COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and their impact on Club Activities are available below.

Updates will be provided on this page as the situation evolves.

Update: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

As of midday, Monday, 23rd March, 2020, all Cumberland Council Swim Centres will close until further notice.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice
    • Further information will be provided to squad members via email.
  • Club Races
    • The final week of races for the season (Saturday, 28th March, 2020) is cancelled.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Lessons finished Saturday, 21st March, 2020.

Update: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

All members have been emailed an update on Club Activities. A summary follows.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Running on Saturday, 21st March, under the following conditions
    • Appropriate Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene practices to be followed at all times
    • Only essential participants should attend. i.e. swimmers, coaches, officials, volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of swimmers
    • Participants must spread out throughout the centre. There will be designated areas only for marshalling and officiating.
    • Timekeepers should only move to the 15m/25m/33m if they have a swimmer in their lane. Otherwise they should move straight to the end of the pool, and maintain at least 1.5m gaps when not timing a race.
    • Equipment should not be shared
    • Club Photo has been cancelled
    • Championship Presentation has been cancelled
    • There will be no general access to the club room
    • A decision on races for Saturday, 28th March will be made by Thursday, 26th March
    • Advice from Swimming NSW concerning cancellation of swimming meets relates to multi-club meets - not club races at this time
  • Learn to Swim
    • Running on Saturday, 21st March, under the following conditions
    • This is the final lesson (as already scheduled)
    • Appropriate Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene practices to be followed at all times
    • Spectators should spread out in areas away from direct contact with the lesson activity
    • Only essential participants should attend. i.e. swimmers and parents/guardians of swimmers
    • Instructors will be modifying lessons as appropriate
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling lessons at this time
  • Squad Training
    • Running, but under modified conditions (see below).
    • Updates will be provided through the website by 3:30pm each day if sessions are to be cancelled.
    • The following changes are being made to Squad Training until further notice:
      • All Land Warm-Ups cancelled - sessions will start in the water at the usual in water start times:
        • Novice & Junior Squad: 4:30pm
        • Development, Age, Senior Squad: 5:15pm
        • Masters, Adults: 5:45pm
        • Morning Squads: 6:00am (access via the main entrance - not the club room)
      • Access to the Club Room and Old Club Room will be restricted. Swimmers may leave their bags in the club room while training and will be able to access the Old Club Room only to get access to their training gear. The rooms will be closed to everyone at all other times.
      • Spectators at training should implement social distancing by doing the following:
        • Not congregating around the entrances to rooms
        • Not sitting on the side of the pool where training is being conducted
        • Spectators that do not need to be at the centre should not attend 
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling sessions at this time

Cumberland Council has advised that it's swimming centres remain open.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including googles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Monday, 16th March, 2020

Swimming NSW has provided updated advice on their website, which all members should make themselves familiar with.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Squad Training
    • Running, but under modified conditions (see below).
    • Updates will be provided through the website by 3:30pm each day if sessions are to be cancelled.
    • The following changes are being made to Squad Training until further notice:
      • All Land Warm-Ups cancelled - sessions will start in the water at the usual in water start times:
        • Novice & Junior Squad: 4:30pm
        • Development, Age, Senior Squad: 5:15pm
        • Masters, Adults: 5:45pm
        • Morning Squads: 6:00am (access via the main entrance - not the club room)
      • Access to the Club Room and Old Club Room will be restricted. Swimmers may leave their bags in the club room while training and will be able to access the Old Club Room only to get access to their training gear. The rooms will be closed to everyone at all other times.
      • Spectators at training should implement social distancing by doing the following:
        • Not congregating around the entrances to rooms
        • Not sitting on the side of the pool where training is being conducted
        • Spectators that do not need to be at the centre should not attend 
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling sessions at this time.
  • Club Races
    • Being reviewed.
    • A decision will be made by the close of entries on Thursday night as to whether they will proceed.
    • The Club Photo has been cancelled.
    • Advice from Swimming NSW concerning cancellation of swimming meets relates to multi-club meets - not club races at this time.
    • If races do not proceed a refund for entry fees will be provided through SwimCentral.
    • We will be implementing some social distancing measures if races proceed. More details will be provided closer to the weekend.
  • Learn to swim
    • Being reviewed.
    • A decision will be made by Thursday night as to whether lessons will proceed.
    • Advice from ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM does not recommend cancelling lessons at this time.

