Feb 4


Newsletter 2012-13 Issue 19



Sat Feb 9          Development 2 & 3                  8:00 – 9:00 am                   CHOCC

Mon Feb 18      Development 3                        6:00 – 7:00 pm                   CGAC

Mon Feb 18      NO HP                                       6:00-7:30am

Wed Feb 20       No Development 3 Boys & Girls Club pool is not available

Sat Feb 23         Development 2 & 3                 2:45 – 3:45 pm                   CGAC

There will be NO LAC workouts during the March Break (Mar 9 - 17)



There was some good racing in Brantford at the Regional Championships.  24 LAC'ers collected a total of 76 individual medals, with 6 relay teams finishing top 3, and another 22 swimmers placed in the top 8. While our best times conversion rate was a bit low at 44%, many of you did an excellent job of remaining positive and focussed, "getting back on the horse" and ready for the next one, and picking up your teammates. Sometimes, it's simply about racing, and not worrying about the time...making your first final, winning a medal, finishing strong to come 7th instead of 8th, making a technical or tactical improvement that will help you down the road, and remembering to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up. The message we want to lodge in the minds of swimmers from other teams is: "OH NO...I have to race that London kid again...those guys NEVER take a race off."  Winning is good, and the coaches love to see our swimmers winning (Sunday morning tattoo winners!) but we want to remind you that you don't need to place first to be a winner, nor is a good race defined solely by a personal best!  Another thought: sometimes (although it's rare) the pool environment can be cool...cold muscles will not perform optimally, so it's important in those circumstances (like in Brantford this weekend) to do whatever you can to retain body heat...warm up and warm down well, dry off before putting on your team uniform, and make sure you have more than just the team T-shirt in your bag.  We have awesome orange LAC hoodies that are very warm...I'd love to see everyone in one of those when the circumstances dictate. A toque and shoes and mittens or gloves are great ways to retain body heat - we lose more body heat through our head & hands & feet than anywhere else.

Special congratulations to first-time qualifiers Julia Blaha (Provincial Festival) and William Stewart (Age Group Nationals) and club record-setter Maggie MacNeil in the 11/12 girls 50BK, 50FL and 100FL.

Belated congratulations to first time Regional Qualifier Jack Haycock.



This meet takes place at the Tillsonburg Community Centre Complex (45 Hardy Ave) Feb 9 & 10. Only swimmers that confirmed their attendance have been entered in the meet.



Minor Officials

Sign up for the upcoming Winter Festival will be made available within the next few days. The positions for canteen, awards and equipment will be set-up under a separate event. 

The meet is currently planned to be double-ended. Some sessions may only be single-ended depending on the number of entries received. If this occurs, stroke and turn sign-ups will be guaranteed their position but only the first 16 positions for timing will be guaranteed their position.

The sign-up system allows 50 character spaces to include additional information. When you select the "Green sign-up button" to confirm your sign-up, a box will appear that will allow you to enter information. Please include the name of the individual who will be working the swim session.

If you would like to be considered for the Position of Safety Marshall, please include the word safety beside your name as part of the sign-up process (i.e. Tracy (Safety)).  Session credits for Safety Marshall are limited to 4 per family per year unless no one else is available to work. This procedure will allow the minor officials coordinator for the meet, Tracy Hoffman @, to assign the positions fairly in accordance with club policies. A list of people selected for safety marshal by session will be posted prior to the meet.

Please note that for approximately the first 48 hours the sign-up is available, the maximum number of positions available per family is 4 for minor officials. This is to allow each family a reasonable sign-up opportunity.



The London Aquatic Club has booked a block of rooms at 2 different locations for your consideration for the upcoming Ontario Provincial Age Group Championships being held in Nepean.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2055 Robertson Road

Ottawa, Ontario


Reference: London Aquatic Club

King Suite with double pullout sofa - $159.00 + tax

Small Kitchenette in rooms

Breakfast Buffet is included daily

Deadline booking date: February 7, 2013



This meet takes place at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr, Newmarket on Mar 2 & 3. All LAC swimmers not attending Junior Provincials are invited to attend. TEAM TRAVEL will be offered for this event, and has been a tremendous success the past 2 years. A school bus will depart CGAC on Fri.Mar.1 at 5pm, and will return at 10 pm on Sun.Mar.3. Approximate cost for transportation, hotel, and meals will be $250 per swimmer. Chaperones will be required - any parents interested in this position can contact Maria Smith. Please indicate when you confirm your attendance whether or not you will require team travel.

