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.

Issue 12, 2019/2020

Merrylands 50s

Congratulations to Joseph Assi who took out the Merrylands 50s last week after some very exciting racing. Breeanah Khoury finished 2nd, with Chloe Ton 3rd. The full results here. Well done everyone who entered!

Handicap Relay

The 2x50m Handicap Relay is on today. Want to enter? Get a team mate, buy a Relay Card ($1), come up with a team name and give your card to the Recorders before 7:30am.

Whales Challenge #2

The 2nd Whales Challenge is on Saturday, 18th January. Maroon dominated in Round 1. Can White even the score? Teams remain the same through the summer, so don’t forget your team cap. Maroon silicon caps are available for purchase through the Club Shop.

Squad Training today

All training sessions will start at 9am today.

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday, 21st January at 5pm. A good number of swimmers from our club have already entered which is great to see. Swimmers aged 8-13yrs that can swim 50m are encouraged to swim at this meet - speak to your coach if you are unsure whether you should enter. Entries are completed online.

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: Timekeeping – one of the best jobs at the meets! You get the best seat in the house, with food served to you on a platter. All you need to do is push a button every minute or so. We need 14 timekeepers for the Masters Meet, and 16 timekeepers for the SwimFest. 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 event pages 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 during the week and we are looking forward to seeing the work done on starts put into practice this morning. There are two workshops left - Register if you would like to attend.

Whales Tales Online

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 11, 2019/2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Swimming Club for 2020! We hope you all had a restful Christmas and New Year and are ready to hit the water for 2020!

Merrylands 50s

The Merrylands 50s are back this week with 30 eager competitors ready to take up the challenge. This Knockout Handicap event consists of 3 rounds – Heats, Semis and Finals – with each round held at different points within this morning’s program. The top 4 placed swimmers in each Heat progress onto the Semi-Finals. The top for from each Semi, then progress to the final.
The Heats will be held after the 100m Breaststroke, the Semis after the 200m events, and the Final after the 400m events. Can Lisa Shrestha defend her inaugural title?

Timekeepers Practical Assessment

Congratulations to our 13 new timekeepers for completing their practical assessment on Saturday, 21st December. Well done everyone!

Squad Training today

All training sessions will start at 9am today.

Speedo Sprint Series – Metro South West Heats

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday, 21st January at 5pm. Swimmers aged 8-13yrs that can swim 50m are encouraged to enter this meet. See the Upcoming Meets page for details on how to enter.

Campbelltown Masters Meet

The first Masters Meet of 2020 is at Campbelltown on Saturday, 18th January. Entries close on Friday, 10th January at 12 noon. See the Upcoming Meets page for details on how to enter.

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.

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 Upcoming Meets page 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. Register on the website if you would like to attend.

Whales Tales Online

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 10, 2019/2020

Christmas Wishes

We are already half way through the season and today is our last day for club races in 2019. Where have the first 12 weeks of club races gone? On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish every one of our members and their family’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

After club races this morning we will have a BBQ breakfast, Christmas Hamper raffle draw & novelty events. Thank you to everyone who has donated prizes for the hampers. Tickets are $1 and a book of 10 tickets is $10, which you can still purchase this morning before the draw.

We look forward to seeing you back at training and club races on Saturday 4th January, 2020. We will have the Merrylands 50’s competition on during the morning races, so don’t forget to get your entries in. Can Lisa Shrestha defend her inaugural title?

Swimming NSW Senior State Age Championships

Vanessa Ozols and Alison Sakurovs represented our club at this meet last weekend. Congratulations to both Vanessa and Alison on their swims.

Timekeepers Practical Assessment – today

The practical assessment of timekeepers who have completed the online course is being carried out this morning during club races. Good luck to all of our members undertaking the assessment and thank you to Dennis Browning (Mc Credie Park) who has volunteered to carry out the assessments.

