Salmon Arm Swim Club was officially formed in 1970. Organization to
form a club was begun in 1963 under the direction of Marion Wolfe at
the Fletcher pool, an outdoor facility located near downtown Salmon
Arm. The first official coach was Mike Halliday
April of 1969 the parents organized a walk-a-thon which raised money
to buy a heater for the pool. Hamish Tucker, at age 7, became the
youngest swimmer to qualify for the provincials. The club hosted its
first meet in 1972. We were officially named the "Sockeyes", suggested
by Rob MacAulay, in 1978.In 1984 the Club moved to the new community
center regulation-sized pool. The starting blocks were donated by the
club using Angie Kiehlbauch Memorial funds. In 1986 we hosted the
Regionals for the first time. Today we run a winter maintenance
program, and have approximately 80 swimmers registered for the summer
swim season. Many Sockeye swimmers have captured local, regional and
provincial records and brought home medals, but best of all, we are a
"most sportsman-like team".
Sockeye Summer Swim Club offers something for everyone. It is for the
beginner who struggles to swim a length, the swimmer who strives for
competitive and personal excellence, to the swimmer going for a
Regional or Provincial Championship.
The Team - The club
provides a team environment while focusing on the individual‘s
swimming skills that assists each swimmer in recognizing continued
personal improvement and success.
Sockeyes have three regular
Summer Swim Club
May to August
September to December
January to April
September to December
January to April
Turtles For younger
siblings of Sockeyes
June or July to
The Summer -
Our club is active throughout the year, the summer is the busiest
time. The club will take up only as much time as you want it to.
During the summer there are often 2 daily practice times in order to
accommodate most people‘s active lives.
The Winter - Winter Maintenance is two, 1-hour sessions a week
to help swimmers maintain some of their conditioning and to introduce
new swimmers to the sport. (Insert Manual)
swimming with the Sockeyes in 1995 as a six-year old because her
best friend was swimming with the club. She first qualified for
the 1997 provincials and continued to train competitively until
2004. She has many great memories with the club as a swimmer
including training experiences, team events and swim meet
achievements. She has medaled on multiple provincial relays and
is a level one certified swim coach.
her coaching experience as a volunteer in the learn-to-skate
program for the Salmon Arm Skating Club in 1999, but her first
swimming coaching experience was for the Sockeyes Fries program
five years later. She has coached many seasons of Winter
Maintenance, including three winters as head coach and a year with
the Kelowna Ogopogo’s as co-head coach.
In 2005, Danielle
coached her first “summer” season with the club as a junior coach
and has continued to coach since then, the past summer as co-head
coach. This will be her first summer as head coach. Danielle has
coached the junior swimmers every season and has enjoyed watching
the group develop over the years and coaching many swimmers to
successful seasons, including multiple provincial medalists. She
is especially grateful to the number of talented coaches who have
influenced her own coaching as part of the Sockeyes’ team.
excited to coach for her final summer with a team that has so much
potential both within the Okanagan region and the province and she
looks forward to working with such an outstanding coaching staff
Jordyn Konrad has been swimming with the Sockeyes
since she was five years old as she has grown to love every summer
taking part of the team. She states that she has learned many
important attributes by being part of the program from dedication,
diligence and teamwork, and much more.
As a swimmer Jordyn has seen both sides of the podium starting out
swimming with little focus on winning and just having fun, but
later being inspired by coaches to go further into her recognized
potential. This ended up leading to many individual and relay
provincial medals plus coaches recognition as the champion of
character until she decided to take the next step where she joined
winter swimming in Vernon. There she also experienced success
being named the most improved and winning another provincial medal
on a relay. She currently swims on the Varsity team at SFU where
she has gained the title being an All-American swimmer in the
Throughout Jordyn's swimming career, she has been very dedicated
to helping young swimmers by being a volunteer coach and by hoping
to be a positive role model to her teammates. This will be
Jordyn's third summer being hired as a Sockeye coach. So far she
has worked with developing the beginner swimmer in the club
however she looks forward to working with the senior swimmer this
Jordyn loves instilling her passion of swimming into others, and
she also loves seeing them reach their personal successes and
developing in and out of the pool.
Chelsea is a long time swimmer, having swum with
the Sockeyes from 2005 to 2009 and the Shuswap Swim Team from 2009
She was named Sockeye’s Rookie of the Year in her first
year of swimming and this kick-started her desire to swim and
Over the years she
has accumulated numerous provincial medals, several regional
records and many swim meet records. Her favorite races are the 50
and 100 butterfly.
says volunteer coaching for the Sockeyes Turtles program and with
the junior groups instilled in her a love of coaching.She has coached for
7 years now, and in that time has achieved her level one coaching
certificate and has coached pre-competitive swimmers to masters
swimmers and everyone in-between!
This is Chelsea’s first formal position as a Summer
Sockeye coach and we welcome her.
Chelsea will be attending university in the fall for her
Bachelorette of Nursing. In addition to swimming, she
is also an avid writer and photographer.
Carl Cooper says his mum enrolled him in a swimming club when he was 9
years old so he could learn how to ‘lose”, and indeed lose
he did – coming
dead last 35 'races' in a row. The next year he qualified for
Carl swam summer swimming from 1970 until 1986, and then started again
in 2004 until the present – 2012 will be his 25th year of summer
swimming. He also swam for the University of British Columbia
Dolphins for 2 years, has swum with the Salmon Arm Masters and has
been to the National Championships where he currently holds a
national age group record (200 Fly), and to the World Master
Championships (silver and bronze medalist).
Carl began coaching as a 11 year old, helping younger swimmers in the
diving tank in the outdoor Penticton swimming pool and he started
formal coaching in 1977, with Campbell River for 5 years (top 10 in
the province), and then North Delta for 5 years, where each year they
won the top 'medium sized club’ in the Province, and consistently
finished in the top 3 overall.
In 1994 he briefly coached the Salmon Arm Sockeye Winter maintenance
program and the Salmon Arm Masters. In 2008 he rejoined the coaching
ranks as an assistant coach with the Salmon Arm Sockeyes, and has
enjoyed being part of the Sockeyes resurgence as a Provincial swimming
“However most of all, I
enjoy seeing the joy on a swimmers face when they have worked hard,
and see that hard work pay off with an outstanding personal
performance” says Carl.