Canada Games Centre Swim Academy Coaching Roster

The coaches of the CGC Swim Academy are committed to providing a safe atmosphere to build character and integrity through the development of fundamental movements skills in a welcoming team environment. Each of our coaches is passionate about coaching, water sports, and the health and enjoyment of all our Swim Academy athletes.

2022-2023 CGCSA Coaches  

Susana, Swim Academy Head Coach and Gold Team Lead Coach

Hometown: Dartmouth, NS

Education/Certifications:
NCCP Swimming 101 Certified
Swimming Canada Coaching Masters Module
NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program
NCCP Anti-Racism in Coaching
Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Instructor
Competitive Swimmer DCSC 2010-2020, Varsity Swimmer UNB REDS 2020-2023
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick (Academic All-Canadian, Dean’s List)

Susana’s has been coaching swimmers ages 5 to 85 in community, pre-competitive, and performance environments. She has a passion for coaching and developing swim team programs which foster a life-long love of the sport, and make competitive swimming fun, safe, and accessible for all.

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Dad’s homemade chocolate chip pancakes

Fitness Super Power: Staying zen during practice

When your body and mind are tired, swim with your heart” – Unknown


Cora, Introduction to Competitive Swimming & Swim Team Bronze Lead Coach

Hometown: Fletcher’s Lake, NS

Education/Certifications:
Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard
Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Instructor
Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor
Bachelor of Science in Ocean Science and Marine Biology, Integrated Science Program (2nd Year)

Cora has held 12 CGCSA records and 12 total Summer Swimming Provincial medals. Her experience includes: 7 years competitive swimming and 5 years of Lifesaving (and counting); 2 years Water Polo. Cora’s passion is to help others find the joys and passion for swimming that she’s always had.

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Peanut butter…anything with peanut butter

Fitness Super Power: To breath underwater… ultimate dolphin kick sets

“Just Keep Swimming.” – Dory, Finding Nemo, 2003


Jordan, Lifesaving Co-Lead Sport Coach

Hometown: Georgetown, ON

Education/Certifications:
Swimming 101 Certification – Swim Canada
CAC Making Ethical Decisions Course – Swim Canada
Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid and CPR-C
Aquatic Supervisor
National Lifeguard
Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Society Instructor
Lifesaving Sport Coach Level 1
Community Officials Certification Course
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program Certificate (GBC)
Currently studying American Sign Language – English Interpreting at NSCC (Second Year)

Jordan has been a competitive swimmer for 15 years, competing at a regional level (Central Ontario). She has also been competing in lifesaving sport for the last 12 years at the provincial (Ontario), national, and international levels (Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia), competing with the Team Canada National Lifesaving Team. She currently holds 3 provincial records (Ontario), 4 Canadian records, and 1 world record. She has been coaching competitive swimming for 6 years and lifesaving sport for 5 years.

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Spaghetti

Fitness Super Power: Persistence through tough sets

“TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More– Unknown


Kylie, Masters Swim Coach

Hometown: Leduc, AB

Education/Certifications:
Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Instructor
Competitive Swimmer – Triton Swim Club (2010-2015); Edmonton Keyano Swim Club (2016-2019); competed at Alberta Provincials, Championships and Alberta Summer Games
Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Dalhousie University (3rd Year)

Kylie’s passion is helping people be able to reach their personal goals.

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Pretzel Goldfish

Fitness Super Power: The ability to always have a full water bottle

“Life teaches us that no matter how ridiculous the odds may seem, within us resides the power to overcome these challenges and achieve something beautiful. That one day, we’ll look back at where we started and be amazed by how far we’ve come.” — Alexander Blade (2019)


Makayla, Assistant Coach

Hometown: Truro, NS

Education/Certifications:
Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Instructor & Examiner
Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive Coordinator
First Aid Instructor
Competitive Swimmer (14 years)
Swim/Lifesaving Sport Coach (5 years)
Bachelor of Arts in English, Mount Saint Vincent University

Makayla’s passion is helping develop new skills people can use for life!

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: A sneaky cookie from Subway

Fitness Super Power: Paddling surf rescue craft

“Do sharks complain about Monday? NO! They’re up early biting stuff, being scary, reminding everyone they’re a shark!”


Mallory, Silver Team Lead Coach

Hometown: Halifax, NS

Education/Certifications:
NCCP Swimming 201 Trained
NCCP Swimming 101 Certified
Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Instructor
Lifesaving Society Instructor
Human Services Diploma, NSCC
Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma, Eastern College

Mallory has been coaching for 11 years and her passion is introducing new swimmers to this amazing sport.

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Chocolate milk

Fitness Super Power: The ability to breathe underwater

“Persistence is far more important than perfection.” – Unknown


Olivier, Lifesaving Sport Coach

Hometown: Montreal, QC

Education/Certifications:
Lifesaving Sport Coach and Athlete (7 years)
NCCP Swimming 101 Certified
Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Certification
Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Instructor
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Dalhousie University

Olivier’s passion is discovering new things about a skill you thought you already knew perfectly; nothing better than improvement that surprises you!

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Pepperoni sticks

Fitness Super Power: Breathing underwater – pretty useful for someone who swims

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett


Victoria, Masters Lead Coach  

Hometown: New Westminster, BC

Education/Certifications:
NCCP Swimming 201 Trained
NL/SFA certified
Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Instructor
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Dalhousie University (2020)
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University (2022)

Victoria broke the Swim Nova Scotia Masters Provincial records in the LC 200 BR and LC 400 FR in 2016 while swimming for the Dalhousie Masters team.

Victoria is motivated by the desire to make my swimmers the best they can be both in and out of the pool! Victoria also coaches the CGC Swim Academy Masters Team.

Favourite Post-Workout Snack: Apples and cream cheese

Fitness Super Power: The ability to train without getting sore muscles!

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin