Voluntary Awards

GLAD Pye and Jean Bates received this year's Premier's Award for Active Citizenship at a lunch celebrating the efforts of local volunteers on Thursday.

The 400 volunteers from around Holroyd at the lunch had given 96,144 hours of service or 11 years of their time helping others.

Mrs Pye has volunteered at Merrylands Swimming Club since it opened in 1968. She said she enjoys volunteering because it gave her a chance to give to the community.

"I can't believe I won this award," she said. "It's wonderful to be acknowledged for something you love doing."

"When I volunteered at the Paralympics I had to escort athletes to the winners’ podium and it was amazing to be a part of that. I love what I do."

Mrs Bates, a cancer and emphysema sufferer, volunteers at the Merrylands Op Shop and sometimes takes the clothes home to wash and iron them. She has been working there for six years and said she loved it.

"When I work in the shop, I feel wanted and needed and I'll do it for as long as I can."

Mayor Mark Pigram said: "Volunteering reinforces the idea that people can make a difference. You come to realise the effort and selflessness of those who volunteer and it makes me feel proud to be part of this community."

2001 Metropolitan Championships

Merrylands will be sending a team of 6 swimmers to this weekend’s NSW Metropolitan Championships contesting a total of 14 events over the two days of competition at the Sydney Aquatic Centre.

The team of 6 swimmers consists of:

Jordan Burden
9yrs & Under 100m Backstroke
9yrs & Under 100m Breaststroke
9yrs & Under 100m Freestyle
Mitchell Emery
11yrs 100m Breaststroke
Troy Tomkinson
14yrs 100m Butterfly
14yrs 100m Backstroke
14yrs 100m Freestyle
Robert Griffey
17/18yrs 100m Backstroke
17/18yrs 100m Freestyle
Peter Johnston
Open 50m Breaststroke
Joseph Franji
Open MD 50m Freestyle
Open MD 50m Butterfly
Open MD 50m Backstroke
Open MD 50m Breaststroke

You can follow the team's progress over the weekend at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/.

See Also
  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Program of Events

  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Qualifying Times

  • State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures

  • Schedule of Constants
  • QANTAS Skins Broadcast Times

    Channel 9’s Wide World of Sports will be showing delayed coverage of the 2001 QANTAS Skins from the Sydney Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 5th December, 2001.

    Channel 9’s 90 minute broadcast will begin at 11:40pm with commentary from John Casey, Nicole Stevenson and Duncan Armstrong. Fox Sports will be showing Live coverage on Fox Sports Two from 7:30pm with a replay at 11:30pm.

    Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticketek. More information on the Skins is available here.

    See Also
  • QANTAS Skins

  • Wide World of Sports

  • Fox Sports

  • Ticketek

  • Australian Swimming
  • Metropolitan Entries

    Entries for the 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships are due in with our Race Secretary by Saturday, 17th November, 2001. The entries are to be on Multi-Entry Cards, which will be available on Saturday, 10th November, 2001.

    To compete at these championships you must have achieved the required qualifying time. The time must have been achieved at a “District Approved Meet”.
    Meets that are not District Approved include:
    School Swimming Carnivals (School, District/Zone, and some Regional/Area)
    RSL Meets
    RSL Club nights

    You can not use times achieved at these meets and entries will not be accepted if these times are used.

    If you want to qualify on a Saturday Morning during Club Races you must mark your entry card “Qualifying Attempt”. You can also qualify at the Cumberland A.S.A. Qualifying Meet. Entries for the Qualifying Meet close on Saturday, 10th November, 2001.

    The Entry Times should also be related to the course in which the Meet is to be conducted with the appropriate constant added or subtracted from the time.

    Your Multi-Entry cards must be completely filled out including date and place that times were achieved. Entries must also include your registration number.

    Only accredited coaches will have access to the Pool Deck at the meet. Parents are reminded that they are not permitted on the Pool Deck or in the Marshalling Area at any time.

