Our staff members can be contacted directly using the information provided below. Alternatively, you may contact the club using our general email form on our contact page.
Kristeen DeGobbidirector of membership & hr
Jenn McDonaldsenior accountant
Fawn Gillmembership sales coordinator
Garth Prousedirector of fitness
Garth is an industry veteran with extensive expertise training private clients, coaching teams, and teaching a variety of fitness classes. With over twenty years of experience in the fitness industry, he has helped clients of all ages attain their maximum physical potential and overall health goals. Garth’s approach to strength and conditioning has helped enhance the performance of his varied clientele, not limited to but including professional and junior athletes, children, teenagers, expectant mothers, business professionals, and seniors.
Garth is a former member of Canada’s National Rugby Team, as well as a BC Junior A Hockey alumni. His time in the BCHL with the New West Outlaws, Surrey Eagles, and Trail Smoke Eaters taught him resilience, discipline, and patience, as did competing amongst some of the fittest in the world as one of the first Canadians to attend the CrossFit Games. Now retired from competitive sport, Garth carves out time to serve as the head coach of the Capilano Rugby Club. His experience with high-level athletics lead him to develop a unique training method, focused on proper mechanics, balanced programming, and encouraging clients to reach their desired levels of physical performance through safe and consistent progress.
As the Director of Fitness at the NSWC, Garth oversees all fitness operations, providing leadership for team and group classes as well as personal training. Garth manages the strength and conditioning for hockey, tennis, and swimming, whilst creating and coaching new class formats and generating a fantastic culture and environment for all fitness users.
Kim Hirjidirector of recreation & club events
Fabio Walkerdirector of racquets
Fabio Walker was born and raised in North Vancouver. In the years 1984 to 1988, Fabio reached seven Canadian National Championship finals, winning four times – three singles and one doubles. From 1986 to 1988, Fabio was the number one ranked junior in the country and represented Canada in many international tennis events including Jr. Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open. He also won a gold medal for British Columbia at the 1989 Canada Games. In 1988, Fabio received a full tennis scholarship to Texas Tech University, a NCAA Division 1 school located in Lubbock, Texas where he played position one in singles and doubles. After graduating in 1993, Fabio decided on a career coaching tennis and competed in the local Tennis BC Men’s Open tennis circuit. Again, he achieved a number one ranking in both singles and doubles. Fabio worked as an assistant tennis pro at the Nautilus Racket and Fitness Club in Lubbock, Texas (1992 – 1993), at the New Westminster Tennis Club (1994 – 1995), and at the West Vancouver Tennis Club (1996). Fabio was the Head Tennis Professional at the Richmond Country Club from 1997 to 2012 and has been the NSWC Tennis Director since 2012.
Amy Walkerpickleball pro and coordinator
Amy began playing pickleball in 2018 in Palm Desert, California. She competed in the Desert Pickleball League Division 1 for two seasons and in her final season was undefeated on Court 1. Amy teamed with daughter Angie to win Silver at the USA National Qualifier Women’s Doubles in Idaho in 2019. Amy went on to compete in the Margaritaville Pickleball National Championships in California and win Gold with husband, Fabio, in the Kelowna Open Mixed Doubles Championships. Amy looks forward to coaching and passing along her love for the game to players at the NSWC! Amy is a Certified USAPA Pickleball Coach.
Evan Richardsonhockey coordinator
Evan grew up playing his minor hockey in Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island. Following his minor hockey career, he went on to the BC Major Midget League, where he led the league in scoring, He then moved on to play 3 years in the BCHL, where he spent 1 year in Victoria and 2 years in Powell River. During that time, he won 1 World Junior Championship Gold medal in 2012, and 1 Silver Medal in 2013. Evan then went on to play his freshman season of NCAA Div 1 college hockey at Boston College, before transferring to finish his final 3 years at the University of Connecticut.
After his NCAA career, Evan then went on to play 3 professional seasons in the ECHL (Tulsa Oilers), England (EIHL), and France (Ligue Magnus).
Evan has now taken on the role of Hockey Coordinator at the NSWC, and wants to help as many players as he can achieve their highest levels of success, not only in hockey, but in life. His biggest strengths as a player were his passion for the game, and his skating, which he plans to share and help improve on everyone he meets and works with while on the ice.