Coaches Update May 2, 2018

UPDATE MAY 2 nd , 2018


CONGRATULATIONS TO AMIERA BLACK, three first and one second at the Ann
Ottenbrite Conference Swim Meet.
We had some great swims this weekend at the meet in St. Catherine’s. Swimmers
swam events that they not have raced in a year or ever before. Meets like the Brock L/C
Invitational are important to a swimmers development overall. When doing a long term
plan for the team, we look at several things, one being the meet schedule and what is
needed. In our plan for meets we have meets that are below your ability level where you
can work on things that need to be worked on such as breathing patterns and trying
different events, we have meets that are perfect level for an athlete where they can get
up and win and we have challenging meets that everyone needs to work extra hard at in
order to reach the top. Every swimmer needs to compete at least once a month to keep
the feel of the water. Your meet schedule is given out in the early year in the season so
that you have the ability to plan around it.
As this year is winding down, remember to look at planning for 2018-2019 well in
See you at the pool
1. ACES 1, 2, 3, and 4 and Tillsonburg Black, Green and White this is your last
week of practices. We have a letter with recommendation for next season that
coaches will hand out at your last practice this week or at the Aqua 7 final.
2. AQUA 7 FINAL is Sunday May 6 th , 2018 please see email with events for warm
up times. Reminder that relays are in a middle session.
3. The following people have to pick up their Aqua 7 T-shirts in the office: Carson
Sousa, Bailey Ewanchuk, Hannah Aszmies, Adalyn and Hannah Corriveau,
Wilson and Naomi Caperchione (being brought to Tillsonburg Tonight), John and
William Cooper, Ella McBoyle, Reese and Drew Watmanuk, Ethan and Westley
Martin Root, Kaleb Kuttschrutter and Graeme Cook. Payment in cash or cheque
(payable to the Aqua 7 league). Shirts are $20.

MAY 5 TH , 2018
7 AM-8:30 AM

We will do an overview of the past season and look at the upcoming season's budget
and projects.
Just like many other non-profit sport organizations our team events and fundraisers
would not be able to run without the dedication and commitment of volunteers, including
the executive, the board of directors, the committee leaders and parent volunteers.

Are you ready to help the ACES family next season?


The summer hours and camps are posted on bulletin board and currently you may sign up in the office.
The Camps have limited space so please sign up ASAP.
Everything will be online soon as well. Keep watch of the web page.

May 4 th Last Friday Dryland at Personally Fit 5-6 pm only
May 11 th no Friday night in Woodstock
May 19 th no Practice
May 21 st Victoria Day No practice or Dryland

Last year we won the NORTH SHORE CHALLENGE as a TEAM, whose going to take on the challenge to
help us repeat as team champions? North Shore Challenge Turkey Point July 15 th

Amy and Coach Kris during the 10km race in Lake Erie.
There are a few more Local Open water races, if you are interested in attending let me know

They are: Fathers Day Classic in Waterford Ontario June 17 th
Deer Creek Cake Swim Sept 16 th Langton On
These events are open to all ages, as there are different distances available.

MEETS: by Olivier Poirier-Leroy
Swim meets are a little unforgiving when viewed in a certain manner. You
spend months training a countless number of hours, only to have your
performance completed in a manner of minutes, with no recourse if you
disagree with the numbers on the scoreboard.
But on the other hand, they are also places where swimmers learn the value
of hard work, of setting and chasing goals, and other life skills including
dealing with setbacks, developing sportsmanship, to even just being down
with your fellow swimmers.
Here are 7 reasons every swimmer should go to swim meets:
1. Sportsmanship. In competition we learn the value of sportsmanship. There
is value in waiting for other swimmers to finish before hopping out of the pool
after a race, of waiting and cheering on the competition struggling to complete
their own race. Watching young swimmers behave in this way is not only
educational for other swimmers, but heartening and inspirational for the rest of
2. Teaches swimmers to set goals, and make a plan to crush ‘em. Swim
meets provide the opportunity for swimmers to work towards a specific goal.
Which requires them to make a plan to achieve it, something that will translate
well to whatever they choose to do outside of the pool.
3. Learning to cope with disappointments. They swam their little heart out,
crashed into the wall in a flurry of arms and splash, spun around to see their
time—and their face instantly fell. Either they lost the race they wanted to win,
came short of breaking their personal best, or their goggles filled up with water
right off the dive. Swimming is a microcosm of life; sometimes things simply
don’t fall into place the way we want or expect. Realizing that things won’t

always go our way, and understanding that the path forward is one we must
pave, is a lesson that will come in handy during all stages of life.
4. It is the ultimate feedback for how you train. Piling up the miles and
going in-practice bests are awesome, and can help keep you motivated and
excited about training. However, to get a full idea of where your skills and
abilities rack up, you gotta get up on the blocks. It’s difficult to fake the nerves
and adrenaline you get in the moments before your race, and more
importantly, once your race is over you not only get a clear idea of just how
fast you are capable of going, but you can figure out where you can improve
most moving forward.
5. Teaches the value of hard work. The most dangerous swimmer in the
pool can often be found with the silver medal around his or her neck. Coming
that close to winning, close enough that they can taste it, often acts as the jet
fuel to higher performance. Having come so close, our runner-up will double
down on their effort and commitment in the pool so that they never have to
suffer the indignity of losing again.
6. Gives you the opportunity to redefine your limits. There is nothing quite
like swimming faster than you ever have. That feeling of looking up at the
scoreboard and seeing a number faster than you thought was possible of
yourself. When you shave a heap of time off of your best time your per-
conceived limits are forever altered. You now expect more and better from
7. Camaraderie. Although swimming is a hybrid individual/team sport, the
swim meet is a decidedly team atmosphere. Whether it is taking a coach bus
together, painting the sides of the vans with inspirational sayings, or even
flying cross country together, swim meets bring athletes together. Teammates
cheer for one another, screaming themselves hoarse even though they have a
final of their own to swim shortly after, to swimmers from different teams
cheering on an athlete who is having the swim of his or her life. A sense of
kinship is inevitable when you go to battle together for a full weekend, each
chasing the outer limits of what is possible.