Issue 22, 2019/2020

2019/2020 Season Wrap-Up

We expected to be enjoying the last morning of club races for the season today and a breakfast to end what had been a very successful and rewarding season for our members.

However as we know our world has changed so much in the last month or so. The first 51 years of the club’s activities went smoothly, however the 52nd season has been the most unusual, with events such as bushfire smoke, air quality and the Coronavirus pandemic impacting upon club activities.

The support and flexibility of our club members over the season has been fantastic, as we coped with these events. Unfortunately the pandemic has not allowed us to complete the last week of the season, and our thoughts turn to those in the community and world who have been affected by the various events.

Some particular highlights we want to acknowledge during this season are:

Club Championship Records

We have seen a total of 11 records broken this season. Congratulations to:

Name

Event

New Record

Previous Record

Brendan Kirkpatrick

1500m Freestyle

19:34.63

19:42.14 (2006/07)

 

200m Individual Medley

2:36.74

2:39.88 (2002/03)

 

200m Breaststroke

2:54.59

2:54.98 (2005/06)

 

 

 

 

Alison Johnston

50m Freestyle

29.28

29.51 (2017/18)

 

 

 

 

Kylee Murray

200m Freestyle

3:10.40

3:14.33 (2017/18)

 

 

 

 

Breeanah Khoury

50m Backstroke

37.87

38.50 (1981/82)

 

 

 

 

Matthew Vicic

50m Butterfly

35.41

35.49 (2001/02)

 

100m Freestyle

1:09.31

1:11.30 (1978/79)

 

 

 

 

Lisa Shrestha

50m Freestyle

38.66

38.71 (2012/13)

 

50m Breaststroke

52.11

52.40 (1972/73)

 

50m Butterfly

46.99

48.37 (2002/03)

Club Meets

This was the 2nd season we have held the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day and we again hosted the InterClub Cup. We had a great number of club members swim in these meets and again outstanding results were achieved, with constant PB’s being achieved by our swimmers at all meets.

Thank you to our broader family members who supported us in hosting these meets, without your help we are not able to provide such successful events. We again received very positive feedback about how our club works together and provides fun well run meets.
Area Meets

We saw record numbers of swimmers represent the club at meets such as the Speedo Sprint Heats and 5 – 8 Year meets. We also had a number swimmers compete at Area Championships during the season.

The 5 – 8 Years meet was swum after the last Whales Tales was published, so we want to recognise the fantastic performances of our swimmers at this meet. We had a team of 11 swim, many in their first ever official meet and the results were outstanding. Congratulations on achieving 14 PB’s, picking up 9 medals and finalist ribbons for their great efforts.

Metropolitan & State Championships

We had a number of swimmers achieve qualifying times for Metropolitan and State Championships during the season. Unfortunately Junior State Age Championships have been cancelled for this year. The State Open Championships were held after the last Whales Tales were published and Alison Johnston competed in the Women’s 50 metre Freestyle. Alison swam 28.70 which is her fastest time since 2016, and just 0.19 outside her all time PB. Congratulations Alison.

Congratulations also to our coaches, who have worked tirelessly to prepare training programs to have swimmers peaking for all of these events. It has been a difficult season for the squad program with regular changes being forced upon training schedules.

New Technical Officials

We saw 12 of our members obtain their timekeepers accreditation this season. Welcome to the ranks of our technical officials and we hope you are keen to progress with further accreditations in the coming seasons.

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

At this time we still have the following dates booked:

  • Club AGM – Monday 25th May, 2020 commencing at 7.30pm in the Club Room
  • Annual Presentation – Saturday 30th May, 2020 commencing at 6.30pm at Club Merrylands

As such the dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2020
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 26th March, 2020)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 25th April, 2020)

However we will continue to review the dates for these events, depending on circumstances over the coming month or so. It is possible that these dates may be altered and pushed back to later in the year. Updates to these events will be provided on the club website and Facebook page.

