Mar 24

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 25 March 24

Coaches Reports
CONGRATULATIONS to Adam Purdy for his selection to the Canadian Paralympic team to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and the Pan-American Games in Toronto.
CONGRATULATIONS also to the 17 swimmers who participated in the Florida training camp – all reports are that everyone worked very hard and had a great time.
We hope everyone has had an opportunity to re-charge their batteries as we embark on the second half of our swimming year. Before you know it we’ll be counting the days to summer vacation, so start working now toward your goals. Our Hollandia meet is 7 weeks away, and that should be everyone’s focus in their training. There’s no “build-up” period in the long course season, as everyone already has 6 months of training behind them. Know what your goals are, know what you need to be working on technically and tactically to achieve them, and start working on them! Remember, even if you are on the right track you’ll get run over if you simply stand there!

From the desk of Coach Donna - Congratulations to the 17 LAC swimmers who stepped up and completed the 60 km training camp in Fort Lauderdale over the March Break! A special thanks to our chaperones Jen Williams and Coach Meggin for powering our athletes up. They couldn't have done it without your great support.

Workout Changes
Effective immediately SNR Gold & SNR Silver Tue pm workout is 3-4:30pm in the water, there is no longer dryland from 3-3:30pm.
Sat March 28 Age Group Blue: 6:00-7:30 am swim only (Dryland Cancelled)
Sat March 28 Age Group Bronze: 7:30-9:00 am swim only (Dryland Cancelled)
Sat Apr 4 NO Workouts Happy Easter
Sat April 11 Senior Silver 6:00 - 8:30 am CGAC no WSRC
Sat April 11 Senior Bronze 7:00 - 8:30 am CGAC no WSRC

Apr 3 LAC Pentathlon CGAC All LAC swimmers Entry Deadline: Mar 12
May 8-10 Hollandia CGAC All LAC swimmers Entry Deadline: Apr 10

LAC Swim Equipment
For your LAC swim equipment needs please contact

Swim-A-Thon: Week 3 Updates
Congratulations to the top 3 LAC fundraisers to date: Julia, Alex and Samantha. Great job!!
Go to to register and participate in this great fundraising opportunity for our club. LAC Swimmers who participate in the Swim A Thon campaign will receive gift certificates that can be used to purchase LAC Spiritwear or Swim Equipment: Swimmers who raise between $200-$399 will receive a gift certificate of 10% of the amount that is raised; Swimmers who raise between $400-$599 will receive a gift certificate of 15% of the amount that is raised and Swimmers who raise over $600 will receive a gift certificate of 20% of the amount that is raised.

Event takes place at CGAC as follows:
Saturday, April 18: 5:30-7:30: Senior Groups and Age Group Gold and Silver
Sunday, April 19: 6:30-8:30 am: Age Group Blue, Bronze, Orange and Development

This past weekend I had the privilege of officiating at the Speedo CAN/AM PARA-Swimming Championships at the new Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre in Scarborough.  This international meet was my first time officiating at a PARA-only meet. It was truly inspiring, and a great learning opportunity as well. If you have the chance to help at one of these meets, I definitely recommend it.

For those of you who may not have heard, there is a new officiating dress code that starts at the Team Canada Trials on April 1. Actually, it was in place at the CAN/AM meet on the weekend. The standard above the waist is unchanged and is still white (or a meet shirt of any colour provided by meet management) but from the waist down the expectation is now black, so black pants, socks and shoes. The ladies get a few more black options such a skirts or Capris. As usual, the higher the level of the meet, the more strictly this will be enforced. There will be a period of transition (probably the rest of this season) where traditional whites will still be allowed and club hosted meets will likely continue to be more relaxed, especially for wet jobs like Timers and Strokes and Turns. Championship meets will have a higher standard.  If you are shopping for black, keep in mind that the water is chlorinated so 100% cotton is probably NOT the best choice. I will post the new dress code on the Officials tab once I have the official copy.

The Good Friday Pentathlon (< 2 weeks) and the Hollandia Spring Invitational (< 7 weeks) are coming up soon. The sign-ups for senior officials for both meets are available using your OSOA.CA accounts. You can sign-up now for these jobs as long as you have qualified to do them by taking the clinic. This is a good opportunity to start working on your deck sign-offs and achieving level II official status this season.

I will be offering another series of official’s clinics between the Pentathlon and the Hollandia Spring Invitational. We are always excited to have people who are interested in trying some new jobs. There is a lot more to swimming officiating than meets the eye.  Most of the officiating clinics 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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