Speedo Sprint Heats

Merrylands will be sending a team of 18 swimmers to the Speedo Sprint Series Heats which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Our team consists of:
Aisha Abdelraheem
Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Chevelle Fehir
Joab Hada
Ren Jie Hum
Avani Pradhan
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Our team will compete in 69 individual events at the meet.

Good luck to our team!

NSW Open Water Championships

Two swimmers will represent Merrylands at the NSW Open Water Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre today.

This is day 2 of the championships after it was postponed in December last year. Matthew Vicic and Summer Shrestha will both compete in the 5km event.

This is the first time Matt and Summer have qualified for this event - congratulations!

See Also

Issue 15, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

Online entries for the Merrylands SwimFest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) are open and close in 1 week (5.00 pm on Saturday 6th February, 2021). All members who can swim 50 metres are encouraged to enter. More details here

Speedo Sprint Heats

This meet is being held next Saturday (6th February, 2021) at SOPAC. Online entries close at 5.00pm on Monday 1st February, 2021.

SNSW Open Water Championships

The seconds day of this meet is being held today at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (Penrith Lakes), after it was postponed in December. We have two swimmers who have qualified and will represent our club.
Good luck to Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic, may the whale be with you both 🐳.

In December, Niushka Shrestha represented the club on the first day of the Championships in the 2.5km JX event.
This was the first time Niushka had competed at this distance and achieved a great time of 47:40.01. Congratulations Niushka, we are all proud of you 👏.

Member Profile

Following her recent all conquering effort to triumph in the Merrylands 50’s, we learn some interesting information about Aisha Abdelraheem (and maybe tips on how to prepare for and win the event in 2022):

 

Favourite Colour

Green

Favourite Food

Ice cream

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Soccer

Favourite Team

Matildas

Favourite Holiday Place

Malaysia

Favourite Memory

Jet skiing, swimming with dolphins and skiing in Canada. I have too many favourites

Favourite Song

Billie Eilish- Therefore I Am

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

Cobra Kai

Career after school

Zooologist

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

I like my club because my coaches are the best, I like everyone I swim with and my club pushes me to surprise myself with great results

So there you are, prepare eating ice cream whilst watching Cobra Kai and most importantly listen to your great coaches (they are the best)!

Season Program Changes

The amended season program can be found here.

Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Club Uniforms

Items can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the Butterfly Championships last week. The results are available here.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

Remember:

  • Do not come to club activities if you are not feeling well;
  • Maintain social distancing by spreading out in areas to sit (do not congregate in areas);
  • Only timekeepers, officials & swimmers for the event to be swum should be in the marshalling area;
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands & using hand sanitiser regularly.

Learn to Swim

The new block of the learn to swim program commences this morning and concludes on Saturday 20th March, 2021 (no lessons on Saturday 20th February, 2021).
Welcome to those new participants joining us for this program, we hope you enjoy your time and learn some new skills. Thank you to our instructors, helpers & coordinators who make the program a success.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Spectators entering the centre must check-in and out using the Service NSW app which is located at the pool entry. Please ensure you sign-in and sign-out every time you attend the swimming centre.

Download the Service NSW app here.

Blast from the past

Club races in the 1970/71 season. Wait where are the club room, waveless lane ropes and modern blocks?? They were not even thought of 50 years ago. Otherwise the pool looks the same today.

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

 

Speedo Sprint Series Entries

Looking for a fun, friendly and fast paced activity this summer?

Come and take part in the 2021 Speedo Sprint Series.

The Speedo Sprint Series caters for girls and boys aged between 8-13 years in 50m Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly events and is a great way to have fun and learn new skills in a friendly environment.

Due to it's timing, the meet, along with the Merrylands SwimFest, also provides good practice for School Swimming Carnivals. All club members aged from 8 to 13 are encouraged to enter.

This year's meet will be held on Saturday, 6th February, 2021 at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

If you have not attended a meet before and would like some more information or help on entering, just ask one of the Club Committee Members.

See Also

Issue 14, 2020/2021

Season Program Changes

A reminder that some changes have been made to our season program for the remainder of this season (due to changes to state & area championships and the Speed Sprint meet heats). The amended season program can be found here.

Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Whales Challenge

The second Whales Challenge was contested last Saturday. This was another hotly contested challenge, with only 38 points separating the teams. The Maroon “Turner” team triumphed scoring 1,234 points, with the White “Emery” team scoring 1,196 points. After a tie in the first Whales Challenge, we have the Maroon team leading 2 – 1, with the final Whales Challenge to be held on 20th March, 2021.

Merrylands SwimFest

Stay tuned as the program and online entries for the Merrylands SwimFest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) will be available soon.
To make the meet a success we ask that everyone (parents etc) help on the day, so please keep the date free. Graham will be arranging the helper list for the day.

Member Profile

So did you guess the coach in the Member Profile last week? The editor left the name of the coach off (ooops), so you needed your powers of deduction and knowledge of the coaches to know who it was.

We know it wasn’t Alison (purple is NOT my favourite colour!) and I’m not sure Peter is such a BIG Harry Styles fan 😊). It was of course Katie Hope.

