NSW Masters Coach of the Year

Peter Johnston was announced as the 2017 Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year Award at the Masters Swimming NSW Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Sunday, 18th March.

Peter was recognised for his achievements as Coach of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club during 2017, and for his contribution to, and promotion of Masters Swimming.

This is the 2nd time Peter has won this award, having first won it in 2013. He is one of only two coaches in NSW to win this award twice.

Peter is also a finalist for the Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year, having also been awarded this honour in 2013. The winner of this award will be announced at the Masters National Championships in April 2018.

It is fantastic recognition of the work, time and dedication Peter puts into the coaching program for our club and swimmers.

No Club or Training on Easter Long Weekend

There are no Club Races or Training Sessions on the Easter Long Weekend.

The last club morning is Saturday, 24th March.

The last training session at Merrylands will be Thursday, 29th March.

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 3rd April. Swimmers who will be training at Granville need to complete their enrolment forms by Friday, 30th March.

Happy Easter!

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Training moves to Granville Pool

Training moves to Granville Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 3rd April.

About Granville Swimming Centre

  • Heated 50m pool, with anti-wave lane ropes
  • Modern facility, redeveloped in 2005
  • 10 minute drive from Merrylands Swimming Centre - directions
  • Free parking in Enid Avenue and behind the pool in Diamond Avenue
  • Located right beside Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange
  • Indoor cafe
  • Covered spectator seating
  • Covered areas for stretching and warm-ups
  • Operated by Cumberland Council - same pool entry fees as Merrylands

Travel

Granville Swimming Centre is located next to the Granville Railway Station and Bus Interchange. If you are travelling by car, consider car-pooling with other swimmers in your training group as an option for travel, for pick up and/or drop off, but remember, children under the age of 10 require a parent or guardian at the pool at all times.

Session Details

The Training Schedule is now available. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule.

Due to limited lane space, there will be no training sessions on Saturday mornings at this stage.

All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by Friday, 30th March so that we can determine at what time sessions will be held.

Swimmers who do not complete this form will not be permitted to commence training without contacting the club's coach, Peter Johnston first.

Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The final training times for each group will be published on the Training Schedule page on Monday, 2nd April.

If you will not be training at Granville, please let us know as soon as possible by email.

Training will return to Merrylands on Tuesday, 2nd October.

Training Breaks

There will be no training sessions for any groups during the April School Holidays (16th to 27th April).

Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads

The Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads will take their annual training break from 16th April to the 6th May.

  • Last Session: Thursday, 12th April
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 7th May

Novice, Junior & Development Squads

In addition to the April School Holidays, the Novice, Junior & Development Squads will take their annual training break during July.

  • Last Session: Thursday, 28th June
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 30th July

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Training Changes - State Masters, Metro South West Sprint Meet

Due to both the NSW State Masters Championships and Metro South West Sprint Meet, there will be no training sessions for the following groups on Saturday, 17th March:

  • Junior Squad
  • Development Squad
  • Age Squad
  • Senior Squad
  • Masters Squad

For swimmers not participating in the meets, the following groups will run at the specified times:

  • Novice Squad (9:15am to 10:00am)
  • Teen Squad (9:15am to 10:15am)
  • Adult Squad (9:15am to 10:15am)

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Training Changes - Merrylands SwimFest

Due to the Merrylands SwimFest this weekend, there will be no training sessions for the following groups on Saturday, 24th February:

  • Junior Squad
  • Development Squad
  • Age Squad
  • Senior Squad

For swimmers not participating in the meet, the following groups will run at their usual times:

  • Novice Squad (9:15am to 10:00am)
  • Adult & Masters Squads (10:00am to 11:00am)
  • Teen Squad (10:00am to 11:00am)

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Training Cancelled - Tuesday Afternoon

Swimming Training for all afternoon squads has been cancelled for Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018. Tuesday morning squads are on as usual.

Peter and Alison are unable to attend due to a funeral.

Swimmers who usually attend training on a Tuesday afternoon may attend an alternate session:

  • Novice, Junior or Development Squads: Monday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon
  • Age or Senior Squads: Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon
  • Masters, Adult or Teen Squads: Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon

If you would like to attend an alternate session, please email squad@merrylandsasc.asn.au to let us know which session you would like to attend.

