Coaches  

  Sarah Bartosh, Head Coach/Senior sarah@bluefins.ca
Sarah comes to us with a long and proud history in the swimming community. Like many West Island kids, her passion for the sport began with summers spent at her local pool. She fell in love with the water and swimming has been a part of her life ever since. She spent the majority of her competitive career at Pointe-Claire until she received an athletic scholarship to Northern Michigan University where she was named GLIAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year, winning both the 100 and 200 yard butterfly at the GLIAC Conference Championships.
After retiring from competition she began her coaching career with the younger age-group level at Pointe-Claire. Her main objective with each swimmer was to help them develop the mentality that every goal is attainable if you are willing to work hard enough to achieve it. She implemented goal-setting as a focal point in her training programs, and as a result many of her swimmers went on to achieve top provincial rankings and national level standards.

She then became the head swim coach at John Abbott College, working with a team of sixty athletes between the ages of 17 and 21. Her team won the regional and provincial championships each year.

Sarah completed a Master's degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University, focusing on learning theories, instructional design, and human performance. She took a break from the sport to gain experience in the corporate sector, designing specialty training programs for pilots and aviation professionals. During this time she continued to swim in the Masters' programs at both Pointe-Claire and Dorval. Sarah has been part of the swimming community for almost 25 years, and is thrilled to be a member of the Bluefins team.

Her philosophy is that hard work breeds success, but consistent hard work is not possible without passion for the sport and collaborative support from coaches, parents, teammates, and the extended community. She is looking forward to developing Bluefins' swimmers into passionate athletes who will not only experience the rewards of competitive swimming, but will continue to love the sport the way that she has.

  Alex Whitehead, Level 4A
alex@bluefins.ca
Unlike many winter swimmers, Alex only began competitive winter swimming at the age of 12 for the Pointe-Claire Swim Club. A few years later, he became an age-group, junior/eastern national championship finalist. He later completed his swimming career with the Bluefins Swim Club in 2009.

After his retirement, Alex immediately began coaching. He began his career as the first Head Coach of the MIS Swim Team. From his small group of eleven swimmers qualifying for P1 Championships, four were finalists. During this time, Alex was also the assistant coach of the John Abbott College Swim Team. His first season coaching was under current Bluefins head coach Sarah Bartosh, and his following two seasons under Clifford Barry. The team won consecutive regional and provincial championship titles all three seasons.

Alex was then offered a Head Coach position at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). Re-building the team, USFQ obtained one of the top senior groups in the country. Seven of thirteen swimmers qualified for South American Olympic trials.

