Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last training session for 2021 will be held on Thursday, 23rd December, while our last week of club races will be held on Saturday, 18th December.

Club Races start at 7am as usual, and will include Novelty Events after the regular races.

Training will resume on Tuesday, 4th January, 2022, with Club Races resuming on Saturday, 8th January.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 18th December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend for the club races and novelty events. We would love to see you there. Enter online here.

Are going to be away at all in December or January?

If you will be away, then please complete the form below to indicate your last day of training and your first day back.

Training Break Form

The Committee and Coaching Staff hope you have enjoyed the first few months back in the water after a long break. Have a Merry Christmas and keep training hard as school carnivals and the Merrylands SwimFest approaches.

See Also

Issue 6, 2021/2022

Club Captains

Voting for Club Captains was held last week and thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their votes. Thank you also to everyone who accepted nominations for these roles. Voting was close and I am pleased to announce the Club Captains for the 2021/2022 season are: 

Male Captain

Female Captain

Matthew Vicic

Darla Assi

Congratulations to Matthew and Darla. We look forward to your leadership and support of your peers over the coming season. We will hold a presentation of the Club Captain badges following club races.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

A reminder that all attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions.aspx

Relay Competition

Today is the second race in team relay competition. Please make sure that you complete the team entry form and swimmer nomination forms are at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay.aspx

Season Program – Club Championships

The first of the Club Championships were held last week. The weather was not kind and thank you to everyone who helped on the morning. It was sunny in Adelaide at the same time 😊.

Again a big thank you to Glyn Stockley from Ripples St Mary’s Swim Club who kindly attended to referee club races and allowed us to ensure that times swum are official and can be used for meet qualifying times.

This morning we have the 100m Backstroke (Open & Age) & 100m Butterfly (Open & Age) championships. Good luck to everyone competing in these championships.

Upcoming championships are single events until a double up on January 29th.

The full season program can be found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/

Full results for the 100m Freestyle & 100m Breaststroke championships are listed on the following page. Congratulations to everyone who competed in the championships.

Club Uniforms

Club uniforms available for sale and these can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Championship Results – 27th November 2021

100m Freestyle

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Boys 7 years

William Johnston

 

 

Boys 8 years

Jay Shrestha

Ethan Ton

 

Girls 9 years

Ruby Shrestha

 

 

Girls 10 years

Chloe Ton

Aisha Abdelraheem

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Joab Hada

Daniel Vicic

Unish Shrestha

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Nevah Shrestha

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Matthew Vicic

 

 

Womens 15 years

Keira Somarchand

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Darla Assi

Vanessa Ozols

Mens 16 years

Michael Vicic

 

 

Womens 17 years & Over

Alison Sakurovs

Katie Hope

 

Mens 17 years & Over

Carlos Vergara

Peter Johnston

Timothy Oliver

Womens 35 years & over

Kylee Murray

Leanne Tovkach

Patricia Johnston

Mens 35 years & over

Ian Wilson

Ian Johnston

 

Womens Open

Alison Sakurovs

Summer Shrestha

Katie Hope

Mens Open

Matthew Vicic

Carlos Vergara

Peter Johnston

 

100m Breaststroke

Age Group

1st

2nd

3rd

Girls 10 years

Chloe Ton

 

 

Girls 11 years

Lisa Shrestha

 

 

Boys 11 years

Joseph Assi

Unish Shrestha

Daniel Vicic

Girls 13 years

Summer Shrestha

Niushka Shrestha

Nevah Shrestha

Girls 14 years

Shreya Shrestha

 

 

Boys 14 years

Matthew Vicic

 

 

Womens 15 years

Keira Somarchand

 

 

Womens 16 years

Laura-Belle Casey

Vanessa Ozols

 

Mens 16 years

Michael Vicic

 

 

Womens 17 years & Over

Katie Hope

Alison Sakurovs

 

Mens 17 years & Over

Peter Johnston

 

 

Womens 35 years & over

Kylee Murray

Leanne Tovkach

 

Mens 35 years & over

Ian Wilson

 

 

Womens Open

Katie Hope

Summer Shrestha

Laura-Belle Casey

Mens Open

Peter Johnston

Ian Wilson

Matthew Vicic

 

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Closed

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Closed

SNSW LC Qualifying Meet

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Closed

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

Wednesday 5th January

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

TBA

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

Issue 5, 2021/2022

Season Program – Club Championships

The first of the Club Championships are being held this morning with the 100m Freestyle (Open & Age) & 100m Breaststroke (Open & Age).

All swimmers will swim together in an Open event to determine the results for the Open Championship, with the results split into ages to determine the Age Championship results. Good luck to all of the members competing in these championship events today.

The full season program can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

A big thank you to Glyn Stockley from Ripples St Mary’s Swim Club who has kindly attended to referee club races this morning. We greatly appreciate the assistance and time given up to do this for our club.

Whales Challenge #2

The second of the 3 Whales Challenges was swum last week. A Microsoft windows update stopped us giving many progress scores throughout the morning, but it was again a tightly contested challenge. After the 100m Backstroke event the teams were only separated by 4 points, with White on 757 points & Maroon on 753 points. However with a late surge the White ”Emery” team were again successful with 951 points to 888 points for the Maroon “Turner”. Congratulations to the White team.

We have one more Whales Challenge in the season to come (Saturday 5th March 2022), so this will be an opportunity for either the White team to achieve a clean sweep or the Maroon team to end the season with a victory.

