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 DirectorMarta Bizonova
social@burnabymantas.ca
Director at LargePlamen Marinov dal@burnabymantas.ca

Coaching Staff

PositionNameEmail
Head CoachColin Laicolin.lai@burnabymantas.ca
CoachAlicia Muialicia.mui@burnabymantas.ca
CoachClaire GuoClaire@burnabymantas.ca
CoachBrooklyn Sartoribrooklyn.sartori@burnabymantas.ca
CoachCasian Chencasian.chen@burnabymantas.ca
CoachDaniel Wangdaniel.wang@burnabymantas.ca
CoachDaniel KimDaniel.Kim@burnabymantas.ca
CoachJulia Bodnarjulia.bodnar@burnabymantas.ca
CoachLauryn Sartorilauryn.sartori@burnabymantas.ca
CoachEmma LiuEmma@burnabymantas.ca
Coach Gordon YenGordon@burnabymantas.ca
CoachMatthew Wiebematthew.wiebe@burnabymantas.ca
CoachJordan PinJordan@burnabymantas.ca
CoachJustin WiebeJustin@burnabymantas.ca
CoachKeira WongKeira@burnabymantas.ca
CoachZennea Chenzennea@burnabymantas.ca
CoachZiyanna VallaniZiyanna@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.

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.