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May 21

NEWSLETTER 2017-18 ISSUE 36

 

WORKOUT CHANGES​​

LAC Summer Schedules are now posted on the LAC website under the “schedule” tab. There are two schedules, June 11 – 30 and July 2 – 12.

 

COACHES REPORT

The following was a recent post on the SWIMSWAM website:

Have you noticed that swimming lingo works its way into other areas of your life? As a swim family, we often use analogies from the pool when we talk with our kids about schoolwork. If our kids are close to finishing a project, or studying for an exam but are tempted to give up or quit, we’ll say, “But you’re under the flags!” If non-swimming families heard this, they’d probably think we were nuts. At least we don’t hold a stopwatch and time them at their chores! Here are seven expressions swim parents can use in everyday life that relate to swimming:

1.​ "You’re under the flags." This is a great saying when your kids are near completing something—whether it’s a science fair project or class. You’re trying to tell them not to ease up or take it easy. They’re almost done, so go for it.

​2. "Keep on kicking."  Never give up is what this expression is all about. You’ll make progress in the pool with a strong kick. In life in general, if we keep on kicking, we’ll make progress, too.

3. "Keep your head down."  Staying focused and out of trouble can be accomplished by keeping your head down. By lifting our head in the pool, we may get a breath of air, but our body will sink and it gets harder to swim. In school or work, sometimes we have to keep our heads down to get the job done without distractions.

4. "Can’t make withdrawals until you make deposits."  This is an expression we use in swimming to tell our kids they need to put in the hard work before they reap rewards. Think of every practice as a bank deposit and best times as withdrawals. It’s true in other aspects of our lives, too, that success isn’t an accident but the result of much hard work.

5. "Sink or swim."  This famous idiom literally means to fail or succeed entirely by one’s own efforts. In life and the pool, you could get thrown into a situation and what you make out of it is all up to you.

6. "Swim your own race."  Some swimmers go out fast and others are back-halfers. We have to swim our own race and not get caught up with swimmers around us. In life, it’s best if we follow our own course and live our lives without worrying about what others are doing.

7. "Finish strong."  So many races are won by a strong finish, by a fingernail or fraction of a second. Finishing strong is great advice for work, school, and any other endeavor. Finishing is an accomplishment in itself.

 

SATURDAY JUNE 9 BINGO

We need a few volunteers for the Sat June 9 Bingo (1 session credit), please contact Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

 

LAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The LAC Board of Directors extends an invitation to all LAC parents to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Club. The AGM will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 beginning at 7.00 pm at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in the upper level meeting room. Attendance is not mandatory; however, we encourage at least one member of each swim family to attend this very informative evening and earn one session credit for doing so. New swim families will receive one session credit that may be applied next season.

Further information including a copy of the Minutes from the 2017 AGM, Agenda for 2018 meeting and proxy are posted on the website under the Events tab. Please register on the Events sign up page.

If you have any questions or additions to the agenda please contact me at gshoemaker@rogers.com

Gerard Shoemaker, President

 

LAC CALL FOR NOMINEES

LAC is looking for enthusiastic members to fill two positions on the Board of Directors.  Each position is a for a term of two years with an obligation of monthly meetings throughout the swim season and additional committee work as needed. 

If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please forward names to lacmembership01@gmail.com by May 30, 2018.

A list of nominees will then be distributed to all LAC families via e mail to be voted on.  The two new board members will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on June 20th.

 

SWIM A THON

TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $10,175 

CLOSING DATE FOR COLLECTING PLEDGES: MAY 31

REGISTER: www.ontarioswimathon.ca/lac 

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   lacmembership01@gmail.com

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Unworked session credits will be billed ($40 per session) after the Dr Paul Hauch Meet in July and will be due after your August statements. If you have any membership concerns, please contact Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com.

  

IT’S OFFICIAL!​

Hi everybody.  I apologize for the missing newsletter last week.  I had to leave after the Sunday morning session of Hollandia for work travel and I simply did not have time to write it.  I think that is the 4th and 5th meet sessions that I have missed since I started doing this in November 2010!   

Hollandia: I want to thank everyone who came out to help at Hollandia.  Things looked pretty desperate for a while but you came through and we got it done.  Another great job by Meet Managers Steve Langham and Ed MacNeil and Competition Coordinator Greg Lewis!  Thank you gentlemen!  Thank you to all of the volunteers, especially those who we see at almost very meet.  We could bot run our meets without these dedicated people.  By the way Steve and Ed tell me that they are retiring as Hollandia Meet Managers.  Thank you Ed and Steve!  It has been great having you!  Segue alert!   

Calling Out For 2018-2019 Meet Managers: This is a second call out for people who would be willing to take on the role of Meet Manager for one or more of our LAC hosted Time Trials or Swim Meets.  So far I have had one offer and I know I have another lined up but that is not enough.  I cannot do this for you.  I am Competition Coordinator for most of our meets and I cannot do that AND be Meet Manager as well.  It is not allowed. Meet Manager involves some learning and you will find that there is a fun group of people who are enthusiastically waiting to help you with the details.  We also have a wonderful group of committees who shoulder a bunch of the work.  This is a job that can be shared by two or more people, if that works for you.  Meet Management by Team is something that most clubs are doing and we encourage it as well.  Meet Manager can be a very rewarding experience and, depending on the size of the meet, there can be quite a number of session credits available.  If you are interested or if you have questions, please let me know.  I will be having a Meet Manager and a Referee clinic in the near future.

Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational:  Is coming up on July 13 to 15.  Tamara Thompson is our Meet Manager and I am the Competition Coordinator.  There are 2 sessions each day, Friday early and late afternoon, and both morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. If anyone would like to help with senior official positions then the way to sign up is to email me.  Include Hauch in the subject, and let me know the sessions that you are available, and the jobs that you can help with.

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

 

LAC SPIRITWEAR ORDERS

The May order has now been placed. The next order will be in the fall.

 

UPCOMING MEETS

 Date 

 Meet

 Place

 Swimmers

 Sign  up  Deadline

 Jun 7-10

 WOSA LC Champs

 Brantford

 Qualifiers

 May 24

 June 15-17

 ON Summer Festival

 Markham

 Qualifiers

 June 1

 

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 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.

 

LAC EQUIPMENT

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 lacswimequipment@gmail.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.

 

NEWSLETTER

Information for the newsletter should be emailed to lacnews1@gmail.com  by 10 am Monday mornings.