Issue 2, 2019/2020

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season

So the 2019/2020 season is underway, hopefully warmer days are ahead to enjoy the outdoor fun to be had at Merrylands Swimming Centre on a Saturday morning. Where else would you rather be!

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

Executive Members

President

Graham Edwards

Vice President

Peter Johnston

Secretary

Leanne Tovkach

Treasurer

Ian Johnston

Race Secretary

Alison Johnston

Social Secretary

Vacant Position

Committee Members

Tricia Johnston

Margaret Edwards

Ian Wilson

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

Club Events

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

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

Timekeepers Course – Today

If you weren’t able to attend the session last Saturday morning, we have another session on today. We encourage all of our members (from secondary school age and above) to become a technical official. Timekeeping is a great introductory accreditation and is accessed via an online video and course.

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

Club Captains

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

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our 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.

Race Entries & Championship Events

Entries for all club races are through Swim Central and you need to have renewed your club membership before you can enter events (see page 4 for information on how to do this). Club race entries need to be submitted by 8.00pm on Thursday night as NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted. Championships commence next Saturday, 26th October, 2019 so make sure you check out the season program and plan your swims ahead of time to ensure you qualify for all championships you want to compete in.

To be eligible to enter championships the swimmer must be financial in this season. The swimmer must have swum the same stroke and same distance during the current season.

Race entry enquiries can be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au 

With the ongoing split of Area, Metropolitan & State Age Championship meets there will be Saturdays when club championship events are swum for restricted age groups. Check the season program for these dates.

The 2019/2020 season program can be downloaded at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/ 

Relay Competition

The team relay will again be hotly contested this season, with The Grumpy Old Men still basking in their success last season. So, what do you have to do to turn them grumpy again?

Simples, you just need to organise a team (maximum of 6 team members, with any 4 of the team swimming each week). Time trials conclude next Saturday 26th October, 2019 and the competition commences on Saturday 9th November, 2019. The competition is held over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday 21st March, 2020. Ok it is maybe not that simple given the extreme talent in the GOM team!!

State Masters Short Course Championships

Last weekend saw the State Masters SC Championships swum at Woy Woy. We had a team of 5 swimmers representing our club. Congratulations to Kylee Murray, Leanne Tovkach, Peter Johnston, Alison Sakurovs & Brendan Kirkpatrick on your swims. Medals were won in a number of events, so a bigger safe is needed for storage of all the bling brought home.

NSW Junior Area Representative Meet

Last Saturday Matthew Vicic, Niushka Shrestha & Summer Shrestha represented MSW Area in the NSW Junior Area Representative Meet at SOPAC. They all achieved great times and PB’s were again swum. Congratulations to each of you and your coaches, as we know the hard work you have been putting in at training throughout the year.

Learn to Swim – Grading Today

The LTS program offered by the club has received many registrations and will commence on Saturday 26th October, 2019.

Grading for the program will be held this morning from 9.15am, so please welcome our LTS participants.

Member Profile

We will again provide the member profile in the Whales Tales and we would like to provide a profile of our members throughout the season. See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Chocolate Fundraising

We are running the chocolate fundraising activity again this season. We have boxes of yummy healthy treats available, so please see Trish Johnston to take a box or two. Monies can be returned to Trish as well and we plan to complete this activity by the end of November 2019

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.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 26th October

Thursday 24th October

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (JNR)

Saturday 2nd November

Thursday 31st October

MSW Area Senior LC C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 2nd November

Sunday 3rd November

Tuesday 22nd October

5.00pm

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 9th November

Thursday 7th November

Parramatta InterClub Cup

Saturday 9th November

Club Selection

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Thursday 14th November

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Monday 11th November

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 23rd November

Thursday 21st November

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Thursday 28th November

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Tuesday 19th November

5.00pm

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Membership Renewal

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

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

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

Membership Survey: https://bit.ly/2IBk2hp
Meet Entries Survey: https://bit.ly/2ARsjtk

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

  1. In Swim Central, click “My Memberships”


  2. Click your Swimming Club Membership


  3. Take a screenshot of your membership card:

 

Issue 1, 2019/2020

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season

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

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

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

Executive Members

President

Graham Edwards

Vice President

Peter Johnston

Secretary

Leanne Tovkach

Treasurer

Ian Johnston

Race Secretary

Alison Johnston

Social Secretary

Vacant Position

Committee Members

Tricia Johnston

Margaret Edwards

Ian Wilson

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

Life Member Award

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

Club Events

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

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

Timekeepers Course – Today & Next Saturday

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

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

Membership Renewal

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

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

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

Membership Survey: https://bit.ly/2IBk2hp
Meet Entries Survey: https://bit.ly/2ARsjtk

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

  1. In Swim Central, click “My Memberships”


  2. Click your Swimming Club Membership


  3. Take a screenshot of your membership card:

Club Uniform

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

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

Club Captains

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

State Masters Championships & NSW Development Meet

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

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

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

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

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

Club Races Return

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

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

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

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

See Also

New Season Registrations Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Also

Training Returns to Merrylands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Also

8 Medals at Masters Distance Championships

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

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

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

NSW State Masters Distance Championships

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

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

We wish them the best of luck at the meet.

NSW State Age Championship Results

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

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

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

Congratulations to Alison on her fantastic result.

See Also

NSW State Age Championships

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

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

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

You can follow the her progress over the weekend at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/.

See Also