Issue 2, 2018/2019

Summer

I’m sure summer is somewhere nearby, we just need to look a bit harder for it. A wet and cool start to the season seems to be continuing but we had a good number of swimmers and learn to swim participants for our first week of races & grading last week. Let’s hope the sun arrives soon.
 
Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (27th October, 2018). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on 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.
 
Our first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be Back To Merrylands Day & pool party on Saturday 10th November, 2018. 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. There will be a range of activities throughout the day, as the club and council celebrate the original opening of the pool which was on 9th November 1968. More information is available on the Back to Merrylands page.
 
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 will be available on the 50th Anniversary page.
 
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.
 
The Masters meet and annual Merrylands SwimFest will be held back-to-back on Saturday 23rd February, 2019. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.
 
Our club website is a key information source, so save this to your favourites and keep up-to-date with the latest news and information throughout the season. The 2018/2019 Program is available on the club website. Please review this to plan your swims, especially to ensure that you qualify for upcoming championships, as these commence on 20th October, 2018.
 
Good luck to our Masters swimmers who are competing this weekend at the NSW Masters Short Course Championships on the Central Coast. May the whale be with you all.

Vale Jim Earl

We were saddened to hear during the week that one of the club’s first coaches, Jim Earl, passed away in August. Jim, together with Harry Vella, were the first swimming coaches of the club, running morning and afternoon sessions. They ran a tight ship ensuring swimmers worked hard and improved their skills. A few of our current members were in the squads Jim coached and have fond memories of these sessions.
 
Jim moved to live on the Central Coast when he retired and was the patron of the NSW Super Senior Golf Association, having been a co-founder of the NSW Super Senior Pennants competition.

Important Information for Club Age Championships this season

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 either on manual race cards or online. There are cut-off dates for all race entries and these deadlines will be adhered to. So to make sure you have entries for races on the following Saturday please ensure:

Manual Card Entries

These must be placed in the maroon entry box by 6pm Wednesday. Cards (including from a family) should be bound together with an elastic band.

To ensure that you have entries in we suggest you purchase the cards on the Saturday prior and place them in the maroon box before you leave on that day.

Manual race cards will not be sold during the week at training etc

Online Entries

These can be submitted on the club website and need to be entered by 8pm Thursday

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).

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 on Sunday 21st October 2018 at Revesby Workers Club. This forum is free and 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. So if you are interested in attending this forum please see Graham for more details.

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Member Profile

We are re-introducing the member profile and we would like to provide a profile of our members throughout the season. See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales. First cab off the rank is:
 

Name:

William Johnston

Age:

4

Year Joined:

2014

Positions held: (if relevant)

Parent co-ordinator

Favourite Stroke:

Butterfly wings

Favourite thing about swimming:

I got to break my record

Favourite food:

Bacon

Favourite TV show:

Extreme Railway Journeys

When I grow up I want to be:

Train Driver

Favourite Swimmer:

Mummy and Daddy

 

Did you know?

Your $82 swimming membership fee is distributed to 4 different organisations. Only 8% of the $82 goes to the club.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 20th October

Wednesday 17th October

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 27th October

Wednesday 24th October

Nominations for Club Captains Close

Saturday 27th October

 

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Wednesday 31st October

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Wednesday 7th 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

Wednesday 21st November

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Wednesday 21st November

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Friday 16th November

 

Tech Talk

With the 100 metre Backstroke championship next week here are some key things to remember:
  • You must swim on your back throughout the race, except when executing a turn when you may turn onto the breast (see points below for more details of the turn);
  • You can be completely submerged for a distance of no more than 15 metres after the start and each turn, but by that point your head must have broken the surface of the water and some part of your body must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except when executing a turn;
  • When executing a turn:
    • you must touch the wall with some part of your body in your own lane;
    • during the turn your shoulders may be turned over the vertical to the breast after which an immediate continuous single arm pull or simultaneous double arm pull may be used to initiate the turn;
    • you must have returned to the position on your back upon leaving the wall;
  • To finish the race you must touch the wall while on your back in your own lane and you cannot be completely submerged before or at the finish.

