Courtney Desjardins is returning as the Head Coach of the Dorado Stars Swim Club for the 2016-2017 Season (Her fourth consecutive season). She is the lead Coach of the Age Group Performance groups as well as a key collaborator for the Junior Programs alongside with other Dorado Stars coaching staff. Her Experience in competitive swimming spans over a decade as both an athlete and coach on the Regional, National and International Levels. Coach Desjardins takes great pride in developing athletes from the “Grass Roots” up to the “High Performance” levels. Courtney strongly believes that the journey through sport is an adventure and that the lessons, values and character development achieved through sport becomes invaluable in one’s life.
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 Dorado Stars Swim Club creates an environment that challenges our athletes in a positive manner, to become better than the swimmer they were yesterday. Courtney believes in a program designed and dedicated to commitment, purposeful practice, sportsmanship, friendship, self-esteem, and the achievement of personal goals.
Our program 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
• 2013 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
With Dorado, athletes will be provided opportunities to learn the value of competition, teamwork, technical skill development. This is a program that develops both the physical and mental foundation needed for higher performing excellence. In doing so, creates an environment that fosters commitment, discipline and respect. Courtney is passionate about the sport of competitive swimming and welcomes all the challenges and rewards that go hand in hand with coaching.
"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..
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama
Assistant Head Coach
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 board. Her life was forever changed when she received a phone call from head coach Courtney and has not looked back since!
NCCP Level 1 certification and have been coaching swimming since 2008. I have worked with swimmers at both the pre-competitive and competitive level. I have coached with both the Etobicoke Swim Club and the Dorado Stars. Currently, I am a full time student at the University of Toronto. I have swum for over 10 years and continue to train and compete at the masters level. In my own swim career I made it to the Sr. National level and was fortunate enough to compete internationally. World Trials and the Mare Nostrum were two of my most memorable meets and they taught me a lot about swimming under pressure. Ian Thorpe once said “people ask me 'what was going through your mind in the race?' and I don't know. I try and ...let my body do what it knows.” This relates closely to my swimming philosophy, I believe we need to train our bodies to learn how to race.
Junior Development Coach
“Take pride in how far you’ve come, and have faith in how far you can go.”
As an NCCP Level 1 competitive swim coach, Emily is going into her third year as a Dorado stars swim coach and is very proud to coach her swimmers both at practice and at swim meets.. She proudly coaches Junior Development, Junior Development 1 and Star Academy. As a former competitive swimmer, Emily loves the nature of the sport and enjoys watching her swimmers achieve their goals and exceeding in the sport of swimming. As a coach Emily believes in hard work, dedication, skill development and the value of teamwork. She loves encouraging her swimmers and helping them in developing their skills and learning the value of respect and perseverance. Emily is currently entering into her first year of University at the University of Guelph -Humber
As a coach Emily is extremely excited for the 2015-2016 swim season and is looking forward to creating a high developed team of athletes who are all striving to achieve their goals and become better athletes and team mates.
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps
Junior Development Coach
My name is Stefano Gardiman and this is my second year as an assistant coach for the Dorado Stars. I previously swam for the Dorado Stars, Cobra swim club, and Toronto swim club. As a swimmer I attended swim meets at the regional, provincial, national, and international level and I hope to bring some additional knowledge of the sport to aid the development of the swimmers.
Star Academy Coaching Staff
I’m Ariana and I am beginning my sixth year as a competitive swimmer with the Dorado Stars. This is my second year working with star academy, and my first year as their head coach. I have plenty of first hand experience in the competitive swimming world, and am excited to have the opportunity to share it with our future stars! I am currently a grade 11 student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Notre Dame. I’ve lived my life in the Mayfield pool, creating invaluable memories with my teammates and coaches. While transitioning through different stages in my life, the pool has remained a consistent factor, so I can appreciate the power the water has on young swimmers, and the different levels they go through to reach their version of success. Gandhi once said “strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will”. Entry levels of the Dorado Stars are where the passion and determination for the sport begins. As the swimmer progresses through the levels of our team, the support of their friends, teammates and coaches is what pushes that drive and determination to result in ultimate success for the swimmer. I’m very excited to be a factor of force that instructs, motivates, and supports our swimmers of tomorrow!
Assistant Coach, Ashley Ganger