Our Team – 2018 Summer Sport Camp

2018 Summer Camp Leaders

Adrian

Bio

Hi everyone, my name is Adrian, and this is my first summer as a Sport Leader. I will be attending UBC in September, studying towards a Bachelor of Science. Swimming was my passion growing up, but as I got older, I realized the water just wasn’t for me. I fell in love with badminton and am involved in some badminton coaching roles, but still swim when I am free. Even as a kid, I loved going outside and running around. I believe physical literacy and activity are vital to being healthy and growing up. Giving back to the community that raised me is something I enjoy doing, which is why working with kids in sport camps is a dream come true. I am passionate about fitness and living a healthy life, and I hope to share that through my work this summer.

“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, its’s about what you INSPIRE others to do.”

Allison

Bio

Hello Campers! I’m Allison and I am the Sport Camp Supervisor at the Oval this summer! I have a B.A. in Sport Studies from Bishop’s University and over 5 years of camp experience. I love engaging with kids and am excited to introduce a new generation of athletes to the world of sports. I have participated in so many sports throughout my life, from softball to horseback riding to rugby, and love the lessons that each one has taught me. I have my second degree Black Belt in Karate and years of experience teaching karate to children, many of whom have also earned their black belts. Karate has taught me discipline and confidence and set the tone for my athletic and personal development. I love football and have 9 years of experience as Equipment Manager for my local football team. When I was a kid, I also played with the Montreal Alouettes! Nowadays, I am an avid snowboarder and throughout the summer you will find me adventuring and camping on the weekends. This summer is going to be a great one and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Never cease to grow; develop and maintain your body; expand your mind and polish your spirit.”

Anh

Bio

Hi everyone, my name is Anh and this will be my first summer as a Sport Camp Leader for the Richmond Olympic Oval. I am currently studying at the University of British Columbia for a Bachelor of Education and will be done with the program in the fall. Sport has always been a part of my life. I grew up in an athletic family where we played a variety of sports including soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey and badminton. I was heavily involved in soccer when I was young, but slowly became interested in basketball and badminton towards my teenage years. I have coached a variety of basketball and badminton co-ed and all-boys/girls teams throughout my high school and undergrad years. In addition to sports, I also really enjoy being outdoors and you will find me hiking or camping somewhere fun and fascinating. I am excited to be a part of this year’s summer camp, and I look forward to having a fun, rewarding and successful season with you all.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

Brendan

Bio

Hi everyone. This is my first year as a camp instructor. In high school, I joined my high school dragon boat team and paddled with them for 2 years, falling in love with all things canoe and kayak. In 2017, I went on to paddle for Canada twice, once with the U24’s, and once with the senior national team. After graduating high school, I returned to coach my high school team for 2 years, before taking a 1 year break. I came back afterwards and started my own local U18 club team, which I am currently still the head coach of. I have coached and mentored hundreds of young athletes, many of which have later gone on to paddle for Canada. I love sharing my passion for sports with youth, and I believe that the real prize from sport isn’t results–it’s the character that my athletes have developed that sets them up for success later in life.”

 “Don’t count the sets–make the sets count.”

 

Brett G

Brett

Bio

This summer will mark my fourth year at oval camps, and I am looking forward to another great one!  During the year I play Junior hockey for the Richmond Sockeyes where I am a team Captain.  I have many accomplishments as a hockey player, as I have played for over 14 years.  During the summer, I play baseball and was previously was selected and played in the BC Summer Games.  I am NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills trained, and an experienced all around athlete, playing almost every sport growing up.  I look forward to meeting all the new campers and having a fun summer.

 

Celine

Bio

Hi Everyone! My name’s Celine and this will be my second year as a Sport Camp Leader at the Oval. I am currently attending the University of British Columbia where I am studying kinesiology and am a member of the varsity women’s ice hockey team. In the upcoming season, I will be completing my fifth and final year and will be serving as team captain. I was privileged to represent Team BC at the National Women’s U18 Hockey Championship and also at the BC Winter games – U16 Female Hockey. Although hockey has been my main focus I’ve also participated in soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and baseball. My focus as a camp leader will be to create a fun and safe environment for all campers to enjoy!

