Bolts e-News Dec 6


December 6, 2015 edition

► Fall Fundraising and Bingos 

Save the Date! 3rd Annual Quiz Night:

The Club's 3rd Annual Quiz Night is being held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Slovak Legion. This evening of fun and games is being generously sponsored once again by Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams/tables. Reserve your table of 8 or more as soon as possible. Tickets for this event have gone quickly so don't be disappointed! Tickets are $35 person or $280.00 for a table of 8.

For more information about the food boxes or to place an order, please contact Andrea Mulligan.

Upcoming Bingo Dates:

Date: Bingo Session:
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
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 Things to Think About when you wonder "Why isn't my child Dropping Time?" 

        Courtesy of Elizabeth Wickham

“Why did my child add time in her best event?” I heard two parents say at a recent age group meet.

“What’s wrong? Why isn’t she swimming best times?” I was asked about my daughter, who is swimming in college.

Many parents complain or worry when their kids aren’t dropping time. I’ve explained to my fellow swim parents that if our kids dropped time, every single time they swam, they’d be in the Olympics already.

In my daughter’s case, she does well at her target meets, after a taper, shaved and wearing a fast suit. Before she became a teenager, she used to see best times randomly throughout the year. Some swimmers are close to their best times year round, but that’s not true for everyone.

It’s important for us parents not to focus on times. Yes, we want our kids’ hard work to pay off. We want them to succeed. Enjoy the process and the life skills your child is absorbing. Trust in your child’s coach and your child will, too. Best times are to be celebrated, but seriously I’m thrilled to see that my kids love swimming. The less we stress about best times, the more enjoyable swimming will be for our kids—and the more likely they’ll stick with it.

1. When your child is new to the sport or young, they may drop time at most meets as they improve and grow.

2. When kids are young or new, they may have enormous drops! Enjoy the 10 and 20-second drops while they last!

3. As they get faster and better with technique, the drops will get smaller and may not happen at each meet.

4. If they are really good at certain events, for example the 100 free, it may be harder for them to get a personal best in that event, because they’re already swimming it so fast.

5. It may be easier to get personal bests in events they don’t swim that often, or still have a lot of room for improvement.

6. When kids are in their later years of high school or in college, they may only see best times at meets where they are rested, tapered, and suited up. In college, that could be the mid-season, conference or NCAA meets. In high school, it’s their end-of-season championship meets.

Fuel for the Pool - How to Stay Health over Christmas

Wondering how you're going to survive the holiday party season? Good Food nutritionist, Kerry Torrens shares her secrets for staying healthy over Christmas, avoiding overindulgence and beating the morning-after blues.

Everything starts with breakfast!

Start the day with a generous bowl of porridge, topped with a handful of cranberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Porridge stabilizes blood sugar levels, which helps control appetite later in the day. I also add a good dollop of probiotic yogurt, which helps boost immunity.



"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

Edith Wharton

The next edition of the e-News will go out Sunday, January 3, 2016 - see you in the New Year!