Metro South West Open Water Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 4 swimmers at the Metro South West Open Water Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre today.

Brendan Kirkpatrick will swim in the 5km Championships, while Nevah Shrestha, Summer Shrestha and Matthew Matthew Vicic will swim in the 2.5km JX event.

Good luck to all 4 swimmers at the meet.

Issue 6, 2019/2020

Club Captains

The nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are:

Male

Michael Evans

Female

Darla Assi 
Laura-Belle Casey
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Bree Khoury
Sophia Vicic

As Michael Evans is the only nominee for Male Club Captain he is elected to the position. Congratulations Michael.

Voting for the Female Club Captain is being held today during club races. Please see Margaret or Glenda at the marshalling table to submit your vote. Voting closes at 9.30am and the Female Club Captain will be announced next Saturday at club races. Good luck to all of our nominees.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

We had a team of 46 swimmers who swam a total of 81 PB’s in the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup last Saturday. What an outstanding effort, congratulations to all of our swimmers and coaches. We were pipped by Parramatta City in the point score, but it was a very successful meet for all of our swimmers.

Thank you to all of our helpers on the day, we really appreciate your time and help in setting up, jobs during the meet and packing up. The meet ran smoothly and everyone again contributed to this.

Metro South West Open Water Championships

We have a team of 4 swimmers competing at the Area Open Water Championships tomorrow at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith. We wish Brendan Kirkpatrick (5km), Nevah Shrestha (2.5km), Summer Shrestha (2.5km) & Matthew Vicic (2.5km) good luck with their swims.

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

Chocolate Fundraising

We have a couple of boxes still to distribute. Please see Trish Johnston if you would like to take another box. We ask that the funds raised be returned to Trish by the end of November 2019. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Christmas Hamper

As you know we will be holding our Christmas Hamper Raffle again this year and it will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019. We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items from Saturday 7th December, 2019 as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets will be $1 (book of 10 tickets $10). We will also be holding a breakfast bbq on the morning after club races.

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 $23. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. To apply for membership visit https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/membership/

We have a couple roles that we would like some help with. If you are a club member aged 18 or older we would welcome your help with the roles of Learn to Swim Committee Member or Assistant Treasurer.

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club. Please see Graham if you are able to help out.

Timekeepers Course

A final reminder about undertaking the online component of the timekeepers course. We encourage anyone still considering undertaking the course to do so as soon as possible, as we will have the practical assessment completed on a Saturday morning club races during December. Remember the minimum age is high school student, so we also encourage our Junior members to also obtain their accreditation.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Closed

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Closed

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 23rd November

Thursday 21st November

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Thursday 28th November

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Tuesday 19th November

5.00pm

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Tuesday 3rd 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

N/A

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.

Sponsors

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.

Inter-Club Cup Results

A fantastic meet from our whole team at the Parramatta Inter-Club on Saturday at Merrylands Swimming Centre.

Despite falling just 30 points short of winning the meet, our team swam 81 new personal best times in some very exciting racing with great team spirit. New personal best times were achieved by swimmers young and old - from 5 through to 60.

Parramatta City won the meet on 1,034 points, Merrylands was second on 1,004, with McCredie Park in third.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their performances, and a massive thank you to all the officials and parents who helped to run the meet. Thank you also to our sponsors Club Merrylands and Starr Partners for their support of the meet.

The full results, including team point scores, are available in the Inter-Club Cup section of our website.

See Also

Issue 5, 2019/2020

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup - Today

We are hosting the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup today at Merrylands Swimming Centre. Swimmers payment of $10 includes your races, pool entry & sausage sandwich. Spectator entry is free.

We will be setting up from 2.00pm and races start at 3.30pm (all swimmers need to be ready to commence warm up at 3.00pm). This means swimmers need to arrive by 2.30pm to prepare & stretch and to be ready to enter the water at 3.00pm.

We need help from all of our parents at this meet, as we need to set up the pool, marshalling, announcer, timekeeping, cooking the bbq and pack upetc. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Let’s show everyone Merrylands is the premier club in the Cumberland Council area.

