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The Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club have found their new coach.

The local swim club named Kristina Steins its new age group coach, beginning in September. 

“The Hammerheads are pleased to welcome four-time Swimming World Championship contender Kristina Steins to our coaching staff,” A release said. “Kristina will be heading up our Age Group rosters under the direction of NHAC head coach – and one of her former coaches -Trent McNicol.”

From Port Hope, Steins comes to the Hammerheads from the Dolphins Swim Club, in Burlington, where she was an assistant coach.

In the pool as a swimmer, Steins’ resumé is impressive.

She represented Canada in 2013, and went on to compete for Latvia, where she set a number of short and long course records. Steins ended her run at the Latvian National Championships by breaking the women’s 50m backstroke national record twice in one day. The 25-year-old first broke her own record of 29.36 qualifying for the finals in a time of 29.29. She went on to win with a time of 29.03.

She was on target to make the 2020 Olympic team, having  the highest FINA ranking for a Latvian swimmer. But the COVID-19 pandemic put the Games and her hopes on hold.

As an assistant coach with the Dolphins Swim Club, Steins led by example to the younger swimmers.