Metropolitan Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 2 swimmers at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 27-28 February, 2020.

Our team will contest 6 events at the meet and consists of:

Alison Johnston
  50m Freestyle  
Vanessa Ozols
  50m Freestyle (MC)  
  100m Freestyle (MC)  
  100m Breaststroke (MC)  
  200m Individual Medley (MC)  
  100m Backstroke (MC)  

Congratulations to our swimmers on qualifying for the meet and we wish them the best of luck.

NSW State Age Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 3 swimmers at the NSW Senior State Age Championships, which start at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Our team will contest 7 events at the 6 day meet, which concludes on Thursday.

Our team consists of:

Alison Johnston
  50m Freestyle Day 2 (9:06am)
Vanessa Ozols
  50m Freestyle (MC) Day 2 (11:27am)
  200m Individual Medley (MC) Day 2 (1:26pm)
  100m Breaststroke (MC) Day 3 (11:11am)
  100m Freestyle (MC) Day 3 (1:35pm)
  100m Backstroke (MC) Day 4 (10:53am)
Summer Shrestha
  50m Freestyle Day 5 (9:17am)


Congratulations to our swimmers on qualifying for the meet and we wish them the best of luck.

You can follow the team's progress over the weekend on the Swimming NSW Live Results or Live Stream.

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Metro South West Senior Championships Results

Our Senior swimmers kicked off their season with some great results at the Metro South West Senior Long Course Championships.  These Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on the 7th and 8th of November.

Laura-Belle had some fabulous results, achieving personal best times in 3 out of 4 of her swims.  Laura-Belle took off over 3 seconds in the Open 50m Butterfly, achieving her first sub 40 time!

Michael had just completed his HSC physics exam the day before the meet.  The force (mass x acceleration) was with him and Michael achieved a personal best in the Open 50m Freestyle.

Elie showed gutsy efforts in his swims after returning from a break and several injuries.  Elie saved his best performance for the last of the day with a personal best in the Open 50m Freestyle.

It was Vanessa’s first-time swimming at these Championships and she had some wonderful results, with personal best times in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke.  Vanessa was a finalist in her 4 events.

Summer added to her Metropolitan events with a personal best in the 100m Freestyle. Summer also achieved personal best times in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke, and was a finalist in this event.

Brendan contested a massive 9 events during the meet.  Brendan was a finalist in four events, including a top 10 finish in the Men’s Open 200m Individual Medley.

Alison’s highlight was the Women’s Open 50m Freestyle, coming 9th out of 130 swimmers.  Alison also picked up 2 silver medals, 1 bronze and 4 other top 10 finishes.

Congratulations to all our swimmers and thank you to Peter and Alison for their coaching.


Metro South West Senior Championships

Merrylands will send a team of 7 swimmers to the Metro South West Senior Championships this weekend.

The Championships are being held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November.

Our team is competing in 39 individual events over the weekend, and consists of:

Laura-Belle Casey
Michael Evans
Brendan Kirkpatrick
Elie Menhem
Vanessa Ozols
Alison Sakurovs
Summer Shrestha

Following the session on Saturday, Metro South West are holding a Junior Qualifying Meet. We will have 6 swimmers competing at this meet in 8 events.

Our team consists of:

Joseph Assi
Joab Hada
Niushka Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Good luck to all our swimmers at both meets.

New 50m Freestyle Records

Congratulations to Lisa Shrestha and Alison Johnston who both set new records in the 50m Freestyle Championships this morning.

Lisa set a new record in the 9yrs 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time of 38.66. Lisa's time shaved 0.05 seconds off the record set by Kristie Caplikas in 2013, and is her 3rd club record in as many weeks.

Alison swam a new record time of 29.28 in the Senior 50m Freestyle, breaking the record she set in 2018 by 0.23 seconds. Alison has now broken the record in this event 4 times in the past 5 years, and has lowered the record by 1.03 seconds over that period. 

Congratulations to both Alison and Lisa on their swims.

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NSW State Age Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 2 swimmers at the NSW State Age Championships which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from Friday, 13th to Wednesday 18th December, 2019.

Our team consists of:

Vanessa Ozols
  50m Freestyle MC Day 2
  100m Breaststroke MC Day 3
  100m Backstroke MC Day 4
Alison Johnston
  50m Freestyle Day 2

Congratulations to both Vanessa and Alison for qualifying and we wish them well for the meet.

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Issue 8, 2019/2020

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who represented our club at the Metropolitan Championships last weekend. Alison swam in the Womens Open 50 metres Freestyle, clocking 28.89, a season best time. A great warm up for the State Age Championships in two weeks time! Congratulations Alison.

Chocolate Fundraising

Please return any outstanding funds raised to Trish Johnston. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Christmas Hamper Raffle & Christmas Events

We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items as prize items for our Christmas Hamper Raffle. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019 after club races. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10) and are available from today.

Following club races we will also be holding novelty events, a breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Remember training breaks from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resumes on Saturday 4th January, 2020. If you plan to be away over December or January please let your coach know. To do this complete the online form. More details here.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop ( Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items. Margaret is also taking orders for hoodies and winter jackets, as these require minimum order numbers and have a lead time to obtain.

Timekeepers Course

I hope to be able to provide the date this morning for the Timekeepers assessment. Stay tuned at presentation after club races today.

Christmas & Holiday Events @ Club Merrylands Newman St, Merrylands

FREE Santa Photos - Monday 9 December 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Kids Toy Raffle - Monday 9 December 7.30pm @ Club Merrylands

FREE Kids Barefoot Bowls - Friday 10 January 9.30am

FREE Bingo - Wednesday 15 January 2pm

FREE Reptile Show - Sunday 19 January 12.30pm

Pizza Making - Tuesday 21 January 5pm - $5

Club By-Laws

The Club By-Laws have been updated and are now available on the club website. They can be accessed at here.

Be Sun Smart

Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting yourself in 5 ways:

  • Slip on clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs. Choose shirts with collars, high necks and sleeves and trousers or longer shorts and skirts that come below the knees;
  • Slop on SPF30+ or higher broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen. Apply generously 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours. Never rely on sunscreen alone;
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats provide good protection. Baseball caps are not recommended, as they do not protect the ears, cheeks or neck;
  • Seek shade whenever you can especially when UV levels are highest between10am and 2pm (11am and 3pm during daylight saving);
  • Slide on sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS1067 and that fit your face well.

Sun screen is available in the club room for your protection.

Information courtesy of Cancer Council NSW

Upcoming Events




MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December


Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December


NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December


MASC 400metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 14th December

Thursday 12th December

NSW State Open & Age Open Water

Friday 20th December

Saturday 21st December

Tuesday 10th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Thursday 19th December

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December


Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

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We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Metropolitan Results

Alison Johnston swam a season best time at the NSW Metropolitan Championships yesterday.

Swimming in the Open 50m Freestyle, Alison finished in 28.89, her fastest time so far this season. A great result as she prepares for the State Age Championships in two weeks time.

Congratulations to Alison on her swim.