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Photography

Issue 21, 2019/2020

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Summer Shrestha (3 events) and Matthew Vicic (4 events) competed at the Junior Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC last weekend. Summer achieved 3 PB’s & 3 State qualifying times, whilst Matthew achieved 2 PB’s & 1 State qualifying time. Congratulations to both Summer and Matthew on their fantastic races and the results they achieved for their hard work.

MSW 5-8 Years Meet - today

This afternoon we have a team of 11 swimmers competing at the MSW 5-8 Years meet. This is the largest number of swimmers we have had at this meet in over 25 years. A number of our members are competing at a swim meet for the first time and we are as excited as they are. May the whale be with:

Aisha Abdelraheem, Daniel Kalouche, Ethan Ton, Jay Shrestha, Julian Kalouche, Lindsey Matthew, Lucas Alverez, Mason Nader, Pare Nader, Ruby Shrestha, William Johnston

Swimming NSW State Open Championships – this weekend

Alison Sakurovs is representing our club at the NSW State Open Championships, competing in the Womens 50 metre Freestyle at approx. 12.15pm today. This meet is also being used by a number of swimmers as a warm-up event for their Olympic preparations, so Alison is again competing against swimmers such as Cate & Bronte Campbell and Madison Wilson. May the whale be with you too.

Club Races – Saturday 21st March, 2020 – commences at 6.30am

Next Saturday morning we are holding the 1500 metre Championships as well as our regular club races. To fit the program into the morning we need to start club races at 6.30am. We are expecting two full heats of the 1500 metre Championships so we will need timekeepers covering all 8 lanes from 6.30am. We ask that you arrive ready for races to commence at 6.30am and we appreciate your help in providing the number of technical officials required for this to occur.

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

Following club races next Saturday morning we will be taking the club photo for the season. Please bring/wear your club uniform on the day.

Trophy Return

There are 2 weeks of the season left so the time to return any perpetual trophy’s you have is reducing rapidly. Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have asap.

Free Membership for 8 Years & Under – 2019/2020 season

Remember if you have a child who qualifies for free membership and you have not yet claimed reimbursement of the membership fee, please submit this before the end of March. For the criteria and online reimbursement request go to the Free Membership page.

Thanks to Club Merrylands for their support of our 8yrs & Under swimmers through free membership.

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

Club AGM – Monday 25th May, 2020 commencing at 7.30pm in the Club Room
Annual Presentation – Saturday 30th May, 2020 commencing at 6.30pm at Club Merrylands

The dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2020
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 26th March, 2020)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 25th April, 2020)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination.

Club Championship Records

This season we have seen an unprecedented achievement with many championship records being broken (some dating back over 30 years). Congratulations to all of our swimmers who have broken records this season, some have individually broken a number of records and this is positive reinforcement of the very hard work our swimmers and coaches undertake weekly. With two more championships left in the season, can we see more broken?. For the full list of club championship records visit the Championship Records page.

Upcoming Events

MEET/EVENT

MEET/EVENT DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

Closed

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Closed

MSW 5 to 8 Years Meet

Saturday 14th March

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

Club Photo

Saturday 21st March

 

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

Tuesday 17th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

Tuesday 17th March

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary

Sunday 5th April

Thursday 26th March

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Photography

Issue 20, 2019/2020

SwimFest Photos

If you had taken photos during the day we would appreciate you sharing these with the club. Please send an email to swim@merrylandsasc.asn.au and we will provide you with a link so you can upload them to the photo gallery on the club website.

Speedo Sprint Finals

Matthew Vicic, Daniel Vicic & Joseph Assi competed in the Speedo Sprint Finals at SOPAC last Saturday. 3 PB’s were swum out of the 4 swims. Unish Shrestha had also qualified for the finals but was unable to attend. Congratulations to each of you on your achievements in reaching the finals and performing at your best.

Swimming NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Summer Shrestha (3 events) and Matthew Vicic (4 events) who have qualified for and are competing at the Junior Metropolitan Championships at SOPAC this weekend. We are very proud of you both and may the Whale be with you.

Whales Challenge #3 – Saturday 14th March, 2020

Next Saturday we have the 3rd and final Whales Challenge for the season. Can the White Emery team top the pointscore or will the Maroon Turner team make it a season clean sweep?

