NORAC News Feed

Jan 19 & 20, 2019 Mallards Long Course Meet

Hi everyone,

We will be attending the 2019 Mallards Winter LC Winter Invitational Jan 19-20th. This is our first opportunity to swim Long Course this season. For those of you who don’t know, this is in a 50 metre pool so it is quite challenging as there are not as many turns in each event. As the swimmers get older, more and more events will be in Long Course, so this is a great learning opportunity. The event will take place at the Markham Pan Am pool.

We will be attending the Saturday and Sunday only. 12 and under have timed finals, 13 and up will have finals for 100 events and 50 free on Saturday, all other events will be timed finals. Sunday will be timed finals for all events. We will swim 4 events per day and relays if possible.

The cost for this will be $50 per day. Please let me know by Friday December 22nd if your swimmer is attending and please send the meet fees to Annette by December 22nd as well.

Thank you for following the deadlines, it makes organizing these meets much better.

Coach Trish


Dec 9 Fundraising Event at Ten Thousand Villages

Greetings Norac Families!

Please join me for a one of a kind shopping experience.

When: Sunday, December 9th, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Ten Thousand Villages, 16 King St. W., Cobourg

You will find unique, hand made gifts from around the world, beautiful gifts with meaning and made with love! There is something for everyone, from delicious coffee and chocolate, to festive ornaments and cards, to handcrafted soaps and jewellery, warm woollen mitts, wraps, scarves, socks, puzzles, decorative woven baskets and bowls and so much more!

A special added bonus for shopping that day includes a 10% commission on our sales! What a great opportunity to keep our registration costs down while supporting our local economy and community

Prepare to have fun! Gather up your family and friends and experience retail the old fashioned way….I dare ya!

The count down is on!

See you soon, Cathryn

Xmas Training Schedule

Christmas training schedule: No practice December 22 – 26 inclusive. All groups can train December 27, 28, January 2,3,4 from 9:30-11:00. No practice Saturday January 5th.

Important News from Coach Trish

There will be no elite training on Thursday December 6th from 3-5pm and no Senior, Elite, Masters training on Saturday December 8th.
Abby Teno will be competing at the Ontario Junior International swim meet December 14-16 at the Toronto Pan Am pool if anyone is interested in cheering her on let Coach Trish know. This is a very fast meet and a great opportunity for Abby and a great opportunity for our Norac swimmers to see some fast swimming. Here is the meet package:
Christmas training schedule No practice December 22 – 26 inclusive. All groups can train December 27, 28, January 2,3,4 from 9:30-11:00. No practice Saturday January 5th.
Coach Trish

Nov 18 Xmas Party Reminder

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that this Sunday, November 18/18 is the NORAC Christmas Party. The time is from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Port Hope Rec Centre, 62 McCaul Street. If you would like to earn an extra 20 Family Participation points, I will need help setting up table and chairs for the party and cleaning up and putting the table and chairs away. Please be there at 1:30 if you wish to help set up. Don’t forget your Family Participation Point Sheet!

Parents please bring a snack to share with the rest of the swimmers. Swimmers, don’t forget to bring your Secret Santa gifts. If you aren’t going to the party, please bring your gift in this week to the pool, and give it to Trish or Sarah to bring to the party.

As I mentioned in my previous email, we will be accepting donations either monetary, gift cards or gifts for the Giving Tree. Find full details on the Giving Tree effort.


Debbie Jones, Social Director


Michelle received several request yesterday for a NORAC winter toque. She spoke with Dave at Sommerville’s today and he can get one for us for $10. It will be a black toque with the NORAC “N” in a circle. Not the full logo as it’s too big. If you’re interested in ordering one, email Michelle at before Friday and send payment to me, Annette, by etransfer.



Parents Event at NORAC Meet

Hello Parents!

As Annette mentioned yesterday, we have had a brilliant idea from one of our swim parents (one who is not a competitive swimmer by the way!) – to have a fun post-meet Parents event on Sunday (~2:00pm).

The event will be:

  • 50m with 2 people always touching each other (1 person holds other person’s ankles, or one ankle tethered to the other, or. 2 wrists, or… must stay attached – can use whatever flotation desired). Can be 2 parents or 1 parent, 1 child. Preferably we have enough parents sign up that we can do it with only parents! If we get more than 16 parents signed up, we’ll put people on relays.
  • Do NOT worry if you are not a strong swimmer! You can bring a life jacket, or use pool noodles or flutter boards or whatever! We’ll team stronger and weaker parents.
  • There are 3 objectives:
    • Have Fun! (Speedos, crazy caps and thongs welcome… never thought I’d write that)
    • Raise $ for the Giving Tree – whatever donation you’d like.
    • Show them some humility – that we aren’t as capable as they are in the water! (and, well, embarrass them!)

Please let me know if you’re interested by emailing me your name. Please also let me know your approx 50m free time swimming – if you have no idea, just let me know if you are a strong, moderate or weak swimmer.

Email is:

Cheers, Carla

NORAC Clothing Order

Michelle will be available at the pool from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday and Sunday before our home meet to accept clothing orders. These orders have been promised to arrive before Christmas.