Issue 1, 2019/2020

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season, the club’s 52nd swimming season. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the 50th Anniversary season during 2018/2019.

We welcome back our existing members and new members joining us for the first time. We hope you enjoy your time with our family oriented club. We welcome swimmers of all capabilities and ages. If you have any questions please see any of our friendly Committee Members.

The Executive and Committee Members elected at the AGM for the 2019/2020 season are:

Executive Members


Graham Edwards

Vice President

Peter Johnston


Leanne Tovkach


Ian Johnston

Race Secretary

Alison Johnston

Social Secretary

Vacant Position

Committee Members

Tricia Johnston

Margaret Edwards

Ian Wilson

We do have some Vacant Committee Member positions and we would welcome members volunteering to join the Committee and participate in the ongoing management of the club.

Life Member Award

At the 2019 AGM a new Life Member was elected and it is our great pleasure to advise that Alison Johnston was awarded life membership of the club. Alison is the 24th Life Member of our club and is thoroughly deserving of this award. Since joining the club Alison has participated in the management and day-to-day running of the club. Congratulations Alison, we have you for life now!

Club Events

We will be hosting three swimming meets at Merrylands Swimming Centre this season. The Inter-Club Cup will be held at Merrylands Pool on Saturday 9th November, 2019 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. The program for this meet is on the club noticeboard. Team members will be selected over the next week, with all members in consideration for this meet.

We will be holding the Masters Sprint Meet and Merrylands SwimFest meets on Saturday 22nd February, 2020. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.

Timekeepers Course – Today & Next Saturday

We encourage all of our members (from secondary school age and above) to become a technical official. Timekeeping is a great introductory accreditation and is accessed via an online video and course.

Timekeeping is a very important aspect of swimming races, as swimmers require their time to be recorded accurately. We will be hosting a session this morning after club races (at approx. 8.15am) in the Club Room and encourage everyone who is a member to undertake the course. We will be available to assist you during this time.

Membership Renewal

It is important to complete your membership for the season asap. A new membership system, Swim Central, has been introduced and memberships need to be completed online in this system. Access to Swim Central is via

If you are having trouble with your membership renewal then Peter Johnston is available to answer your questions. Please leave these questions until after club races, as Peter has numerous tasks that need to be performed during club races.

Swimming NSW is interested in members feedback and has a couple of short (3 question) surveys in relation to membership and meet entries. If you would like to participate in these surveys please visit:

Membership Survey:
Meet Entries Survey:

We have requested membership cards from Swimming NSW, as these assist you in purchasing club member discount pool entry and they need to be shown to Cumberland Council staff. As soon as these arrive we will distribute them to our members. In the interim if you need to show current membership information you can access a Virtual Membership Card by following these instructions:

  1. In Swim Central, click “My Memberships”

  2. Click your Swimming Club Membership

  3. Take a screenshot of your membership card:

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop ( Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

A piece of club uniform was left behind at Granville Swimming Centre after squad training. If you have lost a club uniform item during this time please see Margaret.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (2nd November, 2019). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (16th November, 2019).

State Masters Championships & NSW Development Meet

Merrylands has a team of 5 swimming at the NSW State Masters Short Course Championships. The championships are being held at Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy over the 12th and 13th October, 2019.

The team of 5 are competing in 23 events across the weekend. Good luck to Peter, Brendan, Kylee, Alison and Leanne.

The club is also being represented by 3 swimmers at the Swimming NSW Junior Area Representative Meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Niushka, Summer and Matt are part of the Metro South West Area team and have been selected in 15 individual events and 3 relays between them.

Good luck to both teams. We know you will make us proud!

Club Races Return

Club Races return for the 2019/2020 season on Saturday, 12th October, 2019.

The program for the Summer Season and the Time Record Sheet can be found in the Club Races section and entries are now open online for the first two weeks. Entries this summer will be taken through the new Swim Central system. Please ensure you don't leave your entries until the last minute!

Remember, you will need to have completed your Club Membership before you can enter the races.

The first Club Championship - the 100m Backstroke - will be held on Saturday, 26th October.

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New Season Registrations Now Open

Registration for the 2019/2020 season is now open and instructions on how to re-register for the summer are on the How to Join page.

