50th Anniversary

An action packed morning of activities was held on Saturday, 10th November as current and former members celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club and the opening of Merrylands Swimming Centre.

The morning kicked off with the usual club races, and it was great to see a number of former members return to catch up with old friends and even participate in a few races.

The races were followed by a BBQ breakfast, novelty events, cake cutting, a giant pool inflatable and a special visit from the Junior Dolphins mascot, Yampu!

Thanks to everyone who came along to help celebrate. There will be other celebratory activities held throughout the season, with details available on the 50th Anniversary page.

Issue 6, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day

Today we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Merrylands Swimming Centre and Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our current and past members including our life members, families, friends, community members and Ms Julia Finn MP for Granville. Our club has a rich history serving the community, with many members of the local community having participated in activities such as club races, squad training and learn to swim lessons.

The swimming centre was officially opened on Saturday 9th November, 1968 by the Mayor of Holroyd, Alderman Devlin. The pool cost $365,000 to construct (approx $4,500,000 in 2018 value).

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club was formed in the same year and originally ran club races on a Friday night during December, January & February. The club had over 250 members registered in the first season – one of the largest in NSW at the time (last season we had 187 members registered – still in the top 10% of clubs in the state). The club’s logo comes from the model whale which was originally the centre-piece of the babies pool.


Pool Opening in 1968

Club Photo 1968/69

Whale centre-piece

Club Captains

We are holding voting this morning for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains. The nominations received for these positions are:

Male Female
Michael Evans Sophia Vicic
Charlie-Rose El Riachi

We have two returning officers who will accept votes from our First Claim members up to 9.30am.

100 metre Backstroke Championship –Saturday 24th November, 2018

The postponed 100 metre Backstroke Championship races will be held on 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 InterClub Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The Parramatta InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018. The Competition Committee will advise all swimmers who have been selected to represent our club at this 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.

Member Profile

To celebrate our 50th anniversary today we have a member profile for one of our first club members:

Name:

Gladys Pye

Age:

85

Year Joined:

1968

Positions held: (if relevant)

Life member, Referee

Favourite Stroke:

I can’t swim a stroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Interaction with our junior members

Favourite food:

Home cooked fried rice

Favourite TV show:

Escape to the Country

When I grow up I want to be:

I wanted to be a nurse

Favourite Swimmer:

Every swimmer

Glad, together with her husband, Jim, were founding members of our club. Not only is Glad a Life Member of Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club (awarded in 1986), she is also a Life Member of Mt Pritchard and Blacktown City Swimming Clubs, Metro South West Area (formerly the Cumberland District), CHS (Combined High Schools Sports Association) and Swimming NSW (awarded in 2016).

In 2006, Glad's service to our club was formally recognised with the naming of the Club Room at Merrylands Swimming Centre after Glad and her husband Jim. The Club Room was officially named the "Glad and Jim Pye Club Room" by the Mayor of Holroyd, Councillor Dr John Brodie, at a special ceremony on Saturday, 9th December, 2006.

Glad has dedicated a lifetime to swimming and she has received numerous awards and recognition for her service. We would like to thank Glad for her dedication to our club and sport.

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

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged online up to 8.00pm on the Thursday before Saturday races.

If you need to change a race entry already lodged please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

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 (check the program and plan your swims carefully).

Remember there are limits to the number of swims you can do on a Saturday.

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day.

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 attached brochure and 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

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 www.swimming.org.au/Home/Officials-Volunteers/Safe-sport-(1).aspx

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Closed

Voting for Club Captains Close

Saturday 10th November

 

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th 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

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

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.

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Mark making splash for 50 years

OVER the past 50 years, generations of swimmers have cooled off from the summer heat, learnt to swim and competed in carnivals at the Merrylands Swim Centre. On Saturday, November 10, the Centre will join the Merrylands Amateur Swim Club (MASC) to celebrate their respective 50th anniversaries with a breakfast and pool party from 7am.

A member of the club for more than 35 years, Merrylands ASC president Graham Edwards invited everyone to help them mark the very special occasion. "Any swimmer, young or old who can swim at least 15 metres, can join in the races and registrations can be made online," he said.

Mr Edwards believes that local swim centres, such as Merrylands, play a key role within the local community, bringing together children, families and adults. "As a swim club we all enjoy and celebrate the successes of our members at all levels," he said. "New members are always welcome and we have swim programs for toddlers, children and adults."

Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings said 50 years was "a huge milestone for the swim centre, the swim club and the entire community". "Since its opening in 1968, thousands of Cumberland residents have come through the doors of Merrylands Swim Centre to enjoy the facilities," he said.

"All Cumberland residents are invited to join with current and former swim club members for the special anniversary event which will include club races, novelty events and pool inflatables, as well as breakfast. The event is free but regular pool entry costs apply." RSVP for the breakfast via merrylandsasc.asn.au.

Getting ready to celebrate both the 50th anniversary for both the Merrylands pool and the Merrylands Amateur Swim Club, coach Reece Tomkinson, head club coach Peter Johnston and Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings with coach Alison Johnston and swimmers Helen Macpherson, Summer Shrestha, and Charlie-Rose El Riachi.

Issue 5, 2018/2019

100 metre Backstroke Championship – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The postponed 100 metre Backstroke Championship races will be held on 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.

The order of events for the day will be:

  • 200 metre Individual Medley Championship (Open)
  • 50 metres Individual Medley
  • Butterfly – all distances
  • Breaststroke – all distances
  • Freestyle – all distances
  • 100 metre Backstroke Championships
  • Backstroke (50 metre, 25 metre & 33 metre only)
  • 200 metres choice
  • Relay
  • Senior Handicap
  • 15 metre

See the table below to confirm what events you can enter on the day:

6 years & under

7 – 9 years

10 – 16 years

17 + years

3 Swims
50IM
Relay

Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
50IM
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay
Senior H/Cap

Club Captains

The following nominations have been received for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains:
Male Female
Michael Evans Sophia Vicic
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Voting will be held next Saturday morning (10th November, 2018) during club races.

InterClub Cup

The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018. This is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. The Race Committee will be advising swimmers of the events they have been selected to compete in.
If you need to purchase club uniform items before this meet please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the uniform page to place an order.

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day Saturday 10th November, 2018

The first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be held next Saturday. It is Back To Merrylands Day with club races, novelty events, bbq and pool party (inflatable) some of the day’s events. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning.
We would also like to hold a display of our perpetual trophies, so if you currently have a perpetual trophy please bring it with you on the day.
Further information at on the Back to Merrylands page.
A celebration dinner will be held at the end of the season on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details on the 50th Anniversary page.

Learn to Swim

Thank you to everyone who has been helping out with Learn to Swim. There are no lessons on the 10th November, 2018 due to the Back to Merrylands Day. Lessons will resume on 17th November, 2018.

Did you know?

The original starting blocks had changed little since the pool was constructed in 1968. Replacement of the starting blocks has been over a year in the making and it has only been due to the hard work of the committee that we have new state-of-the-art blocks today.
The club sourced the majority of the funding to replace the blocks, selected the model of block, placed the order and organised the installation. We are also organising covers to protect them.
The blocks selected (the Omega OSB14) are a similar model to those installed at SOPAC - having the same top - which will give our swimmers the ideal equipment for use in practicing their starts.
So how much did they cost? Each block cost $3,688 - so look after them! We had the last blocks for 50 years, so the new ones need to last a while.

The original blocks in 1973

2018 version
 
In 1972, Merrylands Swimming Centre hosted the swimming events for the 7th Australian Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Games, which doubled as the selection trials for the 1972 Summer Paralympics. In 1977, the centre also hosted swimming events as part of the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled.

Important Information for Age Championships

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. Swimmers need to check the Championships page for more information.

In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. See the club website for more details.

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged online up to 8.00pm on the Thursday before Saturday races.

If you need to change a race entry already lodged please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

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 (check the program and plan your swims carefully).

Remember there are limits to the number of swims you can do on a Saturday.

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day.

Member Profile

Name:

Ben Taylor

Age:

50

Year Joined:

2017

Positions held: (if relevant)

Swimmer

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Friends made

Favourite food:

Anything home cooked

Favourite TV show:

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures

When I grow up I want to be:

Still trying to decide

Favourite Swimmer:

Alexander Popov – 1992 & 1996 Olympic gold medallist

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

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Closed

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Thursday 8th November

Voting for Club Captains Close

Saturday 10th November

 

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Entries for the MSW Area Long Course Age & Open Championships (12 Years & Over) being held on Saturday 17th November, 2018 & Sunday 18th November, 2018 close at midnight this Tuesday (6th November, 2018). So make sure you lodge your entries before the closing time.

Fundraising

Our chocolate fundraising activity is underway. Thank you to those who have taken and sold chocolates. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker as we would like to wrap this up by the end of this month.