–      U-Sport – Women’s Ice Hockey – University of British Columbia
–      National Women’s Hockey Championship – U18 Team BC
–      BC Winter Games – U16 Female Hockey
–      Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) – Okanagan Hockey Academy
–     Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Lacrosse and Baseball player

“There’s adversity; what are you going to do with it? Are you going to turn it into a positive?” – Mike Babcock 

Cora

Bio

Hi everyone, my name is Cora! This is my first summer as a leader at Oval Summer Camps and I am so excited to be a part of such a great team! Growing up in Vancouver in an athletic family, I played a variety of sports. In high school I focused primarily on soccer and field hockey, until I chose to commit full time to field hockey. Field hockey has taken me to regionals, provincials, to nationals and eventually to university. I started at the University of Toronto in 2013 and played throughout my full four years, graduating in June 2017. During the last fifteen years in the sport, I have not only had the pleasure of playing, but coaching as well. I have been coaching for the Vancouver Hawks field hockey club, Polar Bears field hockey club, and at Crofton House School. Coaching has provided me with the opportunity to express my passion for athletics from a different angle. I hope that everyone has a great time at summer camps and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

  • Field Hockey – University of Toronto 2013-2017
  • Field Hockey British Columbia Provincial Team 2008-2013
  • Polar Bears Field Hockey Coach
  • Vancouver Hawks Premier Team
  • Vancouver Hawks Coach
  • Crofton House School Senior Assistant Coach

“Remember why you started”

 

Darcy

Bio

Hi everyone! This is my first summer leading camps at the Richmond Oval but I did help out with the Spring Break ones and I am very excited to be a part of this team again! I grew up in Richmond, BC and love having the Oval in what was once my own backyard. My parents always encouraged me and my siblings to play sports and be active, and I think it was having that broad base of experience in different sports (figure skating, softball, floor hockey, rugby, swimming and even one Fall session of gymnastics) that led me to try a new one in university. I ended up at the University of Victoria and started rowing as a novice there my first year. As soon as I got in the boat I was hooked. The Novice team lead me to the Varsity team, which lead to the U-23 National Team, which lead to the Senior National team and competing on Team Canada internationally. I look forward to helping campers learn to row and find passion for a new sport just like I did!

  • 3-time Olympian in rowing (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012)
  • Olympic Silver Medalist, London 2012 Games, women’s eights rowing

“If you want what you have never had, you must do what you have never done.”

Evan

Bio

Hi Everyone! My name is Evan and this will be my first summer as a Sport Leader. I am currently attending the University of Western Ontario in the School of Kinesiology. My interests include Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. I plan to pursue a career in Exercise Science and contribute to the growing world of Sport Science. I grew up as a multi-sport athlete where I competed in many high level sports ranging from provincial level swimming to martial arts and hockey. As I grew older, I made the decision to commit my time to hockey where I merited a junior hockey career in the Pacific Junior Hockey League with the Richmond Sockeyes Junior Hockey Club. My coaching experience includes 3 years with Pacific Elite Hockey School, as an Assistant Coach and Dry-land Trainer. Sports are an exceptional pastime. Not only is it inductive to a healthy lifestyle, but also helps develop memories and friendships that last a lifetime. I am looking forward to an awesome summer, and am excited to meet you all!

Its better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young

Graham

Bio

Hi, I’m Graham and this will be my sixth year as a Camp Leader at the Richmond Olympic Oval. I am currently the assistant coach of the senior men’s’ and U-23 men’s’ teams at the Richmond Rugby Football Club as well as the head coach of the U-18 girls’ team at the Richmond Rugby Football Club. I am also the head coach of the Vancouver Rugby Union Representative team at the U-18 girls’ level and the assistant coach for the BC Summer Games Fraser-River Delta U-17 girls’ rugby team. For the past five years I have coached the senior girls’ rugby team at McRoberts Secondary in Richmond and have been coaching rugby for over 15 years! In my spare time, I am a recreational ice-hockey, Australian Rules Football, rugby, soccer, flag-football and softball player. I grew up playing lacrosse and soccer at a very competitive level as well as participating in basketball, rugby and track and field at my secondary school. After high school, I played varsity rugby at the University of Windsor, Humber College and the University of British Columbia before spending two years playing in the Rugby Canada Super League with the Niagara Thunder. I have tried to accumulate a broad sport knowledge base over my time as a coach and participant – having been trained by Golf BC for their SNAG Golf program, by Gymnastics BC for their intro-to gymnastics programs, by Sport BC for their Physical Literacy training and by the Fundamental Movement Skills training at the University of British Columbia. I also completed several Outdoor Education programs at the University of British Columbia as part of my Bachelor of Education training. I look forward to working with all of our campers this summer!

