October 16




Fri Oct 27 NO Senior Bronze/Blue - Pool closed for maintenance

Tues Oct 31 Age Group Orange 4:30 – 5:30 pm CHOCC

Tues Oct 31 NO Age Group Bronze Workout



Congratulations to everyone on some great time trial racing and on your great and many accomplishments in 2016-17, as recognized at our annual banquet. 

The banquet always signals the next phase of our swimming year. The hectic start-up and registration process is behind us, we took one last look back at 2016-17, and now it is time to look resolutely, determinedly, and confidently forward as we embark on the next big block of training, before we head into our fall racing season. It's time to show that "You can and you WILL." Our banquet guest speaker, Olympic marathon and 10K runner Lanni Marchant, made many great points in her talk to us about her journey. Her five "life lessons" should resonate clearly and deeply with all of us, swimmers, coaches and parents: 

1) Always keep passion in your life. You never know the journey it will take you on

2)  Change your mind. You will change your title and challenge your self-identity

3)  Be vocal about your goals. If they absolutely scare you, then scream them from the hill top

4)  Do not celebrate the victory. Celebrate the lows it took to get there

5)  Take the worst day of your life and turn it into the best thing that ever happened to you


CONGRATULATIONS to our three scholarship swimmers, who had the three highest point-scoring swims overall from the 2016-17 year (and who were not acknowledged at the banquet) Maggie MacNeil, David Hickey and Nora Pierre. These three athletes are awarded with reduced 2017-18 membership fees, thus enabling them to put those saved funds toward the continued pursuit of high performance results in the pool.​  Please see the "News" section of the website for a re-cap of our 2016-17 award winners. And many many thanks once again to our banquet organizer Jane Callon.

Finally for this week, I want to remind all parents, especially new parents, that while we (the coaches) need you to support your swimmer 100% in the pursuit of their swimming dreams, during competition (unless you are acting in an officials role) you must support them from the stands or bleachers, and not from the pool deck. Your children are in good hands with their coaches, in both practice and competition, and it is important that your children are given the opportunity, by themselves, to develop a relationship with their coaches.  Further, it is actually a rule of competition that parents (other than those officiating) are not permitted on the pool deck except in an emergency situation. We respectfully ask that everyone abide by this rule, and thank you in advance for your attention to it at all future meets. 


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.

​Additionally, Coach Steve has offered to lead our Development swimmers through some special technique sessions. There will be 3 sessions on Sat.Oct.21: session 1 from 4-4:30pm, session 2 from 4:45-5:15pm, and session 3 from 5:30-6pm. On Sun.Oct.22 there will 2 sessions, one from 10-10:30am and another from 10:30-11am. There are sign-ups posted in the "Team Functions" tab of the website, and each session is limited to 8 swimmers, with a limit of one session per swimmer. The first session on Saturday and the 2 Sunday sessions are almost full, sessions 2&3 on Saturday still have space! The teaching sessions will take place at the Western University Student Recreation Centre (WSRC). It will be Homecoming Weekend at the university so you are advised to drop your child off at the front doors of WSRC, where they will be met by a LAC coach, as there will be little to no parking available.



Swimmers,  Nothers is approaching. It is our first hosted meet of the season. Please help set the tone for a great warm-up and great weekend of swimming by providing your favourite warm-up songs using this link.: This opportunity to provide warm-up music applies to our 12&under swimmers as well - if you have some favourite songs that get you "pumped up", please submit them, they will be played!


Karen Campbell

LAC Meet Manager: 2017 - LAC Nothers Invitational



PAD payments were withdrawn on Monday October16, if you did not have a withdrawal on your account can you please contact Donna at



The hoodie from the October order have arrived and are available for pickup. At CHOCC see Coach Nick, CGAC see Donna, Liz or Meggin and at WSRC see Jacob. The other items should be received in a couple of weeks. 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).



LAC Fall Start-Up: Great job (first time Meet Manager) Priya Garg and thank you to all of the volunteers!  I think we had a positive first event of the season!

Nov. 4 Time Trial: The second Time Trial this season is fast approaching. I have a Starter but am still in need of people for all of the other senior positions.  If you have the clinic, and are interested in a position, please contact me and I will try to accommodate you.

Clinics:  I will be scheduling numerous clinics between the LAC - Fall Start-Up and the Nothers Fall Invitational.  As they are scheduled, sign-ups will be posted on the LAC home page.  At present I plan to hold a Strokes and Turns clinic close to the November time trial so that everyone can quickly get a chance to try their new skills.  I am also planning on at least a Meet Manager and a Starter clinic prior to the Nov Time Trial.  I will try to get through the rest of the clinics prior to Nothers. 

Rule of the week – Backstroke - Failure to initiate Turn:

SW 6.4 When executing the turn there must be a touch of the wall with some part of the swimmer’s body in his/her respective lane.  During the turn the shoulders may be turned over the vertical to the breast after which an immediate and continuous single arm pull or an immediate, continuous and simultaneous double arm pull may be used to initiate the turn.  The swimmer must have returned to the position on the back upon leaving the wall.

Failure to initiate the turn means that after the 1-arm or 2-arm pull, the swimmer is expected to promptly turn using a flip turn technique.  If they do not execute the flip turn promptly after the completion of the pull then the pull was not used to initiate the turn and therefore they were swimming on their front, usually to make up distance.  The idea is that they should flip on to their front and execute their normal freestyle flip turn. 

How to observe:  Watch the arms.  If the arm(s) are still in motion, pulling toward the hips, then the pull is still underway and the flip does not yet need to be started.  If the pulling action is complete then the flip must start.

What can cause an apparent delay but still be allowed?  The swimmer can lift their head to orientate themselves and then flip.  The swimmer can take a breath and then flip.  The swimmer may execute the flip by pulling back toward the head as they flip.  The short delay due changing the direction of the arm movement is okay.  The key point is that the swimmer must not glide, kick or scull after the pull in order to make up distance to the wall.  Making a call due to mere fractions of a second of delay in executing the flip is probably getting a little too picky!  Variations in flip technique can result in that much delay.  Worth noting again is that as long as the arm(s) are still executing the single pull then they can cover as much distance as they need to (by kicking very hard) in order to get to the proper position to execute the flip. If in doubt, talk to the Referee, or the benefit of doubt goes to the swimmer.

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Sat Nov 4

 Time Trial #2


 ALL LAC swimmers

 October 30

 Nov 24 – 26

 Nothers Invitational


 ALL LAC swimmers

 November 6




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 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.