Coaches

Head Coach of Ottawa Swim Club: Blair Tucker

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Blair Tucker has been a professional swim coach since 1980. Originally from St. John’s NF Blair began his coaching career in St John’s with his former coach and longtime mentor John Drinkwater.

From St John’s Blair went on to three more coaching positions within Canada before settling down in Ottawa in 1990. Throughout his career Blair has coached all level of swimmers including numerous provincial, national and international level athletes, who have been members of regional, provincial, and national tour teams, including Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Olympic Games.

Prior to starting his coaching career Blair was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, competing at both the national and international level and was a member of the Canadian National Team.

Blair started The Ottawa Swim Club in the Spring of 2005, with the goal of bringing expertise, energy and enthusiasm to the sport of swimming for the Ottawa area. He is actively involved in coaching all levels of swimmers in the club.

Blair is married with three children. All three children are swimmers in the club.

 

Coach: Rachelle Campbell

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Rachelle Campbell has been coaching for the Ottawa Swim Club since the fall of 2005.

She is a Certified Level 1 Coach working with development and age group swimmers.

Rachelle was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where she swam competitively for nine years and competed at the provincial level.

Bringing positive energy and a passion for the sport of swimming to the pool, Rachelle loves working with the swimmers to help them achieve their goals.

She is married with three children, all of whom were swimmers in the club. Her son Zack swam with OTTSC from its inception in 2005 through to August, 2014 when he left for university and varsity swimming at the University of Ottawa.

 

Coach: Andrea Schwartz Smith

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Andrea Schwartz Smith is a Level 2 swim coach with over 16 years of coaching experience.  She was a member of Canadian National Team from 1995-2000 and competed at international competitions, including the 1996 Olympics, 1997 & 1999 World Championships, the 1995, 1997 & 1999 Pac Pacific Championships and the 1998 Commonwealth Games.  Upon retiring from competitive swimming, Andrea coached the developmental programs for the University of Calgary Swim Club.  After moving to Ottawa in 2003 Andrea started a Masters Swim Team, B-TRAiN Swimming.  She and her husband Shane have three children, who all swim with the Ottawa Swim Club