April 25



Workout Changes

Week of May 9 (Hollandia week) No morning workouts Senior Gold/Silver

Tue May 10 Age Group Gold 6:00-7:30am

Thu May 12 No morning workout Age Group Gold

Fri May 13  No workouts due to Hollandia swim meet

Sat May 14 No workouts due to Hollandia swim meet

Mon May 16 No workouts Senior Gold/Silver

Sat May 21 No workouts Senior Gold/Silver and Age Group Gold/Silver

Sat May 21 Age Group Orange 6:30 – 7:30 am at CGAC

Sat May 21 Development 1 6:30 – 7:30 am at CGAC

Sat May 21 Development 2 7:30 – 8:30 am at CGAC

Mon May 23 No workouts ALL LAC groups

The summer schedules are posted on the website under the “schedule tab”. There will be two schedules one will run from May 28 – June 30 and the other from July 2 – 7. As long as Thames Park pool opens on time these schedules will begin Sat May 28.


Coaches Report

Does Your Self-Talk Matter? (from Olivier Leroy Poirier at YourSwimBook)

“C’mon Jules, you got this!” Julia said. We were neck deep in a set of descending 200’s, and already we had lost most of the group  to the tight interval. While they swam through the rest of the set at a leisurely pace, Jules and I, going head to head, pushed off for another briskly-paced 200. “You can do it,” she said under her breath at the wall. Even though she was talking to herself, I couldn’t help but feel a little buoyed as well. And later: “Last one Jules, bring it home!” While other swimmers in the group had grumbled or shaken their head when the interval began to slip away, Jules had essentially coached herself to a successful outcome.  Quickly consider this scenario for a moment…

If you had a trustworthy and personal cheerleader and coach each day at practice, encouraging you and helping you to push just a little bit further, reminding you that you are a certified butt-kicker, do you think this would improve how well you swim?  Of course it would! After all, you are the most important person you listen to. Even if it is just intuitively, you know that the things you say to yourself have a major impact. Just how much so is a bit surprising when you consider the research on the subject:

  • elite cross-country skiers found that positive self-talk significantly increased performance, with instructional self-talk being the most powerful form.
  • In another study positive self-talk was shown to greatly increase persistence during a “muscular leg-endurance task” amongst a group of athletes compared to the control group.
  • Positive verbalized self-talk was shown to improve dart throwing performance versus those who were told to use negative or neutral self-talk in a study of nearly 50 collegiate students.
  • A group of 24 participants were asked to perform a vertical jump after verbalizing various types of self-talk. Motivational and positive self-talk significantly increased both jump velocity and height.
  • After developing a series of motivational self-talk statements participants in this study increased their time to exhaustion on a stationary bike by nearly 20% over a two-week period, showing that it was possible to self-talk your way through fatigue.

The research above reveals that the cliché you have endlessly heard over the years that “it’s mind over matter” is true. The ultimate value in working on your self-talk is this: The way you perform in the pool and your mental state are inextricably linked.

In other words, stop shaking your head back & forth, start shaking it confidently and purposefully up & down, and through your inner dialogue start coaching your way to faster swimming. "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right."


WOSA LC Championships Windsor

We are going to offer team travel for the WOSA championships in Windsor the weekend of June 3 -5. The cost would be approximately $250 for the weekend including; meals, accommodations and transportation. Please indicate “team travel” in the comment box when you sign your swimmer up. Deadline for team travel is April 29. Sign up is now available. Hotel information is available under the "event" on the LAC website.

Hotel for WOSA Champs: originally the team had a block of rooms at the Quality Suites but they are under renovations and not able to accommodate us, they did find us rooms at another hotel with free parking and breakfast. The cost per room will be $135. The new hotel is a former Days Inn, currently Sunrise Inn and soon to be Quality Inn 675 Goyeau St, Windsor, ON N9A 1H3, PH:519-258-8411. This hotel is just finishing renovations and is currently setting up their booking system, once their system is ready to go we will forward you with the details. They will extend the booking deadline.



We are just over the $9,300 mark and this is the final week to collect pledges, deadline April 30.

LAC top achievers to date: Alex Lobo $730, Sam Elkami $680, Lauren Campbell $640, Ryan Ellig $405 and Melissa Ellig $405.

Prizes will be awarded after April 30.

There is still time to get involved, please go to our club link at   and register your swimmer. Spread 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


LAC 2016 Summer Swim Camp

Information and sign-up for Swim Camp is now available on the LAC website under the “events” section. Swim Camp will run from Monday July 4th-Thursday July 7th and is available to any LAC swimmers born in 2004 or later. Sign up will be available until June 1st or until camp is filled. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Liz Moskal or Meggin Moffatt. 


It’s Official! 

Alex Vanderkam is our Competition Coordinator for Hollandia in May.  If you are interested in working in specific senior positions at this meet, and will have the clinic by the meet, please contact Alex soon.

If anyone is interested in learning how to operate the timing system, this is learned by on the job training with a mentor.  Without fail, everyone who has tried this job, likes it, is still doing it, and is probably keeping it a secret to avoid competition for the job!  If you would like to try this, with a mentor, at Hollandia, do let Alex know.

Officiating Clinics!

There are still 4 officiating clinics scheduled and sign-ups are posted on the LAC Home Page.  More information is available in the April 11 Newsletter.  In addition, I am doing a Chief Timekeeper Clinic on Thursday, April 28 from4:30 P.M. (sharp) to 6:00 P.M. in the downstairs meeting room at CGAC, right before the recorder/scorer clinic. If you are there, feel free to join.  All of this week’s clinics are in the downstairs meeting room.

If would like to know more about the different positions, log on to the LAC website, hover your cursor over the Officials tab (near the upper right), and select Levels/Positions from the drop down, for a description of each job.

Volunteer Opportunity   

Guelph Marlins is hosting a Special Olympics Swim Meet and they are looking for people to help.  The meet dates and times are as follows: Thursday, May 26th, 2:00-4:00 PM; Friday, May 28th, 7:30 AM-12:00 NOON and 1:00-5:30 PM; Saturday, May 29th, 7:30 AM-12 NOON and 12:30-4:00 PM.  If they cannot staff the meet it will be cancelled.  If anyone is willing, please contact Mary Gerrard at: by April 23rd.

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



There is a FAQ page on the LAC website under the “parent info” tab under “session credits”. Please make sure you know your obligation for this swim season. LAC session credit summaries can be found on the club website. Your individual summary is available on your personal account. For any further questions or concerns regarding session credits please contact Donna at


Upcoming Meets





Sign up Deadline

 May 13 - 15

 Hollandia Invitational


 All LAC swimmers

 Apr 19

 June 3-5

 WOSA LC Champs



 May 17

 June 11-12

 WOSA Sting Meet


 All non-regional qualifiers

 May 24

 June 18 - 19

 Ontario Summer Festival



 May 31




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