SWAM Hamilton 2018-2019 Executive Board

Kyra Kozole
Position: President
Years with SwimAbility: 3 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: I love that it connects McMaster students and the Hamilton community. I am also incredibly grateful that I get to work with so many amazing children and get to see them have an opportunity to develop one of the most important (and fun) skills, swimming!
Favourite Water Animal: Platypus! 😄
Michael Aw
Position: President
Years with SwimAbility: 4 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: I love being able to observe the amazing progress made by our swimmers. It is incredible how much students learn over the course of a session, and I feel fortunate to be involved in their development as young swimmers.
Favourite Water Animal: Octopus! 🐙
Dhruv Gupte
Position: Vice President
Years with SwimAbility: 3 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: I love everything we stand for. I love the fact that we reach out to youth to help them learn the vital skill that is swimming. Not only that but seeing the bonds formed by our instructors and students makes coming to each and every lesson such a joy! It makes me incredibly proud to work with such a great team and such awesome students.
Favourite Water Animal: Great White Shark! 🦈
Kathy Xie
Position: Head Instructor
Years with SwimAbility: 4 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: The energy at the pool is amazing! It's wonderful to see the kids have a blast with their instructors, and even more rewarding to watch their progress. When kids don't want to leave the pool by the end of their lesson, that's how we know we've done our job right!
Favourite Water Animal: Beluuuuuuuuga! 🐳
Sam Marchetti
Position: Head Instructor
Years with SwimAbility: 3 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: Before this, I was a Special Olympics swim coach for four years, and organizations like this hold a special place in my life. SwimAbility not only allows me to pursue my passion for teaching and being involved with my community, but it is a TON of fun!
Favourite Water Animal: Cuttlefish! 🦑

Emily Ford
Position: Parent Liaison
Years with SwimAbility: 4 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: I love getting to meet amazing new people from my community and to share my love of the water with them!
Favourite Water Animal: Mantis Shrimp! 🦐

Aaron Park
Position: Finance Director
Years with SwimAbility: 3 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: I love seeing and working with all the enthusiastic instructors in SwimAbility. They want to be here. They want to help the community. Their enthusiasm is truly inspiring to other instructors and the students. It's an amazing feeling to see all the smiles on everyone’s faces every weekend.
Favourite Water Animal: Manatee!

Bryan Wong
Position: Social Media Coordinator
Years with SwimAbility: 2 years
Favourite Thing About SwimAbility: I love seeing the smile on a swimmer's face when they try something new or achieve a goal. The pure joy and excitement shared by the swimmer and their family never fails to put a smile on my own face as well! 😊
Favourite Water Animal: Sea Turtle! 🐢
Name Position
Kyra Kozole President
Michael Aw President
Dhruv Gupte Vice President
Kathy Xie Head Instructor
Sam Marchetti Head Instructor
Emily Ford Parent Liaison
Aaron Park Finance Director
Bryan Wong Social Media Coordinator