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Gold Medal Clinic:

This year's Gold Medal Clinic, with 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens, will take place at the WW Emmons Natatorium on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The 9-12 year old session will be from 12:00noon-3:00pm and the 13&Over session will be from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Click HERE for the link to on-line registration. Registration for the clinic has been extended to midnight, Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Gulf Annual Awards Banquet:

This year's annual awards banquet will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Marriott Westchase and will feature guest speaker 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens.  The doors will open at 4:30 PM for late registration and dinner will begin at 5:15 PM.  Dress is Semi-Formal.   Cost: $30/person.  Click HERE for the link to on-line registration. Registration for the banquet has been extended to midnight, Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Congratulations to the Gulf's Scholastic All Americans!!

41 swimmers in the Gulf have been named to USA Swimming's 2013-2014 Scholastic All America Team, which is comprised of student athletes with at least one year of high school who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA as well as minimum time standards established by USA Swimming.  The list of distinguished Gulf Swimmers can be found HERE.

Simone Manuel Does It Again!!

Simone Manuel of First Colony Swim Team (FCST) set another new 17-18 National Age Group Record when she led off the 400 freestyle relay at Pan Pacs in Gold Coast, Australia.  Her time of 53.25 broke Missy Franklin's record of 53.36 set in 2013.  This time makes Simone the second fastest American in history in the 100 meter freestyle.  Simone was also named as a member of the 2015 World Team in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.  Congratulations, Simone!!

Gulf Open Water All Star Team:

The Gulf Open Water Champs on Sunday, October 5th, 2014, will be a qualifying event to represent Gulf Swimming at the Annual Fort Myers Open Water Festival and LSC Challenge at Miromar Lakes, Fort Myers, FL (date TBD after USA Swimming Convention – Sept 20, 2014. An amendment will be sent out with more information on qualifying once a date has been selected for the LSC Challenge competition).

Athlete Protection Training Information:

The Safe Sport Committee voted to make the Athlete Protection Training good for two years instead of one year.  As a results, we have pushed all the 12/31/14 APT expiration dates to 12/31/15.

Effective on September 1, the APT expiration date will be based on the year that the training was taken.  For example, if you complete the training anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2015, the APT expiration date will be December 31, 2017 (if completed in January, you essentially get three years).  The programming for this change will not be completed by September 1.  Anyone completing the APT after September 1 and until the change is made in SWIMS, will have an APT expiration date of 12/31/15.  After the change is made in SWIMS, these expiration dates will be updated to 12/31/16.

2014 Gulf Swimming Officials Clinics

Gulf Swimming will offer the following instructional clinic for Officials:

Saturday September 27, 2014 -- lunch will be served at 12:00 noon, and the clinic will run from 12:30 - 3:30 pm.

The clinic will be held at the same location, the Johnnie Means Natatorium, 2731 El Camino, Houston, Texas 77054. Many thanks to HCAP for hosting the clinic at their facility!

The clinic is designed for currently uncertified Stroke & Turn trainees and any new volunteers who wish to become Gulf Swimming officials. Certified officials will be accepted only if there is sufficient space available.  The clinics will include classroom instruction and poolside demonstrations by swimmers. These two clinics will be the only clinics offered this year, so it very important for those in the target group to attend. Please plan to attend one of these clinics, not both.

To ensure that we have adequate seating and food please RSVP by September 6, 2014 to Rick Tobin, Gulf Officials Committee Chairman, at tobinrc@comcast.net  Walk-ins without an RSVP will be accepted, BUT will not be guaranteed lunch.

Also very important -- We always need swimmers to demonstrate stroke and turn technique for the on-deck portion of the training.  If you have a swimmer who would be interested in volunteering to help us train our officials, please contact Rick Tobin at tobinrc@comcast.net.  We need them for about 1 hour (2:30 - 3:30 pm). 

Gold Medal Clinic:

This year's Gold Medal Clinic, with 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens, will take place at the WW Emmons Natatorium in Spring Branch on Saturday, September 27th.  We are breaking the clinic into two sessions - a 9-12 year old session from 12:00noon-3:00pm and a 13&Over session from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Ricky will need assistance from several Gulf coaches during each session.  A coaches' application for all those who would like to apply can be found HERE.  The deadline to apply is September 12th and applications can be mailed to Mandy Norris at gulfswimcamps@gmail.com