Connie Chan Zhang
Coach Connie was born in Panama and moved to Jamaica shortly after at a very young age. With the many changes happening in her life, soccer has been the one constant growing up. She has also been involved in many types of sports but has always fallen back on soccer as her safety net. Being physically active at such a young age has allowed her to recognize the importance of movement for character development and creating skills that are transferable outside of soccer. Connie holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. Connie has gained her coaching experience from being an instructor for Camp U of T for 2 consecutive summers, and subsequently as a Personal Trainer for 3 years, working with various age groups and levels of physical fitness. She strongly believes that through her professional experience, she will be able to bring joy and character development to the lives of children in the Markham and Richmond Hill communities through Soccer Shots and all the fun that comes with it!
Coach David has been part of the soccer community from a very young age. He is very passionate about the sport and started his soccer career at the age of 5. He has been the captain and leading goal scorer in the GTA whilst playing for the Richmond Hill Raiders Soccer Club. Upon the end of his season with Richmond Hill, he was scouted by the Carlos Rivas Soccer Academy, travelling worldwide and playing soccer abroad. He has been a soccer coach since the age of 15 and continues to be a helpful role model and coach for all the children in the Greater Toronto Area. He spends a majority of his coaching schedule interacting and bonding with his soccer students, providing them a very enjoyable and positive atmosphere. He is always ready to spend quality coaching hours with his students and pursue them to reach their ultimate potential. David is currently a post secondary student at the University of Toronto, hoping to further educate himself as he is completing a Physiology and Chemistry double major program. David is happy to be a part of Soccer Shots, and is always ready to help the younger generation build character and skills, all while having fun!
Coach Ginia started playing soccer at the age of 5 for the Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club. Her passion for the sport led her to grow up with the club spending 10 years of her soccer career playing on Unionville. She continued her career with the Glen Shields Futbol Club securing the Ontario Cup and Central Soccer League Cup with the club. Ginia has had a lifelong passion for educating young minds and promoting physical activity. She is currently studying to become a high-school teacher under the Concurrent Education program at Brock University, majoring in Mathematics with a second teachable in English. Ginia is excited to bring forth her passions to the Soccer Shots team and to coach youth in the beautiful game of soccer!
Francesco is new to Markham, but was born and raised in Toronto! A sports fan at heart, he has played soccer and baseball since childhood. His passion for sports lead him to coaching elementary school softball having lead that team to back-to-back championships! Francesco has a passion for investing in todays youth. He previously worked at summer day camp instructing kids ages 4-12. Aside from sports, Francesco holds a bachelors degree from U of T, where he majored in biology and criminology, and minored in anthropology. Teaching kids important life skills is a priority for Francesco and he is excited to be a part of Soccer Shots and educating children in the Markham and Richmond Hill communities!
Coach Vicky grew up in Markham where she participated in a variety of sports. She was on many sports teams in school and out of school at different clubs, These included soccer, volleyball, track & field at Speed City Track Club, and most recently cheerleading at Western University. Vicky has been working with young children since she was 13 and is excited to be sharing her passion for athletics and working with youth. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Western University. With her experience in athletics and working with youth of all ages, along with her knowledge from studying exercise science, she prepared to deliver the best experience to children and families in Markham and Richmond Hill! She believes she will be a positive and important influence in children’s lives, and is is excited to get to work with everyone and be part of the amazing experiences to come at Soccer Shots!
Coach Genna was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. From age 7 she played many sports and found interest in soccer, volleyball and running track and field, leading her to play on her high school varsity soccer team for three years. Genna just graduated from Ryerson University with a bachelors degree in Psychology and is looking forward to continuing her education to become a high school teacher. She has a strong passion for educating young children and helping them to develop their skills on and off the field. Genna has worked in a childcare center for the past three years as an early childcare assistant and has taken part in running many summer camps throughout her life. She is excited to bring both, her passion for soccer and educating children to Soccer Shots in order to enrich the lives of children while having fun!
Queenie has always been a lover of sports. Growing up Jamaica, she learned to play the popular sports such as, track and field, soccer (or as she knew it, football), tennis, badminton, and her favourite, netball. As her focus switched from sports to working with children, she never forgot the importance of playing sports in a child’s life. Since her studies in Early Childhood Education, she has always believed in teaching children through play; educational activities. She has over 13 years of experience working with children of various age groups, different socio-economic background, cultural background, and children with special needs. Her passion for working with children has only continued to grow and she believes she can continue making a positive impact in children’s lives at Soccer Shots!
Coach Vanessa was born and raised in Markham, ON and soccer was the first sport she ever played! She started playing for the Markham Soccer club and then after a few years she began to play for the Unionville soccer club in order to play with her younger sister. After playing soccer for 4 years, she then started to play hockey as well. Throughout Vanessa’s childhood she played many other sports including volleyball, basketball, and cross-country. Vanessa has played soccer for over 13 years and continues to play to this day in the summer and on her school co-ed varsity team. Over the last few years, Vanessa has volunteered to work with children as a teacher assistant for elementary schools, as well as a skating instructor for young children as she has a passion to teach children. Vanessa is currently in her second year at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, as she is majoring in Sociology while also completing her Certificate in Law – one day she hopes to attend law school and become a criminal lawyer. Coach Vanessa is excited to make a positive impact on the lives of children in Markham and Richmond Hill while coaching at Soccer Shots!
Coach Alifiya began her involvement in sport in her hometown of Markham at a very young age. Her sporting excellence and love for keeping active led her to the captain position of numerous teams including soccer, volleyball, and flag football. More than just an extracurricular activity or pastime, sport involvement has remained an outlet for Alifiya to express herself and cultivate meaningful relationships. Creating a healthy and fun environment for young athletes like herself encouraged Alifiya to pursue volunteer coaching and refereeing opportunities throughout her high school experience for elementary school sports. Now completing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an enhanced minor in Business, Alifiya aims to pursue a teaching career in her future and share her passion and love for sport with her students. She is excited to be able to have a positive impact in the lives of children in the Markham and Richmond Hill communities through Soccer Shots, and all the fun that comes with it!
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