Jacob

Bio

Hey Campers, my name is Jacob. This is my first summer working at the Oval for camps after leading the Spring Break Camps back in March/April. I am super excited to be leading your camps this summer and can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you. My favorite sport is Track and Field. I am both a current athlete, a coach and official within the sport. I’ve been immersed in the sport for 17 years as an athlete and been coaching for 3. As a coach, I cover all the standard jumps and throws, excluding hammer and pole vault, and any of the hurdle-based events.  As an athlete, I have learned to compete in all the events I coach but am currently specializing in Triple Jump. With such heavy experience in track and field, I can teach you how to run harder, jump higher, and throw further than before. As these are fundamental movements in all sports, I can improve anyone’s game. Other sports I have also played include soccer, ball hockey, and beach volleyball.

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”   

  • George Sheehan

Jaya

Bio

Hi everyone! My name is Jaya and this will be my second year as a Camp Leader with the Richmond Olympic Oval. Growing up I played hockey competitively and rugby throughout high school. I am currently attending Simon Fraser University to complete my bachelor’s in business administration. Hockey and rugby were a huge part of my life growing up and motivated me to give back to the community and association that provided me with so many incredible opportunities growing up. I began volunteering with my hockey association at the age of 12 and currently volunteer as a coach with a high school rugby team. I am looking forward to providing great experiences for kids at the Oval again this summer!

  • BC Hockey AA Provincial Champions (2015 & 2016)
  • High School Rugby Player
  • High School Rugby Junior Coach
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Trained

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” – Fred Devito

Jeremy

Bio

I am pleased to be returning for my third year as a Sport Leader for Richmond Olympic Oval Camps. I am currently a student at the University of British Columbia studying towards a Bachelor of Science. I have been playing badminton since 2006 and participated in various competitions and events throughout BC. I also enjoy playing volleyball and ultimate recreationally. Not only do I believe that staying active is a necessity, but I also enjoy sharing my experience with others who have similar efforts and enthusiasm. I have developed many relationships through sports and I am very thankful to have been involved in various activities. I hope to share my passion and enthusiasm with everyone this summer!

  • High School Varsity Badminton Player
  • 2008, 2011 RSSAA District Badminton Champions
  • 2011 BC High School Provincial Badminton Championships
  • 2008, 2011 RSSAA Mixed Doubles Bronze Medallist
  • Head Coach for Badminton at J.N. Burnett Secondary (4 years)
  • 2009, 2010 RSSAA District and Vancouver District Volleyball Champions
  • 2010 BC High School Provincial Volleyball Championships
  • NCCP Certified Badminton Coach (5+ coaching experience)
  • NCCP Fundamental Movements Skill Trained

“You have to be odd to be number one.”

Jolie

Bio

Hi everyone! My name is Jolie and this will be my 2nd summer as a Camp Leader with the Richmond Olympic Oval. I’m currently completing my Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia while working as an Athletic Trainer for the UBC Men’s Volleyball Team. Growing up and throughout high school, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate and compete in sports such as volleyball, basketball, skiing, swimming, and track & field. In addition, I started coaching in my last few years of high school and my experiences only further emphasized the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. I look forward to meeting our campers and a summer of fun!

  • UBC Men’s Volleyball Trainer
  • RSSAA Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Track & Field Athlete (2010-2015)
  • High School Athlete of the Year (2011-2015)
  • Rio Tinto Alcan Dragonboat Bronze & Gold Medalist (2013-2015)
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Trained

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”

Julia

Bio

Hi everyone! I am looking forward to returning for my fifth year with the Richmond Olympic Oval sports camps. Growing up I was heavily involved in various sports, with high emphasis on volleyball and track & field. I also participated in a wide range of sport camps that gave me good fundamentals in basketball, tennis, badminton, golf and many more. I began doing track & field in grade 3 and have been fortunate to be able to continue at the varsity level at the University of Ottawa, where I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. I firmly believe that developing athletic skills from a young age not only promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for life, but also develops a wide range of skills that are able to be applied in the future.

  • Varsity Track & Field athlete and Academic All-Canadian at the University of Ottawa
  • Competed in Volleyball at the school and club level for eight years
  • Volunteer Coach for Track & Field at Crofton House School
  • Senior Athlete of the Year – Crofton House School (2015)
  • 7th in Shot Put and 10th in Triple Jump at the BC High School Track Provincials (2015)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Holder
  • Fundamental Movement Skills Certified

Katrina

Bio

Hi everyone!  My name is Katrina and I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia.  This summer will mark my 6th summer with Oval Camps (as a Junior Leader & Staff)!  My passion for sport has brought me to the Oval as I grew up playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer.  Sport has allowed me to make countless memories and develop life-long friendships.  This summer, I hope to instill the same love of sport and active living in the next generation of aspiring athletes.

