Issue 15, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary Celebrations - Dive In Movie – Tonight

The next major event of our 50th Anniversary celebrations is the Dive In Movie being held tonight. The event has been sold out. Gates will open at 7.30pm and the movie will commence at 8.15pm. The canteen will be open and we will also be running a bbq (sausage sandwiches, chicken rissole or steak & salad sandwiches). Don’t forget to bring your ticket, appetite and floats etc so you can enjoy watching the movie in the pool or bring a blanket and watch from the comfort of the hill.

Thankyou to our Committee and members who have been working very hard behind the scenes to plan and organise this event. For more information visit the 50th Anniversary page.

Holiday Photos?

There is still time to share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap if you are going away or have been on holidays. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved. We have seen a number already posted from around the country, any from overseas?

Speedo Sprint Series

Entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close this coming Tuesday (22nd January, 2019). Enter online today.

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad have been running Skills & Drills sessions for swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during January. There is one remaining session, to be held on the 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. The session includes filming of technique and race skills. Swimmers can register online at https://squadshop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/drills-skills-session

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge for the season is being held today. Don’t forget to wear your Maroon or White cap during each of your races so that you can score points for your team. This is a chance for the Maroon team to even the score with those rascals from the White team!

Boardshort Relay

A Boardshort Relay will be held next Saturday 26th January, 2019. Don’t forget to pack your boardshorts for club races on the day and join in the celebrations for Australia Day.

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).

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meet– Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS meets are open. The program of events for each meet are available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their SwimFest event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page. Entries close 5.00pm Saturday 9th February, 2019.

Entries to the Masters BPS are also open. This meet is also open to swimmers who are not members of Masters and would like to compete. So if you are 18 or older and can swim 50 metres we encourage you to enter the meet. Entries close at 12.00pm Friday 15th February, 2019.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

Member Profile

Name:

Darla Valentina Assi

Age:

13

Year Joined:

2015

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststoke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning new strokes and techniques

Favourite food:

Pasta salad

Favourite TV show:

Lab Rats

When I grow up I want to be:

An actor

Favourite Swimmer:

Bronte Campbell

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

Sold Out

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC Boardshort Relay

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Issue 14, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Merrylands 50s were a great success last Saturday, with 3 heats to determine the semi-finalists. A full heat in the final saw Lisa Shrestha triumph over the boys to take the first place prize. Congratulations Lisa, you have bragging rights over all the boys in the club.

Dive In Movie – Saturday 19th January, 2019

The Dive In Movie is being held next Saturday night. The event is sold out, so we expect around 500 people to attend the movie. Gates will open at 7.30pm and the movie will commence at 8.15pm. Don’t forget to bring your ticket and floats etc so you can enjoy watching the movie from in the pool. The canteen will be open and we will also be running a bbq (sausage sandwiches, chicken rissole or steak & salad sandwiches). For more information visit the 50th Anniversary page.

Holiday Photos?

There is still time to share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap if you are going away on holidays. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved.

Speedo Sprint Series

Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on 22nd January, 2019. Enter online today.

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad will be running Skills & Drills sessions for the swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during the rest of January. Remaining sessions will be held on the 17th & 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. Swimmers can book in for which ever sessions they want. Sessions will include filming of technique and race skills. Register online.

1500m Championship, 200m Mystery Medley & Junior Handicap – Friday 18th January, 2019

Don’t forget entry to these events being held next Friday night (18th January, 2019). Warm-up & marshalling prior to races commencing at 6.45pm. We will need help with timekeeping, so even if you are not swimming we would appreciate your help on the night. A BBQ will also be held at the end of the events.

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge for the season will be held next Saturday (19th January, 2019). A chance for the Maroon team to even the score with the White team!

Boardshort Relay

A Boardshort Relay will be held on Saturday 26th January, 2019. So don’t forget to pack your boardshorts for club races on the day and join in the celebrations for Australia Day.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meet– Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest remain open. The program of events is available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page on our website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/swimfest/.

Please advise Graham of your availability for the day to help with the various jobs on the day.

