Issue 10, 2022/2023

Whales Challenge #2

The Whales Challenge is back for round 2 this morning in a do-or-die battle for the Maroon team. Can the Maroon team level the score after the White team won round 1? Or will the White team take an unassailable 2-0 lead? Which team will reign supreme?

New members, check your team here and don’t forget your team cap.

Helping on Saturday Mornings

It takes many people to run club races on Saturday mornings, from set-up to officiating, to packing up – we need all families to help.

Please:

  • Arrive before 6:50am to help setup
  • Volunteer to time keep – we need 16 timekeepers to provide accurate timing – please don’t make us come and ask.
  • Help pack up before you leave

At the December Committee Meeting, the committee discussed the option of rostering families for setup each week, which we may have to implement if families aren’t turning up early to help.

Don’t know what needs to be done? Ask a member of the Committee and they can point you in the right direction.

Many hands make light work.

Where is your Parent?

Please remember: Parents of swimmers under the age of 18yrs are required to attend club races with their children. It is not a babysitting service.

Christmas/New Year Break

Our last club morning for 2022 is the 24th December. Races will resume on 7th January, 2023.

NSW Senior State Age Championships

The NSW Senior State Age Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 10-16 December. Three of our members have qualified for the championships. Congratulations to Alison Johnston, Matthew Vicic and Leo Zhu on qualifying.

Unfortunately, Matt has been unwell and will be unable to swim at the championships.

Details of the meet, along with access to the live results and live stream are available on the Swimming NSW website.

Relay Competition

Round #5 of the Relay Competition is on today. Has your team completed the weekly form nominating the 4 team members who will swim today? The link for this form is here.

Are you going on holiday?

Squad Members: Are you going on holiday in December/January? Make sure you complete the form here to let us know as soon as possible.

Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 24th December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. Races will be followed by Novelty Events and a BBQ and will be finished by 9:30am.

School Holiday Program

We will be running a free*, School Holiday Program for kids aged 5 to 12 on Thursday, 19th January from 8am to 9:45am.

This program is open to both members and non-members, so invite your friends and book online here.

*Normal pool entry applies.

Lucky Door Prize

Each championship week, we have a Lucky Door prize. You could win your choice of a Speedo kickboard, flipper bag or pair of Opal Mirror goggles. How do you win? You must be in attendance at the Championship presentation when your name is called to win.

Share your photos

Do you have photos from meets or club races you can share for the newsletter or presentation evening? Use the link in the weekly Whales Tales newsletter to upload them.

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

The 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships hit the water in Melbourne on 13-18 December. You can watch Australia’s Olympic Champions take on the best in the world in prime time on Channel 9 and 9now. Heats start at 11am each day, with the finals starting at 7:30pm.

Lions Club Award

Each month the Committee votes for the Lions Club Award – the club’s Volunteer of the Year.

Members nominated for November:

Denise Assi

Tricia Johnston

Ian Wilson

Prafulla Shrestha

Ian Johnston

Glenda Wood

Leah Johnston

 

Congratulation to these members on being nominated. Nominations are open for any member to recognise the service of other members. You can nominate a club member online here.

COVID-19 Conditions

Read the updated conditions for club races here.

Club Uniforms

Order club uniforms online here.

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

SNSW Senior State Age Championships

10th December to 16th December

Closed

NSW State Open Water Championships

18th December & 19th December

6th December

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

8th January

28th December

Speedo Sprint Series Heats

12th February

31st January

Merrylands SwimFest

18th February

4th February

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

25th February & 26th February

14th February

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

4th March

Qualify via Heats meet

NSW State Open Championships

10th March to 12th March

28th February

NSW Junior State Age Championships

25th March & 26th March

14th March

Sponsors

Thank you to our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation that may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please speak to Graham Edwards.

Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last training session for 2022 will be held on Thursday, 22nd December, while our last week of club races will be held on Saturday, 24th December.

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

Training will resume on Tuesday, 3rd January, 2023, with Club Races resuming on Saturday, 7th January.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 24th December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend 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 back at Merrylands. Have a Merry Christmas and keep training hard as school carnivals and the Merrylands SwimFest approaches.

See Also

Issue 9, 2022/2023

SNSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Joseph Assi & Leo Zhu who competed at the Junior Metropolitan Championships swum at SOPAC last weekend.

Joseph achieved 2 PB’s in his 3 swims, gaining another Junior State Age qualifying time with his PB in the 100m Breaststroke. Joseph was also a Metropolitan finalist with a top-10 finish in the 200m Breaststroke taking 2 seconds off his time.

Leo contested 7 events at his first Metrops and achieved 100% new personal best times. Leo was just outside the top 10 with 11th place in his 100m Breaststroke, took a massive chunk off his 50m Backstroke to win his heat from lane 0, and achieved 6th place in the 200m Breaststroke, earning himself his first Metropolitan finalist ribbon.

NSW Masters Long Distance Championships

Varant Jambazian competed in the NSW Masters Long Distance Championships last Sunday at Birrong Aquatic Centre. Varant swam the 400m Breaststroke & 400m Freestyle events, both new distances for him in these strokes. Varant came away with some great times and took out 1st place in his age group. Congratulations Varant

Updated conditions for attendees at all club activities

With changes to COVID-19 health & safety protocols we have updated the conditions applicable for attendees wanting to attend any club activity (e.g. club races, squad training, learn to swim & social events).

Read the updated conditions for each activity:

Relay Competition

The relay competition returns this morning, so remember that your relay team needs to complete the weekly form nominating the 4 team members who will swim today. The link for this form is here.

Lions Club Award

Nominations are open for any member to recognise the service of other members.

You can nominate a club member online here.

Club Uniforms

To order club uniform items go to https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Membership Cards

Remember to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to the pool staff if requested when entering the swimming centre. Instructions are here.

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

SNSW Senior State Age Championships

10th December to 16th December

Closed

NSW State Open Water Championships

18th December & 19th December

6th December

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

8th January

28th December

Speedo Sprint Series Heats

11th February

31st January

Merrylands SwimFest

18th February

4th February

NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

25th February & 26th February

14th February

Speedo Sprint Series Finals

4th March

Qualify via Heats meet

NSW State Open Championships

10th March to 12th March

28th February

NSW Junior State Age Championships

25th March & 26th March

14th March

Sponsors

Thank you to our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation that may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please speak to Graham Edwards.

School Holiday Activities

Club Merrylands has a number of Christmas and school holiday activities available. These include:

Christmas

School Holidays

SANTA VISIT

Monday 12 December

Snap a pic with Santa, free candy cane for all kids

6pm – 8pm

Bingo

Tuesday 10 January 10.30-12pm

Great prizes to be won

Register at www.clubmerrylands.com.au

CHRISTMAS RAFFLES at Club Merrylands

Toy Raffle

$5,000 toys to be won

Monday 12 December

Tickets on sale at 6pm Drawn 7.30pm

Kids Disco

Tuesday 17 January 11-1pm

Who is ready to party? Dress up in your favourite costume and join in the fun, Kids FREE soft drink, Prizes up for grabs

Register at www.clubmerrylands.com.au

HAM AND PORK RAFFLES

$3,000 of prizes to be won at each raffle

Monday 5 and 19 December

Friday 9, 16, 23 December

Tickets on sale at 6pm Drawn 7.30pm

Kids Barefoot Bowls

Thursday 19 January and Friday 20 January

Roll up for a fun day on the green

10.30-11.30am

Register at www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au

Seafood Voucher Raffle

$3,500 worth of seafood vouchers to be won

Thursday 22 December

Tickets on sale at 6pm Drawn 7.30pm

 

Two Finalists and 9 PBs at Metropolitan Championships

Our team had fantastic results at the New South Wales Junior Metropolitan Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Leo Zhu contested 7 events at his first Metrops and achieved 100% new personal best times.  Leo was just outside the top 10 with 11th place in his 100m Breaststroke, took a massive chunk off his 50m Backstroke to win his heat from lane 0, and achieved 6th place in the 200m Breaststroke, earning himself his first Metropolitan finalist ribbon.

