For those interested in the Richmond BC Kigoos Summer Swim Club

Junior Red Update from Coach Jacob

May 22nd, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Jacob)

Hey Jr. Reds!

Welcome to Kigoos 2017!

For those who might not know, my name is Coach Jacob Lee. This is my 11th year as a Kigoo and 4th year coaching. My most recent swimming accomplishment would have to be winning a Gold Medal at High School Provincials in 50 Free this year.

Enough about me, let’s look at the season ahead. My two main ideas about swimming this summer are:

1. Technique before strength. I want our swimming technique to be as good as possible before we start ramping up the distance we swim and the speed we are swimming at.

2. There is another Jr. Red group out there, somewhere in the region or the province working hard every practice. So we must work hard to train hard and swim faster than they do.

You should all have your ‘Coach Jacob’s Ten Tips for Swimming Success’ put them in your rooms up on a wall, or somewhere you can see them before you leave for practice. These are so important if we really want to get the most out of each and every practice. You should all have filled out your Goal Sheets. If you don’t have one yet, can’t find your best times or don’t just haven’t returned it to me. Come see me at practice ASAP.

If your parents have any questions or concerns about anything in regards to swimming, training or Kigoos events please come and see me after any afternoon practice!

I look forward to an amazing season and being the top group in the province!

Ps. Sorry for the late post. I’ll work to be getting a post out weekly with updates to our training plans and meet accomplishments!

Updated IceBreaker Meet Package

May 20th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Updated IceBreaker Meet Package)

There have been some minor adjustments to the Kigoos IceBreaker Meet Package.  You can find the updated package HERE.

Kigoos Ice Breaker Meet Event File

May 20th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Kigoos Ice Breaker Meet Event File)

The Meet Event File is now available HERE.

Junior White Update from Coach Tamara

May 20th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Tamara)
Hi Junior White swimmers and parents!
Welcome back all old and new swimmers to our 2017 summer season. My name is Tamara Yoshida, and I have the privilege to coach this year’s Junior White group. This is my third year coaching with Kigoos and my 13th year swimming with the club and have qualified for provincials since 2007.
General group expectations:
  1. Come to as many practices as possible and be ready to work hard.
  2. When myself or another coach is talking always have your head up and not talking.
  3. Being respectful and encourage other swimmers
  4. Always following the correct set and staying on task (three strikes you sit out)
  5. Have fun
10 things for success this summer.
  1. Come to practice on time with runners and a water bottle everyday.
  2. Know there is room for improvement.
  3. Always practice like you’re racing
  4. Always practice good technique, practicing bad habits won’t help you and will be harder to undo later.
  5. If a coach is giving you corrections for improvement, implement it.
  6. Always circle swim, and go on the correct pace time
  7. Make sure you are doing proper streamlines off every wall, along with proper underwaters and breakouts.
  8. Always practice good proper turns when we are swimming distances greater than 25m; NOT STOPING at walls.
  9. Be prepared to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
  10. Bring a positive attitude to practice.
Parents don’t forget to sign up your children for the appropriate swim meets before the deadline, late sign ups create problems for the coaches and might not be guaranteed. If there is anything you think I should know about your swimmer please do come talk to me or send me an email.
If you have any question feel free to send me an email at or if you would like to talk to me in person after practice is always an excellent time to talk as well.
See you poolside!

Senior White Update from Coach Michael

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Michael)

Hello Sr. Whites!

My Name Is Michael Jakac-Sinclair, and I am a first year political science student at Carleton University. I am very glad to be back coaching the Kigoos, and looking to build off of the successes from last season. For some background information about myself; 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 more so in the sprint freestyle. I have won gold at multiple Provincials, competed at multiple Western Canadian Championships, won gold at the Canadian Age Group Nationals in the medley relay and a Provincial record holder in the medley relay also. I carried on these experiences through and want to continue doing so.

The main goal as a coach I have for the year is helping the athletes get to there goal. Whether that is getting a time they want, competing at provincials, completing and competing in a harder race, or fitness levels; I am here to help everyone get to their goal. All I want is 100% in and I’ll give 100% out!

Let’s have an awesome season!


Michael Jakac-Sinclair

Intermediate and Senior Red Update from Coach Emmy

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate and Senior Red Update from Coach Emmy)

Welcome Back Kigoos!