Recent Swim Meets

Congratulations to our club members who competed last weekend at the Blacktown City Games Sprint meet, MSW Qualifying meet and Newport Ocean Swim.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

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).

Member Profile

Name:

Ian Johnston

Age:

66

Year Joined:

1988 (approx.)

Positions Held:

Various committee positions since the early 1990’s including President. Currently Treasurer of the club

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle

Favourite thing about swimming:

When the coach says 200 choice and then you can get out

Favourite food:

Tricia’s taco mince

Favourite TV show:

The Good Doctor

When I grow up I want to be:

Been there done that!

Favourite Swimmer:

Peter Johnston

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC Boardshort Relay

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

 

Issue 13, 2018/2019

Welcome to 2019

We hope you have enjoyed a very merry Christmas with your family & friends. We wish you a safe and prosperous 2019, as we continue to celebrate our club’s 50th anniversary.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Merrylands 50s will be run throughout the club races today. A knockout handicap event consisting of 3 rounds (Heats, Semis and Finals), with each round held at different points within the morning’s program. The top placed swimmers in each round progress onto the next round. As the event is handicapped, every swimmer has the chance to win, with the overall winner taking home a prize.

Dive In Movie – Saturday 19th January, 2019

It is only 2 weeks to the Dive In Movie. Entry to the movie is free and there are a limited number of tickets still available. To find out more information & order your tickets go the 50th Anniversary page

Holiday Photos?

There is still time to share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap if you are going away on holidays. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved.

Speedo Sprint Series

Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on 22nd January, 2019. Enter online today.

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).

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad will be running Skills & Drills sessions for the swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during the rest of January. Remaining sessions will be held on the 10th, 17th & 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. Swimmers can book in for which ever sessions they want. Sessions will include filming of technique and race skills. Register online at https://squadshop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/drills-skills-session

1500m Championship, 200m Mystery Medley & Junior Handicap – Friday 18th January, 2019

Don’t forget entry to these events on Friday night, 19th January, 2019. Warm-up & marshalling prior to races at 6.45pm. We will need help with timekeeping, so even if you are not swimming we would appreciate your help on the night. A BBQ will also be held at the end of the events.

Whales Challenge

The 2nd Whales Challenge for the season will be held on Saturday 19th January, 2019. A chance for the Maroon team to even the score with the White team!

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meet– Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest remain open. The program of events is available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page on our website at https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/swimfest/.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments. Please advise Graham of your availability for the day.

Swim Meets This Weekend

Good luck to our club members who are competing at the Blacktown City Games Sprint Meet (today) and MSW Qualifying Meet (tomorrow). May the Whale be with you all.

Masters Swimming Renewal

If you are a Masters swimmer it is time to renew your Masters membership if you haven’t already done so. Masters membership runs over the calendar year and you will need to be a current member for upcoming Masters events such as the National (March) & State (April) Championships.

Member Profile

Name:

Joseph Daniel Assi

Age:

8

Year Joined:

2017

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning a new stroke

Favourite food:

Lasagna

Favourite TV show:

Teen Titans Go

When I grow up I want to be:

Soccer Player

Favourite Swimmer:

Ian Thorpe

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/ships (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Issue 12, 2018/2019

Christmas Wishes

Today is our last day for club races in 2018. After club races we will have a BBQ breakfast & Christmas Hamper raffle draw. 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.

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.

We look forward to seeing you back at training from Wednesday 2nd January, 2019 and club races on Saturday 5th January, 2019.

SNSW Senior State Age Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who competed at the Senior State Age Championships last Saturday. Alison swam just outside her time from the Metropolitan Championships, finishing ahead of many competitors half her age. Well done Alison, time to relax and celebrate your efforts!

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Merrylands 50s will be held on our return on Saturday 5th January, 2019. A new event, the Merrylands 50s, will be held as part of our Club Races. This Knockout Handicap event consists of 3 rounds (Heats, Semis and Finals), with each round held at different points within the morning’s program. The top placed swimmers in each round progress onto the next round. As the event is handicapped, every swimmer has the chance to win, with the overall winner taking home a prize. Enter online.

