Coaches and Philosophy

“We, the coaches, believe that competitive swimming is one of the greatest sports in the world. It fosters in the individual a desire for personal excellence, and a commitment to achieve. Our role as we see it is to nurture that desire and commitment through programs focused on physical and mental skill development. Overlying all of this, we know that swimming is fun, and that this spirit should be the driving force of everyone’s involvement with the sport.”

OUR COACHES

Head Coach

Alicia Kan 

I am very excited to be back and coaching with PMA. This will be my 5th year coaching and I am super excited to be working alongside with phenomenal coaches. I started competing in summer swimming at the age of 5 and I finished my swimming career as part of the SFU varsity swim team. I want to share my passion for the sport, while creating a fun and positive environment for each swimmer. I look forward for another amazing and fun summer season!

Swim Coach

Bart Vanstaalduinen

Hello PMA, I am so very excited to be back for another summer with such an amazing group of parents, swimmers and coaches. I loved spending the past 2 summers coaching our fantastic Development swimmers and am privileged to be following some of them to the White Group and working with more of our up and coming swimming greats!! I am fully committed to using my coaching experiences from the past 35+ years to support all PMA swimmers in reaching their full potential. I also want to share my passion for swimming and my love of the PMA community with each and every swimmer. I can’t wait to see everyone at the pool!

Swim Coach

Alex Wellman

Hi PMA! I’m excited to be back at the pool and seeing so many familiar and new faces this season! I have been a part of the PMA club since I was about 8 years old (almost 15 years now!) and coaching for the past eight seasons. This season I will be working primarily with the junior group but will be helping with other groups as well, so feel free to say hello if you see me! Outside of the pool I love to ride my bike, spend time with friends and family, and garden. Looking forward to another great season! Go moody.

Swim Coach

Mia

Hey PMA! My name is Mia, and I am so excited to be coaching with the Aquarians this summer as the Head of Development! I’ve been involved with the club since 2013, and the pool feels like a second home to me. Off the deck, I am approaching my third year in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, with plans to become an elementary school teacher. I also work as a lifeguard with the City of Port Coquitlam, and I spend my free time going on walks, hanging out with my family and friends, and attending concerts. Looking forward to seeing everyone on deck and making this a fantastic season! 

Swim Coach

Kaleigh Sharkey

Hey guys, my name is Kaleigh Sharkey and I am very excited to start coaching for PMA this summer. I have been swimming competitively since I was 7 and am currently just finishing my first year on SFU’s varsity swim team. This will be my first year experiencing summer swimming and I am really looking forward to learning all about it. I’m really looking forward to coaching alongside awesome coaches and having a fun summer coaching PMA!

Swim Coach

Thomas Lychy

Hey PMA!

  • Grew up in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Has been swimming competitively since the age of 6
  • Grew up swimming for North York Aquatic Club and now is representing Simon Fraser University
  • His best stroke is breaststroke and has competed at a National level in the 200 breast
  • He has assisted in coaching all kinds of age groups and skill levels
  • He is currently enrolled in Criminology at Simon Fraser and hopes to become a lawyer
  • Thomas enjoys surfing and spending time at his cottage when he can
  • Hopefully one day he will be living on the beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Swim Coach

Kennedy Loewen

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to become apart of PMA and meet so many new and wonderful people! Though this is my first year as a coach, I have been swimming competitively for over ten years now! I have had plenty of experience with the sport and I am currently a part of SFU’s Varsity Women’s Swim Team. This season I am working primarily with the development group but will be helping out wherever I can! Don’t be shy and come say hello! Other than swimming I am completing a behavioural neuroscience undergrad and love to spend time outside with friends and family. Looking forward to a great summer with you all.

Swim Coach

Katie Rosychuk

Hi PMA! I am very excited to be coaching this season with you all. This is my 1st year coaching and I am super happy I get to spend it with such awesome swimmers and coaches. I have been swimming competitively since I was 10 years old. I grew up in Edmonton swimming at the national level at the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, and I am not going into my 4th year as a swimmer on SFU’s varsity swim team. Besides swimming, I like riding my bike, drinking coffee, and reading. I am super excited for this summer season!!

Swim Coach

Kiara Burasee

Hi PMA! My name is Kiara Burasee and I am thrilled to be back coaching with PMA this summer.
I started swimming with the Aquarians when I was eight years old and started junior coaching at twelve. This year I am a senior at Gleneagle Secondary School, finishing up my last year of high school. I am looking forward to the new swim season and am excited to work with some amazing coaches while pushing the swimmers to achieve their seasonal goals.