Registration this season will be conducted through the new Swim Central system.

Life Members: Swimming NSW has not yet provided details on what you need to do to renew your membership. Please wait for further instructions before renewing your membership.

This season, thanks to Club Merrylands, we are providing Free Membership for swimmers 8yrs & Under, who regularly swim in our club races or train in our squad program.

All parents and adults who regularly attend the Club Races on Saturday mornings are requested to join the club as Non-Swimming Members (unless they want to swim).
There are a number of benefits to being a registered member of the club. Members are entitled to vote at Annual General and Special General meetings, vote for our Club Captains and can be recognised for their service to the club through awards such as the Lions Club Award, Life Membership or Service Excellence Awards. Other benefits of membership can be found here.

Swimmers 18yrs & Over have the option of additionally registering as a Masters Competitor. This allows them to participate in Masters Swimming activities including Masters Only competitions on Saturday Mornings.

Finally, don't forget to order your club uniforms through our Online Store.

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Training Returns to Merrylands

Training will return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019.

All swimmers will need to complete enrolment forms for the new season. These forms must be completed online on the Squad Enrolment page.
When completing the enrolment form, you will need to login to the website. If you have forgotten your login details, or have not logged in before, you can retrieve them here.
Swimmers who complete their enrolment forms and club membership before Friday, 27th September* will receive $5 credit per swimmer, that can be used on purchases from the Squad Shop.

There has been no changes to any of the squad fees for this summer. Eligible swimmers can also use an Active Kids Voucher to pay for up to $100 of their squad fees.

The Draft Training Schedule is on the Training Schedule page. A minimum of 4 swimmers must enrol in any given session for it to go ahead. Some times may change based on the enrolments received.

All squad members must also register as members of Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club for the 2019/2020 swimming season. Membership renewals will open in the last week of September.

Please remember when paying via EFT to use the reference number provided during the enrolment process.

* The $5 credit will only apply to swimmers who do not have a current outstanding balance.

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8 Medals at Masters Distance Championships

Merrylands' team took home 8 medals from the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships on Sunday.

The club finished with 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Congratulations to Ian Wilson, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Peter Johnston and Alison Sakurovs on their swims.

NSW State Masters Distance Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 4 swimmers at the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships at the Knox Grammar School Aquatic Centre on Sunday, 8th September.

Ian Wilson, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Peter Johnston and Alison Sakurovs will compete at the meet in 2 events each.

We wish them the best of luck at the meet.

NSW State Age Championship Results

Alison Sakurovs became the club's first finalist at a Swimming NSW Championship since 2016 at the NSW State Age Short Course Championships today.

Alison finished 7th in the 19yrs & Over 50m Freestyle in 28.01 - her second fastest time ever, and her fastest time in 3 years. This was also Alison's best ever placing at a Swimming NSW Championship.

Alison's result is off the back of some excellent swims at the FINA World Masters Championships in South Korea last week.

Congratulations to Alison on her fantastic result.

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NSW State Age Championships

Merrylands will be represented by Alison Sakurovs at the 2019 NSW State Age Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The championships will be held from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August, 2019.

Alison will be competing in the 50m Freestyle on Sunday morning, off the back of some excellent swims in South Korea at the FINA World Masters Championships last week.

Congratulations to Alison for qualifying and good luck to her at the meet.

You can follow the her progress over the weekend at

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FINA World Masters Championships Results

Alison Sakurovs achieved some excellent results at the FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea last week.

Alison's first event was the 100m Freestyle, held on Day 2 of the championships. In a close race, she swam her fastest time since March 2017 to finish in 12th place.

On Day 3, Alison raced the 200m Freestyle and the 50m Butterfly. In the 200m Freestyle, Alison swam her fastest time this year to finish 19th, while in the 50m Butterfly she finished in 14th place.

Alison had 2 more events on Day 4 - her final day of competition. In the 50m Freestyle, Alison finished 12th in another season best time and her first sub-29 second swim since April, 2018. In her last event of the meet, the 100m Butterfly, she finished strongly to again place in 12th.

Congratulations to Alison on her results and thank you to all those members who supported her at the meet, cheering her on while watching the live stream at training in the afternoons.

All of Alison's swims can be watched on YouTube via the links below.

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