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Golden Groper Week starts now!
Groper Week is here!
I love Groper week, it’s my favourite week of the year! And again this year there’s a full week of activities leading up to the big day.
Monday – The Golden Groper Torch Relay starts at Sally Bell’s place at 9am sharp! Captain Sue puts the final touches on the selection and we find out what we are doing. Backstroke?!? Again?
Tuesday night – third last training official training session before the meet. Theresa speaks politely to anyone not wearing a Claremont cap.
Wednesday – The Golden Groper Torch Relay gets as far as Sally Bell’s driveway. The hold up was all those bottles, cans and things that people have been leaving for the raffle.
Wednesday night media blitz – Nat is on Masterchef to discuss last year’s cakes and judge the desserts, Captain Sue on AFL 360 to discuss team selection and Richard Hughes on Ice Road Truckers to discuss Cottesloe Beach in June.
Thursday night – second last training session before the meet. Theresa speaks a little more harshly to the few swimmers not daring to wear their Claremont caps. They agree to buy hoodies.
Friday morning – last training session before the meet. Theresa finds swimmers hiding from her behind the change rooms. They buy club swimming bags.
Friday evening – live streaming of Elena’s call of last year’s Dash for Cash. With subtitles!
And so to Gropers,

Golden Groper reminder


Our legendary raffle hampers need donations. Please bring any spare (yet new) condiments, wine, toiletries, etc., to the pool and put them in the cage in the bag provided… or if it’s more convenient drop them in the box outside Sally’s door at 7A Erica Avenue, Mount Claremont. Ideally we need your donations on or before Tuesday 19 July.


If you have entered to swim, or put your hand up to be a non-swimming volunteer, you’ll shortly receive direct communication from Event Coordinator Sally Bell prior to the carnival about your role on the day. Sally will be asking for assistance with some specific and important roles, e.g., managing the catering in the clubrooms on the day, as well as simpler roles that can be done between your swims. Stay tuned and please help out as much as you can.


The post-carnival feast in the clubrooms for the presentation is a highlight of the day. Pizzas have been ordered however we ask each swimmer to bring a plate of sweet treats for dessert – cakes, slices, fruit, etc. So get your thinking caps on and cook up a storm next week. You’ll receive further instructions as to how to deliver your sweet treats to the clubrooms on the day.


And… get excited!!

Nat needs Curry cooks

If you can cook a curry, Nat needs to hear from you for Tuesday night.

I mean anyone can cook a curry, right? So if that's you please email Nat Bran now at - she needs four curry cooks to feed us at Happy Hour.

Gold Coast Masters 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:
Well, it feels like we have only just finished the Nationals (that’s because we have!) but it’s already time to think about whether you are swimming next year. They are taking place earlier than usual – 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
Let's have a big turn this week to support our Gropers swimmers. And don't forget your contributions for the raffle on Tuesday night. Plus Friday training is back!
Training times this week are:
Tuesday    7pm to 8pm
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.
Obviously no informal session this Saturday. Why, you wonder? Did I mention Gropers?
And also the informal Barnacles session at Claremont Pool, the one near the Showgrounds:
Sunday       3.30pm start
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

Saturday July 23 - Gropers Relay Carnival.
Hosted by us at HBF Stadium - swimmers and volunteers will hear from Sal during the week
Tuesday July 26 - Club Happy Hour - this is the one where we reflect on how much fun the Gropers Relay Carnival was. If you can cook a curry, tell Nat now!
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.
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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