Issue 10, 2018/2019

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who swam a season best time in the Women’s Open 50 metre Freestyle at the Senior Metropolitan Championships held last weekend. Great work Alison, good reward for all those hard training sessions and NO chocolates!

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:
  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest are now open. The program of events is available online.

This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day, so we really need help throughout the day. Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments.

Graham is preparing a roster of jobs, so please advise of your availability for the day.

Club Uniform

Club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Squad Training

The last training session for 2018 will be held on Saturday 22nd December, 2018 and sessions resume on Wednesday 2nd January, 2019 (time to work off the Christmas joy). If you are going to be away over January please advise the coach of your changes to your normal training session attendance.

Cole Classic Charity Swim – Sunday 3rd February, 2019

Timothy Hayes, a past member who attended the recent Back to Merrylands Day will be participating in the Cole Classic Charity Swim to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project. Tim is swimming and raising funds to honour his eldest daughter, Stephanie, who passed way in June this year.

You can support Tim in his fundraising efforts by donating to help raise funds for this great cause at
https://coleclassic2019.everydayhero.com/au/swim-for-stephanie. Tim’s target is to raise $5,000.

Or if you would like to play a more active role you and enjoy an ocean swim, you could join Team Swim for Stephanie. The event is being held at Manly Beach on Sunday 3rd February, 2019 and distances to choose from are 1km, 2km or 5km. Registering for this event can be done by following this link (early bird rate available up to 4th December, 2018): https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=sunrun&Edition=2019&Team=SwimforStephanie

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Swimming NSW Website

SNSW have implemented a new website (Swim Central). If you haven’t yet, take the time to visit the website to check out the information available at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/

Going on Holidays?

Share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap and let’s see how many places it can visit before the end of the summer 📷

Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved 🐳

Pool Entry Cards

To assist in reducing any issues with pool entry card payments and usage we recommend:

  • When you top up your card ask the attendant at that point how many entries you now have on your card;
  • When you top up your card ask for your receipt as proof of payment if there are future issues. If you are paying by credit card, you can use that as proof of payment if required;
  • When you scan your card on entry, ask how many entries you now have left so you know the correct number are being deducted.

Pool Entry Information

Club Members receive a significant discount on entry fees at the council's swimming centres when attending club activities.
It is important that attendance at the centre is accurately recorded - this will have a direct impact on future upgrades of the centre as council considers the usage of pools when planning improvements.
When attending Club Races or Training, please ensure you:
  • wait to be served at the front entrance before entering the centre;
  • have your current 2018/19 club membership card with you - you may be asked to produce your card for proof of club membership;
  • have completed your details on your membership card - Name, Club & Membership Number.
If you have any problems, please speak to Graham or Peter.
 
Entry fees to the pool are detailed below:
  1. When attending Club Races:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee of $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Non-Club Member Spectators must either
      • pay the Spectator Fee of $3.80, or
      • use a Spectator 20 Entry Pass ($72 for 20 entries - equivalent of $3.60 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people)
    • Non-Club Member Swimmers
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
    • Officials (Timekeepers etc.)
      • No Charge - must sign the book at the entrance and assist with the running of the races.
  2. When attending Training & Learn to Swim:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee: $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Spectators
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry
    • Swimmers not in the Squad or Learn to Swim
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
Want to join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $22. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. Apply for membership on the Registration page.

Member Profile

Name:

Graham Edwards

Age:

59

Year Joined:

1980’s

Positions held: (if relevant)

President, Life Member, Referee

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke (and nothing else, especially 200 metre training sets)

Favourite thing about swimming:

Staying healthy & great friendships, it’s a fun place to be

Favourite food:

Baked dinner

Favourite TV show:

Ask Margaret?

When I grow up I want to be:

Healthy, wealthy & wise, oh and grumpy!

Favourite Swimmer:

Cameron Smith (oh sorry he’s a golfer)

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

Whales Tales Online

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Metropolitan Results

Alison Johnston swam a season best time at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships on the weekend.

Alison swam 29.25 to finish in 62nd place out of 102 swimmers.

Well done Alison.

