Metropolitan Results

Alison Johnston swam a season best time at the NSW Metropolitan Championships yesterday.

Swimming in the Open 50m Freestyle, Alison finished in 28.89, her fastest time so far this season. A great result as she prepares for the State Age Championships in two weeks time.

Congratulations to Alison on her swim.

Issue 7, 2019/2020

Club Captains

Thank you to all of our nominees for Club Captains. We had a great selection of nominees for the positions. Congratulations to Michael Evans (Male Captain) & Bree Khoury (Female Captain) who were elected as Captains for the 2019/2020 season.

I also want to thank Charlie-Rose El Riachi who was a great representative as Female Captain last season. We appreciate all of your hard work over the year Charlie-Rose.

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Alison Sakurovs is representing our club this morning at this meet. Alison is competing in the Womens Open 50 metres Freestyle. Good luck and may the Whale be with you 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

As you know we will be holding our Christmas Hamper Raffle again this year and it will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019. We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items from Saturday 7th December, 2019 as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10) and are available from today.

Following club races we will be holding novelty events, a breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Training will break from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resume 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 Training Break 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.

Why not join the Club

If you are not already a member, why not join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $23. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. To apply for membership visit the Membership section.

We still have a couple of roles that we would like some help with. If you are a club member aged 18 or older we would welcome your help with the roles of Learn to Swim Committee Member or Assistant Treasurer.

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club. Please see Graham if you are able to help out.

Timekeepers Course

A final reminder about undertaking the online component of the timekeepers course. We encourage anyone still considering undertaking the course to do so as soon as possible, as we will have the practical assessment completed on a Saturday morning at club races during December. Remember the minimum age is high school student, so we also encourage our Junior members to also obtain their accreditation.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Closed

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Closed

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Tuesday 3rd December

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

Whales Tales Online

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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.

Member Protection

As a family oriented club we are committed to provide a safe and friendly environment for all of our members. We operate within the boundaries of a range of policies that assist clubs like ours in providing this environment. From time to time we publicise information about these policies and programs available to all members.

Safe Sport Framework

The safety of children and young people in our sport is paramount. We want swimming to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all. The Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. A copy of the Safe Sport Framework is available on the noticeboard in the club room or can be downloaded at https://www.swimming.org.au/integrity/safe-sport-framework.

Shoosh For Kids

Shoosh for Kids is a collaboration between the Office of Sport and Swimming NSW to promote positive behaviour to clubs, members and spectators. See the posters in the club room for more information or visit https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/ryc/fairplay/ShooshforKids

Play By The Rules

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport. For more information and resources see www.playbytherules.net.au

Member Protection Information Officer

If you see or hear something that is not appropriate you have the opportunity to raise this with the club. You can either do this by speaking to one of our Club Committee members or raising it with a trained Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO).

An MPIO provides information about the rights, responsibilities and options available to an individual making a complaint in sport. MPIO’s are impartial and don’t mediate or investigate complaints. Graham Edwards and Leanne Tovkach are trained MPIO’s available within our club.

What Can You Do?

To ensure every member is aware of these policies we ask that every parent or carer discuss this with their family. During club events such as club races, squad training and swim meets please ensure all family members remain in appropriate areas. This includes during club races around the 50 metre pool area, particularly near the marshalling area. Children should not be in the club room, change rooms, play areas or other pools whilst club races are being held. This helps ensure all members remain safe and it also assists in the smooth running of the races.

Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last club races and training session for 2019 will be held on Saturday, 21st December.

Club Races start at 7am as usual, and will include Novelty Events after the regular races. All training sessions will start at 9am on this date.

Both Club Races and Training will resume on Saturday, 4th January, 2020.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 21st December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend for the club races and novelty events. We would love to see you there. Enter online here.

Are going to be away at all in December or January?

If you will be away, then please complete the form below to indicate your last day of training and your first day back.

Training Break Form

The Committee and Coaching Staff hope you have enjoyed the first few months of the Summer Season, have a Merry Christmas and keep training hard as school carnivals and the Merrylands SwimFest and Masters meets approach.

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Training Cancelled - Thursday Afternoon

Swimming Training for all afternoon squads has been cancelled for Thursday, 21st November, 2019 due to the poor air quality caused by bushfires.

Swimmers who usually attend training on a Thursday afternoon 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.

Training and club races are expected to be on as usual for Saturday.

