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Through this page, we hope to attract the ex-Brock swimmer or coach, and persuade him or her to keep in-touch with former teammates and coaches. Let's hope it works!

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If you swam, coached, or officiated for any St. Catharines swim clubs—SCSC, Saints, Brock University Varsity Badgers, Brock University Community Swim Team, Garden City Aquatic Club, Swim Brock Niagara, or Brock Niagara Aquatics—then you are among the many alumni who should be part of the Niagara Swimming Alumni Association. If you want to be informed of what your old teammates are doing, what your old team is up to, or just be a part of NSAA, please use the information on this site to contact Peter. He and your fellow alumni will be glad to hear from you!

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Alumni Update: Summer 2014

Gillian Coles, who is nursing within the cardiology unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, recounts running into Dr. Jolie Pun there one day.
Ex-coach and Badger Jordan Crandall will be starting his Master’s degree in Forensic Science at King’s College in London, England in the fall of 2014.
Victoria Culp is now working as a supply teacher with Niagara District School Board. Victoria will continue coaching with our programme in 2014-15 as well as taking on the role of associate coach with the varsity Badgers.
Ex-coach and Badger Erica Dugas is also working as a supply teacher, with Niagara Catholic Board, while diving into her Master’s degree at Brock.
Wolf Guembel and wife Barb will welcome their first child in November of 2014.
Matthew Johnston’s wedding provided a forum for a great alumni reunion. Matt was married to Elizabeth in Niagara on June 27th, with brother Mark Johnston as Best Man and sister Jenn Johnston as one of the emcees. Peter Szaflarski and wife Tara showed off their new one-month-old baby Emma. Brother Adam Szaflarski was in the wedding party along with Vanessa Stewart’s brother Chris. Gregg Gleason and Victoria Culp rounded out the National level swimmers in attendance. The evening was a meet manager reunion also, with Karen Ling, Barbara and Stan Szaflarski, and of course Chris and Dave Johnston attending. There in spirit but not body were Anna Szaflarski, too busy curating an art exhibition in Berlin, and Vanessa who is enjoying living in Whitehorse.
Nick Majtenyi has accepted an offer to continue his education. After graduating from Columbia with his Masters, Nick will be commencing his PhD in Medical Physics at Carleton this fall.
Debbie McCracken, one of the original Brock coaches, has retired from her position as Aquatics Supervisor at Brock University after almost 35 years there. Herb and Mary deBray attended the retirement party. We are thrilled to announce that Debbie has not quite 100% retired however…..she will continue to coach in our programme.
Sarah Nickerson is currently living in Bracebridge, and is teaching at Progressive Training College there. Sarah is competing in her first triathlon this summer. She will be starting into her teaching degree this fall as well.
Lis Walker-Young was named Chef de Mission for the 2015 Para-Pan-Am Games, to be hosted in Toronto next July. Read the announcement here:
Ex-coach and Badger Jade Watts will be starting into the Occupational Therapy programme at Queens University in the fall of 2014
Sarah Whyte dropped by for a visit while taking part in the Congress Conference at Brock University. Sarah and her partner are the proud parents of twin girls, about to turn one! Sarah continues to chip away on her PhD thesis through the University of Waterloo, while working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Alumni Update: Winter 2014

Alex Albert and Jamie Halucha dropped by for a visit back in the fall during the Joe Kerkhoven Memorial meet. Both are in the final year of their undergrad degrees, Alex at Laurentian and Jamie at Western.
As anticipated, Naomi Cermak’s Memorial in January was standing room only. Naomi, who coached with us in 2004-2005 while doing her Masters at Brock, had been selected to compete at the October 2013 Ironman Hawaii in the “Inspired” category, but her health had deteriorated too much at that point to allow her to compete. Naomi passed away a month later. Her memorial was packed with swimmers and alumni from across Ontario, including Brock’s Laura MacPherson (Laura was doing her Masters at the same time as Naomi) and Peter Bradstreet.
A few alumni who were unable to attend the Badger reunion at OUA Champs got together on February 22nd in Toronto (during CIS Champs); with Gillian Coles, Lynsey Rivest, and Dale Coleman (who is not officially a Brock alumni, but her partner Brad Gionet is!) getting together with Peter for lunch.
As a parent with children in the Milton Speed Skating Club, Paul Emblin has taken on the role as President this season. He is not enjoying the politics of age group sport!
Scott Ling and his wife Emily dropped by for brief a visit to Brock with their new child!
Mark Mitchell visited with wife Delicia at Christmas, while their daughter Neriah participated in a swim practice with our current AG2 swimmers.
Ex-Olympic Way coach and recent Brock grad Lisa McCann scored a big win, taking on a volunteer internship at Canada House during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Robyn (Alp) Pearson, also an ex OW coach, has moved to Chicago with husband Dan for his new job.
Alexis (Ramsay) Norris, another ex-coach with OW and Teen, is now teaching high school in Caledon. Sticking to her roots of keeping busy; Alexis also coaches the swim team, the cross-country team, the cross-country ski team, and with the track team. She was married in the summer of 2012.
Pilar Schrapp has been helping coach high school swimming in Niagara. She and husband Dennis stopped by for a visit during a high school competition at Brock, while her youngest daughter, Selena, competed.
Brock Badgers Swimming hosted an alumni event during the Ontario University Swimming Championships at Brock, most of the 30 or so alumni in attendance also had an affiliation with Brock Niagara. That includes of course Herb and Mary deBray; Olympian Dave Shemilt and his wife, long-time BNA swimmer Andrea (Boucher), along with their three daughters; Brent and Lisa (Janzen) Beaudoin with their pair (their oldest, Ella, is now in Olympic Way at Brock); and Craig and Amy (Sharpe) Ross with their two children. Lis Walker-Young and Ian Young came by from Vancouver to show off newborn Isla, who was the hit of the event. Nikki Huggins came by from Owen Sound, while Jason van der Sluis dropped in from New Brunswick. Some of the more recent alumni in attendance have coached with BNA in recent years, including Emily Allan, Delia Caughlin, Baylee Colquoun, Jordan Crandall, Victoria Culp, Breanne Drouin, Erica Dugas (who is about to graduate from Teachers College), Eliott Dumitru (now teaching in Hamilton), Gregg Gleason, Alex Ivancic, Cora Michener (now travelling in Australia for an extended time with the aforementioned Baylee), Jenn Muschik (also about to graduate from Teachers College), Phil Ratman, Katie So, Vanessa Wappell (who has returned to Canada to take a fulltime position at Muskoka Woods Camp), and Frank Woodley. Many of the alumni returned to the deck to join the team cheering, and many hit the pool for an alumni swim (note: Craig Ross soundly beat his brother Scott in a 100m Free….).

