Head Coach High Performance Coach

Kevin Thorburn

Kevin Thorburn is the High Performance and Head Coach of the Etobicoke Swim Club. He brings many years of experience and wisdom to the helm of the club.

Coach Thorburn is one of the top coaches in Canada. His experience in competitive swimming as a swimmer and a coach spans five decades, beginning in the late 1960s. Coach Thorburn has been a national team coach on numerous occasions and prides himself on being one of Canada's best developers of international level swimmers.

Coach Thorburn believes swimming at the Etobicoke Swim Club should be a nurturing and challenging experience. "Swimming should be an adventure, not an ordeal." He states that the objective of the Etobicoke staff is 3-fold:

Character Development Complete Event Exploration Before Specialization General Physical Development

Coach Thorburn is proud of the staff and swimmers of the Etobicoke Swim Club, and wishes all swimmers great success in the future.

Some Of Coach Kevin Thorburn's Accomplishments:

He has Coached:

Over 600 Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario Provincial Records

Over 300 National Age Group Records

Over 30 National Records

16 National Champions - Riley Mants, Riley Janes, Tobias Oriwol, Jenna Gresdal, Marylyn Chiang, Kelly Stefanyshyn, Owen Von Richter, Alexa Komarnycky, Francesco Zuccaro, Amanda Reason, Heather MacLean, Brittany MacLean, Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Olivia Anderson, and Meryn McCann, Alexander Milanovich. 

More High School aged swimmers to the Senior International level than any other coach in Canada, in the last 20 years - Marylyn Chiang, Riley Mants, Carrie Burgoyne, Kelly Stefanyshyn, Jenna Gresdal, Tobias Oriwol, Alexa Komarnycky, Monika Stitski, Amanda Reason, Heather MacLean, Brittany MacLean, Aly Abdel-Khalik, and Olivia Anderson.

He has been a National Team Staff Member at:

Olympic Games 1996, 2012, 2016

World Championships 2009, 2011

Commonwealth Games 1998, 2002

Pan Pacific Championships 1995, 1999, 2006

World SC Championships 2016

World Cup, Asian Sector 1999 (Head Coach)

British Short Course Nationals 2004 (Head Coach)

Junior World Championships 2006 (Head Coach), 2011, 2013

Junior Pan Pacific Championships 2009, 2010, 2014, 2018.

Some of Kevin Thorburn's High School Swimmers who have achieved at the National and International Level

Marylyn Chiang

° 1995 National Champion 400IM (17)

° 1995 Pan Pac Team Member (17)

Later career:

° US Open Record Holder 100 yard Back 1999 (21)

° 2000 Double Silver Medallist Worlds SC 50 Back, 100 Back (21)

° Commonwealth Record SC 100 Back, 59.33 2000 (21)

Riley Mants

° 1995 National Champion 200BR (16)

° 1995 Pan Pac Team Member

° 1996 US National Champion 200BR (17)

° 1996 Olympic Team Member (17)

Carrie Burgoyne

° 1997 Worlds SC 7th 400IM (15)

Kelly Stefanshyn

° 1997 Pan Pacs 5th 200BK (15)

° 1998 Commonwealth Games SILVER 100BK, SILVER 4x100 Medley Relay (16)

Jenna Gresdal

° 1999 Pan Pac Team Member (14)

° National Champion 50FR '00 (15)

° 2000 Olympic Team Member (15)

° 2002 Commonwealth Games Team Member (17)

Tobias Oriwol

° 2001 National Champion 200 BK (15)

° 2001 Worlds 12th 200 BK (16)

° 2002 National Champion 50/100/200BK, 200IM (16)

° 2002 Commonwealth Games Team Member (17)

Later career:

° 2006 Pan Pac Team Member (21)

Alexa Komarnycky

° 2004 National Champion 400IM (SC) (15)

° 2006 Pan Pac and World Junior Championship Team Member (16)

° 2008 Olympic Team Member (18)

Bogdan Knezevic

° 2006 Pan Pac and World Junior Championship Team Member (15)

° 2008 World Junior Championship Team Member (17)

Later career:

° 2013 World Championship Team Member (Serbia) (22)

° 2015 Rhodes Scholarship recipient (23)

Bryan Mell

° 2006 Pan Pac Team Member (18)

Monika Stitski

° 2006 Pan Pac Team Member (17)

° 2007 Pan Am Games Team Member (18)

Heather MacLean

° National Champion 100 Free, 200 Free LC, 2009 (16)

° 2009 Junior Pan Pac Team Member (16)

° 2009 World Championships Team Member (16)

Hassaan Abdel-Khalik

° 2008 World Junior Championships Team Member (16)

° 2009 Junior Pan Pac Championships GOLD Medallist 200 Free (17)

Amanda Reason

° 2009 Junior. Pan Pac Team Member (15)

° 2009 World Championships Team Member (15)

° WORLD RECORD 50 Breaststroke LC - 30.23 (15)

Later career:

