MAY 31 2022 - NEWSLETTER 39



Our temporary revised training schedule until Thames Park opens has been posted in the "SCHEDULES" tab on the website.  As soon as Thames Park opens, which is looking like July 1, we will publish a new training schedule. 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

Thu Jun 2                     Age Group Gold 4:30 - 5:30 pm only

Fri Jun 3                        NO Senior Gold am practice

Fri Jun 3                        Senior Gold/Silver 4:00-5:00pm CGAC

Fri Jun 3                        Age Group Gold/Silver 5:00 - 6:00 PM CGAC (AGG No dryland)

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

Sat Jun 4                       Senior Gold/Silver 5:30-7:00am CGAC



Here's another installment from Olivier Poirier-Leroy - it's called "Why I Swim":

For a lot of us swimming is beyond being just a sport. With the amount of time we invest at the pool it becomes something larger than a hobby or a way to stay in shape. It becomes part of our identity, part of our lives, part of who we are.  There are an endless number of reasons why I swim. Here are just a few of them:

It reminds me that anything worth having requires hard work. Swimming is a no-lie sport. You swim your butt off, look at the scoreboard and there is the result. There are no judges, no marks on technical merit or style, just the truthful, cold, digital numbers on the clock. There are no substitutions, no teammate to make up for your lackluster performance, no one to look to when things go poorly. The precise nature of the results in competition – and more notably, training – means that we can visibly see and feel progress as we improve, and can correlate the work we put in with the results we receive.

It reminds me to continually expand my horizons. I cannot count how many times coaches over the years dropped a gauntlet of a set, something that never in my wildest imagination would I think could survive, let alone complete. (We can be so melodramatic when those tough sets get scrawled up on the whiteboard.) But then what happens? You not only finish the set—but you leave the pool with a little pep in your step and a renewed sense of self-belief.

A good workout clears the mind. That feeling I just described? About feeling awesome about yourself after an awesome workout? Yeah, that. When we are pounding out a hard workout, our bodies recognize this as a moment of intense stress, and in response sprinkles a protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) all over your noodle. What does BDNF do? Improves the function of neurons and encourages new neuron growth. Which explains why you feel clear-headed and happy after a big workout. There are obviously a lot of physical health benefits to swimming lengths, but it’s the mental ones that I notice most on a daily basis.

It’s where I go to meditate. No matter what is going on outside the pool, for an hour or two I can unplug from everything. Whether it is work or school stress, conflict and drama with the people in our lives, whatever it is—swimming gives you the opportunity to shut it out. No cell phone, no social media, no nothing – just you and the black line.

I swim because there is a chance to be extraordinary. What extraordinary means for each of us is completely different. For some, it is to swim butterfly for 200 meters non-stop and not have their stroke collapse, for others it is to swim collegiately, and others, to grace the podium in international competition. I swim because it’s an opportunity to challenge myself, to fight through pain and discomfort and emerge on the other side stronger and tougher.

That is why I swim.  Think about some reasons why you show up every day and pound out the meters? 

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend, whether our 75 swimmers in Windsor at the WOSA Regional Championships, or our 20 swimmers at the Age Group International in Etobicoke.



The MacGregor's Meat Fundraiser was another BIG success, with almost $6000 coming back to the club. Thank you everyone who participated and thank you to Nicole Chambers for overseeing the campaign and to her and her team who helped with the delivery of the orders.



We are excited to let you know the Swimming Canada 2022 nation-wide Swim-A-Thon fundraising campaign is in full swing, and we have set aside Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 as the days when our swimmers will complete their 5000 meters (200 lengths of a 25m pool).

Please go to our club link at and register your swimmer and start spreading the word to family, friends, business colleagues, social contacts and those that support the sport of swimming in our community, province and Canada. Raising funds for the Swim-A-Thon campaign is NOT compulsory, but encouraged. All LAC swimmers are invited to attend.

Swim-A-Thon Schedule 

Sat Jun 25   Senior Gold/Silver      5:30 - 7:00 AM CGAC

Sat Jun 25   Age Group Gold/Silver  5:30 - 7:30 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26  Senior Bronze 1 & 2    5:30 - 7:30 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26  Age Group Blue/Bronze  7:00 - 9:00 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26  Age Group Orange & Development 2    9:00 - 11:00 AM CGAC

Sun Jun 26 Development 1, 3 & 4     11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CGAC



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]



If you have tried to contact me and I have not responded, I have been away.  I will be catching up this week.

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 – I will happily receive your offers to help at the above meets!

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: