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March 18

 

NEWSLETTER 2018-19 ISSUE 25

 

COACHES REPORT

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who competed at the Provincial Championship events in February and early March. There was lots of excellent swimming, and it was capped off by a terrific performance by our 30-strong team at the Ontario Youth/Junior Championships in Markham. For a full summary of the top results at this meet check the NEWS section of the website, but we must congratulate here the following first-timers from OYJC's: first-time Canadian Junior and Eastern Canadian Championship qualifier Amaris Peng, first-time Canadian Junior Championship qualifier Siporah Sang, first time Eastern Canadian qualifiers Niamh O'Leary, Junsoo Pak and George Trevor, and first-time Top 10 Performer Samantha Fish.

We're hoping everyone enjoyed some time off (if you had it) over the March Break, and now it's time to get right back to work. Only 8 weeks to Hollandia, 11 weeks to WOSA Championships, and 15 weeks to OSC's and OYJC's. It's going to go by fast, so make sure you're focussing every day on doing one little thing a little bit better.

 

LAC SESSION CREDITS

Just a reminder there are only 3 more LAC hosted meets this season. All swim families that had a swimmer in the club last season or any swim family that transferred to LAC from another swim club are required to complete session credits. if your swimmer is in an Age Group or Senior program you need to complete 22 sessions and if your swimmer is in the Development program you need to complete 11 sessions. Any unworked sessions will be billed out at $40 per session at the end of the season. You can check your balance by signing into your account on the LAC website and clicking on “service hours”. If you have any questions please email Donna lacmembership01@gmail.com

 

SWIM A THON  

***We will be doing club pictures on Swim A Thon Day!  Sign up and get involved in this important CLUB event.

Swimmers Registered: 27                                  Money Raised: $2005

THIS WEEK’S PRIZE: London bathing cap to Ellie Webb for being the top fundraiser last week.

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.

HOW TO REGISTER: to register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link www.ontarioswimathon.ca/lac 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: https://swimming.ca/en/resources/swimming-canada-overview/swim-a-thon-online/

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   lacmembership01@gmail.com

 

SPIRITWEAR ORDERS 

The backpacks have arrived you can pick them up from Donna, Liz, Emma T or Mel. Any questions email Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com).

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

Any concerns contact Donna lacmembership01@gmail.com.

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

LAC Pentathlon - Senior Officials Needed - The LAC Pentathlon is coming up in April.  Please email Bonnie Marceau at brmarceau@rogers.com if interested.  Please include the session(s) and the 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.

Officials Clinics:

I have scheduled 2 more clinics.  Sign-ups will be posted shortly.  Please sign up if you are coming, but ONLY sign up if you are coming.  One line for each person attending.  There are no prerequisites for either clinic but having the Intro clinic and some experience as a timer prior to the Strokes and Turns clinic is a great idea.

Judge of Strokes and Turns – Friday, March 29, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMEntry Level Meeting Room

Introduction to Swimming Officiating – Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00 AM to NoonEntry Level Meeting Room

Unless I missed an email I do not recall seeing anyone express an interest in any of the Senior Official clinics this spring.  I usually do a 3rd set of clinics in March/April but they are often sparsely attended.  If there are clinics that you are particularly interested in, please email me so that I am aware.  I will do a make-up clinic for the Starter clinic that I cancelled.  I will do a Meet Manager clinic in the fall for any people who offer to be a new Meet Manager next year.  No need to tell me about those ones. 

Official Registration: As people take clinics AND work on the deck, 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 systems@swimming.ca.  In this email are instructions on how to validate and update your account.  Until you do this we cannot complete your registration as an official.  For the 4th or 5th time, we have tried to register a group of 20 or so officials but they do not respond to the email.  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 in the registration email to update and validate your registration information.

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

 April 7

 LAC Pentathlon

 CGAC

 ALL LAC

 Mar 19

 April 12-14

 MAC Invitational

Markham

 AG&SrBronze Qualifiers

Mar 25

 April 27-28

 Brock LC Invitational

 St Catharines

 SRBR,AG,DVLP nonMAC

 April 10

 May 9-12

Hollandia Invitational

 CGAC

 ALL LAC

 April 22

 

 

WOSA CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 31-JUNE 2

The meet is in Windsor, a block of rooms have been set aside for team travel, but there are still six rooms remaining (with 2 beds) at The Best Western Waterfront Plus Hotel (details below). To reserve one of these rooms please call the hotel directly and reference LONDON AQUATIC CLUB. The rooms will be held for our group only until April 3.

277 Riverside Drive West | Windsor, ON, Canada | N9A 5K4

P: 519-973-4215 | F: 519-973-1600 | sue@windsor-hotel.ca

 

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.***

*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.

 

LAC EQUIPMENT

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 lacswimequipment@gmail.com

 

SWIM EQUIPMENT SHARK CARD

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.

 

NEWSLETTER

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