Issue 13, 2018/2019

Welcome to 2019

We hope you have enjoyed a very merry Christmas with your family & friends. We wish you a safe and prosperous 2019, as we continue to celebrate our club’s 50th anniversary.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Merrylands 50s will be run throughout the club races today. A knockout handicap event consisting of 3 rounds (Heats, Semis and Finals), with each round held at different points within the morning’s program. The top placed swimmers in each round progress onto the next round. As the event is handicapped, every swimmer has the chance to win, with the overall winner taking home a prize.

Dive In Movie – Saturday 19th January, 2019

It is only 2 weeks to the Dive In Movie. Entry to the movie is free and there are a limited number of tickets still available. To find out more information & order your tickets go the 50th Anniversary page

Holiday Photos?

There is still time to share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap if you are going away on holidays. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved.

Speedo Sprint Series

Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on 22nd January, 2019. Enter online today.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad will be running Skills & Drills sessions for the swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during the rest of January. Remaining sessions will be held on the 10th, 17th & 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. Swimmers can book in for which ever sessions they want. Sessions will include filming of technique and race skills. Register online at https://squadshop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/drills-skills-session

1500m Championship, 200m Mystery Medley & Junior Handicap – Friday 18th January, 2019

Don’t forget entry to these events on Friday night, 19th January, 2019. Warm-up & marshalling prior to races at 6.45pm. We will need help with timekeeping, so even if you are not swimming we would appreciate your help on the night. A BBQ will also be held at the end of the events.

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge for the season will be held on Saturday 19th January, 2019. A chance for the Maroon team to even the score with the White team!

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meet– Saturday 23rd February, 2019

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

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 on our website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/swimfest/.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments. Please advise Graham of your availability for the day.

Swim Meets This Weekend

Good luck to our club members who are competing at the Blacktown City Games Sprint Meet (today) and MSW Qualifying Meet (tomorrow). May the Whale be with you all.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

Member Profile

Name:

Joseph Daniel Assi

Age:

8

Year Joined:

2017

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning a new stroke

Favourite food:

Lasagna

Favourite TV show:

Teen Titans Go

When I grow up I want to be:

Soccer Player

Favourite Swimmer:

Ian Thorpe

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

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

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

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Issue 12, 2018/2019

Christmas Wishes

Today is our last day for club races in 2018. After club races we will have a BBQ breakfast & Christmas Hamper raffle draw. Thank you to everyone who has donated prizes for the hampers. Tickets are $1 and a book of 10 tickets is $10, which you can still purchase this morning.

On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish every one of our members and their family’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

We look forward to seeing you back at training from Wednesday 2nd January, 2019 and club races on Saturday 5th January, 2019.

SNSW Senior State Age Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who competed at the Senior State Age Championships last Saturday. Alison swam just outside her time from the Metropolitan Championships, finishing ahead of many competitors half her age. Well done Alison, time to relax and celebrate your efforts!

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Merrylands 50s will be held on our return on Saturday 5th January, 2019. A new event, the Merrylands 50s, will be held as part of our Club Races. This Knockout Handicap event consists of 3 rounds (Heats, Semis and Finals), with each round held at different points within the morning’s program. The top placed swimmers in each round progress onto the next round. As the event is handicapped, every swimmer has the chance to win, with the overall winner taking home a prize. Enter online.

Information about the Dive In Movie is available on the club website and Facebook page.
Entry to the movie is free but numbers are limited and entry into the event will be by ticket only. To find out more information or to order your tickets go to the Dive In Movie page.

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.

Speedo Sprint Series

Going away in January? Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on 22nd January, 2019. Enter online today.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad will be running Skills & Drills sessions for the swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during January. Sessions will be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. Swimmers can book in for which ever sessions they want. Sessions will include filming of technique and race skills. Register online.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meet– Saturday 23rd February, 2019

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

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.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments. Please advise Graham of your availability for the day.

Member Profile

Name:

Gabriella Rose Assi

Age:

6

Year Joined:

2018

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle

Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning new strokes

Favourite food:

Apples

Favourite TV show:

The Greatest Showman

When I grow up I want to be:

Ballet Teacher or a Mermaid

Favourite Swimmer:

Cate Campbell

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

Sunday 6th January

Closed

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

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/hips (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

 

 

 

Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last club races and training session for 2018 will be held on Saturday, 22nd December.

Club Races start at 7am as usual, and will include Novelty Events after the regular races.

Training will resume on Wednesday, 2nd January, with Club Races resuming on Saturday, 5th January, 2019.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 22nd December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend for the club races and novelty events. We would love to see you there. Enter online here.

Are going to be away at all in January?
If you will be away, then please email Peter with your last day of training and your first day back.

