Meet the Interns: Tina Hoeben, Swimming, Canada

Meet the Interns

Name: Tina Hoeben

“It is a great opportunity and one that I am very excited to participate in.”

Sport: Swimming

Mentor Coach: Martyn Wilby, Swimming Canada Senior Coach, Olympic Program

Country: Canada

Games Role: Tina will be involved in programs as a carded coach, which will include professional development. She will have a Swimming Canada Coach as a performance link for ongoing mentoring. She will be an assistant coach at the Commonwealth Games staging camp and throughout the competition, coaching athletes under the mentorship of the head coach.

Current Occupation: Head coach of the KISU Swim Club in Penticton

Athletic Background: Tina was a late entry athlete to swimming, starting when she was 14 years of age. She swam in Summerland, British Columbia, until she graduated from high school and then moved to the Varsity team at the University of British Columbia where she was team captain and swam at the national university championships.

Coaching: Tina coached summer club while working on her three university degrees. She knew she wanted she wanted a career that had something to do with helping people and coaching swimming was a great fit. She loves the sport and feels she has been given a gift to make it her profession. She has received “tremendous support” from Swim BC and Swimming Canada and has learned a lot through mentorships, training camps, conferences, and workshops. She aspires to have an impact on the lives of her athletes, making them better swimmers, but also to enhance and enrich their lives and who they are as people. Tina was a member of the 2017 world juniors coaching staff and the 2017 Canada Games coaching staff. Placing a swimmer on the Olympic podium is a long-term goal. One challenge is that swimming is a male-dominated sport with few female role models.


National Coaching Certification Program Level 3

Chartered Professional Coach

Importance of the WCIP: “It is a great opportunity and one that I am very excited to participate in. I hope it will give me the background I need to support my athletes through their first multisport Games.” Tina marks the improvement in her club to her first mentorship. There have been significant shifts in her philosophy and the delivery of her coaching through her interaction with other coaches and she works hard to continue those relationships. She is initiating an effort to get all the women coaches together at the BC Swim Coaches Conference in the fall of 2018 and plans to work on more projects to bring women coaches together in the future.

After Gold Coast: The day after she returns, Tina will be attending the Western national championships followed by a short break before building up to summer championship meets. She hopes to have swimmers qualify for Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and possibly the Youth Olympic Games. She will have ongoing communication and a one-on-one relationship with a Swimming Canada High Performance coach and will have professional development opportunities as her involvement with Swimming Canada programs grows.

Commonwealth Connections: “I believe sport should be an integral part of every child’s upbringing for the health of the individual and the community. Sport has the power to bring people together. I am very proud to be representing my country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It is such a great opportunity to become a better coach.”


Meet the Mentors

Name: Martyn Wilby

“Importance of the WCIP: “There is a void in women coaches at the international levels and I want to promote those I feel can help Swimming Canada.”

Sport: Swimming

Country: Canada

Current Occupation: Swimming Canada Senior Coach, Olympic Program

Athletic History: Martyn was a swimmer who competed at the NCAA Division 1 and came close to making national teams and competing at international meets.

Coaching History: Martyn never intentionally decided to coach. The native of Darlington, England, started coaching age group swimming as a way to supplement his income while finishing his undergraduate degree. From there he became as assistant coach, senior assistant coach, and then assistant coach and associate head coach in an NCAA program. Martyn spent 19 years at the University of Florida; he was associate head from 2006 to 2016 and coached multiple NCAA and Olympic champions. With Swimming Canada, he serves as head coach at major international meets, and oversees camps, programs, and budgets. He provides leadership to coaches and swimmers throughout the country, visiting Swimming Canada High Performance Centres and club programs. He is a major contributor to setting the strategic and operational direction for Swimming Canada’s integrated World Class Pathway, and serve as a link to national and international associations. He has coached world record holder Gemma Spofforth, and Olympic medallists including Conor Dwyer, Elizabeth Beisel, and Caeleb Dressel. His swimmers have won Olympic medals at every Games since Sydney 2000. He has been Olympic Head Coach for Barbados and Head Coach for Malaysia.

Importance of the WCIP: “There is a void in women coaches at the international levels and I want to promote those I feel can help Swimming Canada. I expect the intern to learn how the national team functions at international meets, to learn what high performance is on a practical level, and to take this information back to her home program and implement it.” According to Martyn, a mentor should be able to educate and give advice when needed. “They should NOT make decisions for the intern, but help her through the process.” Barriers women coaches face include balancing personal and professional lives, working in a male-dominated field, and gaining acceptance from swimmers and other coaches.

Commonwealth Connections: “From a performance standpoint, the Commonwealth Games allows teams to be in a multisport environment and gives a “dry run” for the Olympics. The Commonwealth Sport Movement is based on history and the British Empire … no other sporting event has this background. Any time you represent Canada you should feel proud and also understand that you have an obligation do it to the best of your abilities.”