Ottawa, ON – Swimming Canada announces today the coaching staff for the 2009 IPC World Swimming Championships taking place November 29th to December 5th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Top swimmers who will be vying to be the best in the world include multiple Paralympic champion and World record holders Benoit Huot of Montreal, Chelsey Gotell of Hamilton and Stephanie Dixon of Victoria.
Canada’s 30-member IPC World Swim team will be led by National Para-Swimming Coach Craig McCord (Richmond, BC), as well as Coaches Ron Jacks (Victoria, BC); Pierre Lamy (Montreal, QC); Norm Carriere (Winnipeg, MB); Vicki Keith (Kingston, ON); Claude Picard (Montréal, QC); and Kevin Ross (Sackville, NS).
“The coaching staff, which represents Canada from coast to coast, has a good combination of veterans and coaches who are attending their first major international competition,” states Craig McCord, National Para-swimming Coach.
“The short course world championships will be a great opportunity for our coaches to see what lays ahead for our swimmers at the IPC long course world championships next summer in Eindhoven and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.”
The Coaching Staff
Craig McCord is the National Para-Swimming Coach and has guided the National Swimmers with a Disability program since 2004. He was the Head Coach of Canada’s successful 2008 swim team that won 23 medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
Former Olympian Ron Jacks coaches multiple Paralympic gold medalist and World Record holder Stephanie Dixon. Ron is the Director of Swimming at Pacific Coast swimming in Victoria as well as Swimming Canada’s National Open Water Coach.
Pierre Lamy is the Assistant coach at the National Swim Centre in Montreal and the Quebec Provincial Junior Coach. Pierre coaches multiple Paralympic gold medalist and world record holders Benoit Huot and Valerie Grand’Maison of Montreal.
Norm Carriere has been a coach at the Manta Swim Club for 21 years and has been a coach of record at two Canada Games.
Vickie Keith is a former marathon swimmer who was the first person to swim across all five Great Lakes and she is the only person to complete the 104km double crossing of Lake Ontario. Vicki coaches first time IPC World Team member Jenna Lambert, who completed the Lake Ontario crossing in 2006.
Claude Picard is Head Coach of the Vmax swim club in Montréal as well as Swimming Canada’s Para-swimming Technical Officer. Claude coaches first-time world team members Marc-Olivier Marchand and Maxime-Valé Olivier
Kevin Ross is the Head Coach of the Sackville Waves Aquatic Team in Nova Scotia. Kevin is the coach of first time IPC World Team member Danial Murphy who is a multiple Canadian record holder.
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Para-swimming is Swimming Canada’s fully integrated swimming program for person’s with a disability from grassroots to elite. Para-swimming combines a broad range of disabilities into three categories: Functional disabilities, Visual disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities.
About Swimming Canada
Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. Swimming Canada’s vision of Swimming to Win; Winning for Life! reflects the lifelong attributes of the sport. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 450 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with a disability. Swimming is recognized as one of the most celebrated and successful Canadian summer Olympic sports. For more information on Swimming Canada, its activities and programs please visit www.swimming.ca.