Sat Jan 18 NO WORKOUT    Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze

Sat Jan 18 7:00 – 8:00 am  CHOCC  Development 2 swimmers not in the 12/Under Meet

Sat Jan 18 8:00 – 9:00 am  CHOCC Age Group Orange & Development 1 not in the 12/Under Meet

Sun Jan 19 NO WORKOUT   Development 2

Sat Jan 25 5:30 – 7:30 am  Age Group Gold/Silver CGAC – no dryland

Sat Jan 25 5:30 – 6:30 am  Age Group Bronze CHOCC

Sat Jan 25 6:00 – 7:00 am  Age Group Blue CHOCC




Bad body language - we 've all seen it and, sadly, we've probably all shown it - you know, the crossed arms, the sighing, the grumbling under your breath, the slumped shoulders, eyes to the ground, dragging the feet. Bad body language does far more than let the world know you're having a bad day or feeling sorry for yourself. A dual study done by researchers at Columbia and Harvard Universities in the U.S. asked one group of subjects to hold a "power pose". Think Superman. Hands on hips, shoulders back, chest forward, chin up. Not only did these subjects feel more confident, but when tested they scored higher for testerone, lower for the stress hormone cortisol, and showed an increased tolerance for risk.

In a different study, groups of table tennis players were asked to watch video of other competitors and , based on the body language from the players they saw on the TV, the observing players were asked to rate how confident they were about being able to beat the players on the TV. Not surprisingly, when the competition used positive body language, the self-confidence of the watching players dipped. Conversely, when the players on the tape showed negative and pouty body language, confidence in the observing players soared.

The lesson? Pretty simply - when our body language stinks, so does our confidence. So, STAND TALL, ROLL YOUR SHOULDERS BACK, and PICK UP YOUR CHIN. Not only will it help improve your confidence and that of your teammates, it will sow a seed of doubt in whomever it is you're racing against, and perhaps even make them say to themselves "Oh crap, I've gotta race against that LAC kid? I'm in for a battle."



LAC canteen committee is planning a bake sale for the 12 and under meet/ time trial weekend. All proceeds will go to the LAC bursary fund, which is used to help our own LAC families. Any baking donations would be appreciated, but if you aren’t a baker, and would like to help, we will also be taking donations of beverages to be sold (in the form of cases of pop). All funds from this sale will be returned directly to the LAC bursary fund. Email for more information. Please bring your donations to CGAC between 11:30 am and 12 noon on Sat Jan 18.



Sign-up is now available for our planned excursion to the Pan-Am Pool in Toronto to watch Maggie MacNeil and the rest of our competing swimmers on the first day of the 2020 Olympic Trials, Monday, March 30. It will be an all-day event and will cost approximately $85 (payment required at a later date), which includes bus, admission to both preliminaries and finals of the Trials to watch all of Canada's top swimmers race for spots on the Olympic and Paralympic teams, a 2 hour training session at the Markham Pan-Am Pool, and lunch and dinner. 



Any questions or concerns contact Donna at







 Sign up Deadline

 Jan 17-18

 U of Toronto Grand Prix

 UofT downtown

 SrG/S qualifiers

 Jan 7

 Jan 17 - 19

 David Lawson Invit’l


 SR Bronze/Blue

 Jan 1

 Jan 18 - 19

 12 & under Celebration


 All LAC 12 & under

 Jan 1

 Jan 18

 13 & over Time Trial


 All LAC 13 & over

 Jan 6

 Jan 30-Feb 2

 WOSA SC Champs



 Jan 13

 Feb 22-23

 Ontario Winter Festivals



 Feb 5

 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




LAC - 12 & Under Celebration (January 18 – 19) - Senior Officials: Please email your requests to work senior official positions to Denise McDonald at  Include “12 & Under Celebration” in the subject and tell her the sessions that you are available and the jobs that you would like to work.   I have been touch with Denise to see where she needs help.

1) 12 & Under – Saturday PM – the deep end and needs a Chief Timekeeper, and 2 Stroke Judges.  The shallow end needs 1 Stroke Judge.

2) 12 & Under – Sunday AM – the deep end needs a Clerk of Course OR a Chief Timekeeper, and 2 Stroke Judges.  The shallow end needs 1 Stroke Judge.

LAC - 12 & Under Celebration and 13 and Over Time Trial (January 18 – 19) – Minor Officials:  Sign-ups were posted and most of the positions have filled.  If you are looking for a specific spot, check back from time to time.  I have seen positions open up and get filled again several times today.  At the time of writing this there were 2 timing positions open for Saturday.  Take a look.   

Upcoming Clinics: By the time you see this, the Strokes and Turns clinic will be done on Monday night.  I still have an Introduction to Swimming Officiating (Timer) Clinic coming up.  I MIGHT do one more of each of these this season, but no guarantees.  If you were intending to take the Intro clinic this season but have not yet done so, do try to come this time. Sign-ups are posted.  Please do not sign up unless you are going to attend. 

Intro to Swimming Officiating – Friday, January 17, 2020, 7:00PM to 9:00PM – CGAC - Entry Level Meeting Room

Other Clinics:  I will present each of the other clinics prior to the Pentathlon in April but I will spread them out to avoid clinic fatigue on everyone’s part.  If there are clinics that you are specifically looking to get but you are only available at certain times, please do let me know and I will see what I can do.  Again, there are no guarantees.  There are potentially over 500 of you and only 1 of me.  Otherwise, continue to watch the newsletter for these to be announced.  

London Gliders - Special Olympics Meet (January 19 after the 12 and Under finishes) - This is a fun meet to help out at if you can hang around for another session on Sunday.  They still need 2 Strokes and Turns officials.  If you are qualified, available and willing, then please email Patrick and Teresa Moran at to volunteer.  This is not a LAC meet so there are no session credits, just the good feeling that you get from helping the community. 


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.