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McGill''s Carpenter appointed to board of World Swimming Coaches Association

Posted 2021-02-16

He is the only Canadian currently on the WSCA board, which includes president George Block and Bob Bowman, both Americans. Rounding out the board members is the organization's vice-president Dr. Jon Rudd of Ireland, Chris Myers and Tony Shaw, both from Australia, Larry Laursen of South Africa and Walter Bolognani of Italy.

Carpenter was first elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Swimming Coaching Association in 2009 and served as president from 2016 to 2019.  He has also served as a director-at-large and was the chair of the CSCA domestic committee.  He currently serves as a CSCA vice-president and holds the Awards & Recognition portfolio

After 14 years with the Pte. Claire Swim Club, where his teams won seven national titles in various age categories from 2005 to 2009, Carpenter took over at McGill in the fall of 2009. He is currently in his 12th season with the men's and women's program, which competes in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec conference, under the national U SPORTS umbrella. The native of Pte. Claire, Que., is a two-time recipient of the U SPORTS Fox 40 men's coach-of-the-year award, winning in 2018 and 2020. He has also merited similar honors four times in the RSEQ, winning the women's category after league titles in 2012 and 2020, along with the men's award for conference crowns achieved in 2018 and 2020.

A recipient of Petro-Canada coaching excellence awards in 2010 and 2012, Carpenter was also honored by the Club de la médaille d'Or in October 2012 and was named coach of the month for September 2012 by the Institut national du sport du Quebec. Other national teams that Carpenter has been a part of including the 2006 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, the 2011 FISU Summer Games in Shenzhen, China, and the 2015 Para World Championships in Glasgow. Carpenter, who holds a Level 3 license from the National Coaching Certification Program, also coached the Quebec provincial team at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI.

Just prior to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic being declared in 2020, Carpenter guided McGill to a rare triple-play sweep of the three-tiered RSEQ championship, winning the men's, women's and combined titles.

A long-time resident of the West Island region of Montreal, Carpenter was educated at Royal West Academy, John Abbott College and Concordia University, where he graduated in 1997 with an arts degree, majoring in geography.

Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
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