Our Club

The Burnaby Mountain Mantas (BMM) Swim Club was founded in 1986 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers passionate about youth competitive summer swimming. BMM is a non-profit organization and is managed by volunteer parents and family members.

BMM prides itself on creating an inclusive and encouraging competitive environment, allowing swimmers to achieve their goals through tailored development and quality coaching. Attendance at swim meets is not compulsory, but highly recommended. Swim meets are a great way to motivate swimmers, gauge progress, and cultivate friendships.

Summer swimming begins May 1st and finishes with the Provincial Championships in August. Swim meets are almost every weekend in June and July. While the club will be at every meet, swimmers can pick and choose which swim meets to attend; you do no need to attend every meet. Summer season culminates in the annual Regional Championships in early August followed by the BCSSA Provincial Championships in mid-August. The Mantas also offer winter stroke improvement training from October to April 30.

The Mantas are affiliated with the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA) and its Simon Fraser Regional Office.

VISION

To develop a community of competitive swimmers motivated equally by sportsmanship and success.

MISSION

BMM prides itself on creating an inclusive and encouraging competitive environment, allowing swimmers to achieve their goals through tailored development and quality coaching. BMM fosters a lifelong love of competitive swimming by promoting skill development, boosting team spirit, and rewarding success at all levels.

Executive Committee

PositionNameEmail
PresidentHeather Bourke
president@burnabymantas.ca
Vice President Ravi Ghanason
vp@burnabymantas.ca
TreasurerJeff Wong
treasurer@burnabymantas.ca
RegistrarCornelia Atmadja
registrar@burnabymantas.ca
SecretaryJenny Jin
secretary@burnabymantas.ca
Director of CoachingClodine Sartori
coaching@burnabymantas.ca
Director of CommunicationsAlbert Yap
communications@burnabymantas.ca
Director of EquipmentLarry Bodnar
equipment@burnabymantas.ca
Director of FundraisingPeggy Lui
fundraising@burnabymantas.ca
Director of OfficialsBrian Wiebe
officials@burnabymantas.ca
Director of TrainingSarah Russell
training@burnabymantas.ca
Director of VolunteersRina Wong
volunteer@burnabymantas.ca
Social DirectorAnup Basi
social-anup@burnabymantas.ca
Social DirectorMarta Bizonova
social-ingrid@burnabymantas.ca
Director at LargePlamen Marinov
dal@burnabymantas.ca

Coaching Staff

PositionNameEmail
Head CoachColin Laicolin.lai@burnabymantas.ca
CoachAlicia Muialicia.mui@burnabymantas.ca
CoachBree Liveseybree.livesey@burnabymantas.ca
CoachBrooklyn Sartoribrooklyn.sartori@burnabymantas.ca
CoachCasian Chencasian.chen@burnabymantas.ca
CoachDaniel Wangdaniel.wang@burnabymantas.ca
CoachIsabella Risi isabella.risi@burnabymantas.ca
CoachJulia Bodnarjulia.bodnar@burnabymantas.ca
CoachLauryn Sartorilauryn.sartori@burnabymantas.ca
CoachLuica Dacanayluica.dacanay@burnabymantas.ca
Coach Makena Sebben makena.sebben@burnabymantas.ca
CoachMatthew Wiebematthew.wiebe@burnabymantas.ca
CoachNicole Bodnarnicole.bodnar@burnabymantas.ca
CoachRonin Liveseyronan.livesey@burnabymantas.ca

About Our Coaches:

Colin Lai:

Colin is one of the oldest active coaches on the roster and has been with the club for around 13 years. Through his time as a swimmer, he has been a provincial qualifier and a provincial medalist. Within the club, he has received the Sportsmanship Award, Division Aggregate Award, and the BMM Most Valuable Manta Award. In his 6 years of coaching with the club, he has coached provincial qualifiers and medalists. Within those 6 years, his proudest moment as a coach was watching his Div. 4 girls, banding together and qualifying two provincial freestyle relay teams in 2019. Outside of coaching, Colin is a psychology student at SFU and is also working on building a business. His greatest aspiration in life is to help those around him realize their dreams.

