Friday January 18         SrSilver swim 6-7:30am; NO SrGold/SrSilver 3-4pm

Sunday January 20       Development 2 NO workout

Saturday January 26     Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 – 6:30 swim and 6:45 – 7:30 dryland

Saturday January 26     Age Group Bronze/Blue 6:30 – 7:30 swim and 7:45 – 8:30 dryland


Welcome back everyone! The coaches sincerely hope you had an enjoyable and restful break, and are re-energized and re-focused on taking your swimming to an even higher level in 2019.  Many of you had some terrific results in the fall season and, as a result, need to re-set your goals for the remainder of the winter season. Hopefully you took some time to do this during your break. Others of you may have come up a bit short of where you hoped to be at the December championship meets...if you are in this boat do not be discouraged. Just as success breeds success, adversity and disappointment can also lead to success. In his book "The Tiny Book of Talent", Daniel Coyle talks about the idea of EMBRACING STRUGGLE. Coyle says: "At all of the talent hotbeds around the world I saw the same facial expression: eyes narrow, jaw tight, nostrils flared, the face of someone intently reaching for something, falling short, and reaching again. Deep, purposeful practice has a feeling that can be summed up in one word: STRUGGLE. Most of us instinctively avoid struggle, because it's uncomfortable. It feels like failure. However, when it comes to developing your talent, struggle isn't an option - it's a biological necessity. This is how evolution has built us. The struggle and frustration you feel at the edges of your abilities - that uncomfortable burn of "almost... almost" - is your brain making new neural connections, a phenomenon the experts call "DESIRABLE DIFFICULTY".

So, as you embark on a new swimming calendar year, with many exciting meets on the not-too-distant horizon, make it your resolution to challenge your perceived limits every day. This will certainly help you on a path to a higher level, in swimming and in life. 



One of our sponsors has once again presented us with an amazing opportunity to support our club by donating 4 Detroit Red Wing hockey tickets for us to raffle off. And these aren’t just any tickets, they are 4 centre ice club seats, 23 rows up and include an upscale buffet, all wine and beer, as well as free VIP parking. The game is February 26, 2019, against the Montreal Canadiens. The total ticket package has a $1500 value, with the raffle tickets costing only $10. The draw will take place during the finals at WOSA Regionals on February 2.

We are asking that each family sell a book of 5 tickets. These are some of the best seats in the house for an NHL Original Six game, so should be an easy sell - buy one or two for yourself and sell a few to friends - they’ll go pretty quick.  Books of tickets (5 per book) can be picked up this Saturday (Jan 12) at CGAC and at CHOCC during the morning practices. Any questions, or to arrange an alternate pick-up time, please contact Craig at  Completed books and collected cash can be given to Craig or Donna, or simply dropped in the LAC mailbox in the foyer at CGAC. All tickets need to be sold with cash collected by Jan. 27.

Now the fun part – there will be a main prize of a Helly Hanson Swim Jacket for most tickets sold, PLUS an additional draw for other cool prizes – each book of 5 tickets sold earns one ticket in the prize draw. The more books you sell, the more chances to win! Thanks in advance for everyone’s help and good luck! 



To the parents who helped cook the waffles for the Age Group and Senior swimmers at CGAC on the Saturday before the break, the swimmers appreciated your efforts!



Next order date is Feb 1. Order forms can be found on the LAC website under “swimmer equipment”. Please place completed forms and cheque (or send etransfer to in the LAC mailbox at CGAC located in the front lobby just inside the entry doors on the wall leading into the administration offices.



Swimmer statements were sent out yesterday. Any concerns please email Donna - by Jan 12 – PAD payments will be withdrawn on Jan 15.