Cumberland Council has advised that they are increasing cleaning protocols at the swimming centres.

Please remember:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including googles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 13th March, 2020

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to evolve, Swimming NSW has provided an update on their website, which all members should make themselves familiar with.

Swimming Club and Training Sessions will continue to be held at this stage, however all members should follow the advice from Swimming NSW and State and Federal Governments.

In particular:

  • Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.
  • Protect yourself and others from getting sick by following good personal hygiene practices.

The Australian Age and Open Championships in late April have been cancelled by Swimming Australia. At this stage however there are no plans to change State or local events of less than 500 people that are currently happening. The NSW State Open Championships are continuing this weekend.

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Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet Results

Great results at the Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet today with some very happy young swimmers.

Our team took home some big smiles along with a bag of medals, ribbons and 14 PBs.

Well done to the whole team on their swims, with our club finishing 5th in the point score. The work you have been doing at training and learn to swim has obviously been paying off!

Thank you to Rabin, Prafulla, Graham and Margaret for officiating at the meet, and to those members who came along just to support the kids!

Medal Tally

Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 4

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NSW State Open Championships

Alison Johnston will represent Merrylands at the NSW State Open Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre which start today.

Alison will compete in the 50m Freestyle on Day 2 of the championships which will feature some of the top swimmers from around the country as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics later this year.

Congratulations to Alison on qualifying for the championships, and we wish her the best of luck.

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Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 11 swimmers at the Metro South West 5-8yrs Meet this weekend.

This will be our largest team at this meet in over 25 years. The club will be represented by:

Aisha Abdelraheem
Daniel Kalouche
Ethan Ton
Jay Shrestha
Julian Kalouche
Lindsey Matthew
Lucas Alverez
Mason Nader
Pare Nader
Ruby Shrestha
William Johnston

Thanks to Club Merrylands for their support of our 8yrs & Under swimmers through free membership.

Have a great time kids!

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Junior Metropolitan Results

Summer Shrestha and Matthew Vicic represented Merrylands at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships this weekend. Our small team had big results - they competed in 7 individual swims, achieved 5 new personal best times and earned 4 new State qualifying times!

On Day 1 Summer and Matthew both swam in the 12 Years 50m Butterfly where Summer achieved a new personal best time, dropping over a second to achieve her first State qualifying time of the season, while Matthew swam his second fastest 50m Butterfly time.

Summer also contested the 12 Years 50m Breaststroke and earned another State time with a 0.3 second PB.

On Day 2 Matthew had a big morning contesting the 12 Years 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly within an hour and a half.  Matt chipped 0.04 off his 100m Freestyle time, after achieving a PB at SwimFest a few weeks earlier.  Matt then took over a second off his 50m Backstroke time, earning a State qualifying time in the process.  Matt's 100m Butterfly was his 3rd fastest time, having dropped 5 seconds off his PB in the last 4 weeks.

Summer's final race was the 12 Years 50m Freestyle and she took almost a second off her PB to swim under 31 seconds for the first time.  This also added to Summer's State qualifying times.

Congratulations to our team!


Summer and Matt with their coach, Alison.

NSW Metropolitan Championships

Three swimmers have qualified for the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships, which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Summer Shrestha, Matthew Vicic and Niushka Shrestha* have qualified for the championships. Our team will contest 7 events at the meet:

Summer Shrestha
  50m Butterfly (Day 1, Session 1)
  50m Breaststroke (Day 1, Session 2)
  50m Freestyle (Day 2, Session 4)
Matthew Vicic
  50m Butterfly (Day 1, Session 1)
  100m Freestyle (Day 2, Session 3)
  50m Backstroke (Day 2, Session 3)
  100m Butterfly (Day 2, Session 3)


Congratulations to our swimmers on qualifying and we wish them well at the meet. You can follow their progress over the weekend via the Live Results page.

Unfortunately Niushka Shrestha is unable to attend due to an family event.

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