Issue 11, 2019/2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Swimming Club for 2020! We hope you all had a restful Christmas and New Year and are ready to hit the water for 2020!

Merrylands 50s

The Merrylands 50s are back this week with 30 eager competitors ready to take up the challenge. This Knockout Handicap event consists of 3 rounds – Heats, Semis and Finals – with each round held at different points within this morning’s program. The top 4 placed swimmers in each Heat progress onto the Semi-Finals. The top for from each Semi, then progress to the final.
The Heats will be held after the 100m Breaststroke, the Semis after the 200m events, and the Final after the 400m events. Can Lisa Shrestha defend her inaugural title?

Timekeepers Practical Assessment

Congratulations to our 13 new timekeepers for completing their practical assessment on Saturday, 21st December. Well done everyone!

Squad Training today

All training sessions will start at 9am today.

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday, 21st January at 5pm. Swimmers aged 8-13yrs that can swim 50m are encouraged to enter this meet. See the Upcoming Meets page for details on how to enter.

Campbelltown Masters Meet

The first Masters Meet of 2020 is at Campbelltown on Saturday, 18th January. Entries close on Friday, 10th January at 12 noon. See the Upcoming Meets page for details on how to enter.

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

Our biggest event this summer and we need all hands on deck either as swimmers and/or helpers.

Our Masters Meet is open to all swimmers 18yrs & Over. You don’t need to be a member of Masters Swimming to enter, so if you think you would like to try competing, give it a go! The SwimFest is open to all swimmers and is great practice for school carnivals. See the Upcoming Meets page for details on how to enter.

Junior, Development and Age Squad Skills & Drills Workshops

These workshops will be held on Thursday mornings during January from 7am to 8:15am. Register on the website if you would like to attend.

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.

Issue 10, 2019/2020

Christmas Wishes

We are already half way through the season and today is our last day for club races in 2019. Where have the first 12 weeks of club races gone? On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish every one of our members and their family’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

After club races this morning we will have a BBQ breakfast, Christmas Hamper raffle draw & novelty events. Thank you to everyone who has donated prizes for the hampers. Tickets are $1 and a book of 10 tickets is $10, which you can still purchase this morning before the draw.

We look forward to seeing you back at training and club races on Saturday 4th January, 2020. We will have the Merrylands 50’s competition on during the morning races, so don’t forget to get your entries in. Can Lisa Shrestha defend her inaugural title?

Swimming NSW Senior State Age Championships

Vanessa Ozols and Alison Sakurovs represented our club at this meet last weekend. Congratulations to both Vanessa and Alison on their swims.

Timekeepers Practical Assessment – today

The practical assessment of timekeepers who have completed the online course is being carried out this morning during club races. Good luck to all of our members undertaking the assessment and thank you to Dennis Browning (Mc Credie Park) who has volunteered to carry out the assessments.

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.

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

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

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

A riddle for you

Who wins a fight between a large hornet and a tarantula spider??

Learn to Swim

The first block of our Learn to Swim program concluded last week. It was a great success, with children and adults all participating. A big thank you to all of our volunteers who organised, taught and assisted in this program. We have received some great feedback about the quality of our program and this comes down to the dedication of our volunteers.

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

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Closed

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

MSW Qualifying Meet

Sunday 5th January

Closed

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Tuesday 21st January

Speedo Sprint Series

Going away in January? Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday 21st January, 2020. Enter online today.

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary Development Meet

Our good friends at McCredie Park Aquatics SC are celebrating their club’s 40th anniversary in 2020 with an Anniversary Development Meet on Sunday 5th April, 2020 at Guildford Swimming Centre. Races start at 10.30am and there are events for swimmers from 4 years old and up. So let’s show support for them and have good representation from Merrylands.

The program is available here. Online entries close at 12.00pm on Thursday 26th March 2020.

Riddle Answer

Neither when the coach scoops them out of the pool and stomps on them both 😊

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.

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