OUR TEAM

Pacific Wave's coaching team is composed of experienced, caring and authentic coaches. We work hard to support each other and model for our athletes what it means to be a strong unified team

COACHING TEAM

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MENG CHEN

Technical Director and National Stream Coach

High-energy NCCP level 5 Synchronized Swimming high performance coach with over 15 years in high performance athletics coaching who aims to inspire athletes to do their best. Offers a comprehensive background in sports leadership, management as well as sport science in all aspects such as sport medicine, psychology, fitness and injury prevention and motivational techniques.

Meng, a young generation of synchronized swimming coaches, served as assistant coach and head coach of Malaysian synchronized swimming national team since 2003. After 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Meng has been appointed as assistant coach of Canadian National Synchronized Swimming Team and Head Coach since 2012 after London Olympic Games. She added band to participate in all the international high-level competition. Including the Asian Championships, Asian Age Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, Junior Synchronized Swimming World Championships, Synchro Swimming World Cup, World Trophy, 6th times World Championships, 3 times Olympic qualifiers and two times Olympic Games

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Katie Stirrat

Competitive Stream Coach

Katie is a PWS alumni who swam competitively with the National Stream Program from 2010-2017. During her competitive years with PWS, she excelled in the sport, becoming one of BC's top placing athletes in Canada, and competed with Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, both in team and duet.

Katie has since attended the University of British Columbia, where she received a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Education, and she is now pursuing graduate school to fulfill her dream of becoming a clinical counsellor. During her time at UBC, she continued to swim competitively with the UBC Artistic Swimming Club from 2017-2019, where she went on to win gold in both the team and duet event. Additionally, after her first year with UBC, she was invited to attend the 2019 Canadian Senior National Team selection camp.

Katie retired from competitive swimming in late 2019 and has since returned to PWS as a lead and assistant coach. She has been working with every age group but has primarily worked with the National Stream girls as an assistant coach and this year will be the lead coach for the Provincial Stream Beginner program.

 

 

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Liza Leusenko

Competitive and Limited Competitive Stream Coach

I come from a Ukrainian background, where I started my synchronized swimming career at the age of 6. I swam there for about 7 years before moving to Canada at the age of 13. Here I joined PWS and continued swimming for another 5 years. After high school graduation, I was accepted into Lindenwood University in Missouri state where I studied sciences and competed in synchro at the collegiate level. Officially my career as an athlete ended in 2015. I stayed in the US for another year before returning back to Canada, where I joined PWS again but now as a coach. Since then, I have coached a few different groups, including AcquaGo, Lcomp, 11-12, and 13-15 provincial stream teams. Now, along with coaching, I am finishing up courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for my psychology minor that I’ll be adding to my bachelors in criminology.
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Seray Sefayi

Competitive Stream Coach

Seray Sefayi is no stranger to the club having swam with us since 2010! She is a current PWS Senior athlete and a NCCP level 1 coach (working towards her level 2 certification). Having previously swam in Turkey, she came to Canada at the young age of 9 with not one, but three National titles under her belt. As such a talented young swimmer, her years to come with PWS were no less extraordinary with primarily first place titles within BC, and many top ten finishes at the Canadian Championships. Her recent achievements as a Senior Soloist at the club include her 2nd place finish at the Canadian Qualifiers and 3rd place finish at the Canadian Championships.

Seray is no doubt an incredible athlete, but she is also an exceptional student as well. In 2017 she graduated from Sullivan Heights Secondary with Honour Roll status, and is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Health Science with a minor in Biology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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Zara Herbert

Limited Competitive and Recreational Stream Coach

Zara has been coaching for 4 years with PWS and Vancouver Masters Synchro, where she has gained experience coaching a variety of levels including Provincial Stream, Recreational and even Masters athletes!
Before she was officially a coach, Zara helped volunteer alongside other coaches while she was still swimming with PWS. As an athlete, Zara has been doing artistic swimming for a total of 14 years and counting. In the past, she swam in National Stream for 7 years with PWS and BCAQ and is in her third year swimming at the University level with the University of British Columbia.
Zara has previously attended the BC Summer Games in 2014 and placed gold in the duet event. She has also been part of Team BC for a total of 3 years and attended the Canada Winter Games in 2019 where she competed in the team event. In Zara's final year as an athlete with PWS in her grade 12 year, she was Assistant Team Captain for the Junior Team.
Currently, Zara is on the club executive for the UBC Thunderbird Sport Club as their Travel and Safety Officer, which has allowed her to participate in sport as an athlete, coach, and now club executive as well. For school, Zara is in her fourth year studying a Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and hopes to become an elementary school teacher after she graduates.
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Kendall Stirrat

Recreational Stream Coach

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Keily Hutt

Recreational Stream Coach

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KARA KALIN ZADER

Club Mentor

Kara Kalin Zader of Richmond, B.C. brings 16 years experience to the sport of Synchronized Swimming, both as an athlete and a coach. She grew up in Calgary and was a member of the Calgary Aquabelles. Kara has been a high performance coach with the Vancouver Pacific Wave since 2007. Kara has been a National Team Coach with Synchro Canada from 2011-2015 and has been placing athletes on the National team since 2015. She is an NCCP Level 4 certified coach. She has her Bachelors Degree in Psychology a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Aside from coaching she works as a Sports Counsellor with various high performance clubs and athletes.  She is also a Chartered Professional Coach with Coaches of Canada.

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Rosilyn Tegart

Mentor

Rosilyn competed in synchronized swimming for 16 years including her final competition at the World University Games for Team USA. Along with her athletic career she completed a Bachelor of Science, Biology on an athletic scholarship at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. It was a seamless transition into coaching as she started out as the assistant coach with the University of the Incarnate Word. From there she moved back to Canada to continue coaching for Pacific Wave Synchro.

Since she joined the club in 2014 she has coached all age groups from beginner to Senior National Stream. Rosilyn was also a coach for the BC Talent Identification Program and Team USA 12U and 13-15 teams. Aside from coaching she is fully committed to her career as a Secondary Education teacher.

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