  • High School Varsity Volleyball Player
  • High School Varsity Basketball Player
  • Richmond Girls Gold Division Soccer Player
  • Drive Basketball Player
  • Air Attack Club Volleyball Player
  • Won Soccer Coastal Cup & Provincial Championships
  • Assistant Coach for High School Basketball & Volleyball Teams
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills trained

“Within each and every one of us is a passion waiting for a cause.” – Nestor Korchinsky

 

Kris

Bio

Hey everyone, my name is Kris! This is my third summer as an Oval Sport Leader and I couldn’t be more excited. I have no shortage of sports knowledge as growing up sport was my life. Sports have always been a passion of mine, and I can say sports used to define who I was as a person. I had the privilege of playing JR football for two seasons in Victoria. During those two seasons, I started at three different positions and received the “Most Motivational Player” award. Lacrosse was another passion of mine as I played 10 years and was assistant captain in my final season. I hope everyone who attends camps has a summer to remember!

  • Former BCFC Football Player
  • Former JR B Lacrosse Player
  • Former Offensive Coordinator Richmond Raiders Midget Team
  • Provincial Champions
  • Current Richmond Chuckers Jr Men Baseball player
  • Current Assistant Head Coach Richmond Midget B Lacrosse team
  • Current Running Back Coach, assistant Offensive Coordinator North Delta Long Horns football team
  • HP Baseball instructor
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Certified
  • NCCP Level 2 Box Lacrosse Certified

Leah

Bio

Hi everyone! My name is Leah and this will be my 4th year as a Camp Leader for Oval Summer Camps. I am currently attending the University of Connecticut and am part of the NCAA Division 1 UConn Women’s Ice Hockey team. In the upcoming season I will be serving as Assistant Captain. In addition to hockey I also participated in competitive soccer and basketball and also enjoy playing several other sports such as baseball, swimming, golf, etc. Sports have taught me many life skills and have brought me friendships that I will have forever. I look forward to being a Camp Leader for this year’s summer camps, meeting all the kids, and having fun!

  • NCAA Division 1 – Women’s Ice Hockey – University of Connecticut
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award – NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey
  • Hockey East All-Rookie Team 2014/15
  • National Women’s Hockey Championship – U18 Team BC
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Certified

Lindsay

Bio

Hello all! I’m Lindsay and this will be my first summer as a Sport Leader. I am so excited to share my love of sport with all of you as it has had a major impact on my life. I grew up in Richmond playing softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer. After graduating from McMath Secondary, I went to the University of Victoria on a soccer scholarship. I played on the varsity team for 5 years and captained the team during my 4th and 5th years. Soccer allowed me many opportunities to get involved in coaching. Through coaching, I realized that my passion was to become a physical education teacher. I graduated from UVIC last June with my Bachelor of Education and have been teaching students how to live a healthy, active lifestyle ever since. I believe that sport builds character, instills confidence and above all provides an opportunity to make lifelong friends. I can’t wait to meet you all and have a summer filled with fun!

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears”

Matt

Bio

Hello Everyone!

My name is Matthew and I will be entering my 3rd summer as a camp leader. Growing up I played many sports, competing at high levels of hockey, football and rugby, and have had the opportunity to learn, develop and build many friendships along the way. At 17 years old I decided to turn away from playing hockey and competitive rugby and focus on my hockey coaching career. I have been a head coach with Seafair Minor Hockey for 6 years and have been a Skills Instructor for Vancouver Hockey School for 3 years. I have coached and developed hockey players from the ages of 5-18 yrs old. As I spend 10 out of the 12 months during the year working with young hockey players, I look forward to the 2 months of developing a variety of sport specific skill sets to children as I see the importance of being a multi-sport athlete. I am looking forward to meeting all the new faces this year!

  • SeaFair Minor Hockey Coach: 2011-2017
  • BC Kodiaks Hockey Head Coach: 2014-2017
  • Vancouver Hockey School Skills Instructor: 2015-2017
  • Hockey Canada: Coach Development 1
  • Hockey Canada: Hockey Coach Stream
  • Hockey Canada: Coach Hybrid
  • Hockey Canada: Coach level 2
  • Multi-Sport: Fundamental Movement Skills: Community Leader

Sandy

Bio

Hi everyone! My name is Sandy, and I’m very excited to be back for my 4th year as a Sport Leader with the Richmond Oval Summer Camps! Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of BC, studying in the Master of Kinesiology Coaching Sciences program. My area of interest is using evidence-based coaching strategies and techniques to support athletic development and performance in the community. I have been an active sports coach since 2008 and grew up being a multi-sport athlete. I started out playing basketball, and grew to love other activities including volleyball, soccer, hiking, cycling, obstacle course racing and much more. Nothing beats the joy and camaraderie that sports can bring! As an Oval Sport Leader, my goal is to help participants build confidence and competence by providing a safe and fun environment. This summer I will continue the traditions of bringing energy and excitement to the Richmond Oval Summer Camps. Hope to see you there!

