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June 17

NEWSLETTER 2018-19 ISSUE 38

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

Summer Schedules have begun and are posted on the LAC website under the "schedule" tab. There are two schedules June 3-30 and July 1-7. There a is separate schedule for Ohio & CJC swimmers for July.

When you are practicing outdoors at Thames Park make sure you are WEARING SUNSCREEN!!!

 

COACHES REPORT

Last week we posted a message outlining "Misconceptions About Fast Swimmers". The 2nd point in this message (from Oliver Poirier Leroy) was: "We tend to view fast swimming as this complicated thing. It's not." Olivier draws this idea out a little bit more, by challenging people who think that because it’s challenging it must be complicated.  Because it is so rare, we expect success at the highest levels to be extraordinarily complicated. We imagine that the only way someone could swim so fast is by some miracle technique, some crazy unorthodox training schedule, or more increasingly, a miracle supplement (both legal and not-so-much). This is why we are so drawn to the shortcuts and the promises of limit-busting gear and supplements. Finally, the advertisements say, we have the tools to outsmart what it takes to be elite, to outflank and out-gadget it. As a result, we begin to actually believe that there are such things as shortcuts and quick fixes, to the point that we begin to neglect the things that truly matter: good technique, showing up every day, doing six underwater kicks off every wall, doing an Olympic finish (flags in face in) every time, swimming every meter of every practice, having all of your equipment, eating properly, getting enough sleep, remaining positive in the face of challenges. When it comes down to it, performing well in the pool is actually pretty simple. Easy? Rarely. Simple? Almost always.

CONGRATULATIONS to our twenty-one 13&under swimmers who raced like lions at last weekend's Summer Festival in Markham. Our group placed 7th overall in the team standings, achieved over 60 personal bests, led by 100%'ers Esther Lu and Dani Hart, and four swimmers stood on the podium, Esther leading the way again with 3G-1S-1B, joined by Lauren Campbell (1G-2B), Maggie Yang (2S-1B) and Tolga Kartoglu (2B) as individual medalists, while our 11/u girls 200 medley relay raced to silver (Esther,Maggy,Isabelle,Rachel) and the 12-13 girls 400 medley relay won bronze (Siporah,Lauren,Niamh,Alex). Four other swimmers earned a top 8 finish. WAY TO GO TEAM - some great 3D racing...Dug Down Deep!!!

 

HAUCH MEET - HELP NEEDED

Our Hauch Meet is fast approaching. We are looking for people to help run the BBQ. Please contact Lisa Levy lisajlevy1974@hotmail.com if you are available to help out.

 

HAUCH MEET – BELL PRIZES

Our annual Hauch meet is fast approaching and in keeping with tradition we will be doing our famous bell heats. 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, Jane Callon or Carrie Harse.

 

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 19, 2019 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 2018 AGM, 2019 AGM Agenda and proxy are posted on the website under the Events tab. Please register on the Events sign up page.

If you have any questions you would like answered at the AGM regarding the technical (coaching) or operational (administrative) aspects of the club, please submit them in advance to lacmembership01@gmail.com   This will better enable the Head Coach and/or the Board to provide a satisfactory response.

Gerard Shoemaker, President

 

SESSION CREDIT REMINDER

If your family was a member of the club last season or you transferred from another club this season then you are responsible for completing session credits this season, please see the session credit section below for details.

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

July statements will contain any June/July meet entries and any unworked session credit payments due. They will go out the third week in July. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Donna at lacmembership01@gmail.com.

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational (July 6 and 7) Volunteers needed– Hi everyone!  The sign-ups for Judges of Strokes and Turns, Timekeepers, and various other jobs will be posted early next week.  Please help support the meet by helping out.  The Hauch meet has been reduced to two days this year with the 12 & Under sessions in the mornings and the 13 & Over sessions in the afternoons.  This meet also has a need for some unique help with things like parking attendants BBQers, runners, bell prize committee, etc. so, if officiating is not your preference, we will have other opportunities available as well.  Make sure that you come out and help.  This is not a big commitment and it’s a fun way to end the season for most of our swimmers! 

Session 2019-2020 – Meet Managers!:  Yes, it is already that time of year where we start to look ahead to next season.  The coaches are already booking pool time for the events that we will be hosting next year.  Almost as urgent as booking that time is making sure that we have Meet Managers lined up to organize all of the things associated with the running of one of these events.  If you have an interest, or just want to learn more, please email me, and we can discuss.  I have already had some people step up for next year, but not enough and ideally we can have at least 2 Meet Managers for each of the Invitationals and any larger meets that we may be selected to host.  Do not be afraid.  Most of our new meet managers come in as level 1 or 2 officials.  We have a great support system for new meet managers and awesome committees that pretty much run themselves!  There is a learning curve but we have a number of teachers to help with that!  Send me that email now!

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 27-30

 ON Summer Champs

 Toronto PanAm

 Qualifiers

 June 14

 Jun 27-30

 ON Summer Y/JR

 Brantford

 Qualifiers

 June 14

 Jul 6-7

 Dr Paul Hauch Meet

 THAMES

 All LAC

 June 20

 

 

 

 

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. If a swimmer leaves the club after March 1st then the prorated unworked session credits will be billed to their final statement. 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