Meet SwimCamps Coach
Dominique Diezi O'Brien

Dominique Diezi O’Brien is a former Swiss swimmer who specialized in sprint freestyle events. Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, she was a member of the Swiss national team from 1992 to 2004, during which she competed at two Olympic Games, several World and European Championships, and gained recognition for her athletic achievements. Today, Dominique is a respected coach and mentor, sharing her knowledge and passion for swimming with young athletes through various programs and camps.

Dominique's journey

Dominique’s journey in the world of swimming started when she was just seven years old and her family moved from Switzerland to the greater New York area. Her mother enrolled her in swimming lessons, which later led her to join a swim team with her two sisters and a few neighbors. As Dominique recalls, ”Racing was fun from the start. Training simply became another part of my day.” Her hard work and dedication eventually took her to a bigger and more competitive swim team, where she developed her skills and honed her natural talent.

Her success

In 1996, Dominique represented Switzerland at her first Olympic Games in Atlanta, but after the games, she felt drawn to faraway places and decided to move back to the USA to pursue her education. She earned a scholarship to study at Northwestern University near Chicago, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. After graduation, she partly trained in Switzerland and with various coaches across the US, before returning to Switzerland to tackle the 2004 Olympic qualification.

Despite her impressive athletic career, Dominique wishes she had taken setbacks with more ease and humor, something she strives to instill in the kids she teaches and coaches. ”The right amount of hard work plus the right amount of laughter along the way is a winning combination” she says. After retiring from competitive swimming in 2005, Dominique worked as an English teacher in Switzerland, but her passion for the sport soon brought her back to the US, where she served as the women’s coach for Southern Methodist University. During this time, Dominique honed her coaching style, which she describes as strict yet inspiring, and attended various swimming courses and training camps to further develop her skills.

”Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many amazing individuals whom I greatly admire. We’re talking anyone from excited 4-year olds who just wouldn’t give up to Olympians to stay-at-home moms discovering a passion for swimming, to 70+ year old Masters swimmers going after world records. I love the energy we exchange, the passion for water and swimming that flows from one to the other and back” Dominique says. She believes that every swimmer has the potential to achieve great things, and her goal is to bring out the best in her athletes by fostering a positive and supportive environment.

Your opportunity to train with coach Dominique in 2023:
Swim Camp Venice 11 th April – 15 th April

Now, Dominique is part of the coaching team at SwimCamps, a new brand that aims to promote the sport of swimming globally by organizing top-notch camps for ambitious swimmers. She will be co-head coach with Josipa Nekić at the Swim Camp Venice, taking place from April 11th to April 15th 2023, which is designed for swimmers aged 11 to 17 years old. With a maximum capacity of 24 swimmers, this camp promises to provide individualized attention and top-notch facilities to help each swimmer reach their full potential. 

Dominique Diezi O’Brien is a true inspiration to young athletes and coaches alike, embodying the values of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Her passion for swimming and her commitment to her athletes make her a valuable asset to the SwimCamps team and a role model for young swimmers. She is sure to inspire and motivate everyone who attends the Swim Camp Venice. So, don’t hesitate to join us and take your swimming to the next level!


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