Club Captains

The following nominations have been received for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains:

Male

Michael Evans

Female

Darla Assi
Laura-Belle Casey
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Bree Khoury
Sophia Vicic

We will confirm if the nominees accept their nomination and voting will be held next Saturday morning (16th November, 2018) during club races.

Relay Competition - commences today

Last chance to organise your team if you have not done so yet (maximum of 6 team members, with any 4 of the team swimming each week). The competition commences today and runs over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday 21st March, 2020. Good luck to all the teams.

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

Online Entries – Check Your Events Carefully

In the new online entries system, the descriptions of the events cannot be changed e.g. Senior Handicap instead of 50m Freestyle, or 100m Backstroke Championship instead of 100m Backstroke. Please check your event selections carefully before you pay.

Chocolate Fundraising

We have a couple of boxes still to distribute. Please see Trish Johnston if you would like to take another box. We ask that the funds raised be returned to Trish by the end of November 2019. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Your help would be appreciated

Welcome and thank you to Emily Ton who has joined the Committee and will assist with the Social Committee. Thank you to Danielle Vicic who has also advised she will take on the role as Chief Timekeeper and join the Social Committee. We still have a few vacant positions and we need your help to fill them. You just need to be a club member 18yrs of age or older.

Learn to Swim Committee Member

Role: Helps with the administration of Learn to Swim on a Saturday morning – marking off names, handling enquiries
Time Commitment: 30-45 minutes on a Saturday morning while learn to swim is running
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Leanne Tovkach what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Assistant Treasurer

Role: Assists collecting payments on a Saturday morning when the Treasurer is unavailable
Time Commitment: 20-30 minutes on a Saturday morning, following Club Races, when the Treasurer is unavailable
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Ian Johnston what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club.

Christmas Hamper

Do you know Christmas is only 47 days away? So start planning your activities and present shopping if you haven’t already. We will be holding our Christmas Hamper Raffle and it will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019. We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items from Saturday 7th December, 2019 as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets will be $1 (book of 10 tickets $10).

We will also be holding a breakfast bbq on the morning after club races.

Metro South West Long Course Senior Championships

Congratulations to our team of 4 swimmers who competed at the Area LC Championships last weekend at SOPAC. We saw great swims, big PB’s, medals & finalist ribbons won by Laurabelle Casey, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Alison Sakurovs and Sophia Vicic. We applaud each of you for your great efforts at the meet.

Timekeepers Course

We would like to add to the eight members so far who have completed the online component of the course already. We encourage anyone still considering to undertake the course to do so as soon as possible, as we plan to arrange the practical assessment for a Saturday morning club races during December. Remember the minimum age is high school student, so we also encourage our Junior members to also obtain their accreditation.

To access the online video and test:

  1. Visit https://nswtraining.swimming.org.au/courses/timekeeper/
  2. Click the green “Take this Course” button at the bottom of the page
  3. Register for an account on the site
  4. Once logged in, you can watch the video again, or scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Timekeeper Theory Test”
  5. Once you have successfully completed the test, email a copy of your certificate to technical@merrylandsasc.asn.au and we will organise the practical assessment.

What to do when a race is about to start

We ask for your help when a race is about to start. The only people who should be on pool deck (lower concourse area) are the swimmers for that race, the timekeepers & the check starter. We ask that everyone else remain out of this area and when the referees long whistle is blown that everyone is quiet. This is important as it helps all swimmers hear the starters instructions and they receive a fair start.

Member Profile

Name:

Ian Johnston

Age:

67

Year Joined:

1988 (approx.)

Positions Held:

Various committee positions since the early 1990’s including President. Currently Treasurer of the club

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle

Favourite thing about swimming:

When the coach says 200 choice and then you can get out

Favourite food:

Tricia’s taco mince

Favourite TV show:

The Good Doctor

When I grow up I want to be:

Been there done that!

Favourite Swimmer:

Peter Johnston

Club Championship Races

Today is the commencement of club championship races and there are championship events on most club mornings for the rest of the season. A couple of reminders about these events:

  • Club races commence at 7.00am, with the championship event the first event of the morning;
  • Make sure you are at the pool prior to 7.00am, as you do not want to miss your race;
  • If you arrive after your event has marshalled and commenced you will not be able to swim in the event.

