David Carlson, President
David injured his knees playing soccer in university, so switched to waterpolo, where he was an average player on an average team playing at the OUAA level for three years. With marriage and kids, he did not find the time to swim seriously again until his middle child joined an age group swim team, and David noticed a masters group that swam at the same time. Since he was up and at the pool at 6:00AM, he decided he might as well swim, and joined the Hollyburn Masters in West Vancouver.
The kids are now older and have moved out, but David continues to swim at CMSC in the slowest of the fast lanes under the guidance of his coaches and the friendly passive-competitiveness of his lane mates. He has been with the Calgary Masters since moving to Calgary in 2011. David will be President from June 2017 until June 2019.
Brent Harvey, Vice President & Registrar
After many years of Age Group and Varsity swimming a lifetime ago (19 years to be exact!), Brent joined CMSC looking for a bit of ‘forced fitness’. He got that… and much more. He found a great group of people and has a new found love for swimming.
While Brent enjoys the practices, which is something he would have never thought he’d say, Brent really enjoys competing and would encourage everyone to give it a try. Masters Swimming isn’t about winning, but he likes the idea of challenging himself to be better. This helps keep Brent motivated during the season. Now entering my 5th season, this is his second year as part of the CMSC Executive team in the role of Vice President and Registrar
Curtis began swimming competitively with the Calgary Patriots when he was 10 years old and he stayed with the Patriots until the end of high school. He did two seasons of varsity swimming during his university years in Halifax, but he quit swimming in his third year to focus on partying (and schoolwork). After graduation, Curtis returned to Calgary and rediscovered the joys of the sport when he joined CMSC, where he has been a returning member for almost 10 years.
Renée Nat, Communications
This is Renée’s third season with CMSC and second as part of the Executive team. As a newly minted Calgarian, she jumped at the opportunity to support the club and meet swimmers both new and returning.
Renée has been swimming Masters since 2006 both in Ontario and Alberta. She thought her competition days were long gone, but CMSC encouraged her to get back on the blocks and she look forward to improving this season and competing at Nationals.
Rob Wiebe, Treasurer
This is Rob’s third year as club treasurer (yes the term is typically two years…) and he has been a CMSC club member since 1990. Rob was a competitive swimmer as a child growing up in Regina and went on to play waterpolo in university as well. He’s lived all across the West and also lived for short time in Montreal, but Calgary is definitely home. Rob is married with three adult daughters and an elderly Shelty who pretty much sleeps all day now unless its food time.
When he’s not swimming, Rob loves to ski in the winter and mountain bike in the summer. Rob is very happy to have been able to lend a hand in running our club as he believes that we have a great thing going with CMSC and wants to ensure that it remains strong.
Leah d’Abadie, Member at Large
As a young child, Leah had bad asthma, so her mom decided to enroll her into swimming lessons with the hope that swimming would help strengthen her lungs. Leah soon took to the pool and while at one of her lessons, noticed some very fast swimmers in another lane. She learned that they were part of a competitive swim team and she knew she wanted to be part of that community.
Leah swam with the Calgary Winter Club until she was 16, and then took a many-year hiatus from the pool. Later on, she took up coaching the Bonnyville Requins pre-competitive swimmers for a couple seasons. It was during this time that she began to miss being in the pool, and when she moved back to Calgary she joined the University of Calgary Masters. Leah now swims in the early morning session as a member of CMSC. She enjoys the camaraderie of her lane buddies. She does not enjoy breaststroke. Leah will be Member at Large from June 2017 to June 2019.
Sue Hill, Meet Manager
Sue has swam most of her life, taking ‘Learn to Swim’ classes when she was ten and progressing through Royal Life Saving and National Lifeguard certifications as a teenager. She has swam with Calgary Masters since the fall of 1998 and enjoyed the competitive side of swimming until recent setbacks sidelined that aspect of pool life. She still enjoys working out and pushing herself in the pool. She has been a math, science, computer and French teacher by profession. Together with her husband, she loves long distance cycling such as GranFondos.