MARCH 22, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 29



No workouts on Sunday April 10 at CGAC due to the Pentathlon.

No workouts on Good Friday April 15 except for swimmers going to the Eastern Canadian Championships. 

Regular practice on Easter Monday April 18.



Congratulations to everyone who raced in Brantford last weekend. For almost all of you it was your first competition in the 50m pool in 2 years!!! And everyone did very well. Racing for the rest of the year is going to be in the 50m pool - remember there is twice as much swimming and half as much turning in the 50m as opposed to the 25m pool, and your attention in practice to your "clean" swimming technique becomes very important - your distance per stroke, your line on and through the water, really thinking about holding good technique and a good stroke rate at the end of that really tough set! The turns are still important - since there are half as many in the 50m pool you should think about trying to get twice as good at them! We are still in a situation where our pool access remains less than optimal, and this means practice in the 50m pool is unfortunately limited, but this does NOT mean you cannot race really fast in the 50m pool, as long as you are thinking about great technique when you are fatigued. One more thing about "short course" versus "long course" racing...they are "apples and oranges", so do not get bogged down in trying to compare your times in the 25m pool with your times in the 50m pool. Swimming is not about "conversions" and mathematics, it is about bringing your very best effort to whatever you are undertaking, regardless of the conditions: short course - long course, prelims - finals, morning - night, indoors - outdoors, best event - worst event...bring your very best effort and you will realize success.

Special congratulations to first-time Eastern Canadian Championship qualifier Abduallah El Tatawy.



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.

Despite the provincial government directive that face masks are no longer required in public spaces, we are mandating and will continue to enforce mask-wearing at all practices and competitions by all LAC coaches and swimmers, as well as by all volunteers working in an official capacity at our hosted swim meets, for the foreseeable future.

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.



Our most recent team order should be arriving soon. If you have any questions please email All Tides [email protected] 



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



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

Pentathlon Minor Officials: Sign-ups for Timers and Judges of Strokes and Turns will be posted this week.  Judges of Strokes and Turns MUST have the Strokes and Turns Clinic prior to the meet.  See below for available clinic and I will do my best to host a Strokes and Turns Clinic prior to the meet.

Pentathlon Senior Officials: I have already had a few requests. Please email me at [email protected] with ‘Pentathlon’ in the subject, the name of the official, the preferred job(s), and the session(s) that you are available to work.  Most senior official job require the clinic for the job.  The exceptions are Marshals, the ones who assemble heats, down at the shallow end, and timing system operator.  Both of these can  be learned on the job.

Officiating Clinics: I will be hosting more clinics soon.  In the meantime, it is important to know that Swim Ontario is encouraging clubs to open their clinics to others and some clubs are actively doing that.  I encourage you to try this, particularly those clinics being hosted by Western Region Clubs and presented via Zoom.  There is a series available now for sign-up and shared by clubs in the greater Cambridge area.  See instructions below and look for Zoom clinics.  Signing up as instructed below should send a notification to us that you attended, once your attendance is confirmed.  You require a Swim Canada Official account to log-in and sign-up.  Online clinics can also be taken using the education portal.

Clinic Registrations are now open on the education portal.   Officials may register for clinics by:

Go to
Click on Officials in the left hand column
Choose “Member Login” and enter their Official Account’s username and password.
On the top row choose “Clinics”
Find the clinic(s) you would like to take can click the “Register” button.
Scroll to the bottom and clinic “Register” again to confirm.

Session credits are given for Ontario clinics attended the first time: in person, via Zoom (with LAC or another club), online, or via a Swim Ontario webinar.

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.



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.



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: