October 29




Wednesday Oct 31 Age Group Blue NO workout

The last workout before the Holiday Break will be Sunday Dec 23. Senior Gold/Silver returns to swimming Dec 27, all other groups return swimming the week of Dec 30. The holiday schedule is post on the website on the “schedule” page. Regular schedule will resume Saturday Jan 5.



A few words this week on "THE SWEET SPOT". The notion of the sweet spot is talked about by author Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) and by swimming psychologist Oliver Poirier-Leroy (Conquer The Pool). Coyle talks about the importance of training in the sweet spot, where you are being challenged, the challenge can be frustrating and uncomfortable, you really need to concentrate and persist to succeed, but you do succeed...anywhere from 50-80% of the time. The sweet spot in training is about really having to reach, about really having to apply yourself with 100% effort and 100% determination and 100% focus, in order to achieve the objective. The sweet spot is most often NOT a comfortable place. The "Comfort Zone", where things come easily without any real effort, and the "Survival Zone", where success is rare (<50%) and even then only through luck, are not conducive to skill attainment and technical mastery. Olivier Poirier-Leroy talks about the "SWEET SPOT" in terms of goal-setting: goals in the sweet spot (just like above) are those that stretch your abilities to their maximum, and force you to be focussed and determined and persistent in their pursuit, but create a steady trickle of improvement and confidence. Easy goals are boring, they don't challenge you out of your comfort zone, and they result in very little meaningful improvement. Goals that are too ambitious or unrealistic can be de-motivating - they are too far away from your current reality and will only lead you to question your abilities and your continued pursuit of the objective. Make sure your swimming goals are in the "SWEET SPOT", and then make sure you're training in the "SWEET SPOT" and you'll have a very rewarding experience.



Spiritwear orders have now been placed, please watch the newsletter for order arrivals and pick up dates. The next order will be in the new year.



Next swimmer account statements will be sent around November 5th. PAD payments will be processed on Nov 15, any concerns need to be sent to Donna by Mon Nov 12 -



Upcoming Meets - Senior Officials needed!:  Senior Officials are everyone except Timers and Inspectors of Turns.  To sign up for Senior positions at our meets you email the Competition Coordinator, with the meets, sessions, and positions that you would like to work.  I am the Competition Coordinator for the 2 remaining Time Trials that are scheduled prior to Christmas and also for the Nothers Fall Invitational.  Please let me know NOW if you would like to try the jobs that go with the Senior Official clinics that you have been taking. To qualify, you must have the clinic before DOING the job.  I already have people from LAC and other clubs asking for spots!

Officials Clinics: We had an excellent Strokes and Turns and a great Chief Timekeeper clinic last weekend!  The final four clinics prior to Nothers are now scheduled and signups are posted.  These are the last clinics in 2018 unless I schedule a Meet Manager or Referee clinic.  Here are the upcoming clinics:

Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics: Friday, November 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, CGAC, Pool Level Meeting Room, maximum enrolment 14 students.

Recorder/Scorer: Saturday, November 10, 7:00 to 9:00 AM, CGAC, Pool Level Meeting Room, maximum enrolment 14 students.

Starter (The person who says “Take your marks!”): Friday, November 16, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, CGAC, Pool Level Meeting Room, maximum enrolment 14 students.

Clerk of the Course: Saturday, November 17, 7:00 to 9:00 AM, CGAC, Pool Level Meeting Room, maximum enrolment 14 students.

Timing System Operator: This is one position that is learned by on the job training only.  This is a great job.  You are positioned looking right down the finish line, you don’t get wet, and it is interesting.  Yes, there is a computer involved, but if you can operate a cell phone, this is far less complex.  If you are interested in learning this job, email me to let me know.

Last Chance for Name Tags for Officials: I didn’t get around to ordering them last week so one last chance.  I will be placing an order this week for the name tags that many officials wear at meets.  These are ordered through me.  Level 2 and above officials get them for free as a small thank you.  The price for everyone else is less than $10.00.  If you are interested then email me listing the correct spelling of the name(s) to appear on the name tag(s) being ordered.

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Sat Nov 10

 Time Trial #2


 ALL LAC swimmers

 November 1

 Nov 23-25

 Nothers Invitational


 ALL LAC swimmers

 November 6

 Dec 14-16

 Team Showdown



 Nov 26

 Dec 14-16   Ontario Jr Intl.   Scarborough   Sr qualifiers

 Dec 3

 Dec 15

 Holiday Time Trial


 All swimmers

 Dec 3




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.***

*The number of session credits will be reviewed by the board in the fall upon club enrollment and may be subject to change.

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 “Swimmer 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. There is a list of equipment needed for each group is also listed.

If you have any equipment questions please contact



The 2018-2019 Shark Card is now available on the LAC website under the “swim equipment” tab. This offers a 15% discount off all regular priced goods. You MUST have this card with you at the time of purchase. Either as a pdf saved on your phone or a printed hard copy. The new online coupon code is listed on the cards as well this year. This code will be valid on the new website/webstore which is in the process of being launched. It offers a 15% discount on all regular priced goods listed on the site/store.



Information for the newsletter should be emailed to  by 10 am Monday mornings.