Alumni Update: Summer 2013

Thanks partly to a rallying call for support from swimmers past and present, ex-BNA coach Naomi Cermak has received her wish and will be racing at IronMan Hawaii this fall in the “Inspired” category. Whether you know Naomi or not, her story is well worth a minute of your time (and be sure to watch the great positive video)… Congratulations and good luck Naomi!
Beamsville High School held their 125th Celebration and reunion in May 2013; and our own Victoria Culp was inducted into their Hall of Fame for her (many) swimming accomplishments.
Michelle McNinch dropped by for a visit in July. Michelle lives in Calgary with her husband and three young children; but was fortunate to miss the flooding that hit Calgary earlier this summer.
Mark Mitchell was named Antigua Sports Coach of the Year… you can find the article here:
Melanie (Pearson) Rice is living in London, Ontario with her husband and three young children... possibly with some swimming aspirations. She works in Corporate Marketing for 3M.
Peter Szaflarski is now a partner in a financial firm in Toronto after finishing his MBA at Queens. He and partner Tara recently bought a house there. Meanwhile sister Anna Szaflarski has completed her Masters thesis in Berlin and has exhibited her diploma work there; with parents Barbara and Stan Szaflarski attending.
Although Gerry Thomas cannot officially claim “alumni” status with Brock Niagara Aquatics, he was a long-time supporter and had officiated at almost every meet ever held at Brock going back thirty years. Gerry sadly passed away in June 2013. His biography and obituary can be found here: . We were well represented at the Memorial service with past Brock senior officials Chris Johnston, Joanne McKay, and Olga Piedrahita and Mitch Trimble in attendance along with both Herb and Peter.
Ian Young and Elisabeth Walker-Young stopped by Brock in July on a visit from Vancouver with exciting news: first baby due October 1st! No question this baby is blessed with great swimming genes. Ian continues as a firefighter in North Vancouver; while Lis is currently working for Curling BC, fresh off her stint as Assistant Chef-de-Mission for the London 2012 Paralympics.

Alumni Update: Spring 2013

Christine Arsenault has bought the West Park pool from the City of St. Catharines for two dollars; with a plan, and financing, to refurbish it and reopen to the public. We wish her all the best – St. Catharines is desperate for pools!
Nick Bake is using his Environmental Engineering degree working in Burlington; while enjoying living in downtown Toronto.
Ottawa’s Rob Behrend and his wife Kate (Whitfield – as in brother to Simon) – welcomed their second boy on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Wesley weighed in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces.
Ben deBray and Denise Power kickstarted their family at Christmas 2012 with twins Abigail and Aidan - born December 26th. Denise is currently taking maternity leave from her position as Director of Student Life at Branksome Hall girls school in Toronto. Grandparents Mary and Herb are thrilled!
Stephen Dibblee checked in with a quick call in April. Stephen now leads an RCMP Detachment in northern New Brunswick, on the border with Quebec. His three children are now eight, six, and two.
Brad Digweed is back in the pool training with St. Catharines Masters. Brad’s son Liam was in our Olympic Way programme this past season.
Mark Johnston and wife Karen welcomed a sister for Megan in November 2012 with the birth of Kimberley. They continue in Vancouver.
Amber (Miners) Mossey has been a pediatrician – the only one – in Iqaluit since 2010. Her work also includes outreach clinics throughout the north, and regular emergency transfers of sick children to more southern Canadian locations. She is married to former Queens swimmer Mark Mossey, a lawyer who is writing policy for the still-new territory. Amber and Mark have two children – Stella and Gabriel – and a third on the way.
Amber’s sister Lila Miners (sorry Lila don’t know if you still go by Miners or not) has been married for seven years, and lives in Ottawa. Lila and her husband Mike have two daughters Charlotte and Vera. After a stint engineering in Canada and South America, Lila settled down to a teaching degree and some classroom teaching. She continues to run marathons for fun.
Karl Trimble dropped by to swim a practice while visiting his family in Niagara. Karl is living and working in the Okanagan valley.
McCANN, Bridie Kathleen - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter Bridie on December 23, 2012, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. In her 36 years she achieved so much: BSc Niagara University; MScEd Canesius College; school records in long distance swimming for her duration at Niagara; qualification as a distance swimmer for Canadian Nationals and Commonwealth trials; Chemistry and Physics teacher at Kingsdown School in England; traveler to over 15 countries; science teacher in the Continuing Education Program with Niagara Catholic School Board. Bridie was always eager to try new adventures such as zip lining, kayaking the lower Niagara River and most recently kiteboarding. Her greatest characteristic was how she valued family. Whether immediate or extended members, she cherished time with them. Bridie leaves behind her parents Pat and Hilda, sister Brianne, brother-in-law Michael Pozzobon and nephew Kellen, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and her 'special grandma' Eva Andres. In accordance with Bridie's wishes, cremation has taken place and friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of Bridie's life on January 5, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Lane, NOTL. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. A deep thank-you to the surgeons and nurses at Juravinski Cancer Hospital, Dr. David Reimer and staff, and her dear friends who spent hours and nights with her at the hospital and her home.

Alumni Update: Summer 2012

Baldev Ahluwalia was inducted into the Brock Badgers Hall of Fame in June 2012; in recognition of his outstanding career as a Badger swimmer: . Baldev's varsity highlights included nine OUA medals, being named a CIS All-Star, and capping it off by representing Canada at the 1993 FISU Games. He received his award from Herb deBray. Other alumni in attendance at the event included Andrea (Boucher) and David Shemilt, Greg Stokes, Tyler Clair, and longtime Teen Skills coach Lisa (Janzen) Beaudoin; as well as Baldev's parents and Gail Boucher.
Emily Allan and Dan Dakin were married July 7 outdoors at Decew House, a way station of many lake runs. Lynsey Rivest was the Master of Ceremonies; while Eliott Dumitru was the DJ.
We welcomed Courtney Braun back to the pool this spring. Courtney has been working hard on recovering her fitness with the goal of swimming for Queens, where she is at school, starting in the fall of 2012.
Amanda Civak came by to visit in June. Amanda is in Waterloo working as an insurance fraud investigator for Manulife Financial.
Ex-Badger swimmer and Olympic Way coach Baylee Colquhoun is headed to Scotland for Teacher's College.
Gillian Coles is nursing full time at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
Victoria Culp has left Niagara, enticed by Mark Mitchell, to the sunny island of Antigua to teach Kindergarten as of March. Victoria is also coaching alongside Mark and swimming in her spare moments... and likely enjoying the 365 beaches that make Antigua famous!
Megan (deBray) Dawson and her husband welcomed their first baby, Arthur, on May 3. Megan and family live in Ancaster.
Ex-coach Eliott Dumitru is leaving in September for a six-month stint in the Caribbean as Entertainment Director on a Carnival Lines cruise ship. Eliott has now graduated from Brock with an Education degree in addition to his Phys-Ed degree.
Brad Gionet and Dale Coleman have bought a house together in the Beaches area of Toronto.
In another July 7 wedding, Jenn Johnston and William Sauve were married outdoors at Hernder Estates Winery. Brothers Mark and Matt Johnston both came by to join into a swim practice at Brock to celebrate the family get-together. Meanwhile, Mark's wife Karen is expecting their second child in November.
Nick Majtenyi will be starting his Masters degree in Medical Physics at Columbia University in the fall of 2012.
Mark Mitchell became a first-time dad on June 25 with partner Deleicia giving birth to a baby girl in Antigua: Malani Marianna.
Clarington Swim Club in Durham will be gaining a new head age group coach in the fall of 2012: Lynsey Rivest.
Congratulations on Mike Smerek on being named 2011-12 Male Athlete of the Year at the University of Toronto. Mike represented Canada at the 2011 FISU Games, and was a double gold medalist at CIS Champs in 2012.
Sarah Whyte dropped by for a swim in preparation for the 2012 Lake Placid Ironman (her third). Sarah, now living in Markham, is currently completing her PhD through the University of Waterloo with a focus on communications within the health care field.
In the "full circle" category, Doug Yarnell has been back coaching Olympic Way with Brock Niagara as his son Jack has been in the program.

