2020-21 NEWSLETTER 23



We no longer have Sunday 9:30-11am pool time at CGAC. The most up-to-date practice schedule can be found in the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website.

Links to our virtual dryland workouts are on the LAC-TIVE Home Fitness Page on the LAC website. 

The former March Break week (March 15-19) we will be following our regular training schedule. The schedule for the new April Break will be published as soon as we have more information from City of London.

We are planning for time trials and race simulations on the Easter weekend (Good Friday April 2 and Easter Sunday April 4).



Another great message from Olivier Leroy:

I get a lot of emails that arrive in the following format: Something unplanned and unawesome happened to me + I am stressed and frustrated about what it could mean = I don’t know what to do next. For example:  My shoulder got injured again + I am worried that my teammates are going to leave me in the dust = I don’t know how to maintain my confidence.  While every situation is unique, there is one master key for every sticky situation:  Keep it simple.

I know “simple” looks easy, but it’s rarely our first instinct when things don’t go our way. Got your butt kicked at practice? Fell off the wagon with your nutrition? Competitor just blew your personal best time out of the water?  Keep it simple.

When we get stressed, flustered and anxious we start overthinking things.This overthinking can lead down a few different paths…we get locked up thinking about what might go wrong, so we don’t do anything.  We get frustrated thinking about everything that has to go right, so our focus isn’t on what gets us swimming fast, but overthinking things that aren’t relevant.  We worry that we’ve lost any hope at chasing down our big, long-term goals, so we self-sabotage (i.e. ignoring injury rehab or staying up late or eating a lot of junk food). Keep it simple.

Show up to practice tomorrow and focus on 1-2 technical things. Continue to eat and sleep well. Find 30 minutes to nail your rehab program. Focus on the next little step.  Remind yourself to stay centered on the “how” instead of the “why.”  (“How can I get better today?” versus “Why is my competitor so much faster than me?”)

When you know exactly what you need to do, pressure falls to the wayside. And when what you need to do is small and simple and do-able today…the path clears.

CONGRATULATIONS to Age Group Silver coach Paulina Bond, who has been invited by Swim Canada to participate in their Women in Coaching mentorship program.

"Hard work always puts you where good luck can find you." 



Value Village FUNDrive

Value Village accepts clothing donations and pays the donor on a "per pound" basis. Please start gathering up any used clothing you wish to donate and put it in garbage bags. Clothing drop off will be in the Banting High School parking lot between 8-9am on Saturday April 17, where it will be loaded into a rented truck and delivered to Valu Village at 10am. The club receives a $100 voucher for the rental truck if we collect 2000lbs of used clothing.  If you plan to participate you can now sign up on the "EVENTS" page of the website - please indicate how many bags of used clothing you'll be donating, as Value Village needs to plan for the delivery of our donation.

FUNDrive is an eco-friendly "Spring Cleaning” opportunity - ask your neighbours, family, gym buddies, work mates, etc., to donate. It makes a difference not just for the community but for LAC.

North Country Meats

Our second meat fundraiser will happen this spring, with product delivery planned for Saturday May 15. The same protocols and procedures will be in place as for our first, very successful, campaign. 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. 

Stay tuned for more details on both of these great opportunities to help keep LAC financially viable in these uncertain times.


Nothing to report this week, but stay tuned for details on tentatively scheduled Easter weekend time trials.

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



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.



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. If you have any questions regarding All Tides orders or product concerns, please contact the following email address [email protected]