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: Friday, 16th October, 2021

Merrylands Swimming Centre will re-open on Monday, 18th October. Squad Training will resume on the same day. Under the Public Health Order, only fully vaccinated people may attend swimming centres at this time. Squad members have received an email with enrolment information and conditions.

Club Races can resume when Community Sport can resume. We are still working through the details of when we will start.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume over the coming weeks. Start date is to be determined. 
  • Squad Training
    • Resumes Monday, 18th October
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will not resume until later in the season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre opens from Monday, 18th October

Update: Friday, 24th September, 2021

Outdoor pools are permitted to re-open with restrictions from Monday, 27th September.

At this stage:

  • Squad Training is not permitted under the restrictions.
  • Cumberland Council is not re-opening Merrylands Pool until further notice due to the COVID-19 Testing Centre located in the car park. Various other pools are not re-opening at this stage.
  • Other centres that are opening are doing so with various restrictions in place. These vary depending on the Local Government Area or pool operator.

We encourage you to swim if you can find a swimming centre in your LGA, or within 5km of your home. Check the entry conditions before attending. There will be capacity limits, vaccination requirements, age limits and some centres may require bookings.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume when permitted 
  • Squad Training
    • Will resume when permitted
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will resume when permitted
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is closed until further notice

Update: Saturday, 26th June, 2021

Stay at Home orders have been announced for Greater Sydney which come into force from 6pm today for 2 weeks.

All swimming public swimming pools will close. All training sessions will cease.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume in October 2021 
  • Squad Training
    • Suspended
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will resume in November 2021
  • Swimming Centres
    • All centres are closed

Update: Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021

New restrictions have been announced which come into force from 4pm today.

As a result, until further notice, the following will apply to training sessions:

  • Where possible, spectators should not attend sessions
  • All spectators who do attend, must wear a mask, even when outside

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health websiteyou must not attend club activities, and get tested.

If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Will resume in October 2021 
  • Squad Training
    • Running
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Will resume in November 2021
  • Swimming Centres
    • Centres are open to the public. Merrylands Swimming Centre will re-open in October 2021

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 12th February, 2021

The state of Victoria has been declared an affected area.

If you, or a member of your household, has been in Victoria at any time on or after Friday, 29th January, you must not attend club activities before Thursday, 18th February.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health website, you must not attend club activities, and get tested.
If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 2nd January.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Squad Training
    • Resumed, Saturday, 2nd January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumed Saturday, 30th January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot physically distance from others.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Wednesday, 6th January, 2021

New COVID-19 cases have been identified at various locations in our local area, including Merrylands, Mays Hill, Pendle Hill and Parramatta.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health websiteyou must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test and follow the instructions of NSW Health.
If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities. Get a COVID-19 test.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 2nd January.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Squad Training
    • Resumed, Saturday, 2nd January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumes Saturday, 30th January.
    • All Spectators are required to check-in at the pool entrance using the Service NSW App.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot physically distance from others.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 1st January, 2020

New COVID-19 cases have been identified at various locations throughout Greater Sydney.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited any of the locations listed on the NSW Health websiteyou must not attend club activities.
If you are feeling unwell for any reason, you must not attend club activities.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumes Saturday, 2nd January.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to sign-in.
  • Squad Training
    • Resumes, Saturday, 2nd January.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumes Saturday, 30th January.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot physically distance from others.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 18th December, 2020

New COVID-19 cases have been identified on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

If you, or a member of your household, have visited the Northern Beaches Local Government Area, or any of the locations listed on the NSW Health website, since Friday, 11th December, you must not attend club activities.

The list of case locations is being regularly updated. Members should check this list before leaving home to attend a club activity. 

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 10th October.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to sign-in.
  • Squad Training
    • Returned to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Monday, 12th October.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumed Saturday, 24th October
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Thursday, 19th November, 2020

South Australia and New Zealand have recently identified case locations.

If you have visited Adelaide on or since 7 November, even if you did not visit the listed venues, you must not attend club activities until 14 days after you were last in Adelaide.

