TAC Weekly Letter
Thunderbird Aquatic Club
TAC Weekly Letter

Quote for the week:

"Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment can you grow."

~Brian Tracy


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Team Trip

I have room for 2 more girls and 2 more boys on the team trip. If anyone wants to get on the trip and missed the deadline, shoot me a email.


Summer Hours

Here is our summer hours starting after school is out. We will practice through August 10th and than take 2 or 3 weeks off. Don?t forget that there will be no charge for the month of August.


May 22nd is the last date to let your opinion be heard for a new pool

5:30 at the Anacortes library will be the last public meeting about the new pool. I really want a big swim team presence. The Anacortes American is highly negative towards the pool and we as a swim team have a huge influence on the pool and where it goes. Come to the meeting and get heard.


Team Banquet June 9th

The team banquet will be on the 9th, at the middle school cafeteria.


Volunteers needed

TAC will be hosting our second Special Olympics swim meet, May 26 12:30-3:00. We need people to help time, run and guide swimmers to their racing spot. This will count for volunteer hours and bonus points for the soul.


Swim-a-thon Schedule

This Friday, the Senior, Junior and Gold will participate in a over night sleep over. Everyone else should arrive at the pool at 7:30am on Saturday, the event will be over by 10am.


We will be doing a make up swim-a-thon Friday 25th, 4pm to 6pm


This will be happening May 12th and it is our one big fundraiser of the year. The swim-a-thon is going strong. You can see the swim-a-thon center here




Use the online tools they are awesome.


So far we have $4,767 registered online. Only $15,233 to meet our goal. The gold group continues to be the leading group.


What we are raising money:


Update some badly needed equipment. Touch pads, timing console and timing equipment.


Cover the cost of the end of the year banquet, purchase some replacement equipment for everyday uses.


20% of the money raised by the swimmers going on the team trip will help cover the cost of the team trip.


Most importantly a large amount of the money raised will go into our financial needs funds for families that could use a little help. We have a number of families that want to keep their kids swimming but financially its tough. TAC wants to give those kids a chance to experience the awesomeness that is swimming and being part of a team. So if you enjoy this team and want to help other families enjoy this team help us raise money so that we have the resources to continue to offer this option.


Spring Thunderbird 18th-20th

This is our big one. The Spring Thunderbird is a mini Olympics for our younger swimmers. Signups are available.


Please come to give your input at any of our information Sessions concerning the New Pool Design .

Dates: May 22nd

Where:  Anacortes Public Library Annex

Time:  5:30-7pm

If you can?t make it, please email Christine Mathes your input or questions at fpfccomm3@gmail.com  


Smile Amazon

We have a Smile Amazon account for the Thunderbird Aquatic Club. If you are buying something on Amazon thing of us.

To access:


to initiate Thunderbird Aquatic Club to be the recipient of the donations from your purchases:

go to "Account&Lists" in upper right

then select  "Your Account"

go to "Your Amazon Smile".  in upper right is a "button" to "SELECT CHARITY". scroll down to Thunderbird Aquatic Club.

There is no additional cost of goods for a donation to be made to TAC.

It's easier if you create a "bookmark" from the smile.amazon.com page rather than trying to remember to go to SMILE rather than just plain Amazon.com


Online Team Store

We are trying a new thing. Our gear vendor is setting up online ordering. They are also offering a partial return on your purchase. With your purchase the team will get a 8% returns. Hopefully next month you will also get 1.5% cash back on your purchases, they are still working that system out. You need to log into our site to see the tab. Once you click the tab it will take you to our gear site.


If you got something you need to buy go check it out.


 Contact Information:                                       
(800)214-6823                              Dan Martin
Tel:(702)696-9290                       360-510-4813
Fax:(702)696-9210                     Email: swimgear@msn.com



Something New


Kids and Carbonation: Is Sparkling Water Good for Youth Athletes?

Many kids love carbonated soft drinks, but parents of young athletes often wonder how carbonated drinks affect their kids? health and performance. So, before your child cracks open their next La Croix, let?s take a look at what?s inside. 

Sparkling Water vs. Soda

The most important distinction to make is between sparkling water and sugary soda. Sparkling water, like La Croix and others, is just carbonated water with flavor added. Sodas, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and tonic water, contain carbonated water, but are packed with added sugar. 

Registered dietitians warn that sugary soft drinks contribute to excessive consumption of sugar and total calories while delivering virtually no beneficial nutrients. Dentists warn that sugary soft drinks can contribute to tooth decay and the development of cavities. For all kids, whether they?re athletes or not, sparkling water is a better choice for a carbonated beverage than a sugary soda. 

Carbonated Drinks and Hydration

Does handing your kid a cold sparkling water after a hot practice or game help them hydrate or contribute to dehydration? It depends. 

The water in sparkling water hydrates an athlete just as well as still water, assuming an athlete consumes the same amount. However, as anyone who has tried to drink a large volume of fizzy water knows, the carbonation slows you down, fills your stomach with gas, and probably makes you burp. 

It?s easier to consume a lot of fluid quickly when it?s still water, which is why commercial sports drinks are not carbonated and why sparkling water probably isn?t the best choice for the sidelines or immediately after a hard game. 

It is important for young athletes to consume fluids throughout the day so they start practices and games well hydrated and can perform at their best. Many young athletes unknowingly struggle to stay optimally hydrated, especially student-athletes who may have morning and afternoon practices. 

If drinking non-sweetened (with sugar or artificial sweetener), flavored sparkling water encourages them to consume more water across the span of the day, that?s a step in the right direction. 

The Downsides of Giving Your Kids Sparkling Water

For kids and adolescents, the most significant risk associated with the consumption of sparkling water is that it may displace more nutrient-dense drinks, primarily drinks that contain calcium (milk) or are rich in vitamins and fortified with calcium (orange juice). For young athletes, another downside to sparkling water can be bloating or feeling uncomfortably full during exercise, which is why still water is recommended before and during practices and games. 

Sparkling Water Myths

While sparkling water doesn?t give a child or young athlete an advantage, some of the big reasons parents question the safety of sparkling water come back to a few persistent myths. 

Myth: Sparkling water will rot your teeth

Sparkling water is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in water, which forms carbonic acid. Given the amount of CO2 used to create carbonated drinks, the resulting carbonic acid is a very weak acid. Nevertheless, sparkling water is more acidic than tap water, which leads to questions about whether sparkling water contributes to tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, the answer is no, provided there is no added citric acid from flavorings. They stress, however, that sugary carbonated beverages do contribute to tooth decay. 

Myth: Sparkling water weakens bones

According to Harvard Women?s Health Watch, this myth likely originated from studies that showed that for young women, consuming cola, and specifically cola, resulted in lower bone mineral density in the hip. Further research eliminated carbonation and phosphorous (found in some sugary sodas, but not all) as causes, and centered on the caffeine in the cola and reduced intake of calcium-rich beverages as the most likely causes. 


When it comes to water, tap water or any still water is the top choice from doctors, dietitians, and dentists. The next best is sparkling water. Club soda or seltzer water typically contains no added sugar, but it does have sodium and can have other added ingredients, so it slots in after sparkling water. 

Nutrient- and vitamin-rich drinks, like milk and fruit/vegetable juice, can play important roles in childhood and adolescent nutrition. And, all of the above are preferred over sugary, carbonated beverages, including sodas and tonic water. 

Your 2018 board members:


President: Laurie Bergvall

Phone: 360-333-2052

Email: lauriebergvall@gmail.com


Vice President: Niabi Drew

Phone: 360-914-8132

Email: ethernuts@gmail.com


Treasurer: Rob Hoxie

Phone: 360-299-9218

Email: mapmanrob@hotmail.com



Secretary: Lissa Snowman

Phone: 206-234-5510

Email: lissasnowman@hotmail.com


Parent Rep: Elton Erickson

Phone: 360-610-9354

Email: eltonerickson1974@gmail.com


Parent Rep: Silvy Yamazaki

Phone: 408-688-6080

Email: syamasj@aol.com


Parent Rep: Monica Harris

Phone: 360-421-1497

Email: monicacharris2@msn.com


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