Oct 14

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 4 October 14

Coaches Reports

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We now embark on our second fall practice schedule - which is in effect for the next 3 weeks.

While not optimal, every group’s schedule provides every swimmer with the opportunity to continue working on their technique, endurance and speed. We’d like to emphasize that, because every group is on a bit of a reduced schedule in terms of weekly pool time for these next 3 weeks, it is really important that everyone does everything they can to get to practice on time and ready to pay attention and work hard. We must all take advantage of every minute in every workout. Practice does not make perfect...practice makes permanent, so try to pay very close attention to what your coaches are asking, and try to stay focused throughout your entire practice. The first swim meets will be here before you know it, so the time is NOW, and ALWAYS, to practice the skills that you want to shine through on race day - you want the way you swim when no one is watching to be the way you swim when everyone is watching.

Additional Workouts:

We are going to offer additional workouts for the following groups at Thames during the Oct 14 to Nov 1 schedule. These will run as the weather permits and the water temperature remains above 28 degrees C.
Age Group Bronze               Tuesday        4:30 – 5:30 pm
Development                      Tuesday        5:30 – 6:30 pm
Age Group Gold & Silver       Thursday       4:30 – 5:30 pm
Age Group Blue & Orange     Thursday       5:30 – 6:30 pm

Workout Changes:
Fri Oct 17      Development 6:30 – 7:30 pm      WSRC
Sun Oct 19    No workouts due to time trial
Sat Oct 25     Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 – 6:30 am swim 6:30 – 7:00 yoga CHOCC
Sat Oct 25     Age Group Blue 6:30 – 7:30 am swim 7:30 – 8:00 yoga CHOCC
Sat Oct 25     Age Group Bronze 7:00 – 7:30 yoga 7:30 – 8:30 swim CHOCC
Friday Oct 31 No Senior Gold workout due to Harvest Meet
Friday Oct 31 No Age Group Blue, Bronze and Orange workouts – Happy Hallowe’en
Sat Nov 1      Practice meet for all Development swimmers 6:30 – 9 am at CHOCC
Sat Nov 1      No workouts due to meets
Sun Nov 2      No workouts due to meets

March Florida Training Camp Information Meeting:
Wednesday, October 22 at CHOCC from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

This meeting is for any swimmers and parent interested in the camp. The camp is tentatively booked for March 13 to 20. Any Senior Silver, Senior Bronze or Age Group swimmer 12 and over are invited to attend. If you have questions about the camp email Donna at

Parent Meeting for New LAC Parents

When: Thursday, October 16th from 5 to 7 pm
Where: Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre
Why: Hear from the Coaches and Board Members


Oct 19 LAC Time Trial        WSRC          All LAC           Entry Deadline Oct 7
Oct 31-Nov 2 Harvest         Etobicoke      Qualifiers         Entry Deadline Oct 7
Nov 1 Practice Meet          CHOCC         Dev                 Entry Deadline Oct 23
Nov 1 -2 Autumn Inv          Etobicoke      Qualifiers         Entry Deadline Oct 9
Nov 1-2 SWA Sprint          Tillsonburg     Age Group       Entry Deadline Oct 9


I am pleased to say that the Official’s information on the LAC web site has been rewritten and updated to include lots of useful information.  If there is more information that you require, please let me know.

The Time Trial is coming up on October 19 and the jobs were posted and filled almost instantly.  There were beginner positions available for Strokes and Turns.  If anyone signed up in this space and are experienced, please release the spot for a new person.  I will try to insert as many additional new people from the upcoming Strokes and Turns clinic as possible and Nothers will have opportunities for beginners as well.

Speaking of Nothers, Denise McDonald the Meet Referee for Nothers, would like anyone who wants a chance to learn a new Level II position to let her know and she will arrange to pair you with an experienced Senior official at Nothers for training and perhaps a session or two on your own. You just need to be willing to take the clinic prior to Nothers.  You can do this online and I will also be hosting clinics for Clerk of Course, Chief Finish Judge, and Chief Timekeeper prior to Nothers.  If I hear from interested people, I can book a Starter clinic as well. Denise has set up the meet on the Officials Registration site so that you can sign up for senior positions.  Please see the Officials tab on the LAC site for more information on these jobs.  I will add instructions on how to sign up for these positions to the officials tab as well.

Upcoming Officials Events

Strokes and Turns Clinic: CHOCC on Saturday, October 18 at 6:30 A.M. (Sign-up on the LAC website)

Timekeeper Clinic: CHOCC on Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 A.M. (Sign-up on the LAC website)

***CANCELLED*** - Up-The-Ladder Information and Strategy Session: Medway arena on Saturday November 1 at 12:30 P.M.  I forgot to check the meet schedule and most people will be out of town on this date.  I will reschedule, probably for a week night.  It will take less than an hour.

PARA Swimming Strokes and Turns Clinic: Saturday November 15 at Conestoga College in Kitchener.  This is an all day clinic, free of charge, and refreshments and lunch are typically provided.  

If you have any questions, please contact me via the email address below.
Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair

Harvest and Autumn Invitational Meet Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn: Call 1-888-381-4311 and reference group code: LAC
Group rate is: $114.00 (must be booked before October 20th to get the group rate)

Homewood Suites: Call 1-888-381-1194 and reference group code: LAC
Group rate is : $134.00 ( must be booked before October 20th to get the group rate)

Residence Inn by Marriott Mississauga – Meadowvale: Call 1-866-449-7394 reference Group: London Aquatic Club; Group rate is: $99 (must be booked before October 17th for group rate)

NOTE FROM THE TREASURER -Swimmer Account Statements

A reminder that the amounts due will be debited from your account on Wednesday October 15th.  Most families should have received their statement back on October 5th. Some updated statements for new families were sent this past weekend. If you have any questions about the amount due, feel free to contact me at


Awards Banquet
All LAC Members - New and Returning are welcome!!
Date: Sunday, October 19
Time: 4-8:30 pm
Location: Greek Canadian Club, 965 Sarnia Road
Sign up: Is posted on the LAC Website
Watch the swimmers receive their trophies, medals, plaques and ribbons


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