If you have visited New Zealand, follow the advice of the Ministry of Health NZ.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Club Races
    • Resumed Saturday, 10th October.
    • COVID-19 Safety Information and Conditions for all attendees is available.
    • All Spectators and Volunteers are required to sign-in.
  • Squad Training
    • Returned to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Monday, 12th October.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Resumed Saturday, 24th October
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open to the public.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Friday, 9th October, 2020

The 2020/2021 season has started.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Membership
    • Renewals for the 2020/2021 season have opened.
  • Club Races
  • Squad Training
    • Enrolments are now open.
    • Training returns to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Monday, 12th October.
    • All Spectators are required to sign-in.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Planning has been delayed by COVID-19, but is underway.
    • Once details have been finalised, COVID-19 Safety information will be advised and enrolments will open.
    • The capacity of the program will be reduced this season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre is open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through the pool.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Monday, 5th October, 2020

We are continuing our preparations for the 2020/2021 season.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Membership
    • Renewals for the 2020/2021 season have opened.
  • Club Races
    • Resume Saturday, 10th October.
    • The Season Program is now available.
    • Online Entries are open for the first 2 weeks
    • COVID-19 Safety information will be published on this page before the first week of races.
  • Squad Training
    • Swimmers who trained at Guildford will return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 6th October.
    • Other swimmers may resume from Monday, 12th October.
    • Enrolments have been delayed by Council's late decision on the centre's operating hours. They will now open this week.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Planning has been delayed by COVID-19, but is underway.
    • Once details have been finalised, COVID-19 Safety information will be advised and enrolments will open.
    • The capacity of the program will be reduced this season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Merrylands Swimming Centre opens for Public Lap Swimming on Tuesday, 6th October. Bookings are required through the pool.

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 and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Swimmers should not share any equipment including goggles, drink bottles or towels.

Update: Tuesday, 29th September, 2020

We are continuing our preparations for the 2020/2021 season.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • Membership
    • Renewals for the 2020/2021 season have opened.
  • Club Races
    • Resume Saturday, 10th October.
    • The Season Program is being reviewed due to last minute changes by Metro South West to their meets.
    • The Program, Online Entries and COVID-19 Safety information will be published as soon as possible.
  • Squad Training
    • There is no training the week of 28th September. 
    • Planned to return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 6th October.
    • Council are yet to confirm the opening hours of the centre.
    • Once opening hours are confirmed, we will advise the session times and COVID-19 Safety information and open enrolments.
  • Learn to Swim
    • Planning has been delayed by COVID-19, but is underway.
    • Once details have been finalised, COVID-19 Safety information will be advised and enrolments will open.
    • The capacity of the program will be reduced this season.
  • Swimming Centres
    • Guildford & Granville Swimming Centres are open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through those pools.

Update: Saturday, 25th July, 2020

On Friday, 24th July, NSW Health advised that Cerdon College and 2 other local schools have been closed due to students returning positive tests for COVID-19.

Under our COVID Safety Plan, students who attend these schools, and their family members, may not attend training until contact tracing has been completed by NSW Health.

If you are one of these swimmers and have received bookings for this week, please cancel your bookings through the booking system and do not attend training.

You must not attend training if you have attended any of the Reported Case Locations on the NSW Health website.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions continue as planned and may now have up to 20 swimmers in a group
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Guildford & Granville Swimming Centres are open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through the pool.

Update: Sunday, 19th July, 2020

With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have reviewed our COVID-19 Safety Plans along with advice from NSW Health, Sport NSW, Swimming Australia, Swimming NSW and ASCTA. The Training Conditions have been updated.

You must not attend training if you have attended any of the Reported Case Locations on the NSW Health website.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions continue as planned and may now have up to 20 swimmers in a group
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Guildford & Granville Swimming Centres are open for Public Lap Swimming. Bookings are required through the pool.