I'm sure we already have at least one of these!

Guess what's in the boxes?

Swim club, pool celebrating 50th landmark season in water

BACK in the water at the Merrylands Swimming Centre, squad training for the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club (MASC) began last Tuesday ahead of the 2018/2019 competition season.

MASC president Graham Edwards said this would be their 50th season as a club. "The club started just about the same time the pool opened in November 1968," he said. "On Saturday, November 10, we are having a back to Merrylands Day and we are calling on past members to come and join us to have a swim. "New members are also invited. We welcome swimmers of all ages, from toddlers through to masters; we welcome everyone."

Merrylands will also host the annual 'Interclub Cup' against the Parramatta City Swim Club next month. Mr Edwards said their 50th celebrations would culminate with a special anniversary dinner at the end of the season in April. For more information, visit merrylandsasc.asn.au

Conditions were just as wet on the pool deck as in the water as swimmers from the Merrylands Swim Club returned to squad training at the Merrylands Pool last week.

Issue 1, 2018/2019

Welcome to the 2018/2019 Season

Welcome to the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season. This is a milestone anniversary and one we will celebrate with numerous events during the season. Please join us in these celebrations throughout the season. One of our first events will be Back To Merrylands Day on Saturday 10th November, 2018.
 
Our club is a successful family oriented club and we welcome swimmers of all capabilities and ages. It is my pleasure to welcome back our existing members and I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new members joining us. We have an eye catching club uniform and I encourage everyone to wear the club uniform each Saturday morning to club races. If you would like to purchase club uniform items please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the club website to place an order.
 
The range of our program stretches from the Optus Junior Dolphin program, 15 metre races for our youngest swimmers, a Learn to Swim program (for juniors & adults) and events for swimmers of all ages, with juniors and adults swimming in Pointscore and Championship races.
 
Our club website is a key information source, so save this to your favourites and keep up-to-date with the latest news and information throughout the season. The 2018/2019 Program is available on the club website. Please review this to plan your swims, especially to ensure that you qualify for upcoming championships, as these commence on 20th October, 2018.
 
We will be hosting two swimming meets at Merrylands Pool this season and for the first time these will be held on the same day. Whilst it will be a big day, it will help reduce the overall workload on us all. So keep Saturday 23rd February, 2019 free as both the Masters and annual Merrylands SwimFest will be held back-to-back. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.
 
Members of all ages from our club will also compete in various meets and championships throughout the season and I wish all of our swimmers success over the season and in these meets. 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. We will strive to win the cup for the 3rd time.
 
Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (27th October, 2018). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on 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 club website). I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions.
 
I also encourage all of our members (swimmers and non-swimmers) to actively participate in the running of the club, be it involvement on the committee, as a technical official or helping out on a Saturday morning. It is vital for the smooth running of our club races that everyone is involved in activities such as setting up, timekeeping, selling raffle tickets, cooking the bbq or packing up to name just a few of the things we need to do each week. The success of the club and the enjoyment you receive being involved is priceless.
 
Graham

Important Information for Club Age Championships this season

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 either on manual race cards or online. There are cut-off dates for all race entries and these deadlines will be adhered to. So to make sure you have entries for races on the following Saturday please ensure:
 

Manual Card Entries

These must be placed in the maroon entry box by 6pm Wednesday. Cards (including from a family) should be bound together with an elastic band.

To ensure that you have entries in we suggest you purchase the cards on the Saturday prior and place them in the maroon box before you leave on that day.

Manual race cards will not be sold during the week at training etc

Online Entries

These can be submitted on the club website and need to be entered by 8pm Thursday

 

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).

Pool Entry and Volunteers Sign-On Book

Council kindly provides limited free pool entry to parents who are working in a volunteer role at Saturday club races. To qualify for this free entry you must sign the book on entry and undertake the volunteer role you have signed on to perform. Swimmers need to pay the appropriate pool entry fee.
 
If you have any questions about this please see Graham.

Technical Officials Information

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 on Sunday 21st October 2018 at Revesby Workers Club. This forum is free and 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. So if you are interested in attending this forum please see Graham for more details.

