Bolts e-News Sept 13


September 13, 2015

Welcome back to all returning swimmers and welcome to new members of the Club! This is the first Bolts e-news for the 2015-16 season. The e-news provides members with the information needed in areas such as billings/payments, upcoming swim meets/camps, fundraising and volunteer opportunities, as well as some general interest areas – all in one location! We hope you enjoy the newsletter.

► Bolts Calendar

For up-to-date information on Club events, meets, training camps, parent meetings,etc, visit the Bolts Calendar on the Home page. Remember that when using the calendar, simply 'hover' over the event, and details of the event will be visible.

Have Questions?

The Club strives to ensure members have the information they need throughout the swim season, including updating the Bolts Calendar, distributing an e-newsletter, and sending out periodic e-mails. However, from time to time, members may have specific questions or comments they need addressed. Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to the Club administrative staff any time at 

Parent Information Sessions

The following information sessions are being held the week of September 14th as follows:

Group: Date: TIme: Location:
Performance September 14 6:00 p.m. CGC Stands
Development September 16 6:30 p.m. CGC Stands
Intro September 18 6:00 p.m. CGC Stands


► Financial Policy

The Club's Financial Policy is located on the website under "Club Information". All members are expected to review and become familiar with the policy.

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact any member of the Board or e-mail

► Fee Payments

The Thunderbolts Swim Club is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the timely payment of registration fees from its members and on fundraising revenues in order to continue to operate. As per the Club Financial Policy, payment for your first session is required on or before your athlete(s) first day of swimming. Cheques are to be put in the locked wooden drop box located just off the running track near the viewing stands. Alternatively, you can make in e-payment through your financial institution (see below for instructions).

If you have any questions or require more information, please e-mail

► Equipment

If your swimmer requires equipment (i.e.. fins, flutter board, etc), the Club's Equipment Director will be on deck during the week of September 14-18 for equipment sales and orders. More information to follow.

► Upcoming Swim Meets

The following is a list of upcoming swim meets. Please check with your swimmer’s coach to determine which meets your swimmer should be competing in.  Meet information can also be found on the Bolts Calendar page and the Bolts Events page of the website.  The following meets/time trials are scheduled:


Date Meet / Location Group:
November 7-8 Kenora  
November 13-15 Brantford  Qualifiers Only
November 29-30 Narwhals / Thunder Bay All Bolts
December 10-13 PWI / Winnipeg Qualifiers Only
January 15-17 Markham Ontario Ontario "D" Qualifiers
January 29-31 NWO Regionals / Thunder Bay All Bolts

For more information and/or to register, please visit the Bolts Events section of the website.


Six Tips for Being the Swimmer that Gets the Job Done!

Swimmers at the top of the podium all share one remarkably unremarkable trait. No, it’s not superhuman talent or genetics or even the gift of that mysterious and elusive “feel for the water." It’s something a little more boring, not so mythical, but perhaps just as elusive for some athletes: these top achievers simply execute better than the rest.

You can have all of the talent and physical gifts in the world, but if you can’t summon the will to put them to action they become useless. Here are 6 tips for becoming the type of swimmer who gets it done:

1. Accept that it will be messy.

There will be false starts. There will be stumbles. You’ll have great days and workouts, and then you’ll have not so great practices. Once you can accept that the process is messy and even bruise-inducing at times, than you can more easily power through those not-so-great sessions.

2. Comparison is dangerous.

We all have our idols in the sport. We look up to them and do our best to reverse-engineer their success. We seek to learn how those swimmers put together their success so that we can fashion a blueprint of our own. But it’s important to remember that the things that they are doing now might not necessarily be the same things they were doing at the beginning of their own journey.

3. Bite-sized steps will do.

The bigger a goal is, the more intimidating it becomes. And while big goals are great to inspire and guide us, the sheer size of them numbs us into inaction.

If you are finding yourself getting hung up into not acting because you simply have no idea how you will ever submit yourself to all of the work your towering goal requires, step back and look down at the very first step you need to make. A step so small, so non-threatening that it almost seems trivial.

4. Big dreams alone don’t bring success

What does it cost you in terms of effort to daydream about what you’d like to achieve as a swimmer? Not much. Goals and mega-aspirations are important, but thinking and wishing for them won’t make them so. An average goal acted on will always result in more success than a hundred exceptional dreams.

5. Earn the reps.

We yearn for progress and results, but often we get so caught up in them that we ignore the day-to-day grind. Forget the goals for a moment. They aren’t completely in your control and nor are the circumstances (i.e. other swimmers). Instead, focus your mental and physical energy on the daily reps.

The biggest payoff from banging out the reps consistently is that you are launching yourself into a feedback loop where you are learning what works, what doesn’t, and applying those lessons moving forwards. Sitting around musing on the perfect way to go about moving forward robs you of this.

6. Don’t wait for perfect conditions.

Obsessing over what you consider to be perfect conditions or the ultimate strategy or environment to achieve your goals is one of your brain’s sneaky ways of avoiding hard work.

Just start. It might not be perfect, look pretty, or even feel all that great, but do the thing that matters and start.

► Fuel for the Pool

Hydration: Drink water like it’s your job. Staying hydrated can be especially difficult when you travel for competitions unless you make it a priority. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found a 1.5% loss of normal water volume in the body is enough to make you feel fatigue, anxiety, tension, and headaches. By the time you feel thirsty, you have already lost about 1-2% of body fluid. During a meet, make it your goal to steadily drink water and never reach a thirsty state. This will also help you recover faster from a previous race, and flush out any harmful germs in your system from traveling. 

► Calling all Volunteers

As you all know, having a child in organized sport has costs attached with it, and the Thunderbolts Swim Club is no exception. One of the main ways the Club helps to offset some of the costs is to rely heavily on volunteers. Check the e-news to find volunteer opportunities available. 


Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present. Open it carefully, use it wisely, and don't forget to say "thank you."