Clara Peyre, President
I moved to Calgary from Bordeaux in 2013. I started swimming and racing when I was a kiddo. I had most of the fun on 400 freestyle and 100 backstroke, however I played on 800m and 1500m freestyle when I explored triathlon. I did participate to the France championship then move on to my work life …. I like open water swimming, gives another dimension and challenges. But find the lakes a bit too cold around here … you’ll see me mostly Friday early am and Saturday am for my 2nd season with CMSC. I’d like to get back at competing, master my organization skills between work, swimming and mom life. I have a 3 yo daughter who loves swimming and water too, and for fun I work as a Project Manager and renovate hotels !
Dave Dickson, Vice President & Registrar
In February 2018, Dave celebrated his 20th year swimming with Calgary Masters.
At the age of 11, Dave was a late bloomer to competitive swimming. The Killarney Swimming Pool was close by his home and he was encouraged by friends and his parents to join their swim club. After 5 years, Dave had had enough and moved on to other interests, not all of them necessarily healthy.
In February 1998, after 29 years of relative inactivity and a 230 lb. frame, Dave decided that it was time for a lifestyle change. Getting back into the pool with the best Masters Swim Club in Canada seemed to be a natural fit.
Dave has enjoyed the terrific social aspects that Calgary Masters has provided over the last 20 years but the competitive side of the sport is really where his heart is and this is what truly motivates him in the training sessions. He has been fortunate to have captured 27 National Records in 4 age categories over the last 20 years.
Dave has held positions in CMSC’s Executive as Member at Large, Meet Manager and Registrar, and is delighted to once again serve as Calgary Masters Swim Club’s Vice President and Registrar for the 2018/2019 & 2019/2020 seasons.
Andrea Pember, Secretary
Andrea started out as a competitive artistic swimmer in Calgary and she continued to compete throughout University starting the very first artistic swimming team at the University of Calgary. Andrea lived in Sydney, Australia for a number of years and was a very active open water swimmer and triathlete. This is where she confirmed her love for the water. Since returning home to Calgary she finds herself back in the pool mainly during the early bird practices with an amazing group of people at CMSC. Andrea is a professional accountant by day and is an avid skier on the weekends.
Greg McLeod, Communications
This is Greg’s 7th season with CMSC. Not a traditional swimmer, Greg never swam club or competitively growing up. However, he was an accomplished triathlete and was continuously trying to improve his distance swimming throughout high school and university. It wasn’t until his 3rd year at Queen’s University in Ontario where he was lucky enough to join the varsity swim team. It was during this time that Greg’s love of the sport grew. He even went so far as to marry another varsity swimmer, who now ensures Greg continues to swim.
The swimming bug bit hard, and Greg hasn’t stopped swimming since university. You will often see Greg complaining about kick, every stroke, the act of getting in the water… basically anything except middle distance freestyle at a mediocre pace. Outside of swimming, Greg is a software developer, small business owner and perpetually-injured tennis player.
Lisa Gordon, Treasurer
Lisa started swimming in the local summer club in Kindersley and usually just stayed at the pool all day in the summer. Eventually othersports started to take over in high school and most of that time was spent on the provincial Karate team. Lisa returned to swimming about 10 years ago when she was looking for something active that she remembered enjoying. She started back swimming with the Talisman masters club until joining CMSC two years ago. Lisa is an accountant that works to support her travel habit.
Kar Mei Lee, Meet Manager
Coming from a family of competitive swimmers, Mei was the family’s black sheep in competitive swimming as a child. Entering teenage years, she found other interests which required less training time and more international opportunities hence stopped competitive swimming. That stop lasted 36 years until she was encouraged by her sister to join Masters and compete again. In Mei’s second season with CMSC, she is taking up the volunteer position of Meet Manager. She endeavors to continue her predecessor’s excellent execution of meet planning and management as well as further build relationships with other clubs in meet organization.