COACHING STAFF

JENNIFER KOPTIE

JENNIFER KOPTIE

Head Coach

Jen has been coaching since 1996. She began as the Head Coach of Variety Village Synchro Club in 2001, and remained Head Coach at VV until she left to form the Aretaic Synchronized Swimming Alliance in 2014. In 2015, Jen was successful in becoming the first Head Coach for the Regional Training Centre – Ontario, where she is thrilled to continue today.

In the summers, Jen remains involved with synchronized swimming through coaching, mentoring, and assisting with both Ontario Provincial Teams, as well as Canadian National Teams. In 2005 and 2006, Jen was the Manager of the Canadian Junior National Team in 2005 and 2006, before moving onto work as the Assistant Coach for the 13-15 Canadian National Team from 2013-2015. This past summer, Jen was hired as the Head Coach of the 13-15 Canadian National Team, who placed first in routine at the UANA Pan American Championships, and also worked as the Manager of the Junior Canadian National Team, who attended Junior Worlds in Russia.

Jen has been the proud recipient of many awards throughout her long and successful coaching career, including winning Coach of the Year for the 13-15 age category in 2010, as well as being inducted onto the Variety Village Wall of Fame in 2016.

When not at the pool, Jen is an elementary school teacher, a mother of two amazing children, and loves watching football with her family.

MANNY WU

MANNY WU

Lead Coach

Coach of the 2014 and 2015 Canadian National Junior Team Champions, Manny has over 20 years of synchronized swimming experience, both as a national level swimmer in China and a coach. She retired after participating at the 2004 Olympic Games as an athlete, and started coaching in Canada in 2008. Manny was the Head Coach for 2012 13-15 Ontario Provincial Team that captured a gold medal at the prestigious Christmas Prize competition in Prague, and that year she also coached the Granite Club 13-15 Team which swept the 2012 Espoir Championships in solo, duet, and team. Manny was the Assistant Coach for the 2015 Canada Winter Games Team as well as 2015 and 2016 Junior National Team. Manny has been coaching at the RTC – Ontario since it’s inauguration in 2015.

JULIA MCLEAN

JULIA MCLEAN

Assistant Coach

Julia MacLean is a former Canadian National Team member, who began coaching in 2009. Since retiring as an athlete, Julia has been committed to coaching, and helping to create the next generation of great Ontario athletes. Julia has been hired nearly every summer to work with various Ontario Provincial Teams, including the 2011, 2014 and 2015 11-12 Provincial Teams, as well as the 2013 Junior Provincial Team. Julia held the position of co-chair of the Synchro Canada Athlete Council for many years, and continues to compete in synchronized swimming in National and International Masters events. Julia works as an assistant coach at the Regional Training Centre of Ontario, and also coaches at the Variety Village Synchro Club. Julia has the honour of having an award named after her because of her many accomplishments. The “Julia MacLean Trophy” is awarded every year at the Lisa Alexander Figures Meet to a swimmer who displays the characteristics Julia has shown throughout her career. She was recognised in 2014 as “Coach of the Year” by Synchro Swim Ontario and hopes to someday coach our Canadian National Team.

CHIHIRO ISHII

CHIHIRO ISHII

Assistant Coach

A native of Japan, and a synchronized swimming coach with Aqurab Fujisawa (Kanagawa, Japan) from 1997-2011, Chihiro brings a combined 35 years of experience, both as an athlete and as a coach. Chihiro has coached many outstanding athletes in her time, including having coached a swimmer from Japan who won a bronze medal in the Team event during the 2016 Rio Olympics! Chihiro understands what is required to develop strong athletes, and has been consistently working to improve her coaching skills and bring positive results to all the athletes she works with. Chihiro previously coached with Granite Synchro, and was a Synchro Ontario Apprentice Coach with the 2014 11-12 Provincial Team that captured a bronze medal at the UANA Championships in California, and was Head Coach of the 2016 13-15 Provincial Team that won silver at the UANA Championships in Puerto Rico. In her spare time, Chihiro also works with Sheilagh Croxon and Olga Novokshchenova on their new choreography and development company called Sync Effect.
KRISTIN MCCOY

KRISTIN MCCOY

Manager

Kristin has been involved in Synchronized Swimming since she was 7 years old, swimming out of Variety Village Synchro Club. Upon retirement from synchro, Kristin began coaching various age groups at Variety Village before finding her niche in the 8 and 10&Under category. Last year, Kristin’s 8&Under team was the top team in Ontario at the Trillium 12&Under Provincial competition. In 2016, Kristin was hired for the Manager role at the Regional Training Centre – Ontario, where she is thrilled to be a part of such a highly skilled and inspiring coaching staff. Outside of the RTC, Kristin is also a full-time Health and Physical Education teacher and continues to coach a 10&Under team at Variety Village.

CANADIAN SPORT INSTITUTE OF ONTARIO SUPPORT STAFF

JAMES CUNNINGHAM

JAMES CUNNINGHAM

High Performance Athlete Development Advisor

James brings a diverse experience to CSIO as an advisor, coach, athlete and BPHE graduate (of the University of Toronto) to his work in athlete and program development. Prior to joining CSIO, James spent 5 years working with Cross Country Canada as High Performance Development Coordinator, providing support to coaches, athletes and programs with a focus on long-term system development. James has an extensive background supporting athletes and coaches at international sporting events. Most recently, he acted a part of the Mission Team for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as assisting VANOC during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

DR. DAVID BENTLEY

DR. DAVID BENTLEY

Sport Physiologist

David has been involved in sports science and coaching for 20 years in Australia and Europe. David worked with the English sports system and completed a PhD in 2003 at the University of Bath, high performance centre, surrounding triathlon and physiological assessment of endurance athletes. Since that time, he has gathered a broad range of experiences in sports coaching, training and performance analysis in athletes ranging from Olympians to aspiring junior athletes in swimming, triathlon and other endurance sports. His coaching outcomes in triathlon have led to success at world championship level. David has a strong academic and applied sport science background having developed specialist experiences in areas resistance training for endurance performance; simulated and actual altitude training periodization; ergogenic aids including antioxidant and sodium bicarbonate supplementation/ pre-cooling in hot conditions. David has been the assistant editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport since 2007.