I am very excited to be back for my third season with the Kigoos and second 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 for my seventh season of coaching. As a swimmer, I swam in both summer and winter clubs, but have never missed a season of BCSSA since joining in 1999! My greatest personal success in swimming came from the 100 meter breaststroke where I achieved a national time standard.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with both intermediate red and senior red groups this summer! It’s been a great first two weeks and I have enjoyed getting to know everyone in and out of the water. The month of May will be focused on technique and we will concentrate on one stroke each week. Hopefully, by the end of the month the intermediate and senior red swimmers will not only see improvement in their technique, but also understand the mechanics of swimming and the importance of swimming with good technique. The first week we focused on freestyle with an emphasis on breathing, body position and a high elbow catch. Last week we moved on to backstroke and focused on the importance of roll, kicking with relaxed ankles, and a bent elbow pull. Next week we will focus on breaststroke and concentrate on narrow kick, timing, and body position.

My coaching philosophy is process over outcome. I strongly believe in quality over quantity, which is why my senior and intermediate swimmers have been working on repetitions, progressions, and drills. I believe all swimmers thrive when they develop a positive relationship with their coach and group members and have fun. 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 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 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!


JD Turquoise from Coach Charlie

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Turquoise from Coach Charlie)
Hey JD Turquoise!
My name is Charlie and I am super hopeful for a fun and exciting summer with all you guys! This summer will be my 7th season swimming for the Richmond Kigoos and my first year coaching! I spent the past winter assistant coaching for tsunami and now am very excited to have my own group.
It has only been 2 weeks and I am already thrilled with how far you guys have come with your freestyle and backstroke. The arm portion for both strokes have greatly improved and the rest is not far behind. We will continue to be working on the form and technique both strokes hold and will be introducing breaststroke and hopefully get a start on some dives and turns for those who may be interested in the upcoming meets.
Attendance has been pretty good so far to start this season but I’d love to see more of your faces at the pool. I’m hoping to see everyone at least 4-5 times a week or as many as you possibly can!
Don’t forget to wear proper running shoes for our dryland before practice!
I’m hoping to have a great first year coaching you guys and think it will be a lot of fun!

Meet Packages Posted

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Meets - (Comments Off on Meet Packages Posted)

The Meet Packages for the Kigoos Meet and Kigoos JD Meet have now been posted.  You can see them HERE.



Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis)
Hello Intermediate White swimmers and parents!
My name is Alexis and I am super excited to be coaching Intermediate White this summer! I have been swimming with Kigoos for the past 12 years and this is my 5th year coaching. Being a part of the Kigoos family has been such a memorable experience for me so my goal for the Intermediate White group is to have a meaningful and fun season while becoming confident and comfortable in all our strokes.
These first two weeks went by super quickly and I’m very happy with all the improvements we have made with our technique already. We are not worried about our speed for now, we are just trying to get the little things down pat and always make sure we are following all the rules of the strokes. A few things to remember for every practice:
– wear runners because we usually warm up in the field
– always do a proper turn, streamline, and fast breakout !!!!

Please bring in your goal sheets ASAP and remember to think of a favourite song to add to the Intermediate White Playlist! I am super impressed with everyone’s hard work these first two weeks and I know that the rest of the summer is going to be just as awesome as long as we all keep attending as many practices as we can.
I’m so excited to be working with you this season and I will see you on the pool deck!
Coach Alexis

JD White Update from Coach Sophia

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Sophia)

Hi JD White swimmers and parents,

My name is Sophia Kostiuk and I am SO excited to be coaching JD white this summer season!

I have been lucky enough to be a part of Kigoos for 9 years. This is my second season coaching and I am very pleased to be working with such an enthusiastic and motivated group of swimmers.

The first and second weeks have been going great. Within the first week we reviewed all the basics of freestyle including flutter kick, pull and proper body positioning. During the second week, we worked on backstroke. I was very impressed with JD White’s backstroke skills. Everyone has straight legs and can keep their tummy up for two lengths. For the next two weeks, we will focus on breaststroke, as this is a challenging stroke. I’m amazed at everyone’s enthusiasm at every practice.  Something everyone can work on is having their eyes and ears above the water to be able to hear the next set.

My overall goal for this season is to have every member of JD White not only being able to swim all four strokes, but to be able to swim them strongly with proper technique.  For me this means things like turns, touches and stroke execution as these are all things that will prevent you from getting DQ’ed at meets. So far we have had amazing attendance and I want all swimmers to keep this up and come to 4-5 practices every 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 an exciting and fun filled season.

Coach Sophia