Update: Tuesday, 16th June, 2020

Public Lap Swimming is now available at Guildford Swimming Centre from 6am to 12 noon. Bookings are required and must be made through the centre. See the Cumberland Council website for details.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions continue as planned and may now have up to 20 swimmers in a session
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre is open for Public Lap Swimming from 6am to 12 noon. Bookings are required through the pool.
    • Indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre is open for Squad Training only in the afternoons.
    • Granville Swimming Centre will reopen on Friday, 26th June.

Update: Friday, 12th June, 2020

Limited pool sessions for Squad Training continue at Guildford Swimming Centre and may have up to 10 swimmers in the session from Monday, 15th June.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Sessions may have up to 10 swimmers in a session from Monday, 15th June
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • Indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre is open for Squad Training only.
    • All other Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice.

Update: Wednesday, 27th May, 2020

Limited pool sessions for Squad Training will resume on Monday, 1st June at Guildford Swimming Centre inline with the COVID-19 Restrictions which now allow squads to train in indoor pools. Members have been emailed the details on how to book their session.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Limited sessions resume Monday, 1st June, 2020 under restrictions
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • The indoor pool at Guildford Swimming Centre will open on Monday, 1st June, 2020 in line with COVID-19 Restrictions for Squad Training only.
    • All other Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice.

Update: Monday, 25th May, 2020

We are in discussions with the Council about resuming pool sessions for Squad Training. All squad members have receive an email with a survey to complete to indicate their interest in returning to the pool. Please check your email and complete the survey as soon as possible.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice. Discussing with council options for resuming pool sessions.
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • All Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice

Update: Thursday, 14th May, 2020

The NSW Government is easing restrictions as of Friday, 15th May. Outdoor pools can operate but can have no more than 10 people at a time and no more than one person per lane. Change areas will also be closed. It is up to pool operators to decide whether reopening their pools is practical or feasible at this time. Cumberland Council has not provided any advice as to whether their pools will reopen, and they remain closed at this time.

Swimming NSW and Swimming Australia have today provided National Guidelines for Restarting Club Environments which the Club Committee will review before activities resume.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • Squad Training
    • Pool sessions suspended until further notice
  • Club Races
    • Suspended until further notice  
  • Learn to Swim
    • Suspended until further notice
  • Swimming Centres
    • All Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice

Update: Monday, 6th April, 2020

The Club Committee has voted to move the AGM and Presentation Evening to September. The events will be reviewed closer to the date.

Current Status of Club Activities

  • AGM
    • Moved to Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation
    • Moved to Saturday, 26th September, 2020
  • 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
  • Swimming Centres
    • All Cumberland Council Swim Centres are closed until further notice

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 goggles, 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 goggles, 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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Training resumes at Merrylands

The wait is over! Training is back at Merrylands Swimming Centre from Monday 18th October. 

What do you need to do?

All swimmers must complete new enrolment forms and their club membership before they can attend training. The steps to follow are detailed below.

Please note, that under the current Public Health Orders, there are restrictions on who can attend Public Swimming Centres. More information and details on how this affects us is available here.

Members must submit a copy of their COVID-19 Digital Certificate (PDF) or medical exemption during their membership application. Children under 16 years of age who are not vaccinated, must submit their accompanying household member's certificate or medical exemption.

Changes this season

  • New COVID-19 Conditions for entry to the pool and for training
  • New Membership Categories and prices, resulting in lower membership fees for many swimmers. You can now choose to join as a Recreational Swimmer if you don't swim Club Races, or a Club Swimmer if you don't swim at external swimming meets. Your membership can be upgraded at a later date if required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or Medical Exemption must be uploaded with your club membership application.
  • A small increase in the cost of some sessions.
  • No physical membership cards - you will need to download a copy of your membership card from Swim Central to show to Council Staff when requested.
  • All people entering the swimming centre will be required to use the Service NSW QR code and show Council Staff proof of vaccination.