TRACY BLAKE

TRACY BLAKE

Physiotherapist

Tracy completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2004. She obtained her acupuncture certification through the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation Institute of Canada in 2008. In 2009, she became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy following the completion of her Master of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at the University of Western Ontario, and obtained her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy through Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, specializing in Sports Medicine, where her research focused on physical activity and concussion outcomes in youth ice hockey.

Tracy has worked in sport and exercise medicine since 2004. In addition to eight years with Canada Basketball Women’s National U16/17, U18/19 and Senior teams, she has covered events in over a dozen sports from weekend tournaments, to the 2015 and 2017 Canada Games, to the 2015 Pan Am Games. Tracy has continued to refine her practice with a variety of postgraduate courses incluidng vestibular rehabilitation, concussion management, and load management.

Tracy has been a clinical supervisor for physiotherapy and athletic therapy students in Ontario and Alberta. She worked as a teaching assistant in sport injury assessment at the University of Calgary, Guest Lecturer at Mount Royal University, and Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Her research has also provided the opportunity for her to present her work at conferences across North America and Europe.

KIRI LANGFORD

KIRI LANGFORD

Strength and Conditioning

Kiri is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  After finishing her Honours B.Sc. specializing in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University in 2015, Kiri attended LIT-Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland, to complete her Masters in Strength and Conditioning.  For her dissertation, she conducted a motor learning study investigating video analysis and the hockey shot.

Prior to S&C Coaching at CSIO Kiri worked in the private sector at TPA Sports (mainly coaching ice hockey players of various levels).  During Kiri’s undergrad, she spent 3 years working at the York Varsity Centre training athletes of all inter-university sports.  Kiri played competitively for the York Lions Ice Hockey Team (2010-2015), and for the New Zealand National Women’s Hockey Team (2008-2014).  In March 2017, Kiri was the Assistant Coach for the New Zealand National Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the IIHF World Championship.

Kiri is a Certified Performance Coach specializing in mental skills and motivational techniques.  Kiri helps athletes develop personal strategies for overcoming roadblocks to help them attain their peak performance.

CHRISTINE ST. CLAIR

CHRISTINE ST. CLAIR

Sport Nutritionist

Christine St. Clair is a Registered Dietitian who received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba. Since beginning at CSIO, Christine has provided nutrition support to Canada’s developmental and podium-level athletes through CSIO’s national and provincial partnered sport organizations (Figure Skating, Wheelchair Basketball, Judo, Wrestling, Synchronized Swimming, Sailing, Freestyle Ski, Basketball). Before CSIO, Christine worked for 5 years as a performance nutrition consultant for the Manitoba Sport Medicine Centre and Canadian Sport Centre of Manitoba.

As a former competitive athlete, Christine recognizes the daily challenges her athletes face. She is passionate to contribute to and further develop innovative sport nutrition services by utilizing her knowledge of food science and high performance sport to support her athletes and ultimately produce international podium performances.

DR. ROLF WAGSCHAL

DR. ROLF WAGSCHAL

Game Plan Advisor and Mental Performance Expert

During his time as a National Team athlete, Rolf represented Canada at the 1999 World University Games and 2002 World Sailing Championships among other international events. After retiring from competition, he continued his education, earning a Masters Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology and a PhD in Kinesiology, specifically Behavioral Science (Sport & Exercise Psychology).

As Rolf recalls, his transition away from sport was relatively smooth. However, he understands the challenges many athletes face during career transitions, and the consequent effects on their overall well-being – both positive and negative. It is one of the reasons why this former National Team sailor finds working in this particular area of psychology immensely rewarding: he can help athletes achieve positive outcomes during and beyond their sporting careers.

His experience includes years working as an educator, mental performance consultant, volunteer hockey coach, and athlete career transition advisor. These roles have fortified his skill in providing athletes with expert-based support to manage their non-sport commitments without compromising their sport performance. This includes working with athletes from not only a performance-enhancing perspective, but from a life skills management one.

DR. STEVEN DILKAS

DR. STEVEN DILKAS

Sport Medicine Physician

Dr. Dilkas practices sports medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and is a staff physician at an Amputee and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program at a Toronto Clinic.  He is also a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dilkas is the physician for the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Team and the Canadian Senior Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, and is also an international classifier for Wheelchair Rugby and a provincial classifier for Para-Athletics. During the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games, Dr. Dilkas was Lead Physician at Aquatics for the Pan Am Games and Lead Sport Medicine Physician at the Athletes’ Village Polyclinic for the Parapan Am Games.

KYLIE GIBSON

KYLIE GIBSON

Lead Physiotherapist

Kylie is actively engaged in national and international therapy coverage. Her experience in sport therapy involves a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy, as well as ten years as Clinical Director for Trent Health in Motion Sport Medicine Clinic. She enjoys working with Provincial and National Teams in a variety of sports at CSIO. Her patients include athletes from figure skating and freestyle skiing to trampoline and synchronized swimming.