Club Captains

We have voting for the Club Captains today. The nominations accepted for these roles are:

Male Captain

Female Captain

Michael Vicic

Darla Assi

Matthew Vicic

Jorja Matthew

 

Vanessa Ozols

 

Shreya Shrestha

 

Thank you to all of our nominees and good luck in the election. All members have received an email with a link to vote and your login details. Check your Junk or Spam folders if you haven't received it. Voting closes at 9:30am today!

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Relay Competition

This morning is the first race in team relay competition. If you haven’t yet registered your team make sure you do this to ensure your team can compete in the competition. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms are here.

Good luck to all the teams and remember it is how close your team swims to your nominated time, not how fast your team swims.

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Closed

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Closed

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

SNSW LC Qualifying Meet

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Closed

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

Wednesday 5th January

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

TBA

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

Issue 4, 2021/2022

Season Program – Club Championships

The full season program is now available at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

As we have advised due to the later start to the championships, and a reduced number of weeks available to run championships, the events will run a bit differently this year.

The first of the Club Championships begin next Saturday, (27th November) with the 100m Freestyle (Open & Age) & 100m Breaststroke (Open & Age) being held on the morning.

For the 100m events, swimmers will enter their Age Championship. All swimmers will swim together in an Open event to determine the results for the Open Championship, with the results split into ages to determine the Age Championship results.

So, using the 100m Freestyle as an example, all swimmers who enter the championship will swim a single 100m Freestyle race, with swimmers seeded in heats based on their entry time, not their age group. The times swum in the race will be used to determine the places for both the Age 100m Freestyle Championship and Open 100m Freestyle Championship, with points allocated in each competition, plus the Graded Point Score. Males and Females will be seeded separately.

We will still provide graded club races on these mornings, but they will be a limited program to provide the opportunity for members who are not competing in championship events to have swims and to also allow qualification for upcoming championship events.

Whales Challenge #2

The second of the 3 Whales Challenges this season is being held this morning. The White ”Emery” team took the first challenge. Can the Maroon “Turner” team even the score today??

Club Captains

The nominations received for Club Captains for this season are:

Male Captain

Female Captain

Michael Vicic

Darla Assi

Matthew Vicic

Laura-Belle Casey

 

Jorja Matthew

 

Vanessa Ozols

 

Shreya Shrestha

 

Keira Somarchand

 

 

We will confirm with the nominees that they accept their nomination and publish the final list of nominees in next week’s Whales Tales. All financial first claim members can vote for Club Captains next Saturday (27th November). A link to vote online will be provided in next week’s Whales Tales.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Storage Shed

You have no doubt noticed a new building appear next to the club room (we certainly heard it during club races last Saturday morning). We were successful in obtaining a grant for this through the Community Building Partnership program administered by the NSW Government. With Cumberland City Council we were able to obtain approval to construct the shed and they undertook the project management on our behalf.

The storage shed will enable us to move equipment out of the club room and this will provide more space in the club room for other activities (when health protocols allow this).

Thank you to the NSW Government and Cumberland City Council for their funding and project management of this project. Below are some photos of the project.

   

 

   

 

  

We will continue to seek other grants to improve the facilities and equipment available to our club members.

Relay Competition

This morning is the last chance for your team’s relay time trial. As the competition commences next Saturday (27th November) make sure you have registered your team (maximum of 6 team members per team) before next week and enjoy taking on all the other contenders for the champion relay team for the season. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Technical Officials – Online Webinars

The Swimming NSW Technical Swimming Committee (TSC) has presented a series of webinars for officials. These webinars cover a range of topics and if you are interested in viewing any of these recorded topics they can be found at

https://nsw.swimming.org.au/technical-officials/learn-nsw/development-program

 

For those who aren’t sure 😊

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Whales Challenge #2

Saturday 20th November

Closed

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

SNSW LC Qualifying Meet

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Tuesday 23rd November

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

TBA

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 12th November

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

Issue 3, 2021/2022

Season Program – Club Championships

Club Championships begin on Saturday, 27th November. The first events will be as follows:

27th November

  • 100m Freestyle (Open & Age)
  • 100m Breaststroke (Open & Age)

4th December

  • 100m Backstroke (Open & Age)
  • 100m Butterfly (Open & Age)

11th December

  • 400m Individual Medley (Open)

Due to the late start to the championships, and a reduced number of weeks available to run championships, the events will run a bit differently this year.

For the 100m events, swimmers will enter their Age Championship. All swimmers will swim together in an Open event to determine the results for the Open Championship, with the results split into ages to determine the Age Championship results.

So, using the 100m Freestyle as an example, all swimmers who enter the championship will swim a single 100m Freestyle race, with swimmers seeded in heats based on their entry time, not their age group. The times swum in the race will be used to determine the places for both the Age 100m Freestyle Championship and Open 100m Freestyle Championship, with points allocated in each competition, plus the Graded Point Score. Males and Females will be seeded separately.

We will still provide graded club races on these mornings, but they will be a limited program to provide the opportunity for members who are not competing in championship events to have swims and to also allow qualification for upcoming championship events.

We also plan to recommence championship presentation after club races, so we can recognise and celebrate the performances in these events.

Key points to remember are:

  • Only Financial First Claim Members are eligible to compete in Championships;
  • Entrants must have swum that stroke and that distance in the current season.

