Coaches Biographies

Emma Hesterman (Head Coach) 

Emma is a former competitive swimmer of 11 years competing throughout the UK and in Europe. Emma has a huge passion for the love of swimming and fitness in general. Emma is in her 12th season of coaching and her 9th year of coaching Masters. Emma’s goal is to provide fun, fitness and participation.

As Head Coach of Okotoks Masters Swim Club, she is dedicated to building a successful, competitive and recreational swim club that focuses on stroke technique and long-term athlete development for every age and every level.

Emma coaches Tuesday and Thursday mornings and provides the practice for the Sunday morning swim.

Cara Clifford  (Coach)

For the past 23 years, Cara has been coaching swimmers of all ages and skill levels, placing an emphasis on technique and creating a positive, supportive training environment. Her goals as a coach include helping new-to-swimming members build confidence, keeping fitness swimmers challenged and engaged, assisting triathletes with building their strength and speed, and encouraging all swimmers to challenge themselves (maybe even with a Masters meet or two…). When Cara is not on deck with OMSC (Wednesday morning and Monday and Wednesday Evening sessions) she can be found wrangling small children in preschool programs, coaching Cascade Swimming, providing early intervention support for special needs children through the Cause & Effect Foundation, or chauffeuring her teenagers between school and swim practice.

Sharon Barr (Coach)  

Sharon is a three year coach with OMSC.