Issue 11, 2020/2021

Christmas Wishes

We have quickly arrived at the season halfway point, with Christmas only a week away.
On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish every one of our members and their family’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.
This has been a most challenging year for everyone, one we hope will never be repeated again. Please take the time off to enjoy your time with family and friends and celebrate life.
Enjoy the festive cheer and we look forward to seeing you back at club races on Saturday 2nd January, 2021.

Squad Training Break

Squad training resumes on Saturday, 2nd January, 2021. If you will be away please complete the training break form to indicate your last day of training and your first day back.

Swimming NSW Senior Age Championships

Congratulations to Vanessa Ozols, Alison Sakurovs & Summer Shrestha who represented the club at these championships last week.

Swimming NSW Open Water Championships

Niushka Shrestha (2.5klm), Summer Shrestha (5klm) & Matthew Vicic (5klm) have qualified for and are competing in the Open Water Championships being held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre this weekend.

The 2.5 klm swim is 2 laps of the course, whilst the 5klm swim is 4 laps. Good luck to each of you and may the whale be with you .

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

If you have visited the Northern Beaches since Friday 11th December we ask that you follow health guidelines and DO NOT ATTEND CLUB ACTIVITIES until isolation & testing requirements have been completed. For more information visit the NSW Government website.

  • Do not come to club activities if you are not feeling well;
  • Maintain social distancing by spreading out in areas to sit (do not congregate in areas);
  • Only timekeepers, officials & swimmers for the event to be swum should be in the marshalling area;
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands & using hand sanitizer regularly.

Updates that affect our club members can be found online at here. Please ensure you regularly check the club website for these updates as changes occur.

Christmas Hampers & BBQ

The Christmas Hamper raffle will be drawn this morning. Every member will be allocated a raffle number and a lucky draw will occur after club races conclude. There are a total of 4 prize hampers and there is a limit of 1 hamper prize per family.

The BBQ will be held after club races. Please do not proceed to the BBQ area until directed and follow the instructions provided. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the queue (follow the bollards which are spaced so that only person is at a bollard at any time). Once you have your food please leave the area and do not congregate in groups.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 200m Freestyle Championships last week. The results are here. Congratulations to Matthew Vicic who set a new record, swimming 2:28.77, breaking the previous record of 2:31.69 set by Steven Nguyen in 2003.

Member Profile

Congratulation to Breeanah Khoury who was re-elected as our Female Club Captain. Some interesting information about Breeanah:

Favourite Colour

Navy blue

Favourite Food

Garlic bread

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Rugby 7’s

Favourite Team

Silver ferns (New Zealand’s Netball team)

Favourite Holiday Place

Ballina/ Lennox Head

Favourite Memory

Outing with my friends where we went to an escape room and then played monopoly

Favourite Song

Can’t hold us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

Death at a Funeral

Career after school

Something to do with music (producing, writing or singing), if that doesn’t work out then maybe a teacher

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of all the people and the friends I’ve made Everyone is so welcoming, inclusive and encouraging that I’ve learned to love and want to go to swimming more than I used to

Fundraising Chocolates

If you are interested in participating in the fundraising please email the Social Secretary (Emily Ton) (emily.ton@merrylandsasc.asn.au) advising you would like chocolates to sell. Orders will be placed in late January, so please let Emily know if you are interested in placing an order.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 19th December

Closed

SNSW Open Water Championship

Saturday 19th December

Sunday 20th December

Closed

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 26th December

 

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 2nd January

Thursday 31st December

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 9th January

Thursday 7th January

MASC 400metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

MASC 50metre Butterfly Championship

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 200metre Butterfly Championship (Open)

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

MASC 200metre Breaststroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Not yet open

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

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.

See Also

Issue 10, 2020/2021

Whales Challenge

The first Whales Challenge for the season was contested last Saturday. What a great start to the Challenges for the season. The Maroon (Turner) team led for most of the morning, but a great late effort by the White (Emery) team meant both teams finished tied on 1,329 points. With 2 more Challenges to be held during the season, everyone will be keenly awaiting the next Challenge on Saturday 16th January, 2021 to help swim their team to victory.