The full season program is now available and this can be found on the club website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am today. Financial first claim member aged 14 years and over are eligible to nominate to be a club captain. To nominate yourself or to nominate someone else please go to https://forms.office.com/r/qSuYfheZ6g.

In summary the roles and responsibilities include:

  • Club races – assisting with marshalling, organising the 25m rope for these races, organising Whales Challenge relay teams, sale of raffle tickets & preparing the awards for championship presentation;
  • Learn to Swim – set up and pack up of equipment & assisting in lessons;
  • Swim Meets – acting as team captains, supervising teams members throughout the meet, ensuring swimmers attend marshalling for their races;
  • Club Presentation – assisting with the event;
  • General – mentoring new members and other activities as determined by the Committee

All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (27th November, 2021).

Whales Challenge #1

The first of the 3 Whales Challenges this season was swum and won last week.

A close contest all morning, with the lead swapping and tied at one stage. The final results came down to the 15m races with the White”Emery” team scoring 823 points and edging out the Maroon “Turner” team who scored 806 points.

Plenty of PB’s & QT’s during the morning, so congratulations to everyone who swam for their teams.

The Maroon team don’t have too long to wait to try and outscore the White team, with the Whales Challenge #2 being swum next Saturday (20th November). Don’t forget to bring your team swim cap and wear it during your races next week.

Timekeepers

Thank you to all of our timekeepers who help each Saturday morning at club races. Every swimmer appreciates your efforts in recording their great swim times. For many swimmers the race is on to achieve those PB’s and QT’s for upcoming meets & championships, so accuracy is important to them.

If you arrive after races have started we still ask for your help. To assist in filling lanes please see Rabin Shrestha (Chief Timekeeper) before taking a watch, as he will fill vacancies from the middle lanes out, as this is how heats are seeded and the middle lanes have swimmers in every heat (apart from the 15, 25 & 33 metre races).

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All attendees (swimmers, spectators, volunteers) must sign-in, and out, when they attend the swimming centre, using the Service NSW app, and show proof of vaccination to council staff when asked.

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All swimmers, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend club races. Children under the age of 16 must be either fully vaccinated, or accompanied by a member of their household who is fully vaccinated.

Information & Conditions for Attendees also found at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/entryconditions

Relay Competition

The second team relay time trial is being swum this morning. An additional time trial will be swum next Saturday morning (20th November). The first competition relay race will be held on Saturday 27th November. So start getting your teams together (maximum of 6 team members per team) to take on all the other contenders. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Whales Challenge #2

Saturday 20th November

Thursday 18th November

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

MSW Area Open Water

Sunday 9th January

TBA

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 12th November

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area LC Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

MSW 5 – 8 Meet

Saturday 2nd April

TBA

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

Issue 2, 2021/2022

Season Program

With the loss of the first 2 weeks of our planned season and the impact of numerous championship meets in the coming months the Competition Committee has been reviewing the season program and the Committee has agreed to some changes to the program for this season.

The major change this season is to championship races. To provide the full championship program this season we have had to compact some of the weeks that championship races are conducted. This means there may be more than one championship held in a morning. The first championships to be held this season will be on Saturday 27th November and they will be 100 metres Freestyle and 100 metres Breaststroke. To allow us to complete these championships on the same morning, championship races will be held as Open events. Age championship results will be determined based on the times swum in the Open championship races.

The full season program will be published shortly and this can be found on the club website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces.

We will still provide graded club races on these mornings, but they will be a limited program to provide the opportunity for members who are not competing in championship events to have swims and to also allow qualification for upcoming championship events.

Please take the time to review the season program and plan your qualifying swims early.

We also plan to recommence championship presentation after club races, so we can recognise and celebrate the performances in these events.

Whales Challenge #1

The first of the 3 Whales Challenges this season is being held this morning. Good luck to the White”Emery” & Maroon “Turner” teams as they strive for glory.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (13th November, 2021). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (27th November, 2021).

Financial first claim member aged 14 years and over are eligible to nominate to be a club captain. In summary the roles and responsibilities include:

  • Club races – assisting with marshalling, organising the 25m rope for these races, organising Whales Challenge relay teams, sale of raffle tickets & preparing the awards for championship presentation;
  • Learn to Swim – set up and pack up of equipment & assisting in lessons;
  • Swim Meets – acting as team captains, supervising teams members throughout the meet, ensuring swimmers attend marshalling for their races;
  • Club Presentation – assisting with the event;
  • General – mentoring new members and other activities as determined by the Committee

 Nominations for Club Captain can be submitted here.

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop. 

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Championship Eligibility

The Club By-Laws set out the Eligibility to Compete in Championships (By-Law 21). Some key points to remember are:

  • Only Financial First Claim Members are eligible to compete in Championships;
  • Entrants must have swum that stroke and that distance in the current season.

It is therefore important to plan your swims so that you have swum the stroke and distance if you plan to compete in the Championship for that stroke and distance. The season program sets out the Championship dates to allow appropriate planning of your swims.

There are many situations that may arise which impact on swimmers plans. These situations may mean for example that the pool is closed for club races or the individual swimmer may have circumstances which preclude them from swimming at a particular time (for example COVID-19 health guidelines constantly being changed and updated). All members must continue to comply with health guidelines that are in place and there may be circumstances arise which impact on your ability to swim the stroke and distance in eligibility preparation.

As such the Committee strongly recommends that swimmers plan and undertake their eligibility swims as early in the season as possible, rather than leaving these swims to the last week available before the Championship event is to be swum.

