Kendal (left), Brittany, Brian, Mackenzie

Brittany Wheaton

Head Coach

Pups/Intermediate Rays

I grew up swimming competitively with the Langley Flippers, and quickly found that instructing athletes was my passion, so I formally began coaching for the team at age 14 (2007-2011). There I was given the mentorship and guidance to eventually become the Head Coach of the Little Flippers Developmental Program. After a brief stint as a varsity athlete, I began coaching with the Langley Olympians (2011-2016) where I was pushed to develop a stronger competitive ethic and personal coaching strategy while learning the ins and outs of winter club participation. I later returned to the Langley Flippers (2015-2017), where I was able to develop and implement my own curriculum which delivered simultaneous athlete, volunteer, and new coach training in a single strategic program.

I recently relocated to the area, and I am so excited to invest in my new community here in Chilliwack, and to get back to the pool deck after a year off. I’m looking forward to the smell of breakfast sandwiches at swim meets, having the loudest team cheer, sunny poolside chats, handing out piles of best time ribbons, watching the steam rise off the pool in the rain, and getting to know and spending time with each of you!

 

Brian Vangarderen

Head Coach

Advanced Rays

 

I joined the Chilliwack Stingrays when I was 8 years old and swam with the club for 8 years. Swimming was a sport that was very natural for me and I enjoyed my summers practicing and attending swim meets throughout the summer months. I was a junior coach for two years before I took an assistant coaching position with the Chilliwack Stingrays. I later went to Alberta for university to gain my teaching degree. I am now teaching in Abbotsford and am excited to re-kindle my involvement with the swimming community. I am excited to coach for Chilliwack this summer because it is the team that I started my swimming experience with. There is a sense of nostalgia coming back into a club where it all began. I am ready to help develop swimmers’ abilities but also help them achieve their goals no matter what they are. Summer swim club is a time for working hard and achieving your goals, but also having fun as a community. I cannot wait for the season to start and meet all the swimmers out there!

 

Mackenzie Campbell

Junior Assistant Coach

Advanced Rays

 

I started swimming when I was just 6 months old. I fell in love with the water. My mom signed me up with the Chilliwack Stingrays when I was 9 years old. I swam as a Stingray for 5 years and qualified for the BCSSA Provincials for 4 of them. Summer swimming was a lot of fun for me and an experience I will always have, making new friends and finding a sport that I fell in love with. In 2015 I joined the Spartan Swim Club which was the next step in my swimming career. I swam with the Spartans for 3 years qualifying for AAA Provincials. In 2016 I swam in the B.C. Summer Games.

In 2018 I started teaching lessons both public and private. I am now an NCCP certified Coach. Swimming has always has a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to share what I have learned throughout my years of swimming with my swimmers and continue another year surrounded by the sport and the environment I love. I am excited to see my swimmers thrive and learn to love the sport just as much as I do. Go Stingrays 🙂

Kendal French

Coach

Pups/Intermediate Rays

Hi my name is Kendal and I am one of the pups/intermediate rays coaches this summer. I am proud to say that I have been swimming with the Chilliwack Stingrays Swim Club for twelve years and will be coaching the club for my second year this summer! I love the Stingrays Swim Club because I’ve made so many friends throughout the years and have truly grown to love and appreciate the sport. I am very grateful to be apart of the team as a coach as well as a swimmer this season and can’t wait to get to know everyone. I’m also excited to see everyone grow as a team as well as individually this year! Looking forward to a great season with all of you!