Christmas & Holiday Events @ Club Merrylands Newman St, Merrylands

FREE Bingo - Wednesday 15 January 2pm
FREE Reptile Show - Sunday 19 January 12.30pm
Pizza Making - Tuesday 21 January 5pm - $5

Cumberland Council Pool Hours over the Holiday Period

Local pools will have reduced opening hours over the holiday period and Merrylands Swimming Centre will only be open between 9.30am and 5.00pm from Tuesday 24th December, 2019 to Wednesday 1st January, 2020 inclusive (closed Christmas & Boxing Day). Normal opening times will resume on Thursday 2nd January, 2020 with the closing time moving to 8.00pm.

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

Don’t forget to put this date in your diary or phone calendar. We are holding both meets on the same day, as we did last season. Entry closing dates are:

Merrylands SwimFest - 5.00pm on Saturday 8th February, 2020
Masters Meet - 12.00pm on Friday 14th February, 2020.

A riddle for you

Who wins a fight between a large hornet and a tarantula spider??

Learn to Swim

The first block of our Learn to Swim program concluded last week. It was a great success, with children and adults all participating. A big thank you to all of our volunteers who organised, taught and assisted in this program. We have received some great feedback about the quality of our program and this comes down to the dedication of our volunteers.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items. Margaret is also taking orders for hoodies and winter jackets, as these require minimum order numbers and have a lead time to obtain.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Closed

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

MSW Qualifying Meet

Sunday 5th January

Closed

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Tuesday 21st January

Speedo Sprint Series

Going away in January? Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on Tuesday 21st January, 2020. Enter online today.

McCredie Park 40 Year Anniversary Development Meet

Our good friends at McCredie Park Aquatics SC are celebrating their club’s 40th anniversary in 2020 with an Anniversary Development Meet on Sunday 5th April, 2020 at Guildford Swimming Centre. Races start at 10.30am and there are events for swimmers from 4 years old and up. So let’s show support for them and have good representation from Merrylands.

The program is available here. Online entries close at 12.00pm on Thursday 26th March 2020.

Riddle Answer

Neither when the coach scoops them out of the pool and stomps on them both 😊

Whales Tales Online

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 9, 2019/2020

Christmas Hamper Raffle & Christmas Events

The Christmas Hamper raffle will be drawn next Saturday 21st December, 2019 after club races. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10). There is still time to donate non-perishable items as prize items.

Novelty events, breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party will follow the club races, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Remember training breaks from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resumes on Saturday 4th January, 2020. If you plan to be away over December or January please let your coach know. If you haven’t done this yet complete the online form at https://merrylandsasc.asn.au/coaching/missedsessions.aspx

Chocolate Fundraising

If you have any outstanding funds please return these to Trish Johnston. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Whales Challenge #1

What a great turn out of swimmers for the first Whales Challenge of the season. We had around 15 extra swimmers at club races and we know it was a jam-packed morning! We saw the points tally fluctuate throughout the morning, with the lead changing a few times. However Merrylands Maroon (Turner team) hit the lead at the right time and ended up victorious. Congratulations to everyone who swam in the Merrylands Maroon team. Look out because Merrylands White (Emery team) are hot on your heels for the return event on Saturday 18th January, 2020.

Swimming NSW Senior State Age Championships

Vanessa Ozols and Alison Sakurovs will be swimming and representing our club at this meet, which is being held over the next 5 days at SOPAC. This meet also attracts swimmers from club’s interstate and internationally, with swimmers from the UK, New Zealand, Singapore & Japan also competing. Vanessa will swim in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke & 100m Backstroke events and Alison is swimming in the 50m Freestyle event. We wish both Vanessa and Alison the best of luck and may the Whale be with you both.

Timekeepers Practical Assessment – Saturday 21st December, 2019

The practical assessment of timekeepers who have completed the online course will be carried out next Saturday morning (21st December) during club races. Good luck to all our members undertaking the course and we look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of accredited technical officials.

Updated Club By-Laws

The updated Club By-Laws are available on the Governing Documents page.

Bushfire Smoke

Smoke from bushfires affecting the Sydney area has impacted our ability to hold training sessions recently.

Check the website for updates on whether 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.

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

Don’t forget to put this date in your dairy or phone calendar. We are holding both meets on the same day, as we did last year. Entry closing dates are:

Merrylands SwimFest - 5.00pm on Saturday 8th February, 2020
Masters Meet - 12.00pm on Friday 14th February, 2020.