A failure by a swimmer to swim an eligibility swim will preclude their participation in that Championship.

Junior Handicap

It was great to see two heats of the Junior Handicap last Saturday. Great swims with the chasers hot on the heels of the scratch starters. Congratulations to William Johnston and Chloe Ton who won their heats last week.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

As we all know Public Health Orders and Guidelines are constantly updated and they play an important role in setting the protocols the club is required to comply with. A new COVID-19 Safety Plan for the club has been developed in line with the current Public Health Orders.

We ask for your assistance in complying with the protocols & plan in place. We will communicate changes as they occur and these updates can be found online at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/news

Please remember:

  • You must check in using the Council QR code at pool entry;
  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity;
  • If you become unwell whilst at the pool please advise us and leave immediately;
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing. We have hand sanitiser available for your use;
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including googles, drink bottles or towels;
  • Maintain social distancing when at the swimming centre. We have designated areas around the pool and ask for your assistance in complying with these;
  • Access to the club room is available for officials only to retrieve equipment required for club use;
  • If you wish to wear a mask whilst at the pool we recommend that you bring this with you.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR SWIM CENTRAL PROFILE AND ENSURE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS (PARENTS & CHILDREN) ARE UP-TO-DATE

Relay Competition

This morning is the first team relay time trial. There will be additional time trials held over the next two Saturday mornings (13th & 20th November). The first competition relay race will be held on Saturday 27th November.

So start getting your teams together (maximum of 6 team members per team) to take on all the other contenders. The team entry form and swimmer nomination forms can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/relay

Squad Enrolment

If you would like to join squad training please complete the squad enrolment. Full details of squad enrolment and changes to training for this season can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/news

All swimmers must complete new enrolment forms and their club membership. The steps to follow are:

  1. Review the new COVID-19 Conditions
  2. Download your COVID-19 Digital Certificate (PDF) from Services Australia
  3. Complete your Club Membership renewal, including uploading your COVID-19 Digital Certificate
  4. Complete your Squad Enrolment
  5. Purchase your Squad Multi-Session Pass and any new equipment you need
  6. Download a copy of your Membership Card

Swimmers must not attend sessions if unwell, for any reason. It is also possible sessions may need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Technical Officials

Welcome back to all of our technical officials. For those who are non-swimming members don’t forget to renew your Dry/Support membership to ensure your technical accreditation remains current.

Membership

Club Membership is for a 12 month period from 1st October to 30th September each year. The annual membership fee includes affiliation to Swimming NSW, Swimming Australia and insurance coverage.

Changes this season include:

  • New COVID-19 Conditions for entry to the pool and for training
  • New Membership Categories and prices, resulting in lower membership fees for many swimmers. You can now choose to join as a Recreational Swimmer if you don't swim Club Races, or a Club Swimmer if you don't swim at external swimming meets. Your membership can be upgraded at a later date if required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or Medical Exemption must be uploaded with your club membership application.
  • No physical membership cards - you will need to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to Council Staff when requested.
  • All people entering the swimming centre will be required to use the Service NSW QR code and show Council Staff proof of vaccination.

 The Club Membership Fees for 2021/2022 are listed below. The fees include the Swimming NSW and Swimming Australia Membership fees. 

  • Dry/Supporter: $23
  • Recreational Swimmer: $50
  • Club Swimmer: $70.00*
  • Full Swimmer: $86.00

 Additional Fees apply for Masters Membership.

 * Free Membership for 8yrs & Under

Thanks to a grant received from Club Merrylands swimmers aged 8yrs & Under, who regularly swim in our club races or train in our squad program may be eligible to receive a reimbursement on their membership fees. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to claim reimbursement see the club website.

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

 

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Whales Challenge #1

Saturday 6th November

Closed

Whales Challenge #2

Saturday 20th November

Thursday 18th November

MASC 100m Freestyle Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 27th November

Thursday 25th November

MASC 100m Backstroke Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 100m Butterfly Championship

Saturday 4th December

Thursday 2nd December

MASC 400m Individual Medley Championship (Open)

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 9th December

NSW Multi-Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

Thursday 30th November

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 12th November

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

 

Issue 1, 2021/2022

Welcome

How great was it to start the season last Saturday morning. With community sport being able to commence the Committee quickly decided to get the ball rolling immediately. It was great to see familiar faces, not just on phone and computer screens in FaceTime, Zoom, Teams or whatever other technology everyone was using to stay in touch with each other.

With the loss of some weeks at the start of October, two weeks off at Christmas (Christmas & New Year's Day both fall on a Saturday) and a mass of Area, State & National meets during the season, the race program for the season will look a bit different this year. The Competition Committee is working on completing the season program now all the meet dates are known and this will be published soon. In the meantime, take the opportunity to swim your qualifying swims for your upcoming championship events.

When published the season program will be available on the club website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces. Please take time to review the season program and plan your swims early.

Committee 2021/2022

The Executive and Committee Members elected are:

Executive Members

President

Graham Edwards

Vice President

Peter Johnston

Secretary

Leanne Tovkach

Treasurer

Ian Johnston

Race Secretary

Alison Johnston

Social Secretary

Emily Ton

 Committee Members

Tricia Johnston

Margaret Edwards

Ian Wilson

Danielle Vicic

 

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

As we all know Public Health Orders and Guidelines are constantly updated and they play an important role in setting the protocols the club is required to comply with. A new COVID-19 Safety Plan for the club has been developed in line with the current Public Health Orders.