Get 50% off Squad Fees

Bring a friend to training who enrols and pays their fees before 8th October, 2018 and you could receive 50% off your November Squad Fees.

Conditions:

  1. The friend must be a new swimmer who has not previously been a member of the squad.
  2. The friend must enrol in the squad, pay their October Squad Fees and pay their Club Membership prior to 8th October, 2018.
  3. The referring swimmer must have enrolled in the squad for October 2018, paid their fees by the due date, paid their club membership and not have a current outstanding balance as at 8th October, 2018.
  4. For a referring family, discounts will be applied to the family member with the lowest fees first.
  5. A single discount is available for each referring swimmer.
  6. Merrylands Swimming Squad reserves the right to end the offer prior to 8th October, 2018.
  7. To claim your discount, you must contact the squad via email prior to 15th October, 2018 with the details of the swimmer you have referred.

Training Returns to Merrylands

Training will return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018.

All swimmers will need to complete enrolment forms for the new season. These forms must be completed online on the Squad Enrolment page.
When completing the enrolment form, you will need to login to the website. If you have forgotten your login details, or have not logged in before, you can retrieve them here.
Swimmers who complete their enrolment forms and club membership before Friday, 28th September* will receive $5 credit per swimmer, that can be used on purchases from the Squad Shop.

There has been changes to some of the squad fees for this summer (the last changes were in 2016) and there has been some changes to the Program Information and Conditions.

The Training Schedules are on the Training Schedule page. A minimum of 4 swimmers must enrol in any given session for it to go ahead. Some times may change based on the enrolments received.

All squad members must also register as members of Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club for the 2018/2019 swimming season.

Please remember when paying via EFT to use the Reference provided during the enrolment process.

* The $5 credit will only apply to swimmers who do not have a current outstanding balance.

See Also

2018/2019 Season Hits the Water

Summer is fast approaching so it’s time to find those costumes and goggles and hit the water.

Our club races will begin on Saturday, 6th October.

Registration for 2018/2019 is now open and members will soon receive instructions via email on how to re-register for the summer.

All parents and adults who regularly attend the Club Races on Saturday mornings are requested to join the club as Non Swimming Members (unless they want to swim).
There are a number of benefits to being a registered member of the club. Members are entitled to vote at Annual General and Special General meetings, vote for our Club Captains and can be recognised for their service to the club through awards such as the Lions Club Award, Life Membership or Service Excellence Awards. Other benefits of membership can be found here.

Swimmers 18yrs & Over have the option of additionally registering as a Masters Competitor. This allows them to participate in Masters Swimming activities including Masters Only competitions on Saturday Mornings.

The program for the Summer Season and the Time Record Sheet can be found in the Club Races section.

Finally, don't forget to order your club uniforms through our Online Store.

See Also

NSW State Age Championships

Two members will represent Merrylands at the 2018 NSW State Age Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The championships will be held from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August, 2018.

Merrylands will be represented by Reece Tomkinson and Alison Johnston at the meet, swimming in 5 events.

Reece and Alison will compete in the following events:

Reece Tomkinson
200m Backstroke
50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke
50m Freestyle

Alison Johnston
50m Freestyle

Congratulations to Reece and Alison for qualifying and good luck to them at the meet.

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

See Also

3 PBs at Metropolitan S/C Championships

Excellent results by our 2 swimmers at the NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships this weekend with 3 new personal best times and 1 season best time.

Reece Tomkinson swam new PBs in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke, while Alison Johnston swam a season best time in the 50m Freestyle.

Well done to both Reece and Alison on their results.

See Also

NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships

Two members will represent Merrylands at the 2018 NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July, 2018.

Merrylands will be represented by Reece Tomkinson and Alison Johnston at the three day meet in 7 events.

Our team will compete in the following events:

Reece Tomkinson
100m Backstroke
50m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
200m Backstroke
50m Backstroke

Alison Johnston
50m Freestyle

Congratulations to Reece and Alison for qualifying and good luck to them at the meet.

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

See Also