NO WORKOUTS – March Break (Mar 16-22), except Senior swimmers training for Olympic Trials or Eastern Canadian Championships.



Get The Pre-Race Nerves? –from Olivier-Poirier Leroy

It sounds preposterous: you are scared to swim. You worry that you won’t beat your personal best time, or scared that you will be crushed by the swimmer in the next lane, or worried about the pain that is going to come with swimming your race. In essence, this is what pre-race anxiety looks like when we put words to the feelings.

Although we all experience anxiety and stress before competition, it’s the way that we frame that anxiety that dictates how we respond to it and ultimately, how we end up swimming. When we have a clear understanding that anxiety in pressure situations is normal, and not something to be feared, anxiety can actually boost motivation and performance.

Researchers  took a group of over 200 competitive swimmers, both elite and non-elite and surveyed them before a big race. They were asked how anxious they were, what symptoms—both physical and mental—they were experiencing, and most importantly, how they were interpreting the anxiety that was coursing through their chlorinated veins.

Across the board, the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety were the same for all the swimmers before the race. The only real difference between the two groups was that the elite swimmers had a way of phrasing their anxiety as something that was productive.

Anxiety levels were elevated in the swimmers who viewed anxiety as a problem, which crippled performance. If you start worrying about the fact that you are worried, things only get worse.

Research with other athletes, including rugby, soccer and basketball players, and also with gymnasts, has produced similar findings: while all athletes more-or-less experience the same physical and mental signs of pre-race nerves, the only difference is in how they perceive their anxiety.

Easier said than done, but when athletes made the decision that the nerves helped them, they performed better.

Your Olympic idols experience stress. They get the butterflies. They have the same waves of nausea and anxiety before big races, too. Instead of putting a lid on the stress and anxiety, channeling it and re-framing it as excitement can help propel you to a swim that matches your preparation.

So, want to channel that anxiety more positively? Work hard every day in training, that will give you self-confidence, with self-confidence comes a better ability to turn that anxiety into excitement and anticipation. And remember that nerves are normal!

Congratulations to our swimmers who raced at the Winter Festival in Windsor - a summary of our results is in the "News" section of the website.



ALL LAC swimmers are invited to participate in our Annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place at CGAC on Friday,April 10.

Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 6:00 – 8: 00 am

Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue 8:00 – 10:00 am

Age Orange/Development 10:00 – 12 noon

WHAT IS SWIM-A-THON: swimmers will see how long it takes them to do 200 lengths or how many lengths can they do in 2 hours. For our younger swimmers they will spend 2 hours in the pool participating in length swimming as well as some skills stations (starts, turns, etc)

Our fundraising efforts for swim-a-thon are done using Swim Canada's online fundraising program.

HOW TO REGISTER: to register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link to get started and begin collecting donations.  Our club goal this year is $15,000 and there will be fantastic prizes available to win! The top 3 fundraisers will receive LAC spirit wear, and the top 12 fundraisers will be invited to a bowling party with the coaches and will be able to pick a prize from the prize table.

The club is looking to upgrade its competition timing equipment, its underwater video-taping capabilities to enhance swimmer stroke technique, and provide assistance to its fully-trained and certified coaches to gain even more expertise whenever and wherever educational opportunities may arise.

If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at



If you have any questions or concerns contact Donna at







 Sign up Deadline

 Feb 22

 Short&Sweet LC Meet

 Western U


 Feb 11

 Mar 5-8

 Ontario Winter Champs



 Feb 17

 Mar 5-8

 Ontario Youth/Jr Champs



 Feb 17

 Mar 7-8

 Wilmot Aces Invitational


 Any LAC

 Feb 17




Upcoming LAC Hosted Meets – Senior Officials Needed:  I have had a few people respond to my call for senior officials at our next 2 home meets, the LAC – Long Course Pentathlon on Sunday, April 5 and the LAC – Hollandia Spring Invitational on Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 10.  Thank you!  It is nice to have people who are eager to help!  If you would like to help as a Senior Official at one, or both, of these meets and you are still trying to figure it out, then you must have taken the clinic(s) for the job(s) that you are interested in and you must send one email per meet to the Competition Coordinator (me for both of these meets) with the name of the meet in the subject, the sessions that you are available, and the jobs that you would like to work listed in the email.  If you know that you will be taking the clinic prior to a meet then you can sign up for that job prior to taking the clinic but if you do not get the clinic prior to the meet then you will lose the job.

Upcoming Clinics: See below for what is probably the final list of clinics for this season.  All of the clinics will be held in the CGAC meeting room at the bottom of the stairs at Pool Level.  This room has a capacity of about 14 so first come first served BUT please do not sign up unless you are really going to attend and, ideally, you are planning on actually trying the job.  You can take the clinics in any order but it makes sense to take the Introduction first.  That said, I like to put the Introduction and the Judge of Strokes and Turns close to the next meet so if you want to take them all then just sign up and come out!

Chief Time Keeper: Thursday, February 27 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Starter: Monday, March 2 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Recorder Scorer: Thursday, March 12 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Chief Finish Judge / Chief Judge Electronics: Saturday, March 28 – 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Introduction to Swimming Officiating: Wednesday, April 1 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Judge of Strokes and Turns: Saturday, April 4 - 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM

If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at



The Session Credit Policy is posted under the “Parent Info" tab On the LAC website. All returning families and families transferring from another club, please make sure you review the policy and are award of your session credit commitments for the season. Please note that the website lists the sessions as hours: 1 hr. = 1 session.