OCT. 7

Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 4  

Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 4 



Sat Oct 12           Sr Blue swims at CGAC 5:30-8:30am (no Western U. workout)

Mon Oct 14          NO workouts           CGAC closed for Thanksgiving



With Thanksgiving soon to be behind us it will be time to get down to some serious work!  A good analogy when it comes to swim practice is that of  "building a house"  - the coaches create a design concept (a plan for where they want the swimmers and team to be by year-end), then together swimmers and coaches set about "building the foundation and the framework."  As you mature and get further into your swimming career, the finer details (the interior decorating, or how you "paint the rooms") will evolve based on your individual strengths and weaknesses. Everybody's house, and how they "decorate" it, will be different!  So, we're in the process of laying the foundation of the house...the bigger and deeper the foundation (the harder you work) the stronger the house (the faster you are likely to swim). It's time to get out your shovel and start to dig, but be precise, dig with purpose and precision, a goal and a plan. The shovel is really important, but ALWAYS remember, as a swimmer your most important tool is what?? your DRILL!  What kind of house are you going to build?

CONGRATULATIONS to the following swimmers who were selected to, and participated in, recent development camps: Vincent Cappa (Provincial Train to Compete Camp); David Hickey, Alexander Pedda, and William Stewart (Regional Learn to Train Camp); Sasha Goodreau, Tyrus Kalanyos, James Quigley and Emma Shawyer (Regional Fundamentals Camp).


LAC will be hosting a parent information session on Saturday, October 19thfrom 12:00 to 1:00 pm at CGAC. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce parents to the club and to provide key information on what you can expect over the next 10 months, including

  • overview of the swim season – club events, time trials, swim meets, clinics, and camps
  • overview of club structure – who does what
  • how to navigate the LAC web site
  • club fees and payment options
  • volunteer opportunities and expectations
  • opportunity to ask questions and get answers

Who should attend? Parents new to the club and returning parents requiring information or clarification on any of the above.



Our annual awards banquet will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Greek Canadian Club on Sarnia Road. The banquet is open to all swimmers and parents and is a great opportunity to welcome our newest team members and to recognize the hard work and achievements of our swimmers from the past season. 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; or, 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.



If you are interested in selling or purchasing used fins, paddles, pull buoys, etc. please check out the Facebook group created by Pat Lemmon. Follow the link for further details:!/groups/510006542421342/



Once again we will be participating in the QSP magazine fundraiser. This fundraiser is an excellent way to offset the cost of meet fees by purchasing magazine subscriptions through QSP. The fundraising portion 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 we 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 your 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 now posted under the "Events" tab on the website and available for sign up.



This meet is now available for sign up. ***Please note we will be swimming on Fri&Sat only, NOT Sunday***

2 blocks of rooms have been reserved for the upcoming Harvest Invitational being held in Guelph on November 1-2.

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



The recent FINA rule changes are available online at . As soon as the Swim Canada interpretations of these new rules become available we will publish a link to them.

Please check the web site and newsletter for information on upcoming Timer Clinics.  

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

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



Each week a summary of available volunteer positions will be highlighted in the newsletter. Please refer to earlier newsletters for information on other volunteer positions.  

Volunteer Position Summary: Equipment Maintenance

Our swim meet timing equipment is in need of periodic repair and maintenance. Typical repairs include lubricating and sealing timing plungers, replacing strips in touch pads, and repairing speaker and communications cables. If you are handy and have an interest in electronics then we could use your assistance. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mark Lukings. No specialized knowledge is required and training will be provided.

Mark Lukings 



Oct 20  LAC Time Trial      CGAC        [open to all LAC swimmers]         Entry Deadline: Oct 10

Nov 1-2 Harvest               Guelph        [open to qualifiers]                   Entry Deadline: Oct 17

Nov 2-3 SWA Sprint         Tillsonburg [open to non-Harvest swimmers] Entry Deadline: Oct 17



Information for the newsletter should be emailed to   by 10 am Monday mornings.  All newsletter submissions are subject to review and editing where necessary.