2020-21 NEWSLETTER 4



Sun Oct 11       Age Group Blue 5:30 – 6:30 am CGAC – NO workout at Boys & Girls Club

Sun Oct 11       Development 1 6:30 – 7:30 am CGAC – NO workout at Boys & Girls Club

NO Workouts Mon Oct 12 due to pool closure for Thanksgiving

NO virtual dryland on Mon Oct 12



This space is often used to para-phrase some of the ideas of Olivier Poirier Leroy, author of "Conquer The Pool" and "YourSwimBook", and regular contributor to the SWIMSWAM website, perhaps the best swimming website out there. Here are some of Olivier's thoughts on swimming during pandemic times.

Whether you are back in the pool full-time or getting just a few minutes in the water each day, you need to make each stroke and lap count. Pool space and training time is limited, teams everywhere, including national center athletes, are competing for pool space, rarely getting more than an hour or so in the water per day...a far cry from the pre-pandemic training schedule. (Still, way better than nothing!) This limited pool space could be viewed as a competitive disadvantage, but there are some positives to be found here. Instead of spending up to four hours per day in the water, swimmers are learning to make do with an hour (or less). This drop in pool time and space means that swimmers are having to do more with less. Which isn’t as bad a thing as it sounds.

This week , here is the first of 5 ways to make your limited time in the water more effective than ever.


The temptation to daydream through your laps in the pool is big. Unplugged from your smartphone, from social media, and from the world around you, being in the water is one of the few times over the course of the day where you are alone with your thoughts. But, being focused and intentional during practice, whether it’s swimming with awesome technique or using the right self-talk during the main set, dramatically increases the effectiveness of your training.

“My best attribute is my ability to be highly focused for long periods of time… In training, I always brought my attention back to how I wanted to feel in my races. If I need to work on my body position at the end of my races, then I would push myself in practice to the point of exhaustion then work on my body position when exhausted.” (Natalie Coughlin, multiple Olympic gold medalist)

With limited time in the water, there has never been a better time to improve your focus levels while ripping up and down and around that tiled black line.



Be sure to read our updated COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures document in the Parent Info tab. Let’s keep our collective fingers crossed that the London region can keep its infection rates low(er), and let’s continue to do everything we can to protect a safe practice environment for our swimmers. It’s official…WE ARE IN THE 2ND WAVE.

Our swimmers continue to demonstrate excellent behaviors at the pool, and the coaches continue to spend as much time reinforcing this as they do reinforcing proper swim techniques. But the coaches cannot control what is happening away from the pool, especially now that school is back in session. It takes a lot of reinforcement and reminding to get our swimmers to the point where good swim technique is almost automatic…the same applies to good COVID-19 protocols. Parents, we ask you to please help the coaches by reminding your student-athletes to be shining examples of good COVID-19 behaviours – physical distancing, face masks, and hand hygiene – when they are at school and also when they are off school property, whether between classes or at the end of the day. Remind your swimmers to maintain 2m of physical distancing when they’re waiting to come into CGAC, and that wearing a mask outdoors is not a bad thing. If they are going to be wearing LAC gear at school (awesome!), but we want our organization to be recognized everywhere by everyone as a shining example of how to beat this virus! 

Finally, a reminder for all parents: we ask you to please continue to follow our recommendation of “drop-off and pick-up only” when bringing your swimmers to the pool, as much as reasonably possible. The fewer people we have in our practice facilities during our practice time, the safer our swimmers will be. If you must come into our practice facilities, for whatever reason, remember it is a City of London by-law that a face mask must be properly worn at all times when indoors. The coaches are too busy coaching, and there are not sufficient CGAC staff, to enforce mask-wearing – we must all self-police.

Thank you everyone, let’s cautiously yet optimistically keep inching forward.



While circumstances will prevent us from hosting a live, in-person banquet this fall, we will still be acknowledging everyone's accomplishments last year, and handing out all of our traditional awards. Stay tuned for the time and date of our virtual awards ceremony.



We encourage all swimmers to have an extra cap and goggles, the coaching staff will not be allowing swimmers to borrow caps and goggles at this time. If you require a new LAC swim cap, a coach will give your swimmer a new cap at work-out and we will add $12.00 to your swimmer account and it will be taken out of your account with your monthly fees. You can find your swim equipment information on our website when you are logged in: https://www.teamunify.com/team/canlac/page/swimmer-equipment.



All-Tides and Speedo have partnered with Swim Canada to offer a small club fundraiser. For a period of two months starting Sept. 1, swimmers, parents, coaches and all swim fans will be able to raise funds for the club of their choice. A dedicated page can be found on the All Tides online store, where one can choose from a selection of Speedo products, and enter their club code when completing the purchase. Speedo will give the club 20 per cent of the total purchase amount. The club code to raise money for LAC is LAC. Unfortunately, we will not be able to customize the items ordered from this speedo fundraiser.

The speedo fundraiser is found here: https://www.alltides.com/en/speedoclub?p=1



Hello LAC Officials!  For those of you who are new to LAC, I am Mark Lukings and I am the Club Official’s Chair (COC).  Together with Rose Bloch-Hansen, the Club Official’s Administrator (COA), we will be your contacts for “all things officiating”.  My volunteer role with the club is to ensure that we have enough officials to be able to run the swim meets that we normally host each year.  This involves training and mentoring people to perform the duties of the various officials who are required at a meet.  The COC trains and prepares the officials and the COA, with me and Donna assisting, is in charge of making sure that our officials are registered and their qualifications are kept up-to-date. 

Normally, by now, I would be hosting training clinics and encouraging people to come out and learn how they can help the club and their swimmer(s).  As you all know, this is a very different year!  We are still learning when meets will be able to start, and what will be expected of clubs who will be hosting these events.  We are still waiting to hear when we can start hosting clinics and how that will be allowed to proceed.  Just this past Thursday we learned of tentative dates for when we can start apply for permission to host meets and when, once approved, we can hope to start running them.  There is a lot of preparation that needs to be done.  In short we are still learning about what we can do and also what we will HAVE to do.  I will use these newsletter entries to pass along information as it becomes available.  You can also dig around the Swim Ontario and the Swimming Canada websites if you are exceptionally curious and want more information. 

For now, we will be having some meet simulations during scheduled practice times or during times when we already had the pool booked.  Your coaches will let your swimmers know if they will be participating but it will be like any other practice as it pertains to your ability to access the building.

Official’s Registration: For those of you who were officials last year, you can start by completing your online registration for this season.  To do this, simply log-on to your OFFICIALS account, go to the My Info tab, enter your Date of Birth and any other required information and then click on Save, even if you did not change anything.

Last year, that small account update and signing the PIPEDA form was as hard as it got.  This year, the PIPEDA form is gone but plenty has been added to replace it.  Click on the Consents tab.  There are 3 on-line forms that need to be filled out and signed (to sign, just type your name), a check box to agree that you have done a lot of reading and agree to abide by all of those policies, and a Yes/No radio button to agree, or NOT, to receive unsolicited email from third parties. Make sure you SELECT NO for that last one, and click Save.  My understanding is that failing to fully register as an official will preclude you from officiating, which will make it hard to earn session credits.  Session credits will be a topic for another day.  Until we are prepared to host meets, you don’t need to worry session about credits, but getting registered now will make things a lot easier once things get moving.

Here’s hoping that the pandemic situation soon improves and things can start to return to ‘normal’.  I’d like to get back to hosting the excellent meets that we are known for, get to see the returning officials from prior years, and get to meet some of the people who are new to our club!       

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




If you have any questions or changes for your All Tides order please contact the following email address [email protected].