JUNE 21 2022 - NEWSLETTER 42



Our 2nd summer schedule, to start on June 29 and run until July 8, has been posted in the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website.  Thames Park will not be open at all this summer and Paul Hauch swim meet will be 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. 



Congratulations to our swimmers who raced last weekend at the Ontario 13/Under Festival in Etobicoke and the Ontario Youth/Juniors in Markham. Under at times challenging conditions our swimmers rose to every occasion, with lots of great performances at both meets. Special shout-outs to first-time Canadian Senior and Junior National qualifier Jacquie Chambers and first-time All-Time Top 10 performer Lauren Stokley, as well as to our medalists at both meets: Arthur Pinto (3G,2S), Luke Degiorgio (1G,1S,1B), Jacquie Chambers (1G), Isabelle Burton (1S), and Patrick Malone (1B). And special congratulations to those of you who competed at the provincial level for the very first time!

Last week we talked about how Caleb Dressel, at the Tokyo Olympics, wrote down his very busy schedule on a piece of paper and at the end of each day would cross off the events he had completed. We talked about why this strategy, writing things down and crossing them off, helped him stay mentally in place, not looking back and not looking forward, taking things one day and one swim at a time. Another reason this is a good strategy is because it provides visual feedback on your progress.  There are lots of better-than-average reasons to write out your swim workouts, and a biggie is seeing progress on paper. (Dressel does this as well, having kept a detailed logbook since he was in high school).  Each day, when Dressel crossed out a swim or a session, it was like a progress bar for a download or an app installation, steadily marching to completion.  There’s a reason that smartphones, apps, websites, and screens use progress bars (or spinny wheels, rotating egg timers, etc)—because they help you better perceive the task you have to complete.  After all, if you see that you are making progress, and if you can see the progress bar chugging along, you are going to keep going!



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


SWIM-A-THON - Total Raised to Date: $4350 let's keep it going! - DONATION DEADLINE: JUN 23  - the website will be closed after this date.

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 – All swimmers are welcome to attend!

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



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!



We have been lucky to have had many swim meets this year with lots of fun with team mates/friends and many accomplishments. While all the excitement is fresh in our memories, we are asking families to send pictures from this swim season that they may like to be included in the slideshow for the banquet next year. We love looking back at the fun and the celebrations. Please send any pictures to Cara Maar at [email protected]



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.



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



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



Next Meets:

LAC – Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational – July 9 to 10 – CGAC

I am definitely looking for Senior Officials now as I really do not have many yet at all.  Actually, I have more non-LAC offers at the moment.  If you are planning on working senior positions at any of the 6 sessions, or were not planning on it, but are willing to help, could you please email me with ‘Hauch’ in the subject and the sessions and positions that you are interested in working, in the body of the email.  Sign-ups for minor officials are posted . . . but without the senior officials, there will be no meet.

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 for this one though with us only using 4 lanes.  I need the volunteering to start happening for this one as well.  For senior officials email me with “Just Can’t Stop” in the subject and the sessions and positions that you are interested in working, in the body of the email.  Sign-ups for minor officials will be posted next week.

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.



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.



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