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Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 26



The first shutdown schedule has been re-posted on the LAC website under the “schedule” tab. There have been some changes to the schedule due to programming changes made by Robarts. This schedule runs from April 7 – May 31. Some weekend workouts will change to Thames in May when the pool becomes available.



We are about to embark on an exciting and challenging three months, with the Canada Games Aquatic Centre closing and us moving our programs to pools all over the city. There are always opportunities inside challenges and we have 3 opportunities before us: 1) when CGAC re-opens we will have a renewed, refreshed, refurbished facility to enjoy 2) we will get to use different pools across the city and can show the staff and patrons at these pools what a classy, responsible, respectful organization we are and 3) we will get to practice a lot more turns because we'll be doing all of our swimming (until June anyway) in 25m pools. Two reminders on this last opportunity: 1) the best time to practice good turn technique is ALL THE TIME, every single day, not just on the those occasions when we do a set specifically aimed at turns.  The coaches always laugh when they hear: "When are we going to practice turns?" Because the answer is: "Every single day." You have done hundreds and hundreds (if not thousands) of turns - do them well when you are at the end of a hard, hard set and you will do them well at the end of your race. Which leads to 2) There's a saying you've all heard before: practice makes perfect.  Well, that's not exactly accurate.  A more accurate statement is: PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT.  So...whatever you are doing in practice is what you are going to do in competition.  Make sure you are attending with diligence and purpose to all of the tiny details in your training...they will add up to make a BIG difference later on!

CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica, Maggie, Aitana, Jenna, Dominic, Aiden and Brandon for their selection to, and participation in, a Regional Training Day at Western University last Saturday.


This meet takes place at CGAC. 13 & over warm up: 6:30 am and 12 & under warm up: 10:50 am. The Pentathlon consists of 100 of each stroke and the 200 IM.



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 is now  available on the LAC web site.  Senior officials please sign up now through the OSOA web site.

For further information please contact Minor Officials Coordinator Mike Joudrey at or Paul Cappa, Meet Manager at



This meet takes place at WSRC (Western) and all LAC swimmers are invited to attend. This meet is now posted on the LAC website and is available for sign up.



Swimmer Account Statements

Swimmer statements for meets up to the first weekend in March and any team travel / Florida camp adjustments will be sent out later this week (possibly not until the weekend). The statements will be sent by e-mail to your login e-mail. Included in the e-mail will be options for making payment.

Amounts generally relate to meet entry fees but they also include misc. items and minor membership fee adjustments. General information on swimmer statements including payment options can be found by logging in to the website and looking under swimmer accounts. The entry summary tab includes details for meet fees (please note we do not currently use the website billing system). 

Families are reminded that payment is due on receipt. As always, feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about the postings on your account. For any questions requiring more than a simple e-mail, please see me at the pool or e-mail me so we can make arrangements to speak over the phone.




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 .



It was a great clinic day in St. Thomas this past Saturday with instructors and students from all across South Western Ontario.

I will be hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 P.M. in the upstairs meeting room at CGAC - everyone is invited to come out and learn more about moving up the officiating ladder and what is involved in being a meet manager. 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.

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)



Information for the newsletter should be emailed to by 10 am Monday mornings. All newsletter submissions are subject to review and editing where necessary.