that you guys have school and other activities that will take up time, but do your best to make it to as many practices as possible cause we can only improve if we are coming to practice (plus swimming is super fun so we should always want to come to practice).

 This first week we worked on the absolute basics, we did streamlines, and push offs along with flutter kick with and without a board. I think these skills will be the perfect foundation to make sure we are swimming hard and effectively in all practices and in swim meets.

 Before I finish the blog post I’d like quickly talk about communication. These blog posts are going to be my main way of communicating to our entire group so please do your best to read them. I’m going to try and make a new blog post every Sunday or Monday so that we can talk about what we’re learning, swim meets, and any other important information. If you ever have any questions for me about anything at all surrounding Kigoos and especially our group feel free to contact me at My goal for myself is to check my email every morning and every night so that we can have quick and efficient communication. Another great way to talk to me if just come knock on the office door and ask even if it’s the tiniest question, I’m here to help.

I already know that this season is going to be so awesome. Hopefully we can keep working hard in the pool and that our effort will be reflected in our times at swim meets.


Coach Gabe

Junior White Update from Coach Sophia

May 4th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Sophia)

Hey Junior White swimmers and parents,

My name is Sophia and I am super excited to be coaching the Junior White group this summer!

I have been lucky enough to be a member of the Kigoos Swim Club for the past 11 years. This will be my fourth season as a coach and I am very pleased to be working with such an energetic and motivated group of swimmers.

During this week we worked on the fundamentals. For our group this will include; streamlines, under-waters and push-offs. Next week we will be working on applying all these skills to freestyle and backstroke.

Just a reminder for everyone, please bring a water bottle and runners to every practice. If you haven’t brought your goal sheet back please do during the beginning of this week. If you have any questions feel free to email me at, or come talk to me before or after practice. I’m looking forward to working with everyone and for an exciting and fun filled season.

Coach Sophia

Senior White Update from Coach Erika

May 4th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Erika)

Hey Senior Whites,

You guys have done an amazing job this first week back! I am so impressed with your energy and positive attitude in the pool. For those of you that haven’t met me yet, my name is Erika and I’ll be your coach this season. This is my first 3rd season coaching with Kigoos and 12th season with the club. I am very excited to be coaching all of you this season and seeing your improvement over the summer.

My expectation is that everyone comes to as many practices as possible. The more practices you attend, the faster you can improve! Please remember to bring a water bottle, runners and proper athletic clothing to every practice. We will do a short run before every practice, and for the first few weeks we will be trying out self-led activation. My hope is that we can continue self-led activation for the entire season.

This first week we have been focusing on push offs, kick, and freestyle arms. We have been trying out lots of new drills to reinforce good technique. Going into the second week we will continue to work on freestyle and start working on backstroke technique. Just like with freestyle we will be breaking down the stroke bit by bit, starting with kick and working our way to full stroke.

As the season gets going there will be lots of social events and swim meets. I expect that you attend all social events, and are good role models for the younger swimmers. I highly encourage you to sign up for as many meets as possible as they are a great chance to practice, and gain confidence in the pool!

Please remember to bring back your goal sheets! And if you haven’t picked one up come get one next time you’re at the pool.

Keep up the great work,

Coach Erika


Head Coach Update from Emmy

May 3rd, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Head Coach Update from Emmy)

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to summer swimming! I am very excited to be back for my fifth season with the Kigoos and fourth year as head coach. If I have not yet had the chance to meet you, welcome to the club! My name is Emmy and I am a certified NCCP level one coach and have been coaching for nine years. As a swimmer, I swam in both summer and winter clubs, but have never missed a season of BCSSA since joining in 1999! I am looking forward to another season of sharing my passion and love for the sport of swimming with the Kigoos.

I am thrilled to be working with intermediate red again this year! The culture that I strive to develop amongst my group is one centered around competition, passion and fun. I aim to develop swimmers who see the value in hard work and understand that there is a connection between working hard, swimming purposefully and getting results. My expectation for the intermediate red swimmers is that they will attend practice often, and practice with positivity and a drive towards improvement. My hope for the swimmers is to not only see improvement, but to 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 seek 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

I will be away from the pool on May 9th, 10th and 11th, but will be available through email. If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, come find me on deck before or after practice, or send me an email at

Looking forward to a great season!


