MARCH 1, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 26

 

WORKOUT CHANGES

The March Break practice schedule for the week of March 14-20 is posted in the "SCHEDULES" tab of the website. We are excited to announce that some of our March Break practices will be at the brand new East Lions Community Centre! It's very important for us to get "our foot in the door" over there, so if it takes you a little extra time to get your swimmer(s) to that venue, take the extra time to be grateful that we have access to another pool and more water time! If you have any questions about the practice schedule, please direct them to your swimmer's primary group coach. 

 

COACHES REPORT

CONGRATULATIONS to all swimmers on some outstanding racing last weekend, at both the Friday night Frigid & Fast time trial and during the Sat-Sun February Freeze! The only thing that was cold last weekend was the outside temperature...the LAC performances were pretty darn HOT!!! This is especially impressive given the fact that almost everyone had less than 5 weeks of training under their belts after the 5 week Dec-Jan lockdown. A couple of observations on this: 1)clearly the training everyone put in between Sept-Dec was very productive - the technical and fitness and speed improvements you made in the fall training cycle were barely impacted by the 5 weeks of "de-training" that were forced upon you  2)this must mean that the dryland training you did in that 5 week "dry" period was outstanding - you all have Coaches Cassie and Gabbi and your Development coaches to thank for that  3)and finally, if your results weren't quite what you expected...as always...it's OK. This was simply a chance to polish off your racing skills - hopefully you're even more motivated to continue your terrific training in anticipation of future great performances. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A BEST TIME TO BE A GOOD SWIM!  Every time you race you become a more experienced racer. As Super-Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady said: "It's OK to lose the game as long as you learn from it!" As long as you are learning something from every race, you are a winner!

Special congratulations to HANNAH BURNS, who on Sunday established a PARA CANADIAN RECORD in the 200m backstroke in the S5 disability class, smashing the old record by 13 seconds!  And to first-time WOSA Regional Championship qualifiers Nolan Biliski, Lauren Gracey, Julia Geurten and Garrett Haveman. And finally to first-time Provincial Festival qualifier Lauren Stokley.

Also, from all the coaches and swimmers, thanks to our amazing team of volunteer parents for your time and energy and enthusiasm. LAC-hosted meets are very highly regarded and clubs are very keen to participate in them - our hosted meets are only as good as the people who make them happen...we are very grateful for our amazing army of volunteers, and our equally amazing leadership team at the meet management level.

 

COVID-19 

The following was communicated yesterday by City of London Aquatic Services to all aquatic clubs using CGAC:

Effective tomorrow we will no longer require athletes, parents and spectators to show proof of their vaccination status upon entry.  In addition, we will no longer be actively screening at the front door – instead this will move to passive screening which on our part includes posting a sign at the front door providing information to individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering.

The staff we have scheduled into these screening shifts will continue for this week as we make this transition and to help answer any questions individuals may have upon entering, though by the end of this week they will likely no longer be present at the front door.

Our training and competition protocols are based on the latest guidelines from the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) as well as directives from City of London Aquatic Services and our provincial sport organization Swim Ontario.  Our vaccination policy is also based on MLHU and City of London directives with the exception of those swimmers born in 2010 or later, who must be fully vaccinated by March 1 2022 in order to continue participating in LAC programming.

Close contacts to positive cases in the practice setting are deemed to be 1) those swimmers swimming in the same lane from the same end as the swimmer who has symptoms or has tested positive  and 2) those swimmers swimming in the adjacent lane(s) from the same end as the swimmer who has symptoms or has tested positive.  Close contacts and their parents will be notified by the primary group coach and advised to follow MLHU guidelines.

All LAC swimmers are expected to follow facility regulations in both City of London facilities as well as in facilities in other jurisdictions. Swimmers during practices or competition who do not comply with COVID protocols & procedures as directed by LAC coaches and/or facility staff may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

ALL TIDES SPIRIT WEAR

Our most recent team order will take approximately 4 weeks to process and ship. If you have any questions please email All Tides [email protected] 

 

SWIMMER ACCOUNTS

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

 

BOARD of DIRECTORS POSITIONS

If you are interested in joining the LAC Board for the 2022-23 swim year please contact the nomination committee by emailing Donna at [email protected]

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Thank you Volunteers: Based on the feedback I heard, the Frigid and Fast Time Trial and the February Freeze were both outstanding successes, for everyone involved!  On behalf of our Meet Managers Kristin Daley, Christie Thomas, and Brad Sales I want to thank all of the volunteers who gave their time, and growing expertise, to make these events a success!  We could not do this without each and every one of you! 

Next Meets:

LAC – Long Course Pentathlon – April 10 - CGAC

LAC – Hollandia Spring Invitational – May 12 to 15  - CGAC

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

Officiating Clinics: I will be hosting more clinics soon but for now I am taking a short break, from the clinics while I begin getting the Meet Managers for the upcoming meets started, but expect to see more clinics between now and Hollandia.

Official Accounts: This is a reminder to those who still do not have one.  If you are planning to work at meets then you MUST have an official account.  This is different than the swimmer registration account.  EVERY volunteer at a meet MUST have their own account with the consents completed to participate in any way at a meet.  If you need an account, please email me at [email protected] with the name, gender, and email address for each official needing an account.   

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 LAC Board will continue to review the Session Credit Policy as the year progresses.

 

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