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

Peter, Alison, Katie, Reece, Sarah & Rachel

See Also

Issue 11, 2018/2019

SNSW Senior State Age Championships

Alison Sakurovs is competing today at Day 2 of the Senior State Age Championships, swimming in the 50 metre Freestyle (Event 30) later this morning. There are 155 entries for this event. We wish you all the best Alison for your swim. Remember all the chocolate rewards awaiting you!

Christmas Raffle & BBQ Breakfast – Saturday 22nd December, 2018

The Christmas Raffle is on sale and will be drawn next Saturday 22nd December, 2018. Prizes will include gift vouchers and hampers. Please donate non-perishable items as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets are $1 and a book of 10 tickets is $10.

We will also be holding a breakfast bbq, so make sure you also bring your appetite with you next Saturday.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We are nearly halfway through our 50th Anniversary season and the celebrations continue. Major events are:
  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

Information about the Dive In Movie is available on the club website and Facebook page. Entry to the movie is free but numbers are limited and entry into the event will be by ticket only. To find out more information or to order your tickets go to the 50th Anniversary section.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest remain 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. Please advise Graham of your availability for the day.

Learn To Swim

Today sees the first block of our Learn to Swim program for this season come to a close. A very big thank you to all of our volunteer instructors, helpers & organisers who have worked with our participants over this period. We look forward to seeing more of our learn to swim participants joining in club races, why not start with the 15 metre races each Saturday. These are held at the end of club races and entries can be submitted online.

The next block of Learn to Swim will run over February & March 2019. Keep an eye on the club website for information about registrations for this block.

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.

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 🐳

Club Uniform

As we mentioned last week we are placing an order for a long sleeve shirt which can be used for activities at meets such as staying warm after your warm-up swim, going to the marshalling area etc.

The short sleeve polo shirt remains the official club uniform item and is the shirt that is to be worn to meets and other activities when representing the club.

For a short introductory period we are offering the long sleeve shirt at a club subsidised cost of $15.00 if you already own a short sleeve club polo shirt. To place an order and take advantage of the subsidised cost see the Property Officer today. This shirt cannot be ordered through the online shop.

All other 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).

Hilltop Road Public School – Year 3 PBL Exhibition

Recently our club was represented by Ian & Tricia Johnston at the Hilltop Road Public School Year 3 PBL Exhibition. This was a photographic exhibition titled Faces In our Community. Our club was selected as one of the local community groups to participate and explain how our club connects with the local community. Thank you to Ian & Tricia for giving up their time to be interviewed and to also attend the presentation of the exhibition on Monday 3rd December, 2018.

 

Great information about swimming and our club’s involvement in the local community. Looks like another journey the 50th Anniversary cap has made!

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.

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

Why not join the Club

If you are not already a member, why not join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $22. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the club member discounted pool entry fees. To apply for membership visit https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/membership/registration.aspx

7 Things Swimmers and Parents need to know about Age Group Swimming Plateaus

Did you know that Michael Phelps did not swim a single best time between 2009 & 2016?

An article published in the December 2018 Journal of The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association & Swim Australia provides an article on things swimmers and parents need to know about swimming plateaus. They happen to everyone.

The 7 things are:

  1. Not every meet is a championship meet
  2. You can’t always predict the big breakthroughs
  3. Improvement doesn’t happen all at once
  4. Improving sometimes means getting worse first
  5. The better you get, the harder it will become to improve
  6. You improve at your own rate
  7. Improving means making things harder on yourself at training

The article was written by Olivier Poirier-Leroy, a former national level swimmer for Canada. A full copy of the article can be found on the club noticeboard and makes interesting reading.

Member Profile

Name:

Margaret Edwards

Age:

60

Year Joined:

1969

Positions held: (if relevant)

Property Officer (not Lost Property Officer)

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle (Butterfly if I could do it)

Favourite thing about swimming:

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

Favourite food:

Anything that’s made for me

Favourite TV show:

Whatever Graham makes me watch (golf, AFL)

When I grow up I want to be:

Eventually leave school

Favourite Swimmer:

I admire anyone who has a go

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

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Closed

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

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

Sunday 6th January

Closed

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

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/hips (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

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

NSW State Age Championships

Alison Johnston will represent Merrylands at the 2018/2019 NSW Senior State Age Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The championships will be held from Friday 14th to Wednesday 19th December, 2018.

Alison will swim in the 17yrs & Over 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

Dive In Movies

Try a different film experience this January with the Dive-in Cinema.

Merrylands Swimming Centre will be transformed on Saturday, 19th January, 2019 into a floating cinema lounge with the screening of Disney's Moana. Plenty of inflatables and pool noodles available for guests, or bring your own. There will also be a dry area for guests who don't want to get too wet.

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club and the Merrylands Swimming Centre.The event is being run by the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club and proudly funded by Cumberland Council’s Community Grants Program.

For more information or to order tickets, visit the Dive In Movie page.

See Also

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

Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

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

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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/.

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