Information about the Dive In Movie is available on the club website and Facebook page.
Entry to the movie is free but numbers are limited and entry into the event will be by ticket only. To find out more information or to order your tickets go to the Dive In Movie page.

Going on Holidays?

Share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap and let’s see how many places it can visit before the end of the summer 📷. Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved.

Speedo Sprint Series

Going away in January? Don’t forget entries for the Speedo Sprint Series close on 22nd January, 2019. Enter online today.

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).

January Skills & Drills Sessions

The squad will be running Skills & Drills sessions for the swimmers in the Junior and Development Squads on Thursday mornings during January. Sessions will be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January, 2019 from 7am to 8:15am. Swimmers can book in for which ever sessions they want. Sessions will include filming of technique and race skills. Register online.

Merrylands SwimFest & Masters BPS Meet– Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest remain open. The program of events is available online.

Members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments. Please advise Graham of your availability for the day.

Member Profile

Name:

Gabriella Rose Assi

Age:

6

Year Joined:

2018

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle

Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning new strokes

Favourite food:

Apples

Favourite TV show:

The Greatest Showman

When I grow up I want to be:

Ballet Teacher or a Mermaid

Favourite Swimmer:

Cate Campbell

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

Sunday 6th January

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/hips (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

 

 

 

Issue 11, 2018/2019

SNSW Senior State Age Championships

Alison Sakurovs is competing today at Day 2 of the Senior State Age Championships, swimming in the 50 metre Freestyle (Event 30) later this morning. There are 155 entries for this event. We wish you all the best Alison for your swim. Remember all the chocolate rewards awaiting you!

Christmas Raffle & BBQ Breakfast – Saturday 22nd December, 2018

The Christmas Raffle is on sale and will be drawn next Saturday 22nd December, 2018. Prizes will include gift vouchers and hampers. Please donate non-perishable items as these will help us fill the hamper prizes. Tickets are $1 and a book of 10 tickets is $10.

We will also be holding a breakfast bbq, so make sure you also bring your appetite with you next Saturday.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We are nearly halfway through our 50th Anniversary season and the celebrations continue. Major events are:
  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

Information about the Dive In Movie is available on the club website and Facebook page. Entry to the movie is free but numbers are limited and entry into the event will be by ticket only. To find out more information or to order your tickets go to the 50th Anniversary section.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest remain open. The program of events is available online.

This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day, so we really need help throughout the day. Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments. Please advise Graham of your availability for the day.

Learn To Swim

Today sees the first block of our Learn to Swim program for this season come to a close. A very big thank you to all of our volunteer instructors, helpers & organisers who have worked with our participants over this period. We look forward to seeing more of our learn to swim participants joining in club races, why not start with the 15 metre races each Saturday. These are held at the end of club races and entries can be submitted online.

The next block of Learn to Swim will run over February & March 2019. Keep an eye on the club website for information about registrations for this block.

Squad Training

The last training session for 2018 will be held on Saturday 22nd December, 2018 and sessions resume on Wednesday 2nd January, 2019 (time to work off the Christmas joy). If you are going to be away over January please advise the coach of your changes to your normal training session attendance.

Going on Holidays?

Share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap and let’s see how many places it can visit before the end of the summer 📷

Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved 🐳

Club Uniform

As we mentioned last week we are placing an order for a long sleeve shirt which can be used for activities at meets such as staying warm after your warm-up swim, going to the marshalling area etc.

The short sleeve polo shirt remains the official club uniform item and is the shirt that is to be worn to meets and other activities when representing the club.

For a short introductory period we are offering the long sleeve shirt at a club subsidised cost of $15.00 if you already own a short sleeve club polo shirt. To place an order and take advantage of the subsidised cost see the Property Officer today. This shirt cannot be ordered through the online shop.