Christmas Hampers & BBQ

The club is providing Christmas Hampers for a member raffle to be held on Saturday 19th December (our last race day before Christmas). Every member will be allocated a raffle number and a lucky draw will occur after club races conclude. There are a total of 4 prize hampers and there is a limit of 1 hamper prize per family.

A BBQ will also be held as well as novelty events. These events will be held with Covid Protocols in mind, so please ensure you follow the directions provided on the morning. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the BBQ, so if you are able to assist please see Emily Ton. We hope everyone can join us on the morning as we celebrate the season and the end of a most unusual 2020.

Squad Training Break

The last training session for 2020 will be held on Thursday, 17th December 2020. See all the details here.

Swimming NSW Senior Age Championships

These championships commence today and conclude on 17th December.

Good luck to Vanessa Ozols (5 events), Alison Sakurovs (1 event) & Summer Shrestha (1 event) who have qualified and will compete at the meet. May the whale be with you all.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Updates that affect our club members can be found here. Please ensure you regularly check the club website for these updates as changes occur.

We appreciate the assistance everyone is giving in helping to comply with the plan. We all need to ensure that we continue to adopt good practices. Some key points to continue to remember are:

  • Do not come to club activities if you are not feeling well;
  • Maintain social distancing by spreading out in areas to sit (do not congregate in areas);
  • Only timekeepers, officials & swimmers for the event to be swum should be in the marshalling area;
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands & using hand sanitizer regularly.

Fundraising Chocolates

If you are interested in participating in the fundraising please email the Social Secretary (Emily Ton) (emily.ton@merrylandsasc.asn.au) advising you would like chocolates to sell. Orders will be placed in late January, so please let Emily know if you are interested in placing an order.

Championship Qualification

Please ensure you have swum a championship qualifying swim before completing your online race entries each week. Championship dates & all other events can be found in the season program here.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 200m Individual Medley Open Championships last week. There were a total of 22 entries for these races, it was encouraging to see so many swimmers competing. The results are here.

Club Uniforms

Items can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Member Profile

Welcome to Michael Vicic as the newly elected Male Club Captain. Some interesting information about Michael that you may not know:

Favourite Colour

Red

Favourite Food

Pasta

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Cricket

Favourite Team

NRL Bulldogs

Favourite Holiday Place

Umina Beach

Favourite Memory

Going to Fiji in 2012

Favourite Song

Funky Cold Madina

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

Arrow

Career after school

Not sure just yet

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of all the friendly people that are there

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 12th December

Closed

SNSW State Age Championships

Saturday 12th December

Thursday 17th December

Closed

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 19th December

Thursday 17th December

SNSW Open Water Championship

Saturday 19th December

Sunday 20th December

Closed

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 26th December

 

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 2nd January

Thursday 31st December

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 9th January

Thursday 7th January

MASC 400metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

MASC 50metre Butterfly Championship

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 200metre Butterfly Championship (Open)

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

MASC 200metre Breaststroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Not yet open

Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards

Congratulations to Peter Johnston who 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 1990’s and continuously adapts and finds ways to enhance accessibility to members of the club and the wider community. We all greatly appreciate the extensive work Peter does behind the scenes for our club. I’m not sure how he fits in his full-time job, club coaching and Committee roles such as the website and technology solutions.

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

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!

See Also

Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last training session for 2020 will be held on Thursday, 17th December, while our last week of club races will be held on Saturday, 19th December.

Club Races start at 7am as usual, and will include Novelty Events after the regular races.

Both Club Races and Training will resume on Saturday, 2nd January, 2021.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 19th December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend for the club races and novelty events. We would love to see you there. Enter online here.

Are going to be away at all in December or January?

If you will be away, then please complete the form below to indicate your last day of training and your first day back.

Training Break Form

The Committee and Coaching Staff hope you have enjoyed the first few months of the Summer Season, have a Merry Christmas and keep training hard as school carnivals and the Merrylands SwimFest approaches.

