Issue 3, Autumn 2024

State Masters Championships Results

Congratulations to our team that competed at the NSW State Masters Championships last weekend.

Our team took home a full set of medals – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, along with a stack of PBs. Well done team!

ANZAC Day 2024

There is no training this Thursday due to ANZAC DAY so why not join our club’s participation in the Dawn Service.

The service will be held from 5:30am at Charles Mance Reserve, Newman Street, Merrylands. The service commences with a march from the Merrylands RSL Club in Miller Street, Merrylands at 5:15am.

Let Denise Assi know if you will be attending or if you want further information.

Swimwest Short Course Qualifying Meet

Good luck to Patrick and Alison who are competing at the Swimwest Short Course Qualifying Meet at SOPAC tomorrow!

Annual General Meeting

Members are hereby informed that the Annual General Meeting of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club will be held online on Monday, 3rd June, 2024, commencing at 7:30pm.

All the details about the meeting, how to register to attend and nomination forms are available in the AGM section of our website.

All members 18 years and over are encouraged to attend and have a say in the running of the club.

Presentation Evening

This season's Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday, 1st June, 2024 at Club Merrylands, starting at 6:30pm.

More details will be on the website shortly.

Metro South West Short Course Championships

The Metro South West Short Course Championships will be held at SOPAC on 25 & 26 May.

There is no program or qualifying times published yet. Metro South West has advised that they are looking at using Backstroke Ledges at the meet.

Use of the ledges is optional and Swimmers competing at the championships are advised to familiarise themselves with the device by watching this video from World Aquatics.

Our coaches will also be going through the use of the ledges at training.

Upcoming Meet Calendar

Check the website for the full list of upcoming meets, closing dates, programs and qualifying times.

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Nepean Aquatic Centre Qualifying Meet

5th May

28th April

Metro South West SC Championships

25th – 26th May

TBA

Presentation Evening

1st June

 

Annual General Meeting

3rd June

 

NSW Metropolitan Championships

19th – 21st July

TBA

Issue 2, Autumn 2024

Autumn Racing Carnival

Take 2: Welcome to the second week of our Autumn Racing Carnival – now 3 weeks of fast and furious racing, all done in approximately an hour! A bit of a false start last week with the pool pump failure after all that rain, but this week we are ready and raring to go! Please grab a stopwatch when you arrive to help time keep, and help to pack up at the end.

Masters State Championships

Good luck to our 4 members swimming at the NSW State Masters Championships this weekend.

Kylee Murray, Varant Jambazian, Leanne Tovkach and Ian Johnston are representing the club at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre over the weekend, swimming in 19 events. We wish them the best of luck!

ANZAC Day 2024

No training on ANZAC DAY so why not join our club’s participation in the Cumberland ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year.

The service will be held from 5:30am at Charles Mance Reserve, Newman Street, Merrylands. The service commences with a march from the Merrylands RSL Club in Miller Street, Merrylands at 5:15am.

Let Denise Assi know if you will be attending or if you want further information.

School Holidays

Going away during the school holidays? Complete your Squad Absence form today!

Rhyme Time

In the pool where champions glide,
Strength and speed are on their side.
But beneath the surface, deep and wide,
Lies the power of a nutrient tide.

Fuel for the race, the swimmer's creed,
Good nutrition is what they need.
Carbs for energy, quick to feed,
Proteins repair, with every deed.

Vitamins and minerals, a diverse blend,
Support the body, help it mend.
Hydration too, an essential friend,
For every lap, from start to end.

In the silence of the water's hum,
A well-fed body will overcome.
With each stroke, kick, and thumb,
Nutrition's victory, then some.

For the swimmer seeking golden dreams,
It's not just practice, or how it seems.
A diet rich, in colourful streams,
Is the secret to powering those beams.

So heed this tale of water's flight,
Eat well, swim strong, with all your might.
For in the race, both day and night,
Good nutrition is your guiding light.

Upcoming Meet Calendar

Check the website for the full list of upcoming meets, closing dates, programs and qualifying times.

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Australian Masters Championships

3rd – 7th May

19th April

Nepean Aquatic Centre Qualifying Meet

5th May

28th April

Metro South West SC Championships

25th – 26th May

TBA

Presentation Evening

1st June

 

NSW Metropolitan Championships

19th – 21st July

TBA

Issue 1, Autumn 2024

Autumn Racing Carnival

Welcome to the first week of our Autumn Racing Carnival – 4 weeks of fast and furious racing, all done in approximately an hour! Please grab a stopwatch when you arrive to help time keep, and help to pack up at the end.

Recent School Results

We are getting to the pointy end of the School Carnival season and have had some great results over the past 2 weeks.

Sydney West Championships

Nine swimmers from the club represented their schools at these meets. Well done to Lara Hannan, Lily Palise, Damien Chan, Jude Johnston, Tyler Gunton, Coralie Havea and Samantha Terry who all swam official PBs at the meet.

