Head Coach - Cheema Aquatic Club
Canadian Junior Worlds Coach 2003-2007
Mike Has been a member of Cheema for 18 years. For the past 9 years Mike has been a member of Cheema's Coaching Staff, 5 of which as the Head Coach.
Mike is a certified level 3 coach as well is a RMT in Sports Therapy.
Before becoming a full time Canoe/Kayak coach Mike competed for Canada on both Junior and Senior National World Championships Teams as well competed on the Canadian Pan American Games Team.
Over the last nine years Mike has coached 14 Junior Worlds Team members, 15 Nova Scotia Canada Games Team Members and over 20 National Team members, along with maintaining Cheema's status as one of the top sprint canoe clubs in the country.
Mike's Coaching Philosophy:
"My philosophy and objectives are and always will be to teach my athletes the joy of our sport and to truly except our sport as a life style, not just a something for the time being.
Teaching life long activity and a healthy life style is number one on my list. Second is to help my athletes to the best of my ability to reach their goals in both sport and life.
Finally set the best example I can for my athletes in regards to fair play, respecting volunteers and fellow competitors along with the rules and regulations that govern our sport."
Peter MacKay – Masters Coach
Currently employed with the NS provincial government as an Occupational Health and safety Consultant.
I was a paddler until 2000 at the Cheema Aquatic Club, my last coach was Csom Latorovszki. I competed at National and International competitions and have won a number of National medals.
Started as a canoe/kayak coach in 2000 at Cheema, then worked an additional 5 years at Senobe, where I was head coach from 2004 – 2005. Won 2 National gold medals as a coach in Women’s War Canoe (2001, 2002), and coached 2 athletes as members of the Canadian National Junior team. I have an NCCP Level 2 certification for Canoe/Kayak
After graduating from Dalhousie in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Science I worked at the IWK as a medical researcher, and followed that by working at EastLink in Occupational Health and Safety
I’ve Coached boys hockey from 2007 – 2011. Lockview High School (07-08), Bedford Bantam AAA (08-10), Dartmouth Major Bantam (10 – 11).
Most recently, I train in Sprint and Olympic-Distance triathlons and play on 2 gentlemen’s hockey teams based out of Dartmouth.
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This weekend our Coaches and athletes will resume training at Cheema. Thanks again to the Keevill's and Maskwa for sharing their lakefront during the last six weeks. With the boathouse project moving along on schedule we will be fully operational with a brand new boathouse and renovated Clubhouse to greet the Summer Program. Thanks to our Project Team and all those who donated for making this happen.
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The Frank Garner Boathouse
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Cheema Aquatic Club
1390 Cobequid Road
Waverley, Nova Scotia