Youth Program Coaches
Say ‘Hi’ to our Youth Flatwater coaches! Our coaches are CanoeKids/ELCC certified, and NCCP Comp-Dev certified. They will be our head coaches for our Youth Programs.
Diane Tam (NCCP Level 3)
Diane’s first exposure to sprint canoe was only a few years ago; having visited the club a few times, she had the opportunity to try out C1, where she immediately became drawn to the challenges it brought and motivated to learn the highly technical skills of the sport. Diane is no stranger to training and competition; at the at age of 8, she was a competitive swimmer, training intensely for several years before deciding to pursue other sports. Throughout high school, she competed provincially in badminton. And finally, in university, she got introduced to dragonboat, where she experienced competitions of various degrees, including CCWC in Malaysia. Now, she is completely devoted to growing the sport of sprint canoe and kayak in Vancouver. She looks forward to getting more young paddlers into the sport, and introducing them to the fun and exciting opportunities it offers. She also continually strives to develop more young female athletes, especially canoeists, now that after years of equality struggles, Women’s Canoe is finally on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics program. She is excited to be a part of developing what may be our future Olympians, and more importantly, the growth of a well-established flatwater community.
Diane has coached at BC Summer Games, Western Canada Summer Games, Nationals and Canada Summer Games.
Laurence Chin (NCCP Level 3)
Laurence’s first experience with water sports was high school rowing in 1998 – he rowed at the Hanlan Boat Club in Toronto, Ontario for 4 years at a competitive level in the men’s lightweight 8 and double scull. After a few years, he got back on the water and joined the university dragon boat team in 2007, which practiced out of Balmy Beach Canoe Club. During this time, he had the opportunity to practice with the junior men’s war canoe team – a difficult, but gratifying experience that kick started his passion for flatwater canoe and kayak. In 2008, he competed in dragonboat at the Club Crew World Championships in Malaysia. Laurence moved to Vancouver in 2010 and became a member of FCRCC where he continued to pursue his love for being on the water with sprint canoe. This year, he is thrilled to be a part of the Youth Flatwater coaching team, and he is especially looking forward to sharing his passion for water sports with new and young paddlers. He currently trains with the adult competitive sprint team.
Daphne Austin (NCCP Level 2)
Daphne grew up in Seattle, WA doing a variety of sports before she found flatwater at the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club in 2006. She instantly fell in love and started training and competing in sprint kayak, racing in regional, national and international regattas. After four amazing years of national training camps and competition she decided to stop competing and focus on other aspects of her life. This opened up the opportunity for her to share her love of the sport with others through coaching, which she has enjoyed since. This year she has officially switched sides of the border and is now coaching in Vancouver at False Creek. She is extremely excited to coach here as the past two years casually paddling with FCRCC has been amazing, introducing her to new forms of paddling such as surfski and dragon boat. She can’t wait till summer is here and can get everyone out on the water having a fun time paddling!