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



As we start back into the routines of the school year, with the holidays and some "down time" to allow us all to re-charge the batteries a bit, be reminded that there are those people who would tell you that competition is all about "rising to the occasion", when in fact the opposite is true.  When you go to your championship meet, later this month or this winter or this year, your performance will not be magically elevated to a new level - what really happens is you perform at the level of your training in the days and weeks and months prior to the meet.  In the critical moment (the championship meet), we fall back on our training more than we "rise to the occasion." Thus the importance of practicing with championship effort over and over again, in the middle of January, at 6:30am, and putting up good consistent "numbers" in your training, with great technique, hitting those goal split times and goal stroke counts and goal underwater kick counts. How you swim in practice is how you'll swim in the meet, so you have to be honest with yourself about the level of effort you are putting into every little thing you do. You cannot have an expectation of a "10" in competition (nor should you), especially if your training has been at "6" or a "7" in the weeks leading up to it. Remember that as you start your next cycle of training!




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.



On Saturday, January 11th the Western Mustangs will be hosting U of T for a dual meet. There will be lots of fast swimming. Meet starts at 1.15 pm and session should last about 2 hours. Volunteers are needed, but please be advised that this does not count as an LAC session credit.. To reserve your spot on deck please contact Sheri & Paul Cappa at



Please join our fundraiser to help the relief efforts to save injured koala bears from the devastating wildfires in Australia.

On Saturday, January 11th or Sunday, January 12th, please bring in a donation to practice. Swimmers can give their donation to their coach - loonie, twoonie, any denomination will be greatly appreciated. Once monies are collected, LAC will make a donation to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in New South Wales, which provides emergency care and medicine to injured koala bears.  The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, and National Parks and Wildlife Service crew leaders, have spent weeks searching for and rescuing koalas following the devastating bush fires in the Port Macquarie area.  Rescued koalas are rehydrated and treated for burns, with dressings changed every three days. Thank you for your help!


Team Travel will be available for WOSA Championships. The deadline for signing up for Team Travel will be Friday January 10th .
Estimated Cost: $450.00
Departure: Thursday afternoon
Return: Sunday (following finals)

Ages: 11 & Over
Please write “Team Travel” in the comment box while signing up for the meet to sign up for team travel.



January swimmer statements are ready to go and will be emailed out tonight. Any questions or concerns contact Donna at by Jan 13. PAD payments will be withdrawn on Jan 15.







 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 and 13 and Over Time Trial (January 18 – 19) - Senior Officials: These meets have a different Competition Coordinator.  Please email your requests to work senior official positions to Denise McDonald at  Include “12 & Under Celebration” or “13 and Over Time Trial” 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)       13 and Over Time Trial – sounds like we are all set for senior officials

2)       12 & Under – Saturday PM – the deep and needs: a Clerk of Course, a Chief Timekeeper, and two Stroke Judges. The shallow end needs a Recorder/Scorer, 2 Marshals to work with the Clerk assembling and moving heats, and 2 Stroke Judges.

3)       12 & Under – Sunday AM – the deep end needs: a Clerk of Course, a Chief Timekeeper, and two Stroke Judges. The shallow end needs an assistant Chief Timekeeper, 2 Marshals to work with the Clerk assembling and moving heats, and 2 Stroke Judges.

Note 1: The Marshals mentioned above are NOT Safety Marshals.  They work during the session, NOT the warm-up BUT no clinic is required for this job and we can teach you what to do when you arrive.

Note 2:  Last week I misspelled Denise’s email by typing .comm instead of .com so if you emailed using that link and did not get a response then this is probably why.  Please email her again using the corrected link above.

LAC - 12 & Under Celebration and 13 and Over Time Trial (January 18 – 19) – Minor Officials:  Sign-ups will be posted this week.  Let’s see how fast these can get filled!

Upcoming Clinics: I have scheduled another Introduction to Swimming Officiating (Timer) Clinic and a Judge of Strokes and Turns Clinic.  I MIGHT do one more of each of these this season, but no guarantees.  These 2 clinics will be the 3rd one of each.  If you were intending to take one or both of these this season but have not yet done so, do try to come this time. Sign-ups should already be posted.  Please do not sign up unless you are going to attend. 

Judge of Strokes and Turns – Monday, January 13, 2020, 6:30PM to 9:30PM – CGAC - Entry Level Meeting Room

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, 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.  If you are available and willing, for any position that you are qualified for, 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 you get from helping the community.  Last I looked they were looking pretty good for officials so you MAY not be needed but it would be nice for them to know that we are there for them.    

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.