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Jonathan Kraft

Head Coach, Coach SR1 (headcoach@vancouvervikings.com)

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Coach Jon has coached with the Vikings for the last three summer seasons and in this, his fourth season, he will be transitioning into the role of Head Coach, taking over from Coach Kevin last summer and Coach Laura in 2016. He will also be coaching the SR1 group.

Jonathan began his swimming career in South Africa, where he started swimming in his coach’s 25m backyard pool. He competed in school swimming there for two years before returning to Canada in 2008.  Moving to Tsawwassen, he joined the Winskill Dolphins Winter Swimming Club. His passion for the sport eventually led him to join the UBC Thunderbirds during his first year of university, and then to Montreal for the next two years as a member of the National Swim Center.

A freestyle sprint specialist in both the 50m and 100m, Jonathan enjoyed all freestyle distances, including open water races. (A fun fact about Jonathan: he missed Junior Pan-Pacs in the 5km open water event by one spot!) In 2015, Jonathan retired from swimming to further pursue his educational and occupational goals. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science and intends to apply to Medical School this year.

In Jon’s first year coaching with the Vikings, he was the group coach of the MV1s, and followed them to Junior the following summer. Last year, he made a move to the SR2 group and will be moving along with some of these swimmers to SR1 this season. Jon was also a Winter Maintenance coach this past winter with the Vikings, and enjoyed meeting and coaching many new swimmers from a variety of groups. In both 2016 and 2017, Jon was also a Coach with the Winskill Dolphins Winter Club, where he was able to gain invaluable experience and understanding of the coaching nuances required to drive success.

Jon is excitedly looking forward to May 1st, which is fast approaching. He cannot wait to get training underway and to get to know all the Club’s swimmers as he leads the charge into the summer 2018 season!

Make sure to look for Coach Jon on deck and say hi!

Jon’s email address is headcoach@vancouvervikings.com.

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