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Training Cancelled - Tuesday Afternoon

Swimming Training for all afternoon squads has been cancelled for Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 due to the poor air quality caused by bushfires.

Swimmers who usually attend training on a Tuesday afternoon 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.

Training is expected to be on as usual for Wednesday.

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Metro South West Open Water Results

Merrylands was represented by 4 swimmers at the Metro South West Open Water Championships.  The championships were held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre on 17th November, 2019.

Matt was the first to compete, swimming in the Boys 11-13 Years JX 2.5k swim.  Matt swam a very strong race, improving on his result from last year by over 5 minutes!

Nevah and Summer were next to swim the 2.5k in the Girls event. This was the first time they have swum 2.5k in an Open Water environment and whilst there was some nervous anticipation both had solid swims and should be very proud of themselves!

Brendan swam the 5k event which was 2 laps around the course.  This was also Brendan's first time swimming this event and picked up a surprise gold in the "Boys" 26-35 Years age group.

Congratulations also to all the parents, Ruby and coach Alison who managed to up their step count for the week as they supported our swimmers around the course.

Metro South West Open Water Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 4 swimmers at the Metro South West Open Water Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre today.

Brendan Kirkpatrick will swim in the 5km Championships, while Nevah Shrestha, Summer Shrestha and Matthew Matthew Vicic will swim in the 2.5km JX event.

Good luck to all 4 swimmers at the meet.

Issue 6, 2019/2020

Club Captains

The nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are:

Male

Michael Evans

Female

Darla Assi 
Laura-Belle Casey
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Bree Khoury
Sophia Vicic

As Michael Evans is the only nominee for Male Club Captain he is elected to the position. Congratulations Michael.

Voting for the Female Club Captain is being held today during club races. Please see Margaret or Glenda at the marshalling table to submit your vote. Voting closes at 9.30am and the Female Club Captain will be announced next Saturday at club races. Good luck to all of our nominees.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

We had a team of 46 swimmers who swam a total of 81 PB’s in the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup last Saturday. What an outstanding effort, congratulations to all of our swimmers and coaches. We were pipped by Parramatta City in the point score, but it was a very successful meet for all of our swimmers.

Thank you to all of our helpers on the day, we really appreciate your time and help in setting up, jobs during the meet and packing up. The meet ran smoothly and everyone again contributed to this.

Metro South West Open Water Championships

We have a team of 4 swimmers competing at the Area Open Water Championships tomorrow at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith. We wish Brendan Kirkpatrick (5km), Nevah Shrestha (2.5km), Summer Shrestha (2.5km) & Matthew Vicic (2.5km) good luck with their swims.

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.

Chocolate Fundraising

We have a couple of boxes still to distribute. Please see Trish Johnston if you would like to take another box. We ask that the funds raised be returned to Trish by the end of November 2019. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Christmas Hamper

As you know we will be holding our Christmas Hamper Raffle again this year and it will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019. We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items from Saturday 7th December, 2019 as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets will be $1 (book of 10 tickets $10). We will also be holding a breakfast bbq on the morning after club races.

Why not join the Club

If you are not already a member, why not join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $23. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. To apply for membership visit https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/membership/

We have a couple roles that we would like some help with. If you are a club member aged 18 or older we would welcome your help with the roles of Learn to Swim Committee Member or Assistant Treasurer.

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club. Please see Graham if you are able to help out.

Timekeepers Course

A final reminder about undertaking the online component of the timekeepers course. We encourage anyone still considering undertaking the course to do so as soon as possible, as we will have the practical assessment completed on a Saturday morning club races during December. Remember the minimum age is high school student, so we also encourage our Junior members to also obtain their accreditation.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Closed

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Closed

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

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Tuesday 3rd December

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

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.

Inter-Club Cup Results

A fantastic meet from our whole team at the Parramatta Inter-Club on Saturday at Merrylands Swimming Centre.

Despite falling just 30 points short of winning the meet, our team swam 81 new personal best times in some very exciting racing with great team spirit. New personal best times were achieved by swimmers young and old - from 5 through to 60.

Parramatta City won the meet on 1,034 points, Merrylands was second on 1,004, with McCredie Park in third.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their performances, and a massive thank you to all the officials and parents who helped to run the meet. Thank you also to our sponsors Club Merrylands and Starr Partners for their support of the meet.

The full results, including team point scores, are available in the Inter-Club Cup section of our website.

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