Coaching Staff- Summer 2020

Toshko Kalpakov, Head Coach

Paddling highlights: After competing and then coaching at the world level around the globe for the past 30 years, I am now fulfilling a long time goal of coaching in Canada at the competitive club level.

Thoughts on the summer: Looking forward to helping our top athletes reach their full potential. I am also looking forward to mentoring the younger coaches while they support our athletes. I am hopeful that many of our athletes will have podium finishes this year.

Peter Korisanszky, Assistant Coach

Paddling highlights: I have been paddling for 20 years and was part of the Hungarian national team for 10 years. I have won junior world championships and bronze at senior worlds. I retired in 2017 and started coaching right away at Banook.

Thoughts on the summer: 2020 is my third summer with Banook. I am very excited to be a part of the coaching team and look forward to working with all the athletes. My goal is to help the athletes reach their potential and at the same time ensure they have fun!

Ethan McPherson

My name is Ethan McPherson and I will be coaching the one of the atom groups. I’ve coached at Banook for the past 3 years and I’ve paddled for 10 years. I’ve been to nationals twice.

Lucy Traves

I’ve coached at Banook for the past two summers and been a member of the club for over 10 years. I love being outside and having fun on the water! My favourite Banook memory is either singing in war canoe or winning bronze at Nationals in K4 last summer! Let’s make this summer the best one yet! Go Banook!!

Carys McMurray

My name is Carys McMurray and this is my third year working as a coach at Banook! I’ve been a paddler here for almost 12 years and I’ve participated in a few national championships as well as winter training camps in Florida and Portugal with the team. Banook is an awesome place to spend the summer, and I’m really looking forward to a great summer of fun and learning with the younger athletes here at the club.

Raine Myers

My name is Raine and I’m so excited for this summer! This is my second-year coaching, I’ve been paddling for 6 years, I’ve been to 4 nationals and if you’re around the lake early in the morning or in the afternoon you might see my training in my purple galaxy patterned boat.

Emily Munroe

I am a high performance paddler at Banook and have been coaching for the past two summers. I am looking forward to a great summer with all the Banook athletes!

Annique Lezama

I have paddled at Banook for 5 years and this will be my third year coaching paddling. I’ve been to nationals 4 times. I’m so excited for the summer and all its fun events! See you soon!

Maeve LeBlanc

I’m Maeve and this is my first summer coaching at Banook! I have paddled for 14 years. I have attended 5 National Championships and in 2017 I was nominated to Team Canada for the Olympic Hopes regatta. I hope to see all the athletes succeed during the summer season!