We ask for your assistance in complying with the protocols & plan in place. We will communicate changes as they occur and these updates can be found online at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/news

Please remember:

  • You must check in using the Council QR code at pool entry;
  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity;
  • If you become unwell whilst at the pool please advise us and leave immediately;
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing. We have hand sanitiser available for your use;
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels;
  • Maintain social distancing when at the swimming centre. We have designated areas around the pool and ask for your assistance in complying with these;
  • Access to the club room is available for officials only to retrieve equipment required for club use;
  • If you wish to wear a mask whilst at the pool we recommend that you bring this with you.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR SWIM CENTRAL PROFILE AND ENSURE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS (PARENTS & CHILDREN) ARE UP-TO-DATE

Championship Eligibility

The Club By-Laws set out the Eligibility to Compete in Championships (By-Law 21). Some key points to remember are:

  • Only Financial First Claim Members are eligible to compete in Championships;
  • Entrants must have swum that stroke and that distance in the current season.

It is therefore important to plan your swims so that you have swum the stroke and distance if you plan to compete in the Championship for that stroke and distance. The season program sets out the Championship dates to allow appropriate planning of your swims.

There are many situations that may arise which impact on swimmers plans. These situations may mean for example that the pool is closed for club races or the individual swimmer may have circumstances which preclude them from swimming at a particular time (for example COVID-19 health guidelines constantly being changed and updated). All members must continue to comply with health guidelines that are in place and there may be circumstances arise which impact on your ability to swim the stroke and distance in eligibility preparation.

As such the Committee strongly recommends that swimmers plan and undertake their eligibility swims as early in the season as possible, rather than leaving these swims to the last week available before the Championship event is to be swum.

A failure by a swimmer to swim an eligibility swim will preclude their participation in that Championship.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (13th November, 2021). Information about the duties and responsibilities of Club Captains can be found on the club website in the By-Laws.

All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (27th November, 2021).

Technical Officials

Welcome back to all of our technical officials. For those who are non-swimming members don’t forget to renew your Dry/Support membership to ensure your technical accreditation remains current.

Membership

Club Membership is for a 12 month period from 1st October to 30th September each year. The annual membership fee includes affiliation to Swimming NSW, Swimming Australia and insurance coverage.

Changes this season include:

  • New COVID-19 Conditions for entry to the pool and for training
  • New Membership Categories and prices, resulting in lower membership fees for many swimmers. You can now choose to join as a Recreational Swimmer if you don't swim Club Races, or a Club Swimmer if you don't swim at external swimming meets. Your membership can be upgraded at a later date if required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or Medical Exemption must be uploaded with your club membership application.
  • No physical membership cards - you will need to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to Council Staff when requested.
  • All people entering the swimming centre will be required to use the Service NSW QR code and show Council Staff proof of vaccination.

 The Club Membership Fees for 2021/2022 are listed below. The fees include the Swimming NSW and Swimming Australia Membership fees. 

  • Dry/Supporter: $23
  • Recreational Swimmer: $50
  • Club Swimmer: $70.00*
  • Full Swimmer: $86.00

 Additional Fees apply for Masters Membership.

 * Free Membership for 8yrs & Under

Thanks to a grant received from Club Merrylands swimmers aged 8yrs & Under, who regularly swim in our club races or train in our squad program may be eligible to receive a reimbursement on their membership fees. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to claim reimbursement see the club website.

Squad Enrolment

It’s time to complete your squad enrolment if you haven’t already done so and you plan to train over the summer season.

All swimmers must complete new enrolment forms and their club membership. The steps to follow are:

  1. Review the new COVID-19 Conditions
  2. Download your COVID-19 Digital Certificate (PDF) from Services Australia
  3. Complete your Club Membership renewal, including uploading your COVID-19 Digital Certificate
  4. Complete your Squad Enrolment
  5. Purchase your Squad Multi-Session Pass and any new equipment you need
  6. Download a copy of your Membership Card

Swimmers must not attend sessions if unwell, for any reason. It is also possible sessions may need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Full details of squad enrolment and changes to training for this season can be found at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/news

Sponsors

We receive great support from our club sponsors and we thank them for this support.

 

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Some items require special orders to be placed, so minimum numbers may be required before orders for these items can be placed with the supplier.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

In the Media

An article about our club was included in the Auburn Review online edition this week. To read it online visit https://www.localnewsplus.com.au/review

Upcoming Meet Calendar

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

NSW Multi Class Championships

Saturday 11th December

TBA

NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 18th December

Sunday 19th December

Tuesday 7th December

NSW Open Water Championships

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Tuesday 14th December

NSW Senior State Championships

Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 25th January

Tuesday 11th January

Speedo Sprint Series - Heats

Sunday 13th February

Thursday 12th November

MASC SwimFest

Saturday 19th February

TBA

MSW Area Championships

Saturday 26th February

Sunday 27th February

TBA

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 4th March

Sunday 6th March

TBA

Speedo Sprint Series - Finals

Saturday 12th March

Qualify via Heats

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 19th March

Sunday 20th March

TBA

NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March

TBA

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and their impact on Club Activities are available below.

Updates will be provided on this page as the situation evolves.

Update: Friday, 16th October, 2021

Merrylands Swimming Centre will re-open on Monday, 18th October. Squad Training will resume on the same day. Under the Public Health Order, only fully vaccinated people may attend swimming centres at this time. Squad members have received an email with enrolment information and conditions.

