NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships

Two members will represent Merrylands at the 2018 NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July, 2018.

Merrylands will be represented by Reece Tomkinson and Alison Johnston at the three day meet in 7 events.

Our team will compete in the following events:

Reece Tomkinson
100m Backstroke
50m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
200m Backstroke
50m Backstroke

Alison Johnston
50m Freestyle

Congratulations to Reece and Alison for qualifying and good luck to them at the meet.

You can follow the team's progress over the weekend at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/.

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2 Medals at Metro South West

Merrylands has finished the Metro South West Short Course Championships with 2 medals and 19 finalists.

Reece Tomkinson won 2 medals at the meet, finishing with Silver in the 17yrs & Over 50m Backstroke and Bronze in the Open 50m Backstroke.

Michael Evans, Alison Johnston, Tatiana Seruvatu, Niushka Shrestha and Unish Shrestha were all finalists at the meet.

Our team also swam 55 new personal best times at the meet, with a number of swimmers achieving multiple PBs in a single event by swimming new 50m PBs as part of their 100m events. The following members swam at least 1 new personal best time:

Joseph Assi
Michael Evans
Joab Hada
Alison Johnston
Helen Macpherson
Pare Nader
Elijah Seruvatu
Tatiana Seruvatu
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Reece Tomkinson
Daniel Vicic
Michael Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Sophia Vicic

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their results.

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Training Breaks

There will be no training sessions for the Novice, Junior and Development Squads during July.

Novice, Junior & Development Squads

  • Last session: Thursday, 28th June
  • Sessions resume: Wednesday, 1st August

Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads

The Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads will continue to train through July.

Junior Excellence Awards

Fifteen members have received awards in the 2018 Swimming Australia Junior Excellence Program.

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

Michael Evans
Helen Macpherson
Matthew Vicic

Bronze

Summer Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Reece Tomkinson

Green

Laura-Belle Casey
Jonas Cuevas
Breeanah Khoury
Elijah Seruvatu
Tatiana Seruvatu
Nevah Shrestha
Noah Turner
Michael Vicic
Sophia Vicic

The full list of receipents 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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Metro South West Championships

Merrylands will be represented by its biggest team ever at the 2018 Metro South West Area Open & Age Short Course Championships. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, 2018.

Our club will sending a team of 20 swimmers to the 2 day meet, and will compete in 79 individual events.

Good luck to the following members:
Joseph Assi
Michael Evans
Joab Hada
Helen Macpherson
Elie Menhem
Pare Nadar
Alice Qin
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 full Timeline is 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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Presentation Evening

Alison Johnston was presented with the Champion of Champions trophy at the club’s annual Presentation Evening last night.

Alison won both her Age and Open Championships, set a new club record in the 50m Freestyle, and represented the club at Metropolitan, State Age and State Open Championships. She finished over 200 points ahead of the 2nd placed swimmer and was a deserved recipient of the award.

The night began with presentation of the Pointscore trophies, where many of our youngest members received their first ever trophy. The competitions were close, with many only decided by a handful of points. Matthew Vicic was the Boys and Overall Pointscore Champion with a huge 277 points, followed by Helen Macpherson on 234 who won the Girls Pointscore. In the Senior Pointscore, Peter Johnston won the Mens by just 2 points, while Tricia Johnston won the Womens by 4 points.

The Relay competition went down to the wire with the top 3 teams only separated by 1 point going into the last round. The "Young Guns" came out on top in the end to successfully defended their title, again with a margin of just one point.

Ian Wilson took home the hotly contested Senior Handicap award. The Learn to Swim Award, which is presented to a Club Member who is voted by their peers for assisting with the club’s LTS program, was awarded to Emily Tovkach.

Six members of the club’s swimming squads were recognised for their efforts at training over the past season, consistently doing their best, listening to their coach and having positive attitude towards their training. Congratulations to Shaurya Garg, Nevah Shrestha, Michael Evans, Alison Johnston, Ian Wilson and Melissa Cohen who all received a club beanie.

Margaret Edwards and Amanda Smart presented the Jack Smart Encouragement Award to Lisa Shrestha. This award is in memory of Life Member, Jack Smart and is presented to a junior swimmer for consistent improvement through the season, starting at 25m and progressing to longer distances.

Jim Pye Development Award or “Minties” Trophy, which is in memory of Life Member, Jim Pye was presented to a junior swimmer who has swum consistently over the season, steadily improving and representing the club at various swimming meets. Summer Shrestha was the well-deserved recipient of this award.

The Lions Award, which is presented to a club member in recognition of their services to the club over the past season was awarded to Alison Johnston, while Graham Edwards was announced as the Technical Official of the Year.

