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Swim Meets Oct – Dec 2018 Youth, Youth+, Junior, Senior and Elite

Hi everyone,

We have the following meets coming up.

Please confirm attendance by replying to this email and telling me which meets your swimmer will be attending. Deadline to confirm is OCTOBER 1st.

Swim meets are critical in seeing improvement, development as well as what we need to work on.

  • Oct 27-28 Pickering Sprint Meet
  • Nov 10-11 Norac Home Meet – this is mandatory for all NORAC swimmers
  • Nov 23-24 Belleville Meet
  • December 7-9 Gatineau – qualifying swimmers only, you will be contacted separately if your swimmer has the qualifying times

I will send our meet packages as they become available.

Coach Trish

Empire Cheese Program for 2018-2019 Season

The updated forms for our Empire Cheese program have been added to the Fundraising webpage. You’ll find the latest wholesale price list and order sheet.

This is the schedule of ordering and arrival for this season.  To order, please complete and send back the excel file to me:

Order Due on or Before Order Arrives at JBSC
Sept 16
Oct 14
Sept 20
Oct 18
November Nov 11 Nov 15
December Dec 9 Dec 13
January Jan 13 Jan 17
February Feb 10 Feb 14
March Mar 10 Mar 14
April Apr 7 Apr 11
May May 5 May 9
June June 2 June 6
Please note that Empire cheese is not the most inexpensive cheese, but it is absolutely delicious!  You will pay the market price (price noted on the front of the package) directly to NORAC, and you will receive fundraising credit for 20% of the market price.
Please note that if you get me your order by End of Day Monday Sept 17th, I can quite likely get it in.
Contact Carla with questions at

Fundscrip Info for 2018-2019 Season

It’s time to re-launch the Fundscrip program. Fundscrip is an on-line gift card (groceries, gas, clothing stores, etc.) ordering system that allows you to fundraise for both your family and for NORAC. If you are new to the club or new to the program, please read below and you will find everything you need to know about how Fundscrip works and can benefit your family. The initial set up takes a bit of time but once that’s done, the ordering is very simple.

A: Signup Info – How to get Started

1) Create an account at with the Invitation code: ZLCGBG and password: 123456.
2) Download and fax or email the EFT (electronic funds transfer) form to complete the application.
3) Place your order once your EFT is activated (usually 1-2 days after sending the info)

B: Method of Payment

Please note: I do not recommend using credit cards (they take a 2% cut). It’s also important to know that debit/interac takes longer to process and get your cards. With EFT (electronic funds transfer – see part A) your bank account is debited only on the order date shown and the cards arrive approx. 4 days later. It’s the best way to order.

C: Ordering Logistics

1) There is a .96 delivery charge added to your order. Gift cards are delivered by mail to the address you provide.

2) Each order can be up to $500 (but you can place as many orders as you want).

3) There is a 4 card limit per order.

4) Orders will be processed on the next order day Monday-Thursday. Orders place Thursday to Sunday will be processed on Monday.

5) Typically the orders take 3-4 days to arrive. (I order on Sunday, my cards are processed on Monday and they arrive usually Friday).This can vary slightly depending on Canada Post in your area.

6) EFT is the best way to pay for your order.

D: Fundraising credits

Gift card purchases result in a percentage of a refund. The percentages are shown where the cards are listed on the website. Of the total refund amount, 75% goes to your family’s fundraising and 25% goes to NORAC. (or you could choose to have the entire amount go to NORAC). Every month, I send the totals to the NORAC administration to be applied to your family account so all you have to do is purchase the gift cards.

For example:

Presidents choice (3%) x $1000 = $30

$30 x 75% = $22.50 (your fundraising credit)

$30x 25% = $7.50 (NORAC fundraising)

E: Questions?

If you are dedicated to the program you can do really well. Your relatives can also sign up so you can earn even more. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the program.

Helen Patterson

Pepperoni Sticks at Registration!

Wanna get started right away?
Pepperoni sticks will be available during registration for those families who are eager to begin earning family participation points.
Thank you very much,Cathryn

Pre-Season Training Info!

Hi everyone,

As pre-season begins next week (Aug 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 from 5-7) I would like the swimmers to come with running shoes and shorts as we are going to do some “activites” as well as swim on those days.

Thank you, I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and getting the season started!

Any questions, please let me know!

Coach Trish

NORAC Coaching staff 2018/19 Season

Hi everyone,

I am very excited to announce our new coaching staff for the 2018/19 season.

I have hired 3 new coaches for the upcoming season in order to move the club to the next level. Our new coaches will be assisting me as well as supervising swim school instructors.