 

Issue 9, 2018/2019

Welcome to December

We have already seen 8 weeks of club races and some fantastic results have been achieved by our swimmers, keep up the great work. Thank you to our Club Coaches who do a superb job encouraging and teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Whales Challenge - Today

Congratulations to the White “Emery” team who were successful over the Maroon “Turner” team in the first of the seasons Whales Challenges. Final point score was White 1,955 and Maroon 1,784. The next Whales Challenge is on 19th January 2019, when Maroon will get the chance to even the score.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

This year’s Parramatta Inter-Club Cup was held at Granville Pool last Saturday afternoon. A great effort by our team saw us fall agonisingly short of winning the cup for the 3rd time, with Parramatta City scoring 16 more points than Merrylands.

It was fantastic to see the amazing teamwork on display and support across the team for all of our swimmers. Thank you to all our swimmers, parents who assisted with timekeeping, team managers, coaches and competition committee for all your hard work in making the meet a great success.

Club Uniform

Club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Swimming Metro South West – Senior Long Course Championships

Congratulation to Michael Evans, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Reece Tomkinson who represented our club at the Area Championships held at SOPAC last weekend. A great result achieved with 1 medal (Bronze to Reece for his 50m Backstroke), 8 finalists and 4 PB’s.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:
  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest are now open. The program of events is now available.
This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Closed

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd 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.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Metropolitan Championships

Alison Johnston will represent Merrylands at the 2018/2019 NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The championships will be held on 1st & 2nd December, 2018.

Alison will swim in the Open 50m Freestyle on Saturday.

Congratulations to Alison for qualifying and we wish her the best of luck at the meet.

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

See Also

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup Results

Merrylands fell just 15 points short of winning the 2018 Parramatta Inter-Club Cup on the weekend.

Parramatta City finished on top of the point score with 1022 points. Merrylands was 2nd on 1008, with McCredie Park 3rd on 202.

Despite not taking home the cup, our team of 43 did a fantastic job with a lot of personal best and season best times swum.

Thank you to the parents who assisted by timekeeping or managing the team.

Well done everyone!

Issue 8, 2018/2019

Club Captains

Congratulations to Michael Evans and Charlie-Rose El Riachi who have been elected as Club Captains for the 2018/2019 season. Thank you to Sophia Vicic for her great work as a Club Captain in the 2017/2018 season.

Whales Challenge - Today

Today is the first of our 3 Whales Challenges for the season. All swimmers have been appointed to represent either the White “Emery” or Maroon “Turner” teams for all races this morning. The list of team members is on the noticeboard in case you haven’t checked the website to see which team you are in.
Swimmers need to wear a cap of their team colour in each race they swim in. If you don’t have a cap of your team colour please see Margaret.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The Parramatta Inter-Club Cup is being held at Granville Pool this afternoon. We will have approx. 40 swimmers representing our club at this meet.
Warm-up commences at 3.00pm, with the meet commencing at 3.30pm. So make sure you are at the pool and stretched ready to enter the water at 3.00pm for your warm-up.
We will need to provide timekeepers on the day so we ask all parents to be available to assist during the meet.
May the Whale be with all of our swimmers, let’s see if we can win the cup for the 3rd time.

Club Uniform

Club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Swimming Metro South West – Senior Long Course Championships

Congratulation to Michael Evans, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Reece Tomkinson who represented our club at the Area Championships held at SOPAC last weekend. A great result achieved with 1 medal (Bronze to Reece for his 50m Backstroke), 8 finalists and 4 PB’s.

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:
• Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
• Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
• 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019
More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section.

Fundraising

Thank you to those who have taken and sold chocolates for our recent fundraising activity. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker.

Cole Classic Charity Swim – Sunday 3rd February, 2019

Timothy Hayes, a past member who attended the recent Back to Merrylands Day will be participating in the Cole Classic Charity Swim to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project. Tim is swimming and raising funds to honour his eldest daughter, Stephanie, who passed way in June this year.
You can support Tim in his fundraising efforts by donating to help raise funds for this great cause at
https://coleclassic2019.everydayhero.com/au/swim-for-stephanie. Tim’s target is to raise $5,000.
Or if you would like to play a more active role you and enjoy an ocean swim, you could join Team Swim for Stephanie. The event is being held at Manly Beach on Sunday 3rd February, 2019 and distances to choose from are 1km, 2km or 5km. Registering for this event can be done by following this link (early bird rate available up to 4th December, 2018):https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=sunrun&Edition=2019&Team=SwimforStephanie

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest are now open. The program of events is now available.
This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