Alumni Update: Spring 2012

Baldev Ahluwalia is to be inducted into the Brock University’s Badger Athletics Hall of Fame this coming June. The Hall of Fame adds a few deserving athletes every second year, with Kirsty Salmon adding her name in 2010.
Christine Arsenault successfully conquered Lake Ontario in August 2011. Congratulations to Christine on an awesome feat!
Andre-Paul Baillargeon-Smith was married this fall in Jordan.
Alicia Braun is currently in Teacher’s College here at Brock University.
Brad Gionet successfully conquered the Kona Ironman Triathlon last October
Tom Hainey is developing his swim team, MANTA, in Winnipeg, into a force in Canada. Tom coached several swimmers to finalist placings at Olympic Trials, and had top performer Chantal Vanlandeghem miss the Olympic Team by the merest fraction: 1/100th of a second.
Mike Lavender and his wife Monika just had their second child. They live in Sasktoon where their oldest child is now swimming with the Saskatoon Lasers, while Mike continues with Masters Swimming.
Kathy Richardson was honoured at the 2012 Olympic Trials as part of the 1980 Olympic Team that never had the opportunity to attend. It was a nice reunion with almost the entire 1980 team in attendance. Also in the VIP Box that night was Dave Shemilt as a former Olympian, along with wife Andrea (Boucher) and their girls Sydney, Jorga, and Grace.
Kirsty Salmon received more accolades from Brock University his spring as an ‘Alumni of Distinction”.
Mike Smerek had a sensational Canadian University Swimming Championships for the University of Toronto, winning both the 50m and 100m Fly; and setting a new CIS record in the 50.
Colleen Smith welcomed her first child, Eric, last July. The family lives in Prince George.
Congratulations to Victoria Smith on posting the highest average of any University of Ottawa athlete in 2011.
Lisa Spiering dropped by to say hello in October. She is in her third year of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Waterloo.


Alumni Update: Summer 2011

Christine Arsenault is busy preparing to conquer Lake Ontario this summer! Read her story at
Albert Burgund, who coached with us while at Teacher's College at Brock, is now coaching in Comox, BC.
Colleen (Dowe) Chiki was recently named Burlington's Masters Athlete of the Year for her multiple Canadian Record swims in 2010.
Frank Coy is returning to coaching! Now retired from RBC, Frank has agreed to come back to coaching in the 2011-12 season. His duties will mostly be working with the varsity team, although he may also do some technique work with the youngest age groupers.
Herb de Bray was back coaching on the pool deck at Brock for a day in June with an athlete at WOSA Championships. Herb, who has been coaching in Ancaster, will be keeping busy coaching some little people in Burlington next season.
Ex-Teen coach Eliott Dumitru is starting into Teacher's College this fall.
Brad Gionet dropped by to swim a few practices early in July as he prepares for the Louisville Ironman next month.
Erica Greene had her daughter Briar in Olympic Way at Brock in the spring of 2011.
Tom Hainey of the Manta Swim Club coached Chantal Vanlandegham onto Canada's World Championships team for this summer with her double-medal performance at Trials.
Campbell Hastings dropped by this spring while his grade six class was visiting Brock. Meanwhile Todd Major has also recently been hired into the Niagara Catholic School Board, where he has been helping Micki (Dockman) Staples coach the Notre Dame school swim team over the past few seasons.
Brianne McCann Pozzobon had her first child in April 2011, a boy.
Anette (Partridge) Nossiter, who coached with us while swimming for the Badgers, is now coaching in West Vancouver. Her duties there include working with a potential future Paralympian. She was recently married on July 23.
Robert Pearson dropped by a practice while visiting in Niagara. Working as a technical writer in Montreal, he and wife Joyce celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in June. They have three children.
Gillian Richardson will be a first-time mom this fall!
Andrea (Boucher) Shemilt (swim) combined with brother Chris Boucher (bike) and husband Dave Shemilt (run) to win the relay event at the 2011 Welland Triathlon.
Mike Smerek, now at the University of Toronto, will represent Canada at the World Student Games this summer in China after winning the 50 Fly at the 2011 Canadian University Championships in Calgary. Mike took third in the same event at World Championship Trials/Spring Nationals, adding a fourth in the 100 Fly.
Colleen Smith had a boy, Eric, born June 29!
Maria Trimble has just graduated from New York University.
Badger swimmer and BNA Olympic Way coach Vanessa Wappel, armed with a Teaching degree from Brock, will begin plying her trade in England this fall.
Ian Young is now a Vancouver firefighter.
Krystin Zafra has just bought a house in Etobicoke, where she is running the intro programme for Etobicoke Swim Club. She recently graduated from Teacher's College at Charles Sturt University.


Alumni Update: Spring 2011

Rob Behrend and wife Kate welcomed their first child, Nicolas Geoffery Behrend, born on Sept. 17, 2010.
Lisa Bluteau (ex Teen coach) is doing post-graduate work in palaeontology at the University of Calgary, while also working in the oil sands at Fort McMurray when needed.
Alex Bogusat dropped by Brock in January for a quick visit. She has completed her undergrad at Queens and is currently doing a Masters in Architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Lindsay Eller currently works as a postdoctoral fellow in kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She successfully defended her PhD last year, and has no desire to move away from Calgary, the mountains, and the skiing—and so is still working there.
Brad Gionet placed sixth at the 2010 Niagara Marathon, running 2:40. Caitlin Allain and Gillian Coles ran the half-marathon.
Ex-coach Eric Herbst is starting his PhD at the University of Guelph in 2011.
Jennifer Johnston is now working for the Canadian government. She is engaged to be married.
Scott Ling was married to Emily Lin in September 2010. Peter Szaflarski and Dave Ling were both in the wedding party, while our ex-meet manager Karen Ling obviously had a major role. Ben Caplan and the rest of the SzaflarskisBarbara, Stan, and Adam—were also in attendance.
Brianne McCann is excited to be having her first child later this spring. Bri and her husband live in St. Catharines.
Dr. Amber Miners just had her second child, Gabriel, a brother to Stella. Amber is practising in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Amanda Schmitke is engaged and is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary.
Colleen Smith and her partner Cam are expecting their first child in June 2011—a boy. They have just purchased a house in Lake Cowichan, BC.
Vanessa Stewart dropped into practice over Christmas, bringing Matt Johnston and Peter Szaflarski in with her. Vanessa is back at school—doing Teacher's College at the University of Toronto.
Anna Szaflarski commenced her Masters in Fine Art this past fall in Berlin.
Four-time Paralympian Elisabeth Walker-Young has been named Canada's assistant chef de mission for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. A 13-year member of the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team, Elisabeth competed at the 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals overall. She broke several Canadian and world records and served as team captain for more than half her career.


