Issue 9, 2019/2020

Christmas Hamper Raffle & Christmas Events

The Christmas Hamper raffle will be drawn next Saturday 21st December, 2019 after club races. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10). There is still time to donate non-perishable items as prize items.

Novelty events, breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party will follow the club races, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Remember training breaks from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resumes on Saturday 4th January, 2020. If you plan to be away over December or January please let your coach know. If you haven’t done this yet complete the online form at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/coaching/missedsessions.aspx

Chocolate Fundraising

If you have any outstanding funds please return these to Trish Johnston. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Whales Challenge #1

What a great turn out of swimmers for the first Whales Challenge of the season. We had around 15 extra swimmers at club races and we know it was a jam-packed morning! We saw the points tally fluctuate throughout the morning, with the lead changing a few times. However Merrylands Maroon (Turner team) hit the lead at the right time and ended up victorious. Congratulations to everyone who swam in the Merrylands Maroon team. Look out because Merrylands White (Emery team) are hot on your heels for the return event on Saturday 18th January, 2020.

Swimming NSW Senior State Age Championships

Vanessa Ozols and Alison Sakurovs will be swimming and representing our club at this meet, which is being held over the next 5 days at SOPAC. This meet also attracts swimmers from club’s interstate and internationally, with swimmers from the UK, New Zealand, Singapore & Japan also competing. Vanessa will swim in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke & 100m Backstroke events and Alison is swimming in the 50m Freestyle event. We wish both Vanessa and Alison the best of luck and may the Whale be with you both.

Timekeepers Practical Assessment – Saturday 21st December, 2019

The practical assessment of timekeepers who have completed the online course will be carried out next Saturday morning (21st December) during club races. Good luck to all our members undertaking the course and we look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of accredited technical officials.

Updated Club By-Laws

The updated Club By-Laws are available on the Governing Documents page.

Bushfire Smoke

Smoke from bushfires affecting the Sydney area has impacted our ability to hold training sessions recently.

Check the website for updates on whether sessions are on, before leaving for the pool each day. If sessions are cancelled, an update will be posted on the club website by 3:30pm on that day.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Don’t forget to put this date in your dairy or phone calendar. We are holding both meets on the same day, as we did last year. Entry closing dates are:

Merrylands SwimFest - 5.00pm on Saturday 8th February, 2020
Masters Meet - 12.00pm on Friday 14th February, 2020.

Christmas & Holiday Events @ Club Merrylands Newman St, Merrylands

FREE Bingo - Wednesday 15 January 2pm
FREE Reptile Show - Sunday 19 January 12.30pm
Pizza Making - Tuesday 21 January 5pm - $5

Cumberland Council Pool Hours over the Holiday Period

Local pools will have reduced opening hours over the holiday period and Merrylands Swimming Centre will only be open between 9.30am and 5.00pm from Tuesday 24th December, 2019 to Wednesday 1st January, 2020 inclusive (closed Christmas & Boxing Day). Normal opening times will resume on Thursday 2nd January, 2020 with the closing time moving to 8.00pm.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items. Margaret is also taking orders for hoodies and winter jackets, as these require minimum order numbers and have a lead time to obtain.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Wednesday 18th December

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 14th December

Closed

NSW State Open & Age Open Water

Friday 20th December

Saturday 21st December

Closed

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Thursday 19th December

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

MSW Qualifying Meet

Sunday 5th January

Tuesday 24th December

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Tuesday 21st January

Whales Tales Online

Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

NSW State Age Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 2 swimmers at the NSW State Age Championships which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from Friday, 13th to Wednesday 18th December, 2019.

Our team consists of:

Vanessa Ozols
  50m Freestyle MC Day 2
  100m Breaststroke MC Day 3
  100m Backstroke MC Day 4
Alison Johnston
  50m Freestyle Day 2


Congratulations to both Vanessa and Alison for qualifying and we wish them well for the meet.

