October 25, 2015 edition
► Swim Schedule Changes
Canada Games Complex Upcoming Pool Closure - November 16 - December 22
The lighting system at the Canada Games Complex (pool area) needs to be replaced. As a result, the City will be closing the pool from November 16, 2015 to December 22, 2015.
Notification has been sent out to all Pre-Competitive athletes (via e-mail). The new date for the Session 1 Mini Meet is Friday, November 13, 2015 (see the Bolts Calendar).
Competitive groups will be notified of changes prior to November 1, 2015; all information will be posted on the website.
Clothing / Swim Suit Orders
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. Swim suit and clothing orders are due October 30, 2015. Please note that all swim suit sales are final.
For more information, contact Christie Hulina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
► Fall Fundraising and Bingos
Mandatory Fall Fundraiser - Northern Ontario Guys Weekend Raffle:
Raffle tickets were distributed the week from October 16 - 21, 2015. Despite the closure of the CGC pool, the prize draws will still take place at the Complex.
Local Belluz Farm Food Boxes:
The Bolts are once again offering the local food box fundraiser. These food boxes are filled with fall vegetables grown locally at the Belluz Farm. Buying local food supports our community, helps our environment, and most of all, gives us great tasting food and loads of nutrition! Boxes are $20.00 each and $7.00 from each food box will go directly to the respective athlete's account. Orders are due by Friday, November 20, 2015 and orders are to be picked up at the Complex on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
For more information about the food boxes or to place an order, please contact Marianne Stewart at email@example.com.
Upcoming Bingo Dates:
|October 31, 2015
|November 17, 2015
|December 2, 2015
|December 6, 2015
|December 30, 2015
All bingo spots have been filled. Please ensure you are on time for your assigned shift.
For more information regarding bingos or any of these fundraising initiatives or commitments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
► Safety & Supervision of Swimmers - Reminder to Parents
Please note that Thunderbolts swimmers are under the supervision of the Coaching staff from the start of each training session through to dismissal. Prior to training sessions and after dismissal, however, Thunderbolt swimmers are under the supervision of their parent/guardian.
All Thunderbolts members need to be aware of the Canada Games Complex User Policy for its facility. For more information and full Policy details, please refer to the Canada Games Complex User Policy. If you have any questions, feel free to speak to any member of the Coaching staff or a member of the Complex staff.
► 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:
||Meet / Location
||Narwhals / Thunder Bay
||PWI / Winnipeg
||Ontario "D" Qualifiers
||NWO Regionals / Thunder Bay
For more information and/or to register, please visit the ‘Bolts Events’ section of the website.
► 10 Career Lessons you Learn from Competitive Swimming
There are many invaluable lessons from swimming. Here are 10 lessons learned from your swimming career that will transfer over to your professional career.
10) SWIMMING TEACHES YOU TO SHOW UP ON TIME:
“I was late because my alarm didn’t go off!” As anyone who has ever swum a morning practice knows, a call from your coach when you’re late to practice is so much worse than your 5:15 alarm. 6:00 practice means you’re in the water at 6:00, and this punctuality prepares you very well for the working world.
9) YOU LEARN TO WORK WITH ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE.
Being on a swim team introduces you to people of all different kinds of backgrounds that you might not have otherwise met. You might not agree with or even get along with everyone you shared a lane with, but you made it work. This tolerance is amazing practice for the professional world.
8) YOU ARE DETAIL-ORIENTED BUT CAN SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE, TOO.
Every swimmer has fine-tuned aspects of their stroke for years and years, perfecting the finish to the wall or stroke recovery. But you’ve also swum a 200 I.M., where you learn how each piece fits into the whole. This translates to the working world where you’ll be able to focus on a project intimately for a long period of time, but you’ll also be able to see how you are a cog in a wheel helping the entire team stay afloat.
7) YOU KNOW HOW TO TAKE CRITICISM.
A swim coach’s job is to help the swimmer improve. No doubt your coach has critiqued you, and sometimes, it isn’t easy to hear. Just like when your boss coaches you on ways to improve, you know they simply want to help you be better.
6) TIME MANAGEMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE KEY TO YOUR LIFE.
Most swimmers I know were never just swimmers. We were full-time students and members or even leaders of several on-campus clubs and groups. With morning and evening practice and weightlifting in between, managing your time well is the only way swimmers know to live. This will serve you immensely well in your career.
5) YOU’RE A TEAM PLAYER.
That feeling when someone doesn’t show up for the relay is not fun to experience. Swim teammates are family, who support each other and help build each other up. Your professional life isn’t only about you. It’s about the strength of your whole team, a concept that swimmers already understand completely.
4) YOU’VE LEARNED HOW TO WIN—AND LOSE—WITH GRACE.
There will always be someone who’s a better backstroker than you. Similarly, there will always be someone gives a better interview or presentation than you. Instead of holding a grudge, swimming teaches you to view this as a way to improve.
3) YOU KNOW WHEN TO HAVE FUN AND WHEN TO BE SERIOUS.
A happy swimmer knows how to goof off with their team and have fun at a meet. But the second they get up on the block, it’s go time. Chatting with co-workers is fun, but when you go into that meeting, you can switch to state meet-level focus.
2) YOU KNOW HOW TO BE HEALTHY AND DE-STRESS.
Fear is a cold going around the week before the championship meet. Swimmers know how to keep their bodies fit and healthy. They also know that to de-stress, all they need is a good swim. When your body is healthy, your mind is healthy, helping you bring your A-game to the workday.
1) YOU’RE DEDICATED.
You got up early and stayed late at practice. You gave up countless weekends to meets. You practiced flip turns until you got dizzy. You cheered until you lost your voice. You believed after each and every race that you knew you could go faster. And you did. Attack your career with that same level of dedication and everything will go swimmingly.
► Upcoming Events
General Membership Meeting
Due to the upcoming pool closure, the Fall general membership meeting will need to be rescheduled. More information will follow.
Bolts Christmas Party
The Bolts will be holding a Christmas party for swimmers. Further details will be coming out over the next few weeks, so check your e-news for more details.
►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.
- Social Committee Member: Description: Assist with planning and organizing social events for swimmers (i.e. Christmas party, end of year BBQ, etc)
- Communications Committee Member: Provide input in communication plan, review and provide input on website (note: looking for one general member and one swimmer to participate)
If you are interested in these participation opportunities or would like more information, please contact Lynda Fares at email@example.com.
►Fuel for the Pool: Competition Nutrition
You've been training hard, you're mentally ready, your equipment is tuned-up, and you have one last item to think about – what are you going to eat on your competition day? For most athletes their day-to-day training diet should be similar to their day of competing, however, there can be challenges when it comes to competition nutrition.
First things first, whenever possible, stick with your usual training diet on your competition day. Eating well should never START on your day of competing! By consuming familiar foods you will be confident that your nutrition game plan is suited for you.
"I've leaned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"