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Relay Competition

Relay forms with team member names need to be lodged with the Race Secretary before today’s relay.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Merrylands Swim Centre is turning 50!

Merrylands Swim Centre and Merrylands Amateur Swim Club (ASC) are turning 50 and to celebrate Cumberland Council and Merrylands ASC are hosting a breakfast and pool party on Saturday 10 November.

Mayor Greg Cummings said that for 50 years the Merrylands Swim Centre has been a cornerstone of the Cumberland community, where generations of locals have grown up learning to swim, competing in carnivals and cooling off from the summer heat.

“Fifty years is a huge milestone for the swim centre, the swim club and the entire community. Since its opening in 1968, thousands of Cumberland residents have come through the doors of Merrylands Swim Centre to enjoy the facilities,” Mayor Cummings said.

“As one of five pools in Cumberland, Merrylands Swim Centre forms part of the Merrylands Park Regional Sporting Centre and boasts an eight lane 50 metre competition pool, a training pool and a baby pool. Now that summer is here it’s the perfect time to get your togs out and go for a swim; Cumberland pools are open all summer long.

“All Cumberland residents are invited to join with current and former swim club members for the special anniversary event which will include club races, novelty events, pool inflatables, as well as a community breakfast. The event is free but regular pool entry costs apply.”

President of the Merrylands ASC and ASC member for more than 35 years, Graham Edwards believes that local swim centres such as Merrylands Swim Centre play a key role within the local community bringing together children, families and adults.

“As the local population continues to grow and age, the local swim centres are an essential community facility as they provide a range of activities, be that socially, educationally, recreationally and competitively,” Mr Edwards said.

“Swimming is a sport you can do all year round for your entire life, no matter what walk of life you come from. As a swim club we all enjoy and celebrate the successes of our members of all levels. New members are always welcome and we have swim programs for toddlers, children and adults.

“Any swimmer, young or old who can swim at least 15 metres can join in the races and registrations can be made online. We’re inviting everyone join us to help celebrate this milestone, find out what our club is about and have a fun time in the pool.”

  • What: Merrylands Swim Centre and Amateur Swim Club 50 year celebration
  • When: Saturday 10 November from 7am
  • Where: Merrylands Swim Centre, 17 Burnett Street, Merrylands
  • RSVP: Direct to the Swim Club via www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/50thanniversary/

Back row - Reece Tomkinson (Coach), Peter Johnston (Head Club Coach), Mayor Greg Cummings.
Front row - Alison Johnston (Coach), Helen Macpherson, Summer Shrestha, Charlie-Rose El Riachi

 

Issue 4, 2018/2019

100 metre Backstroke Championship – to be swum on Saturday 24th November, 2018

Following the postponement last Saturday we will now be holding the 100 metre Backstroke Championship races on Saturday 24th November, 2018. There will be 2 championships held on the day.

The order of events for the day will be:

  • 200 metre Individual Medley Championship (Open)
  • 50 metres Individual Medley
  • Butterfly – all distances
  • Breaststroke – all distances
  • Freestyle – all distances
  • 100 metre Backstroke Championships
  • Backstroke (50 metre, 25 metre & 33 metre only)
  • 200 metres choice
  • Relay
  • Senior Handicap
  • 15 metre

Note the 400 metre event has been removed from the program to provide time for the two championship events to be held on the same day.

Entries for the 100 metre Backstroke Championship have been carried over and swimmers will not need to re-enter if they had entered by the closing date. Swimmers who did not qualify for and enter the 100 Backstroke before the 20th  October, 2018 will be ineligible to compete in the 100 Backstroke Championship.

See the table below to confirm what events you can enter on the day:

6 years & under

7 – 9 years

10 – 16 years

17 + years

3 Swims
50IM
Relay

Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
50IM
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay
Senior H/Cap

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am today. All financial first claim members can vote for these positions at week 6 (10th November, 2018).
I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions. See Graham today to nominate.

InterClub Cup

The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. 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.

Fundraising

Our chocolate fundraising activity is underway. Thankyou to those who have taken and sold chocolates. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker.

50th Anniversary

Our first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be Back To Merrylands Day & pool party on Saturday 10th November, 2018. Emails have been sent to former and life members this week and we had a short article in The Daily Telegraph last Monday advertising the day. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning. They will have the opportunity to join in club races and relive past glories, as well as some of the older “activities” they undertook.

A celebration dinner will be held at the end of the season on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details on the 50th Anniversary page.