See Also

Issue 9, 2020/2021

Whales Challenge

Today is the first Whales Challenge for the season. Will it be the Maroon (Turner) team or the White (Emery) team to get the first win of the season? Good luck to both teams.

Championship Qualification

There are many situations that may arise which impact on swimmers plans, especially to qualify for championship races. Swimmers need to plan their championship eligibility swims as early in the season as possible, rather than leaving these swims to the last week available before the Championship event is to be swum.

A failure by a swimmer to swim an eligibility swim will preclude their participation in that championship.

Please ensure you have swum a championship qualifying swim before completing your online race entries each week. Championship dates & all other events can be found in the season program here.

Contact Tracing

Sign-In for Spectators & Volunteers

NSW Health have this week updated contact tracing sign-in requirements for many organisations & businesses. As we are required to keep a record of all people attending club events (club races and training sessions) we ask that you ensure you sign-in every time you attend a club event.

Open Water Time Trial

Congratulations to Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic who each swam a 5klm time trail during the week. Both had great swims and achieved NSW Open Water Championship qualifying times.

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Last weekend a team of 5 swimmers represented our club at these championships. And they did themselves, their coaches and our club proud with outstanding results!

From a total of 9 swims there were 6 PB’s achieved.

Congratulations to Joseph Assi, Joab Hada, Summer Shrestha, Unish Shrestha & Matthew Vicic on your achievements.

Fundraising Chocolates

If you are interested in participating in the fundraising please email the Social Secretary (Emily Ton) (emily.ton@merrylandsasc.asn.au) advising you would like chocolates to sell. We will then place orders for the specific number of chocolates required for sale. We have some interest already and we will place orders for the specific number required in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Updates that affect our club members can be found here. Please ensure you regularly check the club website for these updates as changes occur.

A couple of key points to remember are:

  • Anyone who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity;
  • Comply with health advice if you have visited any identified “hot spot” locations or venues;
  • If you become unwell whilst at the pool please advise us and leave immediately;
  • Maintain social distancing when at the swimming centre;
  • Only use designated areas around the pool;
  • Practice good hygiene.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 200m Freestyle Championships last week. The results are here.

Club Uniforms

Our great range of club uniforms can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Orders are still being taken for club hoodies as we need a minimum order number before we can place an order. If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Christmas Hampers & BBQ

With the easing of restrictions and health guidelines we are pleased to advise that we will be providing Christmas Hampers (club funded, so donations are not requested this year). Stay tuned for details on how we will “raffle” the hampers. We will also be holding a BBQ on the last day of club races in December (19th December), so we look forward to celebrating the Christmas season with everyone at the pool.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 5th December

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 5th December

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 12th December

Thursday 10th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 19th December

Thursday 17th December

SNSW Open Water Championship

Saturday 19th December

Sunday 20th December

Tuesday 8th December

5.00pm

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 26th December

 

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Not yet open

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 2nd January

Thursday 31st December

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 9th January

Thursday 7th January

MASC 400metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14t January

MASC 50metre Butterfly Championship

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 200metre Butterfly Championship (Open)

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

MASC 200metre Breaststroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

Club Merrylands Charity Raffle

Thank you to anyone who purchased tickets in the raffle. It was drawn on Tuesday 1st December 2020 with winners announced on the Club Merrylands website.

NSW Metropolitan Results

Our team of 5 swimmers had a scorcher at the NSW Metropolitan Championships held at SOPAC this weekend.

While it was hot outside our swimmers were burning up the pool with great swims and results.  Our swimmers achieved 6 new personal best times.

It was Joab Hada's first time competing at this meet and he had a terrific swim in the 50m Freestyle.  Joab was only 0.1 shy of the personal best time he achieved 3 weeks earlier.

Matthew Vicic dropped time in both his events.  Matt dipped under 32 seconds for the first time in the 50m Butterfly and also achieved a personal best in his 50m Freestyle.

