Training returns to Merrylands

Apologies for providing this information out later than usual - we know many of you are keen to resume training. Cumberland Council did not decide the operating hours of Merrylands Swimming Centre until the end of last week, which has delayed our planning for training to recommence at Merrylands.

Enrolments for all squads are now open.

Not sure what squad you are in? Please email to ask.

Swimmers who trained at Guildford over the last few months have been booked into sessions at Merrylands this week, based on their sessions before the school holidays. Sessions for all other swimmers will start on Monday, 12th October.

All swimmers must complete new enrolment forms and their club membership. The steps to follow are detailed below:

  1. Complete your Club Membership renewal
  2. Complete the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Questionnaire
  3. Complete your Squad Enrolment
  4. Purchase your Squad Multi-Session Pass

Important Changes for this Year

There will be a number of changes this season due to COVID-19. These are detailed below:

Squad Fees

Swimmers must not attend sessions if unwell, for any reason. It is also possible sessions may need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

To facilitate this, while restrictions are in force, fees will be charged per-session, rather than per-month, on a sliding scale. If you can't attend a session, as long as you cancel your booking, you won't be charged for the session. The total fees you will pay in a month will be the equivalent of the monthly fee in previous seasons.

To pay your fees, you will purchase a Multi-Session Pass through our online store. Value will be deducted from the pass each session you attend.

For more information, or to purchase your pass, see the Squad Fees page on the website.

Pool Entry

Pool Entry must be paid for using a Council Pool Entry Pass, or a Fitness Passport. Council are not accepting Cash Payments.

All Swimmers: Come ready to scan your card on entry (or sign on the Fitness Passport sheet)
All Spectators: Be ready to sign in at the entrance for Council contact tracing. You must also sign in online for the club's contact tracing (yes, you must do both).

Spectators

Spectators will now be permitted at sessions, but must follow the restrictions in our COVID-19 Safety Plan as detailed in the Squad Conditions.

Conditions

There are a large number of changes to our Squad Conditions due to COVID-19. These have been reviewed again for our return to Merrylands and cover both swimmers and spectators. Please read them and ensure they are followed.

Training Schedule

There have been changes to the Training Schedule due to COVID-19.

Due to the capacity of the Club Room, there will be no land warm-up for the Novice and Junior Squads, or the morning squads. Exercise mats will not be available for use.

There will be no second session on Saturday mornings.

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.

Club Races Return

Club Races return for the 2020/2021 season on Saturday, 10th October, 2020.

The program for the Summer Season and the Time Record Sheet can be found in the Club Races section and entries are now open online for the first two weeks. Entries this summer must be submitted through Swim Central. No manual entries will be accepted.

You will need to have completed your Club Membership before you can enter the races.

The first Club Championship - the 100m Backstroke - will be held on Saturday, 24th October. Remember, you need to have swum that stroke and distance in the current season to qualify for the championship, so complete your qualifying swims as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Safety Information

We are finalising our COVID-19 Safety Plan and information will be published on our COVID-19 page prior to races commencing. All swimmers and spectators will be required to comply with this information.

Anyone (coach/athlete/parent/official/spectator) who is unwell for any reason should not attend any training, competition or club activity.

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New Season Registrations Now Open

Registration for the 2020/2021 season is now open and instructions on how to re-register for the summer are on the How to Join page.

We are pleased to advise there has been no change to membership fees for this season, and they will remain the same as last season.

Registration this season will again be conducted through Swim Central.

Learn to Swim: We are still finalising details of our Learn to Swim program. Learn to Swim participants should register as a Swimmer if they want to participate in Club Races.

This season, thanks to Club Merrylands, we are providing Free Membership for swimmers 8yrs & Under, who regularly swim in our club races or train in our squad program.

All parents and adults who regularly attend the Club Races on Saturday mornings are requested to join the club as Non-Swimming Members (unless they want to swim).
There are a number of benefits to being a registered member of the club. Members are entitled to vote at Annual General and Special General meetings, vote for our Club Captains and can be recognised for their service to the club through awards such as the Lions Club Award, Life Membership or Service Excellence Awards.

Swimmers 18yrs & Over have the option of additionally registering as a Masters Competitor. This allows them to participate in Masters Swimming activities including Masters Only competitions on Saturday Mornings.

Finally, don't forget to order your club uniforms through our Online Store.

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Junior Excellence Awards

Sixteen members have received awards in the 2020 Swimming Australia Junior Excellence Program.

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

Daniel Vicic
Joab Hada
Matthew Vicic
Summer Shrestha

Bronze

Joseph Assi
Lisa Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Unish Shrestha

Green

Abraham El-Chami
Ameena Abdelraheem
Avani Pradhan
Chloe Ton
Elie Menhem
Ferenique Bris
Jorja Matthew
Nevah 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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New Dates for Presentation Evening and Annual General Meeting

At the April Committee Meeting, the Committee voted to move the Annual General Meeting and Presentation Evening due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new dates are:

  • Annual General Meeting - Monday, 21st September, 2020
  • Presentation Evening - Saturday, 26th September, 2020

These new dates will be reviewed by the Committee closer to the events, and changed again if necessary.

The Committee has also applied to the NSW Department of Fair Trading for an extension in time to hold the AGM, due to the pandemic.

The Annual Report will still be provided to members in late May/early June.

Presentation Evening

The Presentation will be held at Club Merrylands, starting at 6:30pm.

You will be able to purchase dinner either before or after the presentation from the club's facilities.

Award selection must be completed by Monday, 18th May.

For more information and to complete your award forms, see the Presentation section.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Glad & Jim Pye Club Room at Merrylands Swimming Centre, starting at 7:30pm.

For more information, see the Annual General Meeting page.

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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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