Issue 16, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

Online entries for the Merrylands SwimFest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) close TODAY at 5.00 pm. All members who can swim 50 metres are encouraged to enter. If you have not already entered please do it today and don’t miss out.

We are seeking the help of all parents and members who are not competing in the SwimFest as we have many roles to undertake on the day.

More details here

Speedo Sprint Series

We have a great team of 18 members competing in the Speedo Sprint Heats today at SOPAC. Good luck to those swimming and may the whale be with you all 🐳. More details here.

MSW LC Junior Championships

The distance events of these championships are being held tomorrow following the Speedo Sprint Heats at SOPAC. Matthew Vicic is competing in the 200m Butterfly. Good luck Matthew and may the whale be with you. 🐳

The Big Swim

Last Sunday saw the Big Swim (2.8klm) from Palm Beach to Whale Beach held. The male and female events were both won by a Wilson (brother and sister). Our own Wilson (maybe a distant relative 🤔) competed and swam 46:47 to finish 36th out of 337 competitors. A great effort Ian and yes we are proud of you too 👏.

Season Program Changes

Today’s championships are one of these changed due to external championship meets being held on the same day. The amended season program can be found here.
Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

SNSW 5km Open Water Championships

Congratulations to Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic who both competed for the first time at the championships held last Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (Penrith Lakes). A great effort and we are very proud of you both 👏👏.

Summer at the finish


Matthew at the finish

Club Uniforms

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

Member Profile

Celebrating her great first ever 5 km Open Water Championship swim we find out some interesting information about Summer Shrestha:

Favourite Colour

Blue

Favourite Food

Pizza

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Touch football

Favourite Team

Parramatta Eels

Favourite Holiday Place

Anywhere near the beach

Favourite Memory

All camping trips

Favourite Song

Frank Ocean – Chanel (Nick Leon Atmosphere Remix)

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

The 100

Career after school

Don’t know yet

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of the friendly environment and the people I surround myself with

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the Breaststroke Championships last week. The results are available here.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Spectators entering the centre must check-in and out using the Service NSW app which is located at the pool entry. Please ensure you sign-in and sign-out every time you attend the swimming centre.

Download the Service NSW app here.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

Remember:

  • 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 sanitiser regularly.

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.

Speedo Sprint Heats

Merrylands will be sending a team of 18 swimmers to the Speedo Sprint Series Heats which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tomorrow.

Our team consists of:
Aisha Abdelraheem
Ameena Abdelraheem
Lucas Alvarez
Joseph Assi
Chevelle Fehir
Joab Hada
Ren Jie Hum
Avani Pradhan
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Ruby Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Chloe Ton
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Our team will compete in 69 individual events at the meet.

Good luck to our team!

NSW Open Water Championships

Two swimmers will represent Merrylands at the NSW Open Water Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre today.

This is day 2 of the championships after it was postponed in December last year. Matthew Vicic and Summer Shrestha will both compete in the 5km event.

This is the first time Matt and Summer have qualified for this event - congratulations!

See Also

Issue 15, 2020/2021

Merrylands SwimFest

Online entries for the Merrylands SwimFest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) are open and close in 1 week (5.00 pm on Saturday 6th February, 2021). All members who can swim 50 metres are encouraged to enter. More details here

Speedo Sprint Heats

This meet is being held next Saturday (6th February, 2021) at SOPAC. Online entries close at 5.00pm on Monday 1st February, 2021.

SNSW Open Water Championships

The seconds day of this meet is being held today at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (Penrith Lakes), after it was postponed in December. We have two swimmers who have qualified and will represent our club.
Good luck to Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic, may the whale be with you both 🐳.

In December, Niushka Shrestha represented the club on the first day of the Championships in the 2.5km JX event.
This was the first time Niushka had competed at this distance and achieved a great time of 47:40.01. Congratulations Niushka, we are all proud of you 👏.

Member Profile

Following her recent all conquering effort to triumph in the Merrylands 50’s, we learn some interesting information about Aisha Abdelraheem (and maybe tips on how to prepare for and win the event in 2022):

 

Favourite Colour

Green

Favourite Food

Ice cream

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Soccer

Favourite Team

Matildas

Favourite Holiday Place

Malaysia

Favourite Memory

Jet skiing, swimming with dolphins and skiing in Canada. I have too many favourites

Favourite Song

Billie Eilish- Therefore I Am

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

Cobra Kai

Career after school

Zooologist

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

I like my club because my coaches are the best, I like everyone I swim with and my club pushes me to surprise myself with great results

So there you are, prepare eating ice cream whilst watching Cobra Kai and most importantly listen to your great coaches (they are the best)!

Season Program Changes

The amended season program can be found here.

Please ensure you check the amended season program and plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Club Uniforms

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

Club Championship Results

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

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Health updates that affect our club members can be found here

Remember:

  • 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 sanitiser regularly.

Learn to Swim

The new block of the learn to swim program commences this morning and concludes on Saturday 20th March, 2021 (no lessons on Saturday 20th February, 2021).
Welcome to those new participants joining us for this program, we hope you enjoy your time and learn some new skills. Thank you to our instructors, helpers & coordinators who make the program a success.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Spectators entering the centre must check-in and out using the Service NSW app which is located at the pool entry. Please ensure you sign-in and sign-out every time you attend the swimming centre.

Download the Service NSW app here.

Blast from the past

Club races in the 1970/71 season. Wait where are the club room, waveless lane ropes and modern blocks?? They were not even thought of 50 years ago. Otherwise the pool looks the same today.