  Dominic Caron, Level 4B
dominic@bluefins.ca
 Bonjour, Je m’appel Dominic Caron. Je nage depuis l’âge de 5 ans et j’ai arrêté de nager après 13 belles années de natation remplie de compétitions et elles on remplies mon cœur d’admiration pour ce sport aquatique. Mon but en tant qu’entraîneur est de transmettre ma passion pour ce sport aux enfants que j’entraîne pour ainsi voir cette joie qui m’habitait depuis le tout début.
  Etienne Grenier-Genesse, Level 3A
etiennegg@bluefins.ca
Etienne is in his second year of coaching for Bluefins. He first started swimming with them as a youngster for 5 years before joining the Pointe-Claire swim club and swimming there for another 6 years. Swimming is a sport that he is passionate about and, being a Canadian Age Group and Eastern level swimmer, his focus is on details to improve his swimmers technique. Although he's retired from mainstream competitive swimming, he will still compete for the John-Abbott College swim team as one of the team's captains. He has been coaching at CAVIP for the past three summers and is looking forward to coaching the 3A group again this year.
  Melanie Vallee, Level 3B melanie@bluefins.ca
Hi, my name is Mel Vallee and this is going be my first year coaching as Bluefins. I started winter swimming at the age of six at the Pointe-Claire Swim Club where I swam for nine years. I worked at Windermere Aquatic Club for three summers where I had the pleasure of coaching the 13-14 swim team. I am in my second year in Sciences at John Abbott College and I plan on continuing on in education. I have a great passion for swimming and I am looking forward to be coaching this year's 3B group.
  Chloe Felx, Level 2A
chloe@bluefins.ca
Hi, my name is Chloe Felx, this is my first year coaching at Bluefins. I swam at Bluefins for 3 years and now I have the pleasure of coaching the Junior Fins group. In the summer I work at the Hudson Yacht Club, where I have coached all age groups, from 8 and under to 15 and up. I graduated from Collège Sainte-Anne where I was in the Défi-Sports program for 5 years. I am now in my first year at John Abbott studying Social Science and hoping to graduate with my Sports Studies Certificate to further my career in physical education. I’m excited to be part of Bluefins this year. I hope everyone has a great fun filled season!  
  Marina McDonald, Level 2B
marina@bluefins.ca
Hi, my name is Marina McDonald and this is my first year coaching at Bluefins. I swam at Pointe-Claire Swim Club for 10 years, and John Abbott College for another 3 years. I am currently in my third year of a Bachelor's in Physical and Health Education at McGill University. I have also been coaching at Viking pool for the past eight summers, and am looking forward to sharing my passion with the next generation of swimmers!
  Mike Brichko , Level 1A
mike@bluefins.ca
Hi! My name is Mike and this is going to be my first year coaching at Bluefins. Swimming has played a big role in my life: I have been swimming competitively for over 11 years. During my swimming career, I focused mainly on technique more than strength which helped me out in long distance events, especially in the 1500 meter freestyle where I obtained my Quebec Cup time standards. I am currently studying at John Abbott College in the Science program and hoping to further my studies at McGill University. Furthermore, I have coached for two summers now amassing loads of experience which I am more than excited and glad to share with the 1A group!
  Mia Scarpallegia, Level 1B mia@bluefins.ca
Hey 1B! My name is Mia Scarpaleggia and this will be my first year coaching at Bluefins. I swam for this club for 6 years and those were definitely the best 6 years of my life! This sport allowed me to compete at both the provincial and national levels, as well as to make tons of friends! During the summer, I work at Valois Pool where I coach swim team and synchro and I love it! I've graduated from Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine and I am now studying Honours Social Science at John Abbott College. My love for kids has caused me to consider education as a future career. I can't wait to meet you all and to have a great season together!
  Dylan Carson , Junior Fins dylan@bluefins.ca
Hi, I am Dylan and this my first year coaching at Bluefins. I swam with the Bluefins for 7 consecutive years, was team captain of the Loyola swim team and swam with the John Abbott swim team for 2 years. In the summer I work at Senneville Pool as a swimming instructor and coach and have done so for three years (I coached the 9&10 and 11&12 swim teams and am head of the Masters swimming program). I was also a swimming and Adaptive Program instructor at the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre. I am a graduate of Loyola High School and John Abbott College in Liberal Arts and am currently studying History at Concordia University. I am also a practitioner of Taekwondo and yoga, and did competitive football, wrestling and rugby. Though I have stopped swimming competitively, I am happy to pass on my knowledge of swimming and other sports which I have acquired over the years. I am looking forward to a great first season with the Junior Fins!
  Julie-Anne Tetu, Junior Fins
juju@bluefins.ca

Hello Bluefins! This will be my first season coaching with the Beaconsfield Bluefins. I swam nine years as a competitive swimmer, seven of which were with the Bluefins. Last winter, I enjoyed working at the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Club as an instructor in the Olympic way and AP program. In addition, I spent my last two summers working as a lifeguard at Beaurepaire pool. I have just started my last year of high school at Collège Sainte-Anne in the Défisports program. I am very excited for this upcoming season with the Bluefins!
  Nikki Van Noord, Junior Fins nikki@bluefins.ca

Hi, my name is Nikki and this is my first year coaching at Bluefins! I have been swimming my whole life; I started in the summers as a kid and as my love for the sport grew, I decided to pursue it during the winter at Bluefins. This will be my sixth year swimming at the club and I could not be more excited to coach the Junior Fins group. During the summers, I work at the Hudson Community Pool, where I coach the swim team and synchronized swimming. I am currently in my second and final year studying pure & applied science at John Abbott College and I will be continuing my studies in mechanical engineering or architecture. I'm looking forward to a great season!






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