February 11




Monday February 18    NO WORKOUTS except SrGold/SrSilver 3-4:30pm CGAC (Family Day)

Feb 19, 20 and 22 Senior Bronze/Blue 4:45 - 5:45 pm WSRC

Sat Mar 2 NO Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze

No Swimming March Break from March 11 – 17 (except for SrGold/SrSilver)



In the excellent book “Endure” by ultra-endurance athlete Alex Hutchinson, he talks about Kenyan runners and Chinese divers, and how their training perhaps provides us with an interesting lesson in the developmental psychology of elite athletes:

In the Rift Valley, training at 8,000 feet, Kenyan runners (with world record holders and Olympic Champions among them) go for daily runs at very fast (hard) aerobic paces.  The “younger up-and-coming lions” go  with them and try to stay close to the established champions as long as possible and when they can’t hold on any longer, they jog in or even walk. The point is, they go immediately, as fast as they can for as long as they can, at “top of the world” paces. There is no talk or conception of “pacing” or easing into it or holding back, as there would be in much of the western world. It’s “hang with the big dogs” as long as possible.

 This brings to mind Saturday mornings in Beijing, at the National Diving Centre, when the Chinese national diving teams all practice together in one diving pool with the Olympic Champions training right alongside the talented and selected ten year olds. When the Olympic Champion tries a dive never done before and lands flat on his back from the ten meter tower, 300 divers leap to their feet applauding and cheering on the courage of their champion. Now a ten year old steps to the edge of the platform. Imagine what that child is thinking…..

Now, let's circle back to Daniel Coyle and his "The Tiny Book of Talent", and one of his many prescient observations on the concept of "talent"; namely, that it begins with genetic gifts, that the talented are able to perform amazing, seemingly effortless, feats that the rest of us can only dream about. THIS IS FALSE. The research shows that talent is NOT about genetics, or what you are born with - it begins with brief, powerful encounters that spark motivation by linking your identity to a high-performing person or group. It's called IGNITION, and it consists of a tiny, world-shifting thought lighting up your unconscious mind: I COULD BE THEM.

So, younger swimmers, we encourage all of you to find a role model who makes you think: "If she can do it, why can't I?" And, equally as important, older swimmers, we encourage you to be the role model for the "younger up-and-coming lion", who shows them how it's done and makes them think "If he can do it, why can't I?"


Good luck to our swimmers competing at the Provincial Festival in Etobicoke this weekend.



Sheryl Ross will be making another nutrition presentation to SrGold/SrSilver swimmers this Saturday, February 16, from 9:45-11am in the CGAC Multi-Purpose Room. Senior Bronze and Age Group Gold&Silver swimmers are also welcome to attend, as well as parents. Sheryl is going to talk about the importance of certain nutrients in the diet of high-performance athletes, including iron, potassium and magnesium, and she has also promised a demonstration on recovery smoothie-making, with samples available!



ALL LAC swimmers are invited to participate in our Annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place at CGAC on Friday, April 19.

Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 6:00 – 8: 00 am

Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 8:00 – 10:00 am

Age Orange/Development 1 & 2/Introductory 10:00 – 12 noon

WHAT IS SWIM-A-THON: swimmers will see how long it takes them to do 200 lengths or how many lengths can they do in 2 hours. For our younger swimmers they will spend 2 hours in the pool participating in length swimming as well as some skills stations (starts, turns, etc)

Our fundraising efforts for swim-a-thon are done using Swim Canada's online fundraising program.

To register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link to get started and begin collecting donations.  Our club goal this year is $15,000 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.

Swimming Canada is no longer issuing any receipts in any circumstance.  You may find out more information here:

Remember the funds raised from swim-a-thon will go towards fundraising projects like a new video scoreboard, coaching educational opportunities as well as swimming and dryland equipment.

If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at



The LAC coaches and Board of Directors want to remind everyone to please please use your best judgment and discretion when it comes to deciding whether or not you are going to brave the weather conditions in an effort to get to either swim practice or competition. Facility closures due to weather conditions will be communicated in as timely a fashion as possible.



The Feb 1 Spiritwear Orders have now been placed, we will let you know when the orders arrive. Any questions email Donna at



PAD payments will be withdrawn Feb 15. Any concerns should be emailed to Donna before Feb 13.



LAC Pentathlon - Senior Officials Needed - The LAC Pentathlon is coming up in April.  Please email Bonnie Marceau at if interested.  Please include the session(s) and position(s) that you would like to try.  This is a great opportunity to try out what you have learned in the clinics that you have taken.  Just let Bonnie know that you are new and she will provide a mentor if needed.

Official Registration: As people take clinics, they will need to be registered as an official with Swimming Canada.  We do the initial set up based on the clinic registration information.  When that is done an email will be sent to each newly registered official from  In this email are instructions on how to validate and update your account.  Until you do this we cannot register you as an official.  For the 4th of 5th time, we have tried to register a group of 20 or so officials.  i will be emailing people directly to let them know if they have been missing the registration notes.  Please check your email and spam folders and follow the instructions.

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







 Sign-up Deadline

 Feb 16-17

 ON Winter Festivals



 Feb 3

 Feb 28-Mar 3

 ON Spring Champs



 Feb 15

 Mar 2-3

 Wilmot Team Cup



 Feb 14

 Mar 7-10

 ON Spring Youth-Jr



 Feb 21

 April 7

 LAC Pentathlon



 Mar 19




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.

The Session Credit Policies are posted under the “Parent Info" tab On the LAC website.



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. Equipment requirements for each group are 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.