Valerijs (Val) Kalmikovs
Although born in the USSR, Val grew up in what is now Latvia. With his mother as his swimming coach, Val qualified for his first Olympic team at 19 year of age only to be told he couldn’t compete due to an administrative error. After the 1996 Atlantic Olympics, he attended the University of Nebraska on athletic scholarship where he studied his Bachelors degree in International Affairs.
Val completed his Masters Degree in Sports Management and Athletic Administration at Valparaiso University, Indiana where he was also an Assistant Coach for the University Team . Val moved to California in 2003 to coach at Bakersfield Swim Club and made a good impression quickly; He was awarded the 2004 Central California Coach of the Year after a few of his swimmers won USA Junior National Championships.
Val’s swimming career spans an impressive four Olympic qualifications (participated 1996&2000), nine World Championships and more World Cups than he can count. He has extensively traveled throughout America and Europe teaching&coaching swimming with his wife, Joy. Now in Rockhampton, Val wishes to continue to teach and coach the sport that is in his blood. He hopes to positively impact the lives of swimmers in not just Rockhampton but Australia wide.