Instructions

  1. Review the new COVID-19 Conditions
  2. Download your COVID-19 Digital Certificate (PDF) from Services Australia
  3. Complete your Club Membership renewal, including uploading your COVID-19 Digital Certificate
  4. Complete your Squad Enrolment
  5. Purchase your Squad Multi-Session Pass and any new equipment you need
  6. Download a copy of your Membership Card

Session Bookings

Under the current COVID-19 restrictions we are required to limit the number of swimmers in a session, and maintain attendance records.

Swimmers will be booked into a session based on their enrolment. If you can't attend a session, you must cancel your booking through the booking system.
If you want to attend another session, it also must be booked through the booking system.

You will only be able to book into a session if there is space.

Active Kids Vouchers

Want to use an Active Kids Voucher to pay for your Squad Training? You can use an Active Kids Voucher to pay for up to $100 of your squad fees.

Voucher details can be entered when you complete your Squad Enrolment. See the Squad Fees page on the website for more details.

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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Presentation Evening

Our swimmers celebrated the 2020/21 season at our annual Presentation Night, held at Club Merrylands on Saturday night.

This was our first face to face presentation night in 2 years, after running a virtual presentation last year.

Our President and MC for the evening, Graham Edwards, kicked off the night with a summary of the wonderful performances by our swimmers and volunteers over the last 12 months.

The Graded Pointscore was presented, with a lot of friendly rivalry between family members and squad groups evident! Congratulations to Brendan Kirkpatrick and Alison Johnston for taking out the Senior Pointscore, and to Unish Shrestha and Vanessa Ozols for winning the Junior Pointscore Championships. Vanessa also had the highest pointscore overall, with 299 point earned during the season.

The hotly contested Relay Pointscore was presented to team Slanigiro consisting of Brendan Kirkpatrick, Elie Menhem, Matthew Vicic, Michael Vicic, Sophia Vicic and Breeanah Khoury. 

Another hotly contested award - the Senior Handicap - was presented to Glenda Wood. Glenda's experience and consistency in this event brought her over the line, with an overall win of one point.

The Learn to Swim Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Kylee Murray.  Kylee brings enthusiasm to her teaching and also covered many classes for the other teachers throughout the season.

The Coaching Awards and prized beanies were awarded to Shreya Shrestha, Darla Assi, Daniel Vicic and Pavla Hannan.  These swimmers have demonstrated a consistent effort and positive attitude to training throughout the season.  

The Age and Open Pointscore was awarded to swimmers based on championship results, with some very competitive age groups and close results.  Congratulations to all our Age and Open Champions.

The Jack Smart Encouragement Award is in memory of Life Member, Jack Smart.  This was awarded to William Johnston for his progression from 15m races to 50m events.

The Jim Pye "Minties" Development Award is in memory of Life Member, Jim Pye.  This award is presented to a Junior Swimmer who has swum consistently over the season, steadily improving and representing the club at various swimming meets.  Daniel Vicic was the recipient of this award.

Representative Awards and club shirts were presented to Alison Johnston, Matthew Vicic, Summer Shrestha, Vanessa Ozols, Unish Shrestha, Joab Hada and Joseph Assi for their representation of the club at Swimming NSW Events.  This was the first time Unish, Joab and Joseph had received these awards.

The Lions Award was presented to Peter Johnston for his services to the club over the past season.

The Champion of Champions Award is based on performance in Graded Races, Championships, and representative swims for the club.  This award ended in a tie, with Brendan Kirkpatrick and Matthew Vicic being on equal points.  Brendan had achieved the bulk of his points from his performances at Club Championships while Matthew had earned his from setting new club records and his representative swims at Area, Metropolitan and State Championships.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their awards.  Thank you to the parents, volunteers and coaches who do so much work to help our swimmers achieve their results.  

Thank you to Club Merrylands for their ongoing support and sponsorship of our club and for hosting our presentation night.

Metro South West Championship Entries

Entries for the 2021 Metro South West Area Short Course Championships close on Tuesday, 8th June, 2021. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th June, 2021.

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

Please speak to your coach if you have any questions about your events.

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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