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January 25

NEWSLETTER 2015-16 ISSUE 20

 

Workout Changes

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 

Fri Feb 26 - Senior Gold/Silver 4:00 – 5:00 pm CGAC

Sat Feb 27 – Senior Gold/Silver, Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 6:00 – 7:30 am CGAC

NO workouts during March Break from Mar 13 - 20

 

Coaches Report

We are very excited to announce that our 8 new Omega starting blocks with the kickplate on the back edge, and 9 backstroke start ledges, have arrived and we are currently working on a plan to have at least some of them installed for training purposes. This new equipment will help to ensure that we continue to deliver the very best competitive experience for our own and visiting swimmers, as well as giving our swimmers the opportunity to practice starts with the most current equipment. It was last year's SWIMATHON success which helped us to be in a financial position to make this significant equipment upgrade, so please take note of the information about our upcoming 2016 SWIMATHON, so we can once again look at program upgrades for 2016-17.

We are also proud to let you know that we had 4 coaches (Ayman, Katelyn, Meaghan and Taylor) recently complete their Coaching 101 certification. We now have 18 coaches who are fully certified and "compliant" with Swim Ontario, more than any other swim club in Ontario. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to expand our knowledge and experience, and will continue to work hard to ensure the best competitive swimming experience for our swimmers.

 

OLYMPIC/PARALYMPIC TRIALS ROAD TRIP

We are currently investigating the possibility of a day trip to Toronto to watch the Olympic/Paralympic Trials. The date being considered is Sat.Apr.9. Group sales open on Mon.Feb.1 so we need confirmation by this Saturday (Jan.30) if you are interested in attending. The cost will be approximately $75, which includes transport by school bus, admission, and food. The first 2000 tickets sold will receive a commemorative Swimming Canada bathing cap, a "pep" talk before evening finals by a former Olympian, and an opportunity for a training session in the warm-up/warm-down pool between prelims and finals.

Swimmers must confirm their attendance through the "EVENTS" section of the website, under the "Team Function" tab, where you must sign up. There is a limit of 44 swimmers. The bus will depart CGAC at 7am and return at 11pm on April 9.

If you are interested in attending other days of the meet, tickets can be purchased through the Swim Ontario website. A 6-day pass is $255, a 3-day weekend pass is $144, individual prelim session tickets are $15, individual finals session tickets are $40, and individual full day tickets are $50. 6-day and 3-day passes are available for purchase now, individual tickets will be available on Feb.1.

 

Swim-a-Thon

PRIZE #1: PIZZA PARTY FOR THE TOP 12 FUNDRAISERS!

MORE PRIZES TO COME, KEEP WATCHING THE NEWSLETTER.

LAC will once again be fundraising using Swim Canada’s online fundraising program. 

Our club goal is to raise $20,000. This money will go towards:

1. Competition equipment upgrades to further enhance the swim meet experience for our own swimmers as well as those from visiting clubs.

2. Offsetting costs associated with unique professional development opportunities for our coaches.

3. Further upgrades to our Club's technological needs (video equipment, tempo trainers, heart rate monitors, etc.)

All LAC swimmers are encouraged to participate. Swim-A-Thon will be held on April 2 at CGAC and CHOCC. This is a great team building event.

Please go to our club link at www.ontarioswimathon.ca/lac   and register your swimmer and start spreading the word to family, friends, business colleagues, social contacts and those that support the sport of swimming in our community, province and Canada. Parent/Legal Guardian or Parent’s company are not eligible for a charitable tax receipt. If you have any questions about Swim-a-Thon please contact Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com

 

LAC Spirit Wear Orders

Tim Churchill will be at CGAC on Sat Jan 30 from 7:30 – 11:00 am. There will be warm up suits available for try on, hats available for sale.

We will be placing another spirit wear order Sat Jan 30. If you wish to place an order please complete an order form and deposit it along with payment in the LAC mailbox located inside the front doors of CGAC, behind the information desk. Order forms can be found on the LAC website. Once you log in click on "swimmer a/cs" and then click on "equipment order forms". Please note there are two order forms, one is LAC and the other is Churchill Sports & Promotions. If you have any questions please contact lacswimequipment@gmail.com.

 

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 indicate as soon as possible in the “events” sign up comment box if you require team travel.

 

It’s Official! 

 The LAC Long Course Pentathlon is on March 25.  If you have taken the clinic and are interested in working as a senior official to get some experience then please contact Bonnie Marceau at brmarceau@rogers.com. Bonnie is already receiving requests for positions, so get your name in there.  If it is your first time doing the job and would like a mentor then please let Bonnie know.

Upcoming Clinics:

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.

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.  All of these meets have people involved who help out at our meets regularly. Your swimmer(s) may be attending 1 or more of these.  FYI away meets do not earn session credits but they are great experiences:

1. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Finals – Hosted by Western University - February 11-13.  Please email officiating requests to Suzanne Paulins at rpaulins040@rogers.com

2. SWA Winter Invitational – February 12-14 at the Tillsonburg Community Centre.  Please contact Rusty Pittock monsterdark@sympatico.ca 

3. WOSSAA High School Swimming Champs – February 16 at CGAC, London.  Please email Mike Williams michael.williams@sympatico.ca

4. Western Region Champs - Hosted by Brantford Aquatic Club - February 26-28th: Senior Officials - Crosby Gibson crosby.gibson@rogers.com Minor Officials bacevents30@yahoo.com 

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

 

Timers/Strokes and Turns Judges Needed

For the first time ever Western University will be hosting the OUA Swimming Championships at the Western Student Recreation Centre. From February 11th to 13th varsity athletes from across Ontario will be racing for personal and team honors. Don't miss this opportunity to have an on-deck view of some truly fast swimming and get a glimpse of what may be part of your own swimmer's future. Sessions run for approximately 2 hours and are as follows:

Thursday 11 Feb 10am and 6pm   Friday 12 Feb 10am, 345pm and 6pm   Saturday 10 am and 5pm.

While there will be NO LAC SESSION CREDITS available for this event, any help would be truly appreciated. Please contact Laurie at laurie@bruvall.com to volunteer.

 

Upcoming Meets

Date

Meet

Place

Swimmers

Sign up Deadline

 Feb 12-14

SWA Winter Invitational

 Tillsonburg

 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

 Brantford

 Regional Qualifiers

 Feb 9

 Mar 3 - 6

Ontario Spring LC Champs

 Nepean

 Qualifiers

 Feb 16

 

 

 

LAC Equipment
For your LAC swim equipment needs please contact lacswimequipment@gmail.com

 

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