MAY 24 2022 - NEWSLETTER 38



Well, not a great start to our first summer schedule, with first a mechanical malfunction at Thames Park then another at Western University! A tentative revised schedule until Thames Park opens has been posted in the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website. Please be patient as we work through the challenges at both facilities. We are hopeful Western will be available again this Thursday, and as soon as Thames Park opens we will begin the summer schedule published last week. 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. Also, parking at Thames Park (when it opens) will be extremely limited due to construction underway on the Ridout St. bridge. 

Thu Jun 2                     NO Senior Gold/Silver pm practice

Fri Jun 3                        NO Senior Gold am practice

Fri Jun 3                        Senior Gold/Silver 3:30 - 4:30 PM THAMES

Fri Jun 3                        Age Group Gold/Silver 5:00 - 6:00 PM CGAC

Sat Jun 4                       Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 - 7:00 AM CGAC

Sat Jun 4                       Senior Gold/Silver 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM THAMES



Reading through the online swim magazine SWIMSWAM there was a lot written about the U.S. 2022 World Championship Trials which happened back in April. One thing that stood out was that, of the 49 swimmers who represented the U.S. in Tokyo at the Olympic Games in 2021, only 22 of them were selected to this summer's World Championships team. That's less than 50%. Of the 27 2021 Olympians who did not make the 2022 Worlds team, 10 of them swam at the Worlds Trials and did not make the grade, while the other 17 did not compete at the Worlds Trials at all. Of those 17, only 5 had announced their retirement.  There are two take-aways here: one is that, even at the very top of the swimming world, there are many twists and turns and disappointments and upsets and even heart-breaks...sometimes life "gets in the way" or an injury occurs or motivation has waned. This is why it's important to stay on an even keel and keep things in perspective and live in the moment. The second take-away is that it doesn't matter what's in the psych sheets or the heat sheets - even an Olympian can be knocked from their lofty perch if they haven't prepared properly or have become too complacent.  Stay focussed on your training and your race preparation and your strategies for eliminating distraction, and perhaps you can knock off the so-called "favourite" on race day!

Belated CONGRATULATIONS to three LAC'ers who have been selected to represent Ontario at upcoming national events: Amaris Peng was one of ten swimmers selected to compete as part of an Ontario tour team that will race at the prestigious Mel Zajac International at the University of British Columbia from June 3-5; and Hannah Burns and Baris Kartoglu, who have been selected to swim for Team Ontario at this summer's Canada Games taking place in St.Catharines in early August.  Well done you three!!!



The MacGregor's Meat Fundraiser was another BIG success, with almost $6000 coming back to the club. Order pick-up will be this Saturday May 28 at 8:30am in the Banting Secondary School parking lot.  All money collected for orders must be e-transferred to [email protected]  - please be sure to include your 'swim family name' and the word 'meat fundraiser' in the comment section of your etransfer. Any questions should be emailed to Nicole Chambers at [email protected]

Swim-a-thon will be taking place on Saturday June 25 at the Thames Park Pool.



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 – Thames Pool

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

Senior Officials – It is not too early to start volunteering to help at the above!

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: