My name is Zara and I am very excited to spend the summer coaching you all!
I was born and raised in Golden, where I have spent the past fifteen summers swimming with the Golden Dolphins Swim Club. The Golden Dolphins have been a huge part of my life and I am so excited to continue on with the club, now in a coaching role.
My love for water started at a young age and has continued to enrich my life in many ways. Growing up, if I wasn’t at the pool in Golden, you could find me at our cabin in Salmon Arm practicing in the lake. When I was six, I qualified for my first B.C.S.S.A Provincial Championships and at age 13 I won my first provincial medal. From there, I went on to receive an overall total of 7 provincial medals. Swimming with the Dolphins has provided me with a fundamental foundation and has taught me the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. In high school, I swam for the Golden Secondary School Eagles. This was challenging because Golden does not have a winter training facility (as we know all too well) but I was still able to win a medal at the high school Provincial Championships. I believe it is important for everyone to find something they love to do, and for me that love is swimming! In the off-season, I love to downhill ski, cross-country ski, do yoga and mountain bike.
For the past two summers, I balanced my swimming life with my work life. I worked as a Lifeguard at the Golden Swimming Pool, taught many swimming lessons and ran the Aqua-fitness program. Last fall, I moved away from home to attend the University of Lethbridge. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education with the overall goal of becoming an Elementary School Teacher. In addition to my studies, I am swimming as a varsity athlete with the Pronghorns. In October, I received Swimmer of the Month and I am currently involved with the Junior Pronghorn program where I am coaching young athletes and having a lot of fun. I am extremely grateful for this experience and have been really enjoying my time as a Pronghorn.
Being a part of the Golden Dolphins Swim Club has taught me many valuable life lessons, provided me with great friendships and shaped me into the person I am today. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and can’t wait for an amazing summer!