NEWSLETTER 2017-18 ISSUE 33
Senior Bronze/Blue Monday April 30, Tuesday May 1, Thursday May 3 and Friday May 4 workouts will be at CHOCC 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Western is shut down for the week).
ALL LAC swimmers are welcome to participate in our annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place the weekend of May 5-6, the swim times listed below in the Swim-A-Thon section will replace our regular schedule that weekend.
Mon May 7 NO Senior Gold workout 6:00-7:30am
Tues May 8 - Age Group Blue NO dryland 4:45-5:15, swim only from 5:30-6:30 pm
Fri May 11 NO LAC workouts due to Hollandia
Sat May 12 NO LAC workouts due to Hollandia
Sat May 12 Introductory will run as usual at CHOCC from 8:30 – 9:15 am
Mon May 14 NO Senior Gold or Senior Silver workouts
Sat May 19 Senior Gold/Silver swim 5:30 – 7:00 am dryland 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC
Sat May 19 Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze swim 7:00 – 8:00 am only CGAC
Sat May 19 Age Group Blue swim 8:00 – 9:00 am only CGAC
Mon May 21 Age Group Gold/Silver 8:00 – 10:00 am CGAC
Mon May 21 Age Group Blue/Bronze 8:30 – 10:00 am CGAC
Mon May 21 Senior Gold/Silver 10:00 am – 12 noon CGAC
Mon May 21 Senior Bronze/Blue 10:00 – 11:30 am CGAC
Mon May 21 NO PM workouts
CONGRATULATIONS to our 22 swimmers who raced at the Brock Invitational last Sunday. Once again lots of personal bests and good technical swimming. Special congratulations to first time Regional Championship qualifier Gavin Hadley.
There was a recent report in Outside Magazine entitled "Brain Endurance Training", which cited an experiment in which 35 soldiers exercised 3 times per week for the same duration of time on stationary bikes. Half the group simply pedalled, while the other half had to engage in a mentally demanding task, in this case watching combinations of letters appear on a computer screen and clicking only when certain combinations appeared. After this testing was complete, all the soldiers completed a cycling test to exhaustion. The results were that all 35 soldiers improved their baseline fitness significantly, but the really important finding was that the cyclists who had to engage in the mentally demanding task while at the same time engaged in a physically challenging task, improved their fitness 3 times as much as the control group who only had to cycle and not think about anything. What's the take-away? If you are able to be mentally engaged in your practices, i.e., use the pace clock, get your times, count your strokes, count your underwater kicks and focus on your breathing patterns and your technique, when it comes time for you to "let it all hang out" at the competition, you will potentially realize a much much more significant result than if if you simply practice without focus or purpose. Purposeful practice is very very important to success!
SWIM A THON – THIS WEEKEND!
ALL SWIMMERS THAT PARTICIPATE WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE!
ALL SWIMMERS THAT RAISE MONEY WILL RECEIVE A LAC WATERBOTTLE!
TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $7705 ($530 raised this past week!)
LAC SWIMMERS REGISTERED: 100 (15 new swimmers registered this past week!)
What is Swim-A-Thon: The goal is to complete 200 lengths or as many lengths as possible in two hours.
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 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: https://swimming.ca/en/resources/swimming-canada-overview/swim-a-thon-online/
If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimmer statements will be out later this week. If you have any concerns with your statements please contact Donna at email@example.com by May 9. PAD payments will be withdrawn May 15.
WOSA LC CHAMPS JUNE 7-10 - BRANTFORD
TEAM TRAVEL: Team Travel will be available for this event. If you intend on sending your swimmer team travel please indicate it on the event sign-up. The cost has been estimated at $400. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR TEAM TRAVEL IS MAY 5th!!!
LAC SWIM CAMP - Sign up now available on the events page
When: July 9th-12th, Approx: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Eligible Swimmers: LAC Swimmers born in 2006 or later
Previous Years Activities:
****Please note that swimmer attending swim camp do not attend regularly scheduled work-outs. They are scheduled to swim every morning at the beginning of camp only.***
Each day will begin with a practice at Thames Pool and will be followed by the activities listed below:
- Beach Day at the Pinery
- Bowling and Mini-golf at Fleetway
A schedule will be posted in late June.
Swim Camp is a fantastic team-building week for our youngest competitive swimmers! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
LAC Hollandia Spring Invitational - May 11 to 13 - Senior Officials Please
One and a half weeks until Hollandia! If you have taken the clinic for any senior jobs and you would like to try something different than Timing and S&T, our Competition Coordinator would love to hear from you. Senior Official jobs are all of the officiating jobs that are not Timing, and Turn Judges. This includes: Referee, Starter, Chief Timekeeper, Clerk of Course, Chief Finish Judge/Chief judge Electronics, Recorder/Scorer, Electronics Operator and Stroke Judges (walk the sides of the pool). If you are ready to try putting that clinic you took to use then please contact Greg Lewis at email@example.com with the sessions and the jobs that you would like to work. If you would like a mentor for any of the job please indicate that and, if you are looking for a sign-off, please let Greg know that as well.
There is just 1 clinic, Recorder/Scorer, left in the current clinics series. If interested, please sign up online so that I can plan for the correct number of people, however please do not sign up if you are not going to come. This last clinic will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM to Noon at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, in the Pool Level Meeting Room (Downstairs).
Rule of the Week
Minimum pool depth - When CGAC was built, the FINA rule for minimum depth for block starts was 1.2 metres. Some years later FINA changed the minimum depth to 1.35 metres adding 15cm or about 6 inches. Since then Swim Canada has allowed pools built prior to the FINA depth change to continue to use to old minimum depth. Starting in September 2018 Swim Canada has removed the exemption and dives from blocks at our shallow end wall or from blocks on the bulk head when positioned at the shallow end wall are no longer allowed. The rules are more complicated than that but this is basic change. You will notice that Hollandia will be running single ended this year. You can expect changes to some of our other meets as well.
If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
LAC SPIRITWEAR ORDERS
The next order will be May 8. 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.
Sign up Deadline
WOSA LC Champs
LAC SESSION CREDITS
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 sessions* during 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 email@example.com
EQUIPMENT SWAP – FACEBOOK PAGE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 am Monday mornings.