Manny Wu
Head Coach

Coach of the 2014 and 2015 Canadian National Junior Team Champions, Manny has over 20 years of synchronized swimming experience, both as a national level swimmer in China and a coach. She retired after participating at the 2004 Olympic Games as an athlete and started coaching in Canada in 2008. Manny was the Head Coach for 2012 13-15 Ontario Provincial Team that captured a gold medal at the prestigious Christmas Prize competition in Prague, and that year she also coached the Granite Club 13-15 Team which swept the 2012 Espoir Championships in solo, duet, and team. Manny was the Assistant Coach for the 2015 Canada Winter Games Team as well as 2015 and 2016 Junior National Team. Manny was the Head Coach for the 2017 Junior National Team. Manny also coached at the Regional Training Centre – Ontario.

Rhiannon Major

Coach, Club Manager

Rhiannon has over 10 years of experience in the sport of artistic swimming as an athlete and coach. She has been coaching at Chaco Artistic Swimming since 2014 as a provincial and national stream coach. Rhiannon coached Chaco’s 11-12 National Team who won the 2018 Canadian Espoir Championships in Surrey, BC. She was also one of the coaches of Chaco’s 11-12 National Team who placed first provincially all season, and second at the 2017 Canadian Espoir Championships in London, ON. Rhiannon has been involved with Ontario Artistic Swimming’s summer Provincial Team programs since 2016 as an apprentice and assistant coach, and has helped several athletes place on Ontario Provincial Teams. She is NCCP Competition-Development Certified. Rhiannon is in the process of becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and uses her knowledge in physical therapy in her coaching.

Nancy Zhang

Provincial Coach

Nancy has been coaching with Chaco Artistic Swimming since 2017 as a provincial stream coach. Nancy continued her swimming when she moved to Vancouver with the BC Aquasonics for 7 years. She competed at the national level for 6 years and internationally at 2 US Opens, bronze in combo and silver in Junior team. Last year, she moved to Toronto for university. Nancy is Competition-Introduction Certified.

Jaiden Reigner

Novice Coach

Jaiden has recently retired from her role as an athlete after 13 years of synchro. She has been on multiple national teams, including most recently the Canadian Senior National Team in 2018-2019. She had the opportunity of competing at several international competitions including: 2018 junior worlds in Budapest, and several open competitions in Greece, China, Japan, and France. She is very excited to start her first year as a coach this season and she is coaching the 11-12 novice team.

Audrey Melkoumov

Novice Coach

Audrey has been part of Chaco Artistic Swimming since 2017 as a support coach. Prior to being a coach, she swam in the national stream and is continuing her 10-year streak of swimming at the university level. She very excited for this year and see what it has to offer. She will be coaching the 9-10 novice team this season.

Brianna MacLellan

Support Coach

As the former Head Coach of the Granite Synchronized Swimming Club, Brianna has 20 years of experience in Synchronized Swimming both as a national level athlete and coach. In 2014, Brianna was named Synchro Canada’s Coach of the Year and has demonstrated results on Provincial, National and International stages including the Christmas Prize competition in Prague and the prestigious Comen Mediterranean Cup. Brianna coached Granite’s 11-12 National team and duet who won the 2016 Canadian Espoir Championships, and she has coached multiple athletes to placements on Ontario’s Provincial Team and Canada’s 13-15 National Team. Brianna holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from NYU and currently works full-time in the not-for-profit sector in Public and Stakeholder Engagement.

Alice Xu

Novice Coach

Alice will be starting her first year of coaching with Chaco Artistic Swimming in 2017, which is where she began her synchronized swimming career, as a recreational swimmer. In 2016-2017, she swam with the 13-15 national team from Variety Village, which placed 6th at Nationals. Alice coaches our novice and swim synchro programs. Alice is NCCP Competition-Introduction Certified.

Lisa Sanders

Support Coach

Lisa has been coaching with Chaco Artistic Swimming since 2016, bringing her experience of being on the National team to the younger generation. As a swimmer, she competed in 2 world championships, including Junior Worlds, and received gold at the Pan American Games. Lisa was one of the coaches of Chaco’s 11-12 National Team who placed first provincially all season, and second at the 2017 Canadian Espoir Championships in London, ON. Lisa is currently a support coach with our provincial and national programs. She is NCCP Competition-Development Certified.

Shelby Harding

Support Coach

Shelby has been coaching with Chaco Artistic Swimming since 2017 as a support coach for our provincial and national programs. She is NCCP Competition-Development Certified.

Mélanie Donelle

Support Coach

Mélanie was a synchronized swimmer for 5 years. She began at age 13 and retired at 18 from a knee injury. Mélanie swam her final year at the Regional Training Center – Ontario. Before joining synchronized swimming, she did ballet, gymnastics and diving. She now attends Ryerson University for business, majoring in Entrepreneurship. Mélanie is NCCP Competition-Introduction Certified.

Faustine Leung

Support Coach

Faustine has been coaching at Chaco Artistic swimming since 2017 and has been swimming for 13 years now. She competed at the 2015 Comen Cup in Ostia, Italy as a member of the Canadian National Team and swam with the Regional Training Centre – Ontario for three years. Faustine is Competition-Introduction (Level I & II) Certified and will be coaching with our provincial programs as a support coach.

Erin Howard

Recreational Coach

Erin Howard was an artistic swimmer for 9 years at the Granite Club, swimming at the national level from 2016-2019 and placing 1st with her 11-12 team and in the top 10 with her 13-15 team in 2018 and 2019. 2019-2020 will be her first year of coaching. She is Competition-Introduction (Level I & II) Trained and is coaching the AquaGo programs.

 

Brooke Lai

Support Coach

Brooke has been a part of Chaco Artistic Swimming since 2016 as a member of our provincial teams, and most recently our 13-15 National Team. She is very excited to be coaching with our club as a support coach this season.