May 28




Sat June 9 Senior Bronze/Blue 7:30 – 8:30 am CGAC

Sat June 9 Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze/Orange 7:00 – 8:00 am Swim and 8:15 - 9:00 am dryland CGAC

Sat June 9 Development 1 & 2 8:00 – 9:00 am CGAC

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. **There have been some revisions to the summer schedules.



A Simple Trick to Keep You Calm Behind the Blocks! (from Olivier Leroy at YourSwimBook and SwimSwam)

When we are standing behind the blocks it can be easy to succumb to the flurry of activity going on in our noggin. From the bright lights, to the media in attendance, your family, friends and teammates in the stands, and the self-inflicted pressures that you have been rather mercilessly pounding yourself with over the course of the days and hours leading up to the big race, it can be easy to slip in a state of panic and over-thinking. You think about that one practice where you did a rehearsal swim, and performed slower than you should have. But then you did one the day before, and it went pretty well. Your turns felt slow and clunky when you warmed up earlier. But your start felt fluid, precision-like. Your thoughts are so all over the place that you begin to feel the panic rise up in your throat. You begin over-thinking anything and everything, and before you know it, you have primed yourself to fail in epic fashion.

The only thing worse than a poor performance in the pool is a poor performance that comes about as a result of thinking yourself out of it. It is a hard one to take because we view it as something that should have been preventable. The end result wasn’t emblematic of the training and hard work that we invested. The good news is that short of going into a full-blown meditative trance behind the blocks (which might actually be a good way to freak out your competitors) there are things you can do to calm those nerves while you stand behind the block. One of them is to simply focus on a desired feeling or state. We can have expressions for each part of our race. Starting from the time you spend behind the blocks, where your mind is racing and you need to chill out, to each stage of your race, here are some sample cues or expressions you can use:

  • Behind the blocks: Loosey-goosey!
  • For the start: Explode!
  • The first lap or two of the race: Smooth and relaxed!
  • The second to last lap: Power through!
  • Final lap: All-out!

So, the next time you are standing behind the blocks and you feel yourself over-thinking things, or as though your thoughts are getting away from you, dial in on little action statements statements like these!



London is embarking on a review of how it designs parks, delivers recreation programs and sports services, and builds facilities. It is looking for input from all interested parties and we, the London Aquatic Club, are certainly an interested party. There are 3 "Stakeholder Input Sessions" being held, one of which will be attended by LAC representatives. We would ask all LAC parents to provide input on this master plan, by emailing the Master Plan team at, and stating your strong desire and belief that an expansion to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre is critical to the aquatic needs of the city, with LAC as one of the largest and most important stakeholders in this area. We want to present a unified voice, so please make it clear that you want a CGAC expansion, hopefully including a separate warm-up pool, a deeper shallow end in the existing pool, and more dryland, storage, pool deck and office space.



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



Our annual Hauch meet is fast approaching and in keeping with tradition we will be doing our famous bell heats. There are no food donations for this meet, we would like each family to donate $10 worth of prizes (broken up into smaller prize amounts if possible to spread the prizes out further.) Examples from previous years are $5 gift cards, towels, water bottles and a variety of fun toys for the kids to play with around the pool for the day.
When you have your prizes please bring them to your coach or Jane Callon.



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

Gerard Shoemaker, President



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 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.






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



June statements will be emailed out next week. Unworked session credits will be billed ($40 per session) after the Dr Paul Hauch Meet and July statements will be sent out after that. If you have any membership concerns, please contact Donna at



Official Registrations:  When we register official with SNC/Swim Ontario, and email is sent to the official and they must respond by signing on to their SNC account and confirming their information.  We have a large number of officials who we keep trying to register and we fail because the confirmation never happens.  If you are receiving emails from Swim Canada, please read them and follow the instructions to complete your registration.  If you have anti-spam software could you please check in the spam folder to see if there are any emails from Swim Canada?

Calling Out For 2018-2019 Meet Managers: This is a third 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.  I now have 4 meet managers to cover 10 to 12 meets and time trials.  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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Jun 7-10

 WOSA LC Champs



 May 24

 June 15-17

 ON Summer Festival



 June 1




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.