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Free beer
As part of our Happy Hour celebration of the Golden Groper in the clubrooms this Tuesday, the club is giving beer drinkers free beer. This Happy Hour is the one not to be missed as we carry on and on about the Gropers meet....
Leisurepark 400/800 deadline

Captain Sue needs your entries for the 400m/800m meet at Leisurepark now. Literally. Entries close at 6pm tonight, Sunday 24 July. Send your entry to now.

The Meet

As pointed out elsewhere, Leisurepark Masters have had the best afterswim pumpkin soup in previous years. More importantly, their 25m indoor pool is always a sensible temperature, so this is a good meet to get that fast time because turns.

Gropers Meet

In case you weren't there, we won the Golden Groper in a tight contest with Mandurah Club who were almost as loud as we were.
Highlights included some astonishing fast swimming, especially in the Dash For Cash, some astonishingly random commentary from Elena and Sal as well as some inspiring swimming by some of the competitors who were not as fast.
Organisation and volunteers were first class.
One question though - wasn't the Golden Groper once actually golden?

Gold Coast Masters Nationals
Its probably worth thinking about booking flights if you want to swim in the 2017 Nationals.
Next year's National Champs are on the Gold Coast from 8 to 11 March. If you are thinking of going, please email Captain Sue now, so she can start worrying about the logistics. As Sue writes:

The Nationals run from 8 to 11 March on the Gold Coast.
If you are thinking about attending can you please let me know? It will fall right at the end of the Open Water season and we need to know how many of our swimmers will need to be focussing on sprinting so that our coaches can factor it into the annual plan.
You can also let me know if you will require accommodation and I will look at booking that in the coming months.

Training times
A relatively normal week for training with free beer after our Tuesday session.
Training times this week are:
Tuesday    7pm to 7.45pm
Thursday  7pm to 8pm
Friday      9.30am to 10.30am
Please try to get to sessions 15 mins early for land drills and so the coach can run through the program with you before start time. We do land drills to warm up the muscles before we hit the water. If you want some tips, ask someone who is swinging arms or legs, etc.
The informal Saturday session is back on at HBF with Theresa organising Endurance 1000 quality time trials:
Saturday   12.30pm to 2ish
And also the informal Barnacles session at Claremont Pool, the one near the Showgrounds:
Sunday       3.30pm start
Early warning - the committee are considering introducing an organised training session at HBF Stadium on weekends. We will soon send out a survey asking for preferable times.
Claremont Masters Awards Night
Save the date for our Annual Awards Night. We can tell you this now:
    Sat 3 September 2016 7-11pm.
    The Vic Hotel in Subiaco.

    Invitations and more information to follow.
Dates for your Diary

Tuesday July 26 - Club Happy Hour - this is the one where we reflect on how much fun the Gropers Relay Carnival was. Expect lots of mutual back slapping.
Sunday July 31 - 400/800 Short Course meet at Leisurepark
The flyer is on the Masters WA website now, so you can see the details there. The pool is a sensible temperature, and the pumpkin soup after the swim last year was excellent, if that is an incentive to swim. Send your entries to Sue now. Entries close today - Sunday, 24 July.
Saturday August 7 - 1500m Long Course event at Aqualife Vic Park
Saturday September 3 - Club Awards Night
Time to put this in your diary now.
More dates:
For those swimmers who like to travel, three events are coming, as well as the meet in Auckland:
The Alice Springs Masters Games 8-15 October 2016
The Pan Pacific Masters 4 to 6 Nov 2016

Latest news on next year's Nationals on the Gold Coast 8-11 March 2017
Follow the hot links for details.

That Auckland meet
That Auckland meet actually had a name, it is the World Masters Games - running from 21 to 30 April 2017 and it is a big deal.
Please contact Nicky Corsbie for further info. The club still has a few spare beds in our accommodation so it would be great if we could fill them.
Their website is full of useful information if you want to check there first.
Club wear and accessories
We have shirts, we have swim bags, we have all sorts of stuff.
Theresa has all the details on this and more!
We have a deal with Yingfa where you can order bathers with the beloved Club Groper logo on them.

Claremont Club Wear available for purchase
Polo Shirts    $30
Swim Caps    $10
Peak Caps     $15

Hoodies         $50
Swim bags     $40

Just ask Theresa what is available and see her reaction. She's at the pool at training times.

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