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Club Merrylands – Grandparents Day

NSW Grandparents Day celebrates the role grandparents and older people play in our society.

The campaign recognizes the diversity of grandparent relationships across age groups, cultural backgrounds, and geographical locations.

It's a day to spend time with an older loved one and connect across the generations.

Celebrate it with a fun Barefoot Bowls game for grandparents and grandchildren this Sunday at Guildford Bowling Club

Technical Officials

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=217. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information. We are looking to hold an information and training session one afternoon at the pool whilst squads are training, so look out for information about this.

Important Information for Age Championships

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. Swimmers need to check the Championships page for more information.

In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. See the club website for more details.

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged online up to 8.00pm on the Thursday before Saturday races.

If you need to change a race entry already lodged please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

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 (check the program and plan your swims carefully).

Remember there are limits to the number of swims you can do on a Saturday.

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

Nominations for Club Captains Close

Saturday 27th October

 

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Thursday 1st November

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Thursday 8th November

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Tech Talk General Rules - Key things to know:

  • You cannot use or wear any device that may aid your speed or buoyancy or endurance (e.g. timing devices, flippers, wet suits etc.)
  • Goggles and swim caps can be worn (you can wear two caps)
  • Swimsuits
    • must be in good moral taste, cannot be transparent and must be FINA approved
    • FINA release a list each year of approved swimwear for World Championships and Olympic Games http://www.fina.org/content/fina-approved-swimwear)
    • must be of a textile material and must not contain any non textile material such as polyurethane or neoprene
    • cannot have zippers or other fastening devices (e.g. linking rings), except for a waist tie
  • Men’s swimsuits
    • limited to one suit
    • the most it can cover is the body surface from hips to knees (may not extend above the waist or below the knees)
  • Women’s swimsuits
    • limited to one suit (this can one or two pieces)
    • design must be “open back” and “open shoulder” that may extend down to the knee (may not extend below the knees)
  • The referee can exclude any swimmer whose swimsuit does not comply with the rules
  • Body tape is not allowed to be worn unless approved by the referee for the meet/session. If you have a medical reason for wearing body tape you must report to the referee before the meet/session to seek approval for the wearing of the tape. Taping would not be allowed if it is considered to provide a competitive advantage, taping of fingers together is strictly prohibited. Kinesio taping is also not allowed

Member Profile

Name:

Ellie Menhem

Age:

12

Year Joined:

2014

Positions held: (if relevant)

Swimmer

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Training, winning, representing

Favourite food:

Burito & bacon (don’t tell the coach though)

Favourite TV show:

Man Fire Food

When I grow up I want to be:

Childrens doctor

Favourite Swimmer:

Michael Phelps

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

Issue 3, 2018/2019

100 metre Backstroke Championship Postponed

As you are aware we have taken the tough decision to postpone this week’s Backstroke Championship races. This is disappointing for everyone, however we believe it was the most sensible decision to make given the delay with the starting blocks installation. I’m sure all of our backstroke swimmers will appreciate the decision, as we have all struggled with starting these races as the pool is currently presented.
 
I am glad to report that installation is progressing. As you can see the pebblecrete repairs have been removed and replaced with tiling. This provides the best base for the installation of the starting blocks and these are due to be installed before next week’s club races.
 
Notice of the postponement was provided to club members and thus they have had the opportunity to enter a 3rd event today if they had only entered 2 events (per the club by-laws).
 
We will work to identify the most appropriate date to hold the 100 metre Backstroke Championship races and entries submitted by the closing date this week will be carried over to the new date. No new or late entries will be accepted.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are still open and close at 9.30am next Saturday (27th October, 2018). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions at week 6 (10th November, 2018). Details of the responsibilities and activities of the Club Captains can be found in the By-Laws (copy available on the noticeboard and also on the club website). I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions. See Graham to nominate.

Swimming Results

Congratulations to Helen Macpherson & Summer Shrestha who competed at the NSW Achiever Squad meet last Saturday, representing our club and Metro South West Area. Both Helen & Summer swam 4 new personal best times from their 4 events and to top it off, Helen also qualified for the NSW Metropolitan Championships for the first time.
8 swimmers also competed last weekend at the NSW State Masters SC Championships. The team took home 24 medals (5 gold, 13 silver, 6 bronze) and finished in 2nd place in Division 2, with all 8 swimmers taking home at least 1 medal. Congratulations to the whole team on their results.

InterClub Cup

The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. 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.

