LAKESHORE SWIM CLUB ...established 1930, Toronto, Canada

 

Lakeshore Swim Club Parent Central

Correction No. 1: Please note that the dates for Marilyn Bell Swim Classic in the email on August 31st were incorrect. The corrected dates are listed below. Apologies for the error.

Dear Lakeshore Swim Club families,

It’s here - Labour Day Weekend - the official end to summer festivities. I hope everyone has had a great time, and that you have a fun weekend ahead of you.

We are just a few days from the official start of Lakeshore Swim Club’s 90th season, and we would like to bring a few things to your attention and answer some questions that have come up recently. Your Coaches and the Board of Directors have been hard at work preparing for a fantastic season, and are proud to announce a number of exciting enhancements on on-deck, administrative, and logistical fronts.

Please see below for full details. There is a lot of information here - apologies in advance for the length. This email will be posted on the Parent Info page of our website immediately for future reference. 

Welcome New & Returning Members

On behalf of the Coaches and Board of Directors, we would like to welcome our new families to the competitive program at Lakeshore Swim Club, and welcome back our returning families. LSC consists of 95 families, 5 coaches, and a few support staff. This year we are starting the season at 97.5% capacity for the first time in many years.  

We are thrilled to welcome 24 new members into our competitive program this season, so please be sure to introduce yourselves to one another and make our new members feel welcome and comfortable in our cherished family-oriented atmosphere at LSC.

Season Start Dates

The season officially kicks off on September 9th, with our Senior and Lakeshore Performance programs running a special reduced schedule for the first two weeks while they ramp up to their full, very busy, practice schedules.  Our C1, C2, C3 and Fundamentals programs start the week of September 16th with the full schedule right away.

Full practice schedule information is available on our website under Swimmer Info > Practice Schedules here.

Coaches Introduction and Contact Information

As Head Coach Eric had announced earlier this summer, Coaches Eric, Lachlan and Sarah are returning this season, and we will be joined by Donna Ramsbottom-Reed and Charlotte Reed.  Please join me in once again welcoming our new coaches. For full bios and handy head shots, please visit the About > Coaches section of our website here.

On-deck coaching staff:

  • Lakeshore Performance: Eric
  • Senior: Eric with Lachlan & Donna
  • Comp 1: Lachlan & Charlotte
  • Comp 2: Lachlan & Charlotte
  • Comp 3: Sarah & Donna
  • Fundamentals: Sarah & Donna

Coaches will be sending out a welcome communication to members in the next few days.

Fees

LSC is simplifying our fee payment and escrow account systems this season. A complete explanation was sent out earlier today from our treasurer. In the next few hours the first invoice will arrive.  You can always refer the Parent Info > Fees page of our website for complete details.

Practice Schedules

The practice schedules for all competitive programs are available on our website under Swimmer Info > Practice Schedule.

The Website

Our website, lakeshoreswimclub.com, is our primary resource for reference information for our members. It has been updated with the latest information and it changes frequently.

The website is powered by a swim team management platform called Team Unify, and we use it for numerous purposes, including:

  • Swim meet schedules
  • Swim meet commitments / entries
  • Practice schedules
  • Job sign-up forms for hosted meets
  • Sign up for officiating duties
  • Fee / account management and tracking
  • Special event sign-up
  • Email management

You will need to log in to view and access most features.

LSC also relies on email regularly for announcements and last-minute changes like pool closures and schedule changes, so be sure to keep your email information current in your Team Unify account.

Carpools

Carpool planning can be a real challenge for swimming families. With so many new members this season, the complexity of this challenge will reach a new high. In response, LSC will be launching a carpool planning program centred around a mobile app built for this purpose. Details will be sent by email and posted on the website in the next couple of days. 

Equipment & Apparel

We have changed our apparel supplier this season and have updated some of the requirements. Complete details including required and optional equipment lists and try-on and ordering information can be found on the Parent Info > Equipment & Apparel page of our website.

Upcoming Swim Meets

Coach Eric has posted this year’s meet schedule under the Swimmer Info > Meet Schedule section on the website.

These events will also be posted to the events page and will be open soon for you to confirm your swimmer’s commitment. Although attendance is not compulsory at all swim meets, the coaches strongly recommend that swimmers attend all meets that are requested by the coach. The meet schedule includes a chart showing which groups are scheduled to attend.

It is important for swimmers to have a planned schedule of swim meets to ensure their performance and improvements are being tracked and measured. 

The coaches will indicate what the key objectives are prior to each swim meet.

LSC Hosted Meets

Lakeshore Swim Club will be hosting two major events and running one in-house time trial as follows

  • LSC Blue vs Yellow Sunday September 29th @ Etobicoke Olympium
  • Gus Ryder Memorial Cup October 25-27 @ Etobicoke Olympium
  • Marilyn Bell Swim Classic April 17-19 (UPDATED) @ Etobicoke Olympium

Reserve these dates in your calendar, as we will need all hands on deck to run successful meets.  More details regarding our hosted meets will be presented at this year’s AGM.

Officials Clinics

If you are new to officiating, you must take the Introduction to Officiating (i.e. timer & safety) clinic in order to work on deck as a timer.

Our veteran LSC parents will run a number of clinics throughout the season in order to get you ready for our first meet at the end of September.  Details will be provided soon.

Board of Directors

LSC’s board is comprised of 9 members,  who sign up for a 2-year term.  4 or 5 members are elected each year. We currently have one vacancy, and elections will be held at our upcoming AGM.  If you are considering joining our Board, please feel free to talk to any current member about what’s involved, time commitments, etc. Details on the nomination and election process will be provided soon.  Current board members are as follows:

  • Tony Field, President
  • Lee Fairclough, Treasurer
  • Glenn Wilson, Secretary
  • Gretchen Evans, Registrar
  • Ted Endean, Director
  • Liane Hunt, Director
  • Crystal Rasa, Director
  • Dragan Zuvela, Director

Contact information and further details about the LSC Board can be found on our website under About > Board of Directors

Lakeshore Swim Club AGM

The Lakeshore Swim Club Annual General Meeting is a mandatory meeting held in the early fall each season. At least one parent from each family is expected to attend. It includes a club orientation, information about volunteer commitments, details about initiatives, on-deck direction, and programs, as well as the election of our board members.

The date and location will be announced in the coming days. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

That’s it for now. There are a couple of other initiatives that are in the works that we hope to announce shortly - stay tuned. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and we will see you in a couple of weeks. Go LSC!

Sincerely,
LSC Coaches & Board of Directors