Greg McLeod, President
This is Greg’s 10th season with CMSC. Originally from Ontario, Greg relocated to Calgary for both work and to follow his wife (who is also a CMSC member). Alberta has quickly become his home, where he is involved with multiple organizations and clubs. This is Greg’s inaugural season as President, after serving as the club’s Communications Officer.
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, owns a brewery in Ontario and is a perpetually injured tennis player.
Clara Peyre, Past 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 !
Emanuel Lys, Vice President & Registrar
Like many of us on the team, I’ve swam all my life. I had a great start, failing my level one red cross three times when I was 5. Something finally clicked and instead of climbing the levels, I started chasing my older sisters enrolled in UCSC. I didn’t miss a season for the next 16 years, until my final year at the U of C. I’m into my 5th year with CMSC now. When I’m not in the pool, I’m probably on my bike. If I knew a way to do both at once, you’d see me doing it.
I’ve “raced” my mountain bike a bit. Heavy quotations around race because my sole goal is to not finish last. I still love every second of it. It’s less about times and order. To me it’s about seeing what you’ve got and putting it out there. I encourage everyone to come out to a swim meet. What better way is there to get to know your teammates. Hang out for the day. Swim a few relays. Swim your slowest event. Swim your fastest event. Whatever encourages you to come out and race, I look forward to seeing you there.
Alex Lush, Secretary
Alex started swimming competitively in her home town of Fort McMurray, specializing first in distance free before adding IM and backstroke in her teens. She took a break from swimming while getting her degree in engineering, but got back in the pool while trying out triathlons after moving to Calgary in 2014. Alex joined CMSC in 2015 in the early morning group, and hasn’t looked back since. When not swimming, Alex loves to hike and back-country camp with her dog in the summer, snowboard in the winter, and occasionally do some distance running or open water swimming.
Allison Prime, Communications
Allison started swimming at a young age for a small team in Toronto called Lakeshore Swim Club. She left swimming at age 16 and always missed being in the pool. Twenty years later, shortly after she moved to Calgary, she joined CMSC and is now starting her sixth season with the team. Like when she was 16, Allison loves butterfly and IM. When Allison is not in the pool, she works as a family counsellor and spends time exploring local forests, camping, and cross-country skiing. Allison swims in the evenings and looks forward to meeting you on deck.
Jaya Wang, Treasurer
Jaya has been swimming at the Repsol Centre for 10+ years and considers it her second home. Jaya moved around a lot growing up, so she did not swim competitively. She enjoys competing in masters swimming, open water and triathlon events. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly (50m, no stamina), her least favorite strokes are backstroke and breaststroke. Jaya moved to Alberta because she loves the cold and snow, she loves to snowboard and you can find her flying off the box in the terrain park. While Jaya has a degree in accounting, she’s not a practicing accountant and actually works as a Business Analyst in systems development. Jaya has been taking French lessons for over 5 years now and has a passion for French movies.
Sue Hill, Meet Manager
Sue has swum 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 swum 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.
Jessica Cherwick, Member at Large
Swimming has always been a part of my identity and my life.
Nothing can replace the feeling of diving into a crisp pool while letting all your thoughts float away. Before taking a bit of a hiatus, I swam competitively from childhood and into university. I am so excited to be back in the pool with all of you! My favourite events are the 50 m freestyle, and anything sprint, or relay related.
The swim community has always held a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and create some memorable social events.