Beach Education Day

When: Saturday, 23rd April

Time9:30am for 10am start
(education session won’t take any longer than 2 hours)

Location: North Narrabeen Surf Lifesaving Club (2 Malcolm Street, Narrabeen 2101). Please note that there are 3 Clubs on this stretch of beach so is important that they put NORTH NARRABEEN into maps

Meeting point: Easiest to meet at the patrol tent on the beach(located at the red and yellow flags)

Parking: Paid parking in the council car park. Council Rangers patrol this area regularly so please ensure cars pay for a ticket. There is free unlimited street parking in surrounding streets, however, these can be hard to come by on sunny days 

What to bring: Normal beach/ swimming attire (swimmers, towel, sunscreen, water). If the surf is big and dangerous the kids will be able to have a leisurely swim in the Narrabeen Lake or beach pool.

Aim of the day: To better understand beach & surf conditions and to learn practical knowledge to give you confidents to enter open water events and to learn beach safety.

All club members to wear club T-shirt

Bring Towel, goggles, water bottle

If you have any questions, contact Denise Assi.

Australian Age Championships Results

Vanessa Ozols had a wonderful time at the Australian Age Multi-Class Championships at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre from 11-13 April, 2022.

Vanessa started off her campaign with the 100m Breaststroke in a new personal best time where she took almost 2 seconds off her previous best.  On the same day, she competed in the 50m Freestyle and swum within a second of her best time.

On the second day of the competition, Vanessa competed in the 50m Butterfly, beating her entry time and swimming her second-fastest time.  Vanessa had already taken a big chunk off her butterfly time a week earlier at NSWCHS. Vanessa was all smiles after her solid 100m Freestyle swim where she took another 2 seconds off her mark, skipping her goal time of 1.25 and going straight to the 1.24s.

On the final day, Vanessa had a fantastic swim in the 200m Freestyle, taking almost 6 seconds off her time and celebrating with a big wave at the end of her race.  Vanessa also finished in 10th position in this event.

Congratulations Vanessa on these great results!

Australian Age Championships

Vanessa Ozols will represent Merrylands at the Australian Age Multi-Class Championships at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre from 11-13 April, 2020.

This is the first time Vanessa has swum at these championships, and she will also be the first Para-Athlete to represent Merrylands at these championships.

Vanessa will swim in the following events (times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time):

Day 1 - Monday, 11th April

  • 100m Breaststroke - 11:49am
  • 50m Freestyle - 5:02pm

Day 2 - Tuesday, 12th April

  • 50m Butterfly - 12:31pm
  • 100m Freestyle - 5:07pm

Day 3 - Wednesday, 13th April

  • 200m Freestyle - 5:08pm

The Australian Age Championships will be streamed live on Amazon Prime.

Good luck to Vanessa at the Championships.

See Also


State Age Results

Joseph Assi swam a new personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke at the NSW Junior State Age Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.

Joseph finished in 16th place in a time of 41.40, taking 0.99 seconds off his previous best time.

In the 100m Breaststroke, Joseph touched in 1:34.88 - his second-fastest time ever.

Congratulations to Joseph on his results!


Metropolitan Results

Merrylands' team had great results at the Swimming NSW Metropolitan Championships this weekend.

Matthew Vicic started off the meet with the 200m Butterfly, where he finished in 6th place and became a Metropolitan finalist for the first time.  Matt swam the 100m Freestyle in a new personal best time, having taken 2.5 seconds off within a month of racing. He further reduced his 100m Butterfly time and has taken off 4 seconds this summer season.  Matt's last event for the meet was the 100m Backstroke where he achieved another personal best time.

Alison Johnston swapped her coaching hat to her swimming cap and jumped in for the 50m Freestyle, swimming her fastest time this season.

Vanessa Ozols swam the 200m Individual Medley and finished in 5th place.  Vanessa had already achieved a huge personal best time in club races the day before and has taken almost 20 seconds off her time this season.  Vanessa also contested the 100m Backstroke where she achieved her fastest time this season and finished in 5th place.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their results and thanks to Alison and Peter for coaching the team.


