MAR. 17

Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 25



Sat Mar 22 Senior Blue 5:30-8:30am CGAC (no WSRC)

Sat Mar 22 Senior Orange 10:00 – 11:00 am (no dryland)

The first shutdown schedule is now posted on the LAC website under the “schedule” tab. This schedule runs from April 7 – May 31. Some weekend workouts will change to Thames in May when the pool becomes available.



Welcome back everyone, most of you from a week of rest&recovery, some senior swimmers from a week of very productive training in Naples, Florida. Many thanks to our Florida Training Camp chaperones Kevin & Rhonda Springer and Ed MacNeil. As we re-set and re-focus for the long course season it is important to remember that the spring/summer season is much shorter than the fall/winter one, and before you know it we'll be looking at year-end. There are 8 weeks until our Hollandia Invitational, 12 weeks until Regionals (13 weeks until 12&U Regionals), 16 weeks until Provincials, 17 weeks until the Hauch Meet, 18 weeks until Summer Nationals and 19 weeks until Age Group Nationals. Determined, focussed, purposeful practicing needs to re-start NOW if you are serious about achieving your long course objectives.

As noted above, the practice schedule for April and May during the CGAC shutdown has been posted. We ask that everyone please exercise patience, understanding and flexibility during this upheaval to our normal training time. We are very lucky to have support from all of the aquatic facilities in London, and in concert with them have done our best to put together what we think is a more-than-adequate schedule to meet your training needs. We understand there will be challenges, and simply ask that you do your best to get to as many practices as possible.


This meet takes place at CGAC and all LAC swimmers are invited to attend. Please indicate on the LAC website by Thurs Mar 20 if you plan to attend.



On April 19th (Easter Saturday) LAC will host the Eastern Canadian Tri-Meet at the Western pool. This competition features the top 24 age group swimmers from each of Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. We are in need of both minor officials (timers, stoke and turn judges) and senior officials to volunteer for the meet. This is a one day meet with a morning and afternoon timed final session, showcasing some very fast swimming. Each session should be approximately 3 hours in length, or less. This meet is ideal for high school students looking to earn their volunteer hours. Sign up will be available shortly on the LAC web site.  Senior officials presently have a first come-first serve opportunity to sign up now through the OSOA web site.

For further information please contact Paul Cappa, Meet Manager at



It’s that time of year! Registration for Swim Camp is now open on the website. Camp will run from July 7th-10th leading into the Paul Hauch Invitational. The cost for camp is $150.00 and cheques will be due June 1st. The registration deadline is May 30th but there are limited spots available, so please sign up as soon as you can! For more information please visit the event for Swim Camp on the website. If you have any further questions please contact Coach Liz at .



A few newsletters ago I mentioned that we, as a club, have two particularly urgent needs if we want to continue hosting meets.

The first is that we need more officials who are willing to move up the officiating ladder. By that I mean just a little. It really does not take any more effort than you are already expending in getting in your session credits to be a level II official. You may not see yourself as a Starter or a Referee (but they sure are fun jobs!) and that is okay because there are several other jobs that can make your time officiating more interesting and all of them are easily learned. We have a job for every personality. To be a level II official you simply need your Timer, Strokes and Turns, 1 other clinic and 2 deck sign-offs for each of these positions. This is something that could easily be done by season’s end by several people.

The second priority is that we need people who are interested in being meet managers. Several of our current meet managers have swimmers who will be graduating or have already done so. If you are an organized, take charge kind of person or maybe even if you are not (ask my wife), this is a fulfilling and rewarding job and you would be making a very important contribution to LAC. Do NOT worry, you would never be asked to take on this job without significant mentorship. This would be an on the job learning opportunity.

I will be hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 P.M. in the upstairs meeting room at CGAC where everyone is invited to come out and learn more about what is required to help with either or both of these needs. If you are interested please drop in and we can talk. There is no obligation in learning more. If this date does not work for you please let me know and I can meet with you personally.

LAC is hosting the 2014 Eastern Canadian Tri Competition at Western University on April 19th. There is a morning and a late afternoon session. It is Ontario VS Quebec VS the Atlantic provinces including the top 6 swimmers from each region of 14 YO Females, 15 YO Females, 15 YO Males, and 16 YO Males. If anyone is interested in a Senior Officiating Position at this meet, I currently have the sign-up locked out for LAC only registrations. If you will be qualified by the meet date please sign up using your OSOA account. I will be opening this to non-LAC officials this Saturday. Sign-ups for minor officials will be available later.

A final reminder that the Western Region clinic day will be held on Saturday, March 22 at the St.Thomas Campus of Fanshawe College. The morning clinics will include Referee, Recorder/Scorer, Strokes and Turns, and Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics. The afternoon clinics will be Starter, Meet Manager, Clerk Of Course, and Chief Timekeeper. This is a great opportunity to attend live clinics for those positions that are presented less often. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided and there is no charge for any of this. Mark your calendars. You can register on your OSOA.CA account or you can just show up, but keep in mind that they have to plan for the right amount of food. Coming out to this event and taking two new clinics would be a good start for some people who would be willing to work toward level two. Any clinic taken for the first time, including those at this event earns your family a session credit.

If anyone has any questions about anything officiating related, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair



Apr 6 Pentathlon CGAC (ALL LAC swimmers) Entry Deadline: Mar 20

May 9-11 Hollandia Western University (ALL LAC swimmers)



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