March 19




Friday March 30 NO Workouts (except Senior Gold and Senior Silver 9-11am at WSRC)



We hope everyone has had an opportunity to re-charge their batteries as we embark on the second half of our swimming year and shake off those pesky winter blahs. Before you know it we’ll be counting the days to summer vacation, so start working now toward your summer swimming goals. Our Hollandia meet is 7 weeks away, and that should be everyone’s focus in their training. There’s no “build-up” period in the long course season, as everyone already has 6 months of training behind them. Know what your goals are, know what you need to be working on technically and tactically to achieve them, and start working on them. One quality of skill mastery is known as "movement certainty". To be "skilled" at something means that a person is able to meet a performance goal, or "end result", with maximum certainty.  The person who throws a dart into the "bull's eye" is not necessarily a "skilled" darts player. For most people, this outcome is the result of one lucky throw among hundreds of others that aren't so lucky. Only those people who produce the skill goal with a high degree of certainty, on demand, with luck playing little to no role, can be considered "skilled". Come to practice every day with focus and purpose, determined to swim technically well, and you will gain a mastery that eliminates the need to cross your fingers behind the blocks on race day. And remember, if you are on the right track, keep working hard and keep moving forward, otherwise you’ll get run over just standing there!



The club is not issuing tax receipts for 2017 as the government has discontinued the Child Exercise Tax Credit so they are no longer required for tax purposes.

The March PAD payments will be processed on March 20. if you have any concerns please contact Donna at



TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $3855                                           


TOP FUNDRAISERS: Sam Elkami $1075, Catie Tennant $300, Kyla Romero $260, Madison Cann $240 and Caitlin Barclay $230. Alex Beckett will receive a gold cap for raising the most funds ($200) last week.

Swim-A-Thon is an opportunity for our young athletes to fundraise money to support their swimming as well as the growth of the London Aquatic Club. This is a great opportunity for your friends and family to support and acknowledge the time and commitment your athletes (and families) have dedicated to the sport of swimming. Our goals as a club are to use this money towards a new club record board, new electronic scoreboard, and the update of daily equipment. Some of these goals are quite big and we need all the help we can get. Together if we all work together we all gain a lot. ALL LAC swimmers are encouraged to participate in our annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place the weekend of May 5-6, these swim times will replace our regular schedule that weekend.

What is Swim-A-Thon: The goal is to complete 200 lengths or as many lengths as possible in two hours. There will be refreshments and a special gift for all swimmers that raise funds after they swim.

Senior Gold/Silver 5:30 – 8:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC Sat May 5

Development 2 7:00 -9:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Senior Bronze/Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Orange & Development 1 6:30 – 8:30 am CHOCC Sat May 5

Age Group Bronze 8:00 – 10:00 am CHOCC Sun May 6

Age Group Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CHOCC Sun May 6

Our fundraising efforts for swim-a-thon are done using Swim Canada's online fundraising program.

To register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link to get started and begin collecting donations.  Our club goal this year is $20,000 and there will be fantastic prizes available to win! The top 3 fundraisers will receive LAC spirit wear, and the top 12 fundraisers will be invited to a bowling party with the coaches and will be able to pick a prize from the prize table.

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  There will not be tax receipts available this year. You may find out more information here:

If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at



The March orders are now placed, The next order will be in May. 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). The next order date will be in March.



LAC Long Course Pentathlon  - Sunday April 8

Our next LAC Swim Meet is the annual Pentathlon and we need senior officials  A bunch of you have been trained in these roles and this is a perfect opportunity to try that job in a more relaxed situation.  If you are interested and willing, please email the Competition Coordinator, Bonnie Marceau of the Aylmer Optimist Arrows, at We do not typically get the same number of offers of help from outside clubs for this meet so we need your help!

Upcoming Clinics

I have booked the final set of clinics for this season.  If you were intending to attend more clinics this year then the time is now.  The only other clinics that I will be offering after these are a Meet Manager clinic and a Referee clinic.  Dates still to be arranged for those.  Sign-ups will be posted shortly.  Please sign up, so that I can plan for the correct number of people, however, please do not sign up if you are not going to come. All of the clinics will be held at Canada Games Aquatic Centre, either in the Entrance Level Meeting Room (Upstairs) or in the Pool Level Meeting Room (Downstairs).

Judge of Strokes and Turns – Friday, April 6, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Upstairs

Introduction to Swimming Officiating – Saturday, April 7, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Upstairs

Clerk Of Course – Friday, April 13, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Downstairs

Chief Timekeeper – Saturday, April 14, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM – Downstairs

Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics - Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM to Noon – Downstairs

Starter – Friday April 27, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Downstairs

Recorder/Scorer – Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM to Noon - Downstairs

Thank you Craig Forsey: For volunteering to learn and take on Plunger Maintenance!

Rule of the week:

No Adjusting The Goggles Rule – This is NOT a rule.  If the swimmer can adjust or put their goggles back on without breaking a rule of the stroke then they have not broken a rule and should not be disqualified.  That means they can fix their goggles: in freestyle almost always; in back stroke if they stay on their back; in butterfly if their arms pull simultaneously, do not recover (move forward) under the water, and the kick remains legal; and in breast stroke if the pull remains simultaneous, the kick remains legal, and the stroke remains cyclical.  I have seen legal goggle fixes in ALL 4 strokes.

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 April 8

 LAC Pentathlon



 March 22

 April 20-22

 MAC April Invit’l

 Markham Pan-Am

 Qualifiers SrB/AG

 March 30

 April 28-29

 Brock LC Invit’l

 St Catharines

 Non-MAC AG/Dvlp

 April 17

 May 11-13

 Hollandia Invit’l


 All LAC

 April 17




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.***

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.