See Also

Training Cancelled - Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

Merrylands Swimming Centre is closed and Swimming Training for all squads for Tuesday, 10th December has been cancelled due to the poor air quality caused by bushfires.

Swimmers who usually attend training for one of these sessions may choose to attend an alternate session, subject to space.

If you would like to attend an alternate session, please email squad@merrylandsasc.asn.au to let us know which session you would like to attend and we will confirm availability.

See Also

Training Update - Bushfire Smoke

Smoke from bushfires is affecting the Sydney area and may impact our ability to hold training sessions.

Please check the website for updates on whether sessions are on before leaving for the pool each day.

If sessions are cancelled, an update will be posted on the website by 3:30pm on that day.

Issue 8, 2019/2020

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who represented our club at the Metropolitan Championships last weekend. Alison swam in the Womens Open 50 metres Freestyle, clocking 28.89, a season best time. A great warm up for the State Age Championships in two weeks time! Congratulations Alison.

Chocolate Fundraising

Please return any outstanding funds raised to Trish Johnston. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Christmas Hamper Raffle & Christmas Events

We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items as prize items for our Christmas Hamper Raffle. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019 after club races. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10) and are available from today.

Following club races we will also be holding novelty events, a breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Remember training breaks from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resumes on Saturday 4th January, 2020. If you plan to be away over December or January please let your coach know. To do this complete the online form. More details here.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items. Margaret is also taking orders for hoodies and winter jackets, as these require minimum order numbers and have a lead time to obtain.

Timekeepers Course

I hope to be able to provide the date this morning for the Timekeepers assessment. Stay tuned at presentation after club races today.

Christmas & Holiday Events @ Club Merrylands Newman St, Merrylands

FREE Santa Photos - Monday 9 December 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Kids Toy Raffle - Monday 9 December 7.30pm @ Club Merrylands

FREE Kids Barefoot Bowls - Friday 10 January 9.30am

FREE Bingo - Wednesday 15 January 2pm

FREE Reptile Show - Sunday 19 January 12.30pm

Pizza Making - Tuesday 21 January 5pm - $5

Club By-Laws

The Club By-Laws have been updated and are now available on the club website. They can be accessed at here.

Be Sun Smart

Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting yourself in 5 ways:

  • Slip on clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs. Choose shirts with collars, high necks and sleeves and trousers or longer shorts and skirts that come below the knees;
  • Slop on SPF30+ or higher broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen. Apply generously 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours. Never rely on sunscreen alone;
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats provide good protection. Baseball caps are not recommended, as they do not protect the ears, cheeks or neck;
  • Seek shade whenever you can especially when UV levels are highest between10am and 2pm (11am and 3pm during daylight saving);
  • Slide on sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS1067 and that fit your face well.

Sun screen is available in the club room for your protection.

Information courtesy of Cancer Council NSW

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Closed

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 14th December

Thursday 12th December

NSW State Open & Age Open Water

Friday 20th December

Saturday 21st December

Tuesday 10th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Thursday 19th December

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

Whales Tales Online

Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Training Cancelled - Thursday, 5th December, 2019

Swimming Training for all squads for Thursday, 5th December has been cancelled due to the poor air quality caused by bushfires.

Swimmers who usually attend training for one of these sessions may choose to attend an alternate session, subject to space.

If you would like to attend an alternate session, please email squad@merrylandsasc.asn.au to let us know which session you would like to attend and we will confirm availability.

Club Races & Training - Saturday, 7th December

Club Races and Training on Saturday, 7th December are expected to go ahead as planned. Entries close 8pm tonight.

See Also

Training Cancelled - Wednesday Afternoon, Thursday Morning

Swimming Training for all squads at the following times has been cancelled due to the poor air quality caused by bushfires:

  • Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 (afternoon)
  • Thursday, 5th December, 2019 (morning)

Swimmers who usually attend training for one of these sessions may choose to attend an alternate session, subject to space.

If you would like to attend an alternate session, please email squad@merrylandsasc.asn.au to let us know which session you would like to attend and we will confirm availability.