Alumni Update: Summer 2010

Bryan Caporicci was married on July 10 to Allison Pala. Also in the wedding party were Brad Childs and Stacy Galbraith.
Colleen (Dowe) Chiki won five Golds at Canadian Masters Nationals in Nanaimo for the Burlington Masters. Colleen won the 400-800-1500 Free as well as the 100-200 Fly in her age group, and added a pair of Silvers as well. She also helped set a World Record in the 400 Free Relay for the combined 120-160 age group: m/community/burlington/art icle/842568
Amanda Civak has been relocated to the Kitchener-Waterloo area where she continues her work with Manulife.
Frank Coy (Junior) joined his dad Frank Senior in a 10K swim at the St. Catharines YMCA in April. Together they raised over $9000 to help disadvantaged youth in Niagara. Story is here: http://www.stcatharinessta px?e=2525986
Frank is also retiring from RBC gradually over the next year, and will be using his spare time to help ex-Brock Niagara Meet Manager Lisa Matheson run her business.
Brian Dean still lives in Korea, where he now teaches in Busan—South Korea's second largest city. The University there is in the process of building a pool so Brian is planning on doing some volunteer varsity coaching once it is open.
Dena Durand is having fun coaching with the Kelowna AquaJets.
Brad Gionet and partner Dale Colman (ex-Mississauga AC and Uof T Blues) dropped in for some practices in April while house hunting in Toronto, and again in July. Brad has finished his stint in Ottawa and will be assigned to Toronto in September (and as Dale has been coaching Carleton University the past two years, they will be losing their coach). Brad is getting ready to race an Ironman in Kentucky at the end of the summer.
Kyle Guembel won his first major international title this spring by taking the All Japan Strongman Triathlon.
Rebecca Haight is expecting her first child soon!
Lindsay Kearns is still with the RCMP but is now part of the Musical Ride based out of Ottawa. She was part of the escort for the Queen on Canada Day. Her brother, Michael Kearns is engaged and is living in Canmore, AB.
Mike Kociolek is now working on his Engineering PhD at University of Toronto after completing a one-year Master's degree in England and an undergrad at McMaster. On the side, he's training for his first Ironman triathlon and is taking up skeleton racing too. Meanwhile, sister Paulina Kociolek has recently graduated from Brock and after spending a year at the University of Ottawa she is now enrolled in teacher's college at Niagara University.
Maegen Kulchar has accepted a position with CKWS in Kingston to work in TV broadcasting, after graduating from Niagara College and completing a placement in Orlando, Florida. Watch some of her work here: x.cfm?page=cruisernews&id= 109
Scott Ling has graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Toronto and is looking forward to not being a student for a while! Scott has also announced his wedding for September 19 in Scarborough, following on the heels of brother Dave Ling who celebrated his wedding with Nathalie LaCoste July 24. As Scott says, his fiancée, Emily Lin, already has ¾ of the Ling name!
Rick Morris is now married and is a dad. Rick continues as a doctor in Calgary.
Sarah Nickerson is back in Niagara after several years teaching overseas, most recently in Thailand, and is currently going through the application process to join the Niagara Regional Police.
Amy Sharp-Ross dropped by practice with her new baby in June. Husband Craig Ross, a Mississauga firefighter, is currently taking training to become a personal fitness consultant with that department.
Colleen Smith is engaged, with the wedding set for the summer of 2011 in BC. Sister Hilary Smith continues to live in Fredericton. Mom Sarah Smith, meanwhile, is currently completing her Masters at the University of Victoria but recently dropped by Toronto. Sarah will be taking over as Head Coach of the Grande Prairie Swim Club as of September.
Karl Trimble dropped by for a practice in April. He has since moved back to Calgary, where he is working as a bike mechanic for the summer before heading back to school this fall.

After 30 years or more as the Walker Invitational, our annual fall classic is undergoing a name change starting in 2010. The competition will now be known as the Joe Kerkhoven Memorial Walker Invitational, in honour of the man who started the whole thing off...

Alumni Update: Winter 2010

With the Brock Badgers hosting Ontario University Championships this winter, the Brock pool was hopping with alumni (and current BNA swimmers) for a weekend in February. Those racing in the pool included Delia Caughlin and Victoria Culp (Brock Badgers), Kara Demers (University of Ottawa), Christinia Phillips (University of Guelph), Sonya Romanowski (University of Waterloo), Mike Smerek (University of Toronto), and Naomi Cermak (McMaster) a former Olympic Way coach. Meanwhile, David Shemilt was coerced into presenting awards when he arrived for the Badger Alumni Event on the Saturday evening. Aside from he and wife Andrea (Boucher), other BNA alumni attending that event included Frank Coy from the original Badgers, Dave Ling, who acted as announcer for the weekend, Jason van der Sluis, and former intro coaches Colleen (Dowe) Chiki, Alexis Ramsay, and Devan McNeill. Mary and Herb deBray were honoured guests at the event.

Baldev Ahluwalia was hoping to attend the Badger Alumni reunion, but an invitation to the Super Bowl that weekend took precedence.
Colleen (Dowe) Chiki raced at the first annual Brock Badger Masters swim meet hosted in early March. Colleen was happy to get back to her favourite pool!
Sisters Holly (deBray) Bernard and Megan (deBray) Dawson launched into a new venture in March of 2010 by opening the first Running Room store in St. Catharines. Alumni are reminded to be sure to drop in on them when in Niagara!
Nick Lezetc and wife Julie just missed the "first baby of 2010" label when James, their first child, was born on December 31st.
Amy (Jarvis) Moore has resurfaced swimming Masters in Halton Hills. She is likewise a member of the "twin club".
Amy Sharp-Ross and husband Craig Ross recently had their first child, a baby girl born in Guelph on January 29th.
Dawn (Staz) Hunchak was in touch via email recently. She has a family now, lives in Fonthill, and is a teacher and triathlete.
Anna Szaflarski and Matt Johnston have been dropping by on a regular basis lately for Tuesday morning practices at Brock.
Elisabeth Walker-Young hasn't seen much of husband Ian Young over the past couple of months. Lis, who works in athlete services for VANOC, lived in the Athlete Village during both the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Badger alumnus Paul MacDonald was also working 23-hour days in Vancouver during the Olympic Games, as part of CTV's computer crew.

