Dave Heinbuch

1976 Montreal – Dave Heinbuch

When Dave Heinbuch made the national swim team in high school, he knew going to the Olympics was no longer just a thought in the back of his mind.

It moved front and centre. Like most swimmers with a definite goal in mind, Heinbuch trained hard, swimming at the Laurier pool and later at Simon Fraser University for two years.

At the age of 21, Heinbuch joined Hett in Montreal. He came in 15th in 200 metre breaststroke.

Upon returning back to the region, Heinbuch, who is Kitchener born and raised, decided to coach at his alma mater – the University of Waterloo.

For nine years, he coached the men’s and women’s varsity swim teams at UW.

Then in 1988, Heinbuch went to Nepean where he would have a long-standing position as head coach of the Nepean Kanata Barracudas. He retired in 2008/2009.

But the love of coaching is strong and Heinbuch coaches part-time at a club in Gatineau, Quebec.

Heinbuch started swimming at the age of nine at the Kitchener YMCA and later trained at the Lincoln Road facility.

Heinbuch said coaching has always been a joy and it keeps him close to a sport that gave him so much.

“I like to push kids and have fun at the same time but it’s hard balancing it,’’ he said. “You have to connect with swimmers.’’

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