SEPT. 30


Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 3



Mon Oct 14      NO workouts    CGAC closed for Thanksgiving



October already! All returning LAC'ers by now should be back into the routine and groove of being student-athletes; schedules in place, equipment complete, alarm clocks set, meals and snacks and water bottles all being attended to daily, and of course getting homework done and being great ambassadors for LAC.  And our first-year teammates will have completed their try-outs and made the big decision to become part of a great sport and a great club - CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME again to all of you.

How is your work going in the "FUNDAMENTALS" area? Are you paying close attention to HOW you are swimming, or are you simply going up and down the pool, without really being engaged in what you're doing? Getting YOUR technique nailed down now (and everyone's technique is a bit different) is called "LEARNING TO SWIM"...taking care of that now means that when we get into the "LEARNING TO TRAIN" and "LEARNING TO RACE" phases later in the season, you will be able to focus more in those areas.



Announcing our annual awards banquet, which will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Greek Canadian Club on Sarnia Road. Our banquet not only recognizes the hard work and achievements of our swimmers from the past season it also introduces and welcomes our newest team members to the club. Please see the events section on our website for further details or contact: Cindy Salmon @ or 519-474-3813

***PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE by Tuesday, October 15th 2013 - Under Current and Upcoming Events Tab found on the LAC Website****

***BANQUET PICTURES*** If you have any pictures from last season you would like included in the banquet slide show, please forward them to Kevin Ryan @  If the files are too large for email, please copy them to a disk or USB stick and arrange to deliver them to Kevin by Friday October11th; alternatively, leave them in the LAC Box @ CGAC and they will be passed on to Kevin.

***BANQUET TROPHIES*** If you were the recipient of one of the annual trophies for "Most Improved Swimmer" last year, can you please return those trophies to your coach as soon as possible.



Everyone will be receiving the 2013-14 team short sleeve T-shirt at the banquet. If you would like your tshirt to be long sleeve please email our equipment manager Mary @ There will be a $5.00 charge to your Swimmer Account for the long sleeve shirt.



Its QSP time again.

We will again be doing the QSP magazine fundraiser. The magazine fundraiser is an excellent way to offset the cost of meet fees by purchasing subscriptions through QSP you normally would purchase anyway on your own. The fundraising portion as a percentage of the subscription price is approximately 35%. Of this amount, 80% is credited to the family swimmer account and 20% is retained by the club.

This year are using the ONLINE method exclusively.

To participate ONLINE, you will need to log in to

The online code for LAC is 17084.

If this is the first time using QSP's ONLINE ordering, you will need to register first.

If you have questions, please either email Stacey at or see her at the pool.



This meet is for swimmers not attending the Harvest Meet, this will include all Development and first year swimmers. This meet will be posted under the "events" tab later this week and will then be available for sign up.



The swimmer list for this meet will be posted as soon as the Meet Package is available.

The London Aquatic Club has created 2 blocks of rooms for your consideration for the upcoming Harvest Invitational being held in Guelph on November 1-3.

Best Western

716 Gordon St, Guelph, N1G 1Y6

(519) 836-1240

2 Queen Beds - $93.99 + tax per night

Breakfast included each day

Booking Deadline:  Oct. 25, 2013


Staybridge Suites

11 Corporate Court, Guelph,

(519) 767-3300

1 Bedroom Suites with 2 Queen beds – $115.00 + tax per night

2 Bedroom Suites with 1 King & 2 Queen beds/ 2 Baths - $170.00 + tax per night

Full Kitchen Facilities in all rooms & use of BBQ in courtyard

Breakfast included each day

Booking Deadline:  Oct. 11, 2013

Group Code:  LAC



Hi Everyone!

Last week I mentioned that there were new FINA rule changes. For the Strokes and Turns Officials or any other interested parties out there, here is a link to an OSOA.CA webpage where you can download those changes We do not yet have the Swim Canada interpretations of these rules but, as soon as we do, I will publish a link to those changes as well. There aren’t that many.

Here are a few reminders from last week:

I know that there are a few folks who are interested in moving up the officiating ladder. In order to move to any level above level two, the candidate is required to teach at least one live clinic. The number depends on the level you are trying to achieve. If anyone would like to do that this year, please let me know and I will work towards getting you that opportunity. Do not be afraid. If you have never taught a clinic before, you will be started on the Timer clinic.

I will be out of town for most or all of October so I will have a hard time getting clinics done before the Time Trial. I do have a volunteer to teach the Timer clinic so I will see what I can do.

The annual fall Western Regional clinics will be held on Saturday October 5 at the Fanshawe College Campus, 120 Bill Martyn Parkway, St. Thomas. These clinics are free and so are the morning refreshments and the lunch! The morning starts at 9:00 A.M. with your choice of Referee, Clerk of Course, Strokes and Turns/Head Lane Timer, and Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics clinics. The afternoon session begins at 12:30 P.M. with your choice of Starter, Meet Manager, Recorder Scorer, Chief Timekeeper, and Club Officials Chairperson clinics. Come out for the morning, the afternoon, or both. This is a great opportunity to learn from some very experienced people.

The OSOA.CA web clinics are back online. All clinics except Starter and Referee can be taken online. If anyone would like more information on how to take the online clinics please contact me.

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



Two weeks ago I introduced the topic of volunteering with LAC.

The positions that I have covered so far include Canteen Organizing Committee and Swim Meet Electronics. If you have not read these please go back and do so.

So far the positions that I have been covering are the ones that I am most interested in as a Meet Manager and Club Officials Chair. The person who writes the article gets to decide the priority! If anyone wants me to cover a specific position please let me know and I will insert it into my plans.


Volunteer Position Of The Week:People Interested In Moving Up the Officiating Ladder

If you have attended a Swim Meet or will do so shortly you will notice that it takes a lot of people to run a meet. What you may not know is that to even get permission to host meets, the host clubs must have a certain number of officials attached to the club at each level.

If you are working at meets and getting your session credits then you are already doing the work that is required to get to Level 3 in two or three years. We simply need to teach you a few more clinics, each one of which earns you a session credit, and make sure that you are doing the right jobs on deck and getting sign-offs for that work. This is much easier than you can imagine and the side benefit is that the more jobs you CAN do the easier it is to get work at a meet. Also, it is nice to have a little variety in what you are doing over a long meet.

If anyone is interested in helping LAC with this obligation to Swim Ontario then please contact me and I will personally work with you to develop a plan that will work for you, your schedule and your commitment level.




Oct 20 LAC      Time Trial      CGAC          All LAC                               Entry Deadline: Oct 10

Nov 1-3          Harvest          Guelph         qualifiers                           Entry Deadline: Oct 17

Nov 2-3           SWA Sprint    Tillsonburg   non-Harvest                     Entry Deadline: Oct 17



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