Introducing our new head coach

Please join me in welcoming our new head coach, Miguel Vadillo! Below is some information about Miguel’s background as well as information on meeting with him to discuss your goals.Miguel

Miguel Vadillo started swimming at age 6 and swam competitively until after the Olympic trials in 1988 in Mexico.  Miguel reached his swimming peak in 1988 at the Mexican Olympic qualifiers for Seoul. Changing gears, he got on a new path – modern pentathlon, and learned to ride horses, fence and pistol shoot. In 1989 he made the Mexican modern pentathlon national team. As a swimmer and pentathlete, he has had the opportunity and privilege to compete in many international events at the higher levels: Central American championships and games, Latin countries’ Cups (similar to the Commonwealth games), Pan American Championships, World Cups and World Championships.

While training as a pentathlete Miguel’s focus on running and swimming was paramount so triathlon races became part of his general fitness preparation.
One thing led to another and open water races at the Mexican National circuit became the next level in his development as an athlete.

Miguel became a swimming coach certified by the World Swimming Coaches Association in 1995. He was director of a large swimming school in Mexico City overseeing operations, from maintenance to client care and directing swimming programs for swimmers that ranged from 6 month old babies to over 80 year old masters swimmers.

Miguel arrived in Canada in 2004, hired as the Ontario Modern Pentathlon coach. In two short years as the pentathlon coach he helped 3 girls to make the Canadian Modern Pentathlon National team. He is an award winning professional graphic designer and worked as a senior news designer for The Toronto Star for  7 years.

As the Toronto Star job opportunity ended, he started a professional open water swimming and triathlon coaching company called Embrace Open Water Swimming Inc., (EOWS) that offers open water swimming and triathlon opportunities, guidance, training and lessons to any level of swimmer or triathlete regardless of age or gender. As a coach, in the few first months of EOWS operations Miguel has helped over 100 athletes to achieve their goals. Examples of this success are age group athletes that participated and won medals at the 2014 Ironman World Championships in Kona, 70.3 World Championships in Mount Tremblant and The Canadian Open Water Swim Series.

Invited by former Olympic triathlon coach Barrie Shepley, he personally completed Ironman Wisconsin in 2008 and in 2010. He finished a 52 km swim across Lake Ontario in 18 hours and four minutes, becoming the 4th fastest man in history to do so and raised over $13,000 for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program to help kids in financial need learn how to swim.”

GTC Members, Miguel is excited to work with us. You will see him at most workouts. He is making himself available to meet and help ALL athletes set their goals for 2015. At The Second Cup on the corner of College and Gordon Miguel will be available this Thursday night Nov 6 from 7-9 and this Saturday from 9-11 and Sunday from 9-11.

You can make an appointment to see Miguel ( ) as a benefit of GTC membership for 20 minutes to discuss your goals during one of these 3 times. I encourage you to do so.

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