Casian Chen:

Casian is a swimmer and soon to be student at Simon Fraser University studying Cognitive Science. He has swum with Mantas for 9 years and has been coaching for the past three. Throughout his time swimming for the Mantas he has medalled multiple times at regional provincial competitions, and broke the provincial record for the boys medley relay in 2016, and won the Mantas MVP award in 2019. Casian has experience in education through elementary school programs centered around teaching students how to read and write.

Casian takes a technical and detail-oriented approach to coaching, paying close attention to the little details so his swimmers may make big changes over the course of their swimming careers. He believes that mental strength is as important as physical strength in swimming, and hopes to cultivate both of these through his coaching.

Bree Livesey:

Bree is graduating high school in June and is planning to study psychology this fall. She has been extensively involved in aquatic sports for over 11 years, having trained with summer swim clubs, winter swim clubs, springboard diving and water polo. She competed at BCSSA Provincials for 10 years consecutively earning numerous medals. She also competed in trampoline for 4 years reaching pre-national level.

Bree has coached with the Mantas for two years, following two years of volunteer coaching. She has lifesaving certifications including Water Safety Instructor and First Aid training. Her goals as a coach are to ensure swimmers have a safe space to improve their swimming technique and times, while having loads of fun. 

Nicole Bodnar:

Nicole has been a part of the mantas for over ten years.  She first joined the club at the age of 11 to improve her physical fitness and enjoyed her experience. She started as a volunteer coach, and has now been a swim coach for six years. Nicole received the Division 7 Aggregate Award in 2016 and a Yimi Huang Scholarship in 2017. Throughout her coaching experience, Nicole strives to create an environment encompassing much more than the competition aspect and enhancing one’s swimming abilities. She focuses on developing a space where swimmers come to practice ready to work hard, create friendships, have fun, and participate in swimming because of pure enjoyment. Nicole also believes in the idea of going back to the basics of swimming when coaching to ensure swimmers develop good habits and become more efficient when swimming.

Apart from coaching with the Mantas, Nicole works with the City of Burnaby as a lifeguard. She has been employed with the city for six years and enjoys that position because of her ability to teach the Red Cross Swimming Programs and interact with community members. Nicole also graduated from Langara College in Spring 2021 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Recreation Management and is looking to pursue other careers within the recreation field to further enhance her knowledge and work experience. Nicole also graduated from Langara College in 2019 with a diploma in the Recreation Leadership Program and has current certifications in CPR, National Lifeguarding, Lifesaving Instructor, High Five, and as a Water Safety Instructor. Nicole enjoys singing Broadway songs in her spare time, making fun videos, Wordsearch and sudoku puzzles, and listening to music.

Julia Bodnar:

Julia has been swimming with the Mantas since she was 9 years old and has been coaching for 2 years. Julia has competed at several BCSSA Provincial Championships, and she has received the Mantas Sportsmanship award 3 separate years. Julia is currently in grade 12 and is excited to begin studying sciences at Langara College. She also has current first aid, CPR and the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certifications. 

Julia has always believed in the importance of enjoying what you do and creating friendly connections with others. Julia strives to create a safe space where everyone can learn new techniques, have fun, and improve and empower themselves. Julia’s main goal as a coach is to inspire others to always try their best as well as enjoy all aspects of the sport of swimming.   

Matthew Wiebe:

Matthew has been swimming with the Mantas since grade 5. He has participated and medaled in regionals and provincials. Matthew was in the Volunteer Coaching Program for three years before becoming a coach. He has had an opportunity to be exposed to different coaching methods and styles, as well as many different strategies to help swimmers improve on their strokes and skills. Matthews’s philosophy when it comes to coaching is to help swimmers improve on both their social and swim skills. He hopes to help swimmers develop a passion for the sport and learn to support one another. Matthew has a strong passion for teaching and hopes to pursue a career in education. Matthew is currently in grade 12 and will be attending SFU in the Faculty of Education this fall.