Swim P.E.I. is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Whynacht as Technical Director. The Technical Director will play a leadership role with the conceptualization, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs as they relate to Swim P.E.I.’s technical elements.
Jamie is married to Kara Grant, P.E.I.’s 2004 Olympian & 2008 Olympic hopeful. Kara and Jamie will be starting the process of relocation to the island in the next few months.
Presently employed as head coach of the Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Club, he works in collaboration with the development of the UNB Varsity Red Devils swim program. He has been named head coach for team New Brunswick, team Atlantic, and team Ontario. He has coached senior national medalists in all strokes and swimmers who have been finalists at World Cups.
“The reality is that Swim PEI is absolutely oozing with potential. Their numbers are at an all time high and their coaches are doing a fantastic job. I haven’t seen the depth of swimming talent in PEI, as it is now, in my 20 plus years of coaching. All this coupled with the progressive provincial programs such as creating this position, and one realizes just how bright the future really is for Swim PEI.,” commented Jamie Whynacht.
The Technical Director program was recently negotiated as a sport participation bilateral agreement, jointly funded by Sport Canada and the PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. Participating provincial sport organizations will also contribute financially to the program.
“Many of our provincial sport organizations (PSO’s) simply do not have the membership numbers to support the hiring of a sport specific Technical Director. Our board is confident this program will take the provincial programs and Island athletes to the next level in competitive swimming. We applaud the leadership shown by the provincial government and Sport P.E.I. in negotiating the funding for this new program. We are fortunate to have Jamie join our team,” stated Sandi Lowther, President Swim P.E.I.