Coaches

Nancy Black

Nancy Black

Nancy brings over 20 years of experience in the community as a coach, athlete, volunteer, founder and executive.

She is the current Executive Director of the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame, and in that capacity is involved in the recruitment of volunteers, the day-to-day operations through the Hall’s business plan, the induction celebration events, the ongoing sustainability and the expansion of the Hall of Fame.

Nancy is the former Executive Director of Masters Swimming Canada (MSC). In that role she oversaw the operations of one of the largest adult fitness organizations in the country; designed to promote swimming to adults. Prior to that role, in 2010, Nancy received the “Coach of the Year” from MSC.

Nancy founded the Aurora Master Ducks Swim Club, which became the 4th largest adult swim club in Canada. Under Nancy’s guidance, the “Master Ducks” won the Canadian Masters National Championships in 2005 and placed 2nd 4 years running thereafter.

Nancy, with other members of the Master Ducks, also founded the Aurora chapter of Special Olympics Ontario, now serving over 100 individuals with an intellectual disability.

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Lover of the joy of swimming, father, marketer, body-is-a-temple advocate and now coach

Dan loves to swim and will be inspiring our Master Ducks to embrace the joy of swimming whether it’s for fitness, fun or setting your own personal best. Look for lots of work on technique, descending sets and the odd Thompson trots!

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A graduate of the University of Toronto Dan spent seven years on Canada’s National swim team. In 1983, he tied the world short-course record in the 100 metre butterfly and set the Canadian and Commonwealth long course records in this event. During his career, Dan set 14 butterfly records 8 Canadian, 3 commonwealths, 3 commonwealth games. His international accomplishments include the 1977 world student games (2 silver medals), 1979 Pan-am Games (2 silver medals), 1978 Commonwealth Games (2 Gold Medals), and the 1982 Commonwealth Games (1 gold medal).

Dan was national team Captain from 1978 to 81, Captain of the 1980 Olympic Swim Team, board member of Swim Canada, member of the Canadian Olympic Associations athlete council, Canadian Olympic Association board member for four years in the mid-eighties, co-founder Vice Chair of the Canadian Athletes Association. In 2005 Dan became the President of Swimming Canada for four years and in 2012 joined the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario as a Director.

After retiring from swimming for many years Dan ran into Nancy Black at Longo’s who talked him into joining the Duck. He now swims Masters and has set a few records along the way!

In September of 2017 Dan became the new President of Swim Ontario and is now Chair of the Swim Ontario Masters committee.

Adam Porteous

Adam Porteous

Adam has over 30 years of experience in the competitive sport of swimming.

Some of Adam’s greatest accomplishments happened out of the Markham Aquatic Club and they include numerous provincial and national records as a member of the boys & mens relay teams, some still standing today, qualified for numerous tour teams competing in and outside of Canada, back-to-back Youth National Champions, silver-medalist at Commonwealth Trials, just to name a few.

Adam has been involved in Masters Swimming since 2001 and has learned from the very best in the sport. With his knowledge & passion for the sport, Adam brings the mentality of “technique & efficiency” first and foremost, to build his swimmers into lean, mean, efficient & confident athletes, who are fit, fast and most importantly have fun!