All other club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop. If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Hilltop Road Public School – Year 3 PBL Exhibition

Recently our club was represented by Ian & Tricia Johnston at the Hilltop Road Public School Year 3 PBL Exhibition. This was a photographic exhibition titled Faces In our Community. Our club was selected as one of the local community groups to participate and explain how our club connects with the local community. Thank you to Ian & Tricia for giving up their time to be interviewed and to also attend the presentation of the exhibition on Monday 3rd December, 2018.

 

Great information about swimming and our club’s involvement in the local community. Looks like another journey the 50th Anniversary cap has made!

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Cole Classic Charity Swim – Sunday 3rd February, 2019

Timothy Hayes, a past member who attended the recent Back to Merrylands Day will be participating in the Cole Classic Charity Swim to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project. Tim is swimming and raising funds to honour his eldest daughter, Stephanie, who passed way in June this year.

You can support Tim in his fundraising efforts by donating to help raise funds for this great cause at
https://coleclassic2019.everydayhero.com/au/swim-for-stephanie. Tim’s target is to raise $5,000.

Or if you would like to play a more active role you and enjoy an ocean swim, you could join Team Swim for Stephanie. The event is being held at Manly Beach on Sunday 3rd February, 2019 and distances to choose from are 1km, 2km or 5km. Registering for this event can be done by following this link (early bird rate available up to 4th December, 2018): https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=sunrun&Edition=2019&Team=SwimforStephanie

Why not join the Club

If you are not already a member, why not join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $22. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the club member discounted pool entry fees. To apply for membership visit https://www.merrylandsasc.asn.au/membership/registration.aspx

7 Things Swimmers and Parents need to know about Age Group Swimming Plateaus

Did you know that Michael Phelps did not swim a single best time between 2009 & 2016?

An article published in the December 2018 Journal of The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association & Swim Australia provides an article on things swimmers and parents need to know about swimming plateaus. They happen to everyone.

The 7 things are:

  1. Not every meet is a championship meet
  2. You can’t always predict the big breakthroughs
  3. Improvement doesn’t happen all at once
  4. Improving sometimes means getting worse first
  5. The better you get, the harder it will become to improve
  6. You improve at your own rate
  7. Improving means making things harder on yourself at training

The article was written by Olivier Poirier-Leroy, a former national level swimmer for Canada. A full copy of the article can be found on the club noticeboard and makes interesting reading.

Member Profile

Name:

Margaret Edwards

Age:

60

Year Joined:

1969

Positions held: (if relevant)

Property Officer (not Lost Property Officer)

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle (Butterfly if I could do it)

Favourite thing about swimming:

Staying healthy & great friendships, it’s a fun place to be

Favourite food:

Anything that’s made for me

Favourite TV show:

Whatever Graham makes me watch (golf, AFL)

When I grow up I want to be:

Eventually leave school

Favourite Swimmer:

I admire anyone who has a go

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Closed

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

MSW Long Course Qualifying Meet

Sunday 6th January

Closed

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

MASC 200metre Individual Medley Boys 14 ys – SNR, Girls 13yrs - SNR

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

MSW Area LC C/hips (13yrs & under)

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

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Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Issue 10, 2018/2019

SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

Congratulations to Alison Sakurovs who swam a season best time in the Women’s Open 50 metre Freestyle at the Senior Metropolitan Championships held last weekend. Great work Alison, good reward for all those hard training sessions and NO chocolates!

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:
  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest are now open. The program of events is available online.

This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

We are hosting the Masters BPS Sprint Meet and SwimFest on the same day, so we really need help throughout the day. Jobs on the day will include set up & pack up, timekeeping, marshalling, check starting, starting, bbq & refreshments.

Graham is preparing a roster of jobs, so please advise of your availability for the day.

Club Uniform

Club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Squad Training

The last training session for 2018 will be held on Saturday 22nd December, 2018 and sessions resume on Wednesday 2nd January, 2019 (time to work off the Christmas joy). If you are going to be away over January please advise the coach of your changes to your normal training session attendance.

Cole Classic Charity Swim – Sunday 3rd February, 2019

Timothy Hayes, a past member who attended the recent Back to Merrylands Day will be participating in the Cole Classic Charity Swim to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project. Tim is swimming and raising funds to honour his eldest daughter, Stephanie, who passed way in June this year.