Thank you to all the people who helped organise the presentation and all who helped throughout the season.

You can find the full list of other awards presented on the night in the Presentation section and the results of all the competitions in the Club Races section.

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Masters Swimming NSW Club Administration Award

At the Masters Swimming NSW Annual General Meeting earlier this month, Alison Johnston was named as the winner of the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Club Administration Award.

The award is presented by Masters Swimming NSW for a year of outstanding contribution to club administration.

Alison joined our club in 2010, and Masters Swimming NSW in 2011. In 2012 she was elected onto club’s Committee. She is currently a member of the Club Committee, our Competition Committee and the club’s Assistant Secretary.

Alison is an invaluable and hardworking member of our club. As with most people in an administration role, much of the work she does goes unseen by the members of the club. Members would only realise the true level of her contribution if the work that she does was left undone.

Alison does a huge amount of work in her role as a member of the Competition Committee. For our club races every week during the summer season, Alison collates all the online entries and manual entry cards, enters them into the computer, seeds the events and produces the weekly program. Alison even contacts swimmers who have entered incorrectly or may have forgotten to enter a club championship, so they don’t miss out on swimming the event. At the club races each Saturday, she works as a Recorder, producing the results from each race and checking any club championship records which may have been broken.

For any external meets that our club attends, Alison always ensures copies of the meet programs are placed on the club notice board to encourage members to enter. She follows up with emails to members, and with numerous reminders as the closing date approaches. Alison also selects the club’s relay teams for the State Championships and the Relay Meet spending a huge amount of time working on team combinations, to ensure all our members can get a relay swim, before submitting them to the meet organiser. Alison also acts as our club’s Endurance 1000 Recorder, entering all our eligible swims from our Club Races into the Endurance 1000 system.

Alison was the key driver behind the hosting of our inaugural BPS meet in February 2017. She did all the research into what was required to host the meet, developed the draft meet program and organised all the visiting Technical Officials.

Alison works with the other members of the club’s Competition Committee to set the season program for our Club Races, review the Competition Rules and By-Laws, select swimmers for teams, and determine the winners of Awards at our club’s Annual Presentation Evening.

As a member of the Club Committee, Alison is the Club’s Assistant Secretary, backing up the Secretary by assisting with correspondence, and filling in when the Secretary is unable to attend a club meeting. Alison also submits grant applications on behalf of the club and has been successful in securing important funding and equipment for the club’s activities.

We are very grateful for all the work Alison does and congratulate her on winning the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Administration Award.

* Alison was not at the Masters Swimming NSW AGM, so the award was presented to her at our 2018 Presentation Evening by Kerryn Blanch, President of Masters Swimming NSW.

Metro South West Entries

Entries for the 2018 Metro South West Area Short Course Championships close on Wednesday, 6th June, 2018. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June, 2018.

This is the main meet of the winter season for many of our swimmers and all swimmers who qualify are expected to compete.

Online Entries will be available for this meet and this is the only method of entry for our club. Swimmers are advised to enter early in case there are problems with the online entry system.

No late entries will be accepted.

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Mum turns golden

COMPETING in 10 events, Alison Johnston returned from last month's Masters Swimming Australia National Championships in Perth with 10 medals.

Swimming under her maiden name of Sakurovs, the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club member picked up four gold and six silver, giving her in the highest point score for her age group.

It was her seventh time competing at the masters nationals but her first gold medal and she credits her strong performance to the birth of her son four years ago.

"I've been swimming almost all my life, since I was five years old," she said.

"I've always swum but more plodding along.

"That's picked up in the past few years, strangely I am faster now since I had my son William.

"He's definitely keeping me fit."

However she admits with a laugh that it doesn't hurt that her husband Peter is an award winning coach for the club, named the Masters NSW Coach of the Year for 2017, a title he also won in 2013.

"We are very professional in the water but at home we probably talk about swimming way too much over the dinner table," she said.

A member of the Merrylands Club for the past eight years, she says swimming is good for any age from babies to adults, with masters events for age categories from 18 and upward.

"They don't stop," she said.

"Swimming is easy on your joints and good for your lungs; it's good for any age."

Making a formidable team both in and out of the water, Peter and Alison Johnston from the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club picked 11 medals between them at the Australian Masters Championships in Perth last month. Alison collected 10 medals, Peter won a bronze, and two other swimmers from the club, Ian and Tricia Johnston, also swam new personal bests at the event.

Source: http://www.localnewsplus.com.au/story?ID=137276&stories=stories&publication=Review&section=Sport