State Masters Results

Our State team had masterful performances at the NSW State Masters Championships on the weekend.

We had 4 swimmers compete at the Championships and achieve fantastic results.  

Kylee Murray competed in 4 events and won bronze medals in the 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. Kylee's performances in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle were the fastest she has swum in over 2 years.

Leanne Tovkach also competed in 4 events and picked up a bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke.  Leanne achieved all time personal bests in the 100m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle where she took over a second off her personal best time.

Brendan Kirkpatrick competed in 5 events and earned himself 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals.  Brendan flew into 2 new all time personal best times, getting closer to the 29 mark in 50m Butterfly with a 30.26 and dropping 1.5 seconds in his 100m Butterfly time.

Alison Johnston competed in 5 events and picked up gold medals in every swim.  Alison achieved an all time personal best in the 200m Backstroke.

Peter Johnston was unfortunately unwell so did not compete at the meet but he was excitedly checking live results all weekend from home.

As a team Merrylands came 2nd in our division for the pointscore.

Congratulations to our swimmers on their results!

State Masters Championships

Merrylands is being represented by 5 swimmers at the NSW State Masters Championships this weekend.

The 2 day championships start at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today. Our team will contest 22 events and consists of:

  • Peter Johnston
  • Brendan Kirkpatrick
  • Kylee Murray
  • Alison Johnston
  • Leanne Tovkach

We wish our swimmers the best of luck at the meet. You can follow their progress over the weekend online.

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Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards

Peter Johnston has been presented with a Lifetime Service Award at the Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards.

Peter received the award for his technology-related service to Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club.  Peter has been providing his services since the mid 1990s and continuously adapts and finds ways to enhance accessibility to members of the club and wider community.

There are so many examples of Peter's contributions and just some of the things he does include developing the club's website in 1999, developing a new membership system and results database, producing the club's 40th Anniversary DVD, implementing electronic timing and online entries, obtaining sponsorship for IT products, implementing an online store, acting as Metro South West webmaster, creating databases for managing qualifications and enrolments, Dive-In Movie pre-show advertisements and videos, implementing Teams for remotely coaching swimmers at international events, live streaming of training sessions, automation of results and organising virtual committee meetings.

Peter volunteers so much of his time behind the scenes to provide these services to our club.

Thank you for all you do Peter!

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State Masters Championships & NSW Development Meet

Merrylands has a team of 5 swimming at the NSW State Masters Short Course Championships. The championships are being held at Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy over the 12th and 13th October, 2019.

The team of 5 are competing in 23 events across the weekend. Good luck to Peter, Brendan, Kylee, Alison and Leanne.

The club is also being represented by 3 swimmers at the Swimming NSW Junior Area Representative Meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Niushka, Summer and Matt are part of the Metro South West Area team and have been selected in 15 individual events and 3 relays between them.

Good luck to both teams. We know you will make us proud!

8 Medals at Masters Distance Championships

Merrylands' team took home 8 medals from the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships on Sunday.

The club finished with 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Congratulations to Ian Wilson, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Peter Johnston and Alison Sakurovs on their swims.

NSW State Masters Distance Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 4 swimmers at the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships at the Knox Grammar School Aquatic Centre on Sunday, 8th September.

Ian Wilson, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Peter Johnston and Alison Sakurovs will compete at the meet in 2 events each.

We wish them the best of luck at the meet.

NSW State Masters Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 6 swimmers at the NSW State Masters Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team consists of:

Alison Johnston
Tricia Johnston
Peter Johnston
Kylee Murray
Steven Nguyen
Ben Taylor

Good luck to our swimmers at the meet.

You can follow their progress over the weekend on the Live Results page.

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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

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


Mum turns golden

COMPETING in 10 events, Alison Johnston returned from last month's Masters Swimming Australia National Championships in Perth with 10 medals.

Swimming under her maiden name of Sakurovs, the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club member picked up four gold and six silver, giving her in the highest point score for her age group.

It was her seventh time competing at the masters nationals but her first gold medal and she credits her strong performance to the birth of her son four years ago.

"I've been swimming almost all my life, since I was five years old," she said.

"I've always swum but more plodding along.

"That's picked up in the past few years, strangely I am faster now since I had my son William.

"He's definitely keeping me fit."

However she admits with a laugh that it doesn't hurt that her husband Peter is an award winning coach for the club, named the Masters NSW Coach of the Year for 2017, a title he also won in 2013.

"We are very professional in the water but at home we probably talk about swimming way too much over the dinner table," she said.

A member of the Merrylands Club for the past eight years, she says swimming is good for any age from babies to adults, with masters events for age categories from 18 and upward.

"They don't stop," she said.

"Swimming is easy on your joints and good for your lungs; it's good for any age."

Making a formidable team both in and out of the water, Peter and Alison Johnston from the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club picked 11 medals between them at the Australian Masters Championships in Perth last month. Alison collected 10 medals, Peter won a bronze, and two other swimmers from the club, Ian and Tricia Johnston, also swam new personal bests at the event.


11 Medals at Australian Masters Championships

After 4 huge days of competition at the Australian Masters Championships in Perth over the past week, Merrylands' team has finished the meet with 11 medals, 5 new personal best times and 14 season best times.

Alison Johnston took home 10 medals from the meet - 4 Gold and 6 Silver. Her gold medals are her first at a National level. The highlight of the meet for Alison though was undoubtably her gold medal in the 50m Freestyle - her final event of the championships. Alison had been working for the gold in this event for the past 3 years and it all came together this year. Putting aside the distraction of being in the same heat as her husband, and the fatigue from the previous 3 days of competition, Alison posted a time just outside her PB to take the gold and finish with the 3rd fastest female time overall. (For the record, Peter touched just 0.22 in front).

Peter won the club's 11th medal at the meet, with Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, and season best times in all 12 of his events.

Ian Johnston had an excellent meet, swimming 4 new personal best times from his 9 events. Ian took 2 seconds off his 50m Backstroke, 5 seconds off his 100m Backstroke, 12 seconds off his 200m Backstroke and 1.5 seconds off his 50m Butterfly. Ian also swam 4 new season best times.

Our final swimmer, Tricia Johnston, gradually warmed-up up as the meet progressed, with a Freestyle swim in the relay on Day 3 just outside her personal best. She followed this up on Day 4 with a big 1.5 second PB in the 50m Freestyle.

To top it all off, at the Presentation Dinner, Peter was named as the 2017 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year.


Alison Johnston
   50m Freestyle  (Gold)
   100m Freestyle  (Gold)
   200m Freestyle  (Gold)
   400m Freestyle  (Gold)
   800m Freestyle  (Sliver)
   50m Backstroke  (Silver)
   50m Butterfly  (Silver)
   100m Butterfly  (Silver)
   200m Individual Medley  (Silver)
   400m Individual Medley  (Silver)
Peter Johnston
   50m Breaststroke  (Bronze)

Personal Best Times

Ian Johnston
   50m Backstroke
   100m Backstroke
   200m Backstroke
   50m Butterfly
Tricia Johnston
   50m Freestyle

Medal Tally

 Gold 4
 Silver 6
 Bronze 1


Congratulations to our team on their results!

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