Veronica Devine

Hi! I’m Veronica one of the pre-competitive coaches. I am so excited to get to know all of you! I’ve been swimming and coaching with this club for 9 years now. Last year I coached one of the 10U pre-competitive teams and we had so much fun! As well as synchro, I love playing volleyball and basketball. At school, I’m in model un, debate club, and I’m the director of student wellbeing and equity. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Cara Duncan

Cara began swimming recreationally at the age of 8 and quickly fell in love with the sport! She swam on provincial level teams as well as masters teams for Brant synchro before representing McMaster University at the national level for 3 years. She has coached recreational teams and spent many years working in the AWD program. Cara is working towards her comp intro coaching certification and is so excited to be joining the Olympium team this year!

Vanessa Bessey

Recreational and Novice Program Director

Vanessa began coaching in 2000. She joined the Olympium staff in 2012, starting out as the Evening Program Director and now moving into her new role as the Recreational and Pre-Competitive Program Director. Vanessa has seven years experience as head coach of the Brant Synchro Club. She has coached at all levels and age groups. She has also worked for Synchro Ontario at many of their High Performance Camps and travelled with Team Ontario on various occasions.

Vanessa has completed her first year of her Level Four at the National Coaching Institute and is a Level One judge.

In addition to coaching, Vanessa swam Masters for seven years while attending three FINA Master’s Worlds Championships.

Vanessa is either busy at the pool with our swimmers or busy at home with her three young daughters, all who have become little fish as well!



Jody Pilbeam

Jody_Pilbeam_pic-235x300Recreational Coach

Jody has an extensive background in swimming. She competed in synchronized swimming at a national level throughout high school and was also a member of the high school swim team. During university she was a swim instructor and a lifeguard. Five years ago she returned to synchro as a masters swimmer. She believes synchro is a great sport for young women as it is creative, while demanding mental focus, strength, and team spirit. She enjoys introducing the sport to young athletes, encouraging them as they learn new skills.