Thursday October 31 – NO Age Group Gold(PM)/Silver/Blue/Orange and Development 1

Week of Nov 4-10 - ALL SrBronze/Blue WSRC practices from 4:30-5:30pm (due to revised Western Reading Week schedule)



"FADING" vs. "FAILING" - from Oliver Poirier Leroy (Part 1 of 2)

Most often, what we all call “failures” look like this:

1)We write out a goal but, wary of the risk of failing, never give more than 50% effort, not fully committing, shelving the goal for a later date…

2)We work hard at practice but, when we get to the finish line, we give a slightly-less-than-great effort, wanting to save our ego the possibility of disappointment…

3)We talk ourselves out of starting altogether. We term it a failure, but we never even take a first meaningful step.

These aren’t failures, they are fades. And fades are much worse than your big, all-in, go-for-broke failures.

It might not seem like there is a difference here. Fading…or failing? Sounds a little bit like we are playing with words. But there is a serious difference between trying and not succeeding (failing) and not trying and not succeeding (fading). 

For starters, in the 3 examples listed above, you don’t learn a thing from “failing” this way. A right and proper failure is highly instructive. How can you learn what works, what doesn’t, what your strengths are, how fast you can improve, if you aren’t even failing properly? In a cruel way, it turns out you are failing at failure! Ouch.

Secondly, fading instead of failing promotes a false narrative about failing that keeps you from fully committing to your goals. You don’t know what it takes to be successful because you never truly try. There’s never a full effort. What it takes to be successful remains ambiguous, and the stack of fades in your background remind you that you don’t have the commitment to see it through.

Lastly, there's the whole regret thing. Fizzling out on your goals never provides an opportunity to see what you are capable of. Just another wasted opportunity that you end up regretting. Weeks, months, years from now, there will be moments when you rue the missed opportunities:  “I wonder what I could have done in the pool if only I’d bought in to the workouts.”

The truth about failing properly is this: A true, explosive failure soaks up your full effort. It requires the best of you. Which means it’s nowhere close to a failure.  Understanding this last part is key. It allows you to wear your epic fails as a badge of courage and also encourages you to give a fuller effort in the pursuit of success.



This Friday, November 1, former National Team swimmer, Canadian record-holder, and 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist Zack Chetrat will be in London to share his story with our Senior Gold/Silver and Age Group Gold/Silver swimmers. Zack is one of 30+ featured speakers from several different sports representing the nation-wide Head to Head sports mentorship program. Zack will speak to SrGold/Silver swimmers from 4:15-5:15pm and AGGold/Silver swimmers from 5:15-6:15pm, both sessions in the Medway Arena lounge (upstairs). THERE IS NO CHARGE for this clinic.



If your swimmer is planning on attending Nothers please sign up on the LAC website ASAP, you can adjust your sign up until Nov 4. Meet management would like to have an idea of how many swimmers will be attending so that they can plan the sessions.



London Aquatic Club members can now order club bathing suits and spiritwear via the club’s online store. To access the online store, you must create a user account on this webpage: There is further information on the LAC website under the “Swimmer Equipment” tab. Only credit card payment is accepted. Prepaid credit cards and visa debit cards are not accepted. All the orders will be delivered to the club. Once the orders have arrived, you will be notified by the club via email.

You have until Sunday the 3rd of November at midnight to place your order. ***NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS

If you have any questions, email:



November swimmer statements will be out early next week. If you have any membership questions or concerns please contact Donna at







 Sign up Deadline

 Sat Nov 9

 Time Trial #2


 ALL LAC swimmers

 Nov 2

 Nov 22-24

 Nothers Invitational


 ALL LAC swimmers

 Nov 4

 Dec 13-15

 Ont Jr International

  TPASC  Sr qualifiers  Dec 2

 Dec 13 - 15

 Team Showdown


 Sr & AG Gold/Silver

 Nov 25



Fall Time Trial – November 9 – Could use an assistant Chief Timekeeper – if you have taken the Chief Timekeeper clinic or will be taking it on November 6, and you also have the Strokes and Turns Clinic and experience Timing and as a Judge of Strokes and Turns and you would like to ease into trying Chief Timekeeper, then Assistant CT is the way to start.  If interested please email me.  The first qualified applicant gets the job.

Fall Time Trial – Signups for Timers and Judges of Strokes and Turns will be posted shortly.

Upcoming Meets! Nothers Fall Invitational and Holiday Time Trial – Senior Officials Needed!  If you have taken the clinic and would like to work a Senior Position for either or both of these meets, please email me, one email per meet, with what you can do to help.  A senior position is any official OTHER THAN Timers and Turn Judges (ends of the pool).  It DOES include Stroke judge (sides of the pool) for Nothers.  Please include the name of the meet in the subject of the email so that it is easy to find.  If it is your first time trying a job please let me know that too so that I can make sure someone is available to mentor you.            

Clinics – There are still 6 clinics to go.  Please see below for dates of the remaining clinics prior to Nothers.  Sign-ups are on the LAC Home Page.  More clinics will be offered later.  Everyone is welcome to sign-up but session credits are only given the FIRST time you take each clinic.  We have records going back years.  Still, if you want a refresher, feel free.  Please do not sign up if you are NOT going to attend. The recent Starter clinic had 12 people signed up and only 5 of those showed up.  Fortunately another person attended on speculation and got in.  Sadly, 6 spots went unused and I know there were other people who wanted to come.  Clinics can be taken in any order but ideally the Introduction clinic is taken early.   

If you would like to see a brief summary of what these jobs are then log into the LAC website and then click on this link:

Clerk Of the Course – Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, CGAC-Pool level meeting room

Recorder/Scorer – Friday, November 1, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, CGAC-Pool level meeting room

Introduction to Swimming Officiating – Saturday, November 2, 7:00 – 9:00 AM, CHOCC-Just off Main Lobby

Chief Timekeeper – Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, CGAC-Pool level meeting room

Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics – Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, CGAC-Pool level meeting room

Judge of Strokes and Turns – Friday, November 15, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, CGAC-entry level meeting room

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.