Apr 21

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 29 April 21

Coaches Reports
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in our 2015 SWIMATHON campaign, especially those of you who were our top fundraisers. Due to your great efforts we are now one big step closer to securing 8 new start blocks and other equipment upgrades.

CONGRATULATIONS to Maggie MacNeil for her great swims in Sydney at the Australian Age Group Nationals – Maggie culminated a very busy week of racing by winning silver in the 15 year old girls 100FL with a club record. She also achieved 8 personal bests out of 13 swims – well done.

"FAST TAKES TIME" - from the book "Winning Isn't Normal", by Dr. Keith Bell: One of the tough things about training is you never see any immediate results. It takes time. You don't dive in, do a hard set, then as a result of doing that hard set notice an immediate increase in speed or strength. In fact, you may very well feel weaker and swim slower immediately after the hard set because your muscles are fatigued. You don't notice the results until weeks, or even months, later, when the effects of many training activities accumulate.  There is no such thing as an overnight success – getting fast takes time.  You have to keep plugging away at it.  Success doesn't come with one, or even several, extraordinary efforts. It comes with the accumulated effects of consistently going for it. It is PERSISTENCE that pays off.

CHOCC will be closed from Apr 25 to May 10 for new filter installation.
Below are the details for the workouts that will be at CGAC.
Sat Apr 25 & May 2: 5:30-7:45 am - Age Group Blue Dryland 7:00-7:45 am
Sat Apr 25 & May 2: 6:15-8:30 am - Age Group Bronze Dryland 6:15-7:00 am
Mon Apr 27 & May 4: 3:00-4:30 pm - Senior Silver & Bronze
Mon Apr 27 & May 4: 4:30-6:15 pm - Age Group Gold & Silver Dryland 5:45-6:15 pm
Mon Apr 27 & May 4: 5:00-6:00 pm - Development 1
Mon Apr 27 & May 4: 5:00-6:30 pm - Age Group Bronze Dryland 5:00-5:30 pm
Mon Apr 27 & May 4: 6:00 – 7:00 pm - Age Group Orange
Wed Apr 29 & May 6: 5:45-6:45 pm - Development 1
Thurs Apr 30 & May 7: 3:00-4:30 pm - Senior Silver
Thurs Apr 30 & May 7: 4:45-5:30 pm - Yoga Senior Silver & Bronze
Thurs Apr 30 & May 7: 4:00-6:00 pm - Age Group Gold & Silver Yoga 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Thurs Apr 30 & May 7: 5:30-6:30 pm - Age Group Bronze & Blue
Fri May 1: 5:00 – 6:00 pm - Age Group Orange
Fri May 8: No workouts due to Hollandia Swim Meet
Sat May 9: No workouts due to Hollandia Swim Meet

May 8-10 Hollandia CGAC All LAC swimmers Entry Deadline: Apr 10

LAC Swim Equipment
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Swim-A-Thon Event Report
Saturday, April 18: There were 21 senior swimmers who participated, all of whom successfully completed the 5K in under 2 hours. 10 senior swimmers opted to swim 5 kilometres straight without stopping (time in parentheses): congratulations to Yousir Aldin (1:18:45), Sam Campbell (1:21:40), Dominic Cappa (1:05:16), Menley Langham (1:12:20), Tessa Peerless (1:14:30), Connor Reid (1:11:48), Madelaine Shoemaker (1:16:50), William Stewart (1:10:10), Sabrina Wang (1:11:48) and Yudi Yang (1:18:38).

Over the two days of the Swim-A-Thon event, 39 Age Group Gold/Silver swimmers participated, that was 93 per cent of the group. All of the swimmers that participated in the swim-a-thon on Saturday completed the 5 Km. The swimmers enjoyed cupcakes, granola bars, juice fruit and yogurt parfaits at the cpmpletion of the event.

Sunday, April 19:  34 swimmers from the Age Group Blue, Bronze, Orange, and Development groups participated in the Swim A Thon event at CGAC from 6:30 to 8:30 am. There were plenty of smiling faces in the pool as the swimmers swam as many lengths as they could, all in an effort to help raise money for LAC to purchase new Starting blocks and other equipment. Each swimmer received a certificate of participation. Coach Liz made cupcakes for the occasion and the swimmers were also treated to snacks of fruit parfaits, granola bars and juice.

The following swimmers completed a distance of 5 km: Tyler Van Berkel, Sydney Van Berkel, Nicholas Bao, Marie-Claire Laberge, Madeline Forsey, Cleo Murphy, Alex Lobo, Clara Mac Neil, Hilary Bruce and Jack Haycock. The following swimmers completed the distance as listed: Haley Murphey 2100m, Dylan Baarda 3050m, Sarah Martin 3750m, Nikola Darvill-Kaiser 3425m, Hailey Baarda 3050m, Julianna Baarda 400m, Samantha Elkami 3150m, Sophie Carruthers 3250m, Hannah Burns 2700m, Emma Rauth 3100m, Rachel Nieuwenhuizen 3650m, Amanda McConnell 3450m, Dani Hart 3200m, Grace Haycock 3925m, Junsoo Pak 4300m, Derek Robinson 4075m, Vivian Yuan 3275m, Claire Bao 3300m, Haley Murphy 2100m, Charlotte Flannery 3250m, Heather Carr 3475m, Hadi Ahmed 3000m, Sarah Gaunt 1600m, and Hannah Rice 2650m.

If there are still family, friends or neighbours who wish to donate:
The Swim A Thon fundraising campaign runs through to Saturday, April 25.

A quick reminder to anyone interested in working senior positions at our upcoming meets. The Meet Referee needs to know early if you want one of these jobs because if LAC does not provide enough officials then he must find volunteers from other clubs. Please do not procrastinate. You can sign up for the Swim Ontario Summer Festival now using your OSOA accounts. If you are not yet qualified but plan to be qualified before the meet, please let the Meet Referee know this by saying so in the comments when you register on-line.

I have arranged for a series of clinics that began on Monday. They will all be at CGAC. The sign-ups are now available. Only the Timekeeper sign-up will be on the LAC site. All of the others will be done using your OSOA account. This is all explained on the Officials tab when you sign in to the LAC site. Here is the clinic schedule:
1. Chief Finish Judge and Chief Judge Electronics - Monday, April 20 5:30-8:00 P.M. Lower Meeting Room
2. Clerk Of Course - Friday, April 24 5:30-7:30 P.M. Lower Meeting Room
3. Chief Timekeeper – Saturday, April 25 9:00-11:00 A.M. Lower Meeting Room
4. Starter – Monday, April 27 5:30-7:30 P.M. Lower Meeting Room
5. Timekeeper and Safety Marshall – Friday, May 1 5:30-7:30 P.M. Upper Meeting Room
6. Strokes and Turns – Saturday, May 2 9:00-11:30 A.M. Upper Meeting Room

If you have any questions please contact me at:
Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair

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