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Peter Vizsolyi

Vikes Coach

Peter is a medical doctor with a Diploma in Sports Medicine; he has been the Head Coach of the University of Victoria Vikes swim program since 1983.  He holds academic appointments at both UVic and UBC, and has been an NCI Master Coach since the Institute was founded in 1986. 

Peter was the Chair of Swimming for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games Society (VCGS), was one of the people primarily responsible for organizing swimming events at the Victoria Commonwealth Games and a powerful advocate behind planning and building Saanich Commonwealth Place as a High Performance centre.  He was also on the VCGS Board of Governors and Medical Committees.

Peter helped establish Island Swimming in 1988, and was Technical Director for both Island Swimming and the Island National Swim Center (INSC) until 2002.  Since 2002 he has been Technical Director for the University of Victoria - Pacific Coast Swimming Association.  He has also been a Vice-President of the Canadian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association since 2000 and sits on several Swimming-Natation Canada (SNC) Committees.

As an athlete, Peter was a National finalist.  He had the opportunity of swimming under several of Canada's greatest coaches and has been able to utilize these experiences in developing his own approach to coaching. He has been recognized for coaching excellence by Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIAU/CIS) Association, the Canadian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association, and SNC.  He was CIAU Co-Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1998, was 2003 FISU World University Games Canadian Head Coach, and has represented Canada on several other occasions.

Peter has coached twenty-one international athletes who competed under the Vikes swim banner.  Team members have won over 200 National and International medals, and Vikes athletes have included Commonwealth, Pan-Am, Pan-Pac and Olympic medalists.