2012 Olympic Team Member (18)

Lauren Earp

2010 Youth Olympic Games BRONZE 100 Free (16)

2010 Junior Pan Pac Team Member (16)

2011 Junior Worlds SILVER 4x100 Free Relay, 4x200 Free Relay (17)

Omar Arafa

2011 Junior Worlds GOLD 4x200 Free Relay, SILVER 4x100 Free Relay (16)

Brittany MacLean

2010 Junior Pan Pac Team Member (16)

2011 Junior World Champion 200 Free, 400 Free (17)

2011 World Championship Team (17)

2012 Olympic Games 7th 400 Free, 4th 4x200 Free Relay (18)

Later career:

2014 Commonwealth Games BRONZE 800 Free, SILVER 4x200 Free Relay (20)

2014 Pan Pac Championships BRONZE 800 Free, 1500 Free, 4x200 Free Relay (20)

2014 NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year (20)

2014 Canadian Female Swimmer of the Year (20)

2016 Olympic Games 5th 400 Free, BRONZE 4x200 Free Relay, 10th 200 Free, 10th 800 Free (22)

Some Other Accomplishments

Dimitrio Kraeyevsky 2nd ranked in the world 50m BR SC 1997

° Riley Janes

° 6th at Worlds LC 50 Back 2001

° Commonwealth Record 50 Back SC, 23.90, 2000

National Championship high point winners

° Tobias Oriwol, March '02

° Riley Janes, August '02

° Heather MacLean, July '13

Kevin Thorburn has coached more female athletes, under 4:50 SC for the 400IM than any other coach in Canadian history

° Marylyn Chiang, 4:42, 1995

° Carrie Burgoyne, 4:42, 1997

° Kelly Stefanyshyn, 4:48, 1998

° Monika Stitski, 4:40, 2007

° Alexa Komarnycky, 4:41, 2007

° Brittany MacLean 4:47, 2010

° Olivia Anderson 4:49, 2015

° Hanna Henderson 4:48, 2017

Head Age Group Coach and Junior National Coach

Endi Babi

Born in Tirana, Albania to George and Silva Babi.

Swam for East York Swim Club and Etobicoke Swimming.

Represented Canada at the 2005 Youth Olympics in Sydney, Australia and won a bronze medal as part of the 4x200 Free relay. Represented Ontario at 2005 Canada Games and won gold (200 Butterfly) and silver (4x200 Free relay).

English and Philosophy double major at Western Kentucky University. 4 year letter winner at WKU. WKU Men's Swimming & Diving Team captain 2008-2010. Helped the team to 2 conference championships (2007, 2010).

Represented Albania in 2009 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Rome and 2009 Mediterranean Games. Albanian national record holder.

Coached for 2 years at South Florida Aquatic Club. Coached for 1 year at Markham Aquatic Club.

High Performance 1 and TOP A Group Coach

Tristan Vowles

Tristan Vowles entered the swimming community at age 9 with the Hamilton Aquatic Club, where he swam until the summer of 2013. While competing, Tristan developed an interest in coaching, and began teaching private lessons and learn-to-swim programs with HAC.

 Tristan made the transition from the pool to the deck in the fall of 2013, and coached a novice program in Hamilton for that season. He learned a great deal about working with young athletes, and enjoyed watching their progress.

 Now coaching for ESWIM, Tristan has had success at the Provincial and National level. This includes top 16 performances at Canadian Junior Championships and Ontario Junior International, individual champions and medalists at Provincials, and club and provincial relay records.

 Tristan is excited to be working with the High Performance 1 and TOP A groups again this season.

Elite Group Coach

Brett D'Souza

Brett D'Souza started his swimming career at Etobicoke Swimming and continued to swim with Etobicoke for the following 8 years. He went on to swim the next 4 years with the York University Varsity Swim team.

Brett graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science while majoring in Kinesiology. More Recently Brett has completed his Master of Education in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria.

Brett's interest in coaching was started at a Camp Chikopi, a swim camp in northern Ontario where he has been the swim coach for 10 years. Brett has been working at ESWIM for the past 7 seasons and has coached athletes up to the Eastern and Canadian Junior Championships level while setting club, provincial and National age group records along the way.

Brett is looking forward to coaching the Elite Group this season.

Advanced Group

Amanda Reason

Raised in Windsor, Ontario, Amanda started swimming at the age of 10 with the Windsor Essex Swim Team. Joining the Etobicoke Swim Club at 15, her age group swimming career flourished. In July 2009, Amanda become the WORLD RECORD holder in the 50 meter breaststroke long course.

She represented Canada in multiple international events, including the 2012 Olympic Games, where she was part of the 4x200 freestyle relay that finished 4th. She represented the University of Calgary Dino's for her varsity career. After retiring from the sport, Amanda is excited to come back to Etobicoke with the opportunity to share her experience with the Advanced group for the upcoming season.

Provincial and Junior A Group Coach

Greg Kozell

Greg is joining us from Alberta, where he was coaching successfully as the Head Coach of the Triton Swim Club and Silver Tide Swim Club.

During his time coaching in Edmonton he produced many provincial champions, and most notably, Avery Wiseman, who became a Junior Pan Pacific medalist for Canada in Fiji 2018.

Greg will be an integral part of the ESWIM staff, bringing knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to his new roles with Etobicoke Swim Club.

Top B Coach

Matthew Whiteside

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