Timekeepers

Thank you to everyone who helps with timekeeping the club races each week. Your help is invaluable in providing 2 timekeepers per lane so we have accurate timing for the swimmers. A few things to remember when you are timekeeping:
  • After each race has started, check that your watch has started. If it hasn’t notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Check your watch is running throughout the race. If you bump one of the buttons and it stops, press the button again and the watch will resume from where it should be up to
  • If you miss the finish and stop your watch early or late, or have any other problem – notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Leave phones aside during the races so that you can concentrate on the swimmer in your lane
  • There is Tea and Coffee available in the club room for timekeepers after the races

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Pool Entry Information

Club Members receive a significant discount on entry fees at the council's swimming centres when attending club activities.
It is important that attendance at the centre is accurately recorded - this will have a direct impact on future upgrades of the centre as council considers the usage of pools when planning improvements.
When attending Club Races or Training, please ensure you:
  • wait to be served at the front entrance before entering the centre;
  • have your current 2018/19 club membership card with you - you may be asked to produce your card for proof of club membership;
  • have completed your details on your membership card - Name, Club & Membership Number.
If you have any problems, please speak to Graham or Peter.
 
Entry fees to the pool are detailed below:
  1. When attending Club Races:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee of $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Non-Club Member Spectators must either
      • pay the Spectator Fee of $3.80, or
      • use a Spectator 20 Entry Pass ($72 for 20 entries - equivalent of $3.60 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people)
    • Non-Club Member Swimmers
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
    • Officials (Timekeepers etc.)
      • No Charge - must sign the book at the entrance and assist with the running of the races.
  2. When attending Training & Learn to Swim:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee: $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Spectators
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry
    • Swimmers not in the Squad or Learn to Swim
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
Want to join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $22. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. Apply for membership on the Registration page.

Member Profile

Name:

Leanne Tovkach

Age:

48

Year Joined:

2014

Positions held: (if relevant)

Secretary, Executive Committee Member

Favourite Stroke:

Backstroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Swimming clears the mind and is relaxing

Favourite food:

Nachos and cheesecake

Favourite TV show:

Chicago PD/Fire

When I grow up I want to be:

The best person I can be to my family and friends

Favourite Swimmer:

David Bale (my brother) and Leisel Jones

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Closed

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Thursday 29th November

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

Whales Tales Online

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Metro South West Results

Merrylands' team finished the Metro South West Senior Championships with 1 medal, 8 finalists and 4 new personal best times.

Reece Tomkinson finished with a Bronze medal in the 17yrs & Over 50m Backstroke and was also a finalist in the Open 100m Backstroke and 17yrs & Over 50m Freestyle.

Alison Johnston was a finalist 5 events, finishing in the top 10 in the 17yrs & Over 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and Open 100m Freestyle. Alison also swam 2 new personal best times, with PBs in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke.

Steven Nguyen was a finalist in the 17yrs & Over 50m Freestyle, while Michael Evans swam new personal best times in the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke.

Congratulations to our team on their results.

See Also

Issue 7, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day

We hope you enjoyed the Back to Merrylands Day celebrations last Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who attended the day including our Life Members, past and current members, families & friends. Unfortunately Ms Julia Finn MP for Granville was unable to attend and had sent her apologies for this. Thanks also to Jann Fathers who visited and helped out refereeing club races.

The celebrations and events held on the day were organised by the club and they could not have happened without a big effort by the Committee members. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day with activities such as cooking the bbq breakfast, running the pool activities, organising and picking up the cake and taking photos.

The club hired an inflatable for the day and it was enjoyed by everyone who attempted to become a Merrylands Ninja Warrior. Additional life guards to man the inflatable during the day were provided by council. It was great to host a special visit by Yampu, the Optus Junior Dolphin, I hear Yampu made a great impression on all the kids, young and not so young!

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:

  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section of the website.

Club Captains

We will be announcing our Club Captains for the 2018/2019 season this morning.

Fundraising

Thank you to those who have taken and sold chocolates for our recent fundraising activity. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker by the end of week 8, Saturday 24th November 2018.

100 metre Backstroke Championship –Saturday 24th November, 2018

The postponed 100 metre Backstroke Championship races will be held next Saturday (24th November, 2018) in addition to the 200 metre Individual Medley Open Championship. The 400 metre event has been removed from the program to provide time for the two championship events to be held. More details are available on the club website (online entries).

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The Parramatta Inter-Club Cup will be held at Granville Pool next Saturday (24th November, 2018). The Competition Committee will advise all swimmers who have been selected to represent our club at this meet. Cost for each swimmer is $10 which includes pool entry, event entries and a sausage sandwich. Entry to the pool for spectators is free.

