Carly Ayres - Head Coach
Hello! My name is Carly Ayres and I am the Head Coach of Nova Artistic Swimming. This is my third season with Nova and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing sport family. Our world has changed so much in the past few years and I am so thankful to be able to provide the opportunity for our young athletes to be active and share their passion of the water with each other.
As a head coach I will lead club development, support all of our coaches, promote swimmer and coach development and continue to build and promote our positive club culture.
I have been coaching for 16 years. I started coaching in Manitoba and am very proud to have been a part of the start of Aquatica Synchro Club. Throughout my coaching career I have worked with provincial and national stream athletes, coached at provincial team camps and lead development programs. I am a Competition Development certified coach. In 2019 I received the Most Promising Coach Award from Alberta Artistic Swimming.
I first started artistic swimming at the age of 9 and had the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2007 & 2011 Canada Winter Games, compete at the 2008 & 2009 US Junior Nationals and the 2010 French Open. After competing at a national level I have continued to swim as a competitive masters swimmer. My goal as a coach is to support all athletes to enjoy sport for life.
Outside of coaching I enjoy spending time outside with my husband and 2 year old daughter and spending time at our family cottage in Manitoba.
Liz Scott - Club Manager & 13-15 Team Coach
Hello! My name is Liz, and I am one of Nova’s 13-15 Team coaches this year. I am also our Club Manager so if you have any questions, or need caps & nose clips, I am happy to help! I am thrilled to be back for my 11th season coaching at Nova.
I have been involved with artistic swimming for over 25 years, and this will be my 18th season coaching. I have coached throughout Alberta, and in Dresden, Germany. From 2013-2018, I was part of the coaching team for Synchro Alberta’s Provincial Teams that attended the US Open, UANA Pan Ams, and SYNC. I have a Kinesiology degree and am a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. I am also a Competition Development Certified coach, and Alixa Flexibility Level 4 coach. Outside of artistic swimming, I coach at Orangetheory Fitness. Coaching is my passion. I believe that working hard can be fun, and that swimmers are students of artistic swimming.
I am excited for another great season with Nova!
Naomi Grenke - 16-20 Team Coach
Hi, my name is Naomi Grenke. I am Nova’s 16-20 coaches this year, and will be working closely with Carly and Sam. This is my eighth year coaching, and my fifth year coaching competitively. I was one of Nova’s Learn to Synchro coaches before coaching competitively. I was an artistic swimmer with Nova for 9 years both at the provincial and national levels. Through these years I have learned the importance of hard work and teamwork which is something I hope to help develop in the next generation of swimmers. I have always loved the water and artistic swimming became my passion at the age of 8. I am very excited to coach Nova’s oldest competitive age group and hope to show that artistic swimming can be for life!
I am looking forward to a season full of changes and possibilities!
Jessica Gitzel - Teen Rec & 13-15 Team Coach
Hello, My name is Jessica Gitzel, I am the assistant coach for Nova’s 13-15 team this year. Nova and the sport of artistic swimming have been a part of my life for over 10 years. The Nova community has always been a family to me, I hope that I can continue to foster this community as a coach. As a swimmer, I fell in love with the sport for the amazing community it builds and the lasting friendships I have made. I swam provincially with Nova for 7 years, with this year will being my fourth year as a coach. I am super excited that I have the opportunity to work with the next generation of swimmers and share my passion for the sport. I can’t wait to see what this season has to offer!
Annaleise Walker - 11-12 Team Coach
Hello! My name is Annaleise, and I am coaching Nova's 11-12 team this season. I am a certified Competition Introduction coach, and this will be my sixth year coaching; before that, I swam with Nova for five years. Coaching is one of my biggest passions because it allows me to connect with incredible kids through a sport I love. I am also a full-time university student working towards my Social Work Degree, and I really enjoy weight lifting and travelling. My goal as a coach is to create a safe, fun, challenging environment for all athletes. I am so excited for this season!!
Asha Nelson - AquaGO Coordinator & Extra Routine Coach
Hello, my name is Asha, and I am the AquaGo coordinator this year and I’ll be working with extra routines and optional figures. Nova has been family throughout 9 years of swimming and this will be my sixth year of coaching. As a coach, I want to create a safe, supportive space for athletes to grow and develop as artistic swimmers and people. Outside of the pool, I am working towards my BSc in Nursing, and I’m constantly trying to stay active in as many ways as possible, including hiking, canoeing, and climbing. I am so excited to see what this season brings!
Sam Hipkin - Extra Routine Coach
My name is Samara Hipkin, though I am referred to as Sam by most. I have been involved with Artistic swimming in one capacity or another for over 20 years now. I was a competitive athlete for 15 years and I have now been coaching for about the same amount of time. As an athlete I was lucky enough to compete and train throughout Canada as well as in the USA and Europe while competing at a national level for many years.
