Bolts News Nov 22nd


November 22, 2015 edition

► Fall Fundraising and Bingos 

Local Belluz Farm Food Boxes:

Food boxes orders will be available for pick 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

Upcoming Bingo Dates:

Date: Bingo Session:
December 2, 2015 Twilight
December 6, 2015 Evening
December 30, 2015  Twilight


**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

► 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
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.

► Dear Swimming: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

You have made me cry a million times. You’ve made me think to the point of mental exhaustion, and you’ve broken down my body. 

But at the same time, you’ve made me smile a million and one times. You’ve taught me how to have a winner’s mindset and how to fight through physical pain. You’ve taught me how to help myself.

It’s no question you are one of the hardest sports out there. Us swimmers need to be fit, but not just in their legs or their arms. Everywhere. Your training is relentless. The clock has no mercy. It won’t hear our excuses.

And even when we’re positive and we put all of ourselves into you, sometimes races still don’t go our way. Because mental strength is just as important. We have to know how to make our bodies do exactly what it needs to do, at exactly the right moment. And if we make one mistake, it could cost us half a second. And half a second could mean everything.

As much as you have broken down my confidence, you’ve built it right back up.  You have enabled me to discipline myself like very few people in this world ever will.  You have taught me how to prioritize.  But, most importantly, you have taught me how to keep pushing when the going gets tough.  And it took me a long time to realize how strong you have made me.

Throughout my decade as a swimmer, I’ve watched so many people quit.  I’ve asked myself why I swim.  But the answer was always simple: I just can’t give it up.

Even though it’s been a few years since I’ve swam a lifetime best, I’ve come too far to quit.  You’ve planted a strong desire in me to lower the number on the board.  It’s never gone away, and I don’t think it ever will.  That desire is what makes us true athletes.  The relentless, never-good-enough attitude.  Always wanting to be better.  Thank you for making me always want to be better.

You are a huge part of who I am.  I’ve never seen another sport that is as complex as you are.  You’re a team sport, but if we mess up, it’s on us, and only us.  You’re physically challenging but you also forces us to be in incredibly good mental shape.  And nothing teaches dedication like staring at the same black line for 15 hours a week.

I held onto you because no matter how much you broke me down on the pool deck, you’ve made me so much stronger emotionally, intellectually, and academically.  And I wouldn’t trade that strength for anything.

Thank you for presenting me with my most testing moments, and forcing me to be strong.  Thank you for allowing me to make mistakes, and making me realize that it’s okay.

Thank you for being my home.  My safe haven.  My happy place.

I love you so much.


A Forever Indebted Swimmer

► Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting

The general membership meeting will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Mario's Bowl.

Bolts Christmas Bowling Bash!

The Bolts will be holding its annual Christmas party for swimmers on Sunday, December 6, 2015 -- 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Mario's Bowl. Tickets are $10 and include bowling, pizza, and drinks.

If you'd like tickets, please contact Christie Hulina or Janice Hunt.

Fuel for the Pool

Drop any Fast Food or Nightly Dessert Habits

It will be there for you when you’re done with season in a few weeks. When out to restaurants during travel meets, opt for grilled items over fried, meals that include vegetables, and pastas without cream sauce. Pack snacks like fruit, nuts, and bars for the plane and your hotel room. If you find it hard to skip dessert, think of how many morning practices you’ve woken up for this year and how much training you’ve put in to make these few weeks great. Everything you eat can help you fuel up for a great performance if you make smart decisions.W


"Plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, and pursue persistently "