  • Current Richmond Special Olympics Assistant Basketball Coach
  • Current High School and U12 Girls’ Basketball Coach
  • UBC Men’s Field Hockey and Rugby Student Athletic Trainer
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Tough Mudder Finisher
  • NCCP Fundamental Movements Skills and High Five Trained

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

Tristan

Bio

Hi everyone! My name is Tristan and this is my second year as a Sport Camp Leader with the Richmond Olympic Oval. I had the chance to lead Summer Camps last year, and I’ve also had the opportunity to lead Spring Break and Winter Break Camps during my time at the Oval. Growing up, I played basketball and baseball at a competitive level, and then decided to take up hip-hop dance during my last few years of high school. I have now been dancing for nine years and have competed in various dance competitions such as World of Dance and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships, where I represented Canada with my group TwoFourSeven Company. Since then, I co-founded a local dance collective called Illustrative Society, which serves as a training platform for young professionals pursuing work in the industry and community. In addition, I enjoy playing flag football and ice hockey, and I am also a Learn to Skate instructor at the Oval. I previously attended UBC and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and that only further emphasized the importance of developing a healthy, physically active lifestyle. I hope to instill these same values among the next group of athletes as a Summer Camp Leader, while also creating a fun, positive learning environment for kids to develop their passion for sport.

  • Former Team BC Baseball Player
  • Former High School Varsity Basketball Player
  • Team Canada Representative at the 2013 & 2014 World Hip Hop Championship
  • Hip Hop Dance Instructor
  • Learn to Skate Instructor
  • Recreational Ice Hockey & Flag Football Player

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”

Vanessa

Bio

My name is Vanessa and I am so excited for my second summer with the Richmond Olympic Oval! My passion for working with children and my belief in the power of sport has led me to the role as a Sport Camp Leader. Athletics have played a significant role in my personal life and has shaped me into who I am today. My love for sport began at the rink as a figure skater and in the studio as a dancer. As I grew older, my love for sport translated into a multitude of team sports, namely, basketball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Today, my focus is primarily on Ultimate Frisbee. I have experienced success within the district level, provincial level, and national level. Next year, I hope to compete on the national team to represent Canada at the World U24 Ultimate Championships. This summer, I want to share my passion for sport in our community in hopes to impact youth, like how it has impacted me. As a Sport Camp Leader, my goal is for every camper to incorporate lessons learnt in sports to their everyday lives, but most importantly for each camper to have a fun, and active summer!

  • Certified in Standard First Aid and CPR-C-AED
  • Skate Canada B.C./YK Provincial Figure Skating Team (2009)
  • Former Skate Canada CanSkate Program Assistant
  • RSSAA Basketball, Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee Player (2012-2017)
  • C. Provincial Senior Tier 1 Ultimate Frisbee Champion (2016)
  • U19 Alpha Team B.C. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee (2016)
  • Canadian Ultimate Championships 1st Place (2017)
  • UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Ultimate Frisbee (2018)

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

Wayne

Bio

  • Hi everyone! Wayne here. This is my first year at the Oval doing Summer Camps. I’m a UBC Kinesiology alumni and I’m excited to start putting my knowledge to use. My first ever competitive sport was swimming, where I used to compete in the 1500m freestyle. Shortly after nationals, I moved to Canada and started to get into American football at my high school. Transitioning from an endurance sport to a more explosive sport required a lot of time in the weight room which built up my physical base. This experience has lead me to explore more sports such as track and field, lacrosse, field hockey and even adaptive sports. Prior to working at the Oval, I have been volunteering as a coach with Special Olympics BC-Richmond’s swim team.
    • 2008 Malaysian Nationals for swimming
    • 2015-2017 Coach for Special Olympics BC-Richmond swim team
    • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Trained

    “The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled.”- Ric Charlesworth

Tova

Bio

Tova is a multi-sport athlete who has grown up in competitive soccer, basketball and volleyball. She is an oval athlete who spent 5 years training at the Oval’s Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence before heading off to play varsity. When she isn’t at camp, you can find her on the beach playing beach volleyball or on the mountain hiking and camping.

“Each person holds so much power inside themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, and the greatest things can happen.” -Pete Carroll