Jan 27

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 18 January 27

Coaches Reports
LAC has been fortunate to be able to offer some exciting opportunities to a fairly broad cross-section of our athletes over the last month. A Start & Underwater clinic for some of our senior swimmers; a Breaststroke clinic for a range of swimmers who have demonstrated competence and potential in that stroke; TV Ontario recently selected us as the feature club for one of their Sports Labs for Kids segments (that will air in the summer); we have a nutrition seminar scheduled for this Friday; a group of age group swimmers will be training in Florida over the March Break; Head Coach Andrew and swimmer Maggie recently spent 3 days in Montreal after a competition to train with and learn from Commonwealth Games gold medalist Katerine Savard and her coach. And of course we were fortunate to have world swimming expert John Leonard come for a visit in November and lead us all, swimmers, coaches and parents, through some of his methodologies.

Last week the coaching staff sat down to review goals and expectations, and talk about how we can continue to work on improving product delivery. What we want everyone to know is that we are always looking for new stones to turn over to help our swimmers develop the skills, attitude and mindset to compete at their highest possible level. We will continue to seek out innovative opportunities for our athletes and coaches, provided they are initiatives that align with our philosophy of caring about the athlete 6 years from now as much as we care about the athlete 6 months from now.

MMST Winter Dash4Cash 2015:
Apologies for omitting the following in last weeks’ Newsletter: 1 Hickey, David 13 London Aquatic Club $75

Nutrition Presentation
On Fri.Jan.30 Kolten Abbott, graduate of the Exercise Nutrition Research Laboratory at Western University, and nutrition consultant to several varsity sports teams at Western including the swim team, will present: "Ten Nutritional Approaches for Elite Performance". He will present to senior swimmers (and parents) at 4:15-5pm and will present again at 5-6pm to age group swimmers (and parents). This important information session will take place in the upper level multi-purpose room at CGAC. I hope as many of you as possible are able to attend. Coach Craven

Workout Changes
Friday Feb 6 Senior Gold and Silver 4:00 - 5:00 pm CGAC.
Friday Feb 6 Age Group Gold and Silver 4:00 - 5:00 pm CGAC
Sat Feb 7 NO LAC workouts due to WOSA and Sting Meets.
Mon Feb 16 Age Group Blue 5:30 – 7:00 pm CGAC (CHOCC closed for Family Day)
Sat Feb 21 Senior Gold 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC (due to Diving Meet)

Feb 6 – 8 WOSA Regional Champs Windsor Qualifiers Entry Deadline: Jan 20
Feb 7 – 8 Sting Meet CGAC non-regional Entry Deadline: Jan13
Feb 21-22 Swim Ontario Winter Festival Etobicoke Qualifiers Entry Deadline: Feb 9
Feb 26-Mar 1 SC Age Group Champs Brantford Qualifiers Entry Deadline: Feb 10
Feb 28-Mar 1 Steve Kingston Invit. Newmarket Age Group/Senior Entry Deadline: Feb 10

The meet takes place at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr, Newmarket. The team bus will depart from CGAC on Fri.Feb.27 at 4 pm, and will return at 10 pm on Sun.Mar.1. Approximate cost for transportation, hotel, and meals will be $250 per swimmer, please indicate if your swimmer will be travelling with the team when you sign up for the event.

LAC Swim Equipment
Hello LAC members: If you require LAC swim equipment please contact the LAC coaching/administration staff will now distribute the LAC Swim equipment.

Custom Spiritwear
LAC Families: We are doing an order of Custom Team Spiritwear! Please fill out the order form found HERE and return to your coach by Friday February 13th 2015. Anyone wishing to order LAC backpacks please send an e-mail to and we would be happy to provide you with more information.

LAC Bingo
Did you know that LAC works bingo at the Lucky Days bingo hall once a month as a form of fundraising? The LAC bingo committee is in need of some new volunteers who can help us out on a regular basis. Working bingo requires that volunteers arrive at the bingo hall at approximately 4:30pm. We count and sell cards for the evening, and then help tidy up before heading home at about 10:00pm. Volunteers receive one session credit and $40.00 towards the family travel account for each bingo session worked. If you think this is something that you can do to support our club please contact Rhonda Springer at Our next bingo date is February 11 and we would love to have some new volunteers join us.

Rhonda Springer and Sharon Langham—LAC Bingo co-chairs

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.

On February 7 and 8 we are hosting the Western Region Sting Meet and I need the help of the LAC officials who are not attending the WOSA champs the same weekend.  The Sting Meet is a two session single ended meet for swimmers who are still working toward the eventuality of qualifying for WOSA. This is also a great opportunity for people, who have recently taken clinics for new positions to get some deck experience. Many of LAC’s more experienced officials will be out of town and we will need your help. I am the Meet Referee for this meet. You can sign up for senior positions using your OSOA official’s account. You can find instructions on how to do this on the LAC website in the Officials tab after you have signed in. If you have any trouble with this process then please email me. Timers and Strokes and Turns officials will sign up the usual way on the LAC site.

The Western Region will be hosting their Spring Clinics on Saturday, March 7 at Conestoga College in Cambridge. I have posted the flyer for these clinics on the Officials tab on the LAC Web Site. There is a selection of clinics in the morning and again in the afternoon. There is no charge and morning refreshments and lunch are provided.

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

Message from the WOSA SC Regionals Meet Management
WOSA Regionals Champs – Timers needed:
The host clubs are mostly in need of Timers - for Friday and Sunday - and everyone can do that, even without the clinic.  Please sign-up using your OSOA.CA officials account (this is preferred) or you can contact either the Meet Referee, Carol McNiece or the Minor Officials Coordinators, Teresa Tennant or Linda Stanczak to volunteer. Thanks in advance.

Sponsorship Meeting
A few LAC Members have formed a Sponsorship Committee in an effort to raise funds for LAC capital and operational expenses.
The Sponsorship Committee invites all interested LAC Members to attend an information meeting:
February 2: 6 pm at the CGAC - meeting should last ~1 hour.

If you are interested in attending please sign up on the LAC site under events.
Other inquires can be directed to:

Information for the newsletter should be emailed to by 10 am Monday mornings.