Fundraising

We have a chocolate fundraising activity underway. We still have some boxes available, so if you are yet to take a box or would like to take more or return funds, please see Vicki & Hayley Baker.

50th Anniversary

Our first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be Back To Merrylands Day & pool party on Saturday 10th November, 2018. Emails have been sent to former and life members this week and we had a short article in The Daily Telegraph last Monday advertising the day. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning. They will have the opportunity to join in club races and relive past glories, as well as some of the older “activities” they undertook.
 
We will be holding a celebration dinner at the end of the season and this is booked for Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details on the 50th Anniversary page.

Did you know?

The anti-wave lane ropes stored in the club room were purchased by the club in 2000 (costing approximately $800 per rope at the time). Prior to this, the pool only had old orange polyethylene ropes with foam floats, as seen in the photo below from our 25th Anniversary carnival in 1993. (The council later purchased their own set of lane ropes, which are the ones used by the general public.) The club's lane ropes are carefully maintained so we can provide the best equipment possible for our members. Over the October long weekend we replaced damaged floats and two tensioners, costing just over $300 in parts. Thanks to Ian Johnston, Peter Johnston & Graham Edwards for performing this maintenance.
 
The old orange ropes used to be removed from the pool after each club morning and training session. Club members would coil the ropes into washing baskets, before they were transported up to the old clubroom for storage. There was often a bit of competition to see who could remove their rope the fastest, but still keep it tidy in the basket.
There are a few familiar faces in this photo, see if you can spot them. Oh and remember the old blocks?

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Important Information for Age Championships

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. The season program details the date for all championships, so check this carefully to ensure you know which dates your events are being held on.
 
In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. This must be done before the closing date (Tuesday 6th November, 2018) of the MSW Area Championships.
 
Check the Championships page for more information.

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged online up to 8.00pm on the Thursday before Saturday races.
 
If you need to change a race entry already lodged please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au
 
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 (check the program and plan your swims carefully).
 
Remember there are limits to the number of swims you can do on a Saturday.
 
If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:
  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)
If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day.

Technical Officials

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=217. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information.
 
Swimming Metro South West are holding a Technical Official Forum tomorrow (Sunday 21st October, 2018) at Revesby Workers Club. This forum is open to any technical official, as well as anyone interested in becoming a technical official, or anyone interested in learning more about what technical officials do. See Graham for more details.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Backstroke

TBA

Closed

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 27th October

Thursday 25th October

Nominations for Club Captains Close

Saturday 27th October

 

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Thursday 1st November

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Thursday 8th November

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

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

Tech Talk

Breaststroke – simultaneous and separated hands at turns and finishes:

Member Profile

Here is our 2nd member profile and this is one of our club’s original members:

Name:

Glenda Wood

Age:

22+

Year Joined:

1968 (that’s 50 years this season)

Positions held: (if relevant)

Marshall/Check Starter & child minder

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle, in my younger days it was Butterfly

Favourite thing about swimming:

Exercise and social

Favourite food:

Anything I shouldn’t eat

Favourite TV show:

Home & Away

When I grow up I want to be:

CBA Banker

Favourite Swimmer:

Shane Gould, I even raced her in our heydays

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

100m Backstroke Championships Postponed

This weekend's Backstroke Championships have been postponed.

The old starting blocks have been removed, and the new ones won't be installed in time.

Swimmers should still enter the championships, as entries will be carried over to the new date once it has been determined. Other events will go ahead as planned.

All swimmers may now enter 3 graded races for this weekend. If you have only entered 2 events, you can enter a 3rd via online entries.

More information will be provided in the Whales Tales newsletter.

NSW Achiever Squad Meet Results

Excellent results from Merrylands' members at the Swimming NSW Achiever Squad Meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday, 13th October, 2018.

Helen Macpherson and Summer Shrestha competed at the meet as part of the Metro South West team, with both swimming 4 new personal best times from their 4 events.

To top it off, Helen also qualified for the NSW Metropolitan Championships for the first time.

Congratulations to the girls on their results!

24 Medals at State Masters

Merryland's team of 8 swimmers had a successful weekend at the NSW State Masters Short Course Championships at the Peninsular Leisure Centre at Woy Woy on October 13-14, 2018.

The team took home 24 medals and finished in 2nd place in Division 2 at the championships, with all 8 swimmers taking home at least 1 medal.

Congratulations to the whole team on their results.

Medal Tally

Gold 5
Silver 13
Bronze 6