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).

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day. The 2019/2020 season program can be downloaded at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 9th November

Closed

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 9th November

Closed

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Thursday 14th November

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Monday 11th November

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 23rd November

Thursday 21st November

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Thursday 28th November

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Tuesday 19th November

5.00pm

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Tuesday 3rd 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

N/A

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.

Sponsors

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.

Issue 4, 2019/2020

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup - next Saturday

We are hosting the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup next Saturday (9th November, 2019) at Merrylands Swimming Centre. The team list is available on the club website. Please email the Race Secretary (race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au) BEFORE Wednesday if you are unable to participate. Swimmers payments ($10 per swimmer includes races, pool entry & sausage sandwich) for the meet can be made through the club online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/).

Races start at 3.30pm so we will be setting up from 2.00pm. All swimmers need to be ready to commence warm up at 3.00pm. This means swimmers need to arrive by 2.30pm to prepare & stretch and to be ready to enter the water at 3.00pm.

We need help from all of our parents at this meet, as we need to set up the pool, marshalling, announcer, timekeeping during races, cooking the bbq etc. See Graham to volunteer for your favoured role.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains close this morning at 9.30am. See Graham today to submit your nomination for Club Captain. All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (16th November, 2019). 

Relay Competition

Remember to organise your team if you have not done so yet (maximum of 6 team members, with any 4 of the team swimming each week). The competition commences on Saturday 9th November, 2019. The competition is held over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday 21st March, 2020. See Margaret if you need to organise your relay team.

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

Swim Central

Swim Central is provided by Swimming Australia & Swimming NSW for membership and event entry. If you have complaints or feedback we recommend you provide this to Swimming Australia & Swimming NSW by completing the following surveys:

Membership Survey: https://bit.ly/2IBk2hp 
Meet Entries Survey: https://bit.ly/2ARsjtk 

Remember: Please do not leave your meet entries until the last minute. Our Race Committee are able to help you if you are having difficulties, but don’t leave it until Thursday afternoon to ask for help (or after entries have closed).

Online Entries – Check Your Events Carefully

In the new online entries system, the descriptions of the events cannot be changed e.g. Senior Handicap instead of 50m Freestyle, or 100m Backstroke Championship instead of 100m Backstroke. Please check your event selections carefully before you pay.

Chocolate Fundraising

We are running the chocolate fundraising activity again this season. We have boxes of yummy healthy treats available, so please see Trish Johnston to take a box or two. Monies can be returned to Trish as well and we plan to complete this activity by the end of November 2019.

We need your help!

We still have a few vacant positions following the Club’s Annual General Meeting in May and we need your help to fill them. You just need to be a club member 18yrs of age or older.

Social Committee Member

Role: Helps organising or running social activities e.g. BBQs, Raffles, etc.
Time Commitment: On average, 30 minutes on a Saturday morning during Club Races selling Raffle Tickets
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Tricia Johnston what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Learn to Swim Committee Member

Role: Helps with the administration of Learn to Swim on a Saturday morning – marking off names, handling enquiries
Time Commitment: 30-45 minutes on a Saturday morning while learn to swim is running
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Leanne Tovkach what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Assistant Treasurer

Role: Assists collecting payments on a Saturday morning when the Treasurer is unavailable
Time Commitment: 20-30 minutes on a Saturday morning, following Club Races, when the Treasurer is unavailable
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Ian Johnston what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Chief Timekeeper

Role: Organising Timekeepers on a Saturday morning
Time Commitment: Duration of Club Races
Qualifications: Ideally will hold the Chief Timekeeper Technical Official Accreditation
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Graham Edwards what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club. Thank you to Emily Lim who has answered the call to volunteer to assist the club.

Member Profile

We will again provide the member profile in the Whales Tales 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.

Metro South West Long Course Senior Championships

We have a team of 4 swimmers competing at the Area LC Championships this weekend at SOPAC. Good luck to Laurabelle Casey, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Alison Sakurovs and Sophia Vicic, may the Whale be with you all.