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

We look forward to having everyone at club races on Saturday 21st March, 2020 as we will be taking the club photo for the season. Please bring/wear your club uniform on the day.

Trophy Return

With 3 weeks of the season left after today we ask that you please return any perpetual trophy’s you have before the end of the season.

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

Club AGM – Monday 25th May, 2020 commencing at 7.30pm in the Club Room
Annual Presentation – Saturday 30th May, 2020 commencing at 6.30pm at Club Merrylands

We encourage all club members to attend the AGM and we would welcome nominations to join the Committee. All Committee members play an important role in the decisions made by the club and it is your opportunity to help steer the direction of the club into the future.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and club awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2020
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 26th March, 2020)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 25th April, 2020)

See the club website for more information about these and how to submit a nomination. If you would like more information or have a question please see any of our current committee members.

Free Membership for 8 Years & Under – 2019/2020 season

This season, thanks to Club Merrylands, the club has provided free membership for swimmers 8yrs & Under who regularly swim in our club races or train in our squad program. The free membership is provided in the way of a reimbursement of membership fees paid and is limited to the first 30 registrations who meet eligibility criteria.

If you have a child who qualifies for the free membership and you have not yet claimed reimbursement of the membership fee, please submit this before the end of the season. For the criteria and online reimbursement see the Free Membership page.

Casual Swimming Coach

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Swimming Coach to assist with our Squad Program at Merrylands Swimming Centre (and Granville Swimming Centre during the winter season). If you know of someone who would be qualified and suitable for the position please direct them to the advertisement on Sportspeople.

Upcoming Events

MEET/EVENT

MEET/EVENT DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Closed

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

Closed

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

Closed

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MSW 5 to 8 Years Meet

Saturday 14th March

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

Club Photo

Saturday 21st March

 

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

Tuesday 17th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

Tuesday 17th March

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary

Sunday 5th April

Thursday 26th March

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Photography

Issue 19, 2019/2020

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meets

What a great day last Saturday. Our 2nd time running both meets on the same day was a great success again. Thank you to everyone who organised the meets, worked on the day setting up, roles during the meets and packing up. We received a lot of positive feedback about the meets and especially how our club was able to provide people for almost all of the roles to run the day. Congratulations to everyone on a job very well done. As Young Mr Grace would say “you’ve all done very well”!

Also a big thank you to our club sponsors, Club Merrylands, Starr Partners & Merrylands Swimming Squad. We appreciate the kind support provided by these organisations in sponsorship of the meets and during the season. Thank you also to Engine & Fashion Fish Design who kindly donated fantastic prizes for the raffle held on the day.

The overall club point scores for the meets were:

 

Masters BPS

SwimFest

1st

Ryde

Ripples St Marys

2nd

Warringah

Mounties

3rd

Manly

Merrylands

Masters BPS Meet achievements

The meet was Round 3 in the Masters Branch Pointscore program and Merrylands swimmers achieved a total of 193 points, finishing 4th on the combined team point score table (2nd in the Mens & 8th in the Womens). Congratulations to the team who swam representing our club. Brendan Kirkpatrick finished 1st & Peter Johnston equal 1st in the individual point score for their age groups.

SwimFest achievements

A total of 33 (5 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze) medals were won by Merrylands swimmers. A fantastic overall result. Congratulations to everyone who swam and to those who also won medals and swam PB’s. Gold medals were won by Unish Shrestha (50m Breaststroke) who just pipped Joseph Assi by 0.02 seconds, Katie Hope (50m Backstroke), Matthew Vicic (50m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly) & the Merrylands team (Summer Shrestha, Nevah Shrestha, Niushka Shrestha & Matthew Vicic) in the 12 & Under relay.

If you had taken photos during the day we would appreciate you sharing these with the club. Please send an email to swim@merrylandsasc.asn.au and we will provide you with a link so you can upload them to the photo gallery on the club website.

