Coaches  – 2020/2021

Head Coach: Chris Wright

Chris Wright has coached swimming for over 10 years and holds an NCCP level I & II, Fundamentals Certified, and in training for Competition and Skills Coaching. Chris swam competitively for 15 years in Alberta with the Cascade swim club (CASC), the University of Calgary Swim Club (UCSC), and later on the University of Calgary Men’s Varsity Team (Dinos Swimming). Some highlights include competing at Junior and Youth Nationals, competing at university nationals (CIS), and numerous top 1 or top 10 placings in Alberta and western Canada throughout his time as a swimmer.

Chris graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Kinesiology (BSc.Kin) and is in the process of completing an after-degree in medical sciences majoring in bioinformatics, with a concentration in genetic variations to nociceptive receptor sites responsible for the formation of microglia 24-48 hrs post nerve insult.

By offering a regular competitive swim club, swimmers in the central Kootenay region could benefit by discovering their true abilities and potentially reaching new heights in swimming. As well, in a swimmer’s later years, Chris believes this club would serve as another avenue for athletes to continue on into college or university while still being able to train and compete at a high level.

“Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals.”
~Kieren Perkins

Assistant Coach: Carly Ristow
Carly’s love for swimming began at a young age where she spent her summers in the lake at her family cottage in Ontario.  With her competitive nature, she eventually got into swim racing and competed provincially throughout high school and university. Her favourite event was the 50m freestyle.
In more recent years, Carly has been enjoying all that the Kootenays have to offer.  As a teacher in Nelson, she loves working with the youth here to help them accomplish their goals. Carly is looking forward to her first year of coaching with the club!