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Coaches update Mar 21st, 2018

UPDATE MARCH 21, 2018
March Break was a pretty exciting time this year. Many swimmers took the opportunity to come
to the clinic and spend some time with Kierra Smith, 2016 Canadian Olympian. Kierra offered
some great advice on streamlining, turns and breaststroke.
Nine swimmers travelled to Hartwick College (Kris’ former school) We did four workouts in just
over 36 hours, got to visit the International Baseball Hall of Fame, meet Coach Dale and hear a
little about swimming in College (he even filled the swimmers in that Kris was a two-year captain
of his College team). Coach Dale also reminded the swimmers that there best swimming will
happen when they get to College. We also got to have a birthday party for one of the swimmers,
to have some great team bonding.
In closing I want to leave you with this message (from “Winning Isn’t Normal, Dr. Keith Bell”)
“You never know what you can do. You might fail, but that doesn’t mean you are not capable of
success. It only means that you did not succeed that time. Even if you consistently come up
short, don’t rule out success. Defeat need not lay heavily on your shoulders. If you stay with it,
success may be lurking around the corner. I had a teammate who started competing as a 10
and under. According to my late coach Bob Alexander, he never won a gold medal until he was
16 years old. He never won a gold medal in any meet-no local, not any kind of meet until he was
16 years old. Then Jed Graef went on to set a World record and win a gold medal in the 200
backstroke at the 1964 Olympics”
Below is an article I wrote in 2007 to the team, I think it is important that all swimmers read this
and remember that we are all part of a big, amazing team!!
Team Building and Team Spirit
The concept of team: why is it important? It is important because it allows you to identify with a group
that has the same likes as you and it allows you to be a part of something, for a felling of belonging.
Some of you may feel that swimming is only an individual sport because each participant performs as an
individual, however relays and team scoring require a group effort, therefore making swim meets a
team effort.
The making of a team starts with the coaches and what he or she does to make swimmers feel like part
of a team and to the swimmers that makes all the difference in the world. Not every swimmer can win a
gold medal, but all swimmers can contribute positively to the TEAM. This can be done through hard
work, challenging themselves and others to improve, being team leaders, enthusiastic cheerleaders and
good sports.
Team building activities such as guest speakers, clinics, outings, long course practices, year end awards
and swim a thon are some of the ways to strengthen team spirit. We also have the benefit of being part
of the Aqua 7 league which allows all swimmers from youngest to the oldest, beginner and more
advanced to mingle with each other while racing and cheering each other on. The older swimmers can
mentor the younger swimmers and give back to the great sport of swimming. Meets that have finals are
another way to build that team unit, as well as team travel meets. It is important when you get the
opportunity to race in both prelims and finals you take that opportunity to get to know your teammates
better and work hard to get better times.

Team uniforms, such as our team bathing suit, team cap and t-shirt (and all other team wear) help
swimmers feel like they belong to a team. Remember to wear your team wear and be proud of who you
are “ACES”. By wearing team clothing you are positively promoting the team in the community giving
the ACES more recognition in the general public. Our team cheer, banner, posters, older swimmers
helping with younger swimmers are all ways that help build team spirit. The importance of a positive
attitude has a tremendous impact on how you are swimming and it will take you to your goals.
Team spirit is needed by all, parents, coaches and swimmers. Without it we will not continue to be
successful. With it, there are no boundaries for any one on the team. Be PROUD of who we are, cheer
loudly, meet your teammates. Who knows, you could find your best friend right here on the team.

GOAL SETTING:
We have now started into the long course season. We had some amazing swims to wrap up the end of
the short course season. Provincial medalist included Amy Meharg, Dalton Sanderson, Chloe Simmons,
Ethan Scheerer, Arden Tedford, Makayla Duff, Gracin Black and Kris Sanders. We now are getting ready
for the next round, Amy and Dalton are representing the ACES at Senior Nationals in Montreal in two
weeks. For both swimmers this is the first time attending this meet. We have several meets to work on
those little things and getting them right so that when the big race comes up, we get the time we want
and the result we want, however we must have a goal. Alice didn’t have a goal, so it really didn’t matter
the outcome. Do you know what road you are taking to get where you want to go?

