Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards

Peter Johnston has been presented with a Lifetime Service Award at the Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards.

Peter received the award for his technology-related service to Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club.  Peter has been providing his services since the mid 1990s and continuously adapts and finds ways to enhance accessibility to members of the club and wider community.

There are so many examples of Peter's contributions and just some of the things he does include developing the club's website in 1999, developing a new membership system and results database, producing the club's 40th Anniversary DVD, implementing electronic timing and online entries, obtaining sponsorship for IT products, implementing an online store, acting as Metro South West webmaster, creating databases for managing qualifications and enrolments, Dive-In Movie pre-show advertisements and videos, implementing Teams for remotely coaching swimmers at international events, live streaming of training sessions, automation of results and organising virtual committee meetings.

Peter volunteers so much of his time behind the scenes to provide these services to our club.

Thank you for all you do Peter!

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Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last training session for 2020 will be held on Thursday, 17th December, while our last week of club races will be held on Saturday, 19th December.

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

Both Club Races and Training will resume on Saturday, 2nd January, 2021.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 19th December in conjunction with the Club Races from 7am. All squad members are encouraged to attend for 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 of the Summer Season, have a Merry Christmas and keep training hard as school carnivals and the Merrylands SwimFest approaches.

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NSW Metropolitan Results

Our team of 5 swimmers had a scorcher at the NSW Metropolitan Championships held at SOPAC this weekend.

While it was hot outside our swimmers were burning up the pool with great swims and results.  Our swimmers achieved 6 new personal best times.

It was Joab Hada's first time competing at this meet and he had a terrific swim in the 50m Freestyle.  Joab was only 0.1 shy of the personal best time he achieved 3 weeks earlier.

Matthew Vicic dropped time in both his events.  Matt dipped under 32 seconds for the first time in the 50m Butterfly and also achieved a personal best in his 50m Freestyle.

Summer Shrestha had 4 events at these Championships and saved the best for Day 2. Summer achieved a personal best in the 100m Freestyle.  In her last event of the meet Summer dropped time in her 50m Freestyle to achieve a Senior State Age qualifying time.

Unish Shrestha and Joseph Assi finished off our campaign with fantastic results in the 50m Breaststroke.  It was the first time for both of them at this meet and both of them dropped over a second in this event.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on their results.

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NSW Metropolitan Championships

Five members will represent the club at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team consists of:

Summer Shrestha
Matthew Vicic
Joab Hada
Unish Shrestha
Joseph Assi

For Joseph, Joab and Unish, this is the first time they have qualified for these championships

Congratulations all our team members on qualifying and we wish them the best of luck.

Swimming NSW are live streaming the championships and they can be viewed below.

Club Captains

Thank you to the members who nominated for Club Captains. We are pleased to announce the Club Captains for 2020/2021 are:

Male Captain - Michael Vicic
Female Captain - Breeanah Khoury

This is Michael's first experience as Club Captain, whilst Breeanah was a Club Captain for the first time last season. Please join us is congratulating both Michael & Breeanah and we look forward to your support of them in their roles over the rest of the season.

The responsibilities of Club Captains are varied and include representation amongst the younger members of the club. We were fortunate to have a number of nominations this year for these positions.


Metro South West Senior Championships Results

Our Senior swimmers kicked off their season with some great results at the Metro South West Senior Long Course Championships.  These Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on the 7th and 8th of November.

Laura-Belle had some fabulous results, achieving personal best times in 3 out of 4 of her swims.  Laura-Belle took off over 3 seconds in the Open 50m Butterfly, achieving her first sub 40 time!

Michael had just completed his HSC physics exam the day before the meet.  The force (mass x acceleration) was with him and Michael achieved a personal best in the Open 50m Freestyle.

Elie showed gutsy efforts in his swims after returning from a break and several injuries.  Elie saved his best performance for the last of the day with a personal best in the Open 50m Freestyle.

It was Vanessa’s first-time swimming at these Championships and she had some wonderful results, with personal best times in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke.  Vanessa was a finalist in her 4 events.

Summer added to her Metropolitan events with a personal best in the 100m Freestyle. Summer also achieved personal best times in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke, and was a finalist in this event.

Brendan contested a massive 9 events during the meet.  Brendan was a finalist in four events, including a top 10 finish in the Men’s Open 200m Individual Medley.

Alison’s highlight was the Women’s Open 50m Freestyle, coming 9th out of 130 swimmers.  Alison also picked up 2 silver medals, 1 bronze and 4 other top 10 finishes.

Congratulations to all our swimmers and thank you to Peter and Alison for their coaching.


Metro South West Senior Championships

Merrylands will send a team of 7 swimmers to the Metro South West Senior Championships this weekend.

The Championships are being held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November.

Our team is competing in 39 individual events over the weekend, and consists of:

Laura-Belle Casey
Michael Evans
Brendan Kirkpatrick
Elie Menhem
Vanessa Ozols
Alison Sakurovs
Summer Shrestha

Following the session on Saturday, Metro South West are holding a Junior Qualifying Meet. We will have 6 swimmers competing at this meet in 8 events.

Our team consists of:

Joseph Assi
Joab Hada
Niushka Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic

Good luck to all our swimmers at both meets.