Club Races can resume when Community Sport can resume. We are still working through the details of when we will start.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume over the coming weeks. Start date is to be determined. 
  • Squad Training
    • Resumes Monday, 18th October
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will not resume until later in the season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre opens from Monday, 18th October

Update: Friday, 24th September, 2021

Outdoor pools are permitted to re-open with restrictions from Monday, 27th September.

At this stage:

  • Squad Training is not permitted under the restrictions.
  • Cumberland Council is not re-opening Merrylands Pool until further notice due to the COVID-19 Testing Centre located in the car park. Various other pools are not re-opening at this stage.
  • Other centres that are opening are doing so with various restrictions in place. These vary depending on the Local Government Area or pool operator.

We encourage you to swim if you can find a swimming centre in your LGA, or within 5km of your home. Check the entry conditions before attending. There will be capacity limits, vaccination requirements, age limits and some centres may require bookings.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume when permitted 
  • Squad Training
    • Will resume when permitted
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will resume when permitted
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is closed until further notice

Update: Saturday, 26th June, 2021

Stay at Home orders have been announced for Greater Sydney which come into force from 6pm today for 2 weeks.

All swimming public swimming pools will close. All training sessions will cease.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume in October 2021 
  • Squad Training
    • Suspended
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will resume in November 2021
  • Swimming Centres
    • All centres are closed

Update: Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021

New restrictions have been announced which come into force from 4pm today.

As a result, until further notice, the following will apply to training sessions:

  • Where possible, spectators should not attend sessions
  • All spectators who do attend, must wear a mask, even when outside

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health websiteyou must not attend club activities, and get tested.

If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume in October 2021 
  • Squad Training
    • Running
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will resume in November 2021
  • Swimming Centres
    • Centres are open to the public. Merrylands Swimming Centre will re-open in October 2021

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 12th February, 2021

The state of Victoria has been declared an affected area.

If you, or a member of your household, has been in Victoria at any time on or after Friday, 29th January, you must not attend club activities before Thursday, 18th February.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health website, you must not attend club activities, and get tested.
If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 2nd January.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Squad Training
    • Resumed, Saturday, 2nd January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumed Saturday, 30th January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot physically distance from others.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Wednesday, 6th January, 2021

New COVID-19 cases have been identified at various locations in our local area, including Merrylands, Mays Hill, Pendle Hill and Parramatta.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health websiteyou must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test and follow the instructions of NSW Health.
If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 2nd January.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Squad Training
    • Resumed, Saturday, 2nd January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumes Saturday, 30th January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot physically distance from others.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 1st January, 2020

New COVID-19 cases have been identified at various locations throughout Greater Sydney.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health websiteyou must not attend club activities.
If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumes Saturday, 2nd January.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to sign-in.
  • Squad Training
    • Resumes, Saturday, 2nd January.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumes Saturday, 30th January.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot physically distance from others.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 18th December, 2020

New COVID-19 cases have been identified on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited the Northern Beaches Local Government Area, or any of the locations listed on the NSW Health website, since Friday, 11th December, you must not attend club activities.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 10th October.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to sign-in.
  • Squad Training
    • Returned to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Monday, 12th October.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumed Saturday, 24th October
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Thursday, 19th November, 2020

South Australia and New Zealand have recently identified case locations.

If you have visited Adelaide on or since 7 November, even if you did not visit the listed venues, you must not attend club activities until 14 days after you were last in Adelaide.

If you have visited New Zealand, follow the advice of the Ministry of Health NZ.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 10th October.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to sign-in.
  • Squad Training
    • Returned to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Monday, 12th October.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumed Saturday, 24th October
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 9th October, 2020

The 2020/2021 season has started.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Membership
    • Renewals for the 2020/2021 season have opened.
  • Club Races
  • Squad Training
    • Enrolments are now open.
    • Training returns to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Monday, 12th October.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Planning has been delayed by COVID-19, but is underway.
    • Once details have been finalised, COVID-19 Safety information will be advised and enrolments will open.
    • The capacity of the program will be reduced this season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through the pool.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Monday, 5th October, 2020

We are continuing our preparations for the 2020/2021 season.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Membership
    • Renewals for the 2020/2021 season have opened.
  • Club Races
    • Resume Saturday, 10th October.
    • The Season Program is now available.
    • Online Entries are open for the first 2 weeks
    • COVID-19 Safety information will be published on this page before the first week of races.
  • Squad Training
    • Swimmers who trained at Guildford will return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 6th October.
    • Other swimmers may resume from Monday, 12th October.
    • Enrolments have been delayed by Council's late decision on the centre's operating hours. They will now open this week.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Planning has been delayed by COVID-19, but is underway.
    • Once details have been finalised, COVID-19 Safety information will be advised and enrolments will open.
    • The capacity of the program will be reduced this season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre opens for Public Lap Swimming on Tuesday, 6th October. Bookings are required through the pool.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Tuesday, 29th September, 2020

We are continuing our preparations for the 2020/2021 season.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Membership
    • Renewals for the 2020/2021 season have opened.
  • Club Races
    • Resume Saturday, 10th October.
    • The Season Program is being reviewed due to last minute changes by Metro South West to their meets.
    • The Program, Online Entries and COVID-19 Safety information will be published as soon as possible.
  • Squad Training
    • There is no training the week of 28th September. 
    • Planned to return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 6th October.
    • Council are yet to confirm the opening hours of the centre.
    • Once opening hours are confirmed, we will advise the session times and COVID-19 Safety information and open enrolments.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Planning has been delayed by COVID-19, but is underway.
    • Once details have been finalised, COVID-19 Safety information will be advised and enrolments will open.
    • The capacity of the program will be reduced this season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Guildford & Granville Swimming Centres are open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through those pools.