NSWCPS & CCC

Three swimmers competed at these meets, with PBs from Lillian Zhu, Joseph Assi and Leo Zhu. Leo also qualified for the next round – All Schools.

Well done to all our swimmers who qualified for these meets.

Masters State Championships

Good luck to our 4 members swimming at the NSW State Masters Championships next weekend – Kylee Murray, Varant Jambazian, Leanne Tovkach and Ian Johnston. Best of luck team!

School Holidays

Going away during the school holidays? Don’t forget to complete your Squad Absence form this week.

Nutrition Riddle

I’m full of energy, a swimmer’s delight, Eaten in the morning or at night. With a splash of milk or a dollop of honey, I make a meal that’s worth your money.

What am I?

Picture of the week


A spectacular sunrise at training this week.

Riddle Answer: Oats

Upcoming Meet Calendar

Check the website for the full list of upcoming meets, closing dates, programs and qualifying times.

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

NSW State Masters Championships

13th – 14th April

CLOSED

Swimwest Short Course Meet

21st April

CLOSED

Australian Masters Championships

3rd – 7th May

19th April

Nepean Aquatic Centre Qualifying Meet

5th May

28th April

Metro South West Short Course Championships

25th – 26th May

TBA

Presentation Evening

1st June

 

NSW Metropolitan Championships

19th – 21st July

TBA

Issue 24, 2023/2024

Summer Season Wraps Up

Today marks the 24th (and last) morning of club races for the 2023/2024 summer season.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in club races & Championships throughout the season. We also welcomed a number of new members and their families during the season. We hope you have enjoyed the first of many years with the club.

Holding club races on a weekly basis takes a lot of work and I want to thank:

  • The Committee members, who dedicate a lot of voluntary time to effectively run the club;
  • Our Race Secretary and Competition Committee, who prepare the season program and undertake an enormous load of work throughout the season;
  • Our Learn to Swim Co-ordinator and Instructors who provide lessons and a pathway for swimmers to join our club in races;
  • Our Coaches, who do a wonderful job in preparing our swimmers for club and higher-level races;
  • Our Club Captains, Matthew Vicic and Ameena Abdelraheem, as well as others, who have also stood in and undertaken some of the roles on a weekly basis;
  • Our parents and families who attend club races and help in set up, race events and pack up. Without your help we are not able to hold our races on a weekly basis;
  • Our Club Sponsors, Club Merrylands, Starr Partners, Alpha Security, Merrylands Swimming Squad and Accucom for your kind support during the year.

It has been another successful season, highlighted with great results from our swimmers at club and higher level meets and of course the hosting of another great Merrylands SwimFest meet

Whales Challenge #3

Last Saturday saw the third and deciding Whales Challenge. The Maroon & White teams entered the Challenge with one win each during the season.

Another morning of tight racing saw the Maroon team come out victorious with 1246 points, surpassing 1154 points scored by the White Team.

The Challenge also included a 50 metre Freestyle Skins event. Congratulations to Joseph Assi (Maroon team) who outlasted Tomas Dlesk (White team) to take the points.

Congratulations to the Maroon team on your final Challenge victory and taking the honours for the season

Autumn Races in April

Giddy Up for our 4-Week Autumn Racing Carnival!

With Merrylands Pool remaining open until the end of April we will be holding 4 weeks of club races on Saturday mornings (6th, 13th, 20th & 27th). No fancy outfits required, just a swimming costume!

Join us for some fast and furious racing with some fun events mixed in. We’ve got weekly 25m Sprint Challenges starting with 25m Butterfly in Week 1. For the Sprint Challenge - any swimmer may enter this event regardless of having achieved the break time.

The pool will open at 7.00am for setup and races will commence at 7.15am. Races will be done in around an hour so what are you waiting for? Enter today!

Return Championship Trophies

Last chance to return any Championship Perpetual trophies you have at home. They need to be returned ASAP, as the Trophy Committee will need them to prepare trophies for the Annual Presentation.

Annual Presentation 2024

The Annual Presentation will be held at Club Merrylands on Saturday 1st June 2024, commencing at 6.30pm. More information about this and the date for the AGM will be communicated in coming weeks.

Masters Meets – State & Nationals

Entries close on Friday 5th April for the upcoming Masters State LC Championships being held on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April at SOPAC.

Entries for the Masters Nationals being held in Darwin from 3rd to 7th May close on Friday 19th April.

Good luck to all of our swimmers at these meets and may the whale be with you all

P-Plate Award

Last chance to nominate someone for the P-Plate award? If you have seen something that deserves a nomination for the P-Plate award, click here.

Lions Club Award

Don’t forget to take the opportunity to recognise the work of our volunteers, click here if you would like to nominate someone for the Lions Club Award.

Anzac Day 2024

Join our club participation in the Cumberland Anzac Day Dawn Service this year.

The service will be held from 5.30am at Charles Mance Reserve, Newman Street, Merrylands and commences with a march from the Merrylands RSL Club in Miller Street, Merrylands at 5.15am.