January 11




Workout Changes

Sat Jan 16 NO workouts Senior Gold/Silver - Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue/Orange - Development workouts due to the 12 & under and A/B meets.

Mon Feb 15 No workouts for Senior Bronze, Age Group Blue & Age Group Bronze due to family day.

Mon Feb 15 Senior Silver 6:00 - 7:30 am CGAC - no pm workout

Mon Feb 15 Age Group Gold & Silver 11:30 am - 1:00pm CHOCC - no  pm workout 


Coaches Report

Lots of racing going on this weekend, good luck to everyone, whether you are at U of T, Etobicoke, or right here at home at our 12&Under Celebration. For our older swimmers the meets this weekend signal an opportunity to practice good racing skills and habits when you are training hard, with no resting or tapering or "backing off". Here's an excerpt from a recent SwimSwam article by contributor Olivier Poirier Leroy:

Because it is so rare, we expect success at the highest levels to be extraordinarily complicated.We imagine that the only way someone could swim so fast is by some miracle technique, some crazy unorthodox training schedule, or more increasingly, a miracle supplement (both legal and not-so-much). This is probably why we are so drawn to the shortcuts and the promises of limit-busting gear and supplements. Finally, the advertisements tell us, we have the tools to outsmart what it takes to be elite, to outflank and out-gadget it. As a result, we begin to believe in the shortcuts, to the point that we begin to neglect the things that truly matter. Like technique. Showing up every day. Doing it a little more and doing it a little better than the next guy or gal. When it comes down to it, performing well in the pool is that simple. Easy? Rarely. But simple? Almost always.

Congratulations to the following swimmers for their selection to and participation in regional training camps at the University of Guelph:

Fundamentals Camp: Emma Pastrano,Sam Elkami,Lauren Coome,Duncan Shearer,Ewan Shearer,Ashton Kelly,Thomas Belton
Learn to Train Camp:Lauren Campbell,Catie Tennant,Sarah Tyrrell,Sasha Goodreau,Junsoo Pak,Alex Lobo,Carter Buck,Colin Shearer,McKellar Watson,Jack Haycock,James Quigley



It is with sadness that we announce the retirement from competitive swimming of Adam Purdy, who has represented LAC with distinction at the international level since 1994. Paralympic and World Championship gold medalist, world record holder, and most recently proud Para Pan Am medalist, last summer in Toronto Adam achieved his stated 2013 comeback objective, to swim in front of his family and friends in his home country, and win an international medal for his children. His 11 year old daughter Olivia will be joining the LAC family, and Adam is hoping to share his vast swimming experience via the coaching avenue, as well as continuing in his role with Kimik iT, which develops management software for sports events around the world. We all wish you well Adam, and thank you sincerely for being such a fine ambassador for our great sport and the London Aquatic Club.


A/B Meet Etobicoke Jan 15 -17

Fri Jan 15 Warm up: 3:00 pm Start: 4:00 pm 800 & 1500 free only

Sat Jan 16  Warm up 3:30 pm Start: 4:30 pm

Sun Jan 17 Warm up 3:00 pm Start: 4:00pm start Sun

** please note time changes on Saturday and Sunday


12 & Under Celebration – Jan 16-17

Food donation sign up is now available. All LAC swim families with swimmers 12 & under are required to donate, even if you swimmer is not entered in the meet.  Any family that donates to this meet will not be required to donate to the Pentathlon Meet at the end of March.

Sat Jan 16  Warm up 12 noon Start: 1:00 pm

Sun Jan 17 Warm up 7:00 am Start: 8:00 am


It’s Official! 

It was nice to see a number of LAC officials helping out at the Western Dual meet on Saturday evening.  Thanks to everyone who came out to help!


The 12 and Under Celebration is coming up this weekend on January 16 and 17.  We are still looking for Strokes and Turns officials for both days and a few timers for Sunday.  If you are qualified for Strokes and Turns, please sign up for that as your first choice.  If you are not qualified then sign up and then come out to the clinic on Friday evening.  If you will not be qualified for Strokes and Turns by the meet then sign up for timing on Sunday.  Timing is the only job that does not require the clinic prior to doing the job.


There is still a lot of room in the clinics this week.  Make your officiating life more interesting by trying some other jobs!  Drop-ins are welcome but please try to be on time.


Upcoming Clinics:

1)    CANCELLED - No one signed up - Chief Timekeeper: Tuesday, January 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. - CGAC pool level meeting room

3)    Clerk Of Course: Thursday, January 14 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. - CGAC pool level meeting room

4)    Judge of Strokes and Turns: Friday, January 15 – 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. – CGAC ground floor meeting room.


Officiating Opportunities:

For those working on moving up the ladder or if you are going to these meets and don't enjoy sitting in the stands or if you just like to be helpful, here are some non-LAC officiating opportunities.  Your swimmer(s) may be attending 1 or 2 of these.  FYI away meets do not earn session credits but they are great experiences:

1. The Western Region Sting Meet - Hosted by Wilmot Aquatic Aces - January 30 and January 12, 2016

2.  Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Finals – Hosted by Western University - February 11-13.  Please email officiating requests to Suzanne Paulins at

3. Western Region Champs - Hosted by Brantford Aquatic Club - February 26-28th: Senior Officials - Crosby Gibson - Minor Officials - 


The Winter Western Ontario Officials Clinics will be held on Saturday, February 6 at the St. Thomas Campus of Fanshawe College.  I have posted the flyer on the LAC web site under the Officials tab that appears after you sign in to the site.  Please read it, register, and come out, as this is a great opportunity to learn from some very experienced officials.

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


WOSA Champs - Brantford Feb 26-28

Hotel information is now available on the meet sign up page under "events" on the LAC website.


Spring Provincials - Nepean Mar 3-6

The list of qualifiers is now posted. Team travel will be offered for this meet. The plan is to travel by train, departing on Wed.Mar.2 and returning Mon.Mar.7. Total cost is estimated at $750 per swimmer, including train, hotel, meals and ground transport. Please contact Team Manager Donna Moskal by email if you are interested in team travel.


Upcoming Meets





Sign up Deadline

Jan 15-17

 Etobicoke A/B Meet


 ALL LAC swimmers 13/O

 Dec 18

 Jan 16-17

LAC 12/under Celebration


 ALL LAC swimmers 12/U

 Dec 17

 Feb 12-14

SWA Winter Invitational


 Non-Regional Qualifiers

 Jan 28

 Feb 18-21

 Eastern Canadian Open  Montreal  Senior qualifiers  Jan 28

 Feb 20-21

Ontario Winter SC Festival  Markham  13 & under Qualifiers  Feb 4

 Feb 26-28

WOSA SC Championships


 Regional Qualifiers

 Feb 9

 Mar 3 - 6

Ontario Spring LC Champs  Nepean  Qualifiers  Feb 16


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