JANUARY 18, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 20

 

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

American football player Tom Brady (going for his 8th Super Bowl title with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) is the focus of a show called "The Man In The Arena". One of his "go-to" stories when things aren't going so well for him or his team is the Taoist parable called Sāi Wēng Lost His Horse about a poor Chinese farmer - it goes like this:

A long time ago, a poor Chinese farmer lost a horse, and all the neighbors came around and said, “well that’s too bad.” The farmer said, “maybe.” Shortly after, the horse returned bringing another horse with him, and all the neighbors came around and said, “well that’s good fortune,” to which the farmer replied, “maybe.” The next day, the farmer’s son was trying to tame the new horse and fell, breaking his leg, and all the neighbors came around and said, “well that’s too bad,” and the farmer replied, “maybe.” Shortly after, the emperor declared war on a neighboring nation and ordered all able-bodied men to fight—many died or were badly maimed, but the farmer’s son was unable to fight and spared due to his injury. And all the neighbors came around and said, “well that’s good fortune,” to which the farmer replied, “maybe.” And so the story goes.

In China, when something bad happens people will say, “Sai Weng Shi Ma” (Remember “The Old Man Who Lost His Horse”) to remind themselves and others that, sometimes, “bad” things happen which carry a silver lining—and that it’s often in the way you look at things which determines their power over your spirit. It is a caution to all not to get too attached to what happens to us, good or bad. This is a very Taoist tale indeed—themes of yin and yang, balance, peace, pacifism, openness and receptiveness...RESILIENCE.

In today's world, sadly, it’s tough not to get attached to things being “good” or “bad” – because that’s easier for us, isn’t it? It is easier for our psyche to accept good and bad rather than, well, “maybe”. But there’s such peace in “maybe” when you really think about it; there’s a peace in not attaching to an outcome.This is, of course, easier to do when you are on the fortunate side of fortune. But when things go south in your life, or you come across a conflict or struggle at work, the ability to perceive your situation in an unattached, objective “maybe” way brings the promise that, at the very least, clarity, insight, and wisdom will follow you out the other side.

We hear this all the time: mindset is key, perception is reality, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseam. The stories we tell ourselves about what happens “to us” (for us?) become our reality—we control our mindset. What if we went through our day like the Chinese farmer? When something “bad” happened, what if a “maybe” could transform our perspective to one of peace at what will be, or the search for a silver lining? Easy skill to apply in hindsight—incredibly valuable (and challenging) skill to develop in the moment. And the only way to develop it is, unfortunately, to go through it. How can we remember, in the moment of strife, that it’s the challenges we face in life that give us our strength, our insight, our resilience, and our wisdom?

What if we stop the next time our horse runs off and say, “maybe this isn’t such a bad thing”?

 

COVID-19 

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)

 

ALL TIDES SPIRIT WEAR

The team store will again be open for spiritwear purchases from February 7-20.

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Hey now, seems like Zoom is popular.  Two clinics conducted so far and 33 of 34 people expected have actually attended.  Fantastic!  No room rental costing the club $ in these times of austerity,  no carrying a pile of stuff over to CGAC, setting up the room, and then packing up after.  Works for me! 

I am still deciding on how to run the Judge of Strokes and Turns via Zoom.  I tried running the clinic with me sending the videos over Zoom and it was very choppy.  I think I will have to paste each video link into the chat as needed, ask everyone to view, and continue the clinic when everyone has watched it.  Worth trying I think.

Anyway, more clinics are scheduled.  Sign-up and join us.

Officiating Clinics:

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
Wednesday, January 26, 7 to 10 – Judge of Strokes and Turns
Friday, January 28, 7 to 9 – Starter (The person who says ‘Take Your Marks’)
Saturday, January 29, 9 to Noon – Meet Manager.

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.  No camera, no session credit.  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.

Just another reminder, 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 

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, our Board of Directors is reviewing our Session Credit Policy - 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