You can support Tim in his fundraising efforts by donating to help raise funds for this great cause at
https://coleclassic2019.everydayhero.com/au/swim-for-stephanie. Tim’s target is to raise $5,000.

Or if you would like to play a more active role you and enjoy an ocean swim, you could join Team Swim for Stephanie. The event is being held at Manly Beach on Sunday 3rd February, 2019 and distances to choose from are 1km, 2km or 5km. Registering for this event can be done by following this link (early bird rate available up to 4th December, 2018): https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=sunrun&Edition=2019&Team=SwimforStephanie

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Swimming NSW Website

SNSW have implemented a new website (Swim Central). If you haven’t yet, take the time to visit the website to check out the information available at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/

Going on Holidays?

Share a photo with your 50th Anniversary Cap and let’s see how many places it can visit before the end of the summer 📷

Tag Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club in your photo and add the hashtag #masc50 to get involved 🐳

Pool Entry Cards

To assist in reducing any issues with pool entry card payments and usage we recommend:

  • When you top up your card ask the attendant at that point how many entries you now have on your card;
  • When you top up your card ask for your receipt as proof of payment if there are future issues. If you are paying by credit card, you can use that as proof of payment if required;
  • When you scan your card on entry, ask how many entries you now have left so you know the correct number are being deducted.

Pool Entry Information

Club Members receive a significant discount on entry fees at the council's swimming centres when attending club activities.
It is important that attendance at the centre is accurately recorded - this will have a direct impact on future upgrades of the centre as council considers the usage of pools when planning improvements.
When attending Club Races or Training, please ensure you:
  • wait to be served at the front entrance before entering the centre;
  • have your current 2018/19 club membership card with you - you may be asked to produce your card for proof of club membership;
  • have completed your details on your membership card - Name, Club & Membership Number.
If you have any problems, please speak to Graham or Peter.
 
Entry fees to the pool are detailed below:
  1. When attending Club Races:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee of $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Non-Club Member Spectators must either
      • pay the Spectator Fee of $3.80, or
      • use a Spectator 20 Entry Pass ($72 for 20 entries - equivalent of $3.60 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people)
    • Non-Club Member Swimmers
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
    • Officials (Timekeepers etc.)
      • No Charge - must sign the book at the entrance and assist with the running of the races.
  2. When attending Training & Learn to Swim:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee: $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Spectators
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry
    • Swimmers not in the Squad or Learn to Swim
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
Want to join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $22. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. Apply for membership on the Registration page.

Member Profile

Name:

Graham Edwards

Age:

59

Year Joined:

1980’s

Positions held: (if relevant)

President, Life Member, Referee

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke (and nothing else, especially 200 metre training sets)

Favourite thing about swimming:

Staying healthy & great friendships, it’s a fun place to be

Favourite food:

Baked dinner

Favourite TV show:

Ask Margaret?

When I grow up I want to be:

Healthy, wealthy & wise, oh and grumpy!

Favourite Swimmer:

Cameron Smith (oh sorry he’s a golfer)

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Closed

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January

 

MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

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Issue 9, 2018/2019

Welcome to December

We have already seen 8 weeks of club races and some fantastic results have been achieved by our swimmers, keep up the great work. Thank you to our Club Coaches who do a superb job encouraging and teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Whales Challenge - Today

Congratulations to the White “Emery” team who were successful over the Maroon “Turner” team in the first of the seasons Whales Challenges. Final point score was White 1,955 and Maroon 1,784. The next Whales Challenge is on 19th January 2019, when Maroon will get the chance to even the score.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

This year’s Parramatta Inter-Club Cup was held at Granville Pool last Saturday afternoon. A great effort by our team saw us fall agonisingly short of winning the cup for the 3rd time, with Parramatta City scoring 16 more points than Merrylands.

It was fantastic to see the amazing teamwork on display and support across the team for all of our swimmers. Thank you to all our swimmers, parents who assisted with timekeeping, team managers, coaches and competition committee for all your hard work in making the meet a great success.

