Courtney Desjardins (Head Coach)
Courtney believes that The Dorado Stars Swim Club creates a developing environment for young people and provides the opportunity for athletes to flourish through teaching and experience. The Club creates an environment that challenges our athletes in a positive manner, to become better than the swimmer they were yesterday. She believes in a program designed and dedicated to commitment, purposeful practice, sportsmanship, friendship, self-esteem, and the achievement of personal goals. We believes in long term athlete development, a model that has been part of the Canadian Swim Coaches module for many years. This program emphasizes not the specialty of one stroke or event but that of a multi-stroke, multi-event mentality that promotes everlasting athletic growth and physical development.
Courtney is incredibly proud of The Dorado Stars Staff and Athletes and is looking forward to the successful future and growth of this club.
Courtney Desjardins Coaching Achievements:
- 2007-2008 Selected Staff Ontario Regional Camps
- 2008 Selected as a staff member for the Ontario Summer games
- 2010-3 Athletes selected for the North American Challenge Cup Representing Team Canada
- 2011 Swim Ontario Age Group Coaching Award for the 12 Year Old Girls (Olivia Anderson)
- 2012 Selected Staff for Canada Cup Swim Camp
- Multiple Etobicoke Swim Club Records, Provincial Records and National Age Group Individual/Relay Records
- Provincial and Age Group National Medalist-The Etobicoke Swim
- Athletes contributed to consecutive Jr. Provincial Titles, Age Group National Titles, Eastern and Western Canadian Titles-The Etobicoke Swim Club
- Female Para Swimmer Coach of the year (Tess Routliffe)
- 2014 Female Para Swimmer Coach of the year (Tess Routliffe)
- 2014 Central Region Small Teams Championship Title-Dorado Stars Swim Club
- 2015 Selected as a staff member IPC British Swimming International Representing Team Canada
- 2015 Female Para Athlete Silver Medalist at IPC World Championship’s
- 2015 Female Para Athlete Multiple Medalist at the Toronto Para-Pan Am Games
- 2016 Female Para Athlete Selected to the Paralympic Games Team Representing Team Canada
- Multiple Canadian Records-Para Swimming
- Multiple Dorado Stars Club Records.
- Provincial finalist and medalist-The Dorado Stars Swim Club
- 2018 Female Finalist at Eastern Canadian Championships-The Dorado Stars Swim Club
- 2018 Female top 20 placing at Canadian Junior Championship-The Dorado Stars Swim Club
- 2019 Canadian Trails Qualifier
“The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.” -Anais Nin
The times ahead will involve great change. Together we will work on creating an organization that not only develops high performance athletes but also well-rounded human beings. Courtney could not be more excited to be challenged and inspired throughout this process. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue this journey with The Dorado Stars Swim Club this season, and for many to come..
Rachel grew up in the pool. As a member of The Dorado Stars, in her early years, Rachel had the opportunity to swim along side some of Canada’s premiere athletes. She moved on from the sport of swimming in her early teens and pursued a sports career in volleyball. After graduating from Lee University in Tennessee Rachel moved back to Brampton and began teaching with the Peel District School Board. Her life was forever changed when she received a phone call from head coach Courtney and has not looked back since!
Rachel has coached at the Etobicoke Swim Club for 2012-2019, and came over to join The Dorado Staff in 2019. She has worked with swimmers at both the pre-competitive and competitive levels. Prior to coaching Rachel swam with the Etobicoke Swim Club for many years. One of her favorite aspects of coaching is motivating and challenging the athletes she works with to become better versions of themselves on and off the pool deck. Rachel is currently in school at Guelph-Humber University studying Kinesiology. She is fascinated by human movement and loves being able to take what she is learning in school and put it into practice on the pool deck. In her free time Rachel trains with a group of open water swimmers in Oakville and she loves to run!
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Junior 2 Coach
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