Metropolitain Championships

Merrylands is being represented by 4 swimmers at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team will contest 7 events over the 2-day meet and consists of:

Leo Zhu
  50m Breaststroke
  50m Freestyle
Matthew Vicic
  200m Butterfly
  50m Freestyle
Joseph Assi
  100m Breaststroke
  200m Breaststroke
Daniel Vicic
  50m Freestyle


Congratulations to these swimmers on qualifying, especially Daniel who has qualified for his first Metropolitan Championships. We wish them all the best of luck!

Issue 20, 2023/2024

Thank you

Whilst I have been away, we have had a number of people fill gaps and I want to express my thanks for that. In particular, Peter Johnston, who prepared and published Whales Tales every week, on top of all the other jobs he performs weekly.

Glyn Stockley (Ripples St Marys) and Leo Repeti (McCredie Park) kindly attended to Referee Championship mornings. Ian Wilson, Ian Johnston & Peter Johnston provided Starter & Referee coverage on other mornings and Matthew Vicic has commenced some work learning the Starter role.

Merrylands SwimFest

Our big event of the swimming season is the Merrylands SwimFest, which we held last Saturday afternoon.

We were blessed with weather that did not impact the meet and had great help across the board from our club members and parents.

Our swimmers, all 33 of them, had an outstanding meet, achieving:

  • 39 PB’s;
  • 28 individual medals (8 Gold, 8 Silver & 12 Bronze);
  • 4 relay medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze);
  • 2nd on the overall point score results.

Congratulations to everyone who swam, you should be very proud of your achievements (I know your Coaches and Parents are)

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the planning, set up, running and wrap-up of the meet. We also had Aquablitz Toongabbie kindly assist in timekeeping some lanes as well.

A big thank you also to our visiting officials, Shawn Simpson (Revesby Workers), Brad Fahey (Aquablitz Toongabbie), Lyndon Heslop (Ripples St Marys), Leo Repeti & Dennis Browning (McCredie Park).

The meet takes substantial planning & preparation and the work Peter & Alison do behind the scenes to prepare for it is outstanding and deserves our special thanks.

Ian Wilson took on the role of Meet Director and I want to especially thank Ian for undertaking the role of organising coverage for all the roles required and organisation of the meet. It is not an easy role as it requires ensuring help is placed across a range of roles and reacting on the day as changes are required to keep the meet running.

Thank you to everyone who helped on the day, some learning new roles on the run.

A great BBQ was running to feed everyone. The coffee cart provided by the Abdelraheem family was a hit. A big thank you also to the Abdelraheem family for donating the lolly jar guessing competition prize.


If you have photos to share from the meet you can upload them via the link in the Whales Tales email.

Finally thank you to our sponsors (Club Merrylands, Starr Partners & Alpha Security Group), who provide financial support for our club and in particular the SwimFest. We are grateful for your ongoing support.

The countdown is now on the 2025 SwimFest!

Swimming NSW Senior Metrops

This weekend we have four swimmers who have qualified for the Senior Metrops Championships being held at SOPAC.

Congratulations to Joseph Assi, Daniel Vicic, Matthew Vicic and Leo Zhu for qualifying. May the Whale be with you all.

MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet

The Metro South West 5 – 8 Year Meet will be held on Saturday 9th March at the Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre, The Parkway, Bradbury.

The meet commences at 2.00pm (with warm-up from 1.00pm) and is a great meet for our younger swimmers to experience a swimming meet, so we encourage all of our swimmers who are in the age range to enter the meet. Entries close on Wednesday 28th February.

Anzac Day 2024

We plan to participate in the Cumberland Anzac Day Dawn Service this year. The service will be held from 5.30am at Charles Mance Reserve, Newman Street, Merrylands and commences with a march from the Merrylands RSL Club in Miller Street, Merrylands at 5.15am.

We will provide further information about the Dawn Service in the coming weeks and encourage you to set aside the morning to attend the Dawn Service.

P-Plate Award

Have you seen something this season that deserves a nomination for the P-Plate award? I am sure we have some early contenders already but are always looking for more nominations. To nominate the person, click here.

Lions Club Award

With all of the great work by various club members for the SwimFest we encourage you to recognise the contribution of your fellow members by nominating them for the Lions Club Award. Nominations can be made online here.

Upcoming Meet Calendar

Check the website for the full list of upcoming meets, closing dates, programs and qualifying times.




NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Saturday 24th February &

Sunday 25th February


Metro South West 5-8 Years Meet

Saturday 9th March

Wednesday, 28th February

NSW State Open Championships

Friday 15th March to Sunday 17th March


NSW Junior State Age Championships

Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 24th March

Tuesday 12th March

NSW State Masters Championships

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April

Friday, 5th April

Swimwest Winter Short Course

Sunday 21st April

Saturday, 6th April* (Entry Limit)

Merrylands SwimFest

Over two hundred swimmers will attend this year's Merrylands SwimFest at Merrylands Swimming Centre tomorrow.