I will be overseeing all of the training for Norac and I will be attending all practices in the short term. Due to new Swim Ontario rules, coaches must have their NLS and be Certified NCCP level 1 in order to supervise training. Final coaching assignments will be advised later in the season.

Please join me in welcoming the new Norac coaches!

Sarah Teno

Sarah was born, raised and continues to live in Port Hope. She began swimming competitively with the Northumberland Aquatic Club at the age of 11. During this period, Sarah was an active instructor of the Swim School program. In 2015, Sarah’s time as a competitive swimmer came to an end when she went on to post-secondary; however, her passion for swimming did not die. She is a level one certified coach.

Sarah fosters a positive and accepting environment where swimmers have the opportunity to reach their max potential.

Darren Fang

Darren was a competitive swimmer and water polo player in China. He has been learning about the Canadian way of coaching as a volunteer coach at the Whitby Dolphins swim club. Darren is very excited to be a part of Norac and he will bring a combination of what he learned as a swimmer in China and as a Canadian coach to our program. Darren is NCCP level 1 trained and he is working on becoming a certified level 1 coach.

Ashley Olsen

Ashley started swimming with the Y waves in Cobourg, joined the St. Mary’s Swim Team in high school and swam with the Dalhousie Masters Swim team. She joined NORAC to keep up her swimming while in high school.

Ashley looks forward to coaching others and passing on her knowledge and to develop their passion for swimming.

She has her NLS, and her instructors, her waterfront NLS and her lifesaving society instructors certification. She is also an Aquatic Specialist at the YMCA of Central East Ontario with her Advanced Instructors, Aquatic Supervisory Training, Standard First Aid-C instructors, examiners clinic and currently working towards her Lifesaving Society examiners. Ashley plans to attend her NCCP level one course this Fall.

If you have any questions, please direct them to me.

Thanks, Coach Trish

Swim Officials Clinics in Markham on October 6, 2018

I am forwarding this notice to you regarding the upcoming CR Officials Clinics
to be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Markham Pan AM Centre ( close to Kennedy Road and Hwy 7)

  • Markham Pan Am Centre
  • 16 Main Street, Unionville, ON
  • (Close to Kennedy Road & Hwy 7)

This semi-annual set of regional Officials Clinics to be presented will help to start Officials off in the new 2018-19 swim season with training to work at swim meets in on-deck positions.

Clinics will be available for Registration for the attendees (mandatory pre-Registration) to be completed with Registrations to be sent BEFORE September 28th by email to including name of clinic to attend and registrant/attendee name and affiliated club to be included in the email text.

There will be 5 clinics presented concurrently in the morning and another 5 clinics presented concurrently in the afternoon on Oct.6. You can only attend one clinic per time slot. The classroom allocations are filled for each of the CR Officials Clinics on Oct.6, the registration will be closed for certain officials clinics.

A reminder to Level 3, 4 & 5 officials , it is recommended to attend the referee clinic every two years to ensure referees are up-to-date with current rules and regulations.

Please forward the email and attachments to your CR Club Officials and also to new club Officials considering taking Intro. Timekeeper Clinic.

Please bring your own water bottle.There are two filling stations and fountains in the hallway on the ground floor and the 2nd floor.

Parking is free but limited. There is the overflow parking to the South West of facility that will be available.

Extra parking space will be available at Unionville Go Station 7970 Kennedy Road.

If any of you included as COC are no longer the Club Officials Chair, then please forward this email to the new COC for your Club, so that they can reply to me and confirm their contact info.

If any of you are no longer active as an Official then please also let me know and I will remove you from future email distributions.



Central Region Officials Representative

NORAC Volunteers needed for Special Needs Swim School

Hi Everyone,

Planning is well underway for next season. We have an opportunity for volunteers to help out with our new Special Needs Swim School to be held Friday evenings from 5:00-6:00pm. This is strictly a Volunteer only position, swimmers and parents are all welcome to Volunteer.

Please let me know if you have any time to help us with this very rewarding volunteer experience.

Coach Trish

Swim School Sponsorships

I will be at the pool tonight between 5 & 7 with Swim School Sponsorship packages. If anyone is able to make a personal contact with a local company that may be willing to sponsor our Swim School program, that would be greatly appreciated. I’ve personally collected 2 new and 1 returning sponsor already. Have a look at the Sponsor page to see the photo that was presented to each of our sponsors this year. The kids are so proud of their t-shirts! If every family was able to distribute even just 1 package and if only 10% of those signed up with us, we’d have 5 more sponsors!

Thanks for your help!