Joseph Assi raced 3 events and achieved 2 new personal best times.  Joseph gained another Junior State Age qualifying time with his personal best in the 100m Breaststroke. Joseph also was a Metropolitan finalist with a top-10 finish in the 200m Breaststroke taking 2 seconds off his time in the process.

Well done boys and thank you to Alison for all her hard work with the team.

 

NSW State Masters Distance Championships

Varant Jambazian will represent Merrylands at the NSW State Masters Long Distance Championships at Birrong Leisure & Aquatic Centre today.

Varant is competing in the 400m Breaststroke and 400m Freestyle.

We wish him the best of luck at the meet.

Issue 8, 2022/2023

SNSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Joseph Assi, Ren Jie Hum & Leo Zhu who have all qualified for the Junior Metropolitan Championships being swum at SOPAC this weekend.

Good luck Joseph, Ren & Leo in your swims and may the Whale be with you all.

NSW Masters Long Distance Championships

Good luck to Varant Jambazian who is swimming at the Masters Long Distance Championships on Sunday at Birrong Aquatic Centre. Varant is swimming in the 400m Breaststroke & 400m Freestyle events. May the Whale be with you Varant.

Relay Competition

Remember that your relay team needs to complete the weekly form nominating the 4 team members who will swim that week. This form can be completed here.

Lions Club Award

Nominations are open for any member to recognise the service of other members.

You can nominate a club member online here.

Club Uniforms

To order club uniform items go to https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Membership Cards

Remember to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to the pool staff if requested when entering the swimming centre. Instructions are here.

Championships Qualifying Times

Our two long distance championships are still to come. Remember to qualify for the 800m Freestyle (17th December) & 1500m Freestyle (18th March) you must have swum under the qualifying times this season prior to the Championship being swum.

The qualifying times for these Championships are:

800m – 6.45:00 in the 400m Freestyle this season

1500m – 6.30:00 in the 400m Freestyle this season

If you are planning to swim in these Championships make sure you have swum your qualifying 400m Freestyle. There are 3 more 400m Freestyle graded race swims still to come before the 800m Freestyle Championships.

Number of Swims Allowed

A reminder that there are limits to the number of swims allowed each week, depending on whether a Championship is being swum. The limits to the number of swims are:

No Championship being swum:

Swimmers can compete in a maximum of three (3) graded races.

Championship being swum:

Swimmers can only compete in two (2) graded races on those days when Age Championship events are held, except, on those days where the Championship age precludes a swimmer from competing in the championship. Where the swimmer is precluded from swimming in the Championship event due to their age they may swim in three (3) graded races.

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

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

8th January

28th December

Merrylands SwimFest

18th February

4th February

Sponsors

Thank you to our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation that may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please speak to Graham Edwards.

Issue 7, 2022/2023

Club Captains

Voting closed for the election of Male and Female Club Captains last Saturday. We will announce the Club Captains for 2022/23 at presentation after club races this morning.

Club Championship Races

Last week two championships (100m Backstroke & 100m Butterfly) were swum. Congratulations to everyone who swam in these races. A club championship record was broken by Kylee Murray in the Veterans Women’s backstroke championship. Kylee set a new record time of 1:45.49, beating her previous record time of 1:46.18 set in 2018. Congratulations Kylee

Today we have the 400m Freestyle championships being swum. Good luck to all swimmers competing in these championships.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

The Inter-Club Cup was swum and WON last Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to our team of 44 swimmers who were victorious in winning the cup. Our club last won the cup in 2016 (not swum in 2020 or 2021), so it was great to break the streak held by Parramatta City.

The final point score tally was Merrylands 1,148, Parramatta City 1,080 & McCredie Park 156.

Our team ranged in age from 6 to 70 and achieved a total of 90 new personal best times. 13 swimmers competed at their first carnival for the club and some swam in distances longer than they had previously swum.

