Issue 24, 2018/2019

Swimming NSW State Open Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs and Reece Tomkinson who swam at the NSW State Open Championships held at SOPAC last weekend. Reece swam a PB in his 50m Butterfly and season best times in the 50m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle. Alison swam a season best in the 50m Freestyle. Well done to you both on the results you achieved at this meet. We had a number of families also attend the Finals session on the Saturday night and we hope you had a good time and came away inspired to compete at these championships.

Masters National Championships

At the time of writing this week’s edition we have results for the first 3 days of competition. A great result so far, with a total of 14 medals (4 gold, 8 silver & 2 bronze). In addition there have been 8 PB’s also swum. We look forward to hearing all the tales of the week away (things that happen on tour don’t stay on tour!).

Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet – Saturday 23rd March, 2019

Good luck to all of our swimmers who are competing in the Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre today. Our club is also rostered for hosting duties at this meet. Leanne Tovkach will be organising this help on the day so please provide her with assistance for these duties during the meet. Whilst our club is not rostered for timekeeping a lane, we would appreciate if you are also able to help if required with this role.

Club Photo – Saturday 30th March, 2019

The club photo will be taken on Saturday 30th March, 2019 (the last morning of club races). Please wear or bring your club polo shirt on the day for the photo. If you need to purchase a new polo shirt for this please see the Property Officer (Margaret) today.

50th Anniversary Celebrations – Order Your tickets TODAY

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Dinner being held at The Holroyd Centre on Saturday 6th April, 2019 are available online. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets please do so TODAY. This will help us finalise the booking for the venue. We look forward to seeing all of our members (14 years and older) attending the dinner. If you know a past member please pass on the information to them also.

Mr Chris Fydler OAM, President of Swimming NSW, will be attending and has graciously agreed to speak about his experiences as an Olympic swimmer and now as a parent of a competitive swimmer. Tickets are $50 (subsidised amount) and includes welcome finger food, main course and dessert. The welcome commences in the ground floor foyer at 6.00pm with the main course being served from 7.00pm. For more details & tickets visit the 50th Anniversary page. Ticket sales close on Saturday 23rd March, 2019, so order your tickets now if you haven’t done so yet.

Club Uniform

To place an order for all club uniform apparel visit https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.

Squad Enrolment Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Monday 1st April 2019.

If you intend to continue training and haven’t yet re-enrolled please do so ASAP as Peter needs to know numbers training to determine squad sizes and time of sessions. Enrol online.

Swimming Australia Membership System Change

The new membership system (Swim Central) has been implemented for our Area. As a member you will receive an email from Swimming NSW advising you when you can access the new system. This system replaces ClubLANE which you may have accessed in the past.

Please ensure you keep your contact details on your membership records up to date as we can't contact you about pool closures, changes to club or training if your contact details aren't correct.

Annual Presentation & AGM

The Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands. The presentation is booked from 6.00pm, with the presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club’s major sponsors.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June, 2019 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room at Merrylands Swimming Centre. All financial members of the club are entitled to nominate for positions on the committee and to vote at the AGM. So please consider nominating for a position, as we would love to see new members join the committee. Even if you do not wish to nominate for a position you are most welcome to attend the AGM.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2019
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 4th April, 2019)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 4th May, 2019)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophies to return from last season please bring them back to the club on a Saturday morning whilst club races are still being held.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle Age

Saturday 30th March

Thursday 28th March

Club Photo

Saturday 30th March

 

NSW State Junior Championships

Saturday 30th March

Tuesday 19th March

50th Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 6th April

Saturday 23rd March

Annual Presentation

Saturday 1st June

 

Club AGM

Monday 3rd June

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Metro South West Sprint Meet

Merrylands will send a team of 20 swimmers to the Metro South West Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Our club will be represented by:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Joseph Assi
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Abraham El-Chami
Bilal El-Chami
Michael Evans
Joab Hada
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Pare Nader
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Sophia Vicic

The Meet Timeline and Meet Program are available for download from the Metro South West website.

