MARCH 29, 2022 - NEWSLETTER 30



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. 

Development swimmers will receive an email with Easter weekend workout changes from Coach Kim, all other groups will have regular scheduled workouts.

Regular practice on Easter Monday April 18.



Here's another message from Dr.Keith Bell, author of the awesome book "Winning Isn't Normal".

FAST IS A MATTER OF TIME - Your best times are not fast. They're not fast for you. The world records are not the ultimate swims. Every event can, and will, be swum much faster. Your biggest barrier to swimming faster is thinking that your best times, your goals, the LAC club records, or even the world records, are fast. If you think they are fast, it makes them much tougher to attain. You need to be open to the reality that you can go much faster than you think you can. Thinking a time is fast is extremely limiting!  And what do we know about what's fast? NOTHING! Our conception of fast changes with every milestone reached. there's a limiting word...mile - STONE. It sounds hard and impenetrable. What seemed fast yesterday isn't so fast today. Certainly, what seemed fast 10 years ago doesn't seem fast today. And what seems fast today won't be considered fast a few years from now. You need to realize that. You need to stop being impressed so easily.  Start thinking ahead of your time. Start telling yourself today's times are SLOW! Start thinking about tomorrow's times - then training to do them!



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) as well as directives from City of London Aquatic Services and our provincial sport organization Swim Ontario.  

Despite the recent 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.



Our most recent team order has arrived and items will be distributed this week. 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: Thank you everyone!  As usual this year, the minor official positions have filled up quickly!  If your situation changes and you cannot make it, please do remove your sign-up or, if the sign-ups are locked, then please email [email protected] to let them know.  If you are a timer and could not get a spot, when you drop off your swimmer for warm-up stop by the official’s room and see if any timers are needed.  If I do not get enough senior officials, I MAY be looking for spare timers.

Pentathlon Senior Officials: I have only had a few people contact me and now I am getting nervous, since so many people will be in Windsor on the day of our meet.  If you are qualified and interested in a senior position, please email me ASAP 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 jobs 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.  This is a long course meet and we really should have Stroke Judges, the officials who walk along the side of the pool so, if you are Strokes and Turns Qualified, were unable to get a spot, and don’t mind walking, do let me know.    

Official Accounts: Wow!  A landmark moment!  We have 243 active officials and for the first time this season, maybe ever, EVERY active official has updated their accounts and completed their consent forms!  You have no idea how exciting this is for me!  Thank you!

That said, if you are hoping to volunteer this season or take clinics, and you do not have one, you are going to need 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: