Bolts e-News Oct 11


October 11, 2015 edition

 Swim Schedule Changes

There will be no swim practice on Monday, October 12, 2015 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If you have any questions or require more information, please speak with your coach. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

► Equipment

Clothing / Swim Suit Orders

First Clothing Order: should arrive by October 26, 2015. 

Second Clothing Order: Order forms for hoodies, sweatpants, and toques will be out the week of October 26, 2015. Orders are due November 6, 2015 with a delivery date of November 30, 2015 just in time for Christmas.

Swim Suit Orders: For those interested in ordering practice suits, Christie will be taking swim suit orders. Please note that all swim suit sales are final! 

Christie will be on deck the week of October 26, 2015 distributing first clothing orders and taking second clothing and swim suit orders. Sizing kits will be available to assist with ordering. 

For more information, contact Christie Hulina at

Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting

The Fall general membership meeting wil be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:30  to 6:30 p.m. at the Canada Games Complex. This is a great opportunity for members to meet other members as well as the Board, to learn about the Club and its activities, and to ask any questions you may have with regard to our Club.   More details regarding agenda, location, etc, will be provided in the coming weeks. 

► Fall Fundraising and Bingos 

Mandatory Fall Fundraiser - Northern Ontario Guys Weekend Raffle:

Raffle tickets will be distributed the week from October 16 - 21, 2015. Andrea will be available on deck during this week distributing tickets. 

Upcoming Bingo Training / Bingo Dates:

The next bingo training date is Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Holy Cross Church (basement) on Victoria Avenue. 

Date: Bingo Session:
October 15, 2015 Twilight 
October 31, 2015 Matinee 
November 17, 2015 Twilight
December 2, 2015 Twilight
December 6, 2015 *NEED VOLUNTEERS** Evening
December 30, 2015 ** NEED VOLUNTEERS** Twilight


If you are able to work the bingo on December 6th or 30th, please e-mail Andrea. Otherwise, these bingos will be assigned. For more information regarding bingos or any of these fundraising initiatives or commitments, please contact


► 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 attending. 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:
October 16 Blue vs White #1 / Thunder Bay  
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.

► Swimming is a Team Sport

Think swimming is an individual sport? Here's a link to an article about the sport that provides a different perspective.  link to article

► Swimming and Sportsmanship

For a sport where we spend 95% of the time with our face in the water, is sportsmanship even something that can exist? Of course it is! Swimming still requires us to do what is right and act as respectful athletes. But where is the line drawn between what is sportsmanlike in swimming and what’s not? How well do we demonstrate sportsmanlike attitudes?

During meets, we often see the fastest swimmer in a heat wait in the water for everyone to finish, and go on to shake his or her opponents hands after the event. We see teams high fiving or giving the opposing team handshakes at the end of high school and college meets. But there are also times when athletes can exhibit attitudes that might not be considered very sportsmanlike. It is always important to remember who we are representing and make sure we are acting with respect and doing what is right.

To demonstrate sportsmanship at competition, it must be practiced everyday during training. Treat your coaches and teammates with respect, demonstrate positive, honest, and dedicated attitudes, and it becomes easier to put into play sportsmanship at meets. Sportsmanship does indeed exist in swimming, and it is our responsibility to make sure it remains present in our sport. (excerpt from swimswam article)

Here's a link to a great story on sportsmanship - link

Calling all Volunteers!

Our Club is Thunder Bay's only not-for-profit competitive swim club. In order for the Club to continue to work towards our mission and vision, all member families are expected to participate in the operation of the Club. There are many events and participation opportunities within the Club that require the support of our members.  

Current opportunity:  Fundraising Committee Member

If you are interested in this participation opportunity or would like more information, please contact

Fuel for the Pool: Stick to What You Know

Swimmers know to pay attention to how they eat during taper; however, do not make so many changes in your nutrition that your body is unprepared for. Training volume is down, but that does not mean you have to eat salad. Make sure your meals have substance to them and give you energy—that means still eating a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

Recipe - Crisp Peanut Butter Bars

Here's a tasty recipe submitted by Deanne Lee:


2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies or other puffed cereal 3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cups oatmeal 3/4 cup honey
1 cup chopped mixed dried fruit 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped peanuts or other nuts 1/2 cup cocoa



In a large bowl, combine cereal, oats, dried fruit, and nuts. Heat peanut butter, honey, and brown sugar together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in cocoa. Pour over dry ingredients, mixing well. Press firmly into a 13" x 9" greased or parchment-lined pan. Chill until set. Cut into bars.

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