JUNE 14 2022 - NEWSLETTER 41

 

WORKOUT CHANGES 

Our 2nd summer schedule, to start on June 29 and run until July 8, has been posted in the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website.  We are now assuming that Thames Park will not be open at all in July, but plans are underway to host the Paul Hauch swim meet at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. Please note: those of you with practices at Western University, spectators are NOT permitted inside the Western Student Recreation Centre, so swimmers will have to be dropped off and picked up at the front entrance or another location designated by parents and swimmers. 

AGG   Thursday Jun 16       4:30 - 5:30 pm  only

AGG    Friday Jun 17           4:00 - 5:00 pm swim only no dryland

 

COACHES REPORT

The Tokyo Olympics cemented American superstar Calaeb Dressel’s position as one of the greatest male swimmers in history. With three individual races and a bunch of relays, with prelims, semis, and finals, Dressel’s Tokyo calendar was busier than the warm-up pool.  And how did he manage the hectic schedule and pressure of the Olympics?  By taking things one swim at a time.

Nine days – five gold medals – one sheet of paper

In the days following Dressel’s gold medal performances in Tokyo (five in all), he was asked repeatedly how he’d dealt with the pressure. The expectations. Not only his own, but those of everyone else, too.  Over the nine days of swimming competition in Tokyo, Dressel competed in nine sessions and raced 14 times.  To help keep perspective on the job at hand, he printed out a schedule for the meet and circled the events he was swimming. At the bottom of the page, he wrote the number of swims he had during each session, and along the sides of this sheet of paper he scribbled out some simple reminders for himself:  Control what you can control. Progress not perfection. Give yourself a chance. Pressure is good.

Each day when he left the pool, he would cross out a big X on the session. He’d also cross out the swim(s) he did that day. This simple act was one of the keys to his success that week in Tokyo.  “One thing really helped during this meet, and I’ve done this before at other big meets,” Dressel said after the Olympics had wrapped up. “Every night I’d take my pen and cross out every session…. Before you knew it, I was quarter of the way done… Before you knew it, I was halfway done, and before you knew it, I had two days left. That helped a lot physically seeing how much I actually had left to do.”  After each swim, each session, he’d bust out a pen and cross out the session and the swim.  Done.  Next.  “For me, it’s taking it one race at a time.”

This strategy is more powerful than it looks.  And here’s one reason why:  It keeps you mentally in place. 

When we have a big task before us, whether it’s a massive test set at practice or a nine-day Olympic schedule, it’s easy to start time traveling with our thoughts. When we aren’t present and in the moment, we open up the mesh bag of our past swims and future worries and start rooting around for things to overthink.  That week of training I missed over the holidays is going to cost me. Last time I swam in this pool, I didn’t swim fast at all.  I don’t feel as fast as I did the last time I went a PB.  If I don’t go a personal best time tomorrow, this whole season will have been for nothing.  I still have three more days of competition, how am I going to have the energy for it all?

Simply crossing out the day’s activities won’t completely remove those pesky thoughts or make you immune to worrying about the future…but it will help you get better at being present with your thoughts so you can spend more time delivering your full effort and concentration on the next one.  And less time stressing out about things that haven’t happened.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The virtual AGM will take place on Tue June 28 at 7pm. Remember your attendance at the AGM is eligible for one session credit! The sign-up and agenda for the AGM will be available soon on the website.

 

SWIM-A-THON 

The Swimming Canada 2022 nation-wide Swim-A-Thon fundraising campaign is in full swing, and we have set aside Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 as the days when our swimmers will complete their swim of up to 5000 meters (200 lengths of a 25m pool).

Please go to our club link at http://ontarioswimathon.ca/lac and register your swimmer and start spreading the word to family, friends, business colleagues, social contacts and those that support the sport of swimming in our community, province and Canada. Raising funds for the Swim-A-Thon campaign is NOT compulsory, but encouraged. All LAC swimmers are invited to attend.  We have already raised our first $1000!

Swimmers who raise a minimum of $25 will receive a small insulated lunch bag with LAC logo!

Swim-A-Thon Schedule 

Sat Jun 25   Senior Gold/Silver      5:30 - 7:00 AM CGAC

Sat Jun 25   Age Group Gold/Silver  5:30 - 7:30 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26  Senior Bronze 1 & 2    5:30 - 7:30 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26  Age Group Blue/Bronze  7:00 - 9:00 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26  Age Group Orange & Development 2    9:00 - 11:00 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26 Development 1, 3 & 4     11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CGAC

 

HAUCH MEET BELL PRIZES

A Hauch Meet tradition is prizes for bell heat winners. If anyone has fun small prizes they wish to donate that may inspire the swimmers to race a little faster in our Hauch bell heats, please give them to your swimmer's coach, who will in turn pass them off to the Hauch meet management team. Thank you!

 

SUMMER SKILLS CAMP

LAC will be hosting a Summer Skills Camp at Gibbons Pool this summer. This camp is for Age Group and Development swimmers. Current group placement will determine the swimmers’ group for the camp. The cost of the camp is $75 per week. Sign up is available on the LAC website under the "Events" tab, please click on "Job Signup" to reserve your spot. Email Donna at [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

COVID-19 

All LAC swimmers are expected to follow facility regulations in both City of London facilities as well as in facilities in other jurisdictions. Our training and competition protocols and our vaccination policy are based on the latest guidelines from the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), City of London Aquatic Services, Province of Ontario (Reference) and Swim Ontario.  The LAC Board of Directors keeps regular tabs on local health unit directives in this regard, and is making decisions that continue to safeguard our swimmers and families and coaches while still providing optimal training and competition opportunities. Please remain patient as we work cautiously and reasonably through the final weeks (hopefully) of the pandemic

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Next Meets:

LAC – Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational – July 9 to 10 – Thames Pool

Everyone is probably aware by now that Thames Pool is leaking and under repair and so we will be hosting Hauch at CGAC this year.  We will also take advantage of our indoor facility and change the format slightly to have 13 & Over preliminaries in the morning, 12 & Under Timed Finals in the afternoon, and finals in the evening.  I have been taking offers for Senior Officials for a few weeks now but the meet is getting close and I need people to step up.  Sign-ups for minor officials will be posted next week.  

LAC – Just Can’t Stop – Senior SC Time Trial – July 16 to 17 – CGAC

The Time Trial is also at CGAC but this will be short course.  We will be using slightly fewer officials fir this one though.  I need the volunteering to start happening for this one as well.

I am behind on my emails but I should be able to get back on track this weekend.

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". With some of our hosted racing events being cancelled, our Board of Directors has reviewed the Session Credit Policy and unanimously approved a revision to the policy for the rest of the 2021-22 year as follows:

Families of swimmers in Age Group and Senior are required to earn 16 session credits.

Families of returning Development swimmers are required to earn 8 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.

The Session Credit Policy is under the constant scrutiny of the Board of Directors.

 

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 All Tides. 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