Presentation Evening

This season's Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday, 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands.

The room has been booked from 6:00pm with the presentation starting at 6:30pm.

You will be able to purchase dinner either before or after the presentation from the club's facilities.

Award selection must be completed by Friday, 13th April.

For more information and to complete your award forms, see the Presentation section.

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Stepping out of your comfort zone

Every person has comfort zones within which he or she operates. Physical comfort zones are easy to identify. If your true AT* pace for Freestyle is 1:30 per hundred, any swim done at 1:40/100 would fall within your comfort zone. On the other hand swimming at 1:20/100 would quickly elevate lactic acid levels to the point of discomfort. Somewhere around 90m you would stray from your comfort zone.

Psychological comfort zones are a little harder to quantify. Most people find talking to a friend or a few friends at once to be no challenge at all. However, the thought of standing up in a room of twenty or thirty people to give a 5 minute speech, even if it is on a familiar topic, is enough to cause goose bumps and moist underarms for the majority of people. Giving a 45 minute speech in front of a live audience of 10 or 20 thousand (or a TV audience of several millions) is unthinkable for all but a tiny fraction of a percent of the human population.

The key to personal growth and increasing success in nearly every endeavour is the willingness to step outside of one's comfort zone. In swimming this might mean doing something physical like swimming a particular set all fly instead of all free, or choosing to go on faster intervals or leading the lane instead of drafting off the leader. It might mean doing something more cerebral like deciding to enter your first meet or setting a goal to swim a personal best time and then training toward it.

Virtually everyone enjoys the feeling they get when leaving their comfort zone results in success. How about asking someone out for a date? This is out of the zone for most people. Yet how wonderful it is when the other person says "Yes."

Yet, fear causes most people to hesitate to step outside of their comfort zone. Fear of failure. And we all know, but rarely admit to ourselves, that the real "consequences" of failure are truly inconsequential and usually short-lived. It just doesn't seem that way at the moment of truth - the moment where we either decide to act or decide to remain quiescent.

It is obvious that enlarging one's comfort zones pays off in many aspects of life. It is not as readily obvious that the persistent and consistent practice of "steppin' out," even a short distance, from the confines of a comfort zone can yield nearly unbelievable results over the long haul.

There is a story about an FFA live stock show where the older boys engaged in a calf lifting contest. Each boy would, in turn, select and lift off the ground a heavier calf than the previous boy. Once a boy failed he was out of the contest. When there was just one boy left and he was about to be awarded the prize one of the younger, smaller boys that had been watching called out "Wait, I can beat that!" The other boys laughed at him, told him to be quiet and ruffled his hair. Undaunted, he walked over to his entry in the stock show, a nearly mature bull that weighed fully three times what the heaviest calf lifted weighed. He proceeded to lift that bull three inches off the ground and immediately was greeted with "Ooohs!", "Ahhhhs!", applause and the prize.

When asked how he managed such a feat, the boy explained that, ever since the calf was born, he would lift the calf off the ground once a day. He never missed a day as the animal grew. The boy's calf lifting ability grew into bull lifting ability. To do this he never had to step very far outside his physical comfort zone. Yet by consistently and persistently taking small steps he managed to enlarge his comfort zone to immense proportions.

I challenge you to define both your physical and psychological comfort zones in swimming (or any other aspect of your life for that matter) and then set upon a course of persistent and consistent forays, outward bound.

*AT = Anaerobic Threshold—The point at which lactate accumulation begins to rise sharply is the Anaerobic Threshold. Swimmers should train with a heart rate 20 to 30 beats below maximum.

NSW Masters Coach of the Year

Peter Johnston was announced as the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year Award at the Masters Swimming NSW Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Sunday, 18th March.

Peter was recognised for his achievements as Coach of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club during 2017, and for his contribution to, and promotion of Masters Swimming.

This is the 2nd time Peter has won this award, having first won it in 2013. He is one of only two coaches in NSW to win this award twice.

Peter is also a finalist for the Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year, having also been awarded this honour in 2013. The winner of this award will be announced at the Masters National Championships in April 2018.

