Dec 9

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 12 December 9

Coaches Reports
The following excerpt is from the book “Winning Isn’t Normal” by Dr. Keith Bell, a renowned American sport psychologist. Just some food for thought in the midst of our first competition cycle.

DARE!  We are so trained to do what we’re told and to go along with what we are “supposed” to do, that sometimes it’s hard to remember you have needn’t passively react to the situation in front of you. TAKE CHARGE! Treat your fellow competitors with respect and demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship, but make each race your own. Do not let yourself be herded like a sheep into doing what you’re “supposed” to do. You’re not supposed to win. It’s easy to passively yield to every situation and bring that mindset to your race. MAKE YOUR RACE YOURS! Take charge, act with courage and confidence, and understand that it’s OK to aggressively go after what you want. Break free of the tendency to automatically respond to every situation by trying to figure out what you’re “supposed” to do and doing it. Winning isn’t common. You need to assert yourself and purposefully pursue what you want. You need to respect the rights of others, but you do not need to give in to their whims and wishes. ASSERT YOURSELF – especially in our great sport. It’s the only way to succeed.

Determination  Aggressiveness  Responsibility  Emotional Control

CONGRATULATIONS to Maggie MacNeil and Aitana Robinson for their performances at the inaugural Ontario Junior International at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre last weekend. Maggie, swimming for Team Ontario, swam to 4 personal bests and set 5 LAC club records in the process, and swam the lead leg on Team Ontario’s bronze medal winning 4x200FR relay; while Aitana established PB’s in 2 of her 4 individual events, as well as swimming a personal best on the Western Region 4x200FR relay.

Congratulations to First Time Qualifiers:
Ryan Estabrooks qualified for Regional's over the weekend at the SWA meet.
Sonya Demidenok Regional’s first time qualifier this weekend at the LAC Time Trial.

Workout Changes
Fri Dec 12: Age Group Silver 4:00 – 5:00 pm CGAC
Fri Dec 12 Senior Silver 4:00 – 5:00 pm CGAC
Sat Dec 13: Age Group Gold, Silver, Blue, Bronze 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: All Senior Groups 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: Age Group Gold and Silver 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: Age Group Blue, Bronze and Orange 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC
Sat Dec 20: All Development 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC

Note: Beginning Monday January 5 and continuing until the end of the current schedule Senior Bronze will swim Mondays at CGAC from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Dec 11-14 Invitational         Pointe Claire   Qualifiers       Entry Deadline Nov 11
Jan 17 - 18 12 & Under Celebration CGAC All LAC 12/unders Entry Deadline: Dec 16.
Jan 17 – 18 Milton Dash for Cash Milton All LAC 13/overs Entry Deadline: Jan 2
Feb 6 – 8 WOSA Regional Champs Windsor Qualifiers Entry Deadline: Jan 20
Feb 7 – 8 Sting Meet CGAC non-regional Entry Deadline: Jan13

Holiday Training Updates

There will be no LAC training from Monday December 22 to Sunday December 28, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
The Holiday training schedule is now posted on the LAC website.

Session Credit updates
The session credit accounts, for events through to the end of November, will be updated by Friday, December 12 at 5 pm. Please check your account after that time. If you have any questions, after you check your account, email:

Swim-A-Thon: Coming April 18 & 19, 2015
This is a great fundraising opportunity for LAC
Saturday, April 18: 5:30 – 7:30 am at CGAC: Senior and Age Group Gold and Silver
Sunday, April 19: 6:30 – 8:30 am at CGAC: Age Group Blue, Bronze, Orange and Development.
Stay tuned to future LAC Newsletters for further details.

Congratulations to Steve Baarda on becoming our second new Level 2 official this season!  Steve Baarda received his final sign-off for Chief Timekeeper at the Time Trial this weekend.  That was easy!  For anyone interested in helping the club in this way, there are Level 2 clinics that started on Monday evening.  See the schedule below.  To achieve level 2 you need the Timer and Strokes and Turns clinics, plus one other Level 2 clinic and two deck sign-offs for each of these.  Since there is only 1 spot per starting end for any job other than Timer and Strokes and Turns, I usually recommend taking more than 1 of these Level 2 clinics so that you have options.  For more information on these jobs, please log on to the LAC site and explore the Officials tab.

The December Time Trial lived up to our usual high standards and first time Meet Manager Dave Tennant should be very pleased with the result of his efforts! As a bonus he received some one-on-one training on CFJ and other office work from our new Level 5, Greg Lewis.  Thank you to Saad Aldin, our Meet Referee, for tracking down all of the required senior officials required for the meet and for making sure it ran in the professional yet relaxed atmosphere that is appropriate for a Time Trial.
Level II Officiating Clinics:
Chief Timekeeper: Friday, December 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.  
Starter: Monday, December 15 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.  
Clerk Of Course: Friday, December 19 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at CGAC, in the downstairs meeting room.
All clinics except Referee and Starter can also be taken on-line.  

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

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