Update: Saturday, 25th July, 2020

On Friday, 24th July, NSW Health advised that Cerdon College and 2 other local schools have been closed due to students returning positive tests for COVID-19.

Under our COVID Safety Plan, students who attend these schools, and their family members, may not attend training until contact tracing has been completed by NSW Health.

If you are one of these swimmers and have received bookings for this week, please cancel your bookings through the booking system and do not attend training.

You must not attend training if you have attended any of the Reported Case Locations on the NSW Health website.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions continue as planned and may now have up to 20 swimmers in a group
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Guildford & Granville Swimming Centres are open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through the pool.

Update: Sunday, 19th July, 2020

With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have reviewed our COVID-19 Safety Plans along with advice from NSW Health, Sport NSW, Swimming Australia, Swimming NSW and ASCTA. The Training Conditions have been updated.

You must not attend training if you have attended any of the Reported Case Locations on the NSW Health website.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions continue as planned and may now have up to 20 swimmers in a group
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Guildford & Granville Swimming Centres are open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through the pool.

Update: Tuesday, 16th June, 2020

Public Lap Swimming is now available at Guildford Swimming Centre from 6am to 12 noon. Bookings are required and must be made through the centre. See the Cumberland Council website for details.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions continue as planned and may now have up to 20 swimmers in a session
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre is open for Public Lap Swimming from 6am to 12 noon. Bookings are required through the pool.
    • Indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre is open for Squad Training only in the afternoons.
    • Granville Swimming Centre will reopen on Friday, 26th June.

Update: Friday, 12th June, 2020

Limited pool sessions for Squad Training continue at Guildford Swimming Centre and may have up to 10 swimmers in the session from Monday, 15th June.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions may have up to 10 swimmers in a session from Monday, 15th June
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre is open for Squad Training only.
    • All other Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice.

Update: Wednesday, 27th May, 2020

Limited pool sessions for Squad Training will resume on Monday, 1st June at Guildford Swimming Centre inline with the COVID-19 Restrictions which now allow squads to train in indoor pools. Members have been emailed the details on how to book their session.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Limited sessions resume Monday, 1st June, 2020 under restrictions
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • The indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre will open on Monday, 1st June, 2020 in line with COVID-19 Restrictions for Squad Training only.
    • All other Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice.

Update: Monday, 25th May, 2020

We are in discussions with the Council about resuming pool sessions for Squad Training. All squad members have receive an email with a survey to complete to indicate their interest in returning to the pool. Please check your email and complete the survey as soon as possible.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice. Discussing with council options for resuming pool sessions.
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • All Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice

Update: Thursday, 14th May, 2020

The NSW Government is easing restrictions as of Friday, 15th May. Outdoor pools can operate but can have no more than 10 people at a time and no more than one person per lane. Change areas will also be closed. It is up to pool operators to decide whether reopening their pools is practical or feasible at this time. Cumberland Council has not provided any advice as to whether their pools will reopen, and they remain closed at this time.

Swimming NSW and Swimming Australia have today provided National Guidelines for Restarting Club Environments which the Club Committee will review before activities resume.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • All Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice

Update: Monday, 6th April, 2020

The Club Committee has voted to move the AGM and Presentation Evening to September. The events will be reviewed closer to the date.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice
    • Further information will be provided to squad members via email
  • Club Races
    • The final week of races for the season (Saturday, 28th March, 2020) is cancelled
  • Learn to Swim
    • Lessons finished Saturday, 21st March, 2020
  • Swimming Centres
    • All Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice

Update: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

As of midday, Monday, 23rd March, 2020, all Cumberland Council Swim Centres will close until further notice.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice
    • Further information will be provided to squad members via email.
  • Club Races
    • The final week of races for the season (Saturday, 28th March, 2020) is cancelled.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Lessons finished Saturday, 21st March, 2020.

Update: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

All members have been emailed an update on Club Activities. A summary follows.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Running on Saturday, 21st March, under the following conditions
    • Appropriate Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene practices to be followed at all times
    • Only essential participants should attend. i.e. swimmers, coaches, officials, volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of swimmers
    • Participants must spread out throughout the centre. There will be designated areas only for marshalling and officiating.
    • Timekeepers should only move to the 15m/25m/33m if they have a swimmer in their lane. Otherwise they should move straight to the end of the pool, and maintain at least 1.5m gaps when not timing a race.
    • Equipment should not be shared
    • Club Photo has been cancelled
    • Championship Presentation has been cancelled
    • There will be no general access to the club room
    • A decision on races for Saturday, 28th March will be made by Thursday, 26th March
    • Advice from Swimming NSW concerning cancellation of swimming meets relates to multi-club meets - not club races at this time
  • Learn to Swim
    • Running on Saturday, 21st March, under the following conditions
    • This is the final lesson (as already scheduled)
    • Appropriate Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene practices to be followed at all times
    • Spectators should spread out in areas away from direct contact with the lesson activity
    • Only essential participants should attend. i.e. swimmers and parents/guardians of swimmers
    • Instructors will be modifying lessons as appropriate
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling lessons at this time
  • Squad Training
    • Running, but under modified conditions (see below).
    • Updates will be provided through the website by 3:30pm each day if sessions are to be cancelled.
    • The following changes are being made to Squad Training until further notice:
      • All Land Warm-Ups cancelled - sessions will start in the water at the usual in water start times:
        • Novice & Junior Squad: 4:30pm
        • Development, Age, Senior Squad: 5:15pm
        • Masters, Adults: 5:45pm
        • Morning Squads: 6:00am (access via the main entrance - not the club room)
      • Access to the Club Room and Old Club Room will be restricted. Swimmers may leave their bags in the club room while training and will be able to access the Old Club Room only to get access to their training gear. The rooms will be closed to everyone at all other times.
      • Spectators at training should implement social distancing by doing the following:
        • Not congregating around the entrances to rooms
        • Not sitting on the side of the pool where training is being conducted
        • Spectators that do not need to be at the centre should not attend 
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling sessions at this time