Timekeepers Course

Thank you, we have seven members who have completed the online component of the course already. We encourage anyone still considering to undertake the course to do so as soon as possible, as we plan to arrange the practical assessment for a Saturday morning at club races. Remember the minimum age is high school student, so we also encourage our Junior members to also obtain their accreditation.

To access the online video and test:

  1. Visit https://nswtraining.swimming.org.au/courses/timekeeper/
  2. Click the green “Take this Course” button at the bottom of the page
  3. Register for an account on the site
  4. Once logged in, you can watch the video again, or scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Timekeeper Theory Test”
  5. Once you have successfully completed the test, email a copy of your certificate to technical@merrylandsasc.asn.au and we will organise the practical assessment.

Club Championship Races

Today is the commencement of club championship races and there are championship events on most club mornings for the rest of the season. A couple of reminders about these events:

  • Club races commence at 7.00am, with the championship event the first event of the morning;
  • Make sure you are at the pool prior to 7.00am, as you do not want to miss your race;
  • If you arrive after your event has marshalled and commenced you will not be able to swim in the event.

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).

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day. The 2019/2020 season program can be downloaded at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/

Youth Week 2020

Each year for Youth Week Cumberland Council supports young people to organise, plan and run Youth Week events. The young people in council’s Youth Week Planning group have come up with some ideas but they want to hear from all young people (12-25 years) living in Cumberland.

To have your say visit https://haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/youth-week-2020. The survey closes Wednesday 6th November, 2019.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (JNR)

Saturday 2nd November

Closed

MSW Area Senior LC C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 2nd November

Sunday 3rd November

Closed

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 9th November

Thursday 7th November

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 9th November

Club Selection

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Thursday 14th November

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Monday 11th November

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 23rd November

Thursday 21st November

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Thursday 28th November

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Tuesday 19th November

5.00pm

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Thursday 5th December

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Tuesday 3rd 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

N/A

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.

Sponsors

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.

Issue 3, 2019/2020

Club Championship Races

Today is the commencement of club championship races and there are championship events on most club mornings for the rest of the season. A couple of reminders about these events:

  • Club races commence at 7.00am, with the championship event the first event of the morning;
  • Make sure you are at the pool prior to 7.00am, as you do not want to miss your race;
  • If you arrive after your event has marshalled and commenced you will not be able to swim in the event.

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).

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day. The 2019/2020 season program can be downloaded at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/

Upcoming Club Events

We will be hosting three swimming meets at Merrylands Swimming Centre this season. The Inter-Club Cup will be held at Merrylands Pool on Saturday 9th November, 2019 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. The program for this meet is on the club noticeboard. Team members will be selected over the next week, with all members in consideration for this meet.

We will be holding the Masters Sprint Meet and Merrylands SwimFest meets on Saturday 22nd February, 2020. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (2nd November, 2019). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (16th November, 2019).

We need your help!

We have a few vacant positions following the Club’s Annual General Meeting in May and we need your help to fill them. You just need to be a club member 18yrs of age or older.

Social Committee Member

Role: Helps organising or running social activities e.g. BBQs, Raffles, etc.
Time Commitment: On average, 30 minutes on a Saturday morning during Club Races selling Raffle Tickets
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Tricia Johnston what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Learn to Swim Committee Member

Role: Helps with the administration of Learn to Swim on a Saturday morning – marking off names, handling enquiries
Time Commitment: 30-45 minutes on a Saturday morning while learn to swim is running
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Leanne Tovkach what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Assistant Treasurer

Role: Assists collecting payments on a Saturday morning when the Treasurer is unavailable
Time Commitment: 20-30 minutes on a Saturday morning, following Club Races, when the Treasurer is unavailable
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Ian Johnston what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

Chief Timekeeper

Role: Organising Timekeepers on a Saturday morning
Time Commitment: Duration of Club Races
Qualifications: Ideally will hold the Chief Timekeeper Technical Official Accreditation
Attend Committee Meetings: No
Questions: Ask Graham Edwards what is involved
Can you help?: Email secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au to volunteer

All these positions have a very small time commitment, but are vital to the smooth running of the club.

