As someone who attempts to swim and stay in shape on a regular basis I believe that I have a particular empathy with the Masters swimmer. It is important, I believe, that the motivations of participants are matched by those of the coach. These are also reflected in the values of Masters Swimming Canada: “Fun and Friendship, Health and Well Being, and Participation and Achievement.”
Having been involved in swimming for over fifty years I recognize that a range of motivations and goals bring swimmers to the pool. As coach it is my objective to meet these needs. A Masters team encompasses those who wish to pursue personal fitness, skill improvement and/or preparation for competition at all levels.
Coaching Masters swimming presents diverse challenges and opportunities for tremendous satisfaction. Working with a group towards common goals is stimulating. I encourage anyone with aspirations associated with Masters swimming to take the plunge and embrace it as a part of your lifestyle.
Coach Kemp’s background includes:
• Active swimmer and 10 time Canadian Masters Champion.
• Retired Kinesiology Professor (Dalhousie University 1971-2006).
• Former varsity Swim coach (Dalhousie University 1971-1998).
• Two time Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Swimming Coach of the Year.
• Ten time Atlantic Universities Athletic Association Swimming Coach of the Year
• Three time Dalhousie University Coach of the Year.
• Two time coach of Canada’s World University Games Swimming Team.
• Two time coach of Canada’s Olympic and World Championship Teams.
• Head Coach Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club (1971-80).
• Coached double Olympic Bronze medalist and World record holder Nancy Garapick who was inducted into Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame in 2008.
• Canadian Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year 1975.
• Inducted into Nova Scotia (‘89) and Dalhousie University (’04) Sport Halls of Fame.
Wade was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, swimming for the Charlottetown Bluephins from the age of 12 to 17, and again from 2004-2007. Wade swam with Dalhousie University from 1981-1983 and then became involved in a number of Masters Clubs including stints with the Downtown Y Masters in Toronto for 10 years, the Charlottetown Masters, Moncton Masters and now the Halifax Chronos Masters.
Highlights of Wade’s competitive accomplishments include being a member of the Canada Games team in 1977 at the young age of 13, awarded PEI’s Swimmer of the Year Award in 2006, member of three Atlantic All-Star teams in the late 70’s & early 80’s, AUAA double medalist in 1982, and CIS Nationals in 1982, five national Master’s titles, and Wade holds approximately 45 Provincial records in three provinces.
Wade’s favourite strokes include fly, breast and freestyle. Although he states that he would like backstroke if he was good at it!!! Wade once swam 4000 yards of Butterfly in a swimathon.
Wade first got involved with Masters Swimming after his hip replacements in 2002. He needed an activity with no impact so a return to the pool was a natural choice for him. Recently Wade was encouraged by fellow Masters swimmers to take a turn on the deck with our team. He enjoys the questions Masters swimmers present as they are more detailed and specific forcing him to read up and refresh his knowledge to always have a ready answer and solution. He enjoys continuing to learn every day about the limitations of trying to provide workouts and information to many people with varying interests of interest in fitness and competition.
Wade’s goals for the Chronos practises include providing fun & enjoyable workouts while also being ready with technical feedback for further stroke development. He tries to set up the practises so it is easy to see what we’re working on for the day (aerobic capacity, anaerobic threshold, sprints, drills, etc.). Each swimmer can take into account their individual fitness or goals and adjust the workout accordingly. Wade also tries to teach people the value in training at different speeds or effort levels. He believes that once a swimmer understands what they want out of a workout or swim meet they can target their training to swimming at appropriate speeds. Wade welcomes Chronos members to share with him their personal goals, such as training for an open water race or a specific event, and he’d certainly help to design workouts to help you accomplish these goals.
Wade’s philosophy on training is to “make your weakness a strength”!