I started working as a coach from a very young age, as I was lucky enough to be born in a family dedicated to this sport, a Dynasty in the swimming world, my grandfather, Gaston Thoret, was a French Ecuadorian champion who had been the first official swimming coach in Ecuador in the 1950s, and who thought of stablishing his own Academy in Los Angeles, California in the sixties, and had as friends people like George Haines and Don Gambril who at the time where at the epicenter of the world of advance training in swimming, producing world champion one after the other, with the likes of Mark Spitz , Gunnar Larson and Donna de Barona.
This was the foundation he brought back when he decided to form his Swimming school in Ecuador in the early 1970s, the “Academia de Natación Thoret” his hard work and knowledge paid off, and had the top swimming Club in the country in just a few years, being undefeated nationally twenty five consecutive years, a great achievement, and was awarded with honorary plaques from the government, this was a place where the majority of the Ecuadorian international swimming elite developed, from 1974 on… so from the age of eight I asked my father who at the time was the assistant coach to train me, and let me be part of the team, he graciously accepted as a test to see if I was able to put in the effort. (In those days you had to audition to be part of the team).
Throughout this time, I began not only to keep training but to see the inner workings of this incredible sport, which has taken me a long way from home and let me travel most of my life to different countries were I would develop my knowledge and technique, necessary to become a player in the world of Latin America swimming, and this accumulated knowledge, in later years would send me on the path of coaching and the development of young stars in the field just like my grandfather.
This happened at the end of 2007 when I was contacted by “Ministry of Sports” in Ecuador, they wanted to employ me to work in a city called “Babahoyo”, I was hired as head coach of the swim team in the province, for me it was a challenge because coaching has been my family legacy, where good social relations and reading quickly the problems of people are virtues of the utmost importance, and that was a change. Also “Los Rios” is a province that never had any achievements in this discipline and that seemed to me a challenge. In the two years I worked with them, we built a strong base on which many successes were eventually obtained, but especially had a swimmer who remained national junior champion and qualified for the national team in the “Pacific Cup Tournament”, the other guys had great advances and were ranked the top 10 the country in their category, for “Babahoyo” a city that never expected much from this sport, it was a great achievement, and the medals were something to applaud.
Soon after I was given the chance to be the assistant of the famous Argentinian coach Orlando Moccagatta who at the time was training world swimming champion Jose Meolans. I was part of the coaching staff and would work with the “Technical Group” of the “Atletico Club River Plate Swimming Complex”, as I took over the team of youngsters and children, my job was to develop the annual plan as these are delicate ages and have to work on detail much of the aerobic and technical base for the future, programming their rise to prominence in their adolescence.
I officially retired from my swimming career on a happy note being a three-time gold champion in the “2012 Rio de Janeiro Pan American games”.
Now I live in Helsinki and have a one-year-old Finnish daughter, who I plan to prepare, tutor and perhaps continue the legacy of swimming competitively.
But for the time being, since I arrived eight months ago I am working as Swimming Coach for the Masters team in the “Simmis Club” and have had great satisfaction watching them get better technically and aerobically. My services include “coaching, teaching and technical development”, and my aspirations include having a large stock of swimmers who will be technically efficient, as to reach the higher spheres of the sport, teaching this was always the goal of my forefathers, to always become better at what you do… and it is mine also.