Marie began her swimming career at the age of eight with the Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club under the guidance of her father who was assistant coach for the West End junior team. She competed at the Junior Nationals in synchro and placed in the top ten. Marie was team captain with the Carleton University varsity swim team and chosen to be the Athletic Representative for the university in her final year. She is a medallist in recent Canadian Masters Swimming Championships as well as representing Canada at the World Masters Lifesaving Championships in Australia. Marie is an accomplished Level 3 certified swim coach. She is also a certified Canadian Natural Nutritionist that champions healthy eating for a healthy lifestyle.
Currently, Marie coaches the Swim Ottawa Masters who swim at the Soloway JCC pool (indoors Fall-Winter, outdoors July-August) and is the former head coach of Swim Ottawa. She conducts personalized swim stroke improvement sessions for all abilities. If you get the chance, watch her front crawl as it’s smooth!
Tom started his swimming career at the age of eight along with his older brother and sister under the tutelage of his father who was assistant coach of the Peterborough Y Swim Club located in central Ontario. He continued on as team captain of the Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club where he was a finalist in the Junior Nationals in the 100 metre butterfly before joining the University of Waterloo Warriors varsity swim team in his freshman year. After transferring to his hometown, Ottawa, and Carleton University, Tom initiated, coached, and managed the co-ed varsity swim team that placed in the top 10 at the CIAU University nationals. He has held provincial Masters swim records as well as a top-three finish at the local Graham Beasley sprint triathlon.
Tragically, Tom passed away after a sudden accident in December of 2017. The entire swimming community in Ottawa and beyond now celebrate and honour his memory by swimming, swimming and swimming.
The Rest of the Swimzai’s
Tom and Marie’s four kids (Trevor, Kenton, Emily, and Andrea) have been National and Regional Championship age group qualifiers and who are or have been members of Swim Ottawa age group, a club that Tom initiated in 2000. All four kids are certified coaches with the club. Unfortunately, “Grandpa” Anzai has passed away but is probably counting his strokes…high above us.
Katy learned to swim in an outdoor pool in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, around 1988. She competed in Nova Scotia’s hugely successful outdoor summer swimming program for 11 years before joining the varsity squad at the University of New Brunswick from 1999-2002. Along the way, Katy completed her 3M Level 2 Swim coach certification, and has coached age-groupers and masters in Fredericton, Dartmouth, and Ottawa.
Katy has swum races in 11C water in the Atlantic Ocean with no wetsuit and she doesn’t ever think the JCC outdoor pool is cold. She has dabbled in surf lifesaving, triathlon, mountain biking, and downhill skiing, but can’t seem to kick her swimming habit.
Fraser’s somewhat rational fear of sharks combined with his mother’s desire to get some much needed quiet time around the house, meant he spent much of his early life in the pool learning how to swim fast. After countless laps in many pools around the world, his swimming career came to a peak at the age of 14 when Fraser moved back to Canada, joined the Nepean Swim Club, and set a Canadian national swim record.
Not only does Fraser swim and coach with the Ottawa Swim Masters club, he enjoys open water competitions, and can be seen on the pool deck during Capital Wave water polo practices.
Fraser is a certified Competitive Water Polo coach, National Lifeguard and a trained Swimming 101 instructor.