NSW Metropolitan Championships

Merrylands will be represented by 3 swimmers at the NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team will compete in 7 events over the 2-day meet and will consist of:

Matthew Vicic
  200m Butterfly Day 1 - 9:37am
  100m Freestyle Day 1 - 2:54pm
  100m Butterfly Day 2 - 9:40am
  100m Backstroke Day 2 - 1:00pm
Alison Sakurovs
  50m Freestyle Day 1 - 10:58am
Vanessa Ozols
  200m Individual Medley Multi-Class Day 2 - 12:18pm
  100m Backstroke Multi-Class Day 2 - 2:18pm


Good luck to our team!

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State Open Results

Vanessa Ozols represented the club at the NSW State Open Championships on the weekend.

Vanessa swam the Multi-Class 50m Freestyle heats in the morning session in a season-best time of 38.22.  She then returned for the finals session in the evening to compete in the Multi-Class 100m Breaststroke where she placed 8th in a new personal best time of 1:56.14.

Well done to Vanessa on her swims!


Metro South West Championships Results

Merrylands' team of 15 swimmers had a successful meet at the recent Metro South West Long Course Championships.

It was a big two days of exciting racing, long waits, huge PBs and a relay swim to truly build character!

Laura-Belle came in fast for the team's first event of the meet and smashed her 100m Freestyle PB by over 2 seconds.

Joseph earned himself a bronze medal in a well-executed 100 Breaststroke swim and also achieved a 4 second personal best in the process.  Joseph PB'd and was a finalist in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.  He also PB'd in the 100m Freestyle with his first sub 1.20 swim.

Joab further reduced his 100m Freestyle time, dropping another second to achieve a new PB.

Vanessa achieved two new personal best times in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly with over a second taken off in both swims.  Vanessa also picked up two bronze medals in her 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle events.

Alison jumped in for some 50s between coaching and picked up a finalist ribbon in the 50m Freestyle in a sub 30 second time - her fastest of the season.

William, our youngest swimmer, competed for the first time at SOPAC and enjoyed the excitement of the meet and exploring the centre.

Jay was on fire and achieved new personal best times in all his 50s and also gained himself 4 new finalist ribbons.

Lisa took huge chunks off her 100m times - taking 6 seconds off her 100m Freestyle and 5 seconds off her 100m Breaststroke in very classy swims.

Nevah had a fast start and sliced further time off her 100m Backstroke.

Shreya showed true guts for having a massive break between swims and had a strong 100m Butterfly at the end of her meet.

Summer started her meet strongly with a new personal best in the 100m Backstroke, taking over a second off her time.

Unish was a finalist in both the 100m Breaststroke and Backstroke, where he achieved two new personal best times including taking off 7 seconds in his Backstroke.

Daniel was three from three with PBs in all his events, coming in under 1.20 for his 100m Freestyle and also earned a finalist ribbon in the 100m Backstroke.

Matthew had a fantastic meet where he achieved new personal bests in all 5 of his swims.  Matthew gained a Metropolitan time in a very fast 100m Freestyle, a 5 second PB in the 200m Fly and a well earned ribbon in the 200m Individual Medley with an impressive breaststroke leg.

Daniel, Joseph, Unish and Daniel also combined forces for an adrenaline-pumping Medley Relay, where they smashed their combined entry time with unofficial personal best times.

Ameena impressively lowered her 100m Freestyle time right at the very end of the meet on Sunday afternoon, as well as a big chunk off her 100m Backstroke time.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their results.  Thank you to our coaches for supporting our swimmers all weekend.




Metro South West Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 15 swimmers at the Metro South West Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team is competing in 54 individual events and 1 relay over the 2 day meet, and consists of:

Ameena Abdelraheem
Joseph Assi
Laura-Belle Casey
Joab Hada
William Johnston
Vanessa Ozols
Alison Johnston
Jay Shrestha
Lisa Shrestha
Nevah Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Congratulations to all our swimmers on qualifying and good luck to them at the meet.