Kigoos 2022 Welcome from Coach Mike

Hello Richmond Kigoos!

I want to extend a warm welcome to all our new families joining the Kigoos and welcome back all our returning families to our first regular BCSSA season since 2019! We swam against the current that was COVID-19, and we came out of it in true Kigoo style, stronger and more motivated than ever. The Kigoos met the challenges of Covid-19 with poise, determination, and passion for our community. Let’s use this summer season as a post-pandemic celebration of community and competition and show what the Kigoos are all about because Nobody in BCSSA does summer swimming better than us!
I am further excited about this season because our coaching staff. Most of our coaches have grown up with the club and are now making significant steps in becoming the best coaches they can be. Most of our coaches have been mentored internally, and the Kigoos community could not be prouder of them! This season we have two Assistant Head coaches, Nikol Rybolov and Lucas Yuil. Nikol will be focusing on the Junior and JD groups, while Lucas will focus on our Intermediate and above groups. Congrats to both on their new roles–I can only expect great things from both. I also want to extend a warm welcome to our newest coach, Nick Lee. Nick is an excellent addition to our coaching staff, and I know he will be quickly embraced by the Kigoos community. All in all, every Kigoo coach holds a plethora of knowledge of competitive swimming and is ready to help get the swimmers get off the blocks again!
A little about myself is that I am thrilled to be back coaching the Richmond Kigoos Swim Club for my 6th season! I am a Carleton University alumnus who graduated with an honour’s Political Sciences degree and a minor in Disability studies. Now I am doing my master’s in education policy at UBC. My swimming background includes 12 years of competitive experience with the Vancouver Vikings, Richmond Rapids, and the Canadian Dolphins Swim Club. This year I will be coaching both senior groups twice a week, concentrating on conditioning and race intensity, while I’ll also be coaching the master group every Tuesday and Thursday.
The main goal as a head coach I have for the club is to help swimmers of every level get to their goals. Whether that might be for medaling at provincials/regionals, cross-training for another sport, or elevating their fitness level, our coaching staff will be there to help. I have a firm belief that Kigoos will excel this season. However, as many of you know, it will not come easy. I expect every Kigoos to have a proclivity for hard and fun work; the coaches show up to practice ready to give their 100%–all we ask in return is if you give us your 100%.
Additionally, being a member of the Kigoos bears responsibility. I want all the Kigoos to continue to show leadership I know we all have. This includes but is not limited to showing up with a positive attitude, bringing the proper equipment, activating properly, encouraging group members and other club members when times get tough, helping keep the pool deck clean, and continuing to positively impact the Steveston community. As we continue the season my number one philosophy needs to be stressed, that change and hard work only come if you are adaptable, accountable, and committed 100% to a goal.

It’s going to be a great season!

Let’s do it to it,
Michael Jakac-Sinclair

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