January 15




​Sat Jan 20 NO workouts for Age Group Blue/Bronze/Orange and Development 1 & 2.

Senior Bronze/Blue 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC

CHOCC Introductory program will run at the usual time

Fri Feb 2 NO CGAC workouts due to WOSA Championships

Sat Feb 3 NO CGAC workouts due to WOSA Championships

Sat Feb 3 Development 2 (usually at CGAC 8-9 am) will be at CHOCC (corner of Oxford and Adelaide) 7:30 – 8:30 am



Good luck to everyone who is racing this weekend...your first races of 2018!! A few reminders about proper competition protocols: 1) check in with your coach upon arrival, say "Hi coach! I'm here! And I'm excited to swim fast!" 2) warm up properly and with purpose, take your time, make sure you get out of the warm-up feeling warm, relaxed, and ready to go  3) check in with your coach before and after your race - your coach should be the last person you see for tactical or technical advice before you swim, and the first person you see after you swim to get feedback about your race  4) stay properly fueled (water bottle and light snacks)  5) wear your LAC uniform  6) HAVE FUN!

PURPOSE points us - PASSION propels us - PERSISTENCE prepares us



Sat Warm Up: 12 noon and Sun Warm Up: 7:00 am. Food drop off is Friday 4:00 – 7:00 pm at CGAC in the upstairs meeting room. All LAC families with 12 & under swimmers are required to donate.



​The 13&Over Time Trial this Saturday after the 12&U Celebration will have a 5:00pm warm-up, a 6:00pm start, and a tentative finish time of 7:30pm.  


Ontario University Swimming Championships Feb.8-10

Western University will be hosting this event and will be looking for help.  Anyone interested in timing or strokes and turns should contact Mary Allen at or senior officials should contact Suzanne Paulins at  We have had some great support from London Silver Dolphins and some LAC swim parents and swimmers for the two meets we have hosted this season.  This will be some of the best swimming in Ontario this season with some Olympic and National team swimmers attending.  A large electronic score board will be providing live results and video feed.  It will be fast and exciting and what better place to experience that than right on the deck.  Sessions are short (less than 3 hours) and event shirts will be provided to anyone volunteering at finals.  We are happy to sign forms for high school volunteer hours.Thanks so much for your support of University swimming!

Sheri and Paul Cappa



First off, thanks to everyone who’s helped to sell tickets – all are in circulation with over a third of them returned with money collected. As a reminder, once you’ve sold all your tickets, please just put the stubs and the collected money in an envelope and give to Donna or place in the LAC lock-box inside the entrance of CGAC

If you have tickets left that you don’t think you’ll be able to sell in the next few weeks, please return those along with the money from those you did sell to the LAC lock-box by this Friday.  We’ll be selling all the left-over tickets at the U12 meet this weekend, as well as at the WOSA Regionals in a couple of weeks.  Any questions, please send a note to Thanks again to everyone for helping out. 



The next Spiritwear order will be placed January 26. 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).



If you have any concerns please contact Donna at



Clinics: There are still 6 clinics available to attend prior to WOSA.  If interested please sign up on the LAC Web Site.  See last week’s newsletter for more detail.  Here are the dates:

1. Judge of Strokes and Turns – Friday, January 19 - 6:00 to 9:00 PM – Upstairs Meeting Room

2. Chief Finish Judge / Chief Judge Electronics – Monday, January 22 - 5:30 to 8:30 PM – Downstairs Meeting Room

3. Recorder/Scorer – Wednesday, January 24 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Downstairs Meeting Room

4. Chief Timekeeper – Thursday, January 25 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Downstairs Meeting Room

5. Starter (The person who says “Take your marks.”) – Saturday, January 27 - 8:00 to 10:00 AM – Downstairs Meeting Room

6. Clerk of Course – Tuesday, January 30 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Downstairs Meeting Room

Senior Officials Needed - 12 and Under Celebration, 13 and Over Time Trial,  and WOSA Champs: If you are looking for opportunities to work senior positions at meets, it is a good idea to email the Competition Coordinator early and let them know what you are looking for.  It MIGHT be too late for the 12 and Under Celebration and the January - 13 and over Time Trial but the Competition Coordinator is Denise McDonald:  For WOSA it is not too late and I am the Competition Coordinator.  If you will be taking a clinic and would like to try the job with a mentor then you sign up for that the same way.  When making a request for senior positions, please send separate emails for each meet and include: the meet name in the subject, the sessions that you are available, the jobs that you are interested in and any other special requests such as the end of the pool.  Include if the job is to receive mentorship.   We do our best to accommodate.

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.  These are great opportunities to earn high school volunteer hours.

London Gliders (Special Olympics) is hosting a 1 session invitational on Sunday, January 28.  Warm-ups start at 7:00 AM and the event is planned to be complete by 1:00 PM.  They are looking for help with Timers and Strokes and Turns officials.  If you can help out, please contact Karen Campbell at: 

Western is hosting the OUA Swimming Championship this year.  The meet is on Thursday to Saturday, February 8-10 (OUAA championships).  A.M. heats and P.M. finals with the likelihood of a short afternoon time trial on the Saturday.  This was a great meet the last time Western hosted it.  It comes highly recommended!  If you can help at the OUA Champs please contact Paul Cappa (Long Time LAC President) at: or

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








 Sign  up  Deadline

 Jan 19-20

Toronto Grand Prix

  Univ of Toronto


  January 8

 Jan 20-21

 12/under Celebration


 ALL LAC 12 & unders

  January 5

 Jan 20

 13 & Over Time Trial


 ALL LAC 13 & overs

 January 15

 Feb 2-4

 WOSA Champs



 January 22

 Feb 17-18

 Winter Festival



 February 5

 Mar 1-4

 Spring Provincials



 February 19

 Mar 8-11

 “AA” Champs



 February 16



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.