JANUARY 11, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 19

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

Our regular in-water training schedule is on "pause" until Thursday January 27 at the earliest.

The 'LAC-TIVE HOME FITNESS" tab on our website has "Links to Live DIFY Classes", where all swimmers in AG Orange and above can find their virtual dryland training schedule, as well as the links to participate. Please remember it is a legal requirement, as directed by Swim Ontario, that all participants in virtual dryland training must have their cameras turned on, so the coaches in attendance can monitor technique and safety. 

If you have any questions about the practice schedule, please direct them to your swimmer's primary group coach. 

 

COACHES REPORT

The following "life lessons" were shared on a recent CBC radio broadcast by a New York stage actor and director who, after having spent his entire life working on Broadway, finally, at the age of 73, won his first Tony Award for best actor in a drama:

1) surround yourself with people whose eyes light up every time they see you

2) the top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep on climbing

3) SLOWLY is the fastest way to get where you want to go

We think these are all great bits of wisdom. Certainly we have talked about these ideas, or very similar ideas, in this space previously. But let's re-visit once again,  in relation to the sport you love that unfortunately you can't do at the moment, with our take on the Broadway actor's wisdom below:

1) surround yourself with like-minded people, people who are positive and resilient and rarely if ever complain and believe in themselves and in you. People willing - actually, LOVING - to be challenged, who love challenging you and love being challenged by you!  People who accept the reality of their current situation but never ever lose faith that in the end they will prevail.

2) when things are going great...well, GREAT! But never get too emotionally high, or over-confident, or complacent, when you've achieved a goal. The flip side is never get too down when another mountain rises up before you. There's ALWAYS going to be another mountain to climb, just focus on the one you're on! Listen to the Dierks Bentley song "The Mountain".

3) is related to 2)...basically, there is no such thing as an overnight success story. The person on the mountain-top didn't just land there! We are all on our own journeys, be patient, trust your process, success cannot be hurried. And remember to stay where your feet are, and appreciate where you are. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and the most satisfying moments happen on the journey, not necessarily at the destination.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

A reminder that, in order to participate in LAC programming, all swimmers born in 2010 or later now must have their first vaccination by January 1, 2022 and their second vaccination by March 1, 2022. While we are hopeful this will not be the case, any families unable to comply with this policy will be eligible for a membership fees refund to be determined based on their swimmer's last day of participation in the program. Either a hard copy or a digital copy of proof of vaccination presented to the swimmer's primary coach shall be the process by which swimmers are confirmed eligible to participate in LAC programming.

Please read below new policies coming into effect for those using City of London facilities, including the Canada Games Aquatic Centre:

Effective January 4: only the QR code version of the proof of vaccination will be acceptable.  All club members, spectators and users can either show their proof of vaccination QR code on their phone or they may print it out and have available. Facility staff will be required to SCAN each and every QR code of an individual who wishes to enter the facility.
Effective January 15: all MEDICAL exemptions will be required to show their QR Medical Exemption proof, paper copies will no longer be accepted.
Effective December 19: spectators are not permitted to bring any food or drink into the building (to ensure facemasks stay on)

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

If you have any questions about your swimmer statement please email Donna at [email protected]

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Are your favourite places closed down or their access restricted, tired of TV and streaming, no snow to play in, nothing to do . . .

Officiating Clinics:

Okay, I am overcoming the COVID inertia and am ready to pump out a pile of clinics.  To make it more fun I will be having guest speakers.  My plan is to have at least 3 clinics a week for the next few weeks.  Feel free to attend as many as you want, but please attend all that you sign up for, and understand that, if you take a clinic, I may call on you to actually do the job! 

If you do not know what the job is then taking the clinic is a great way to find out.  Another way is to sign-in to the LAC website, hover your cursor over the officials tab, select Levels/Positions from the drop-down and read the information there. 

I am providing scheduling information on the first 5 clinics this week and several more will be announced next week. Note that the clinics can be taken in any order.  Taking the Intro clinic first is ideal, but NOT required. 

Saturday, January 15, 9:30 to 11:30 AM – Chief Finish Judge / Chief Judge Electronics
Monday, January 17, 7:00 to 9:00 PM – Introduction to Swimming Officiating and Safety Marshal.
Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 to 9:00 PM – Clerk of the Course
Friday, January 21, 7:00 to 9:00 PM – Chief Timekeeper
Sunday, January 23, 9:30 to 11:30 AM – Recorder Scorer

Sign-ups will be posted on the LAC website.  One person per line and please specify who will be attending even if it is the person named on the LAC account.  These will be Zoom meetings.  Cameras will be required to be on.  Links will be emailed to attendees the day before the clinic.  The sign-ups will close at 6:00 PM the day before the clinic.

Also, let me remind you that there are a few clinics that can be taken online.  Go here: https://edu.swimming.ca/index.php?page=225 and sign-in with the username and password from your OFFICIAL account.  These clinics can be taken on your own schedule.      

If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings, L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at [email protected]  Note: This is volunteer work for me, so I may not get back to you immediately but, if urgent, I can handle a reminder.

 

SWIM MEET VOLUNTEER SESSION CREDITS

The club has a long-standing policy regarding volunteer participation in our hosted swim meets, which includes the "earning" of mandatory session credits through working at our hosted swim meets.  The session credit policy can be found on the LAC website under the "parent info" tab under "LAC policy #2 - Club Hosted Meets and Session Credits".

Families of swimmers in Age Group and Senior are required to earn 22 session credits each year.

Families of returning Development swimmers are required to earn 11 session credits.

New families are not required to earn session credits but can transfer up to 5 session credits if they should decide to volunteer (which of course is encouraged and applauded)!

Families with swimmers that have transferred from another team are considered returning swimmers and are subject to the session credit policy.

Any unworked session credits will be billed to your swimmer account at $40 per session.

*Given the current conditions, and with some of our hosted racing events being cancelled, please know that our Session Credit Policy is under constant scrutiny from the Board of Directors and, if deemed necessary, revisions to the policy may be implemented.

 

EQUIPMENT

Please remember that all individual swim practice equipment purchases you make on the All Tides 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