Sophie has been a part of the Orca family for 12 years, swimming for 9, and entering her 6th year of coaching. This is her first year as head coach and she is so excited to take on this new responsibility The coaches and swimmers she has interacted with during her time at Orca has shaped the coach and the person she is today, both on and off deck. Her love for Artistic Swimming encourages her to share that passion with the swimmers she coaches and hopefully give them the same incredible experience she had with Orca as a swimmer. Off deck, she is in her last semester of post-secondary, studying Anthropology at the U of A.
Annaleise will be coaching one of the Orca Stars teams this season. She is a certified Competition Introduction coach, and this will be her sixth year coaching; before that, she did synchro competitively for five years. Coaching is one of her biggest passions because it allows her to connect with incredible kids through a sport she loves. She is also a full-time university student working towards her Social Work Degree, and she really enjoys weight lifting and travelling. Her goal as a coach is to create a safe, fun, challenging environment for all athletes. She is so excited for this season!!
Gabby swam with Orca for 8 years before she became a coach to continue her love for artistic swimming. This is her fifth year coaching and she is so excited to start this season and see all of the smiling faces! Gabby believes the Orca community is phenomenal and it is a place to make life-long friends. She loves seeing friendships build at each practice. She is a full-time student at the University of Alberta in her third year in the Faculty of Secondary Education. Her goal for this year is that to ensure that everyone has a positive, safe and accomplished year, filled with great memories and new skills. She looks forward to seeing everyone at the pool!
Lauren has been part of the Orca family for 12 years, swimming for 9, and entering her 6th year of coaching. She is so excited for the opportunity to coach again this year and continue to share her passion for the sport with others. When she’s not on deck, she spends most of her time at Macewan University where she is currently studying business.
Jen has been coaching with Orca since 2018, and has been doing Artistic Swimming on and off for about sixteen years! She has had such a rewarding and wonderful experience working with all the athletes in these past couple years! Jen loves getting to know the athletes and watching them develop their skills and come into their own as they navigate the sport! Off deck, she is in her fourth year a the UofA with a major in Anthropology, with a minor in psychology! Jen is also a member of a sorority on campus and between school and the sorority they spend their time learning fascinating things and working with the community with their sisters.