Thursday Afternoon Training - 5th December

Check the website for updates on whether training will be held on Thursday Afternoon. Advice will be provided on the site by 3:30pm.

See Also

Metropolitan Results

Alison Johnston swam a season best time at the NSW Metropolitan Championships yesterday.

Swimming in the Open 50m Freestyle, Alison finished in 28.89, her fastest time so far this season. A great result as she prepares for the State Age Championships in two weeks time.

Congratulations to Alison on her swim.

Issue 7, 2019/2020

Club Captains

Thank you to all of our nominees for Club Captains. We had a great selection of nominees for the positions. Congratulations to Michael Evans (Male Captain) & Bree Khoury (Female Captain) who were elected as Captains for the 2019/2020 season.

I also want to thank Charlie-Rose El Riachi who was a great representative as Female Captain last season. We appreciate all of your hard work over the year Charlie-Rose.

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Alison Sakurovs is representing our club this morning at this meet. Alison is competing in the Womens Open 50 metres Freestyle. Good luck and may the Whale be with you Alison.

Chocolate Fundraising

Please return any outstanding funds raised to Trish Johnston. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Christmas Hamper Raffle

As you know we will be holding our Christmas Hamper Raffle again this year and it will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019. We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items from Saturday 7th December, 2019 as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10) and are available from today.

Following club races we will be holding novelty events, a breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Training will break from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resume on Saturday 4th January, 2020. If you plan to be away over December or January please let your coach know. To do this complete the Training Break Form. More details here.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

Why not join the Club

If you are not already a member, why not join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $23. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. To apply for membership visit the Membership section.

We still have a couple of roles that we would like some help with. If you are a club member aged 18 or older we would welcome your help with the roles of Learn to Swim Committee Member or Assistant Treasurer.

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club. Please see Graham if you are able to help out.

Timekeepers Course

A final reminder about undertaking the online component of the timekeepers course. We encourage anyone still considering undertaking the course to do so as soon as possible, as we will have the practical assessment completed on a Saturday morning at club races during December. Remember the minimum age is high school student, so we also encourage our Junior members to also obtain their accreditation.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Closed

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Closed

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Tuesday 3rd December

MASC 400metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 14th December

Thursday 12th December

NSW State Open & Age Open Water

Friday 20th December

Saturday 21st December

Tuesday 10th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Thursday 19th December

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Whales Tales Online

Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Member Protection

As a family oriented club we are committed to provide a safe and friendly environment for all of our members. We operate within the boundaries of a range of policies that assist clubs like ours in providing this environment. From time to time we publicise information about these policies and programs available to all members.

Safe Sport Framework

The safety of children and young people in our sport is paramount. We want swimming to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all. The Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. A copy of the Safe Sport Framework is available on the noticeboard in the club room or can be downloaded at https://www.swimming.org.au/integrity/safe-sport-framework.

Shoosh For Kids

Shoosh for Kids is a collaboration between the Office of Sport and Swimming NSW to promote positive behaviour to clubs, members and spectators. See the posters in the club room for more information or visit https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/ryc/fairplay/ShooshforKids

Play By The Rules

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport. For more information and resources see www.playbytherules.net.au

Member Protection Information Officer

If you see or hear something that is not appropriate you have the opportunity to raise this with the club. You can either do this by speaking to one of our Club Committee members or raising it with a trained Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO).

An MPIO provides information about the rights, responsibilities and options available to an individual making a complaint in sport. MPIO’s are impartial and don’t mediate or investigate complaints. Graham Edwards and Leanne Tovkach are trained MPIO’s available within our club.

What Can You Do?

To ensure every member is aware of these policies we ask that every parent or carer discuss this with their family. During club events such as club races, squad training and swim meets please ensure all family members remain in appropriate areas. This includes during club races around the 50 metre pool area, particularly near the marshalling area. Children should not be in the club room, change rooms, play areas or other pools whilst club races are being held. This helps ensure all members remain safe and it also assists in the smooth running of the races.