Who We Are
“The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.”
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
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!
Hans J. Porten
Assistant Coach (Youth/Senior)
Hans J. Porten born in Germany found that water was his element to be. Dedicated to competitive rescue swimming he won several provincial and one German Championship.
1998 he came to Canada with his family to work in this country as an Industrial electrician / instructor for a company in the automotive industry.
Once settled, he looked out for a swim club and found Dorado Stars Swim Club. He then pursued the coaching license for swimming to build a Master swim club within Dorado.
For many years Hans worked mainly with young swimmers so they get ready for the competitive way of swimming.
Assistant Coach (Junior 1 & 2)
Having swam for Dorado in her early years, Paige took her swimming career to the next level when she attended Texas A&M University on a scholarship. During her time in Texas, Paige became a 17x All-American and the 2014 NCAA Champion in the 100 backstroke. Back on home soil, Paige was a multiple time Senior National medalist, Canadian National champion in the 50m backstroke as well as holding the 50m backstroke Canadian National record.
Back on her home turf, Paige is now here to help build the next generation of Stars swimmers!
Assistant Coach (Junior 2 & Star Academy)
Prior to coaching I swam and competed with the Dorado Stars swim club for 6 years, achieving up to a Canadian Junior National standard. I also worked as a swim instructor with Making Waves swim school, and Embrace open water swimming. Throughout high school I maintained a sport and academic balance and aim to show future swimmers that this is possible if you want it to be possible. I am currently in my third year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and love coaching as a part time job. I have large passions for swimming, mentorship and leadership and hope to inspire others to share in these passions. I am very excited to continue coaching with the Dorado Stars Swim Club!
Assistant Coach (Junior 2 & Star Academy)