May 3 2022 - NEWSLETTER 35


WORKOUT CHANGES - a new practice schedule is being finalized to start on Tue May 24, including additional pool time at Western University and the Thames Park outdoor pool. The finishing touches are being put on this schedule, and it will be posted in the website "Schedules" tab soon.

A polite reminder from City of London Aquatic Services that the parking spots to the west of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre entrance designated for those with disabilities are NOT to be used for swimmer drop-off or pick-up. There are patrons with disabilities in current lesson programs whose families require those spots, and the City asks on their behalf that you respect their special needs. 



Handling Distractions On Race Day (Part II) - from Olivier Poirier Leroy

A huge part of success in the water is the ability to stay focussed on you and only you.  At face value, the process of swimming your best on race day is relatively simple: 1)show up to the pool  2)warm-up properly  3)step up to the blocks  4)give a 100% effort in the water  5)smash PB.   The process is simple, right?

Well, actually... there is a tidal wave of distractions, both internal and external, that can flow your way, if you let them!  Last week we talked about how having a plan for race day helps you gain confidence as you follow each step of your plan and how it gives you something controllable to focus on that helps keep distractions at bay.  This week, the message is "Be water, my friend."

The good news about distractions is that they are an equal-opportunity force. Every swimmer on the pool deck is experiencing the same thoughts, worries, and lapses in focus and concentration.  Adversity, surprises, and distractions happen to us all. Goggles leak. Competitors shine. Coaches drop us from the relay. But the swimmer who is able to push through and succeed in the face of pressure and distractions is the one who handles distractions properly. Have a disciplined approach to your preparation and game plan, but don’t be so anchored to them that the slightest deviation causes your concentration and confidence to implode. Think of the parable of "MAYBE." And think about the Canadian National Team competition principles: Professional - Focussed - Relaxed - Adapable - No Drama. Keep a little "zen" in your con-zen-tration!

Belated CONGRATULATIONS to first time All-Time Top 10 Performer Connor Maloney. And also to 15-17 girls 400 medley relay club record setters from Eastern Canadian Championships Siporah, Amaris, Heidi and Lauren.



LAC will be hosting a Summer Skills Camp at Gibbons Pool this summer. Spots are limited to one week per swimmer until May 6 and then open spots will be available for further sign ups. 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.



The MacGregor's Meat Fundraiser deadline to submit orders is Sunday May 22 and order pick-up will be Saturday May 28 at 9am in the Banting parking lot. Please remember your seller order form to summarize total orders and money raised must be submitted to [email protected] by Sunday May 22 and 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. 

The following products have been discontinued: #14702 top sirloin steak 6 pc for $39.00 and #77182 stuffed breaded chicken cutlet 12 pcs for $37. There have no substitutes at this time.

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.



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 – Hollandia Spring Invitational – May 12 to 15 – CGAC

LAC – Blooming Talent - Development Time Trial – May 12 Evening – CGAC

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

Our next meet is just over 1 week away!  To help at any meet  or receive a session credit for a clinic taken the first time you need a filled out Swimming Canada Officials account.  If you need accounts then send me the Name, Age, Gender and Email address for everyone who wants to help.    

Anyone with a completed account can be a Timer or a Heat Marshal. Everything else requires a clinic, including Safety Marshal.  As long as you will have the required clinic before the meet then you can sign up for the position. 

Hollandia and Dev TT Minor Officials: Job sign-ups are posted and sign-ups are looking pretty good with the exception of the daytime sessions on Thursday and Friday.  We still need officials to run those sessions.  We could use your help!  We also need people to prepare awards for a few sessions. 1 name per line please and include the name of the person doing THAT job.    

Hollandia and Dev TT Senior Officials: First off, thank you if you have emailed me to volunteer.  I am working on the assignments and will get back as soon as I can.  If you are interested in trying a senior official job, please email me, with the official’s name, the jobs they are interested in, and the sessions that they are available to work.  Please include the name of the meet in the subject.  There are 11 sessions in the May 12 – 15 meets.  There are many jobs available.     

Upcoming Clinics:  

Wed May 4 – Clerk Of The Course – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Zoom

Fri May 6 – Judge of Strokes and Turns – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM – CGAC – Entry Level Meeting Room

Sat May 7 – Intro/Safety Marshal – 10:00 AM to Noon - Zoom

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: