10th March 2020

Dear Parents & Nippers

Message from your Nipper Officer – Allie Absalom

We have a week left before SA’s and I am sure the excitement is brewing in our nipper camp.
One week until our nippers stand on the line to take on their first event at SA’s…please remember these words:

“I am proud!
I am committed!
I give my best!
I am part of a fantastic team.”


A huge thank you to Coach Denver for the amazing cake we all enjoyed after training on Saturday, as well as to the club for the donuts and marshmallows enjoyed after training on Tuesday last week.

In other news

Congrats to Wade, Coach Denver, Jadon and Ethan, and all our Nippers and Coaches who took part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Training this week

Please note the training times for this coming week 9th March to 15th March.
Please can all Nippers taking part in SA Champs try to attend all the remaining training sessions.

• Tuesday beach training: 17:30 – 18:30 – All age-groups, all nippers
• Wednesday Pool training: 17:00 – 18:00 – All age-groups, all nippers
• Thursday beach training: 17:30 – 18:30 – All age-groups, qualified nippers only
• SATURDAY – SA Champs Campout
• SUNDAY – SA Champs Campout
     – 10:30-11:30 – MicroNippers and Starfish

Training for this coming Sunday (15th March)

Please note that there will be no training at Fishhoek for the u10, u12 and u14 Nippers that are not taking part at SA Champs. Training for the Micro’s and Starfish will continue as per normal for this Sunday.

Kit Update

The Parka’s that have been ordered will only be ready on Friday, so you can collect from the SA Champs Campout.
For anyone who has not collected their kit order by Thursday 6pm, these items will be put back into stock to be resold or used for exchanging sizes. Tammy will be at the club on Tuesday and Thursday between 5:30 and 6pm.

Kit for SA Champs

Please ensure that all nippers taking part in SA Champs wear the correct kit as per below. Club colours are vitally important, especially when called to the podium.

Club or black jammers/racers (speedos)
Black shorts and club t-shirt or hoodie (in any of the past designs)

Club or black one piece
For those that want to wear ski pants – black only.
Black shorts and club t-shirt or hoodie (in any of the past designs)

If you don’t have club t-shirts or hoodie yet, please wear club colours – black/ blue or white.
If you don’t have club gear – please wear club colours.

Upcoming Events:

  • SA Champs briefing and campout – 14th March: We’re going bigger and better this year with our briefing and kit handout for SA Champs. Come and camp with your family for the night at Imhoffs and enjoy a final fun training session, boerie rolls and lots of fun as we celebrate the hard work that has gone into this season.
    This event is for all nippers competing at SA Champs.
    R80 per person per night or R20 per day visitor.
    Boerie Rolls will be provided for on Saturday lunch, outside of this please cater for yourself. Braai drums and wood will be provided.
    Please note that parents are responsible for the care for their own children during the duration of this event.
    Please RSVP to this event via the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1052927655076200/
  • SA Champs – This is the culmination of all the hard work the Nippers have put in over the season. This year the SA Champs will take place at Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth from the 18th -21st March. Entries close on 20th February. Entries are open via the Management System. More information will be sent out about this in the next week.
  • Currie Cup – Date to be finalised
  • Awards Ceremony – Date to be finalised

Notice for U8 Micros

Next year when you move up to U9, you will need to be able to swim 12 lengths of a 25m pool in under 8 minutes, before you can take your exam and enter competitions. Please start working towards this now! Many of our U9s have been disappointed to not qualify to take the nipper exam yet, as they couldn’t complete their swim time. If you start extra swimming lessons and start working on this now, it will be much easier for you next November.

See you on the beach!
The Fishhoek Nipper Team

Dates to Diarize
· SA Champs briefing and campout – 14 – 15 March @ Imhoff’s Caravan Park
· SA Champs – 19 March – 21 March @ Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth
· Currie Cup – Date to be finalized
· Awards Ceremony – Date to be finalized

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