October 2





The 2017-18 training schedule is posted on the LAC website.

The 2017-18 competition calendar is now posted on the website.



Olivier Poirier Leroy shares some ideas on how to get your season off to a great start:

This time of year is very formative, daunting, and exciting all rolled into one for swimmers. After a brief break we get back into the meat-and-potatoes of training, a clean slate before us, pounding out miles of drill and aerobic work, laying the foundation for a fresh set of goals.

With no tapers in sight, no championship competitions for miles (and miles), and nothing but training staring you in the face, the fall can be a little daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. This is the time of year where we are all given a clean start, and a fresh set of opportunities to improve and define ourselves as swimmers.

Here are 7 ways for swimmers to reap the most from the start of a new season:

1. Get back to the fundamentals.  2. Analyze the season that was.  3. Get short with your goals. 4. Start bossing around that part of your swimming you’ve always wanted to improve.  5. What you invest now will pay dividends next summer.  6. Get a feedback loop going with your coach.  7. Choose what kind of swimmer you want to be this year.

To read more about each of these 7 tips to get your season off on the right note, click here.



All LAC Members - New and Returning are welcome!!

Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 4:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Greek Canadian Club - Sarnia Road East

Sign up is now open on the LAC website

Please indicate – in the notes section - how many family members will attend this exciting event!!

Swimmers are free, plus each family will receive 2 complimentary tickets. 

Additional Tickets are $16 per person

Please list any Food allergies or Vegetarian preference.

Watch the swimmers receive their trophies, medals, plaques and ribbons.



On October 21-22 we are very excited to have one of the world's leading coaches of young, developmental swimmers coming to London to conduct a clinic for our coaching staff. Steve Haufler, from the Orinda Country Club in southern California, is widely regarded as one of the best "learn-to-competitive swim" coaches in the world. His energy and innovation and ability to connect with young swimmers is legendary, and we are most fortunate to have him coming to us exclusively! On Sun.Oct.22 he will speak to parents, sharing his views on our great sport. This talk will take place in the Medway Arena Lounge from 11:30am-12:30pm.



October statements will be sent out by the end of the week. These invoice will include your October 15 – November 15 membership fee. If you have any concerns or questions about your statement please email Donna at before October 13. PAD payments will be withdrawn October 16.



Spiritwear orders have now been placed. The next spiritwear orders will be placed on November 6.  If you would like to place an order please print off the form on the LAC website under the "Swimmer Info" tab under the "LAC Swim Equipment" tab. Complete the order form and deposit it in the LAC mailbox at CGAC. Please include the payment with the order (cheques made out to London Aquatic Club).



CGAC’s club swipe passes were distributed last week, if your swimmers did not receive one please see your coach. These will come into effect this week. Swimmers will need their pass to gain access to the pool deck level at CGAC.




I have scheduled 2 Introduction to Swimming Officiating clinics.  More clinics will follow the October Start-Up meet and I will try to get through most clinics prior to the Nothers Fall Invitational.

  1.     Friday, October 6 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – CGAC - Entrance level meeting room.
  2.     Saturday, October 7 - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM – CHOCC – Meeting room off main lobby.

The first meet of the season is the LAC – Fall Start-Up Time Trial on Sunday October 15 starting at 7:00 AM.  We will require all of the same officials as any meet and the sign-ups for Timers and Judges of Strokes and Turns will be posted soon. You will receive an email when those are posted.  I also require senior officials.  I have a Referee and a starter but I still require a Chief Timer, Clerk of Course, Chief Finish Judge, Recorder/Scorer, and a Timing System Operator.  All of these senior positions (except Timing System Operator) require that you have taken the clinic prior to doing the job.  If you are interested, please email me at the email address below.  If you have taken the clinic but have little experience and desire a mentor, let me know that as well.       

Returning officials, please note that we require a signed PIPEDA form from each LAC official so that we can keep your registration active with Swim Ontario.  Please go to print and fill out the form for each official representing your family, have them sign and date it and then give the form(s) to Donna or use the LAC mailbox just inside the front doors of CGAC.

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Sun Oct 15

 Time Trial #1


 ALL LAC swimmers

 October 8

 Sat Nov 4

 Time Trial #2


 ALL LAC swimmers


 Nov 24 – 26

 Nothers Invitational


 ALL LAC swimmers






Club hosted meets help to reduce membership fees by 20-25% as well as reducing travel costs by attending fewer out-of-town meets. To ensure the Club has sufficient resources to host meets, most LAC swim families are required to work a minimum of 22 sessionsduring club hosted meets (please see below for exceptions). These sessions may be worked through officiating or working at the club’s food canteen, awards or other positions. Any unfulfilled session credits will be billed at a rate of $40.00 per session to the swim family’s Swimmer Account at the end of the season. Please note that this is not meant to be a “fundraiser” but rather an incentive to participate in the running of home meets. Swim families may receive up to 5 donated session credits from another club family to complete their credits, however any more than the 5 donated session credits must be approved by the board. Session commitments are waived for first year swim families with no prior competitive swim club affiliation, as well as for introductory and post-secondary students training full time with the club and for varsity swimmers, although assistance during swim meets from these groups is greatly appreciated.  First year families ARE required to fulfill the LAC orientation program. This includes an introductory club meeting, participating in an Introductory to Swimming clinic during the swim season and a follow up “on-deck” mentoring session.

*** Families of Development swimmers who are not in their first year of competitive swimming who do not have a swimmer in another level are required to fulfill only 11 of the assigned session credits.***

*The number of session credits will be reviewed by the board in the fall upon club enrolment and may be subject to change.

There is a session credit FAQ under the "Parent Info" tab under "Session Credits.



Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmers Info” 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



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