June 16

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 37 June 16

Coaches Reports

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that one has to say.

For it isn’t your parents or teammates or friends
Whose judgment upon you must pass.
The person whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

If you’ve had some success in your time at the pool
You may think that you’re sitting quite high.
But the one in the glass says you’re only a fool
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

That’s the person to please – never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you right through to the end.
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the one in the glass is your friend.

You may trick the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the one in the glass.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 97 swimmers who competed over the past 2 weekends at the Western Ontario Championship meets, the 13&over event was 2 weeks ago at Western University and last weekend the 12&U event took place in Waterloo. Between the 2 meets LAC swimmers achieved personal bests in 54.5% of their races, which is a great performance at this time of year, when perhaps some may be starting to lose their focus somewhat and begin pining for the end of the season. 10 swimmers performed pb’s in 100% of their swims, and we collected 54 individual medals (13 gold, 17 silver, and 24 bronze). One of our “catch phrases” is “FINISH STRONG!”, and throughout the 2 meets there was plenty of good, smart, tough racing in the closing quarter. We are definitely in the closing quarter of the 2014-15 swim year – this is when you want to show your coaches and your fellow competitors what kind of determination and commitment and perseverance you have.
“If you want to finish first, first you must finish!”

Workout Changes
Thursdays in June Senior Silver/Bronze swim 3:30-5 pm yoga 5-6 pm Thames
Fri June 26 Age group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 5-6pm Thames
Fri June 26 Festival Qualifiers 5-6pm CGAC
Sat Jun 27 10:00 – 11:30 am THAMES Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue
We are now on our May 30 – Jun 27 schedule. Please check for schedule updates under the “schedule” tab on the LAC website.

Jun 27-28 Swim ON Summer Festival CGAC All qualifiers Entry Deadline: June 15
Jul 2-5 Swim ON LC Provincials Nepean All qualifiers Entry Deadline: June 11
Jul 10-12 Hauch Meet THAMES All LAC swimmers Entry Deadline: June 16

Laps for Lives 2015
Laps for Lives will take place on August 15th from 10am-4pm at Thames Park Pool. LAC swimmers in Age Group Silver and above are encouraged to swim on a team of 4 or more for a day of community, fun, and lots of swimming! Registration and pledge forms can be printed off the Laps for Lives website: Registration forms can be printed off, filled out and handed to Aitana, Emma or Katelyn or Tessa with the $25 registration fee by June 31st. Swimmers and families who do not participate are encouraged to come out on August 15th to support the swimmers and the cause. All money raised during this event will go towards the Adapted Fitness Centre, which introduces Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) youth to a healthy lifestyle of physical activity, exercise and well-being through fitness. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team at

Can’t wait to see you there!
Aitana, Emma, Katelyn and Tessa

Used Clothing/items Drive
LAC is proud to sponsor a Used Clothing Drive during the week of June 15-21, in support of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP). Through the entire week there will be a bin situated in the lobby at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, into which you can deposit any used clothing, shoes, bedding, or e-waste (any used electronics). Please ensure your items are in plastic grocery or garbage bags (no loose items).

LAC Swim Camp 2015
The LAC Coaches are happy to announce that the registration for Swim Camp 2015 is open! The camp will run from July 6th-9th. Swimmers born in 2003 or later are eligible. For more information please visit the event sign-up page. If you have any further questions please contact or

LAC Swim Equipment
For your LAC swim equipment needs please contact

Call for Festival Officials! We are still in need of senior officials for the 2015 Swim Ontario Summer Festival being hosted by LAC on June 27 and 28 at CGAC. If you have the training please use your OSOA account to sign-up for a senior position. We also need senior officials for the Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational. Sign-up now using your OSOA account.

At the end of June, the online clinics will be shut down until at least next season so if you want to take advantage of this tool and add a session credit or two, make sure that you get it done before July. The on-line clinics ARE still available through June for those who want to learn a new job. As always, each clinic that you take for the first time is worth a session credit.

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

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