Speedo Sprint Finals – Today

Good luck to Matthew Vicic, Daniel Vicic & Joseph Assi who are competing in the Speedo Sprint Finals at SOPAC today. May the whale be with you all.

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

We have booked Saturday 21st March, 2020 to take the club photo. This will occur immediately after club races. Please bring/wear your club uniform on the day. Thank you to Joey Andres Photo who are kindly providing their services to take the club photo again this year. We greatly appreciate the kind offer from Joey and if you have a special event please consider Joey as your photographer for the event.

Whales Tales Online

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Upcoming Events

MEET/EVENT

MEET/EVENT DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Closed

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

 

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

Closed

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

Tuesday 3rd March

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MSW 5 to 8 Years Meet

Saturday 14th March

Tuesday 3rd March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

Club Photo

Saturday 21st March

 

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

Tuesday 17th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

Tuesday 17th March

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary

Sunday 5th April

Thursday 26th March

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Photography

Issue 18, 2019/2020

Metro South West Area Junior Long Course Championships

What a meet for our team of 11 swimmers who competed at the MSW Area Junior Championships last weekend. From a total of 46 swims we saw 41 PB’s achieved, with 21 Finalists places, 2 Bronze medals (Joseph Assi & Unish Shrestha) and 1 Gold medal (Matthew Vicic who also qualified for the 200 metre Butterfly in the Metropolitan and State Championships) and 2 awesome relay swims. Everyone swam to their best and proudly represented the club. A fantastic result for every swimmer and our coaches!

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Today

The big day has arrived. Good luck to all of our swimmers in these meets. We have a team of 8 (plus 1 relay team) competing in the Masters BPS Meet and 40 (plus 10 relay teams) in the SwimFest Meet. Good luck to all of our club members swimming in these meets.

We have a busy day today with the meet set up needing to be done straight after club races this morning. This will include:

  • Lane rope & backstroke flag changeover;
  • Gazebo placement (computer equipment & timing areas, marshalling & timekeeping);
  • Marshalling area seating;
  • Touch pad & timing system installation;
  • Pool deck spectator barriers.

Your help in this set up work would be greatly appreciated, as we have small timeframe before Masters swimmers start arriving. The timeframe for events today are:

 9.00am

Novice Squad training

10.00am

Masters Start workshop

10.30am

Masters warm up commences

11.00am

Masters Meet commences

12.30pm

Est finish time of Masters Meet

  1.30pm

SwimFest warm up commences

  2.30pm

SwimFest Meet commences

  7.10pm

Est finish time of SwimFest Meet

Your help in packing up would be appreciated

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

We are planning to take the club photo on Saturday 21st March, 2020. This will be taken immediately after club races. Don’t forget your club uniform on the day.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop. If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Whales Tales Online

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Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

Tuesday 25th February

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

Tuesday 3rd March

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MSW 5 to 8 Years Meet

Saturday 14th March

Tuesday 3rd March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

Club Photo

Saturday 21st March

 

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

Tuesday 17th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior))

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

Tuesday 17th March

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary

Sunday 5th April

Thursday 26th March

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Raffle prize sponsors for the Merrylands Masters BPS & SwimFest Meets

Issue 17, 2019/2020

Metro South West Area Junior Long Course Championships

We have a strong team of 11 swimmers competing at the MSW Area Junior Championships this weekend. Good luck to all of our swimmers and may the Whale be with you all.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Entries for the Merrylands SwimFest and Masters Meets have now closed. Planning of the meets now increases and we appreciate your help on the day for these meets as they are the major meets we hold during the season.

Club Photo – Saturday 21st March, 2020

We are planning to take the club photo on Saturday 21st March, 2020. This will be taken immediately after club races. We ask that you wear your club uniform on the day and we would welcome all club members participating in this event.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Whales Tales Online

Help us with waste reduction by moving to receive the weekly Whales Tales online. Don’t miss out on the latest club news. Simply sign-up online and receive your free copy of the Whales Tales

Swimming NSW e-newsletter

Would you like to receive the weekly Swimming NSW Club e-newsletter. This is emailed by Swimming NSW every Friday and provides up-to-date information across the broader swimming community in NSW. To subscribe to the e-newsletter and to read previous editions of the e-newsletter go to the Swimming NSW website.

