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FINLAND SWIMS VIA FREO TO OLYMPICS

Posted in city of fremantle, sport, swimming, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on January 15, 2018

 

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Finland’s Youth Swimming Team has been lapping up the sunshine while training at the Fremantle Leisure Centre for their annual summer camp this month.

The group of 13 to 20-year-olds are some of Finland’s top young talent in training for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.

Coach Petteri Paatos said Finland experienced only a few hours of sunlight per day at this time of year.

“It’s snowing at the moment and in complete darkness so we are all enjoying the weather here in Fremantle; there is a time when the sun doesn’t rise at all in the winter,” he said.

“We did some training in the Gold Coast and Brisbane last year but we prefer Fremantle.”

The team is in town for four weeks until 21 January and are putting in 28 hours of training per week in preparation for the European youth championships.

The swimmers have been enjoying the sights of Fremantle during their down time while staying at Fremantle Prison Youth Hostel and even took a trip to Penguin Island.

SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on December 26, 2017

 

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The new Fremantle South Beach basketball, futsal and volleyball court is near completion and should open mid January.

It’s looking good and will be a great addition to the very popular beach, that also received a net against pesky stingers I was told yesterday.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, south beach, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2017

 

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The construction of a basketball court at Fremantle’s South Beach is well underway.

Already there have been complaints from people who are not aware of the community consultation and process. They just assume this happened out of the blue, but let me assure everyone that nothing at any level of government happens overnight.

Several options were discussed with the community as possible locations for the court; Wilson Park, the northern end of the car park, on the grass north of the kiosk, and the present location just to the west of the toilets.

One of the main reasons to put it there was to protect nearby residents from the noise of bouncing balls and players calling out.

The young people of Fremantle and surroundings asked for a full-size basketball court, and it has to go somewhere, and no location will be ideal for everyone.

Roel Loopers

NEW SPORTS HUB AT SOUTH BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, south beach, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2017

 

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The construction of the new sports hub at South Beach is underway and will hopefully be ready for summer.

The mixed-use court for basketball, futsall and volleyball is just south of the toilets and hugging the dunes.

Fremantle Council went through an extensive process to decide on the right location for the hub, as the initial plan was to put it in the northern carpark or on Wilson Park, but consideration for local residents, who were worried noise from the hardcourt might impact on their peace and quiet, dictated the court should be as far away from residential development as possible.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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HAVE A FREO FATHER’S DAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, growers green markets, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2017

 

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community-sept-3Hey kids, why not take your beautiful DAD to the Growers Green Farmers Market in Annie Street, Beaconsfield for breakfast tomorrow morning for his Father’s Day!

There are lots of food stalls with yummy things for DAD to choose from and there is also a big craft market where you can buy him a present.

And there will be a lot of greyhounds brought to the market to look for a new home for them by Greyhound Adoption WA.

Of course there will be live music, the animal touch farm of Farmer Damian, face painting and Fairy Sandy.

It is on from 8am till midday.

After that take your DAD to Fremantle Oval for the Community Cup AFL charity game between local musicians and the media.

It will be followed by a concert, and there are food stalls there to have lunch. It starts at midday!

 

Roel Loopers

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ABOUT RAIN, MAD DOGS AND GOLFERS

Posted in fremantle, rain, sport, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on July 20, 2017

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It’s wet, cold and windy out there, so a real winter’s day in Fremantle.

I was very adventurous, like the old Dutch explorers, and went out all the way to Point Walter to take these photos.

The golfers were all in wet weather gear and seem to enjoy themselves, but I rather be on the couch with a good book when it’s cold, so I drove back to Freo to Elizabeth’s bookshop for a browse and finding some light reading.

Roel Loopers

NEW FREMANTLE PARK CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017

 

The plans for a new clubhouse at Fremantle Park on Parry Street can finally go ahead after Fremantle Council approved it on Wednesday.

The clubhouse will become the new home for the Fremantle Workers Club, Fremantle Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club which will share the two-storey premises.

The City of Fremantle also plans to build a public carpark next to it to accommodate inner city parking.

The $ 4,4 million project will be paid for by the Workers Club, the CoF and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The Fremantle Workers Club will pay $ 1.85 million, as will the City. The State Department will pay $ 400,000, and Fremantle City will pay another $ 300,000 for the public carpark, if the use is approved by the state.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE BREEZE JUST HOT AIR?

Posted in city of fremantle, cricket, sport by freoview on December 17, 2016

I don’t often write about sport on Freo’s View but must express my amazement about the City of Fremantle’s involvement with the Fremantle Breeze Big Bash League cricket team and that the franchise will be playing at Fremantle Oval.

It tactically seems very inappropriate when C0F is in a legal battle with the Fremantle Dockers AFL club to relinquish their long-term lease for the oval when they relocate to Cockburn next year.

With the (unlikely) possibility of a BBL team playing at Freo Oval the Dockers’ management must see dollar signs flashing in front of their eyes, so they now have an incentive to hold on to the lease and stay put and sub-let the ground to Fremantle Breeze, should that franchise ever eventuate.

With the City of Fremantle also wanting to develop and shift the oval Fremantle Breeze might not have the oval available to them for a long period during development.

I think John Townsend, sports journalist with the West Australian, put it succinctly “It is a thought bubble dressed in a cricket shirt.”

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIAN RUGBY TEAM AT FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in fremantle, sport, TV by freoview on October 10, 2016
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My mate Saf Ali of Smartchoice Realty made me aware that the Australian Rugby Team is staying at the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel this week and that the The Voice TV series were doing auditions today there as well, so I thought I’d better try my luck.

The Voice people were really lovely but told me I can’t sing or dance, but suggested I would have excellent chances of becoming Australia’s next Bachelor or even Supermodel, so I’ll audition for that next time.

Keep an eye out for all the sporting and singing celebrities in Freo and make them feel welcome!

Roel Loopers

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GYUTO MONKS CRICKET MATCH AT CLANCY’S

Posted in fremantle, gyuto monks, sport by freoview on October 1, 2016

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The GYUTO Monks of Tibet are in W.A. again and starting off their trip in Fremantle on Sunday October 9 when they are playing the Clancy’s All Stars for the Divinity Cup in a cricket match at Princess May Park at 10 am.

It is a free event so bring the family along for a morning of fun.

I took part in the inaugural Divinity Club when there were teams from St Patrick’s Basilica, Clancy’s and the Gyuto monks, and our Clancy’s team played very well mainly because I never got to bowl or bat, but took some great photos.

The monks have a great sense of humour but are chuckers, so come and see them being bowled LBW-Love Buddha World.

Roel Loopers

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