It is fantastic recognition of the work, time and dedication Peter puts into the coaching program for our club and swimmers.

Issue 24, 2017/2018

Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year

It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that Peter Johnston was named the Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year for 2017 at last weekend’s Masters NSW State Championship meet. This is the 2nd time Peter has won this award, having first won it in 2013 and he is only the 2nd coach in NSW to win this award twice.

Peter is a finalist for the Masters Australia Coach of the Year, having also been awarded this honour in 2013. This award will be announced at the Masters National Championships in April 2018.

I am sure everyone in our club joins me in congratulating Peter on this award. It is fantastic recognition of the work, time and dedication Peter puts into the coaching program for our club and swimmers. We greatly appreciate Peter’s commitment to all of our swimmers and the results achieved are a testimony to his work. Thank you also to Alison & William who allow Peter the time to undertake all of this work.

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophy’s to return from last season please let Trish Johnston know so you can make arrangements to return them to her. They are needed for our Annual Presentation.

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money to spend you have today left to make purchases.

Easter Raffle – Drawn today

Thank you to everyone who has donated Easter eggs for our Easter raffle. The raffle will be drawn this morning and we are also holding a club bbq to celebrate the end of the season.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

We are announcing the winner of the Lolly Guessing competition this morning, so see Margaret if you would like to have any last minute guesses.

Swim Meets

Great results from the swim meets held last weekend. Our 12 swimmers at Masters NSW State Championships at SOPAC achieved some great results and medals. We won the Executive Trophy (for the 3rd time in 4 years) for the highest club participation rate at a State Championship and we came 2nd in our Division point score.

Our 25 swimmers at the MSW Sprint Meet at Blacktown also achieved great results with plenty of PB’s & medals won. What a great way to finish the season. Congratulations to everyone who participated in meets throughout the season.

Squad Training

Training moves to Granville Pool on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by next Friday, 30th March, 2018 so that the coach can determine what time sessions will be held. Squads will also have a training break over the coming months. To complete the online Training Enrolment Form and to find out about the training breaks for your squad visit the club website.

Annual Presentation & AGM

Our Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands (Newman Room). Arrive at 6.00pm for presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club’s major sponsors.

The Club’s AGM will be held on Monday 4th June, 2018 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room. We want to ensure the club continues to grow and that it provides a great swimming and social experience for the whole family. To do this it takes a dedicated committee and what better way than joining the committee to help set the direction and steer the club to greater heights. You might also like to nominate a club member for recognition of their dedication and hard work over the past season.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 5th April, 2018)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 5th May, 2018)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Uniforms

Final orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies are being taken today. Please see Margaret as an order for these items will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order & pay for uniform items.

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Swimming Continues

So what do you do with swimmer’s whilst Merrylands Pool is closed over the next few months? McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm). Their winter season commences in April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. See Graham for more information.

Season Wrap-up

As it is our last Saturday morning for the season I would like to thank all of our club members for their participation in our club events, be they in the pool, on the pool deck or social activities. It has been great to see the club continue to grow and to have so many people involved. Thank you to our hard working committee, who do a lot of work away from the pool, and everyone who has helped us run club races on a Saturday and helped out at the various meets during the season.

Merrylands Pool will re-open in October 2018 for our 50th season and we will be celebrating all season long.

Fifteen Medals at State Masters Championships

Merrylands' team has finished the NSW State Masters Championships with a haul of 15 medals and 10 new personal best times.

The club had a team of 12 swimmers competing at the 2 day meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 17-18, 2018.

Our club also finished 2nd in Division 2 at the meet and won the Executive Trophy for the highest proportion of members swimming at the Championships.

Congratulations to our team on their results!

Medal Tally

Gold  11 
Silver  3
Bronze   1

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Sprint Meet Results

Merrylands' team brought home 8 medals from the Metro South West Sprint Meet last weekend.

Our team of 25 swimmers also swam 40 new personal best times.

