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June 4

NEWSLETTER 2017-18 ISSUE 39

 

WORKOUT CHANGES​​

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.

 

COACHES REPORT

IMPORTANT WOSA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION: We are using this space to inform all swimmers and parents of swimmers going to Brantford for Regionals this weekend that we, the coaching staff and Board of Directors of the London Aquatic Club, will be directing our swimmers to start from the bulkhead, NOT OFF THE STARTING PLATFORMS, for any event which will be starting in the shallow end of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex.

A new minimum depth regulation will come into effect on Sept.1, as mandated by Swim Canada. Only pools with a minimum depth of 1.35m will be permitted to host events with races starting off blocks or platforms in the shallow end. As with CGAC (hence our decision to eliminate “chase starts” at Hollandia) Brantford’s pool does not meet the minimum depth requirement. Thus, for safety and liability purposes, we have made the decision above.

There was recently a court decision in Regina in which a competitive swimmer who was paralyzed after diving into shallow water at a competition in 2005 was awarded several million dollars. In the wake of this decision Swim Canada has struck this new policy on shallow end starts.

Due to the size of the meet, Brantford meet management has decided to run the meet with “chase starts”, so there will be starts from the shallow end, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The distance events on Thursday, all 50’s, and all 13/over finals, will start from the deep end. In all other events (both 13/over and 12/under) odd-numbered heats will start in the deep end and even-numbered heats will start in the shallow end.  Relays have been eliminated due to time constraints.

Our coaches will communicate this decision to our swimmers starting tonight, and during the meet warm-up swimmers will have the opportunity to practice a start (or two) from the bulkhead in the shallow end sprint lane.

We are making this decision solely in the interest of swimmer safety. The LAC Board and coaches feel that, if it’s going to be officially recognized (through formal National Sport Organization legislation) on Sept.1 of this year that diving off starting platforms into water less than 1.35m deep is jeopardizing swimmer safety, it is an equally perilous situation on June 7.

We all of course recognize that for some Regionals is seen as a final opportunity to make a qualifying time or race for a medal. This priority (an important and legitimate one, and one for which, in most cases, swimmers have trained hard) falls a distant second to the safety and long-term best interest of our swimmers. And in any case, LAC swimmers are so fit and tough that any disadvantage off the start will be overcome at some later, more critical, part of the race!

While we cannot force anyone to start from the shallow end bulkhead, we are hopeful that all parents and swimmers will see our rationale as sound and will abide by our wishes. I am also sure that, probably more than once, a swimmer will forget and will hop up on the block and start from it for their race. This will simply require a gentle reminder during the meet.

​Thank you all for your attention to this, should you have any questions or concerns on this please feel free to direct them to Coach Craven via email.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to LAC alumnus Adam Purdy for his induction into the London Sports Hall of Fame. Read the full story in the "NEWS" section of the website.

CONGRATULATIONS to club record-setter at the Age Group International Carter Buck in the 13-14 boys 200BK.

 

 

CITY of LONDON PARKS & RECREATION MASTER PLAN REVIEW

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 playyourway@london.ca, 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.

 

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.

 

DR PAUL HAUCH MEET

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.

 

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

 

SWIM A THON

TOTAL RAISED: $10,200 

THANK YOU to all the LAC swim families that helped raise these funds. Below are the top fundraisers that will be invited to bowl and have dinner with the LAC coaching staff in July (date to be announced).

Sam Elkami $1175, Dani Hart $500, Kyla Romero $445, Lucy Levy $355, Jadyn Trodd $320, Siporah Sang $305, Catie Tennant $300, Mackenzie Romer $275, Caitlin Barclay $270, Madison Cann $260, Emma Pastrano $250, Hannah/Charlotte Rice $250 and Cleo/Haley Murphy $250.

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

June statements will be emailed out shortly. PAD payments will be withdrawn June 15, if you have any concerns with your statement please email Donna by June 12. 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 lacmembership01@gmail.com.

  

IT’S OFFICIAL!​

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.  So far I have had very few offers of help.

 

Calling Out For 2018-2019 Meet Managers: This is a fourth 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 still don’t have enough Meet Managers for all of our meets.  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.

 

Official Registrations:  When we register officials with SNC/Swim Ontario, an 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?

 

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

  

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

 July 13-15

 Dr Hauch Invitational

 Thames Pool

 All LAC

 June 18

 

 

 

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.