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 4 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!
Coach Gubetha (Coach GG) was born and raised in Scarborough. She is a Mental Health Studies student at the University of Toronto. Growing up Gubetha played in various sports including being on a soccer team called the Scarborough Rangers. Over the 3 years she played in this league, she developed a love and passion for this beautiful sport. Now after going into her field of study, she specializes in working with children and children development, alongside working with children within the autism spectrum to provide education and vital life skills. Gubetha is excited to be a positive impact in children’s lives at Soccer Shots, by encouraging self-love, passion, and determination within themselves.
Coach Kabilan (Coach K) was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. When he was just 8, he played rep soccer for the United Soccer Sport Club, and that was where his love for the game was cultivated. As he gained great experience playing for United, this facilitated him to play for his high school varsity soccer team at Middlefield Collegiate Institute. During high school, he volunteered at his former soccer club, where he coached young children basic soccer skills and vital life skills. In addition to soccer, he also has a passion for playing basketball and is a big Toronto Raptors fan. Coach Kabilan has recently completed his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and health science at York University and is aiming to pursue a career in physiotherapy. During his time at York, he was able to gain tremendous experience volunteering as a physical activity guide for a non-profit organization called KINKIDS, where the goal was to deliver guided active play for young children in efforts to encourage fun and fitness. He believes his professional experience can help inspire and develop important soccer and life skills for the youth. Coach Kabilan is looking forward to sharing his passion for the beautiful sport of soccer and is excited to positively impact the children’s lives through coaching at Soccer Shots!
Alexandra Da Silva
Coach Alexandra was born and raised in Markham, Ontario where she participated in a variety of sports. She started playing soccer for the Markham Soccer Club at a young age and continues to play to this day! Her strong passion for working with children and playing soccer has led to many volunteer and co-operative experiences. Most recently Alexandra worked with children as a Teacher’s Assistant with the York Region District School Board, as well as a volunteer with the City of Markham and Markham Sports Dome supporting their sports camps. This has provided her with invaluable experience working with children of various ages, stages, development, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as children with special needs. She is an energetic, friendly team player who ensures a safe and inclusive environment for all. Alexandra is entering her last year of her high school studies and plans to pursue her passion for working with and educating children on and off the field by becoming an elementary school teacher! She is elated to bring her passion for soccer and working with children together by working with the Soccer Shots team!
Coach Danielle first found her love for soccer at a young age and has been enjoying it ever since. Starting in house league soccer, Danielle knew she could take her skills to a higher level – which is when she decided to register for competitive soccer. Not long after joining the competitive league with the Richmond Hill Soccer Club, she became the captain of her team. Since then, Danielle has taken the skills she learned from her leadership role and has used them to form her into the responsible, hard-working, and confident woman she is today. Her enjoyment extends beyond just playing the game as she has also volunteered for the Richmond Hill Soccer Club and coached multiple winning teams with which she was able to pass on everything she has learned. Aside from playing soccer, Danielle is currently studying to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science with aspirations to become an athletic therapist for top-tier athletes. Coach Danielle’s goal is to motivate her players and help them develop both as athletes and individuals. She is excited to help the youth discover the same passion she discovered at a young age.
Coach Nicholas was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He has been involved in many sports throughout his life including soccer, hockey, and volleyball. However, soccer has always been his favourite and the sport he has participated in throughout his entire childhood. At the age of 4, Nicholas began playing house league soccer for the Richmond Hill Raiders Soccer Club and then made the transition into playing for the Raiders competitive team as he got older. His passion for physical activity, fitness, and heath promotion is what led him into obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. Nicholas has gained valuable experience working with children in the two years he worked at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center. During his time there, Nicholas led exercise programs for children that aimed at developing physical literacy, cognitive function and social skills. Nicholas is excited to be a member of the Soccer Shots team and hopes to share his love for soccer with all the kids he coaches!
Coach Taylor has been playing soccer ever since she was in grade 5. She was born in Downtown Toronto, but moved to Markham when she was 3. She has been a part of both Markham Soccer Club as well as Richmond Hill Soccer Club. She played rep soccer, house league and even OPDL soccer for a few years. Now Taylor is attending Ryerson University where she is studying Business Management and majoring in Real Estate. After University she hopes to continue her education and take her Real Estate licenses. On her free time she likes to play soccer and spend time with her friends and family. Coach Taylor has spent some of her elementary and high school years volunteering at Markham Soccer Club camp, where she has helped and volunteered working with various soccer age groups. Coach Taylor is excited to be joining Soccer Shots where she is able to meet new people and help younger children.
Coach Megan was born and raised in Hong Kong. She has been involved in many types of sports but found her passion in soccer. She has had experience working with children in various age groups at Kumon Math and Reading Center, and has worked with patients at different physical activity levels through volunteering at Lifemark Physiotherapy. Megan is passionate about using her knowledge to educate young children, promote physical activity, and to help them gain confidence in themselves. Megan is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. She is excited to inspire more children to find their passion and grow as an individual through coaching at Soccer Shots.
Lauren has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old when she first moved to Shanghai. She played throughout grade school and continued when she moved to Canada for high school. In high school she volunteered with The York Hills Centre for children, youth, and families in Richmond Hill where she organized and ran activities for children with emotional, social, and behavioural challenges. She joined Soccer Shots as a coach as it combined both her passion for working with children and soccer. Currently, she is going into her fourth year of Life Sciences at Queen’s University.
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