Alumni Update: Fall 2009

Andre-Paul Baillargeon-Smith is engaged to be married. A-P lives and trains in Victoria with the National Triathlon team but dropped by when he was at home in September.
A newly-married Rob Behrend is coaching with GO in Ottawa, where he works for Finance Canada. Ex-Badger swimmers Sheena O'Raw and Roger Seguin, now married, have children in his group there.
Lindsay (Watson) Brennan lives in Niagara Falls with her husband and two girls. 7-year-old Paje has started competitive swimming with the summer team in Niagara Falls, 4-year-old Andrea is taking lessons at Brock. Lindsay is teaching for the Niagara Board as well as teaching Continuing Ed courses for the Brock University Education Faculty.
Naomi Cermak is completing her PhD at McMaster by doing research in Maastricht, in the Netherlands, for the fall. Naomi coached Olympic Way a few years ago at Brock while doing her Masters degree here. She has moved on from tour cycle races to doing Ironman Triathlons for fun.
Megan (de Bray) Dawson, Herb's youngest daughter, was married in October and is living in Stoney Creek.
After graduating from the University of Guelph, Andrew Dick has returned to St. Catharines to pursue a post-graduate medical degree through McMaster University's Niagara campus at the General Hospital.
2004 Paralympian Tyler Emmett married Badger swimming alumnus Jaime Gibson this past summer in St. Catharines. They are living in Ottawa.
Ex-coach Bruce Haslam dropped by the 2009 Walker Invitational to say hi. He is married with three children, living in St. Catharines, and managing PetSmart in Burlington.
Mark Johnston and Elisabeth Walker-Young are two of many Canadian Olympians and Paralympians chosen to carry the 2010 Olympic Torch. Mark will carry the torch in Grand Forks while Elisabeth has a section in Princeton (both places in British Columbia) where husband Ian Young will be there to cheer her on. Gregg Gleason, another swimming alumni and current coach with Brock, is also running the torch literally right in front of his house in St. Catharines. Current swimmer Alex Albert is also doing a leg in December as are Nick Majtenyi and Sonya Romanowski.
Cory Krist, ex-Badger swimmer and Brock Niagara coach, has taken an Aquatics Management position with the newly constructed H2O Aquatic Centre in Kelowna, BC.
Mark Mitchell, another ex-Teen coach, is now head of the Physical Education department at Island Academy in Antigua. He is open to visits!
Gillian Richardson has returned home to Ontario after spending a year coaching in Nova Scotia. She is now head coach of ATTAC swim team—based out of Stratford and St. Marys—and recently brought a group of her swimmers to the Walker Invitational.
Craig Ross is set to become a dad. Craig and his wife, Badger swimming alumnus Amy Sharp-Ross, are due to have their first child in January 2010. Craig, a fulltime firefighter in Mississauga, is coaching with the University of Guelph where Amy is working on her PhD.
Colleen Smith made a rare appearance in St. Catharines early in the fall. Colleen and her boyfriend/partner are part-owners of a tree-planting business in Prince George, BC, where they have a house.
Paula Stephanson, ex-Badger and marathon swimmer, recently completed her goal of crossing all five Great Lakes this past summer. Paula is only the second person after Vickie Keith to have made this accomplishment. Her latest crossing of Lake Michigan lasted just over 25 hours. She is engaged and living in Ottawa where she is also a coach and teacher.
Anna Szaflarski dropped in for a practice this fall. She is living between Toronto and St. Catharines, working at a gallery in Toronto as well as for her dad's architecture firm locally. She continues her own artwork portfolio on the side which recently brought her to Berlin.
Long-time AG1 coach Krystin Zafra is doing her Teaching degree at Australia's Charles Sturt University which has an Ontario campus in Burlington.

Alumni Update: Summer 2009

Ex-Teen coach Lars Bruschke participated in the Toronto-Niagara Ride to Conquer Cancer in June 2009. Lars teaches at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in St. Catharines and coaches the swim team there.
Paul Cappa and wife Sheri are the proud parents of two boys, both of whom age group swimmers for the London Aquatic Club. Paul serves on the board of LAC and assists with officiating and meet management for age group meets. In his spare time he trains and competes with the London Silver Dolphins masters swim team.
Colleen (Dowe) Chiki took home a slew of Golds from the 2009 Masters National Swimming Championships hosted at Etobicoke in May.
Gillian Coles is returning to the University of Toronto in the fall of 2009 to study Nursing.
Dave Cosby is proud dad to Briar as of June 12th. Briar was a little early and had to spend some time in hospital before coming home. Dad is still very active swimming the 2009 Ontario Open Water Champs 5K and running some half-marathons. Dave, Taylor, and Briar have bought a house just down the hill from Brock.
Dena Durand met her goal of moving to Kelowna in the fall of 2008. She is the marketing and education coordinator for Canada and the western USA for a medical supplies firm. Dena is currently training for the Kelowna half-marathon upcoming this fall.
Ex-Teen coach Mark Mitchell is Athletics Director, Aquatics Director, and Swim Coach at a private school in Antigua—and loving it!
Ex-coach Robyn (Alp) Pearson was married in June, fooling all her guests into thinking they were only coming to the engagement party!
Breanne (MacLaurin) Wilson was married in 2006 and now lives in the Beaverdams area of Thorold with husband Jeff, 10-year-old step son, William, and a 4 month-old daughter named Danica. They spend much of their time outdoors and at the arena coaching hockey. Bree is currently on maternity leave from working at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority as an environmental restorationist.

Alumni Update: Spring 2009

Samantha Bazely will be attending Augustana College in Illinois as of this fall, and competing for the track team (and maybe the swim team also) there.
Rob Behrend is to be married in Ottawa on September 26th, 2009, to long-time girlfriend Kate Whitfield (yes, that is Simon's sister). Rob and Kate have been busy renovating their period home in Ottawa where Rob works for StatsCan.
Colleen (Dowe) Chiki competed at the recent Ontario Masters Championships in Ottawa. She dropped in to swim with us for a Saturday practice in April.
Dave Cosby is to set to become a father in August 2009. He continues as a paramedic in Niagara, and, has been called to Brock several times, in fact. Dave completed his first marathon in 2008.
Dave Ling was the prelims announcer for the recent Spring Nationals hosted at the University of Toronto. Dave is getting married this fall to another University of Toronto swimming alumni, Natalie Lacoste.
Mark Mitchell, ex Teen Skills coach and Badgers swimmer, dropped by a practice in April on his way through to Antigua. Mark is taking over as Athletics Director and Swim Coach in a new facility at a private school there.
Jen Smith works as a Client Services Manager for Community Care Access in Niagara. Although her 10-year-old has not shown an interest in swimming, his cousins through Jen's sister Leanne Smith have recently started up with the Hamilton Aquatic Club.
Sarah Smith is going back to school. She will be starting into the National Coaching Institute in Victoria this summer, in conjunction with a Masters degree in Education. Sarah received a Women in Coaching grant from Swim Canada to pursue her studies there, where she'll be working with Ryan Cochrane and others as part of her coursework.
Beni (Gras) Thompson was in town for an athletics tribute at A. N. Myer at the end of April. She still holds many of the school's running records from the 1980's.
Krystin Zafra, who coached our younger swimmers for many years, dropped by to visit in April. Krystin, who currently oversees the novice programme for Etobicoke Swim Club, is looking to go back to Teacher's College in the fall.

Alumni Update: Winter 2009

Robyn Alp completed her internship at IMG Sports Marketing in Toronto, where she ran into Sue McKay. She is currently working for Oakville Soccer Club, and is engaged to be married in 2010.
Brent Beaudoin and his wife Lisa Jansen added a second daughter to the family in December.
Bryan Caporicci is engaged to his long-time girlfriend. He is currently operating a very successful photography business here in Niagara.
Tyler Clair is working in the commercial building world, and is part of a Swim Canada committee on aquatics facilities upgrades. He is also coaching Masters in Aurora.
Lisa D'Ambrosio is coaching with the Boys & Girls Club of Niagara swim team and brings her swimmers to Brock every now and then to compete with Olympic Way, and is engaged to be married in June.
Herb deBray has taken over as camp director for Camp Ak-O-Mak in Muskoka.
Kyle Wolfgang Guembel is now the Canadian rep for the new Blue Seventy racing suit – but sorry no freebies.
Pieter Huyssen and wife Robin have moved to Collingwood, where Robin has her own business, Inner Strength. Pieter has transferred into the OPP there from his previous position with the Peel Regional Police. They have two children.
Scott Ling was on his way to Greece to study urban design in February, as he completes his architecture degree from the University of Toronto. His older brother Dave Ling continues work in Mississauga, as well as being announcer for the recent Ontario Cup at the U of T pool.
Laura MacPherson is still doing the rounds at Chatham Hospital, and swimming with the Masters group in Sarnia.
Kirsty Salmon is to be inducted into the Badger Athletics Hall of Fame in June and so will drop in for a visit. She currently operates a biology lab at Cal-Berkley, where she lives in Oceanside with her husband and family.
Vanessa Stewart and Peter Szaflarski dropped by for a visit at Christmas. Vanessa has now graduated from the University of Victoria and has been working in a youth adventure/survival camp in northern BC. Peter is working for an IT firm in Toronto doing computer design.
Karl Trimble swam a few practices with us in January, fresh back from touring in North and South America. Karl has now returned to his cycle-courier job in Calgary and plans on getting back to school – and swimming – in the fall.