Our 8 medals came from 6 individual events, and 2 relays:

  • Alison Johnston
    • Gold - 15yrs & Over 50m Freestyle
    • Silver - 15yrs & Over 50m Butterfly
  • Reece Tomkinson
    • Silver - 15yrs & Over 50m Freestyle
    • Gold - 15yrs & Over 50m Backstroke
    • Gold - 15yrs & Over 50m Butterfly
  • Michael Evans
    • Bronze - 15yrs & Over 50m Breaststroke
  • 10yrs & Under 4x50m Freestyle Relay
    • Silver - Helen Macpherson, Niushka Shrestha, Summer Shrestha, Matthew Vicic
  • Open 4x50m Freestyle Relay
    • Gold - Steven Nguyen, Alison Johnston, Michael Evans, Reece Tomkinson

Congratulations to our whole team on their results - a great way to end the summer!

No Club or Training on Easter Long Weekend

There are no Club Races or Training Sessions on the Easter Long Weekend.

The last club morning is Saturday, 24th March.

The last training session at Merrylands will be Thursday, 29th March.

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 3rd April. Swimmers who will be training at Granville need to complete their enrolment forms by Friday, 30th March.

Happy Easter!

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Issue 23, 2017/2018

Whales Picnic

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing time at the Whales Picnic last Sunday. Thank you to our organisers for their work in arranging & promoting this event. We may hold another social catch-up during the winter break so stay tuned to the club’s Facebook page for more information.

Trophy Return

Last chance to return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room, you have 1 more week left to do this.

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money from last season don’t forget to spend it before the end of this season. You have 1 week left and you can use it to purchase race cards or club uniforms.

Easter Raffle – Saturday 24th March, 2018

To celebrate the end of the season we are holding an Easter Raffle with the winner drawn next Saturday (24th March, 2018). To provide prizes for the raffle we are seeking donations of Easter eggs so that we can have a number of hamper prizes. Donations for the hamper prizes can still be made next Saturday morning. We will also be holding a club bbq on the morning to celebrate the end of the season.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

Don’t forget to have your guess in the Lolly Guessing competition. See Margaret to have your guess. The winner will be announced next Saturday.

Swim Meets

We have a lot of our members swimming at swim meets this weekend. 12 at the Masters NSW State Championships at SOPAC and 25 at the MSW Sprint Meet at Blacktown. Good luck to all of our swimmers and may the Whale be with you.

Senior Handicap

With the Masters State Championships today there is no Senior Handicap this morning. This heat has been postponed by the Committee and it will be held next Saturday morning.

Squad Training

Training moves to Granville Pool on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule and due to limited lane space there are no training sessions planned for Saturday mornings.

All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by Friday, 30th March so that the coach can determine what time sessions will be held. Squads will also have a training break over the coming months. To complete the online Training Enrolment Form and to find out about the training breaks for your squad visit the club website.

Annual Presentation & AGM

Our Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands (Newman Room). Arrive at 6.00pm for presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club sponsors.

The date for the Club’s AGM is yet to be set, but it is generally the Monday night following the Annual Presentation (we will communicate this as soon as the Committee sets the date). The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination.

Uniforms

Final orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies are being taken, so if you would like to order a coat or hoodie please see Margaret, as an order for these items will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order for uniform items.

Race Entries

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Closed

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March

Annual Presentation

Saturday 2nd June

 

Winter Swimming

So what do you do with swimmer’s over the winter months? McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm). Their winter season commences in April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. See Graham for more information.

Metro South West Sprint Meet

Merrylands will send a team of 25 swimmers to the Metro South West Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

This will be our largest team to attend the meet since 2000, and we wish all our swimmers the best of luck.

Our club will be represented by:

Laura-Belle Casey
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Abraham El-Chami
Bilal El-Chami
Michael Evans
Adaa Garg
Shaurya Garg
Joab Hada
Peter Johnston
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Steven Nguyen
Alison Sakurovs
Elijah Seruvatu
Tatiana Seruvatu
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Reece Tomkinson
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Michael Vicic
Sophia Vicic

The Meet Timeline and Meet Program are available for download from the Metro South West website.

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