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




Technical Director

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


Gaile Donohue

Club Mentor

A former national-level synchronized swimmer and current coach, Gail, who holds a science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University is a Charted Professional Coach, and Advanced Learning Facilitator for viaSport BC and the leadership mentor for the Advanced Coaching Diploma program with the Canadian Sport Institute. Gail has been working in sport for over 4 decades specializing in Leadership and Managing Conflict; working with a number of sport leaders, coaches, and athletes to enhance their leadership capacity. Gail coached the New Zealand synchronized swimming team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and was the founder of the Vancouver Aquasonics Synchronized Swim club in the late 70's. The Vancouver Aquasonics underwent a name change, and is now known as Pacific Wave Synchro. For many years Gail served as Vice President of the Coaching Association of Canada. She was a member of Synchro Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development steering committee and currently sits as a member of Synchro Canada's Board of Directors. Gail's current interests lie in studying Interpersonal Neurobiology and bringing this new research to athletes and coaches in the world of sport. Gail's passion lies working with Synchro athletes in helping them achieve their goals.

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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.


Rosilyn Tegart

Provincial Stream Coordinator/Flexibility Coach/Provincial Stream 10 & U/11-12 Head Coach

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 is also a coach for the BC Talent Identification Program and Team USA 12U and 13-15 teams. Aside from coaching she is pursuing a career in Secondary Education.

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Nicole Sherratt

Club Mentor/FINA 1315/JR/SR Assistant Coach / Aqua Go Coordinator

Nicole is an NCCP level 1 certified coach who has competed in synchronized swimming for over 10 years. She moved to Vancouver from Ontario to complete a second degree in Dietetics at the University of British Columbia. In Ontario, Nicole studied at Queen’s University and swam for the Queen’s University Synchronized Swimming Team. In her last year with the team she was President and Head Coach. Throughout high school she swam for Waterloo Regional Synchronized Swimming Club on numerous teams including the Junior and Senior FINA Teams. During this time she also coached at Halton Hills Synchronized Swimming Club.

Nicole is looking forward to coaching at Pacific Wave and to passing on her love of the sport


Michelle Van Hyfte

Pre-Competitive & Assistant Coach

Michelle is an NCCP level 1 certified coach. This is Michelle's first year with Pacific Wave as she moved to Vancouver in 2017 after graduating from the University of Calgary.

In Calgary, Michelle was the President of the Dinos Synchronized Swimming Club as well she competed as an athlete. She also coached at the Killarney Synchro Club where she co-coached the 11-12 provincial team and the pre competitive 10 & under team.


Seray Sefayi

Competitive Stream Coach

One of our club's newest coaches is Seray Sefayi who is an NCCP level 1 coach. Although this is Seray's first year coaching with PWS, she is no stranger to the club having swam with us since 2010! Having previously swam in Turkey (where she is originally from), 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. She is now currently training as a Senior Soloist at the club, and just recently competed at the Canadian Championships in Windsor where she had yet another amazing swim.

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 Science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


Katie Stirrat

13-15 Provincial Stream Coach

Katie is a PWS alumni who swam competitively in the National Stream Program from 2010-2017. During her competitive years, she excelled in the sport, becoming on of BC's top placing athlete's in Canada, and competed with Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in both team and duet. She was also team captain of her team in her final year with PWS. Katie graduated from Kitsilano Secondary in 2017 with Principal's List status and was accepted to the University of British Columbia, where she is now going into her second year of double Majoring in Psychology and Speech Sciences, where she is pursuing her dream of being a child Counsellor and Speech Therapist. Though she no longer trains with PWS, she still competes competitively with the UBC Synchronized Swimming Club, where in her first year on the team placed first in the Senior Duet Category with her partner. They then went on to compete at the 2018 Canadian Championships where they placed 4th!

Elise Fagnan

Competitive Stream Coach

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