High Performance Centre – Victoria
About the Centre
The Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria (HPC-Victoria) is one of three High Performance Centres in Canada. Based at Saanich Commonwealth Place, HPC-Victoria is supported by a partnership group made up of Swimming Canada, Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific and the ISA High Performance Society. This partnership makes it possible to provide world-class facilities, training environment and support services. HPC-Victoria provides athletes access to full-time world-class coaching staff and an integrated support team (IST).
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About the Head Coach, Ryan Mallette
Ryan Mallette grew up around Montreal’s West Island pools and went on to become head coach of Pointe-Claire Swim Club before moving to Victoria in 2012.
After nearly 15 years of experience in the Montreal area Mallette was recruited to oversee the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Talent Development Program in Victoria. He worked alongside Randy Bennett, the late former High Performance Centre – Victoria Head Coach, for three years.
During Bennett’s battle with cancer in early 2015, Mallette assumed the difficult task of taking over the senior group including two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane, world championship medallist Hilary Caldwell, and fellow 2012 Olympian Alec Page.
All three went on to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games. Mallette was selected to the coaching staff for Pan Ams as well as the FINA World Championships, for which Cochrane and Caldwell also qualified.
At Pan Ams, Cochrane turned in a double-gold performance, winning the men’s 400-m and 1,500-m freestyle. He followed up by taking bronze in both distances at the worlds. Caldwell won gold at Pan Ams in her signature event, the 200-m backstroke. She followed up with a seventh-place performance in Kazan, her second straight world final after winning bronze in 2013.
Mallette was a member of the coaching staff at the 2011 Pan American Games, where he coached Ashley McGregor to four medals including a gold in the 200-metre breaststroke.
His background includes staff coaching roles at several other major international competitions, including the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships, 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and 2009 and 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. He served as Manager (Open Water) at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
Mallette swam competitively at Dollard Swim Club until he was 17 before transitioning into coaching. He coached at Dollard from 1998 to 2003 before joining the Beaconsfield Bluefins from 2003 to 2006. He was the Head Age Group Coach at Pointe-Claire Swim Club from 2006 to 2009 and Head Coach from 2009 to 2012.