Head Coach — Meet Brandi Higgins
Brandi has been back with the Sea Wolves since the Spring of 2014. After a five-year hiatus from coaching swimming, Brandi was excited to get back to working with the swimmers. Recognizing the great strides that the Club has continued to make since its reorganization in 2010 – becoming a competitive club that sent six swimmers to Provincials - Brandi looks forward to helping the club continue to grow and assist the swimmers at all levels reach their potential, both in and out of the water. Brandi first started with the Whistler Sea Wolves in 2001 and continued as Head Coach until 2009. During her tenure she saw the club grow from a non-competitive unsanctioned group to a cohesive team that had two of her swimmers qualify for BC Provincials.
Brandi’s qualifications include the NCCP Level 3 Theory and Technical (old program), and NCCP Community Level Triathlon Coach. During her hiatus from the Sea Wolves, she enrolled at the University of Victoria to continue her professional development as a coach. She recently completed a Master’s in Education from UVic with a focus on Sport Coaching. Brandi comes from a swimming family, with her husband David being a former coach and competitive swimmer and her son Kieran a member of the Sea Wolves Club.
Assistant Coach — Meet Christiana Dürfeld
Christiana Dürfeld is one of the few born-and-raised Whistler kids and is happy to be back working in her hometown. For the past five years, she has been living and learning in Kelowna at the University of British Columbia. This spring she completed her B.Sc. majoring in biology.
Christiana has a broad range of coaching experience and is currently employed at Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. This is an organization that she has been involved with for the past three years. Her position as Sport Academy Coordinator with Whistler Adaptive is to ensure a fun and safe learning environment for the sports that they offer to their athletes. The greatest reward for Christiana as a coach is challenging her athletes to discover their potential.
Christiana has been coaching with the Sea Wolves since 2014 and she is very pleased to be returning to coaching the club this session. She has completed the NCCP Level 1 – Swimming Coaching Certification. Christiana enjoys a variety of sports, but to this day horseback riding – particularly competitive show jumping – is her true passion. Her future goals include pursuing a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.
Fun Fact: Christiana cannot be restrained in the presence of blueberries!