Alumni Update: Fall 2008

Gill Coles has been touring in Europe for the fall, and will be back before Christmas. She was inspired enough at the Munich Olympic site to buy some gear and go swimming in the pool that made Mark Spitz famous.
Samantha Dockman was in town during the summer to help sister Micki (Staples) run the Welland Canal Four Bridges open water race (where Brock Niagara swimmers won both male and female 5K events). Sam currently lives in the US, but has moved around a fair bit globally as her husband is in the US military.
Mike Lavender and wife Monika live in Saskatchewan with their young daughter. Mike has been swimming with the Saskatoon Masters Swim Club.
Brittany Legal is now enrolled in Nursing School at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Robert Pearson has taken a position as Senior Technical Writer at Presagis (part of CAE) in Montreal.
Amanda Schmitke has returned to her Niagara roots and is now at school at Brock University. She is currently coaching in the Brock Niagara programme, and will be swimming for the Badgers when she becomes eligible in 2009-10.
Sarah Smith has moved to Ottawa to take over as Head Coach with the Golbourn Aquatic Club; after many years of proficiently running our swim club here. Bridie McCann has taken over our club administration, while Gregg Gleason is now coordinating our ten-week programmes.
Krystin Zafra has now graduated from the Brock Business programme and is currently working as the Head Intro Coach for Etobicoke Swimming. Krystin was fortunate enough to spend some time travelling through Europe this past summer.

Alumni Update: Summer 2008

Andria Bingham had her first child, a boy, last fall. She is currently on maternity leave from her teaching position in Stratford.
Greg Chaban has spent the past two years in Collingwood teaching grades 1 and 2, this fall he will be taking over a 5/6 split class in Wasaga Beach.
Dave Cosby turned up in Brampton to race 5K at the Ontario Open Water Championships. Dave remains a paramedic in Niagara, and is obviously keeping himself very active.
Herb deBray retired from his position as Aquatics Director at Brock University on July 1st, 2008. Although Herb had retired from coaching several years ago—many of you were at that retirement reception—he has now retired completely from Brock with a wish to spend more time with the grandchildren. Herb is the "father" of the entire Brock Niagara swimming family, and we wish him the best in this next phase of his life. Among the guests at Herb's recent retirement luncheon was Joe Kerkhoven, SCSC founder and still fit as ever!
Megan deBray is engaged, with the wedding upcoming Fall 2008. She is currently completing her Masters degree in English at Brock.
Brad Digweed dropped by earlier in the spring; he and his family are still living happily in the Niagara area. Brad has been seconded to the Niagara School Board – taking a bit of time away from teaching – to work on updating the science curriculum to encompass environmental issues.
Heather (Skulj) Free had her second boy in May, a brother for Derian. Heather and family live locally in Fonthill.
Jessie Gogan has just finished her first year in Environmental Sciences at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Meanwhile younger brother Colby Gogan is still swimming with The Truro Centurions Swim Club, performing very well and just off the Age Group National qualifying times. In the "it's a small world" category, Colby's new coach in 08-09 will be Brock coaching alumnus Gillian Richardson, who is taking over as head coach there this fall.
Mark Johnston and wife Karen are proud parents of their first child, Megan Emily, as of Wednesday, May 28th. They reside in Vancouver.
Robert Pearson moved from Montreal to Ottawa in July. He and wife Joyce have three young children.
Megan (Parry) Prieur and her husband are both currently teaching in Cambodia. Their first child, Owen, is nine months old.
Alexis Ramsay graduated from Brock University with a teaching degree in the spring of 2008, and immediately landed her dream job: teaching Physical Education to Special Needs students for the Peel School Board.
Lynsey Rivest has returned to the coaching ranks and will be an assistant with the Brock University Badgers starting this fall.
Elisabeth Walker and husband Ian Young are moving to Vancouver in August 2008. Lis has accepted a great position with VanOC 2010, the Vancouver Olympics organizing committee. She will be starting there immediately upon her return from Beijing, where she is part of the Canadian Mission staff for the 2008 Paralympics. Elisabeth will also be inducted into the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame in September 2008.

Alumni Update: Spring 2008

Last year's Blue coach Albert Burgund is teaching in Fort McMurray as well as coaching with the club there.
Tyler Emmett and Badger swimmer Jaime Gibson are engaged!
Heather (Skulj) Free is about to have her second child. Heather's oldest, Derian, now swims with the Brock Niagara novice group Olympic Way—coached first by Gregg Gleason and now by Kelly Bartok.
Cassandra (Varcoe) Hadley's two daughters Tilly and Lotte are now swimming competitively in Victoria.
Peter Howes is now in Melbourne, Australia, as Head Coach with new club Swimland Swim Club; operating from ten sites and with 33,000 children in learn-to-swim. Peter is still doing some swim training himself in between travel to his sites.
Mark Johnston is now working as an Accounts Manager at RBC in downtown Vancouver. His wife Karen, who is a genetics researcher at UBC, is expecting their first baby in May 2008.
Laura MacPherson has accepted a job as Clinical Research Coordinator at the Chatham-Kent hospital, and plans on continuing swimming with the Masters group there.
Sue McKay is finishing up her MBA in Sport Management with a placement at IMG Marketing in Toronto.
Doug McKay has opened his own Plastic Surgery practice at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. He and new wife Romy, who herself has an obstetrics practice at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, are hoping to take on a year-long fellowship in Australia later in 2008.
Jenn (Lawn) McGennis and husband Brett moved to Pittsburgh three years ago. Jenn is teaching at a Montessori school there, while with a new backyard pool her two young daughters are getting ready to be swimmers!
Former Coach and Badger swimmer Mark Mitchell is currently working in the fitness centre at the Glencoe Club in Calgary. He has put the RCMP on hold for the time being, but still has a long-term plan of being in law enforcement.
Melanie (Pearson) Rice and husband David live in London, Ontario, with their two children Nolan (4) and Hannah (2). Mel is working in Marketing for 3M.
Desiree Walsh, now finishing up at Centennial College in Toronto, recently raced at Olympic Trials for Variety Village Aquatic Club.

