2014 Speakers

Brent Hayden

Brent Hayden began his competitive swimming career, at the age of five, with the BCSSA’s Mission Marlins.  He remained a Mission Marlin for ten years.  Brent won his first individual BCSSA Provincial Championship medal in 1999, at the age of 15, in the 100  metre freestyle event.  And the rest, as they say, “is history.”

Brent’s athletic achievements are, quite literally, almost too numerous to mention.  He became a World Champion in the 100 metre freestyle event (in 2007), and he holds three silver World Championship medals and one bronze World Championship medal.  He was named Canadian Athlete of the Year in 2007, and won a bronze medal for Canada in the 100 metre freestyle event at the 2012 London Olympics.

Brent has been universally recognized for his dedication, perseverance, and character.  He has been, and remains, true to his roots - a supporter and proponent of the BCSSA.

Alex Hodgins

Alex is a sports psychologist and owner of Apex Performance Consulting in Vancouver, BC. His passion and commitment is to benefit his clients by; improving their focus, performance consistency, motivation and, more importantly, achieving their full potential as an athlete and an individual. His experience spans a variety of sports in both team and individual settings, from high school to professional level.

Tyler Lewall

Tyler has been Head Coach of the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club for the past 12 years and has over 20 years of coaching experience. He is also the President of the BC Swim Coaches Association and three time winner of the BCSCA Age Group coach of the year award (2005, 2007 & 2008).

Robert Pettifer

Rob has been the Head Coach of the Richmond Rapids for the past 6 years and is a NCCP Level 3 certified coach. A focus on consistently exceptional technique, peak physical capabilities, and poise under pressure are hallmarks of Rob's training.

Brian Johns

Brian represented Canada at three Olympic games, achieving a world record in the 400m Individual Medley. He was previously a Head Coach within the BCSSA and is now assistant coach for the UBC varsity swim team.

Jim Diehl

Jim has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the UBC varsity swim team for the past two years. His combination of practical and academic knowledge has allowed for tremendous gains throughout UBC's varsity swim team. He is a graduate of UBC's Kinesiology program (2009) and has been involved in high level athlete development since high school. He has worked with hundreds of athletes, including Olympic hopefuls and national champions.

Nanci Guest, MSc, RD, CSCS

Nanci is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, who specializes in advanced sports nutrition as an international consultant. She is currently researching high performance athletes and their response to dietary nutrients and supplements based on their individual genetic variations (DNA) as her PhD research project at the University of Toronto. Nanci was the head dietitian for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and also worked for the Russian Olympic Committee to prepare over 100 Russian athletes for Sochi. As an internationally-recognized sport dietitian, Nanci has worked with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of the Nutrition working group for consensus statements on athlete nutrition as well as co-authoring IOC athlete nutrition guidelines for summer and winter olympics.

Ben Keast

Ben has been the Head Coach of the Winskill Dolphins for the past three years. He previously coached the Vancouver Vikings and led them to win the BCSSA Provincials. Ben previously spoke at the 2012 conference on his approach to seasonal planning for a BCSSA swim season. We look forward to having him speak at this year's conference once again.