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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.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE OPEN ABOUT IT ALL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on May 31, 2015

The controversy surrounding Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s junket to the Beijing Olympics and not declaring the $ 17,000 gift from BHP, together with the City of Vincent demanding that their Elected Members report all meetings with developers, made me think about accountability and transparency.

I believe it is a very good idea for Councillors to declare the meetings they have with future developers as it will take away the perception that something untoward is happening and that deals are done behind closed doors. Of course one could also question the necessity of Elected Members having to meet in person with developers as that should be the role of planning and development officers, who subsequently brief Councillors on the pros and cons of such development.

There are always unsubstantiated rumours in Fremantle and other Local Governments about improper conduct and the easiest way of getting rid of it is minimising the contact between cash-rich developers and Elected Members, and a good back up is to declare all meetings on a public register.

For transparency reasons it should also be made public which companies tender for jobs, as recent announcements of CUSP doing a study on the Perth Freight Link and Josh Byrne and Co an environmental study for the City of Fremantle have already received negative feedback in the community, because some people believe mate deals were done. These sort of rumours are not fair to the companies who won the tender and the City officers involved, so let’s bring it all out into the open.

As for not declaring very expensive free flights, accommodation, meals and tickets to world events, one can only wonder if someone like the Lord Mayor of Perth should retain her position. The Minister for Local Government should make an urgent ruling on it.

The City of Fremantle should follow the lead of the City of Vincent and make it compulsory for Councillors to report contact with developers, be that face to face, by email, snail mail or phone. It is basically good and transparent practise.

Roel Loopers

OLYMPIC SWIMMER OPENS FREMANTLE BEACH RESTAURANT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 30, 2013

Welcome to a new player in Fremantle‘s hospitality industry. BIB&TUCKER has just opened as a 150-seat restaurant at Leighton Beach. It’s a great spot straight at the beach and just over the road from the North Fremantle railway station and is jointly owned by Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan and chef Scott Bridger.

So called medieval cooking techniques are employed in the kitchen that has a coal-fired rotisserie for suckling pig, etc.

Roel Loopers

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OLYMPIC DREAM IN NEED OF WAKE UP CALL

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on August 7, 2012

The London Olympics worry me. They worry me because I see young people acting like losers when they have become second or third best in the world in their specialty.

It worries me that every news report on every TV station I watch in Fremantle starts with the Olympics. It worries me that the world is spending billions of dollars on a two week sporting event when there still is so much poverty in the world.

At the same time someone swims the 400 metres faster than anyone else thousands of young children die of starvation in the Horn of Africa and other third world countries, and thousands of people are homeless in Australia.

Don’t get me wrong. I like competitive sport. I like watching it, and although I never excelled I played soccer, volleyball, tennis, squash and badminton.

But the priorities are all wrong. Shouldn’t it suffice to represent your country and be very proud of it. Of course one would like to win, but there is far more to being part of a world event than winning.

I find it unbelievable though that an event like the Olympics becomes the main focus of the world and that we can’t see sport for what it is. If we spend as much energy and money on trying to get rid of poverty and hunger in the world as we do on the Olympic Games, we would probably succeed and save millions of lives.

I wish that all those ‘losers’ wake up to reality and return from London to their home countries with their heads up high knowing they took part in a great event. I also hope they will use their status and fame to fight the wrongs in the world, instead of doing photo spreads in glossy magazines and advertising campaigns for large corporations.

Let’s make the next Olympics the fight against poverty, so we can all be winners!

Roel Loopers

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ISAF PUDDING PORTION TO SMALL TO PROVE FREO CAN COPE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2012

I like Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and I like most of the Fremantle councillors. I’d be happy to have a drink with any of them any time!

But sometimes hype and spin take over, or is it the exuberant naivety of youth? Such is the case in today’s Fremantle Gazette community newspaper, where Brad Pettitt is quoted about ISAF 2011 “Our handling of what was a world-scale and complex event has given both the council and the community extreme confidence that Fremantle can and should host other events of this scale.”

In case you don’t remember, ISAF 2011 was the international sailing event held off Bathers Beach, that was predicted to attract up to half a million visitors to Fremantle, but sadly only a few thousand made it to our coast.

We already knew Fremantle could handle world-scale events like the America’s Cup and other big sailing events, but what was not proven though is how Fremantle would handle 500,000 visitors over a two week period. How would the city cope with traffic jams, how with the influx of foreigners wanting to dine and wine, where would we have accommodated them had they turned up, how many would have been injured trying to cross Marine Parade where we still have no pedestrian crossings, how would public transport have coped, etc?

These are the kinds of issues the City of Fremantle needs to address before trying to get future events to the city, because there might be events that could attract huge numbers, unlike ISAF 2011. ISAF 2011 only showed Freo can handle lots of sailing races, it did not prove much else.

It is o.k. to try to put a positive spin on things for Freo’s sake, Brad, but there needs to be some semblance of reality in it.

Roel Loopers

BIGGER THAN ISAF?

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 1, 2012

It is interesting to read this morning that the city of Weymouth in England, which will be hosting the London Olympics sailing events, is only expecting 60.000 visitors. That puts the ridiculous predictions made last year by ISAF 2011 director John Longley, that the sailing event off Fremantle would attract half a million visitors, in perspective. It’s time Western Australian government agency Eventscorp demanded some of the millions they paid ISAF back for making unsubstantiated claims

I heard Longley is walking around town claiming he is working on something even bigger than ISAF, so expect the winter Olympics to come to Fremantle in the near future. * >)

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ISAF SAILING IN A DOME

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 21, 2011

Interesting news from the B Shed on Victoria Quay, Fremantle this morning, that Mike Lefroy and his team are going to erect a large dome structure in the space where the interpretive centre will be one day, so people can watch the ISAF 2011 sailing races there live on the huge screen(s).

I have not further details, so I hope ISAF or Fremantle Ports will tell us a bit more about it.

Roel Loopers

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FREO SAILS SET FOR ISAF 2011

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 30, 2011

All sails are set for the ISAF 2011 Sailing World Championships off Fremantle’s Bathers Beach later this year, with the city hosting a 16 day festival on the Esplanade. It will have over 200 free events and will also hold a major concert on December 3. Market stalls, a main stage and a kid’s zone will join the big Ferris Wheel, which will be put up in late October.

The huge spectacle will coincide with this year’s Fremantle Festival, so there is a lot of fun ahead for the port city.

The arrival of the replica of the Fremantle built Endeavour on October 12 will start the celebrations for this world event, which are the qualifying races for the 2012 London Olympics.

Roel Loopers

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WEST END FULL OF COLOUR AND LIGHT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 15, 2011

Fantastic to hear from the FREMANTLE FESTIVAL organisers that the West End will get its fair share with the illumination of heritage buildings in High Street every night from December 1-4.

Local projection creatives Jasper Cook and Kat Black are VJzoo and responsible for the light art show. They did one a few years ago during Christmas on the Fremantle Town Hall as well.

It would be nice if that end of town would also get music and other entertainment during this year’s Festival, which coincides with the Perth ISAF 2011 sailing championships off Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers

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NORTH STREET PRODUCTIONS GET ISAF 2011 GIG

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 2, 2011

The newly established Perth-based company NORTH STREET PRODUCTIONS,  run by Annalisa Oxenburgh and Bourby Webster have been appointed the Cultural Programme Manager for ISAF 2011 and will be responsible for the Cultural Festival held in Fremantle late this year.

May the festival be bold and fantastically creative. Good luck ladies!!

Roel Loopers

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