The London Aquatic Club has booked a block of rooms at 2 different locatons for your consideration for the upcoming Newmarket Invitational swim meet.

Holiday Inn Express

100 Pony Drive, Newmarket, Ont

Group Name:  London Aquatic Club905-853-1030

1 King Bed  - $129.00 + tax per night

2 Queen Beds  -  $129.00 + tax per night

1 King Bed Junior Suite with pullout  -  $154.99 + tax per night

2 Queen Beds Junior Suite with pullout  -  $159.99 + tax per night

1 King Bed Studio Suite with pullout and Kitchen  -  $169.99 + tax per night

Minimum 2 night stay required

Hot Breakfast is included

Deadline booking date:  February 9, 2013

Comfort Inn

1230 Journey's End Circle, Newmarket, Ont


2 Double Beds  -  $99.00 + tax per night

1 Queen Bed with single pullout couch -  $99.00 + tax per night

Deadline booking date:  February 15, 2013



Swimmer (formerly Travel) Account Statements

Swimmer statements for meets up to this past weekend will be sent out later this week. The statements will be sent by e-mail to your login e-mail. Included in the e-mail will be options for making payment. Details of the meet entries can be found under the "Swimmer A/Cs // Entry Summaries" tab when signed in on the website. Families are reminder that payment is due on receipt. As always, feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about the postings on your account. For any questions requiring more than a simple e-mail, please see me at the pool or e-mail me so we can make arrangements to speak over the phone.

Note: Although the website has a billing option, we do not currently use it due to some technical reasons. We will be reviewing the billing function prior to the start of next season.

Child Fitness Tax Credit Receipts

Child Fitness Tax Credit Receipts are in the process of being prepared and will e-mailed to parents by February 13th. Please contact me at if you have not received your receipt by February 14th.

Please note that only those swimmers born in 1996 or younger are eligible




Congratulations to Greg Lewis who had a successful evaluation at the WOSA Championships this past weekend and is LAC’s newest Level IV (Senior) official!  Way to go Greg!

If anyone is qualified and interested in working as a Senior Official (i.e. other than Timing and Strokes and Turns) at the Winter Festival please contact Glenn Greig now with your requests at  Please let him know if you are seeking a sign-off for the position you are requesting.

I will be having a Level I Timer clinic on Friday, February 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at CGAC and a Level II Strokes and Turns clinic will be held at CGAC on Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. Sign-up pages have been posted.

The Western Ontario Swimming Officials Association will be holding their Spring Clinic Day on March 23 at the St. Thomas Campus of Fanshawe College. If you prefer live clinics this is an excellent opportunity to hear from some experienced officials. Also, if you want to learn how to be Starter or Referee then you should plan to attend as these clinics are not available on-line. There is a session in the morning and another in the afternoon. Morning snacks and lunch are provided. There is no charge to attend.

A session credit will be given to anyone taking a clinic, for a new position, for the first time, on-line, at a club clinic, or at the regional clinic. Come out to any clinic for the first time, or for a refresher.

Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair




Feb 8-10           SWA Invitational             Tillsonburg      non-regional         Entry Deadline: Jan 24

Feb 23-24         Ontario Festival                CGAC            Qualifiers              Entry Deadline: Feb 7

Feb 28-Mar 3     Provincial AG Champs      Nepean          Qualifiers              Entry Deadline: Feb 14

Mar 2-3              Newmarket Invit.            Newmarket     non-provincial      Entry Deadline: Feb 14

PLEASE ensure that you are checking the “EVENTS” section of the website – you will find all meet information here. You will be required to log in with your password to view this information.

The full LAC meet schedule is available on the website under the "SCHEDULES" section.



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