Alumni Update: Summer 2007

Samantha Bazely is back swimming in a summer league in her new home in Illinois, and has qualified for State Championships there.
Amanda Civak is now working in the John Hancock division of Manulife in Toronto.
Ruth Davenport has resurfaced in Halifax with a husband and two children.
Heidi (Poltl) Gibb is now teaching science and math at Ridley College school in St. Catharines, as of the fall of 2006. She has also taken over as swim coach of the middle school and coaches soccer. In her spare time Heidi is working on her PhD in Science Education.
Tom Hainey and wife Sandy had their first baby in June, a girl. Danica will soon be repaying Tom for all the anguish he caused his parents while growing up.
Jeremy Renaud has recently returned to Ontario after completing his Education degree at Canterbury in New Zealand. There he competed for the school in water polo, and also took on the role as volunteer assistant coordinator for the Pacific University Games. In Jeremy's words: "Uni Games is quite simply all the CIS Champs for every sport rolled into 5 days of organized chaos where 2500+ Athletes from around NZ, Australia, and the Pacific, converge on a city—which, luckily, was my city (Christchurch) this year—to compete to win their respective sports. And then, on top of that, the accumulated points will deem the overall Team Winner, which will win 'The Shield', one of New Zealand's oldest and most prized trophies." As if he is not busy enough, Jeremy has taken up mountain climbing, and recently conquered Mount Taranaki in NZ. (For a photo of this excursion, see the Alumni Photos page  )
Craig Ross will be marrying ex-Badger swimmer Amy Sharpe in August. Craig is now fulltime with the Mississauga Fire Department, while Amy will continue her study of the West Nile virus when she starts her PhD.
Carol-Ann Skulj-Thompson's oldest, Lee-Ann, is now taking synchronized swimming at Brock, and also competes in gymnastics with two of Pilar (Gras) Schrapp's daughters who aren't swimmers. Carol-Ann's twins are now 5.
Beni (Gras) Thompson and husband Kip are expecting their fifth child in August; that total, of course, includes a set of twins. The family lives in Virginia. That's another niece or nephew for Pilar and a cousin for daughter Alyssa, current Brock Niagara team member.

Alumni Update: Spring 2007

Jon Arnold is currently doing an electrician's apprenticeship in Niagara.
Meanwhile Jon's sister Kim Arnold is teaching Kindergarten in Mississauga, and will be getting married this June.
Andre-Paul Baillargeon-Smith is now a resident athlete at the National Triathlon Centre in Victoria, training with Simon Whitfield and the rest of the National team.
Lars Bruschke is engaged! Lars is currently teaching high school in Niagara, and coaching swimming and basketball.
Stephen Dibblee continues with the Niagara RCMP Detachment, but is now on marine patrol on the Great Lakes in conjunction with the Coast Guard.
Dena Durand is back in Ontario—living in downtown Toronto—and working for MAC Cosmetics as a Senior Artist.
Congratulations to Jen Lailey on the birth of her third child, Sally, this past winter.
Tonya Lailey is now living in Calgary where her husband is a neurosurgeon. She had her first child, Nora, back in the fall of 2006. Tonya is still working hard for her winery, and swimming regularly at the Calgary Downtown Y.
Scott Ling will be spending 8 weeks in Beijing this summer as part of a student internship. He has plans to stand out above the crowd while on his runs through the city! Scott is working on a Masters degree in Architecture at the University of Toronto.
Heather MacLeod (who was our athletic therapist at 1988 Olympic Trials) now resides in Truro, Nova Scotia, and has her own practice there in athletic therapy and osteopathy.
Laura MacPherson successfully defended her Masters Thesis this past December at Brock, so the rats can breathe more easily now. Laura is staying in Niagara and is currently doing research with the Niagara Regional Health Authority.
Bridie McCann is coaching an Olympic Way group with Brock Niagara Aquatics this spring… Talk about full circle!
Dr. Amber Miners is married and living in Ottawa.
Denise Power and Ben deBray are getting married on June 9th. Best of luck for a great day! They currently live in Mississauga.
Erin (Arnold) Prochownik got bored with her degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology (water...imagine that!) so went back to school to become a teacher. She now heads up the Special Education Department at a local high school here in Niagara. Erin was married three years ago, but so far is sticking with cats.
After finishing her PhD at McGill, Kirsty Salmon "temporarily" moved to California to do post-doctoral work at UCLA. Eight years later, and now married with two children, Kirsty and family just bought a house there. She runs her own Biogenetics lab at the University of California at Irvine.
The Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver is currently running a show of paintings by Anna Szaflarski, her first exhibition. Check it out at Anna is currently in Berlin on a student exchange from the Emily Carr Institute.

Alumni Update: Winter 2007

Lesley (Robertson) Balcombe swam for St. Catharines Swim Club from approximately 1973 through 1981. She has been living in Bermuda for the past 14 years with her husband and two children; and is still active as a Masters swimmer. Lesley currently coaches with the Dolphin Swim Team of Bermuda, where her 11-year-old daughter is a member.
Samantha Bazely dropped by for a swim at Christmas. Sam now lives in Illinois.
Tonya Lailey's Canadian Oak Cabernet Franc 2002 was recently named one of Canada's Top-10 wines by renowned British wine authority Jancis Robinson.
Bridie McCann is back in Niagara, and back swimming at Brock with the Masters programme (coached by Alumni coach Cory Krist). After several years teaching in England; she is now with the Niagara School Board.
Steve Nordstrum swam with the Badgers in Ottawa when the team was at Carleton in early January. Steve has moved to the RCMP Head Office in Ottawa, where he is currently doing investigative work for the RCMP. Steve has a farm outside Ottawa with his wife and two children, and still swims with the Masters team at Carleton.
Sarah Nickerson is loving her teaching stint in South Korea, living just 10 minutes from the Northern border. She is still swimming at the pool in her complex. Paul McDonald, Badger swimming alumni, is also teaching English for a stint in South Korea. Brian Dean and his family continue in Seoul as well.
Oh no not another one! Cynthia (Stricko) Reyes wonders if we have changed whatever was in the water back 15-20 years ago, as she also has twins (4-year-olds named Alejandro and Rebekah) as well as an 11-year-old daughter Justine. The incidence of twins in our ex-swimmers is astonishing!
Ex-coach Gillian Richardson is now coaching fulltime for London Aquatic Club, where she grew up swimming.
Colleen and Hilary Smith came back to St. Catharines from the two coasts for Christmas, and dropped by for a swim or two.
Josh and Rebecca (Tombs) Swedlove are proud parents of a baby girl, Isabelle, born September 23, 6lbs 2oz (one month early!).
Anna Szaflarski, still a student at the Emily Carr School of Art on Granville Island, raced her first half-marathon in Vancouver in November 2006. She is currently in Poland for a few months before starting a semester at the Berlin Academy in the spring of 2007.
Eric Teixeira is currently visiting for ten weeks from Brazil. Eric has done some running and swimming with the team, as well as helping coach Olympic Way. Eric is on his summer break from Law School, and returning to Canada gives him an excellent chance to refresh his English language skills.

Alumni Update: Fall 2006

Nice to see some smiling alumni faces at the 25th Anniversary of the pool in September! Despite the poor weather we were still well represented at the event. And here's what some of you have been busy with lately....

