June 24




This is our last week on the June 3-30 schedule and we start our final schedule 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!!!



Here's another "misconception" about fast swimmers that Olivier Leroy Poirier talks about:

You have to develop at a specific rate, by a specific point, to be successful.

Comparison is the best way to completely discourage yourself. If no two people are alike, than how is it fair to compare yourself against a swimmer whose path, physical dimensions and innate skills are completely different than those you possess? There was an American swimmer in the 1990’s named Bill Pilczuk. He did not achieve a whopping sense of success—he book-ended 1998 World Championships gold in the 50m freestyle (OK, pretty good!) by missing qualifying for the 1996 and 2000 US Olympic teams—but his results are secondary to the fact that he took his own path. Coming out of high school he was offered zilch in terms of scholarships, had to pay all of his university costs, had to "try out" for the varsity team at Auburn University, and then didn’t achieve “success” until he was 26 years old at the Perth Worlds. His path, far from the typical age group prodigy to university stand-out to international contender, is a powerful reminder that our swimming careers, our expedition towards the summit of our abilities, are wildly different. At the end of the day you need to be comfortable in knowing that your own journey is going to be completely and uniquely yours.

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to our 7 graduating swimmers, who will be moving on to the next exciting chapter of their academic and athletic careers: Sam Cormier, Samantha Fish, David Hickey, Holly Holden, Cosette Joulin, Bram Majoor, and Kira Mels Williams. You have been and always will be a big part of the LAC family and, if you are moving on, you will be missed! 

Good luck to our 41 swimmers racing this weekend in Scarborough at the Ontario Swimming Championships and in Brantford at the Ontario Youth/Junior Championships. T-Shirt rotation is R-O-N-O (Thu royal, Fri orange, Sat navy, Sun orange). RACE SMART - RACE TOUGH! GO LAC GO!



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, Jan Burton or Carrie Harse.



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.



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



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 this week.  Please 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.  The sessions are short.  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 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







 Sign-up Deadline

 Jun 27-30

 ON Summer Champs

 Toronto PanAm


 June 14

 Jun 27-30

 ON Summer Y/JR



 June 14

 Jul 6-7

 Dr Paul Hauch Meet


 All LAC

 June 20




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.



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