JD Turquoise Update from Coach Nikol

May 3rd, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Turquoise Update from Coach Nikol)

Hi parents and swimmers,

My name is Nikol Rybolov and this season I will be coaching the turquoise group for Junior Development. A bit about me, I have been swimming with the Kigoos Swim Club for 6 years and I have been a coach in training for 4 years with the club. I am currently an IB grade eleven student at Richmond High and I am certified as a coaching level one coach. I am looking forward to getting into the swim season and meeting all the swimmers in JD turquoise. My one goal for all the swimmers is to enjoy their time in the pool and out. Throughout the season I will be posting some more information on our JD meets. If parents have questions feel free to come and see me at the pool or send me an email.


Nikol Rybolov

Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis

May 3rd, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis)
Welcome to the 2019 swim season Senior Reds!
I am extremely excited for this summer and all of the growth and fun we will experience together. If I have not seen you at practice yet, my name is Alexis Silvera and I will be your coach for this season. I have been coaching with the Kigoos since 2011 and every year brings such amazing energy and I have no idea what I would be doing in the summer without this swim club.
This season will be hard work and require commitment from everyone to bring our best effort every time we’re on the pool deck, but it will also be tons of fun! Throughout the summer there will be a variety of club social events where I expect all the Seniors to be good role models for the younger swimmers by attending and contributing to the club spirit. These events are lots of fun every year and will be even more fun for everyone of 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 using our fitness cards during dryland, warmups and doing a lot of technical work in the pool to build a strong foundation for sprint work later on.
This week, and half of next week, we are working on our freestyle body position, kick, catch, and finish. We will also be working on flip turns and starting out our peer feedback sessions this week. I know everyone is busy with school and other sports, but try to come to as many practice as you can this week so we can build our foundational skills and physical fitness.
Remember to bring your goal sheets to the pool as soon as you can if I don’t already have them. Come prepared to do your best and email me at with any questions or if you just want to let me know anything.
See you on the pool deck!

Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey

July 28th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey)

Hi Intermediate White’s,

Congratulations to everyone who completed Hell Week and for helping to save Princess Peach from Bowser! I am so impressed with everyone’s effort at practice these past couple weeks and I’m super excited to see all your hard work pay off at regionals.

Another congrats to Simon T. and Lindsay L. for receiving swimmer of the week over the past few weeks. Simon had an amazing 200 I.M. at the Surrey meet getting a best time and making finals and Lindsay had perfect attendance and amazing effort throughout all of Hell Week. Great job to both of you!

Also, please make sure to check your events for regionals to make sure they are all correct. I hope everyone had fun at North Delta today see you all tomorrow!

Coach Hailey

JD Red Update from Coach Lucy

July 26th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Red Update from Coach Lucy)

Hey JD Reds!

Awesome work last week during our JD fun week! Almost our entire group came to every practice. This Friday we will be having our JD party to celebrate the end of fun week and our attendance this past week with scoops!

Regionals is coming up and I am very excited to see our hard work this season pay off! We have been doing very well at the past couple of meets, taking off lots of time and having a couple swimmers compete in finals!

Next week we will be focusing on turns and dives, as this is something our group struggles with and would be awesome to improve before regionals. I would like to see everyone coming out to as many practices as possible. Again, morning practices are great opportunities for one on one time with a coach!!!

See you all at the pool!

Coach Lucy

JD Update from Coach Alexis

July 24th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Update from Coach Alexis)
This Friday, July 27th, is the JD party!
Right after JD practice there will be scoops and pizza behind the pool on the grass field to celebrate the season and the amazing job that everyone did during Incredibles Fun Week. We will be playing some games all together and be ready to see some of the Incredibles for the last time this season! The party starts at 6:00pm and ends at 7:30pm so be sure to pick up your swimmers on time.
For every practice that you attended during Incredibles Fun Week you will have the option of a scoop of ice cream and toppings. All the ice cream and toppings will be gluten free and nut free and there will be options of popsicles/freezies for those who are allergic to dairy or are vegan. If you ordered pizza it will be there for after the scoops at around 6:20. There will be parent volunteers helping hand it out and collecting the money.
If you have any more questions about the party you can find Coach Sophia or Coach Alexis at the pool! We’re excited to see you there!