Technical Officials e-newsletter

Now that we have a large number of accredited technical officials, it is important to stay up-to-date with officials information and swimming rules. Swimming NSW publish a bi-monthly e-newsletter for Technical Officials and this is automatically emailed to all accredited technical officials. If you are not receiving this e-newsletter you can access the editions on the Swimming NSW website.

Swim League 2020

Registrations for Swimming NSW's newest and exciting swimming competition are now open. Swim League 2020 runs from 2nd May 2020 to 30th August 2020 and is open to anyone who would like to compete in a collegiate style competition series. Swimmers participate in teams (not clubs) and compete in 3 – 5 swims per competition. Registrations close on 29th February, 2020. If you would like more information about Swim League 2020 see the Swim League website.

Swimming NSW and ReachOut

Swimming NSW and ReachOut are joining forces to provide swimming communities across NSW with access to practical support, tools and tips to help young people tackle mental health issues. Swimming NSW is also supporting ReachOut’s Laps for Life. This event encourages everyone to swim laps in the month of March to raise money in support of young people when it comes to mental health. If you would like more information about ReachOut or the Laps for Life event see the Swimming NSW website.

Trophy Return

Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season to the club room.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Closed

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

 

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

 

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

 

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior))

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

 

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Issue 16, 2019/2020

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Our team of 19 swimmers achieved outstanding results at the Speedo Sprint Series heats last Saturday. Our team swam 48 new personal best times, with 4 swimmers achieving finalist placings and 2 new Metropolitan qualifying times. Congratulations to everyone who competed and to our great coaches who prepared the team. The weather and swimming performances were HOT HOT HOT!

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Entries for the Merrylands SwimFest close TODAY at 5.00pm. Merrylands members receive a discount on race entry costs. Enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button.

Our Masters Meet is open to all swimmers 18yrs & Over. You don’t need to be a member of Masters Swimming to enter, so if you would like to try a 50 metre race, give it a go! Entries for the Masters Meet close on Friday 14th February, 2020 at 12.00pm.

Need a financial incentive to enter? Merrylands members will also receive a discount on race entry costs ($18 instead of $23). You will need a Pin Code to obtain the discounted entry and this will be emailed to you or you can obtain it from the Race Secretary (Alison Johnston).

Relay Competition

There are 4 more rounds of the relay competition left and teams can change their entry time this morning. If your team wants to change their entry time please see the Race Secretary (Alison) before the relay is swum this morning.

Trophy Return

It is now time to start returning any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season. Please return these on a Saturday morning to the club room.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Club AGM & Annual Presentation

The dates for the Club AGM & Annual Presentation have been set. They are:

Club AGM – Monday 25th May, 2020 in the Club Room
Annual Presentation – Saturday 30th May, 2020 at Club Merrylands

This is the first year that we are holding the Club AGM prior to the Annual Presentation and this will allow us to present Life Membership, if awarded at the AGM, as well as thanking the outgoing committee members and introducing the incoming committee members at the Annual Presentation.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Freestyle

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Closed

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Friday 14th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Saturday 8th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

MASC 200metre Freestyle (Senior)

Saturday 7th March

Thursday 5th March

SNSW Junior Metropolitan C/Ships

Saturday 7th March &

Sunday 8th March

 

SNSW State Open C/Ships

Friday 13th March &

Sunday 15th March

 

Whales Challenge # 3

Saturday 14th March

Thursday 12th March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st March

Thursday 19th March

MSW Sprint Meet

Saturday 21st March

 

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Senior))

Saturday 28th March

Thursday 26th March

End of season Breakfast

Saturday 28th March

 

SNSW Junior State C/Ships

Saturday 28th March &

Sunday 29th March

 

Club AGM

Monday 25th May

 

Annual Presentation

Saturday 30th May

 

Whales Tales Online

To play our part in waste reduction we are considering moving the weekly Whales Tales to online content only. Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Issue 15, 2019/2020

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

We have a team of 19 heading to Blacktown Aquatic Centre today for the Speedo Sprint Series. This is our biggest team we have had competing at this event, which is exciting for the club. The meet commences at 2.30pm with warm up at 1.30pm. We will be required to provide timekeepers so we ask for your help during the meet. Good luck to all of our team, may the Whale be with you all.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Entries for the Merrylands SwimFest close next Saturday 8th February, 2020 at 5.00pm. Merrylands members receive a discount on race entry costs. Enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button.

