Piranhas Staff

The primary purpose of the Piranhas Swim Club is to provide an opportunity for each of its swimmers to attain his or her potential in competitive swimming.  In pursuing this goal, Our staff believe that each swimmer will derive significant benefits in the area of character development by:

● Providing an understanding of the value of hard work and the importance of skill development. 

● Developing and maintaining a strong commitment to oneself and the team.

● Learning to contribute to a succesful team effort and establish focus on individual goals

● Development of self-image enhancement and a strong sense of self-confidence.

● Learn the concept of good sportsmanship while forming lasting friendships with teammates and competitors alike.

Team Manager


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Competitive Coaching Staff

Alex Dawson

Director of Swimming

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Coach Alex has had an extensive coaching career in Great Britain coaching swimmers to multiple National titles and International teams. Coach Alex brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the pool deck and will deliver the following coaching philosophy:

•To create an innovative and creative environment where champions grow.
•An environment that is athletes centered, coach driven and parental supportive.
•To educate swimmers to take a balanced approach to performance swimming, education and family/friends.
•To encourage an athletic lifestyle as a life skill.
•To encourage swimmers to commit to a long term training development to achieve potential.
•Above all else a happy swimmer is a fast swimmer
Matt Burton

Assistant Head Coach

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Coach Matt is in his third season with GPPSC.   

“Swimming has been a passion for me my whole life.  After taking a step back from my swimming career it is great to be able to pass on my knowledge/experience in the sport to the swimmers.  I came from Fort McMurray where I coached for 4 years and brought young swimmers to a national level.

I went to Keyano College where I studied Kinesiology.  Afterwards I go my level 2 coaching and have been coaching ever since.  My coaching philosophy is to have an environment that encourages athletes to learn and develop in and out of the pool.”

Nick Wenzel

Performance Development Coach

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Nick joins the coach staff having been a successful Head Coach with the Tritons swim Club in Leduc. Nick has lots of experience working with provincial and National level swimmers and is going to be a great addition to the team.

Julia Dutove

Age Squad Coach

Julia joins the coaching staff having an extensive coaching career in Edmonton with Olympian Swim Club and summer clubs in America. 

Michelle Dawson

Learn to Swim Coordinator

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