Timekeepers Course – Today

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the Timekeepers course video presentation over the last two weeks. We encourage you to now complete the online test and we will then arrange the practical assessment to help you obtain your accreditation.

If you weren’t able to attend either of the sessions you can view the video and undertake the test online in your own time. We encourage all of our members (from secondary school age and above) to become a technical official. Timekeeping is a great introductory accreditation and is a very important aspect of swimming races, as every swimmer deserves an accurate time.

To access the online video and test:

  1. Visit https://nswtraining.swimming.org.au/courses/timekeeper/
  2. Click the green “Take this Course” button at the bottom of the page
  3. Register for an account on the site
  4. Once logged in, you can watch the video again, or scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Timekeeper Theory Test”
  5. Once you have successfully completed the test, email a copy of your certificate to technical@merrylandsasc.asn.au and we will organise the practical assessment.

Swim Central – Don’t Shoot the Messenger

A number of members are experiencing difficulty with Swim Central for membership and online entries. Please remember this system is provided by Swimming Australia & Swimming NSW. If you have complaints or feedback we recommend you provide this to Swimming Australia & Swimming NSW by completing the following surveys:

Membership Survey: https://bit.ly/2IBk2hp 
Meet Entries Survey: https://bit.ly/2ARsjtk 

Remember: Please do not leave your meet entries until the last minute. Our Race Committee are able to help you if you are having difficulties, but don’t leave it until Thursday afternoon to ask for help (or after entries have closed).

Online Entries – Check Your Events Carefully

In the new online entries system, the descriptions of the events cannot be changed e.g. Senior Handicap instead of 50m Freestyle, or 100m Backstroke Championship instead of 100m Backstroke. Please check your event selections carefully before you pay.

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

Relay Competition

Remember to organise your team if you have not done so yet (maximum of 6 team members, with any 4 of the team swimming each week). Time trials conclude today and the competition commences on Saturday 9th November, 2019. The competition is held over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday 21st March, 2020.

Learn to Swim – Commences Today

The LTS program offered by the club commences today. Thankyou to everyone who helped with grading last week. Please make welcome our LTS participants.

Member Profile

We will again provide the member profile in the Whales Tales 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.

Chocolate Fundraising

We are running the chocolate fundraising activity again this season. We have boxes of yummy healthy treats available, so please see Trish Johnston to take a box or two. Monies can be returned to Trish as well and we plan to complete this activity by the end of November 2019

Sponsors

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.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 26th October

Closed

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (JNR)

Saturday 2nd November

Thursday 31st October

MSW Area Senior LC C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 2nd November

Sunday 3rd November

Closed

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 9th November

Thursday 7th November

Parramatta InterClub Cup

Saturday 9th November

Club Selection

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Thursday 14th November

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Monday 11th November

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 23rd November

Thursday 21st November

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Thursday 28th November

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Tuesday 19th November

5.00pm

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Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

The Team list and Program for this year's Parramatta Inter-Club Cup are now available in the Parramatta Inter-Club Cup section of our website.

A team of 61 swimmers has been selected to represent the club at the meet which will be held at Merrylands Swimming Centre on Saturday, 9th November.

This year will be the 7th running of the cup. Parramatta City has won the cup 4 times, with Merrylands having won it twice.

The cost is $10 per swimmer, which includes event entries, pool entry for swimmers and spectators and a sausage sandwich after the meet. Payment is to be completed online by Wednesday, 6th November.

See Also

Issue 2, 2019/2020

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season

So the 2019/2020 season is underway, hopefully warmer days are ahead to enjoy the outdoor fun to be had at Merrylands Swimming Centre on a Saturday morning. Where else would you rather be!

The Executive and Committee Members elected at the AGM for the 2019/2020 season are:

Executive Members

President

Graham Edwards

Vice President

Peter Johnston

Secretary

Leanne Tovkach

Treasurer

Ian Johnston

Race Secretary

Alison Johnston

Social Secretary

Vacant Position

Committee Members

Tricia Johnston

Margaret Edwards

Ian Wilson

We do have some Vacant Committee Member positions and we would welcome members volunteering to join the Committee and participate in the ongoing management of the club.