Our Masters Meet is open to all swimmers 18yrs & Over. You don’t need to be a member of Masters Swimming to enter, so if you would like to try a 50 metre race, give it a go! Entries for the Masters Meet close on Friday 14th February, 2020 at 12.00pm on the Masters Swimming NSW online entry system. Need a financial incentive to enter? Merrylands members will also receive a discount on race entry costs ($18 instead of $23). You will need a Pin Code to obtain the discounted entry and this will be emailed to you or you can obtain it from the Race Secretary (Alison Johnston).

Trophy Return

It is now time to start returning any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season. Please return these on a Saturday morning to the club room.

Learn to Swim

Our Learn to Swim program commences again this morning. Welcome to our returning and new learn to swim participants and thank you to all of our instructors and helpers for volunteering for this program.

Whales Tales Online

To play our part in waste reduction we are considering moving the weekly Whales Tales to online content only. Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop. If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Memory Lane

Back in the day! The Holroyd Family Festival Street Parade was part of the Holroyd Family Festival.
Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club marched as part of the community celebrating the festival. The club also held the Holroyd Family Festival Swimming Carnival each year and this is today called the Merrylands SwimFest.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 1st February

Closed

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Closed

MASC 50metre Freestyle

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Thursday 6th February

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Tuesday 4th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Friday 14th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Saturday 8th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Issue 14, 2019/2020

Whales Challenge #2

Last Saturday saw the 2nd Whales Challenge swum and won. Another very close event, with the lead changing a couple of times. Maroon again came back late to win Round 2 and take a 2 – 0 lead. White can (will) redeem themselves on Saturday 14th March, 2020 by winning the 3rd Whales Challenge and finishing the season on a winning note.

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series have closed and we have a strong team heading to Blacktown Aquatic Centre next Saturday, 1st February, 2020 (meet commences at 1.30pm & your coaches will give you a time to be there for warm-up). Good luck to all of our team, may the Whale be with you all.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Only 4 weeks until our biggest event this summer. Your help on the day will be greatly appreciated. Graham will be working out role details over the coming weeks.

Remember entries for the Merrylands SwimFest close next Saturday 8th February, 2020 at 5.00pm. Merrylands members receive a discount on race entry costs. Enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button.

Our Masters Meet is open to all swimmers 18yrs & Over. You don’t need to be a member of Masters Swimming to enter, so if you would like to try a 50 metre race, give it a go! Entries for the Masters Meet close on Friday 14th February, 2020 at 12.00pm on the Masters Swimming NSW online entry system.

For those who are Masters members, remember to renew your 2020 Masters Membership, as you will need to be a member for upcoming State & National Championship entries.

Whales Tales Online

To play our part in waste reduction we are considering moving the weekly Whales Tales to online content only. Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/club-uniforms.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

50 Years Ago

A photo of club races from 1970. No club room yet, a nice lawn in the area and no shade awning at the end of the pool. What about those blocks & lane ropes, not to mention the costumes and hair styles!

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Butterfly

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 25th January

Closed

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 1st February

Thursday 30th January

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Closed

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Thursday 6th February

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Tuesday 4th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Friday 14th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Saturday 8th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.

Issue 13, 2019/2020

Air Quality Conditions

As we all know the air quality in Sydney has been varied over the bushfire period so far. This has impacted on squad training sessions and also led to the late cancellation of club races last Saturday morning.

Swimming NSW has recently provided best practice guidelines for clubs in smoke-affected areas. These guidelines are sourced from the AIS and utilise the Air Quality Index to assist clubs in considering what activities may be impacted by air quality changes. The Committee will be discussing these recently provided guidelines to establish our club’s practices during these periods of time.