    For more information on NSW meets read the Championship Procedures information in the Swim Meets Section.

    See Also
  • Cumberland A.S.A. Qualifying Meet

  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Program of Events

  • 2001 NSW Metropolitan Championships - Qualifying Times

  • State, Metropolitan and Country Championship Procedures

  • Schedule of Constants
  • 2001 QANTAS Skins

    The 2001 QANTAS Skins will be held on Wednesday, 5th December, 2001 at the Sydney Aquatic Centre.

    The Qantas Skins was first swum in 1996 after the Atlanta Olympics. It is a unique invitation only international swim meet. The meet is run in a knockout format with a total prize pool of $120,000.

    The race format is divided into three categories: a 50m Sprint Series, a Mystery Medley and a 400m Freestyle.

    The 4x50 metres sprint series is contested by men and women in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Each sprint series race starts with a total of five swimmers; the last placegetter is eliminated after each 50m sprint, until there are only two swimmers standing for a final face off in a man-on-man/woman-on-woman dash to decide the winner. Each sprint race is swum every two minutes with prize money awarded accordingly to the competitors placing.

    The Mystery Medley is contested by a minimum of five swimmers for both men and women over 200 metres. Each of the lanes is allocated a different medley order, drawn randomly, prior to the event. Competitors are disqualified if they fail to swim the order allocated to their lane. Prize money for this event is awarded on overall placings.

    The 400 metres freestyle is contested by a minimum of five swimmers for both men and women. It is swum as 2 x 200 metre events with a one-minute rest between each 200 metres; the clock commences when the last competitor touches the wall. The prize money for this event is decided on an overall placings, based on each competitor’s accumulated time for the two 200 metre events. Bonuses can also be awarded to the winner of each of the 200 metre events.

    Australian athletes attending include Brett Hawke, Ashley Callus, Matt Welsh, Geoff Huegill, Elka Graham, Grant Hackett, Giann Rooney, Michael Klim, Phil Rogers, Sarah Ryan, Leisel Jones and Lori Munz.

    Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au/ from Monday, 5th November, 2001 and Ticketek outlets from Monday, 12th November, 2001. Qantas Frequent Flyers and Staff Members may purchase tickets through Ticketek at a discounted rate simply by quoting a Frequent Flyer/Staff reference number.

    Ticket Pricing

    A Res
    Adult $32.00
    Junior - 3 - 15 years inclusive $20.00
    Pensioner - inculdes seniors card $20.00
    Full time student with id $20.00
    Family - 2 adults & 2 juniors only (admits 4) $80.00

    Order of Events

    Start time 7:15pm
    Event 1 Mens 50m Breastroke
    Event 2 Womens 50m Butterfly
    Event 3 Mens 50m Backstroke
    Event 4 Womens 400m Freestyle (2x200m Freestyle, collated times)
    Event 5 Mens 200m Mystery Individual Medley
    Event 6 Womens 50m Breaststroke
    Event 7 Mens 50m Butterfly
    Event 8 Womens 50m Freestyle
    Event 9 Mens 50m Breaststroke
    Event 10 Womens 50m Backstroke
    Event 11 Mens 400m Freestyle (2x200m Freestyle,collated times)
    Event 12 Womens 200m Mystery Individual Medley
    Event 13 Mens 50m Freestyle
    Finish Time Approximately 10:15pm

    See Also
  • Australian Swimming

  • Ticketek


  • Sydney Aquatic Centre
  • 2001/2002 Season

    The start of the 2001/2002 season is now less than a week away with competition commencing on Saturday, 6th October.

    For those swimmers who haven't re-registered yet you can register on the first Saturday. Make sure you arrive early to ensure you have enough time to register and fill in your entries before the races commence at 7:00am.

    You can also order your uniform on the first morning. Uniform items available for purchase include:
  • Swimming costumes

  • Shirts

  • Shorts

  • Jackets

  • Swimming caps

  • Orders for swimming costumes close on Saturday, 20th October.

    Entries for the Cumberland 12yrs & Under Meet also close on the first Saturday. If you want to attend this meet, fill in your entries and hand them to the Race Secretary on Saturday.

    See Also
  • Cumberland 12yrs & Under Meet
  • McCredie Park Development Carnival

    Yesterday 4 members of the club attended the McCredie Park Development Carnival at the Guildford Swimming Centre.

    From the 17 events that were entered by members of our club they won 5 medals and set 12 personal best times.

    David Wang was our most successful swimmer winning gold in the 8yrs 25m Butterfly, silver in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle and placing 4th in the 50m Breaststroke.

    Both Brittany Johnson and Sarah Johnston won 1 medal each. Brittany broke her personal best time in the 11yrs 50m Butterfly to win bronze while Sarah took over 2 seconds off her time in the 12yrs 50m Breaststroke to win silver.

    Amber Johnson also had a good meet on her return from injury, breaking 3 personal best times.

    The meet results are now available.

    At the NSW Short Course Development Meet on Saturday, Todd Jenkin, representing the Cumberland District, placed second in the 12yrs 50m Freestyle and first in the 50m Breaststroke.

    The results for this meet are available at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/

    Medal Tally

    Gold 1
    Silver 3
    Bronze 1

    See Also
  • 2001 McCredie Park Development Carnival Results
  • NSW State Age Results

    Mitchell Emery made a spectacular return to form last weekend taking home gold in the 10yrs 100m Breaststroke and silver in the 10yrs 50m Breaststroke at the NSW State Age Short Course Championships.

    Merrylands swimmers took home a total of 5 medals from the 11 events that they competed in making this year's Championships one of the club's most successful ever.

    Mitchell, who had a disappointing start to the year, took a massive 4 seconds off his personal best time to win the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:28.30, over 2 seconds clear of the rest of the field. He then backed up his 100m performance to place second in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 41.36, breaking his personal best time and finishing only 2/10ths of a second behind first place.

    Troy Tomkinson also took home two medals. After winning the silver in the 13yrs 50m Freestyle at the Metropolitan Championships, Troy went one better to win the gold medal in a time of 25.69. In addition he won the bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly in 28.62.

    Jordan Burden also had a very successful meet. He broke his personal best time in the 9yrs & Under 100m Freestyle to place second in a time of 1:13.50. Jordan was unlucky not to win a second medal in the 50m Freestyle after finishing 4th, only 1/100th of a second behind 3rd place in a time of 33.81.

    As a club, Merrylands placed 48th overall with a total of 179 points, finishing ahead of a number of much larger clubs. Congratulations to all the swimmers involved.

    The full results are now available.

    Medal Tally

    Gold 2
    Silver 2
    Bronze 1

    See Also

    NSW State Age S/C Championships

    Merrylands will be sending a team of 4 swimmers to this weekend's NSW State Age Short Course Championships contesting a total of 11 events.

    The team of 4 swimmers consists of:

    Jordan Burden
    9yrs & Under 100m Freestyle
    9yrs & Under 50m Backstroke
    9yrs & Under 50m Freestyle
    Mitchell Emery
    10yrs 100m Breaststroke
    10yrs 50m Breaststroke
    Troy Tomkinson
    13yrs 50m Butterfly
    13yrs 50m Backstroke
    13yrs 50m Freestyle
    Robert Griffey
    17/18yrs 50m Freestyle
    17/18yrs 100m Freestyle
    17/18yrs 50m Backstroke

    You can follow the team's progress over the weekend at http://www.nswswimming.com.au/.

    2001/2002 Season Registration

    Registration for the 2001/2002 swimming season will be held on Saturday, 22nd September from 1.00-3.00pm at Merrylands Pool. On this afternoon you will also be able to buy cards for the first week of competition.

    Competition commences on Saturday, 6th, October at 7.00am.

    If you are unable to register on the 22nd you are welcome to register on any Saturday morning before races.