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Wayne Goldsmith

For more than 25 years, Wayne Goldsmith has been one of the most influential people in world swimming.

His work has inspired many of the sport’s leading coaches, swimmers, scientists, researchers and swimming administrators across the globe.

His philosophies and teaching have challenged the way swimming is coached all over the world and he has transformed the way coaches and scientists think about the sport.

Wayne’s unique ability to educate, to engage and to excite coaches, swimmers and parents about learning has earned him international recognition as one of the sports thought leaders.

A multi-published author, speaker, presenter, educator and coach, Wayne is committed to the sustainable growth and success of the sport of swimming around the world.

He is driven by one goal: to help everyone in the sport realize their potential by learning to love the water and enjoy the experience of swimming.

 Wayne is a winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Swimming in Australia Award and a recipient of the Al Schoenfield Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Gregg Troy

Troy had been the head coach of the Florida Gators men's swimming and diving teams at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from 1999, and the head coach of the Gators women's team from 1998.  Before he joined the Gators in 1998, he was the head coach of the swim teams of The Bolles School, a position he held for twenty years.  

Troy has coached sixty-eight Olympians, and multiple world champions and world record holders, including most notably Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Beisel and Caleb Dressel.

In December 2010, the U.S. Olympic Committee appointed Troy to served as the head coach of the U.S. men's swimming team for the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London, England. Troy's men's Olympic team won a total of sixteen medals in seventeen events.

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John Atkinson

John is the National High-Performance Director and National Coach for Swimming Canada having commenced in the role at the beginning of March 2013. He was tasked with delivering international success at the Olympic Games and overseeing the whole Technical program that includes the Olympic pool and open water swimming, the High Performance centres, Paralympic Swimming and the Development team program’s.

John worked for British Swimming from 2000 to 2013 in 3 key leadership roles within the organisation; National Youth Coach Olympic Swimming, Director of World Class Programmes Olympic Swimming and National Performance Director for Paralympic Swimming.


John also worked in Australia from 1994 to 2000. During that time he was involved in the Australian Swimming Youth programme and was involved in numerous national programs

In 2003 John along with Bill Sweetenham were co authors of the book publication ‘Championship Swim Training’ published by Human Kinetics, which is available through and has sold in excess of 20000 copies worldwide.

Judy Riege

Judy is a leadership, learning and connection expert. She brings over 25 years of consulting, coaching and teaching experience in building the “HOW TO” skills and mindset of emotional intelligence (EQ) in individuals, teams and organizations.

Judy leads learning from the classroom to the boardroom - she works with youth, educators, Olympic and Paralympic coaches and programs and corporate teams across North America. Her work is grounded in the research emerging from the growing field of Neuroscience and connects to the changing realities she’s seeing in the education, sport and corporate sectors. Her workshops and keynotes spark a new vision and conversation for personal and collaborative leadership that starts with self-awareness, humility and a willingness to learn.

Lynn Fowlie

Highly experienced across a range of roles in the sporting industry including: national team operations and planning, program administration, coaching, event management, team management and service delivery to athletes and coaches. Five-time Olympic Team Manager for both Australia (2000, 2008, 2012, 2016) and Canada (2004) plus extensive team management experience at other international swimming events including the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships and World Championships (1991-2018).

Dr. Stephen Norris

Norris’ career in sport spans over three decades, where he has become recognized as one of the leading sport performance consultants and sport scientists at the national and international level working with a select and key group of organizations engaged in the performance of sport.  At the grassroots level, Norris is also recognized as a leading authority on child and youth activity and athletic development, as one of the five founding contributors to the Canadian Sport for Life movement. Dr. Norris was the Chief Sport Officer at WinSport, where he worked with a visionary team that laid the foundation for the WinSport Winter Sport Institute based in Calgary and Canmore.  Previously, Stephen was the Director of Sport Physiology and Strategic Planning at the Canadian Sport Centre – Calgary where he was focused on Canada’s Winter Olympic teams for three Olympic cycles.  Steve has roots in swimming where he has coached and served on the board of directors of Swimming Canada from 2004 – 2007.

James Bretzlaff

James is a trusted advisor, expert facilitator, and powerful coach. With more than 15 years of management consulting experience, he has played key leadership roles in the design and delivery of large scale organizational improvement initiatives across Canada. James founded Claricoast in 2014 to provide that same level of professional support, in a more focused way, to established teams and work units within organizations.

James has a passion for excellence instilled in him through involvement in high performance sport. As a world-ranked swimmer in the 1980's, James represented Canada in international competition, and was a regular podium visitor both nationally and abroad. He was a finalist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games Trials and the 1988 Olympic Games Trials, and subsequently named to the 1992 Olympic Development Team.

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Patrick Cote
Head Coach, Canada Wheelchair Rugby

Before he became head coach of Canada’s national wheelchair rugby team in 2017, Patrick Côté was already established as an expert in the development and use of data analytic solutions in the sport. His technical understanding of wheelchair rugby was revered internationally.

That might give the impression that Côté heads to the gym every day for practice with a box full of computer data to throw at his players. 

However, while you can slice and dice the numbers any way you want, nothing can match talking to each other on a sports team.

’’I am a coach that puts a lot of emphasis on the culture we are trying to create and that is done in consultation with the players and staff,’’ said the 33-year-old Côté, before he left with his troops for an 11-day training camp in Japan, part of an exchange with the city of Misawa in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 

Nolan Pratt - Assistant Coach, Colorado Avalanche; 2 x Stanley Cup Champion


Club Coaches Roundtable:  Resetting for Olympic Trials  (English) 

Dave Johnson

Paul Birmingham

HP Coaches Roundtable:  Resetting for Tokyo & Beyond (English)

Vlastimil Cerny

Ben Titley

Club Coaches Roundtable:  Resetting for Olympic Trials  (French)

Martin Gingras

Patrick Paradis

Damon Tissira
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