Swimming Canada has appointed Ken McKinnon as National Junior Coach and national team development programmes.
"We are incredibly pleased to welcome Ken as part of the Swimming Canada personnel," said CEO and National Coach of Swimming Canada, Pierre Lafontaine in a federation release. "As we aim for great performances at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Ken will be a tremendous asset to the development of our Junior Team program while working with the personnel coaches and swimmers as they progress to the Senior National team.”
"I’m very excited to take on the role of National Junior Coach for Swimming Canada,” said McKinnon. “It’s an exciting time for Canadian Swimming and I’m very eager on helping our Coaches and young athletes as they reach for the Podium in 2012.”
McKinnon’s coaching career began in the early 70’s as Head Coach of the Beaurepaire Swim Club in Montreal. He later joined Pointe Claire Swim Club as an Age group coach then quickly climbed the ropes to the Head Coach position. In 1984, McKinnon was hired on as Head Coach of the CAMO swim club where he coached for eight seasons. In ninety-one, McKinnon moved to Kamloops to join the Kamloops Classic Swimming as Head Coach then moved to the Bahamas to coach for the Barracuda Swim Club between 2003 and 2005. Two years after, Ken returned to Canada to take on the Head Coach position of the Richmond Rapids Swim Club. In 2006, Ken was hired by Swim BC as Provincial Coach.