Good luck to our team at the meet.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 4

The final day of the Nationals saw Merrylands win another 4 medals and swim 3 new personal best times.

Alison Johnston finished the meet with another 2 medals, starting the day with Gold in the 50m Backstroke and then taking Silver in the 100m Freestyle in a season best time.

Steven Nguyen also won two more medals with Silver in the 400m Freestyle and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

Kylee Murray finished off her meet with another 2 personal best times in the 400m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, while Melissa Cohen also swam a new PB in the 400m Freestyle.

Congratulations to our whole team on their performances at the meet.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 3

Merrylands has finished Day 3 of the Nationals with 4 more medals and 3 PBs.

Alison Johnston continued to add to her medal tally, with Gold in the 400m Individual Medley and Silver medals in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke. Alison also swam a personal best time in the 100m Backstroke.

Steven Nguyen also added another medal to his count, with Gold in the 200m Breaststroke.

Melissa Cohen swam a new PB in her 50m Freestyle, while Kylee Murray swam a new PB in her 100m Backstroke.

Day 4 tomorrow - the final day in the pool - will see members of our team competing in the 400m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 200m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 2

Day 2 of the Nationals saw another 5 medals for Merrylands, plus 2 new PBs.

Steven Nguyen finished the day with 3 medals - Gold in the 50m Breaststroke, and Silver in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

Alison Johnston took home our other 2 medals with Silver in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Melissa Cohen swam new PBs in both her events with new personal best times in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle

Day 3 will see our team in action in the 200m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke.

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Australian Masters Championships - Day 1

A fantastic start to the Australian Masters Championships with 5 medals and 3 new PBs on Day 1 at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide.

Steven Nguyen took home 2 medals with Gold in the 100m Breaststroke and Silver in the 50m Butterfly.

Alison Johnston also won 2 medals. Alison finished with Silver and a new personal best time in the 200m Backstroke, and Bronze in the 50m Butterfly, in her second fastest time ever.

Kylee Murray won her first national medal, finishing with Bronze in the 200m Backstroke in a new PB. Kylee also swam a new PB in her 50m Butterfly.

Day 2 tomorrow will see our team hit the water in the 100m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

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Australian Masters Championships

The Australian Masters Championships will be held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd March, 2019.

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 5 swimmers, competing in 45 individual events over the 5 day meet. Our team consists of:

  • Melissa Cohen
  • Kylee Murray
  • Steven Nguyen
  • Alison Johnston
  • Ian Wilson

Good luck to our swimmers at the meet. You can follow the team's progress on the Live Results page.

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State Open Results

Merrylands' team of 2 swimmers swam well at the NSW State Open Championships on the weekend.

Reece Tomkinson swam a PB in his 50m Butterfly, and season best times in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, while Alison Johnston swam a season best time in the 50m Freestyle.

Well done to Alison and Reece on their results.

Issue 23, 2018/2019

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Congratulation to Unish Shrestha who swam in the 50m Breaststroke final at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals SOPAC last Saturday. Unish swam a PB and finished 16th out of 38 competitors representing all metro & country areas of NSW. A fantastic result Unish, we are all proud of you and your performance.

Swimming NSW State Open Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs and Reece Tomkinson who have qualified for the NSW State Open Championships being held at SOPAC this weekend. Alison is swimming in the 50m Freestyle (show those Campbell sisters who the boss is!), whilst Reece is swimming in the 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke events. We wish you both the best of luck and may the whale be with you both.

Masters National Championships

It’s that time of year again when Masters swimmers converge for the National Championships. They are being held in Adelaide from Tuesday 19th March to Saturday 23rd March. We have 5 swimmers, Melissa Cohen, Kylee Murray, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Ian Wilson, competing in a total of 45 events. We wish you all the best of luck. Without the coach there make sure you hydrate and recover each day. I know those Merrylands caps will be spotted doing their warm-ups and swim downs. May the whale be with you all. Travel safe and we will see you back before the end of the season (yes you are expected back).

Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet – Saturday 23rd March, 2019

Entries for this meet, to be held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre on Saturday 23rd March, 2019, close next Tuesday (19th March, 2019) at 11.00pm. Our club is also rostered for hosting duties at this meet. This will require a number of people to assist with roles such as medals, result running and refreshment delivery. Please advise Graham if you can help with the hosting roles on the day.

Club Photo – Saturday 30th March, 2019

We will be taking the club photo on Saturday 30th March, 2019 (the last morning of club races). Please wear or bring your club polo shirt on the day for the photo. If you need to purchase a new polo shirt for this please see the Property Officer (Margaret) today.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Dinner (Saturday 6th April, 2019) being held at The Holroyd Centre are available online. We look forward to seeing all of our members (14 years and older) attending the dinner. If you know a past member please pass on the information to them also.

Mr Chris Fydler OAM, President of Swimming NSW, will be attending and has graciously agreed to speak about his experiences as an Olympic swimmer and now as a parent of a competitive swimmer.

Tickets are $50 (subsidised amount) and includes welcome finger food, main course and dessert. The welcome commences in the ground floor foyer at 6.00pm with the main course being served from 7.00pm. For more details & tickets visit the 50th Anniversary page. Ticket sales close on Saturday 23rd March, 2019, so order your tickets now if you haven’t done so yet.

Club Uniform

To place an order for all club uniform apparel visit https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.

Swimming NSW Membership System Change

Swimming NSW is currently implementing the new membership system (Swim Central) for our Area.
We will advise you when access to this new system is open to all members.

Please ensure you keep your contact details on your membership records up to date as we can't contact you about pool closures, changes to club or training if your contact details aren't correct. Your login details are the same as the ones used for online entries.

Annual Presentation & AGM

The Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands. The presentation is booked from 6.00pm, with the presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club’s major sponsors.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June, 2019 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room at Merrylands Swimming Centre. All financial members of the club are entitled to nominate for positions on the committee and to vote at the AGM. So please consider nominating for a position, as we would love to see new members join the committee. Even if you do not wish to nominate for a position you are most welcome to attend the AGM.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2019
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 4th April, 2019)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 4th May, 2019)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophy’s to return from last season please bring them back to the club over the next few weeks of club races.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Masters National Championships

19th March – 23rd March

Closed

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

23rd March

Tuesday 19th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Age

Saturday 30th March

Thursday 28th March

Club Photo

Saturday 30th March

 

NSW State Junior Championships

Saturday 30th March

Tuesday 19th March

50th Anniversary Dinner

Saturday 6th April

Saturday 23rd March

Annual Presentation

Saturday 1st June

 

Club AGM

Monday 3rd June

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Training moves to Granville Pool

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Monday, 1st April.

Session Details

We are currently working with Council to finalise lane space. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule - apart from no training sessions on Saturday mornings.

All swimmers who will continue to train in April are asked to complete the Training Enrolment Form by Monday, 18th March so that we can determine at what time sessions will be held. Swimmers who complete their enrolment forms by this date will receive a $5 credit* per swimmer that can be used on purchases from the Squad Shop.

Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The final training times for each group will be published on the Training Schedule.

If you will not be training at Granville, please let us know as soon as possible by email.

Sessions are scheduled to return to Merrylands in October.

About Granville Swimming Centre

  • Heated 50m pool, with anti-wave lane ropes
  • Modern facility, redeveloped in 2005
  • 10 minute drive from Merrylands Swimming Centre - directions
  • Free parking in Enid Avenue and behind the pool in Diamond Avenue
  • Located right beside Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange
  • Indoor cafe
  • Covered spectator seating
  • Covered areas for stretching and warm-ups
  • Operated by Cumberland Council - same pool entry fees as Merrylands

Travel

Granville Swimming Centre is located next to the Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange. If you are travelling by car, consider car-pooling with other swimmers in your training group as an option for travel, for pick up and/or drop off, but remember, children under the age of 15 require a parent or guardian at the pool at all times.

* The $5 credit will only apply to swimmers who do not have a current outstanding balance, don't make a change to their enrolment after completing the form, and pay their April fees by Sunday 7th April.

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