MAKO WATER POLO COACHES
I started playing water polo at age 9 for the Calgary Lion Cubs, I then joined the Calgary Renegades at age 11, I continued to play for the renegades all throughout grade school while also playing on the Alberta provincial team as well as the U-16 Canadian National team.
In high school I worked as a coach for Mako and coached the girls U-16 team as well as the U-12 girls and the pups.
After high school I played water polo at a division 2 university, Mercyhurst where I obtained freshman and sophomore female athlete of the year, WWPA - All Conference first team and First Team All American. I finished up my university career paying for University of the Pacific a division one program and graduated with two degrees. A Bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of the arts in sociology.
I have a deep love of the sport and look forward to aiding in the development of young water polo athletes.
Wilson Kelmen - Jr Coach
Wilson started playing with Mako at the age of 9 and has since stayed with the club for 8 years. He has trained with Team Alberta for the past two Summers and traveled with them to California in 2017 and New Zealand in 2018. Wilson has been participating in the Coach Mentorship program for the past year and has volunteered with multiple summer programs involved with Mako.
"When I first joined water polo I was looking for a pastime to stay in shape. Originally seeing the hard work as a burden, I quickly realized that it was my passion and that effort in practise is necessary for improvement. I also realized that my team is a second family I can trust and lean on. My inspiration to coach comes from my personal experiences in the club and how i've been affected by coaches over the years. A role model can have a big influence on an athlete’s overall experience in sport as well as in life, and to be that leader for someone is my dream”.
John Broderick - Jr Coach
John joined Mako in 2016 at the age of 14, and has been playing water polo ever since. He has trained with Team Alberta for the past two summers and traveled with them to California in 2017 and New Zealand in 2018. John has been participating in the Coach Mentorship program for the past year and is eager to become a coach.
“When I first joined Mako, I found water polo very enjoyable. Not only was it a very physically demanding sport, but also a complex team game where everyone has to work together to win. Mako has been a major focus in my life and has kept me striving towards the next goal. Ever since I joined my coaches have kept pushing me to achieve my best. My inspiration comes from them pushing me all along the way, and their ability to turn someone who had never even heard of water polo, to an athlete who can not only play, but enjoys the sport. I always wanted to be a leader, and I want to give the next generation of athletes the same experience that my coaches gave to me years prior.”