Hello Intermediate Whites!!
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!
There have been some minor adjustments to the Kigoos IceBreaker Meet Package. You can find the updated package HERE.
The Meet Event File is now available HERE.
- Come to as many practices as possible and be ready to work hard.
- When myself or another coach is talking always have your head up and not talking.
- Being respectful and encourage other swimmers
- Always following the correct set and staying on task (three strikes you sit out)
- Have fun
- Come to practice on time with runners and a water bottle everyday.
- Know there is room for improvement.
- Always practice like you’re racing
- Always practice good technique, practicing bad habits won’t help you and will be harder to undo later.
- If a coach is giving you corrections for improvement, implement it.
- Always circle swim, and go on the correct pace time
- Make sure you are doing proper streamlines off every wall, along with proper underwaters and breakouts.
- Always practice good proper turns when we are swimming distances greater than 25m; NOT STOPING at walls.
- Be prepared to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
- Bring a positive attitude to practice.
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!
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:
- A strong technical base
- A positive community
- 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!