Today we learn some interesting information about one of our faster Whales, Brendan Kirkpatrick:

Favourite Colour

Red

Favourite Food

Anything served in large portions although I stay away from meat & dairy

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

There are sports other than swimming?!?!?!?

to play - waterpolo,

to watch - cricket

Favourite Team

Rugby league: Broncos, Rugby union: Brumbies, Soccer: West Brom, International Swimming League: Undecided but probably London Roar or DC Trident

Favourite Holiday Place

Anywhere with nice views, nice swimming spots, heat, humidity, Culture and good food

Favourite Memory

Swimming memory

Favourite Song

Old Pine by Ben Howard, Freeze Up Operation Ivy, New Noise by refused, Samson by Regina Spektor, Let’s call the whole thing off by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

Honestly the movie I have watched the most would be Book of Life

Career after school

Too many to name but I finally settled on Swim Coach

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

The community is welcoming, the swimming is fast, the races are fun, and there is a strong representation across all ages

 

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Please ensure you regularly check the club website for health updates as changes occur. Updates that affect our club members can be found here

Remember:

  • Do not come to club activities if you are not feeling well;
  • Maintain social distancing by spreading out in areas to sit (do not congregate in areas);
  • Only timekeepers, officials & swimmers for the event to be swum should be in the marshalling area;
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands & using hand sanitiser regularly.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Spectators entering the centre must check-in and out using the Service NSW app which is located at the pool entry. Please ensure you sign-in and sign-out every time you attend the swimming centre.

Download the Service NSW app here.

Squad Training Changes

Please note there is NO squad training on Monday 25th January or Tuesday 26th January due to the Australia Day break. Normal squad sessions resume on Wednesday 27th January.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 400m Individual Medley Open Championships. The results are available here.

Upcoming Meet Dates

With dates confirmed for upcoming meets please ensure you check the programs and submit your entries by the closing dates. Key meets coming up are:

SNSW Open Water Championships (5km)

Saturday 30th January

Speedo Sprint Heats

Saturday 6th February

MSW Junior Championships (Distance Session Events)

Saturday 6th February

SNSW Metropolitan Championships (Senior)

Saturday 27th February to

Sunday 28th February

Speedo Sprint Finals

Saturday 6th March

MSW Junior Championships

Saturday 13th March

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to

Sunday 21st March

SNSW State Age Junior Championships

Saturday 27th March to

Sunday 28th March

If you have any questions about swimming in these meets, please discuss these with your coach.

Fun facts about Australia

  • Both kangaroos and emus lack the ability to walk backwards. For this reason, the Australian army features the animals on their uniforms
  • The only two mammals in the world that lay eggs are found in Australia, the platypus and echidna
  • Canberra was selected Australia’s capital for the sole reason of resolving disputes between Sydney and Melbourne which had both wanted to be the country’s administrative centre
  • Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano
  • Australia is the birthplace of the word selfie. While it was American photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius who took a picture of himself in 1839, the term selfie was first used in 2002 to describe a self-portrait photograph on an Australian internet forum (ABC Online)
  • There are ten times more camels than koalas in Australia
  • Australia has more than 10,000 beaches overall, meaning that it would take more than 27 years to visit a new one every day
  • Inhabiting the continent for more than 50,000 years, the Australian Aboriginals are the world’s oldest culture
  • Australia is the most culturally diverse nation on earth and collectively we speak more than 300 languages
  • The longest fence in the world is in Australia, and it runs for over 5,530 kilometres
  • Australia is home to 10 of the world’s 15 most poisonous snakes as well as a disproportionate number of venomous spiders

Club Uniforms

Items can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

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

Learn to Swim

The new block of the learn to swim program commences next Saturday (30th January, 2021) and concludes on Saturday 20th March, 2021 (no lessons on Saturday 20th February, 2021). Thankyou to our instructors, helpers & coordinators who make the program a success.

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

Australia Day

There will be no training sessions on Monday, 25th and Tuesday 26th January due to the Australia Day holiday.

Enjoy your long weekend. 🦘

Issue 13, 2020/2021

Season Program Changes

Following revised dates for state & area championships and the Speedo Sprint meet, some changes have been made to our season program for the remainder of this season. The amended season program can be found here.

The changes made to the season program have also been updated in the Upcoming Events section of Whales Tales.

Changes have been made to Championship dates, as well as some other program changes for events being held.

The club Championship changes made are:

  • 50M Freestyle – moved from 6th February to 13th February;
  • 200M Individual Medley (Senior) – moved from 13th February to 6th February;
  • 1500M Freestyle – moved from 13th March to 20th March
  • Please ensure you plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Whales Challenge

Today is the second of the Whales Challenges. The first Whales Challenge saw both teams tie on 1,329 points, so which team will come out on top today, or could we see another tie?

Merrylands SwimFest

The program and online entries for the Merrylands Swimfest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) will be available soon. The Committee has worked hard behind the scenes to ensure we can successfully host the SwimFest this year.

We will be seeking your help for the meet, so please keep the date free. We will not be hosting a Masters Meet prior to the SwimFest this year, so there will be a gap between club races in the morning and the SwimFest commencing at 2.30pm.

Merrylands 50s

Last Saturday saw 25 swimmers line up for the qualifying heats of the Merrylands 50’s. Lane 1 was the gun lane, as all 4 heats were won by the swimmer in that lane.

The semi-finals where held to whittle the field down to 8 swimmers for the final. A hotly contested final saw everyone finish within a 3 second spread.

In a desperately close finish (0.15 seconds between first and third) the results were:

1st

Aisha Abdelraheem

1:01.67

2nd

Ruby Shrestha

1:01.72

3rd

Glenda Wood

1:01.82

Congratulations to Aisha, you outlasted everyone and thankyou to everyone who participated in the event.