Club Uniform

Club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Swimming Metro South West – Senior Long Course Championships

Congratulation to Michael Evans, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Reece Tomkinson who represented our club at the Area Championships held at SOPAC last weekend. A great result achieved with 1 medal (Bronze to Reece for his 50m Backstroke), 8 finalists and 4 PB’s.

50th Anniversary Celebrations

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:
  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section.

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest are now open. The program of events is now available.
This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Closed

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

Whales Tales Online

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Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Issue 8, 2018/2019

Club Captains

Congratulations to Michael Evans and Charlie-Rose El Riachi who have been elected as Club Captains for the 2018/2019 season. Thank you to Sophia Vicic for her great work as a Club Captain in the 2017/2018 season.

Whales Challenge - Today

Today is the first of our 3 Whales Challenges for the season. All swimmers have been appointed to represent either the White “Emery” or Maroon “Turner” teams for all races this morning. The list of team members is on the noticeboard in case you haven’t checked the website to see which team you are in.
Swimmers need to wear a cap of their team colour in each race they swim in. If you don’t have a cap of your team colour please see Margaret.

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The Parramatta Inter-Club Cup is being held at Granville Pool this afternoon. We will have approx. 40 swimmers representing our club at this meet.
Warm-up commences at 3.00pm, with the meet commencing at 3.30pm. So make sure you are at the pool and stretched ready to enter the water at 3.00pm for your warm-up.
We will need to provide timekeepers on the day so we ask all parents to be available to assist during the meet.
May the Whale be with all of our swimmers, let’s see if we can win the cup for the 3rd time.

Club Uniform

Club uniform items can be ordered on the online shop.
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Swimming Metro South West – Senior Long Course Championships

Congratulation to Michael Evans, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Reece Tomkinson who represented our club at the Area Championships held at SOPAC last weekend. A great result achieved with 1 medal (Bronze to Reece for his 50m Backstroke), 8 finalists and 4 PB’s.

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:
• Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
• Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
• 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019
More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section.

Fundraising

Thank you to those who have taken and sold chocolates for our recent fundraising activity. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker.

Cole Classic Charity Swim – Sunday 3rd February, 2019

Timothy Hayes, a past member who attended the recent Back to Merrylands Day will be participating in the Cole Classic Charity Swim to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project. Tim is swimming and raising funds to honour his eldest daughter, Stephanie, who passed way in June this year.
You can support Tim in his fundraising efforts by donating to help raise funds for this great cause at
https://coleclassic2019.everydayhero.com/au/swim-for-stephanie. Tim’s target is to raise $5,000.
Or if you would like to play a more active role you and enjoy an ocean swim, you could join Team Swim for Stephanie. The event is being held at Manly Beach on Sunday 3rd February, 2019 and distances to choose from are 1km, 2km or 5km. Registering for this event can be done by following this link (early bird rate available up to 4th December, 2018):https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=sunrun&Edition=2019&Team=SwimforStephanie

Merrylands SwimFest – Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Entries for the 2019 Merrylands SwimFest are now open. The program of events is now available.
This year, members of our club will receive a discount on their event entries. To receive your discount, make sure you enter using the "Entries for Merrylands Members" button on the Online Entries page in the SwimFest section.

Timekeepers

Thank you to everyone who helps with timekeeping the club races each week. Your help is invaluable in providing 2 timekeepers per lane so we have accurate timing for the swimmers. A few things to remember when you are timekeeping:
  • After each race has started, check that your watch has started. If it hasn’t notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Check your watch is running throughout the race. If you bump one of the buttons and it stops, press the button again and the watch will resume from where it should be up to
  • If you miss the finish and stop your watch early or late, or have any other problem – notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Leave phones aside during the races so that you can concentrate on the swimmer in your lane
  • There is Tea and Coffee available in the club room for timekeepers after the races

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Pool Entry Information

Club Members receive a significant discount on entry fees at the council's swimming centres when attending club activities.
It is important that attendance at the centre is accurately recorded - this will have a direct impact on future upgrades of the centre as council considers the usage of pools when planning improvements.
When attending Club Races or Training, please ensure you:
  • wait to be served at the front entrance before entering the centre;
  • have your current 2018/19 club membership card with you - you may be asked to produce your card for proof of club membership;
  • have completed your details on your membership card - Name, Club & Membership Number.
If you have any problems, please speak to Graham or Peter.
 