Summer Shrestha had 4 events at these Championships and saved the best for Day 2. Summer achieved a personal best in the 100m Freestyle.  In her last event of the meet Summer dropped time in her 50m Freestyle to achieve a Senior State Age qualifying time.

Unish Shrestha and Joseph Assi finished off our campaign with fantastic results in the 50m Breaststroke.  It was the first time for both of them at this meet and both of them dropped over a second in this event.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their results.

See Also

NSW Metropolitan Championships

Five members will represent the club at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team consists of:

Summer Shrestha
Matthew Vicic
Joab Hada
Unish Shrestha
Joseph Assi

For Joseph, Joab and Unish, this is the first time they have qualified for these championships

Congratulations all our team members on qualifying and we wish them the best of luck.

Swimming NSW are live streaming the championships and they can be viewed below.

Issue 8, 2020/2021

Contact Tracing

Sign-In for Spectators & Volunteers

NSW Health have this week updated contact tracing sign-in requirements for many organisations & businesses. As we are required to keep a record of all people attending club events (club races and training sessions) we ask that you ensure you sign-in every time you attend a club event.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

As you are aware the club must operate under a COVID-19 Safety Plan. NSW Health guidelines are regularly updated and we must ensure we all comply with these.

Updates that affect our club members can be found here. Please ensure you regularly check the club website for these updates as changes occur.

A couple of key points to remember are:

  • Anyone who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity;
  • Comply with health advice if you have visited any identified “hot spot” locations or venues;
  • If you become unwell whilst at the pool please advise us and leave immediately;
  • Maintain social distancing when at the swimming centre;
  • Only use designated areas around the pool;
  • Practice good hygiene.

Whales Challenge

The first Whales Challenge will be held next Saturday (5th December). You can purchase your Maroon caps for this event through the online store https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Championship Qualification

There are many situations that may arise which impact on swimmers plans, especially to qualify for championship races. Swimmers need to plan their championship eligibility swims as early in the season as possible, rather than leaving these swims to the last week available before the Championship event is to be swum.

A failure by a swimmer to swim an eligibility swim will preclude their participation in that championship.

Please ensure you have swum a championship qualifying swim before completing your online race entries each week. Championship dates & all other events can be found in the season program here.

Fundraising Chocolates

If you are interested in participating in the fundraising please email the Social Secretary (Emily Ton) (emily.ton@merrylandsasc.asn.au) advising you would like chocolates to sell. We will then place orders for the specific number of chocolates required for sale. We have some interest already and we will place orders for the specific number required in the coming weeks.

Club Uniforms

We have a great range of club uniforms available for sale. These can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

Orders are being taken for club hoodies, so if you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

MSW Open Water Championships

Over the past few Sundays MSW have held the Open Water Championships. Congratulations to Brendan Kirkpatrick (5km) & Alison Sakurovs (5km) who competed in these championships.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 100m Butterfly Championships last week. The results are here.

Congratulations to Matthew Vicic, who broke the record for the Boys 13 Years Championship. Matthew swam a time of 1:17.62, which broke the record of 1:19.90 set by Brett A. Taylor in 1981.

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

These Championships are being held this weekend at SOPAC. We have a team of 5 swimmers who qualified and are representing our club.

Good luck to Joseph Assi (1), Joab Hada (1), Summer Shrestha (4), Unish Shrestha (1) & Matthew Vicic (2), who are competing in a total of 9 individual events. May the Whale be with you all.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle (SNR)

Saturday 28th November

Closed

NSW Metropolitan Junior Championships

SOPAC

Saturday 28th November

Sunday 29th November

Closed

MASC 200metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 5th December

Thursday 3rd December

Whales Challenge

Saturday 5th December

Thursday 3rd December

MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 12th December

Thursday 10th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 19th December

Thursday 17th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 26th December

 

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Not yet open

Sponsors

Thank you to 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 us know.

Club Merrylands Charity Raffle

Tickets can be purchased online. When purchasing your tickets record you are from our club and we have the chance to win $500.