2020-21 NEWSLETTER 29



All in-water programming is on hold until further notice.

Please check the LAC-tive Home Fitness tab on the website for links to all virtual dryland programming.



A promising article on the effects of chlorine on the COVID-19 virus was recently published in the online publication "State of Swimming", with the headline: Pool Water Inactivates Covid-19 In 30 Seconds, Say Virologists at Imperial College London. The article went on to say “The research established that 1.5mg per litre of free chlorine with a pH between 7-7.2 reduced the infectivity of the virus by more than 1000 fold within 30 seconds. Additional testing of different free chlorine and pH ranges confirmed that chlorine in swimming pool water was more effective with a lower pH – which is in line with current guidance for swimming pool operation.” Professor Wendy Barclay, Imperial College, said: “We performed these experiments at our high containment laboratories in London.Under these safe conditions, we are able to measure the ability of the virus to infect cells, which is the first step in its transmission.By mixing the virus with swimming pool water that was delivered to us by the Swim England team, we could show that the virus does not survive in swimming pool water: it was no longer infectious. That, coupled with the huge dilution factor of virus that might find its way into a swimming pool from an infected person, suggests the chance of contracting Covid-19 from swimming pool water is negligible.”

Granted, the chlorine and pH levels cited in the study may differ slightly in Canada, but nevertheless it is re-assuring to know that when we come out of the current lockdown, and provided everyone continues to strictly follow protocols, this latest study supports our long-held belief that the pool is one of the safest places to be!

Last week's message finished with a quote that said: "How you talk to yourself matters." Olivier Leroy recommends thinking about the language you use before and after challenging sets:

Your coach has written a long best-effort set on the board. You take a big breath, picturing yourself heaving air into the gutter after each rep. At which point, your coach draws a bracket around the set and writes: “3x.” In these moments, it’s understandable that your first thought is gonna be, “Yup, today is the day that I die in practice.” Instead, take a breath, and get curious about what you can do. Instead of self-talk like this: “This main set is impossible, I am going to die an agonizing death” try something like: “This looks hard, but I’m gonna feel like a boss when it’s over.” The self-talk should extend to the way you describe and view the set and workouts once they are done, too. As opposed to, “Ugh, that set was impossibly hard” try something like, “Okay, that wasn’t so bad.” When you write down your practice in your log book, use language that leans towards, “challenging but I did it” as opposed to “I feel like a bag of smashed pull-buoys.” This little tweak in your talk can influence how your body responds to a challenging set and also better position you mentally for future workouts. When you play down discomfort, you are less fearful of it, and you get a sense of competency and confidence that you can’t get by brooding about how much a set will or did hurt.




GREAT NEWS for all of you whose team suits have seen better days or are in need of some LAC Spirit Wear. The team store on the AllTides website is NOW OPEN until April 18, for you to place orders. Bulk delivery is anticipated for the week of May 10. This will be the last opportunity for us to make a bathing suit and Spirit Wear team order this year.  If you have any questions regarding All Tides orders or product concerns, please contact the following email address [email protected]



Value Village FUNDrive - POSTPONED

Unfortunately due to this latest lockdown, Value Village is unable to accept our delivery on April 17. A new delivery date has been set for Sat May 29, with donation drop-off in the Banting High School parking lot from 9:30-11am on that date. The deadline to join the used clothing drive and sign up on our website has been extended to Fri May 14. THANK YOU everyone for stepping up and diving deep into your closets, and hopefully you can find somewhere out of the way to store your donations for the next 6 weeks!

North Country Meats - "FILL THE TRUCK!"

We are good to start our 2nd meat fundraiser! Sell boxes of frozen meat and seafood to your friends, neighbours, co-workers and family…and best of all, stock your own freezer! For each box of meat sold by a family, 50% of the profit will go to LAC, the other 50% can be applied as a credit towards reducing your swim fees (please note, money raised by swimmers can not be redeemed in cash, only as a credit towards your account). We sold 568 boxes of meet back in November, netting the club $3400 and also helping offset membership fees - our rallying cry for the spring campaign is "Fill The Truck!" This means 1000 boxes of meat sold. 

ALL forms and money must be submitted by Fri May 7 and delivery will be Sat May 15 in the Banting High School parking lot. All families will be responsible for delivering their meat orders to their customers. We are hoping that every family can sell a minimum of 10 boxes of meat to help make this fundraiser a great success.

Please find attached: 

1.     The Product Information Brochure to be shared with potential purchasers - CLICK HERE

2.     Sellers order form to compile your customer’s orders and collect money from your customers -  CLICK HERE

3.     Each Family summarizes their orders on the Sellers Order Form - CLICK HERE and submits the form to [email protected] and etransfers the total amount of the order to [email protected] (please be sure to include your 'swim family name' and the word 'meat fundraiser' in the comment section of your etransfer) 

Any questions should be emailed to Nicole Chambers at [email protected]

Thanks for your support of these great opportunities to help keep LAC financially viable in these uncertain times.

LAC Fundraising Team - Nicole Chambers & Mike Buck



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



Please remember that any individual swim equipment purchases you make on the AllTides website using our LAC coupon code result in a kickback to the club, received at the end of the year. Last year the club received almost $1000 through this arrangement, most of which was put toward the purchase of dryland training equipment. You are helping the club by making your swim equipment purchases through AllTides. All group swim equipment information can be found on our website when you are logged in:  https://www.teamunify.com/team/canlac/page/swimmer-equipment.