What really stood out during the meet was the great spirit displayed by the clubs and swimmers competing. So much support for team mates in races, as well as great sportsmanship after races, with swimmers from each club congratulating each other on their swim.

We also had a few treats in store, with the coffee cart arriving at the start of the meet, the wraps & pizzas for some sustenance after the races and topped off with the ice cream van serving choc top & sprinkle topped ice creams. A swimmers heaven!

A very big thank you to everyone involved in the organisation and running of the meet. Without everyone getting involved on the day in set up, officiating, food delivery & pack up we couldn’t run our swim meets so successfully.

Thank you to our Club Captains who worked tirelessly during the meet looking after our swimmers and making sure they were ready for the all-important relays.

Thank you to Ms Julia Finn MP, State Member for Granville, Shadow Minister for Sport & Shadow Minister for Youth who attended the meet and presented the cup to our Club Captains.

Congratulations Merrylands

Relay Competition

Remember that your relay team needs to complete the weekly form nominating the 4 team members who will swim that week. This form can be completed here.

Lions Club Award

Nominations are open for any member to recognise the service of other members.

You can nominate a club member online here.

Club Uniforms

To order club uniform items go to https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms

Membership Cards

Remember to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to the pool staff if requested when entering the swimming centre. Instructions are here.

Safe Sport

Swimming Australia and Swimming NSW remain fully committed to the protection of children, young people and all members in our sport. All member associations, including states, areas, clubs, coaches, parents and swimmers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the six policies that make up the National Integrity Framework (NIF) below, and to prioritise safety and integrity at every swimming club and event.

The Swimming Australia NIF consists of six documents:

  • Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy
  • Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy
  • Member Protection Policy
  • Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy
  • Swimming Australia National Integrity Framework
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) for swimming is our guiding document to keep all members safe, particularly children and young people.

The SSF consists of two documents:

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (matters or complaints concerning the safety and wellbeing of children or young people in swimming must be considered under this policy) and
  • Member Protection Policy (this concerns matters relating to such things as discrimination, harassment, bullying, victimisation and abuse).

For more information please visit https://clubhouse.swimming.org.au/safe-sport

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

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

8th January

28th December

Merrylands SwimFest

18th February

4th February

Sponsors

Thank you to our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation that may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please speak to Graham Edwards.

Inter-Club Cup Results

Merrylands successfully reclaimed the Inter-Club Cup for 2022, after last winning it in 2016.  It was exciting to be able to win the meet with some very tight racing between the clubs. It was also so pleasing to see the friendly rivalry and support the clubs gave each other.  There were so many highlights throughout the day and all teams were always going to be winners.

Our team achieved 90 new personal best times and won the point score by 68 points but there were countless achievements throughout the day.  Our swimmers aged from 6 to 70 supported each other throughout the meet with lots of cheering for each race. Thirteen swimmers competed at their first carnival for the club - congratulations Cameron, Aiden, Patrick, Pavla, Coralie, Anna, Emma, Hannah, Jude, Leah, Anastasia, Nikolai and Samantha.  Some of these swimmers had never raced in events longer than 25m before but were willing to give the 50m a crack to earn points for the club.  Some had their first attempt at 50m Butterfly and were even rewarded with a re-swim for their efforts, taking it in their stride and sharing a warm dry towel while waiting for their re-swim.

All age groups contributed to the point score and there was a great feeling of team spirit as everyone worked together. Some of our older swimmers who "don't do breaststroke" or "don't like backstroke" stepped up, (with some light prompting), to ensure we were represented in every event. Some of these swimmers even surprised themselves with their results!

Thank you to our Club Captains Matthew and Darla for organising our swimmers and looking after our younger members. Our captains also gave many their first experience of a carnival "tattoo" of event numbers, worn like a badge of honour.  Some may still have remnants on their arm at training on Monday.

With the arrival of the ice cream van, our swimmers fought the temptation until the end of the meet and celebrated the sweet taste of victory at the end of the meet with a well-deserved choc-top.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their amazing results, and thank you to everyone who helped organise and run the meet.  Go Whales!

See Also