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    The Green Dragon Swim Team staff are a bunch of swimming nuts!  We all love the sport and hope that your kids will love it too!


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    Tarsi Bali Aquatics Coordinator/LS Swim Coach

    Dear SCIS Swim Families,

    Ni Hao!!! My name is Tarsi Bali, and I am very excited about joining the SCIS-Pudong community. I am serving as both the SCIS-Pudong Aquatics Coordinator and Lower School Swim Coach.I am also thrilled about teaching and coaching in China, and very appreciative at the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school community.

    Since I could remember, exercise, nutrition, and optimum wellness, have always been of great interest to me. Now as both an educator and coach, I want to help guide my student-athletes to become healthier and happier, inspiring them to be physical active for life.

    My aim as both the Aquatics Coordinator, and Lower School Swim Coach, is not to merely teach swimming as an athletic sport, but to inspire students how to develop a love for the sport, and also provide knowledge for their own personal aquatic safety. In my swimming program I am applying the philosophy of the AUSTSWIM (the Australasian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety), an organization which has gained an outstanding national and international reputation for best practice training, education and accreditation of quality teachers of swimming and water safety. My love for water also inspired me to become a certified lifeguard in my home country of Greece, a country with innumerable beaches and lengthy coastlines.

    I am looking forward to working with you, and your child in reaching his, or her full potential. The best way to contact me is via e-mail at tbali@scis-china.org. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year with you and your swimmer!

    Kind Regards,

    Tarsi Bali

    Ph.D Exercise and Sports Science

    MSc Fitness and Health

    BSc Physical Education and Sports Science

    Phone: 8618621942070
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    Mark Thomas Swim Coach

    Hi everyone its Mr Mark Thomas (6-8 Art/Photography/Swimming) here saying an initial hello to everyone involved in the school swimming program at SCIS. I am really excited to be on the overall SCIS team and to be looking after the Middle School swim squad in particular.

    You may have seen me around already…I model my hairstyle on the famous Australian swimmer Michael Klim (shaved/baldish head) so I am not hard to miss! I just cant swim like him!

    I did start swimming early and competed in Freestyle and Breaststroke through my school years and transferred those skills into surfing and triathlons for many years up to this day. As you can imagine triathlons need swimming prowess and fitness so I trained under some top triathlon coaches in Australia for a lot of years training five days a week. In the past, I coordinated the swim squad at a school in Indonesia and took them to their first competitive events ever where they won half of the events in their first ever competitive swim meet.

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    McGrady Sun Swimming Instructor

    Graduated from Shanghai Sports University. 1997-1999 join the Shanghai swimming team. Main stroke is freestyle.

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    Alessia Minatta Student Coach

    We welcome back coach Alessia again for this year.  Alessia is one of our most experienced swimmers, having competed in all levels of competition here in Shanghai and in her native Switzerland.  She is able to perform every stroke to a technically high proficiency, but her love is long distance swimming.  She loves to race the 400, 800 and at a push the 1500.  We are very lucky to have her joining us on our coaching team.

    Coaching:  Green Team and Dragons Team

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    Joseph Barrett Student Coach

    Hello, my name is Joseph Barrett, I have been on the SCIS swim team for seven years now and this being my second year as team captain. You may see me walking down the hall with a smile on my face and welcoming anybody who has questions about the swim team. My main strokes include Butterfly and Freestyle which took a great while to get a better form and speed. However through the years I have learned not only how to have better form and swim at fast speeds but how to dive, push off the wall, and most of all how to be a good team captain. I strive to be a better captain, coach and swimmer, going to practice as much as possible and trying to get new potential swimmers to join. I hope we have a wonderful new year as the Green Dragons Swim Team, good luck to all and swim on!!

    Coaching: Green Team and Dragons Team

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