Coaches

Alex Povzner


The Head Coach and founder of Optimal Diving, Alex Povzner is a fully NCCP Level II-certified and Level III-trained competitive coach. Alex was trained and certified as a diving instructor and subsequently as a competitive diving coach through the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). As part of his NCCP training, Alex developed knowledge in all the major coaching skill areas, such as practice planning, sports program development, mental preparation, nutrition, ethics, bio-mechanics, safety management, teaching and learning methods. Alex is trained and certified to coach competitive diving skills at competitions, pool practices and on dry-land trampoline/dry-board spotting rigs.

Alex's first student (and son) Victor is now a two times Canadian National Junior Champion (on 1M in 2014 watch here and on 3M in 2016 watch here) as well as a Senior National Medalist (2nd on 1M in 2016). Alex has prepared his divers for and coached them at Provincial, National and International diving competitions and has taught hundreds of young athletes both basic and advanced diving skills. As a trained diving judge, Alex has judged at multiple provincial diving meets, including national qualifiers. In 2017 Alex was recognized for his achievements in athlete development by Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti.

Originally, Alex developed his passion for the sport of diving in his thirties and learned many exciting diving skills on 1M/3M springboards and 5M/7M/10M platform towers. Back at that time he trained side-by-side with some of the best divers in the province and was learning the coaching techniques from the best provincial and national coaches.   

Outside of his diving coaching activities, Alex holds MA degree in Applied Mathematics and MBA degree from York University, running a software company as a full time job. His background in professional training, math, engineering and physics, combined with his being a coach, a diver and a judge, allow Alex to see the sport of diving from a unique perspective of an engineer and a scientist who can optimize the way in which many diving skills are performed. This uniquely engineering and scientific coaching perspective is where the name of the school, Optimal Diving, comes from.

Anna Tutunnikova

Anna
Tutunnikova is a NCCP Level II trained coach (certification pending) with over 25 years of diving experience both as a diver and a coach in Russia and the USA.

Anna has over 14 years of experience as a diver, and was a member of the Russian National Diving Team in 1994-2000. She was multiple Russian National Champion and silver and bronze medalist at Junior and Senior Russian National Championships, qualified for Junior and Senior European Championships, was a FINA Diving Grand Prix 1998 winner, and placed 4th at the European Cup 1998. In 1999 Anna became a competitive athlete for Brigham Young University, Utah, USA. As the BYU team member, Anna qualified and participated at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, was chosen as BYU Swimming and Diving Most Valuable Player, won multiple intercollegiate competitions and set multiple pool records. Two of Anna's BYU teammates, Rachelle Kunkel and Justin Wilcock, competed as the USA Olympic Diving Team members at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

After finishing her competitive career, Anna spent seven years coaching diving at the NCAA Division 1 universities in the USA. Anna spent three years as an Assistant Diving Coach at her alma mater, Brigham Young University, and then four years as a Head Diving Coach for men's and women's diving teams at the State University of New York at Binghamton. While at Binghamton, she developed one of the top teams in the America East Conference and had her divers qualify for the NCAA Zone A Championships.

Outside of her diving interests, Anna works as a Registered Nurse, holds Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto, B.A. In Communications from Brigham Young University, and an Associate's Degree in Coaching from the Russian State Academy of Physical Education, Moscow, Russia. Currently Anna works toward her Master's Degree in Nursing.
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