I cant express how happy my daughter is to have joined your club's family. She is progressing in her swimming as well as found new friends in a truly positive team environment. We have really noticed a change in her attitude. Thank you and keep up the good work.Sarah Bowman, Barrhaven
Established in the late 1960s, the OYO swim club has a history of promoting excellence in competitive swimming through a structured program that combines a comprehensive training regimen with regular swim meets.
Originally branded the OYO Governors (after the Retirement Residence in New Edinburgh of the same name), the club swam out of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA from its inception until 2012 when that facility was closed.
The club benefited for many years from an affiliation with the Y. OYO now finds its home in a number of the pools across Ottawa.
During its history, OYO has been run by parent volunteers. Working with the coaches, an elected executive has administered the club's business and committees have handled the many activities of the club. More recently the club has benefited from the work of a part-time team manager who has taken on such roles as communication, registration, treasurer, etc.
OYO has always taken pride in offering a positive environment where every swimmer matters. The club has been kept purposively small so as to allow coaches to focus on both the athletic and social development of EACH swimmer. A small swimmer to coach ratio means extensive individual attention and a close coach-swimmer bond.
During its history, OYO has received both individual and team honors. Swimmers have proudly represented the team at regional, provincial and national level meets often swimming in finals and making the podium. In addition, several members of the club have gone on to swim with university teams. OYO has been named top small team numerous times at the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships. OYO is currently a thriving club of about 50 swimmers.
OYO Swim Club is proud of having an amazing team of coaches!
They all bring unique set of skills to the table (or the pool) along with innate passion for swimming.
Our staff selection process is compliant with the international ESV (Employee Safety Vetting) standards. Feel free to contact us or any of our coaches with questions and/or for more information.
- The OYO Team
Boyko has been coaching swimmers of all ages for 20 years. He has competed as a swimmer and pentathlete at both National and International levels and has a formal education in Teaching and Sports Education. Boyko is OYO’s Head Coach He directly mentors all coaches and has oversight of all groups to ensure great technique starts early. Boyko coaches the Elite group.
Passionate certified swim coach (NCCP level 1) in charge of Red groups. She has been in OYO Swim Club since January 2015. Norma was a competitive swimmer at National level, having the honour on representing Mexico National team in different international events. She was also a Professional Triathlete, representing Mexico in 2 Worldchampionships and 1 World Cup. Her wide experience in swimming and coaching allows her to build strong bondings with our swimmers.
Swimming enthusiast and 3rd year coach of the Junior group. NCCP LEVEL I
Jin is a Swim Canada NCCP level 1 trained coach She was a competitive swimming athlete in China for many years. In 70s, created national youth records in 100m & 200m backstroke, 200m & 400m IM and held those national records for years until retirement of athlete life. Since immigrating to Canada in 1999, has been helping people in the community learn and improve their swimming skills and is widely recognized.
Julia is excited to be returning to coach with OYO this year after taking some time off to complete her education. Now a teacher during the week, she also helps coach the blue group on Sunday mornings and fills in for other groups whenever there is a need. Julia swam for 10 years competitively with various Ottawa clubs and was a USports national qualifier during her time swimming with the University of Ottawa. She is keen to pass on her passion and experience in swimming to future generations of swimmers coming through the OYO club.