Club Events

We will be hosting three swimming meets at Merrylands Swimming Centre this season. The Inter-Club Cup will be held at Merrylands Pool on Saturday 9th November, 2019 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. The program for this meet is on the club noticeboard. Team members will be selected over the next week, with all members in consideration for this meet.

We will be holding the Masters Sprint Meet and Merrylands SwimFest meets on Saturday 22nd February, 2020. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.

Timekeepers Course – Today

If you weren’t able to attend the session last Saturday morning, we have another session on today. We encourage all of our members (from secondary school age and above) to become a technical official. Timekeeping is a great introductory accreditation and is accessed via an online video and course.

Timekeeping is a very important aspect of swimming races, as swimmers require their time to be recorded accurately. We will be hosting a session this morning after club races in the Club Room and encourage everyone who is a member to undertake the course. We will be available to assist you during this time.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (2nd November, 2019). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (16th November, 2019).

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

Race Entries & Championship Events

Entries for all club races are through Swim Central and you need to have renewed your club membership before you can enter events (see page 4 for information on how to do this). Club race entries need to be submitted by 8.00pm on Thursday night as NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted. Championships commence next Saturday, 26th October, 2019 so make sure you check out the season program and plan your swims ahead of time to ensure you qualify for all championships you want to compete in.

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.

Race entry enquiries can be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au 

With the ongoing split of Area, Metropolitan & State Age Championship meets there will be Saturdays when club championship events are swum for restricted age groups. Check the season program for these dates.

The 2019/2020 season program can be downloaded at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/clubraces/ 

Relay Competition

The team relay will again be hotly contested this season, with The Grumpy Old Men still basking in their success last season. So, what do you have to do to turn them grumpy again?

Simples, you just need to organise a team (maximum of 6 team members, with any 4 of the team swimming each week). Time trials conclude next Saturday 26th October, 2019 and the competition commences on Saturday 9th November, 2019. The competition is held over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday 21st March, 2020. Ok it is maybe not that simple given the extreme talent in the GOM team!!

State Masters Short Course Championships

Last weekend saw the State Masters SC Championships swum at Woy Woy. We had a team of 5 swimmers representing our club. Congratulations to Kylee Murray, Leanne Tovkach, Peter Johnston, Alison Sakurovs & Brendan Kirkpatrick on your swims. Medals were won in a number of events, so a bigger safe is needed for storage of all the bling brought home.

NSW Junior Area Representative Meet

Last Saturday Matthew Vicic, Niushka Shrestha & Summer Shrestha represented MSW Area in the NSW Junior Area Representative Meet at SOPAC. They all achieved great times and PB’s were again swum. Congratulations to each of you and your coaches, as we know the hard work you have been putting in at training throughout the year.

Learn to Swim – Grading Today

The LTS program offered by the club has received many registrations and will commence on Saturday 26th October, 2019.

Grading for the program will be held this morning from 9.15am, so please welcome our LTS participants.

Member Profile

We will again provide the member profile in the Whales Tales 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.

Chocolate Fundraising

We are running the chocolate fundraising activity again this season. We have boxes of yummy healthy treats available, so please see Trish Johnston to take a box or two. Monies can be returned to Trish as well and we plan to complete this activity by the end of November 2019

Sponsors

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.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 26th October

Thursday 24th October

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (JNR)

Saturday 2nd November

Thursday 31st October

MSW Area Senior LC C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 2nd November

Sunday 3rd November

Tuesday 22nd October

5.00pm

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 9th November

Thursday 7th November

Parramatta InterClub Cup

Saturday 9th November

Club Selection

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 16th November

Thursday 14th November

MSW Area Open Water C/Ships

Sunday 17th November

Monday 11th November

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 23rd November

Thursday 21st November

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 30th November

Thursday 28th November

NSW Metropolitan Senior C/Ships

SOPAC

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Tuesday 19th November

5.00pm

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Membership Renewal

It is important to complete your membership for the season asap. A new membership system, Swim Central, has been introduced and memberships need to be completed online in this system. Access to Swim Central is via https://swimcentral.swimming.org.au/

If you are having trouble with your membership renewal then Peter Johnston is available to answer your questions. Please leave these questions until after club races, as Peter has numerous tasks that need to be performed during club races.