Competitors can download the Meet Program from the Merrylands SwimFest section of our website. Live Results will also be available during the meet.

A full timeline and list of clubs competing is also available. Please note that the timeline should be used as a guide only.

Visiting clubs are reminded to bring their own chairs and shelter as there is limited seating and cover at Merrylands Swimming Centre.

See Also

Issue 19, 2023/2024

It's SwimFest Saturday!

The wait is over – the Merrylands SwimFest is here!

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for a role – especially those members who are just coming along to help.

If you haven’t nominated to help, please see Ian Wilson to do so.

We need assistance setting up for the meet, so we are asking that you arrive at the meet by 11:30am to assist with the setup.

Details of exactly what needs to be done and when are later in the newsletter, but there is lots of setup work to do. Then it all needs to be packed away again at the end. Please make sure you help.

Warm-up starts at 1:00pm with the meet starting at 2:00pm. All the information you need including the timeline and meet program is here. Swimmers need to be ready for the land warm-up at 12:45pm.

Alison and the Club Captains will be organising the swimmers to ensure they get to their races on time. We have 32 swimmers competing in 132 individual events and 5 relays. Relay teams are listed in the Meet Program and are on the notice board at the pool. If you are listed as swimmer 5 or 6 you are a reserve.

Lastly, don’t forget your club uniforms, hats, sunscreen, healthy snacks and drink bottles and good luck to all our swimmers!

No Club Races - Saturday, 17th February

If you are at the pool reading this at 7am and wondering where everyone is, we have good news and bad news.

The good news is, you are early to set up for the SwimFest.

The bad news is, there are no club races this week.

Club Races will be back on 24th February.

Speedo Sprint Series Results

Well done to our team of 7 swimmers at the Speedo Sprint Series last Saturday afternoon. The kids had a great meet with 20 new PBs from 26 races, with every team member swimming multiple PBs.

Well done to Gabriella (3), Joseph (3), Damien (2), Patrick (3), William (3), Samantha (4) Daniel (2) on their PBs.  Daniel also achieved his first Metropolitan QT in the 50m Freestyle.

Whales’ Whispers

Heard around the pool this week:

“…James Mathison is going to swim in the Enhanced Games…”

Hmmm, this may be news to the former Australian Idol host unless he was inspired by James Magnussen’s announcement this week.

That has been broken for ages!

Yep, it probably has, but if you don’t report it, it won’t get fixed. Let Council know of any issues by using the Snap Send Solve mobile app which can be found at:

Joke of the Week

Q: What dive are pirates best at?

A: The cannonball!

Championship Results

There was some exciting racing in the Breaststroke Championships last week, none more than in the 25m event where 9 swimmers took to the water!

We are looking forward to seeing them in the 50m next year!

25m Breaststroke Results


Tomas Dlesk


Leah Johnston


Ishaq Massoud

200m Breaststroke Results

Open Women


Katie Hope



Laura-Belle Casey



Alison Sakurovs

Open Men


Joseph Assi



Ian Wilson



Varant Jambazian

50m Breaststroke Results

Veteran Women


Leanne Tovkach



Patricia Johnston

Veteran Men


Ian Wilson



Varant Jambazian



Johnson Chan

Senior Women


Katie Hope



Laura-Belle Casey



Alison Sakurovs

16yrs Boys


Matthew Vicic

15yrs Girls


Niushka Shrestha

14yrs Boys


Leo Zhu

13yrs Boys


Joseph Assi



Daniel Vicic

13yrs Girls


Lisa Shrestha

11yrs Girls


Gabriella Assi

10yrs Boys


Jay Shrestha

10yrs Girls


Lillian Zhu

8yrs Boys


Damien Chan



Jude Johnston

8yrs Girls


Anastasia Krga

SwimFest Setup

It takes a lot of hands to setup for the SwimFest – this is what we need your help to do:



11:30am to 12:30pm

·         Shelters setup (see map)

·         Tables and chairs setup (see map)

·         BBQ set up (see map)

·         Bollards and bunting set up (see map)

·         Flags and Sponsor signs setup (see map)

·         Marshalling Board setup (see map)

·         PA set up and test

·         Computer, WiFi and results screen setup

12:30pm to 1:00pm

·         Touchpads put in pool

·         15m Rope installed

·         Blocks uncovered

·         Lane numbers and warm-up signs

·         Test timing system

1:00pm to 1:45pm


·         Print and cut marshalling sheets

·         Relay changes/withdrawals


·         Warm-up ends/clear pool

·         Final test of timing system


·         Marshall first events

·         Officials briefing


·         Meet starts