Entry fees to the pool are detailed below:
  1. When attending Club Races:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee of $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Non-Club Member Spectators must either
      • pay the Spectator Fee of $3.80, or
      • use a Spectator 20 Entry Pass ($72 for 20 entries - equivalent of $3.60 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people)
    • Non-Club Member Swimmers
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
    • Officials (Timekeepers etc.)
      • No Charge - must sign the book at the entrance and assist with the running of the races.
  2. When attending Training & Learn to Swim:
    • Children 4yrs & Under
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry;
    • Club Members must either
      • pay the Club Member entry fee: $4.20, or
      • use a Club 20 Entry Pass ($46 for 20 entries - equivalent of $2.30 per entry - 1 pass can be used by multiple people), or
      • use a Centre Member Pass (1, 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for a single named Club Member - each member requires their own pass)
    • Spectators
      • No Charge - must be advised to pool staff on entry
    • Swimmers not in the Squad or Learn to Swim
      • must pay the normal pool entry fees
Want to join the club as a Non-Swimmer? The Non-Swimmer membership fee is $22. This small fee provides you with the benefits of being a club member including access to the above club member discounted pool entry fees. Apply for membership on the Registration page.

Member Profile

Name:

Leanne Tovkach

Age:

48

Year Joined:

2014

Positions held: (if relevant)

Secretary, Executive Committee Member

Favourite Stroke:

Backstroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Swimming clears the mind and is relaxing

Favourite food:

Nachos and cheesecake

Favourite TV show:

Chicago PD/Fire

When I grow up I want to be:

The best person I can be to my family and friends

Favourite Swimmer:

David Bale (my brother) and Leisel Jones

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Closed

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Thursday 29th November

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

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Issue 7, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day

We hope you enjoyed the Back to Merrylands Day celebrations last Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who attended the day including our Life Members, past and current members, families & friends. Unfortunately Ms Julia Finn MP for Granville was unable to attend and had sent her apologies for this. Thanks also to Jann Fathers who visited and helped out refereeing club races.

The celebrations and events held on the day were organised by the club and they could not have happened without a big effort by the Committee members. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day with activities such as cooking the bbq breakfast, running the pool activities, organising and picking up the cake and taking photos.

The club hired an inflatable for the day and it was enjoyed by everyone who attempted to become a Merrylands Ninja Warrior. Additional life guards to man the inflatable during the day were provided by council. It was great to host a special visit by Yampu, the Optus Junior Dolphin, I hear Yampu made a great impression on all the kids, young and not so young!

We still have a number of other events planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary over the rest of the season. These include:

  • Merrylands 50s - Saturday, 5th January, 2019
  • Dive In Movie - Saturday, 19th January, 2019
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday, 6th April, 2019

More details for these and other events can be found in the 50th Anniversary section of the website.

Club Captains

We will be announcing our Club Captains for the 2018/2019 season this morning.

Fundraising

Thank you to those who have taken and sold chocolates for our recent fundraising activity. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker by the end of week 8, Saturday 24th November 2018.

100 metre Backstroke Championship –Saturday 24th November, 2018

The postponed 100 metre Backstroke Championship races will be held next Saturday (24th November, 2018) in addition to the 200 metre Individual Medley Open Championship. The 400 metre event has been removed from the program to provide time for the two championship events to be held. More details are available on the club website (online entries).

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The Parramatta Inter-Club Cup will be held at Granville Pool next Saturday (24th November, 2018). The Competition Committee will advise all swimmers who have been selected to represent our club at this meet. Cost for each swimmer is $10 which includes pool entry, event entries and a sausage sandwich. Entry to the pool for spectators is free.

Warm-up commences at 3.00pm, with the meet commencing at 3.30pm. So make sure you are at the pool and stretched ready to enter the water at 3.00pm for your warm-up.

