Coaches Helping Coaches – Laura & Marin

Laura  & Marin

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Laura & Marin  are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2015-2016. Read on to find out more about their experience!

Marin PictureNew Coach – Marin Pollock

Assistant Coach
Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club
Etobicoke, ON


Where did you actively begin coaching during the program?

I began coaching at Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club for the Novice 10 & U team

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?

Synchronized Swimming – Competition Introduction Course

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?

How to deal with different level athletes and drills to use to train them.

Please explain how this program has benefited you as a coach.

The program allowed me to grow my coaching abilities and to become more comfortable within my club with the guidance of Laura. I learned new skills and ways to handle different situations. I have become a stronger more confident coach.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Being able to show young girls how to be strong confident athletes and people.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?

To grow as a coach, and begin coaching higher levels.

Laura Picture

Mentor Coach – Laura McClemont Steacy

Team  Coach
Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club
Etobicoke, ON


Why did you decide to become a coach?

Initially I began coaching just to make some money while going to school. Soon I fell in love with it as I saw the positive effect I could have on young people’s lives.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Watching athletes grow and develop. I love that moment when an athlete is finally able to perform a new skill after working really hard at it. The best part is seeing their confidence grow as they master harder and harder skills.

How did the program benefited you as a mentor?

Talking to Marin about different training methods and aspects of coaching allowed me to reflect and evaluate my own performance as a coach. I identified some things that I want to be better at in order to be the best coach I can be.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?

She has a lot of knowledge from her experience as an athlete and she should draw on that and be confident in that. She has an excellent rapport with the kids and once she gains more experience in building monthly and yearly practice plans she will make an excellent coach.

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