Meet Our Youth Coaches
Laura graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Music Education and continued her studies at York University to complete her Bachelors of Education. She is an enthusiastic educator who strongly believes in promoting a healthy active lifestyle and has completed her Part 1 of the Health and Physical Education certification. She has been an active member of TDESAA (Toronto District Elementary School Athletic Association) since starting her career as a teacher and has coached students in various sporting events (e.g., basketball, volleyball, track and field, etc). With her experiences, she is able to provide inclusive and diverse fitness opportunities for your child that will help them develop their overall physical literacy.
Laura has been paddling for over 6 years with teams such as the University of College Dragon Boat Club, Iron One and Water Vipers. She has also competed at the Club Crew World Championships in Hungary, 2018. Since graduating from the University of Toronto, she has kept an active role in her University's Dragon Boat Team by coaching them on the water every year (2016-Present). In addition, she has helped coach other recreational teams, as well as provide her own students opportunities to learn to paddle at an indoor pool facility (Afterburn) over the past few years.
Darren Mossman comes to Sunnyside Paddling Club with over 15 years of coaching experience. Throughout his coaching career he has coached world-class dragon boat teams, national level sprint canoe/kayak athletes, as well as outrigger and SUP. Whether you are a high performance athlete or new to paddling, Darren is able to share his passion and create a fun and enjoyable experience on the water.
- Canoe Kayak Canada - NCCP Competition Development Trained
- ORCKA - Basic Canoe Instructor
- NLS Lifeguard
I have nearly 10 years of experience designing paddling programs and
coaching at all levels including youth, university, premier, senior women, and novice adults. I have successfully adapted my high-performance approach in these varied settings to achieve unprecedented results for each crew, but more importantly, deep understanding of the sport and thus rewarding engagement for each athlete. I look forward to working with our SPC Youth program.
Hello all! I’m certified in teaching kids how to paddle and love getting out on the water whenever I get the chance! I have my bronze medallion for swimming and first aid. I get great joy from working with kids and have been doing it since I became a teenager. I love getting out on the slopes and have experience in coaching skiing. If you know me, you know I love getting in touch with nature, from camping, hiking, and of course paddling. This September, I’m heading to Western University for criminology and their Ivey business program. During my years in high school, I played rugby and tried to stay as active as I could. I’ll see you at SPC, can’t wait to meet you!
Hey everyone!! My name is Ethan Martins and I’ll be working at SPC this summer. I have my first aid certification and my high five certificate. I love working with kids, in the past I have ran my own sports camp and also been a coach at hockey camps. This fall I will be attending Western University for their Kinesiology program. I’ve played hockey all of my life both in school and outside of school at a high level. I love being outside and especially on the beach! I can’t wait to meet all of you this summer!! I am looking forward to working with the youth in the fitness program.