Swimming NSW is interested in members feedback and has a couple of short (3 question) surveys in relation to membership and meet entries. If you would like to participate in these surveys please visit:

Membership Survey: https://bit.ly/2IBk2hp
Meet Entries Survey: https://bit.ly/2ARsjtk

We have requested membership cards from Swimming NSW, as these assist you in purchasing club member discount pool entry and they need to be shown to Cumberland Council staff. As soon as these arrive we will distribute them to our members. In the interim if you need to show current membership information you can access a Virtual Membership Card by following these instructions:

  1. In Swim Central, click “My Memberships”


  2. Click your Swimming Club Membership


  3. Take a screenshot of your membership card:

 

Issue 1, 2019/2020

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season, the club’s 52nd swimming season. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the 50th Anniversary season during 2018/2019.

We welcome back our existing members and new members joining us for the first time. We hope you enjoy your time with our family oriented club. We welcome swimmers of all capabilities and ages. If you have any questions please see any of our friendly Committee Members.

The Executive and Committee Members elected at the AGM for the 2019/2020 season are:

Executive Members

President

Graham Edwards

Vice President

Peter Johnston

Secretary

Leanne Tovkach

Treasurer

Ian Johnston

Race Secretary

Alison Johnston

Social Secretary

Vacant Position

Committee Members

Tricia Johnston

Margaret Edwards

Ian Wilson

We do have some Vacant Committee Member positions and we would welcome members volunteering to join the Committee and participate in the ongoing management of the club.

Life Member Award

At the 2019 AGM a new Life Member was elected and it is our great pleasure to advise that Alison Johnston was awarded life membership of the club. Alison is the 24th Life Member of our club and is thoroughly deserving of this award. Since joining the club Alison has participated in the management and day-to-day running of the club. Congratulations Alison, we have you for life now!

Club Events

We will be hosting three swimming meets at Merrylands Swimming Centre this season. The Inter-Club Cup will be held at Merrylands Pool on Saturday 9th November, 2019 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. The program for this meet is on the club noticeboard. Team members will be selected over the next week, with all members in consideration for this meet.

We will be holding the Masters Sprint Meet and Merrylands SwimFest meets on Saturday 22nd February, 2020. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.

Timekeepers Course – Today & Next Saturday

We encourage all of our members (from secondary school age and above) to become a technical official. Timekeeping is a great introductory accreditation and is accessed via an online video and course.

Timekeeping is a very important aspect of swimming races, as swimmers require their time to be recorded accurately. We will be hosting a session this morning after club races (at approx. 8.15am) in the Club Room and encourage everyone who is a member to undertake the course. We will be available to assist you during this time.

Membership Renewal

It is important to complete your membership for the season asap. A new membership system, Swim Central, has been introduced and memberships need to be completed online in this system. Access to Swim Central is via https://swimcentral.swimming.org.au/

If you are having trouble with your membership renewal then Peter Johnston is available to answer your questions. Please leave these questions until after club races, as Peter has numerous tasks that need to be performed during club races.

Swimming NSW is interested in members feedback and has a couple of short (3 question) surveys in relation to membership and meet entries. If you would like to participate in these surveys please visit:

Membership Survey: https://bit.ly/2IBk2hp
Meet Entries Survey: https://bit.ly/2ARsjtk

We have requested membership cards from Swimming NSW, as these assist you in purchasing club member discount pool entry and they need to be shown to Cumberland Council staff. As soon as these arrive we will distribute them to our members. In the interim if you need to show current membership information you can access a Virtual Membership Card by following these instructions:

  1. In Swim Central, click “My Memberships”


  2. Click your Swimming Club Membership


  3. Take a screenshot of your membership card:

Club Uniform

We have a great range of club uniform items available for sale. These can be sourced through our online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items.

A piece of club uniform was left behind at Granville Swimming Centre after squad training. If you have lost a club uniform item during this time please see Margaret.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (2nd November, 2019). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (16th November, 2019).

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!