Check the club website for updates on whether squad training sessions are on, before leaving for the pool each day. If sessions are cancelled, an update will be posted on the club website by 3:30pm on that day.

Member Contact Information

To assist the club in providing you with timely information, such as cancellations, it is important that your contact information in Swim Central is up-to-date. Contact details, such as mobile phone numbers are used to forward urgent sms alerts to members and we noticed last Saturday morning that many members contact details are not up-to-date in Swim Central.

Please take the time to check your details in Swim Central and update them if they are missing or have changed since you last provided them.

Whales Challenge #2

Today we are holding the 2nd Whales Challenge. Maroon came back late to win Round 1. Can White even the score? Even the Melbourne Renegades have won a game, so there is no reason why White cannot win this week. Teams remain the same throughout the season, so make sure you wear your team cap to score points for your team. Maroon silicon caps are available for purchase through the club shop: https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday, 21st January at 5pm. We already have a good number of swimmers from our club entered but we would like to see all of our swimmers aged 8-13yrs who can swim 50m enter this meet. Speak to your coach if you are unsure whether you should enter. Entries are completed online. See the website for details.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters Meets – Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Our biggest event this summer and we need all hands on deck either as swimmers and/or helpers.

Today’s featured job: Set up and pack up – club members have displayed a “well oiled machine” approach to setting up and packing up in the past, so we plan to achieve this again. We will need to carry out activities such as lane rope & backstroke flag changeovers, erecting gazebos, installing touch pads, setting up the bbq as well as a bunch of other jobs. We look forward to everyone helping with these tasks. Speak to Graham to put your name down.

Our Masters Meet is open to all swimmers 18yrs & Over. You don’t need to be a member of Masters Swimming to enter, so if you think you would like to try competing, give it a go! The SwimFest is open to all swimmers and is great practice for school carnivals. See the website for details on how to enter.

Junior, Development and Age Squad Skills & Drills Workshops

These workshops will be held on Thursday mornings during January from 7am to 8:15am. The first one was held last week and we are looking forward to seeing the work done on starts put into practice this morning. There is one workshop left - register on the website if you would like to attend: https://squadshop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/

Fun Facts

  • There is enough water in Olympic-sized pools to take 9400 baths;
  • Swimming dates back to 2500BCE and can be seen in ancient Egyptian drawings. Breaststroke goes back to the Stone Ages, but it wasn’t until 1904 when it was swum competitively at the Olympics;
  • The first recorded version of swimming goggles was during the 14th century in Persia. It wasn’t until the 1930s when rubber goggles were created;
  • Swimming is one of the most intense sports out there. The reason is because swimming is a full body exercise. You name the muscle, swimming uses it. Swimming burns almost 30% more calories than running per hour;
  • Elephants swim an average of 32 kilometres a day, so why are they so big then???

Australia Swims

Now in its third year, the initiative encourages all Australians to celebrate their love of the water and commit the distance they plan to swim in January – whether it’s 50 metres or 50 kilometres – to a nationwide challenge. Whilst we are now halfway through January there is still time for you to register and participate in this event. For more details see https://australiaswims.com.au/

Whales Tales Online

To play our part in waste reduction we are considering moving the weekly Whales Tales to online content only. Do you want the weekly Whales Tales delivered straight to your inbox? Simply sign-up online, and never miss the latest news.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 50metre Butterfly

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 25th January

Thursday 23rd January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 1st February

Thursday 30th January

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Tuesday 21st January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 8th February

Thursday 6th February

MASC 200metre IM (Senior)

Saturday 15th February

Thursday 13th February

MSW Junior Area C/Ships

Saturday 15th February & Sunday 16th February

Tuesday 4th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd February

Thursday 20th February

Merrylands Masters Meet

Saturday 22nd February

Friday 14th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 22nd February

Saturday 8th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke

25metre & 200metre (Open)

Saturday 29th February

Thursday 27th February

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Finals

Saturday 29th February

N/A

Sponsors

We again thank our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let Graham know.