November 20




Fri Nov 24 NO LAC workouts due to Nothers Invitational

Sat Nov 25 NO LAC workouts due to Nothers Invitational

​Mon Nov 27 Senior Gold/Silver NO AM or PM workouts

​The Dec-Jan holiday schedule for Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue and Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze is now posted on the website under the "Schedules" tab.

Senior Gold/Silver NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-27 inclusive.

Senior Bronze/Blue & Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-29 inclusive.

​Age Group Orange & Development NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-Jan.1 inclusive. Regular schedule resumes Jan.2.



As we head into the Nothers Invitational this weekend, here are ten behaviours the coaches will be very to see on display from LAC athletes:

1) punctuality: 5 minutes early is on time   2)  effective and complete warm-up, inclusive of some dryland activation, to ensure that your first race of the session is not a "shock" to your muscular, cardiovascular and central nervous systems  3) checking in with your coach before and after each swim  4) taking something good from each swim, and something to be worked on for the next one, and remembering that the end result, while we strive for it to be our best ever, does not need to be a personal best to be a good swim  5) swimming one race at a time  6) staying calm, confident and positive, and keeping things in perspective, regardless of the outcome  7) staying properly hydrated and fuelled throughout the meet  8) being a great teammate  9) demonstrating great sportsmanship ("nice race", or "good job", or a handshake to the swimmer on either side of you at the end of the race)  10) at all times showing respect and gratitude to all volunteer officials (with a sincere "thank you" when and where necessary)

If you are successful in working on these behaviours throughout the weekend, your meet can be considered a success.


CONGRATULATIONS to Maggie MacNeil on some great results on the World Cup circuit in Tokyo and Singapore as part of Team Canada. See the "News" section of the website for more details. And congratulations to David Hickey for his participation in 3 days of training at the Ontario Swim Academy in Scarborough from Nov.16-18.



**Important warm up changes – Saturday and Sunday Warm Up will now be from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Sunday Finals Warm Up will now be from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. All other Warm Up times remain as posted.

Please bring your food donation to the Main Floor Meeting Room at CGAC between 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday Nov 23.The food donation list are posted on the LAC website on the “Events” page, please select “job sign up” to select your item. ALL LAC swim families (even if your swimmer is not participating in the meet) will be required to donate food items or will be charged $12 in lieu of donation. The Nothers meet will have entry fees, $10 per event ($12 for 8/1500 Free) as well as $3.50 per relay (relays are assigned at the meet).

​All Canteen volunteers for Nothers are kindly asked to please wear a baseball cap, hair covering or, at the very least, long hair tied back for any Canteen shifts you are working (to ensure food handling and preparation to Canadian Food Inspection Agency standards).



The London Aquatic Club is introducing a Training Bursary Program for swimmers and their families in need of financial assistance to fund some of their training costs.  A formal application process is being introduced and will be open to all members, once registration is completed and will continue in the season until all the money is dispersed.  The funding available for this program will be reviewed yearly by the LAC Board of Directors.

Applications can be submitted using the LAC Mailbox in the lobby of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.  Place the completed application in a sealed envelope with Training Bursary Application marked on the outside.  The applications will be reviewed by a small, independent committee and the information provided on the application will be kept in strictest confidence in accordance with privacy legislation.

The initial application period is November 1st to 15th each year, with results communicated by December 1st.  As 2017 is the first year this program will be trialled, the application window will be December 1st to 15th with results communicated by early January.  Applications will continue to be accepted following the initial period and reviewed if training bursary funds remain available in the swim season.  Any formal subsequent review periods will be announced via the newsletter.   Bursary awards will be in the form of a credit to the family account. This information is posted on the LAC website under “Parent Info”. For the Application Form, please Click Here. If you have any questions please contact Gill Fish



The PAD payments were withdrawn Nov 20. If you have any membership concerns please contact Donna at



The spiritwear orders have now been placed. We are still waiting on the Speedo Warm Up Jackets and Pants from the October order, there has been some problems with stock and we will update you when we have more information. The next order will be placed in the new year. 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).



Please join us on Sunday, December 3rd  11am - 1pm for a couple of games of Laser Tag and a pizza party! 149 Carling St. London, Ont. N6A 1H5 (one block north of Dundas between Richmond and Talbot). SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50 SWIMMERS so please sign up early.  Deadline is Thurs, Nov 30th. Cost per swimmer is $22 which will be charged to your account.  Please sign up under the LAC Events tab. If you have any questions, please contact



Meet Dress Code:  If you have taken the Intro clinic or attended a meet, you should be aware, but just a reminder.  The dress code for Timers and Chief Timekeepers is a white shirt.  For all other officials it is a red shirt, ideally a red polo shirt.  Ideally, Senior Officials will wear black pants.  Minor officials (Timers and Strokes and Turns) are encouraged to wear black pants as well but we typically allow shorts of a dark, solid colour in recognition that it is hot and you will probably get wet.  For footwear it is advisable to wear something that will grip and are clean please.  Flip Flops tend to slip.  I see a lot of Croc like shoes and sandals.  Again, clean please.  If you wear them outdoors please clean them before wearing them on deck.

Strokes and Turns: If you have signed up for strokes and turns at Nothers and are new, please include the word NEW in the sign up comment so the you can be placed near experienced officials.  If you see this too late, at least let people know when you check in.  You should not have signed up for strokes and turns if you have NOT taken the clinic.

Timing System Trainees: We are always looking for people who would like to try running the timing system.  This is a great job and is only learned on the job with a mentor.  If you are interested, please let me know.  If you can run a smart phone then you should have no trouble with this.  We always go out of our way to make room for people wanting to learn this job.

Officials Registrations: After a new official takes a clinic and starts getting experience, we need to register that official with Swim Canada.  When this happens and the registration reaches a certain point, an email is sent to the official.  The official must follow the instructions in the email to confirm their registration.  This is a reminder to please look for these emails from and follow the steps to complete the required information on your account.  If you have spam blocking on your computer, please check to see if the email went into your spam folder and please make this sender acceptable to your spam filter.

Volunteers Needed: Before I start this, I need to make it clear that session credits are only given for LAC Hosted meets, not for helping at another club’s meet.  That said, we get a lot of help from other clubs at our meets and it is nice if we maintain the good will by returning the favour, especially if you are there anyway. 

Western is hosting varsity meets on:

Saturday,  December 2nd at 4.30 pm (Western, Brock, Laurier, and York) about 110 swimmers in total – one session timed final about 3 hours.

Saturday, January 13th at 4.30 pm (Western and U of T) about 80 swimmers – one session timed final about 3 hours.

Thursday to Saturday, February 8-10 (OUAA championships) – A.M. heats and P.M. finals with likely a short afternoon time trial on the Saturday.

If you can help at any of the Western meets please contact Paul Cappa (Long Time LAC president) at: or 

Brantford will be hosting, and LAC will be attending, the Team Showdown, December 15-17.  If you will be there and would be willing to help please email Crosby Gibson at    

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Nov 24 – 26

 Nothers Invitational


 ALL LAC swimmers

 November 6

 Dec 15 - 17

 Ont JR International

 Pan-Am Pool, Toronto



 Dec 15 – 17

 Ont Team Showdown


 Sr/AG Gold/Silver

 December 1

 Dec 16

 Holiday Time Trial


 All non-OJI/Showdown

 December 8



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



We have had a few requests to get this facebook (London Aquatic Club – Swim Team Equipment Swap) site up and running again. Feel free to post any items you would like to sell or any requests for equipment you might be looking for.



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