Cumberland Council has advised that it's swimming centres remain open.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Monday, 16th March, 2020

Swimming NSW has provided updated advice on their website, which all members should make themselves familiar with.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Squad Training
    • Running, but under modified conditions (see below).
    • Updates will be provided through the website by 3:30pm each day if sessions are to be cancelled.
    • The following changes are being made to Squad Training until further notice:
      • All Land Warm-Ups cancelled - sessions will start in the water at the usual in water start times:
        • Novice & Junior Squad: 4:30pm
        • Development, Age, Senior Squad: 5:15pm
        • Masters, Adults: 5:45pm
        • Morning Squads: 6:00am (access via the main entrance - not the club room)
      • Access to the Club Room and Old Club Room will be restricted. Swimmers may leave their bags in the club room while training and will be able to access the Old Club Room only to get access to their training gear. The rooms will be closed to everyone at all other times.
      • Spectators at training should implement social distancing by doing the following:
        • Not congregating around the entrances to rooms
        • Not sitting on the side of the pool where training is being conducted
        • Spectators that do not need to be at the centre should not attend 
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling sessions at this time.
  • Club Races
    • Being reviewed.
    • A decision will be made by the close of entries on Thursday night as to whether they will proceed.
    • The Club Photo has been cancelled.
    • Advice from Swimming NSW concerning cancellation of swimming meets relates to multi-club meets - not club races at this time.
    • If races do not proceed a refund for entry fees will be provided through SwimCentral.
    • We will be implementing some social distancing measures if races proceed. More details will be provided closer to the weekend.
  • Learn to swim
    • Being reviewed.
    • A decision will be made by Thursday night as to whether lessons will proceed.
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling lessons at this time.

Cumberland Council has advised that they are increasing cleaning protocols at the swimming centres.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 13th March, 2020

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to evolve, Swimming NSW has provided an update on their website, which all members should make themselves familiar with.

Swimming Club and Training Sessions will continue to be held at this stage, however all members should follow the advice from Swimming NSW and State and Federal Governments.

In particular:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.

The Australian Age and Open Championships in late April have been cancelled by Swimming Australia. At this stage however there are no plans to change State or local events of less than 500 people that are currently happening. The NSW State Open Championships are continuing this weekend.

See Also

 

Training resumes at Merrylands

The wait is over! Training is back at Merrylands Swimming Centre from Monday 18th October. 

What do you need to do?

All swimmers must complete new enrolment forms and their club membership before they can attend training. The steps to follow are detailed below.

Please note, that under the current Public Health Orders, there are restrictions on who can attend Public Swimming Centres. More information and details on how this affects us is available here.

Members must submit a copy of their COVID-19 Digital Certificate (PDF) or medical exemption during their membership application. Children under 16 years of age who are not vaccinated, must submit their accompanying household member's certificate or medical exemption.

Changes this season

  • New COVID-19 Conditions for entry to the pool and for training
  • New Membership Categories and prices, resulting in lower membership fees for many swimmers. You can now choose to join as a Recreational Swimmer if you don't swim Club Races, or a Club Swimmer if you don't swim at external swimming meets. Your membership can be upgraded at a later date if required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or Medical Exemption must be uploaded with your club membership application.
  • A small increase in the cost of some sessions.
  • No physical membership cards - you will need to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to Council Staff when requested.
  • All people entering the swimming centre will be required to use the Service NSW QR code and show Council Staff proof of vaccination.

Instructions

  1. Review the new COVID-19 Conditions
  2. Download your COVID-19 Digital Certificate (PDF) from Services Australia
  3. Complete your Club Membership renewal, including uploading your COVID-19 Digital Certificate
  4. Complete your Squad Enrolment
  5. Purchase your Squad Multi-Session Pass and any new equipment you need
  6. Download a copy of your Membership Card

Session Bookings

Under the current COVID-19 restrictions we are required to limit the number of swimmers in a session, and maintain attendance records.

Swimmers will be booked into a session based on their enrolment. If you can't attend a session, you must cancel your booking through the booking system.
If you want to attend another session, it also must be booked through the booking system.

You will only be able to book into a session if there is space.

Active Kids Vouchers

Want to use an Active Kids Voucher to pay for your Squad Training? You can use an Active Kids Voucher to pay for up to $100 of your squad fees.

Voucher details can be entered when you complete your Squad Enrolment. See the Squad Fees page on the website for more details.