Christmas & Holiday Events @ Club Merrylands Newman St, Merrylands

FREE Bingo - Wednesday 15 January 2pm
FREE Reptile Show - Sunday 19 January 12.30pm
Pizza Making - Tuesday 21 January 5pm - $5

Cumberland Council Pool Hours over the Holiday Period

Local pools will have reduced opening hours over the holiday period and Merrylands Swimming Centre will only be open between 9.30am and 5.00pm from Tuesday 24th December, 2019 to Wednesday 1st January, 2020 inclusive (closed Christmas & Boxing Day). Normal opening times will resume on Thursday 2nd January, 2020 with the closing time moving to 8.00pm.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items. Margaret is also taking orders for hoodies and winter jackets, as these require minimum order numbers and have a lead time to obtain.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Wednesday 18th December

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 14th December

Closed

NSW State Open & Age Open Water

Friday 20th December

Saturday 21st December

Closed

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Thursday 19th December

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

MSW Qualifying Meet

Sunday 5th January

Tuesday 24th December

NSW Speedo Sprint Series Heats

Saturday 1st February

Tuesday 21st January

Whales Tales Online

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 8, 2019/2020

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who represented our club at the Metropolitan Championships last weekend. Alison swam in the Womens Open 50 metres Freestyle, clocking 28.89, a season best time. A great warm up for the State Age Championships in two weeks time! Congratulations Alison.

Chocolate Fundraising

Please return any outstanding funds raised to Trish Johnston. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help sell the chocolates and raise funds for the club.

Christmas Hamper Raffle & Christmas Events

We ask if you could please donate non-perishable items as prize items for our Christmas Hamper Raffle. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 21st December, 2019 after club races. Tickets are $1 each (books of 10 tickets $10) and are available from today.

Following club races we will also be holding novelty events, a breakfast bbq and squad Christmas Party, so please stay around and enjoy these activities.

Squad Training

Remember training breaks from Saturday 21st December, 2019 and resumes on Saturday 4th January, 2020. If you plan to be away over December or January please let your coach know. To do this complete the online form. More details here.

Club Uniform

Our great range of club uniform items are available for sale and these can be sourced through the online shop (https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/). Please see our Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) if you need assistance or have questions about the club uniform items. Margaret is also taking orders for hoodies and winter jackets, as these require minimum order numbers and have a lead time to obtain.

Timekeepers Course

I hope to be able to provide the date this morning for the Timekeepers assessment. Stay tuned at presentation after club races today.

Christmas & Holiday Events @ Club Merrylands Newman St, Merrylands

FREE Santa Photos - Monday 9 December 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Kids Toy Raffle - Monday 9 December 7.30pm @ Club Merrylands

FREE Kids Barefoot Bowls - Friday 10 January 9.30am

FREE Bingo - Wednesday 15 January 2pm

FREE Reptile Show - Sunday 19 January 12.30pm

Pizza Making - Tuesday 21 January 5pm - $5

Club By-Laws

The Club By-Laws have been updated and are now available on the club website. They can be accessed at here.

Be Sun Smart

Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting yourself in 5 ways:

  • Slip on clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs. Choose shirts with collars, high necks and sleeves and trousers or longer shorts and skirts that come below the knees;
  • Slop on SPF30+ or higher broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen. Apply generously 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours. Never rely on sunscreen alone;
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats provide good protection. Baseball caps are not recommended, as they do not protect the ears, cheeks or neck;
  • Seek shade whenever you can especially when UV levels are highest between10am and 2pm (11am and 3pm during daylight saving);
  • Slide on sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS1067 and that fit your face well.

Sun screen is available in the club room for your protection.

Information courtesy of Cancer Council NSW

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 7th December

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 7th December

Closed

NSW State Age Senior C/Ships

Friday 13th December

Sunday 15th December

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 14th December

Thursday 12th December

NSW State Open & Age Open Water

Friday 20th December

Saturday 21st December

Tuesday 10th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 21st December

Thursday 19th December

Christmas Break - No Swimming

Saturday 28th December

N/A

Club Races Resume

Saturday 4th January

Thursday 2nd January

Whales Tales Online

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.