I am currently a competition development certified coach, as well as a level 4 Essentrics instructor which is an awesome program the 13-20 athletes will be partaking in on Monday afternoons before their in-pool practices to help build upon their foundations. I am also currently working towards my 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training certification, and I am a trained Herbalist, though at this point my Herbal practice is limited to myself and my family. As the above information may have made obvious I am passionate about holistic health and fitness and I believe this shows in my coaching. My goal with coaching is to create an environment where work and fun are not mutually exclusive and where the athletes can feel comfortable being themselves while also having their potential for growth nurtured.
I am incredibly grateful that I can continue to work with these wonderful athletes this year and I am looking forward to seeing everyones progress throughout the season, especially as we are able to slowly emerge from the limitations of the last 2 years.
Meg Hipkin - Extra Routine Coach
My name is Meaghan Hipkin (Meg) and I have been involved with Artistic Swimming for over 2 decades now as both an athlete and a coach. I am so excited to be back with Nova Artistic Swimming this season as an extra routine coach because this club feels so much like home. From the athletes to the coaches to the parents and board- the support, presence and kindness infused into the bones of Nova makes it a joy to be on deck, in either a small or large capacity. I can’t wait to watch this season unfold and witness our kids continue to blossom into great athletes and even better people. Let’s go Nova!
Miranda Mose - Extra Routine Coach
Hello! My name is Miranda and this is my first season with Nova being an extra routine coach. I am a certified Competition Development coach with over 8 years of experience. I first started artistic swimming at the age of 10 and continue to swim as a competitive master swimmer. During my swimming career, I was fortunate to have spent time as a swimmer with Nova, and I am excited to be a part of the Nova community again as a coach!
Meghan Hughes - AquaGO Coach
Hello there! My name is Meghan. This is my eleventh year as a competitive swimmer at Nova and my second year coaching. I am so excited to continue to share my love of the sport in a safe and positive environment. My goal as a coach is to inspire all my athletes to form a lasting love of the sport and encourage them to express themselves through artistic swimming. When I am not swimming I love to crochet. I am currently in grade 12 and once I graduate I want to go into the elementary education program at the U of A.
I can’t wait to share all the love and support that Nova has given me over the years!
Avery Neufeld - AquaGO Coach
Hi, my name is Avery! This is my ninth year with Nova, and I am so ecstatic to be coaching for the first time! I am beyond excited to share my love of artistic swimming with new swimmers, foster creativity within sport, and help athletes find their passion in life. Outside of the pool, I am immensely passionate about theatre and the arts and hope to persue a BFA in musical theatre after I graduate. I cannot wait to meet all the new swimmers this year and help them build lifelong skills and friendships!
Jane Henderson - AquaGO Coach
Hi! My name is Jane. I swam with Nova for 8 years, and this is my first year coaching! Nova has been my family since I was 9 and I’m very excited to share my love of the sport with the AquaGOs! Outside of swimming, I love to paint and hang out with my dogs and cats.
Lucy Lemermeyer - AquaGO Coach
Hi, my name is Lucy. I have been an artistic swimmer for 4 years now but I have been an athlete my whole life. This is my first year coaching and I’m very excited to help others share the same appreciation I do for the sport!
McKinley Deering - AquaGO Coach
Hi, my name is McKinley Deering. I have been swimming with Nova for 9 years and this will be my first year coaching! I have helped coach AquaGo in the past. I am super excited to be able to coach new young swimmers and to be able to see them grow as athletes and as people. I am only coaching one session until winter because I am leaving for Spain later in the year and experiencing life in Spain for 2 1/2 months on an exchange. I can't wait to share my love for the sport and help inspire a new younger generation.
Maretta Walker - AquaGO Coach (SUB)
Hello, my name is Maretta! I will be coaching one of the AquaGo groups this session. I started doing artistic swimming when I was 10, and loved it! I’m super excited to be coaching this year. One of my passions other than coaching is fostering rescue animals. I have fostered puppies, dogs, and even orphaned kittens. I’m looking forward to having an amazing year, and watching my swimmers grow as athletes and people!
Katja Lemke - AquaGO Coach (SUB)
Hi, my name is Katja Lemke. I have been a swimmer with Nova Artistic Swimming for 7 years and this will be my first year coaching! I am so excited to work with our Little AquaGo this season and help inspire these young athletes to have the same love for the sport that I have!
Kirby - Speed Swimming Coach
Hello! My name is Kirby Feng, and this is my third season returning to Nova Artistic Swimming as the speed swimming coach. I have been involved in competitive swimming for 39 years and been coaching in Alberta since 1998. I have coached at all levels of swimming from high school to summer club to year-round swimming, and have worked with synchro swimmers, triathletes and open water swimmers as well. I am certified as a Level 2 Coach with Swim Canada, Skills Coach and for the past 14 years been a Learning Facilitator for Swim Canada teaching coaches how to coach. I believe in Safety First - keeping our athletes healthy through proper swim technique, and FUN second - as I find that athletes who have fun stay in sport longer! It is my privilege to return to Nova Artistic Swimming to work with all the amazing athletes and coaches again! :)