3rd March 2020

Dear Parents & Nippers

Message from your Nipper Officer – Allie Absalom

“Coach me and I will learn. Challenge me and I will grow. Believe in me and I will win.”
I would hereby express my sincere gratitude to our entire team and our amazing warriors who gave us two days of unbelievable talented display of pure competitiveness. They were just fantastic to witness. We are truly proud of all of them. – Coach Allie


A massive congratulations to all the Nippers who took part in the Western Cape Nippers Championships at Hout Bay this past weekend, as well as to their hard-working coaches and very dedicated parents. Fishhoek Nippers raced ahead to become the 2020 Western Cape Champions, winning the competition confidently by 58 points.

It was a remarkable weekend, with every Nipper giving it everything they had, and never giving up. The coaches are unbelievably proud of every participant and are excited to see what the Fishhoek Team can do at SA Champs.

A special shout-out to the following Nippers for winning their relevant age-group titles. This is a massive achievement and your coaches are super proud.

u11 Girls – Zoey Niemann
u11 Boys – Joseph Brading
u13 Girls – Georgia Singe
u14 Girls – Babette van Rooyen
u 14 Boys – Thomas Wiltshire

For a full album of all the podium pictures, as well as pictures from the action from the weekend, please check out the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Nippers Facebook page.

Members Information Meeting

An information meeting has been called to give members (as defined by the FHSLSC constitution) an opportunity to be informed, and to express their views, on current issues facing the club. Parents of Nipper members may attend, in their stead. Please note, no Nippers may attend the meeting.
When: Thursday 5 March 2020, 7:30 pm
Where: FHSLSC Clubhouse

In other news

A huge congratulations to Zoey Niemann for placing 2nd , and Teagan Hudson for placing 8th in the 1200m for u11 Girls at the Western Province Champs held in Paarl this past Friday. Zoey has advanced to the Western Cape Champs taking place this week. Congratulations and Good Luck!

Training this week

Please note the training times for this coming week 3rd March to 8th 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 beach training: 15:00 – 17:00 – All age-groups, qualified nippers only

Training for this coming Sunday (8th March)

Please note that there will be no training for the u10, u12 and u14 Nippers, as well as the Micro’s and Starfish this coming Sunday, due to the road closures for the Cape Cycle Challenge.

Flags with Alistair

Flags with Alistair will take place this Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 at Clovelley Beach. This is an extra training session run outside of Fishhoek Surf Lifesaving Club. The cost per training session is R50 per child. If you would like to attend, please contact Alistair on 084-853-0767 or just arrive for training on Saturday.

Kit Update

All the people who have ordered kit can you please come collect the items by this Saturday the 5th March during Nipper training. If you no longer want items that you ordered, please let Tammy know ASAP so we can sell it on to someone else.
For those of you with old Parkas that want the club design on please make sure you drop them off this evening by 6:30.

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.

Hot Chocolate

We would really appreciate it if everyone who attends Tuesday and Thursday training could please donate at least 1 x 500g container of hot chocolate and 2L of long life milk. If you know of any organisation/retailer/wholesaler who can donate towards this, that would also be fantastic. Our nippers really love their hot choc when they come out the water on a cold evening! Thank you.
If any parents are able to assist with the serving of hot chocolate, please contact Katya at the club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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

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