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Frank Comerford Head Coach

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Frank Comerford has coached for more than forty years in Canada and the US and has worked with swimmers going to Sr. Sectionals, Futures, Nationals, college/university varsity teams, Olympic trials, and international games in the US and Canada. He has also had national age group record holders. In the 1970s, Frank helped start one of the biggest swim clubs in Canada (Cascade Swim Club in Calgary).

Based on science, Frank’s training is designed for technique development and individual medley/distance freestyle and competition preparation. His practices simulate stroke perfection and competitions. In other words, swimmers will go fast (race sets) in every practice session. Sessions will focus on stroke technique, stroke technique and more stroke technique along with developing a strong aerobic base. Swimmers will be taught to be ready to perform (at their best) at any given time.  

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Angie Abdou Volunteer Associate Coach

Angie Abdou has been involved in competitive swimming since 1973. She swam for the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts, the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins, the Regina Optimist Dolphins, The University of Western Ontario Mustangs (Varsity), The Fernie Bullies (Masters), and The Elk Valley Dolphins Masters. She has thirty years of teaching experience and a history of coaching with the Dolphins. She's excited to return for the 2021-2022 season in the role of volunteer associate coach. She is Level 2 NCCP trained.

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Lucy Jacks Assistant Coach

Lucy Jacks is from Queensland, Australia. She moved to Fernie two years ago and teaches grade three at the Fernie Academy.  She has both coached and swam on team squads in Australian school. Coaching is always an important part of her teaching experience at any school. She's excited to join the Dolphins and work with the Green group.

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Kiera Hansen Junior Coach

Kiera Hansen is sixteen years old in her third season with the Dolphins, having previously competed with the Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club and the Hanna Seals. She has qualified for Divisional Championships in a number of events this year, her current favourite being the 50 breast. Her greatest accomplishment to date is winning a bronze medal at the Alberta Summer Swim Provincials. She is excited to connect with young swimmers and will model her approach on the coaches who have taught her that she is capable of accomplishing more than she imagined. This is Kiera's second year as a junior coach with the Dolphins.

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Grace Hayden Junior Coach

Grace Hayden is 15 and has swum competitively since she was 7 years old, the past 4 years with the Dolphins.  Her previous experience working with children includes assistant coach work with rookie rugby, ages 3-6, and camp counsellor at Blue Lake Camp, ages 6-10. Her favourite events are the 50 fly and the 200 IM and she's excited to work with the Dolphins' pups this season

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Olivia Howse Junior Coach

Olivia Howse has swam with the Elk Valley Dolphins since she was eight years old.  She is now sixteen, freshly home from the adventure of competing with a swim team in Australia for the past season where she experienced different kinds of coaching and training.  Her best events are the 200 free and the 400 free. She is one of the very few swimmers in the club's history to qualify for junior nationals. Olivia has coaching experience with the special Olympics program,. She is very passionate about coaching and swimming, and EVDSC is happy to have her joining the junior coaching staff of this year.

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