Senior Officials Needed - LAC 12 & Under Celebration and the January 13 and Over Time Trial – January 19 and 20, 2019 - This will be our first meet of the New Year and will give people an opportunity to hone up their skills to help out at the WOSA Short Course Champs which follows less than two weeks later.  If you would like to help at any or all of these 3 sessions then please email the Competition Coordinator, Denise McDonald at with “12 & Under“ in the subject; and the session(s) and the positions that you are interested in working, in the body.

All Officials Needed - London Glider - Special Olympic Swim Meet! – Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Hopefully you will already be there for the Sunday session of the 12 and Under Celebration, but even if you are not, why not hang out at CGAC for the afternoon and help out at this great meet.  If you are willing to help in any officiating capacity, please contact Patrick Moran at with the jobs that you are qualified for and willing to work at this meet.  This is a fine opportunity for getting those high school volunteer hours!

Senior Officials Needed - WOSA Short Course Championship –January 31 to February 3, 2019 - If you would like to be a senior official at the WOSA SC Champs that we are hosting this year then please email me with “WOSA” in the subject and the sessions and positions that you would like to work in the body of the email.  I need to hear from now if you are willing to help!

Official Clinics – New clinics have been scheduled and sign-ups have been posted on the LAC web site.  By the time you see this an email will have been sent to the membership with much more detail.  If you did not get the email then check your spam folder.   One Sessions credit will be given to those taking a clinic for the first time.

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







 Sign-up Deadline

 Jan 18-19

 UToronto Grand Prix

 Uni. of Toronto

 Senior Gold 

 Jan 11

 Jan 19

 13 & Over TT


 13/over swimmers

 Jan 4

 Jan 19-20

 12&U Celebration


 12/under swimmers

 Jan 4

 Jan 31-Feb 3

 WOSA SC Champs



 Jan 17

 Feb 16-17

 ON Winter Festivals



 Feb 3

 Feb 28-Mar 3

 ON Spring Champs



 Feb 15

 Mar 7-9

 ON Spring Youth-Jr



 Feb 21



Club hosted meets help to reduce membership fees by 20-25% as well as reducing travel costs by attending fewer out-of-town meets. To ensure the Club has sufficient resources to host meets, most LAC swim families are required to work a minimum of 22 sessionsduring club hosted meets (please see below for exceptions). These sessions may be worked through officiating or working at the club’s food canteen, awards or other positions. Any unfulfilled session credits will be billed at a rate of $40.00 per session to the swim family’s Swimmer Account at the end of the season. Please note that this is not meant to be a “fundraiser” but rather an incentive to participate in the running of home meets. Swim families may receive up to 5 donated session credits from another club family to complete their credits, however any more than the 5 donated session credits must be approved by the board. Session commitments are waived for first year swim families with no prior competitive swim club affiliation, as well as for introductory and post-secondary students training full time with the club and for varsity swimmers, although assistance during swim meets from these groups is greatly appreciated.  First year families ARE required to fulfill the LAC orientation program. This includes participating in an Introductory to Swimming clinic during the swim season and a follow up “on-deck” mentoring session.

*** Families of Development swimmers who are not in their first year of competitive swimming who do not have a swimmer in another level are required to fulfill only 11 of the assigned session credits.***

*The number of session credits will be reviewed by the board in the fall upon club enrollment and may be subject to change.

The Session Credit Policies are posted under the “Parent Info" tab On the LAC website.



Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmer Equipment” tab. Also found on the website is the TAS shark card, you will need this card when purchasing Team Aquatic Supplies merchandise at swim meets or in their stores. Equipment requirements for each group are also listed.

If you have any equipment questions please contact



The 2018-2019 Shark Card is now available on the LAC website under the “swim equipment” tab. This offers a 15% discount off all regular priced goods. You MUST have this card with you at the time of purchase. Either as a pdf saved on your phone or a printed hard copy. The new online coupon code is listed on the cards as well this year. This code will be valid on the new website/webstore which is in the process of being launched. It offers a 15% discount on all regular priced goods listed on the site/store.



Information for the newsletter should be emailed to  by 10 am Monday mornings.