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Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emilia

July 20th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emilia)

Welcome to the first day of hell week!

The hell week theme for the intermediate red group is survivor. The swimmers will be split in teams and will compete for immunity and points. The swimmers will complete two weeks of difficult practices, which will challenge them both mentally and physically as well as build their team unity with one another. The swimmers have been conditioned over the last couple of weeks with one practice each week equivalent to the difficulty level of a hell week practice and I am very excited to see them work even harder!  Please ensure that the swimmers arrive on time for each practice as we have a lot to do and only one hour. I hope everyone is looking forward to a lot of hard work and a lot of fun!

On another note, the intermediate reds have had some terrific swim meets over the last couple of weeks. At the Hootenanny with very stiff competition of over 900 swimmers participating, the Reds qualified for 30 finals and 80 best times overall! A special congratulations to swimmers who have achieved new PQT’s:

Eddie- 100 breast, 200 IM

Nick- 50 fly, 50 back

Hope- 50 back

Lianna- 50 free, 50 back, 100 IM, 50 breast

Rachel- 50 fly

Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emilia

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emilia)

The intermediate red group is having a terrific season so far! At the ice breaker the swimmers completed an impressive 110 best times out of 122 races and collectively took nearly 4 minutes off their IM times. The results at the Super 7 meet were not far behind, as the group had another phenomenal meet swimming to plenty of best times. Congratulations to Rachel, Elizabeth K and Iain who broke the 3-minute barrier in 200 IM! Some impressive results were also posted by the div. 3 swimmers who tackled the 200 IM and all swimmers who braved the 100 fly. As a group we are continuing to work on underwater dolphin kick, with the goal in mind of performing five kicks off each wall during a race. In the last couple of weeks the swimmers have been transitioning away from predominately kick and drill practices, and have been working on more full stroke swimming combining sprinting with good technique. Now that school is out, I encourage the swimmers to aim to attend at least five practices each week….. I hope to see the morning practices get more popular! As always I encourage the swimmers to attend as many practices and meets as they can. By the end of the week I will hand out a goal sheet to the swimmers, which they can complete over the weekend and return back to me. Have a great weekend off!



Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emmy

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate Red Update from Coach Emmy)

Great work so far everyone!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month already! I am having a great time getting to know the swimmers and I am very impressed with all the hard work and improvement I have seen from the intermediate red group so far. Over the past couple of weeks we have focused on one stroke each week, learning new drills, mastering kick and improving technique. This week we will be focusing on butterfly, with special attention on the timing. I encourage the swimmers to attend as many practices as they can to maximize their potential to improve! Flutter kick and underwater dolphin kick will continue to be dominating areas of focus for the intermediate reds, but I have already seen much improvement so far with nearly half the group able to underwater kick for 25m without breathing. Each week the swimmers have performed 50m of flutter kick for time and 100% of the group has posted a time of 1 minute or less. A special congratulations to the members of the “under 50 (second) club” Eddie, Rachel, Iain, Paul, Ray, Lianna, Ashley, Elizabeth K, and Hope!

I was thrilled with the swimmers at the mock meet last Saturday. As a group, the swimmers posted 100% best times in the 50m freestyle and nearly 100% best times overall! I am looking forward to seeing the swimmers race in the ice breaker this weekend…it looks like their hard work is paying off! I would like to remind the swimmers that Thursday evenings are capture the flag day and if they would like to participate to please arrive at the pool by 6:30 with running shoes. I encourage the swimmers to come to the pool every day with running shoes, which will benefit them during activation activities.

Keep up the good work!



Welcome to Intermediate Red – from Coach Emmy

May 11th, 2015 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Welcome to Intermediate Red – from Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos!

My name is Emilia Obedkoff (Emmy) and I am thrilled to be joining the Kigoos this season! I am a certified NCCP level one coach and have been apart of BCSSA for sixteen consecutive years. I have coached summer, winter, masters and high school programs and have worked with swimmers aged four to eighty-four. Most recently, I have acted as co-head coach of the Kelowna Ogopogo summer swim club and I am eager to be starting my fifth season of coaching. As a swimmer, I competed with the Kelowna Aqua jets winter swim club for four seasons where I achieved an age group national time in the 100 breaststroke. I also participated in twelve seasons of summer swimming and never missed a season since joining BCSSA at age four. I am extremely passionate about swimming and truly believe it is the greatest sport due to its ability to instill dedication, passion, hard work and team unity in those involved.

As a coach I believe a positive environment is necessary to foster success and I hope to increase the positivity and confidence already present in the Kigoo swimmers through encouragement, respect and fun. My coaching values are centered around 1) Technique, 2) Hard work, and of course 3) Fun

I believe in quality over quantity. The first few weeks of practices will mainly consist of drills and kicking. The focus will be mastery of drills and increased kicking speed and endurance, which will translate into improved technique and faster swimming! The focus for this week is freestyle drills and underwater dolphin kick.

I will be mainly working with the Intermediate red group and master’s swimmers this season. If you have any questions please contact me at I am very excited to be apart of the Kigoos family and I look forward to meeting you and sharing my love of swimming with all!