Nick Bake raced at the International Outgames this past summer in Montreal. He continues to attend and race for Carleton University.
Lisa (Janzen) and Brent Beaudoin are proud parents of a new baby girl, Emma, born August 2006 immediately (i.e. a few hours) following Herb deBray's informal birthday party.
Rob Behrend is moving back to Ottawa on a two-year "loan" to Stats Canada, from his Toronto-based position with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Alicia Braun becomes an alumnus this year as she commences a Kinesiology degree at the University of Western Ontario. She will now be racing in Mustang purple!
Lars Bruschke is now teaching French at A. N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara Falls, and coaching the swim team there.
Kim Caplan gave birth to a baby girl (Emmaleigh Madison Caplan-Walsh) on June 18, 2006, and is engaged to be married to Tanner Walsh.
Mikki (Caplan) Zaple was married in 2005 to Trevor Zaple.
Scott Ling is back in the water with the University of Toronto as he continues his Architecture degree.
Todd Major is back at school at Brock University, doing Teachers College after many years away from the books. His two sons are currently enrolled in swimming lessons at Brock as well. Todd will also be helping Mikki (Dockman) Staples coach the Notre Dame Secondary School swim team in Welland.
Sue McKay has commenced her Masters in Sport Administration at the University of Alberta, where rumour has it she may be getting back in the pool to race again.
Denise Power is now the Athletics Director at exclusive girls' school Havergal College in Toronto.
Anna Szaflarski spent a few days this past summer cycling from Vancouver into the Okanagan Valley.
Karl Trimble graduated from high school in 2006 and is continuing his swimming progress with the University of Calgary Dinosaurs.
Desiree Walsh has graduated from Brock University and has commenced a diploma programme at Centennial College in Toronto. She hopes to continue her swimming career with the Variety Village squad.
Brian Wasylowich called recently from the Philippines, his home away from home over the past year. Brian's permanent residence is in Denmark, but his company likes to make sure he gets a lot of frequent flier miles.

Alumni Update: Summer 2006

Andre-Paul Baillargeon-Smith continues his globetrotting Triathlon career. A-P has raced in both Brazil and Cuba this season already, and the summer has hardly started!
Naomi Cermak will be returning to McMaster in the fall of 2006 to commence her PhD, and hopefully to continue coaching there.
Amanda Civak has sadly left Niagara – and her coaching work with the club – to take on a new job opportunity in Toronto.
Frank Coy, Lisa Matheson, and Cory Krist successfully ran the Ontario Masters Swimming Championships March 31 st-April 2 nd at Brock University. Badger Alumni taking part included Virginia Shuett, Paul Cappa, and John Eddolls. Virginia now has her children racing for the Owen Sound Aquatic Club.
Herb deBray was presented with a well-deserved Presidents Award at the 2006 Athletic Banquet. The Badger Swimming "Progressive Swimmer Award" is to be renamed the "Herb deBray Progressive Swimmer Award" in honour of the many years of service Herb dedicated to the club and varsity teams at Brock University.
Lindsay Kearns has surfaced in Hinton, Alberta; her first RCMP posting after graduating from the training programme in Regina this past winter.
Gillian Richardson is spending the summer on a farm in England before commencing a full-time coaching job with the London Aquatic Club this fall. We look forward to seeing her on the deck again!
Craig Ross successfully completed the Firefighter programme at Humber College, and will be looking to work in that field after taking six months to travel.
Congratulations to Dave and Andrea (Boucher) Shemilt on the birth of their third girl, Grace, on April 10 th. A baby sister for twins Sydney and Jorga…..and a busy household!
Ian Young broke the course record for the swim portion of the Disney Half-Ironman Triathlon in May, and finished a solid 17 th overall in the 2000-member field in his first ever event of this distance. Meanwhile experienced Pro Triathlete Kyle Guembel took 8 th overall, and Samantha McGlone took the top overall Women's spot (no Sam isn't BNA alumni, but it's nice to have her in our practice sessions!). Other BNA alumni competing in their first ever half-Ironman distance were Jason van der Sluis and coaches Laura MacPherson and Cory Krist; as well as Badger swimmer Paul McDonald.

Alumni Update: Winter 2006

It was wonderful to have so many Alumni come together for Herb deBray's retirement dinner in November. Dave Shemilt did an excellent job bringing in approximately 140 people to honour Herb and to revisit old times!

Among those attending who rate as our "most veteran" alumni were Kathy (Richardson) Dingley, Tammy Balkwill, Frank Coy, and of course Dave. Brian Wasylowich definitely traveled the furthest, arriving from the Phillipines! Joe and Phyllis Kerkhoven, founders of the St. Catharines SC, were also in attendance.

Meanwhile, drop-ins for a practice or more (or, just to socialize!) over Christmas included Andre-Paul Baillargeon-Smith, Nick Bake, Brian Bell, Kyle Guembel, Matt Johnston, Craig Ross, Colleen and Hilary Smith, Anna and Peter Szaflarski, and Jason van der Sluis.

Here's what some of you have been doing recently...

Brian Bell departs for Afghanistan at the end of January 2006. This will be his first overseas mission as part of the Princess Pat's. He'll be driving an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) throughout the dangerous Kandahar region. Brian should be returning to Canada sometime in the late summer.
Andrea (Boucher) and Dave Shemilt are expecting again, projected birthdate in March. Only one baby this time! Sydney and Jorja will be approximately 2 ½ when the newcomer joins them.
Erica (Greene) Paugh is another of the group with twins. Erica's are now at 18 months, with her older girl Briar at 3.
Nick Lezetc is back teaching high school in Durham after his stint in Japan.
Sarah Nickerson has started into her Masters programme at York University in Urban Geography.
Robert and Joyce, Gabriel, and Guyanna Pearson are pleased to announce the arrival of Gwillym Joseph Ayrton Pearson on September 27th.
Melanie Pearson had her second baby in December... haven't heard any details however!
Heidi Poltl is now teaching high school in Niagara Falls after living the past five years in Australia. Proud mom of a two-year-old, and now lives next door to her parents! Heidi is involved with local high school swimming as a coach.
Brian Wasylowich is part owner of a company in Denmark that produces specialty business software. He has recently been busy setting up branch offices in California and in the Phillipines.
Elisabeth Walker-Young now works for Paralympics Ontario out of the Ontario Sport Centre in Toronto.
Sarah Whyte completed her first Ironman last spring in Florida, in just under 11 hours; and then went on to complete her second at IronMan Canada in August. She recently bought a townhouse in Markham and is laying the groundwork to commence her PhD at Toronto.

Alumni Update: Spring 2006

Lisa (Janzen) Beaudoin and Brent Beaudoin are expecting their first child this summer.
Brian Bell started his first overseas tour of duty in January 2006, to Afghanistan, with the Princess Pat's.
Gillian Coles is back training with Brock Niagara, and will be racing open water this summer. The 10K race is now an Olympic event!
Frank Coy is co-meet manager for Ontario Masters Swimming Championships, being hosted at Brock at the end of March 2006.
Brad Gionet plans on doing his first Ironman this summer, at Lake Placid.
Kyle Guembel and his fiancée Nicole will be moving back to Niagara to live in June 2006, as Kyle has accepted a teaching position here. They will be back training with Brock Niagara as they continue their Ironman racing.
Amy (Jarvis) Moore was selected to the Canadian Commonwealth Games Team in road cycling, and was there in Melbourne in March representing Canada.
Mark Johnston will be getting married at his cottage on July 1st! Mark is now working fulltime for RBC.
Cory Krist, Laura MacPherson, Jason van der Sluis, Badger swimmer Paul McDonald, and Ian Young are traveling together to Florida in May to compete at the Disney Triathlon. It will be a first Ironman for Ian, while the others are racing the half-Ironman distance for the first time.
Scott Ling has been accepted into the University of Toronto's Masters programme in Architecture, starting in the Fall of 2006.
Anna Szaflarski is back swimming Backstroke—pretty fast—in a Masters programme in Vancouver.

Archived Alumni Updates

Fall 2005; Winter & Fall 2003; Summer 2002; Fall 2000

Alumni News

Amy Jarvis heads to 2006 Commonwealth Games
Tom Hainey Inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame


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