Warm-up commences at 3.00pm, with the meet commencing at 3.30pm. So make sure you are at the pool and stretched ready to enter the water at 3.00pm for your warm-up.

We will need to provide timekeepers on the day so we ask all parents to be available to assist during the meet.

If you need to purchase club uniform items before this meet please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the club website to place an order.

Did you know?

Do you know who your office bearers and committee members for this season are?

Executive

Graham Edwards

Peter Johnston

Leanne Tovkach

Ian Johnston

Alison Johnston

Vacancy

  

President

Vice-President

Secretary

Treasurer

Race Secretary

Social Secretary

Committee

Tricia Johnston

Ian Wilson

Vicki Baker

Margaret Edwards

Vacancy

Vacancy

In addition these members hold a number of other positions and perform roles that ensure the smooth running of our club. Thank you to these members for volunteering for these roles and the time they provide to the club. 7 of these members are life members of the club and they have dedicated many years of service to the club.

There are lots of jobs that need to be done on a Saturday morning. Are you interested in learning how to do any of the following: Chief Time Keeper, Marshal, Starter, Recorder, Timing System Operator, Computer Operator? If so, please speak to Graham.

The more people involved in these roles the smoother club races can run and also cover times when our officials are not available.

As you can see we do have a couple of positions vacant on the committee and we are looking to fill these roles. Previous experience in roles and committee positions are not required. We would love to have a broad cross section of our members volunteering to help steer the direction of the club as we enter the next 50 years.

To learn more about the club and it’s activities club members can log on to the club website and read the latest Annual Report (2017/2018 season).

Timekeepers

Thank you to everyone who helps with timekeeping the club races each week. Your help is invaluable in providing 2 timekeepers per lane so we have accurate timing for the swimmers. A few things to remember when you are timekeeping:

  • After each race has started, check that your watch has started. If it hasn’t notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Check your watch is running throughout the race. If you bump one of the buttons and it stops, press the button again and the watch will resume from where it should be up to
  • If you miss the finish and stop your watch early or late, or have any other problem – notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Leave phones aside during the races so that you can concentrate on the swimmer in your lane
  • There is Tea and Coffee available in the club room for timekeepers after the races

Swimming Metro South West – Open Water Championships

Congratulations to Matthew Vicic on his first open water swim in the 2.5k race last Sunday. Great effort Matthew and with a big smile at the finish.

Swimming Metro South West – Senior Long Course Championships

Good luck to Michael Evans, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Reece Tomkinson who are competing at the Area Championships being held at SOPAC this weekend. May the whale be with you all.

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

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. For more information visit https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/ryc/fairplay/ShooshforKids

Member Profile

Name:

Peter Johnston

Age:

39

Year Joined:

1987

Positions held: (if relevant)

Life member, Vice President, Registrar, Learn to Swim Coordinator, Competition Committee Member, Assistant Publicity Officer, Coach, Recorder/Computer Operator, IT Guru, and parent

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

The feeling of moving effortlessly through the water when your stroke all comes together

Favourite food:

Hamburgers

Favourite TV show:

Formula 1 Grand Prix

When I grow up I want to be:

Waterslide tester

Favourite Swimmer:

Is this a trick question? Coaches don’t have favourites 😉

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

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.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Junior)

Saturday 17th November

Closed

MSW Area LC C/ships (12 Yrs & Over)

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Closed

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Friday 16th November

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Thursday 29th November

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

The Team list and Program for this year's Parramatta Inter-Club Cup are now available in the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup section of our website.

A team of 57 swimmers has been selected to represent the club at the meet which will be held at Granville Swimming Centre on Saturday, 24th November.

This year will be the 6th running of the cup. Parramatta City has won the cup 3 times, with Merrylands having won it twice. Can we even the score?

The cost is $10 per swimmer, which includes event entries, pool entry for swimmers and spectators and a sausage sandwich after the meet. Payment is to be completed online by Wednesday, 21st November.

See Also

Metro South West Senior Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 4 swimmers at the Metro South West Senior Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Due to changes in the Swimming NSW calendar for this season, Area, Metropolitan and State Championships have been split into separate streams, with the Senior Championships held in the first half of the summer, and Junior Championships in the second half of the summer.

Our team of 4 will compete in 18 individual events over the 2 day meet. The club will be represented by:

Michael Evans
Steven Nguyen
Alison Johnston
Reece Tomkinson

Good luck to our team at the championships.