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Cecilia Wessels Head Coach

Swim teacher, Miss C, Ce-Ci, Coach C, Mrs Weasels or just Mom. I go by all these names on any given day. Originally from Sunny South Africa, I am a certified Royal Academy Ballet, Tap and Modern dance instructor (1999) who loved teaching so much that I earned my Ba. Human movement Sciences (2001), Post Graduate Teaching Certification in Biology, Physiology and English (2003), Personal Trainer and Group fitness instructor (2004) all the while swimming among great persons such as Simon Gray, Penny Haynes, Ryck Neethling and my own brother. Ryck and Penny became Olympians and I beat my brother (for me that was the Olympics) Married (2004) with our little fishy, Cheye-anne (2007) we immigrated to Canada in 2010 where I started my career as a National Lifeguard and Water safety instructor in Wetaskiwin. Now I work not only as a swim teacher but also as a Lifesaving Instructor, Aqua-size, Water Therapy & Aqua Jog instructor and Senior guard in Three Hills and we added TC (2011) our son, to the mix. I have had the privilege to coach competitive swimming for the Three Hills Neons (2013-2016), Lifesaving sport for the Trochu Kippers (2014-2017), triathlon for Zone 2 at the Alberta Summer Games (2015) and most recently coach and swim for the Didsbury Aqua Jets (Summer 2017) I talk loud and a lot, I'm passionate, dedicated, practical and honestly a whole lot of crazy rolled into a foreign accent with a splash of music. I believe in Personal Bests, breaking personal records, making new club records and aiming for 1 more detail every time you swim. Swimming for me, is dancing in the water; your speed is the music; your style the flair and every pool the stage. Together we will make waves (and add some bling-bling for show) Now let's CARPE this Natare Diem !!

Yours truly

Cecilia Wessels

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Madeline Fedora Assistant Coach

My name is Madeline Fedora. I started swimming competitively at the age of 4 and I have been hooked ever since! I hold regional and provincial records in British Columbia and have had the honour of being trained under olympic coaches at SFU and UBC. I found my passion for coaching by working for teams within the Fraser Valley and have gained more experience by attending BC coaches conferences. I have attained my level 1 NCCP/Swim Canada certification, making ethical decisions certification, and am a fully certified lifeguard. I am excited to be a part of the Olds Rapids Swim Club and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

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Jazzlyn Thompson Jr Coach

Jazzlyn Thompson has been swimming competitively since the age of seven. She has participated in local, regional, and provincial meets. Along with achieving medals in many different events, Jazzlyn held a national record in the 1500m at the age of eleven. Her favourite stroke is breaststroke. Along with a love for the sport of swimming, Jazzlyn has a deep appreciation for the sense of community created through swim club. This unique environment brings kids of all ages together onto one team.

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