Our Coaches

Sarah Grundy

Head Coach

Born and raised in Calgary, Sarah has been involved in the world of swimming both as an athlete and a coach for 16 years. She swam competitively for the Glencoe Gators for 13 years and has accumulated almost a decade of coaching experience between the Gators, Pacific Coast Swimming, and the Oak Bay Orcas.

Sarah graduated from UVic with a Bachelor of Education majoring in English and Physical Education, and is currently working as a teacher in the Sooke School District.

One of Sarah’s favourite things about coaching is seeing the excitement on swimmers’ faces when they surpass their goals, and the fun and positive energy that each individual brings to the team. She is very excited to be a part of the Orcas again this season and is looking forward to an amazing summer.

Johanna Weir

Assistant Coach

Johanna swam with the  Orcas for 12 years, and most recently swam with the Vikes for her first year at UVic while studying Biology and Psychology. In the Fall she will begin to work towards transferring into the Kinesiology program for 2024, while joining the Vikes Triathlon club.

During her time with the Orcas she has medalled at Regional and Provincial Championships, as well as at High School Provincials.

Johanna began as a volunteer coach with the Orcas in grade 9, then continued on as a substitute coach throughout high school, and is now ready for her second season of summer coaching. She is looking forward to this summer and helping everyone reach their goals, both in and out of the pool!

Drew Edwards

Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Drew has been a competitive swimmer for the last eleven years, having competed for both the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club and The University of Victoria Vikes at a national level. Previously having been a member of team Alberta and team Canada, through swimming Drew has been able to compete internationally for Canada in 10 km Open Water at the LEN cup in Barcelona, Spain and the Barbados Open Water Festival in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Currently, Drew is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria studying history and journalism, he just completed his second year. This will be his first year coaching summer swimming in BC and he is very excited to help Orcas swimmers achieve their swimming goals and have a great time this season.

Jon McKay

Assistant Coach

Mackenzie Larkin

Head of MiniPod

Mackenzie swam competitively with the Orcas for 11 years, during which she swam at both a regional and provincial level, before switching to more of a coaching role about two years ago. Our returning MiniPod families will recognize her as a friendly and familiar face.

Currently, Mackenzie is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria studying English and psychology and has just completed her third year. Although Mackenzie is not currently swimming competitively, she is super excited to help swimmers (of all ages in the club) reach their own goals and achieve the accomplishments that they are striving towards! One of Mackenzie’s favourite things about coaching is seeing kids celebrate with not only themselves but their families when they reach a goal that they set at the beginning of the season.

Rowan Larkin

MiniPod Coach

Rowan has been swimming with the Orcas for about 10 years as of this season. During this time spent with the Orcas Rowan has medalled at Regional and Provincial Championships, as well as bringing home a medal at her Highschool Provincial Championships.

Rowan is one of our own current senior swimmers and will be seen competing at the majority of the meets this summer, representing the Orcas.

Rowan is excited to help out with our Minipods program this year and to help the Minipods gain some experience in the water and to help them achieve the goals they set. She is also excited to hang out with the Juniors of the club and hear all about their own achievements.

Rowan’s favourite thing about coaching is the bright smiles on the kids faces when they achieve something that they have been working towards.