February 6




Sat Feb 18 Senior Gold/Silver swims 5:30 – 7:30 am

Sat Feb 18 Age Group Orange 6:30 - 7:30 am CGAC

Mon Feb 20 (Family Day) Senior Gold 2:00-3:30pm WSRC, Senior Silver 3:30-5pm WSRC, ALL other groups NO workouts

Thurs Feb 23 Senior Bronze 3:30 - 5:00 pm Western

Fri Feb 24 NO workouts at CGAC due to Western Regionals

Fri Feb 24 Senior Bronze still has regular workout at MBG

Sat Feb 25 Age Group Blue/Silver Non Regional 6:00 - 7:00 am CHOCC

Sat Feb 25 Age Group Bronze/Orange Non Regional 7:00 - 8:00 am CHOCC

Sat Feb 25 Development 8:00 - 9:00 am CHOCC

Sat Feb 25 No Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze workouts



Sometimes you will hear, on the pool deck amongst swimmers or in the stands amongst parents, about how "fast" or "slow" a pool is.​ Our common and yes sometimes even somewhat impatient response to this is that a pool, any pool, is only as "fast" or as "slow" as each swimmer is determined to make it! Sometimes we will purposely select a competition where the conditions, i.e., the pool, may not be as "state of the art" good as the Rio 2016 Olympic Pool or the Toronto Pan-Am Pool. We are constantly reminding our athletes that we (the coaches) are more interested in what we get out of them on their "bad" days than what we get from them on their "good" days. This idea also applies to those non-championship meets where we may not be racing in the "perfect" pool. Former Canadian Olympic Head Coach Deryk Snelling (coach of 1992 Olympic gold medalist Mark Tewksbury) created what he called "The 10 Commandments for Fast Swimming". Commandments One and Two are on the back of one of our T-shirts: 1) Anytime and 2)Anywhere. Commandment Three is Any Conditions. If we can get ourselves prepared physically and mentally to give our very best effort regardless of the pool, the level of competition, the water temperature, the pool depth, the starting blocks, etc., etc., then when we get to the championship meet, usually held at a more modern and "state of the art" facility, we'll be ready to "hit it out of the park." Sometimes we just need to tell ourselves that water is water, a pool is a pool, a lane is a lane, and all competitors are dealing with the same conditions, so go ahead and get after it! And sometimes, for no reason other than that they just seem to swim fast there, one swimmer will just love one pool over another, and this swimmer's "favourite" pool is another swimmer's most "disliked" tank. Last weekend in Waterloo at the Boles Invitational, the coaches were very happy with the effort put forth by our swimmers, with lots of pbs even though the pool is one of the more aged 50m facilities in Ontario, and only 6 lanes.

​With all of that said, find here an article that actually does go into some detail about pool design and the considerations that go into the design and construction of an Olympic or World Championship pool.

​CONGRATULATIONS to first time Regional Championship qualifiers at the Boles Invitational in Waterloo: Maxwell Burton, Dani Hart, Lucy Levy, Tristan Look-Hong, Sarah Martin and Natalie Skilling; and to first time All-Time Top 10 Performer Jack Haycock in the 13/14 boys 100BR.



Statements are almost complete and will go out Tuesday or Wednesday. If you do not receive one by Thursday please email Donna at PAD payments will be withdrawn Wed Feb 15.




 The 2017 Swim-A-Thon is going to be mid April.

All LAC swimmers are encouraged to participate in our annual swim-a-thon and to fundraise for the event.  This year the funds raised will go towards improving the equipment used in our LAC hosted meets, increasing coaching education, and upgrading our club record board.  

Several prizes will be available to win!  Every swimmer who raises over $100 will be entered into a prize draw.  The top 3 fundraisers will receive LAC spirit wear, and the top 12 fundraisers will be invited to a bowling party with the coaches. 

More information will follow in the next few weeks.



The next spiritwear order will be placed in March.



Information on how to access your credits is available on the LAC website under the “Parent Info” tab. If you have any questions please email Donna



WOSA Short Course Championship - I am the Competition Coordinator for WOSA.  The senior positions are pretty much full but if you want to try a new position, and will have the clinic by the meet, then I can probably still find you a spot and promote anyone who is already in that spot to be your mentor.  If you are interested then send me an email with WOSA in the subject.  Tell me the sessions that you are available, and the positions that you are seeking.

Clinics – I will be hosting the following clinics in the downstairs meeting room at CGAC.  Please sign up on the LAC web site so that I have an idea of how many are coming: 

Thursday, February 9, 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Clerk of Course

Friday, February 10, 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Starter (The person who says ‘Take your marks.”)

I will probably run a final series of clinics prior to Hollandia in the spring.

For a description of the Clinics/Positions, sign in to the LAC web site, hover your cursor over the Officials tab in the upper right of the home page and then select Levels/Positions. 

Western Region Clinic Day – Western Region will be hosting a clinic day at Conestoga College in Cambridge on Sunday, February 12.  View the flyer by signing in to the LAC web site, hover your cursor over the Officials tab in the upper right of the home page and then select Regional Clinic Day.  Come out for a clinic presented by someone other than me!  It is important to get different perspectives.  Morning refreshments and lunch provided. Choose a clinic in the morning and again in the afternoon.  No charge.   To register email Carol at   Let me know if you are interested in carpooling.  I can drive a few people but I will be there for both sessions. 

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Feb 18-19

Ontario Winter Festival


 14 & under qualifiers

 Feb 2

 Feb 24-26

 WOSA Champs



 Feb 6

 Mar 2-5

 Spring Provincial & AA



 Feb 15






Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmers A/C” under the “LAC swim equipment” tab. Also found on the website is the TAS shark card, you will need this card when purchasing Team Aquatic Supplies merchandise at swim meets or in their stores.

If you have any equipment questions please contact



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