Amy Swedlo

Amy began coaching the Cochrane Masters in the 2019/2020 season as a substitute coach and had so much fun she took over as head coach in the 2021/2022 season and continues to lead the team this season.  She recently completed her Swim 201 NCCP coach certification and is always looking for new ways to challenge and inspire her swimmers.
Amy has coached the Cochrane Piranhas Summer Swim Club since 2018 and became Head Coach in 2022 when the team won the Medium Team award at Provincials.  Amy has also coached the St Timothy Sr High School team since  2018.  The team won 6 city champion banners in 2022 as well as one in 2018 and one in 2019.
Alongside competitive swimming, Amy also coaches and competes in Lifesaving Sport.  She is a Sport Coach Trainer and is passionate about training and mentoring new coaches as the sport grows in Alberta.  She coached with the Cochrane Water Ninjas from 2017 to 2020 and since 2022 she has been the head coach of the Calgary YMCA Royals Lifesaving Sport Club.
Amy loves working with swimmers of all abilities and can’t wait to work with the new batch of swimmers for this 2023/20024 season.  If there is something you want to specifically work on, please let her know so she can incorporate it into her practice plans.

Max Kruger

Max Kruger started coaching the Cochrane Masters in 2022. He started swimming competitively at 6 years old with the Cochrane Piranhas where he spent every summer training and competing for 11 years (except one missed year due to covid), and 3 years as a coach. He has also spent 5 seasons competing and training with the Cochrane Water Ninjas in Life Saving Sport over the winter. Most of his coaching experience is with younger children as he started his coaching career helping to run a development program for swimmers aged 4-6 with little to no swimming experience for a year with the Piranhas, then moved to Coach his own groups for the last two years of swimmers aged 10-13. Max learned a lot last year from the Masters, and can’t wait to use all that he has learned in my sessions this season! One of his favourite things about coaching with the Masters team is the variety of different skill levels from the swimmers! It keeps Max very excited to try and learn new drills and new ways to explain different techniques. One thing that many of the Masters can attest to about his practices is that he loves drills and technique, so that love for learning and using new drills might not come as a surprise to many of the Masters! Max is currently a student at the University of Calgary studying Mathematics and Education, hoping to be a teacher one day. He loves any type of pet (so if you have any pets, he would love to see pictures)!!!

Joan Gunn

Joan has been coaching for just over 10 years and has enjoyed every minute of it.  She began coaching with the Salt Spring Island Special Olympics group in 2012.  When she moved back to Alberta in 2018 she continued her coaching with Special Olympics Calgary and has been coaching with them ever since. Joan also swims competitive Masters and competes at local, national and the international level.   She was the training coach for the Alberta swimmer who competed at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany who brought home a gold, silver and 4th place. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and helping them with their swimming needs.