AGM MAY 5 TH , 2018 MARK THIS DATE ON THE CALENDAR,
WHY ATTEND THE AGM? –hear about financial, help select
your new board for next season, and an open forum to learn
more about the team. Please come out to help the team
become better!

CHANGES AND CANCELATIONS:
March 23 rd No DRYLAND
March 28 th No practice in Woodstock or Wilmot due to Aqua 7 meet and no dryland
March 30 th No practice swimming or dryland Good Friday
April 2 nd No Swimming in Woodstock, normal schedule in Wilmot
April 13 th No Dryland
April 14 th No am practice
April 27 th No Dryland
April 28 th No morning practice
DEADLINES:
Spring Turbo Charge (Laurier) Deadline is Mar 19 th , 2018
Brock Long Course Deadline is April 1 st , 2018
Senior Nationals Deadline is Mar 20 th , 2018
Eastern Nationals Deadline is Mar 26 th , 2018
AQUA 7 Final Deadline is April 15 th , 2018
Hollandia Deadline is April 13 th , 2018
LONG COURSE PRACTICES:
*MAR 31 ST LONG COURSE TWO WORKOUTS AT MARKHAM PAN AM
POOL, 10-12 AND 4:30-6 PM –TEAM BONDING OPPORTUNITY GOING
BY BUS, OUT FOR LUNCH,SHOPPING AND DRYLAND
Cost is $ per person. (Bronze 1, Bronze 2, Silver 1, Silver 2 and
Gold) Deadline to sign up is March 24 th , 2018
APRIL 21 ST LONG COURSE PRACTICE AT LAURIER (swimmers in Bronze 2, Silver 1, Silver 2 and
Gold)

SUMMER 2018
We will be having the following during summer of 2018
MON/WED/FRI 6-8 am (anyone age 10 and up are able to attend)
COST: 2 hours per week $140
4 hours per week $260
6 hours per week $300

SUMMER SWIM CAMP
CAMPS

July 9-13 th 8-1pm Intensive camp Cost: $250 maximum of 12 swimmers
Ages for this camp 10 and up in Bronze 2 or higher
July 30-Aug 3 rd 8-11:30 am Skills Camp Cost: $200 maximum of 12 swimmers
Ages for this camp are 14 and under

SWIM A THON
Whose going to get the prizes for the most money raised for this seasons Swim a thon?
Get busy getting those sponsors!!
*April 7 th , 2018
S1, B2 and B1 6:30-8:30 am
B and A4 6:45-8:45 am
A3 and A2 7-8:30 am
A1 7:45-8:45 am
Would like those is S2 and G to help with the A1 and A2 in the water, as well as help count if needed on
Sat morning
April 2 nd and 4 th S2 and Gold
April 5 th Tillsonburg Swim A Thon 4:30-6 pm
April 4 th Woodstock Swim A Thon 4-6 pm

TRAINING CAMP 2019
The camp for March 2019 will be in SPAIN, we are finalizing details with the facility to make our
final choice on which place in Spain but we are very excited by this opportunity.
This event is open to swimmers aged 13 and over in March 2019. We travel as a team for
training camps.
The approximate cost will be $1500-$2200 based on flights, we are unable to get the full price
at this time.
We will be finalizing location in Spain and setting a deadline for a deposit in the next month or
so
Those who fall in the age range will be getting an email with more information and deadline in
the next week.

Parents Article: THANK YOU for you time and helping
your child be a better swimmer, by supporting them and
bringing them to practices and meets.

LONG POINT ECO ADVENTURE CAMPING
WEEKEND: TEAM BONDING
June 15, 2018 (05:00 PM) - June 17, 2018 (10:30 AM)
Registration Deadline
April 6, 2018
 We need 8 to attend or we will have to cancel
SEE ONLINE FOR MORE INFORMATION