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Christmas/New Year Club Races & Training

Our last club races and training session for 2017 will be held on Saturday, 23rd December.

Club Races start at 7am as usual. All Squads will start at 9am on this date, and finish at 10:15am.

Training will resume on Tuesday, 2nd January, with Club Races resuming on Saturday, 6th January, 2018.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 23rd 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 email Peter with your last day of training and your first day back.

The 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 approach.

Peter, Alison, Sarah & Rachel

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Get 50% off Squad Fees

Bring a friend to training who enrols and pays their fees before 9th October, 2017 and you could receive 50% off your November Squad Fees.

Conditions:

  1. The friend must be a new swimmer who has not previously been a member of the squad.
  2. The friend must enrol in the squad, pay their October Squad Fees and pay their Club Membership prior to 9th October, 2017.
  3. The referring swimmer must have enrolled in the squad for October 2017, paid their fees by the due date, paid their club membership and not have a current outstanding balance as at 9th October, 2017.
  4. For a referring family, discounts will be applied to the family member with the lowest fees first.
  5. A single discount is available for each referring swimmer.
  6. Merrylands Swimming Squad reserves the right to end the offer prior to 9th October, 2017.
  7. To claim your discount, you must contact the squad via email prior to 16th October, 2017 with the details of the swimmer you have referred.

Training Returns to Merrylands

Training will return to Merrylands Swimming Centre on Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017.

All swimmers will need to complete enrolment forms for the new season. These forms must be completed online on the Squad Enrolment page.
When completing the enrolment form, you will need to login to the website. If you have forgotten your login details, or have not logged in before, you can retrieve them here.
Swimmers who complete their enrolment forms and club membership before Friday, 29th September* will receive an additional $5 discount per swimmer on their October Fees.

There has been no change to the squad fees for this summer, however there has been some changes to the Program Information and Conditions, and they will be more strictly enforced.

The Training Schedules are on the Training Schedule page. A minimum of 4 swimmers must enrol in any given session for it to go ahead. Some times may change based on the enrolments received.

All squad members must also register as members of Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club for the 2017/2018 swimming season.

Please remember when paying via EFT to use the Reference provided during the enrolment process.

* The additional $5 discount will only apply to swimmers who pay their fees by the due date and do not have a current outstanding balance.

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Training moves to Granville Pool

Training moves to our new winter training venue - Granville Swimming Centre - on Monday, 27th March.

About Granville Swimming Centre

  • Modern facility, redeveloped in 2005
  • 8 minute drive from Merrylands Swimming Centre - directions
  • Free parking behind the pool in Diamond Ave
  • Heated 50m pool, with anti-wave lane ropes
  • Covered spectator seating
  • Covered areas for stretching and warm-ups
  • Operated by Cumberland Council from 1st April*
* Please Note: Cumberland Council does not take over operation of the centre until 1st April. Your Holroyd/Cumberland Council membership cards will not be accepted at the pool until that date. For the first week of training at Granville (27th-30th March), normal Parramatta Council Pool Entry will apply for all swimmers and spectators.

Session Details

The Draft Training Schedule is now available.

Due to limited lane space, there will be no training sessions on Saturday mornings at this stage.

All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by Friday, 31st March so that we can determine at what time sessions will be held.

Swimmers who do not complete this form will not be permitted to commence training without contacting the club's coach, Peter Johnston first.

Session times may change based on the number of enrolments received. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 enrolments to go ahead. The final training times for each group will be published on the Training Schedule page on Sunday, 2nd April.

If you will not be training at Granville, please let us know as soon as possible by email or SMS.

Training Breaks

There will be no training sessions for any groups during the April School Holidays (10th to 21st April).

Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads

The Senior, Age, Masters & Adult Squads will take their annual training break from 10th April to the 30th April.
  • Last Session: Thursday, 6th April
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 1st May

Novice, Junior & Development Squads

In addition to the April School Holidays, the Novice, Junior & Development Squads will take their annual training break during July.
  • Last Session: Thursday, 29th June
  • Sessions Resume: Monday, 31st July

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