Coaches

WSSC Welcomes New Head Coach

Konstantin Danailov

Swimming has been the focal point of my life ever since I was 8 years old. 


Because of this, I learned at a very young age that hard work, dedication, and patience were the keys to success in sports and in life. 


I was always an athlete. Whether it was in the swimming pool, soccer field, volleyball court, ski slopes or running cross country, being a part of a team has always been a part of my life. 


I won my first Nationals at age of 10. Then for 8 consecutive years as a Bulgarian National Team member I enjoyed reaching the podium year after year. Swimming was my passion.


As a swimmer I was heavily influenced and inspired by Russian, Hungarian and German swimming.

QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS 

  • Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Sports Management from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.  Five year Physical Education Program – Emphasis on Swimming Club Administration and Coaching
  • Certified Swimming Coach in Canadian National Coach Certification Program – Level 3 since 2004
  • National Life Guard and First Aid
  • Member of the Canadian Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA)
  • Member of the Ontario Swimming Coaches Association (OSCA) 
  • Member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • RHAC (Richmond Hill Aquatic Club) – Head Coach – September 2007 – March 2022
  • RHAC (Richmond Hill Aquatic Club) – Assistant Coach – September 2004 – September 2007
  • Champion Athletic Club, Toronto – Founder & Head Coach – 1996-2002
  • NYAC (North York Aquatic Club) – Swimming Coach 1993-1996

MY FINEST MOMENTS IN COACHING

  • One of the finest and most rewarding moments is when former swimmers come to see me on the pool deck.  We share a moment of remembrance of the past.  I am always interested in finding out how retired swimmers are doing in their lives after their swimming career has ended.
  • Setting up the High Performance Fund at RHAC.  This fund was created in 2007 to support high-performance swimmers who have consistently demonstrated leadership and good sportsmanship attributes in and out of the water.  It is very important for the development of athletes to attend all performance meets and it is important to recognize the high cost of travel to these meets. 

PROFFESIONAL ACHIEVMENTS 

  • Significant coaching contribution to achieving:
    Junior World Champs medalist (Silver medal), Junior Pan Pacific participant (2 Silver) Canada Games 2013 medalist (6 Gold, 1 Silver,1 Bronze), Canadian Senior Nationals medalists (4 medals) , Age Group Nationals medalists (33 medals – 12 Gold – 11 Solver – 10 Bronze), Canada Eastern Champs medalists, Ontario Provincial Champs medalists.
  • Canadian record holder for 13 – 14 girls in 100 Free (2010) – Victoria Chan
  • Junior World Champs medalist (Silver medal), Canada Games 2013 medalist (6 Gold, 1 Silver,1 Bronze), Canadian Senior Nationals medalists, Age Group Nationals medalists, Canada Eastern Champs medalists, Ontario Provincial Champs medalists – Victoria Chan
  • Victoria Chan was awarded with the Richmond Hill Hall of Fame Sports Award
  • Canadian record holder for 11 – 12 boys in 50 Free (2010) – Zachary Fitzgerald
  • Junior Pan Pacific participant and Canadian National Team member (2010) – Kourosh Ahani
  • Canadian Olympic Trials 2012 and 2016 – 2 Silver Medals in 100 Fly – Kourosh Ahani
  • Kourosh Ahani was awarded with the Richmond Hill Hall of Fame Sports Award
  • Canadian Olympic Trials 2016 – “A” Finalist – Nemanja Colic
  • XXXI CCCAN International Swimming Championships – “A” Finalist in the 15-17 y/o category as a 15 y/o – Ethan Dyke – Elliott
  • Ontario Junior International competition 2018 – “A” Finalist – Nicholas Bulban
  • Canadian Olympic trials 2020 qualifiers – Matthew Wittman and Nicholas Bulban
    (Due to COVID pandemic Reid Tichy and Kent Goni Aviva couldn’t race at the Trials) 
  • Nicholas Bulban – 6 times Ontario Provincial Champion, nine-time Canadian Junior Championship finalist, as well as a three-time Eastern Canadian Open Medalist.
    In 2017 Nicholas was awarded with the Richmond Hill Hall of Fame Sports Award, as well as Nicholas has been identified to the National Development Team for two years consecutively, and was selected to attend the National Team’s training camp and competition in Vancouver in June of 2018.  
  • Ontario Junior International competition 2021 – “A” Finalist – Kent Goni Avila and Reid Tichy participant
  • Age Group Nationals achievements from 2007 – 2022 (12 Gold – 11 Silver – 10 Bronze medals)
  • Eastern Champs achievements from 2007 – 2022 (3 Gold – 8 Silver – 11 Bronze medals)