Annual Training Breaks

What a massive 12 months we have had! Since we returned to competition in October last year, our members have racked up over 500 new personal best times, won over 120 medals, qualified for Area, Metropolitan and State Championships for the first time, and improved their technique and fitness. Well done to you all on your hard work!

From 25th June to 18th July, all groups will have their Annual Training Break. This is an opportunity for swimmers, parents and coaches to recharge and re-focus for the coming summer. We encourage you to stay active during this time, with an occasional swim, to maintain your fitness and feel for the water, while still giving your body and mind some rest and recovery.

  • The last training session will be Thursday, 26th June
  • Sessions for the Senior, Age, Development, Junior and Novice (2), Adults & Masters squads will resume on Monday, 19th July
  • Sessions for the Novice (1) and Beginner squads will resume on Monday, 2nd August

There will be some sessions for swimmers who have qualified for the Metropolitan and State Short Course Championships. Details of these sessions will be provided to the swimmers concerned this week.

Metro South West Short Course Championships

Merrylands will be represented by its biggest team ever at the 2021 Metro South West Area Open & Age Short Course Championships. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June, 2021.

Our club will be sending a team of 22 swimmers to the 2-day meet and will compete in 96 individual events.

Good luck to the following members:
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Laura-Belle Casey
Joab Hada
Ren Hum
Elie Menhem
Vanessa Ozols
Alison Johnston
Jay Shrestha
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Ethan Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Leo Zhu
Lillian Zhu 

The full Timeline will be available on the Metro South West website. Congratulations to our swimmers for qualifying, especially our first-time qualifiers, and good luck to our entire team at the meet.

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Meet Manager Courses

Are you interested in learning about the computer systems used to run club races?

Meet Manager

Swimming NSW are facilitating three (3) separate Meet Manager introduction webinars (via Zoom) across the month of June. This is the software that handles all the entries and results at Club Races and other swimming meets.

Each webinar will consist of varying topics. You do not have to attend all three, just those that apply to your level of knowledge or interest.

Click the links below to learn of the information that each of the webinars contain.

Please also register your interest via the relevant links below, but not you do not have to register in order to just join.

Webinar 1 - Wednesday 9th June from 7:30pm

Topics - refer to Part 1 only

Register your interest Join on Wednesday 9th June from 7:30pm

Webinar 2 Wednesday 16th June from 7:30pm

Topics - refer to Part 2 only

Register your interest Join on Wednesday 16th June from 7:30pm

Webinar 3 - Wednesday 23rd June 7:30pm

Topics - refer to Part 3 only

Register your interest Join on Wednesday 23rd June from 7:30pm

Dolphin Timing System

Swimming NSW has an online course on how to operate the Dolphin Timing System. This system is used to record the swimmers times from the wireless stopwatches, and make them available to Meet Manager.

You can do this course on demand, at any time.

Dolphin Timing Operator

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Junior Excellence Awards

Twenty two members have received awards in the 2021 Swimming Australia Junior Excellence Program. This is our club's highest number of recipients since the programs inception in 2006 - a fantastic effort by our swimmers!

The Australian Junior Excellence Program, recognises rewards and encourages junior swimmers who, through their development of aquatic skills and fitness, achieve a high standard of swimming excellence.

Congratulations to the following members who have received awards this year:

Silver

Chloe Ton
Lucas Alvarez
Matthew Vicic
Summer Shrestha

Bronze

Daniel Vicic
Joab Hada
Joseph Assi
Leo Zhu
Lisa Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Thayne Bris
Unish Shrestha

Blue

Aisha Abdelraheem
Ameena Abdelraheem
Avani Pradhan
Ceylin Uysal
Chevelle Fehir
Jorja Matthew
Nevah Shrestha
Ren Jie Hum
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha

The full list of recipients can be found on the Junior Excellence page on the Swimming Australia website, while all our club's previous recipients can be found in the Development section of our website.

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Short Course Club Races

On Saturday, 22nd May, we will be running our first ever Short Course club races in the indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre.

Starting at 5pm (warm-up from 4:45pm), these races are being held primarily to give swimmers an opportunity to qualify for winter swimming meets, however all members are welcome to attend and participate.

Swimmers may enter up to 5 events which may include:

  • A maximum of 1 - 400m event in event 13
  • A maximum of 2 - 200m events (one in event 2 and/or one in event 21)

The standard 25m Break Times apply (i.e. if you have broken the 25m for a stroke on a Saturday morning during summer, you may not swim 25m in that stroke).

The entry fee is $4 per event, however pool entry is free for all swimmers and spectators (the higher event entry fee is required to cover the pool hire costs).

Entry is completed via our website and close on Friday, 14th May at 8pm.

What events should I enter?

Swimmers should consider entering events they wish to qualify for at Area, Metropolitan or State Championships - this means primarily 100m events for most swimmers, and the 200m IM. If you already have a qualifying time, consider 200m or 400m events.

As a guide, the 2019 qualifying times for the Area Championships are here.
The qualifying times for the 2021 Metropolitan and State Championships are available on our website here.

If you are unsure what you should enter, speak to your coach.

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McCredie Park Meet

Sixteen swimmers will represent Merrylands at the McCredie Park Anniversary Meet at Guildford Swimming Centre today.

Our team consists of:

Aisha Abdelraheem
Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Ren Hum
William Johnston
Vanessa Ozols
Alison Sakurovs
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Ethan Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Leo Zhu

Best of luck everyone!

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