George Jacobson is President/Head Coach of Vaughan Aquatic Club from 1988 until present. He is also the owner and operator of ‘George Jacobson Swim School’. www.georgejacobsonswimschool.com
For the past 41 years he has taught and coached many swimmers of all ages to swim and compete from Novice to National Level. As a Masters swimmer George has held numerous Canadian records and has been ranked in the top five in the world in the 50, 100 and 200 metres butterly. He was selected as the head coach to the Canadian team for the 2001 Maccabi Games held in Israel. George represented South Africa in 1972 and was the 100 & 200 metre National Butterfly Champion. He was selected as the National coach to the South African team in 1983. George was the technical advisor to the South African Swimming Association and President of the South African Swim Coaches and Teachers Association. George has found time in between his hectic teaching and coaching schecdule to train and compete in the World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy in 2012 and in Montreal, Quebec in 2014. In Riccione George was 4th in the 50 Butterlfly (2nd in Canada), 3rd in the 100 Butterfly (Broke Canadian record by 3 secs) and 2nd in the 200 Butterfly (Broke Canadian record by 27 secs). In Montreal George was 12th in the 50m Butterfly (fastest Canadian), 100 Butterfly 7th (fastest Canadian), 200 Butterfly 3rd (fastest Canadian) and 13th in the 3km open water swim (2nd Canadian). In August 2012 George also competed in the 3 Km Ontario Masters Open Water Championships swim where he finished first in his age group. In June 2013 he completed the grueling 20km ocean swim around the Island of Key West, Florida winning his age group. Some additional sports achievement includes running 16 standard marathons (42.2km) and 8 ultra marathons (53-90Km).
Steven Jacobson is Head Coach of the Thornhill branch of Vaughan Aquatic Club.
He was a member of the Vaughan Aquatic Club from 1988-1999. Steven qualified for Junior Nationals (Eastern Canadian Championships) and competed in 11 Ontario Team Championships. He was a member of the McMaster Maurader Varsity swim team from 1999 – 2003. This team won Ontario University Champs in both 2000 and 2003. Steven completed an Honors Kinesiology degree at McMaster University and now operates as a Registered Kinesiologist. He qualified for Canadian University National Championships (CIS) in 2001. He also represented Canada at the 2001 Maccabi Games in Israel where he won a Bronze medal. At present Steven is still actively competing in Masters swimming. At the 2017 World Masters Champs in Budapest he placed in the top 20 in 4 events highlighted by a 13th place finish in the 200 Buterfly. Additionally, Steven has competed numerous half and full marathon runs.
David Sewell is the novice coach of the Thornhill Branch of the Vaughan Aquatic Club.
David began his swimming career with the Vaughan Aquatic Club in 1981. He swam for the team under it’s various coaches, including George Jacobson. David swam until 1990, qualifying for Eastern Nationals/Eastern Cup. In 1988 David was certified by the National Coaching Program, and began working with the club’s novice swimmers. While completing his degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University from 1990 until 1995, he swam on the varsity team. He represented the school at OUAA Provincial Championships. While at York, David presented his thesis that studied the biomechanical effectiveness of the swimming grab starts versus track starts.
Upon graduation David has worked as a swimming and strength/conditioning coach at the Olympic High Performance Centre. He worked with amateur and professional triathletes who represented Canada at the 1995-1999 ITC World Triathlon Championship. David represented Canada at various Ironman Triathlon and Eco-Challenge races around the world. He returned to the Vaughan Aquatic Club in 1998 to work with novice swimmers, helping them hone their swimming skills and as importantly develop a life long love for the sport of swimming.
Greg Jacobson is the Elite Group Coach for the Woodbridge branch of the Vaughan Aquatic Club. He swam for the Vaughan Aquatic Club from 1996-2010 competing in numerous Championship Meets throughout his swimming career. Some of the meets Greg attended include Ontario Provincial Championships and Ontario Team Championships. He also represented Canada Internationally at 3 Junior Maccabi Games, where he won 16 medals in Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke.
Academically, Greg completed his Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and Master of Education (M.Ed) degree at the University of Toronto (OISE). In Greg’s coaching career he has had dozens of swimmers make the Provincial and National level. More specifically, he has coached his swimmers to make meets such as Canadian Swimming Champs, Eastern Canadian Champs and Ontario Provincial Champs. Much success has been achieved at these meets, often having swimmers make ‘final’ swims and reach the podium.
Greg’s past experiences as a teacher, swimming instructor and competitive swimmer, allow him to understand the specific needs of a high-performance competitive athlete. Combine this with his expert knowledge of the technical, physiological, and psychological aspects of swimming, it is understandable why Greg is an integral part of the club.
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