Chantal Woodard

 Chantal Woodard

 

Education: University of North Carolina at Wilmington, BA in Spanish 2010

 

Chantal was raised traveling. She grew up in California, Georgia, North Carolina and overseas due to her fathers’ work in construction. She began competitive swimming in 1995 and came to swim at MAC in 1998. She continued to swim competitively through high school. Chantal was recruited and swam four years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She was a team captain her last two years and was a representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She earned 1st place at the 2008 CAA Championship in the 200 backstroke. During her college summers, she had worked as a summer league coach, did swim lessons and worked as a YMCA camp counselor in Kentucky. Her last semester she studied abroad in Ecuador.

 

 

After earning a BA in Spanish in 2010, Chantal applied to volunteer in the US Peace Corps. She was invited in 2012 to serve twenty-seven months in Jamaica. As a Youth and Sports Advisor, she worked with a Jamaican counterpart in a rural primary school to foster positive reinforcement practices, taught HIV/AIDS education through soccer and lead the effort to build a multi-purpose court for the school and community. She extended her service because she loved it so much.

 

At the start of 2015 Chantal took the year to travel which lead to a job as a foreign language teacher in English at a public high school in Thailand. She taught conversational English and American culture to the students. By the time she returned to Charlotte, Chantal visited eight countries and circumnavigated the globe, she basically kept flying east.

 

 

With an array of experience in working with youth, Chantal joined SwimMAC’s staff in May 2016 as an assistant coach for Marlin Division and Masters. She is known to be colorful and energetic on the pool deck.

 

 

Chantal says “The best thing about working for SwimMAC is the collective drive and passion from the coaches to develop a strong technical base in swimming while also growing holistic young adults in character.”

 

 

Chantal enjoys DIY arts and crafts, talking about Jamaica, swimming in Masters, biking and running (though not yet together), yoga and exploring new cultures and the outdoors especially through traveling.