We will need to provide timekeepers on the day so we ask all parents to be available to assist during the meet.

If you need to purchase club uniform items before this meet please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the club website to place an order.

Did you know?

Do you know who your office bearers and committee members for this season are?

Executive

Graham Edwards

Peter Johnston

Leanne Tovkach

Ian Johnston

Alison Johnston

Vacancy

  

President

Vice-President

Secretary

Treasurer

Race Secretary

Social Secretary

Committee

Tricia Johnston

Ian Wilson

Vicki Baker

Margaret Edwards

Vacancy

Vacancy

In addition these members hold a number of other positions and perform roles that ensure the smooth running of our club. Thank you to these members for volunteering for these roles and the time they provide to the club. 7 of these members are life members of the club and they have dedicated many years of service to the club.

There are lots of jobs that need to be done on a Saturday morning. Are you interested in learning how to do any of the following: Chief Time Keeper, Marshal, Starter, Recorder, Timing System Operator, Computer Operator? If so, please speak to Graham.

The more people involved in these roles the smoother club races can run and also cover times when our officials are not available.

As you can see we do have a couple of positions vacant on the committee and we are looking to fill these roles. Previous experience in roles and committee positions are not required. We would love to have a broad cross section of our members volunteering to help steer the direction of the club as we enter the next 50 years.

To learn more about the club and it’s activities club members can log on to the club website and read the latest Annual Report (2017/2018 season).

Timekeepers

Thank you to everyone who helps with timekeeping the club races each week. Your help is invaluable in providing 2 timekeepers per lane so we have accurate timing for the swimmers. A few things to remember when you are timekeeping:

  • After each race has started, check that your watch has started. If it hasn’t notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Check your watch is running throughout the race. If you bump one of the buttons and it stops, press the button again and the watch will resume from where it should be up to
  • If you miss the finish and stop your watch early or late, or have any other problem – notify the Chief Timekeeper
  • Leave phones aside during the races so that you can concentrate on the swimmer in your lane
  • There is Tea and Coffee available in the club room for timekeepers after the races

Swimming Metro South West – Open Water Championships

Congratulations to Matthew Vicic on his first open water swim in the 2.5k race last Sunday. Great effort Matthew and with a big smile at the finish.

Swimming Metro South West – Senior Long Course Championships

Good luck to Michael Evans, Steven Nguyen, Alison Sakurovs & Reece Tomkinson who are competing at the Area Championships being held at SOPAC this weekend. May the whale be with you all.

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

Shoosh For Kids

Shoosh for Kids is a collaboration between the Office of Sport and Swimming NSW to promote positive behaviour to clubs, members and spectators. For more information visit https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/ryc/fairplay/ShooshforKids

Member Profile

Name:

Peter Johnston

Age:

39

Year Joined:

1987

Positions held: (if relevant)

Life member, Vice President, Registrar, Learn to Swim Coordinator, Competition Committee Member, Assistant Publicity Officer, Coach, Recorder/Computer Operator, IT Guru, and parent

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

The feeling of moving effortlessly through the water when your stroke all comes together

Favourite food:

Hamburgers

Favourite TV show:

Formula 1 Grand Prix

When I grow up I want to be:

Waterslide tester

Favourite Swimmer:

Is this a trick question? Coaches don’t have favourites 😉

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Whales Tales Online

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Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Junior)

Saturday 17th November

Closed

MSW Area LC C/ships (12 Yrs & Over)

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Closed

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Friday 16th November

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Thursday 29th November

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Club Races return

Saturday 5th January

Thursday 3rd January

Issue 6, 2018/2019

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day

Today we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Merrylands Swimming Centre and Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our current and past members including our life members, families, friends, community members and Ms Julia Finn MP for Granville. Our club has a rich history serving the community, with many members of the local community having participated in activities such as club races, squad training and learn to swim lessons.

The swimming centre was officially opened on Saturday 9th November, 1968 by the Mayor of Holroyd, Alderman Devlin. The pool cost $365,000 to construct (approx $4,500,000 in 2018 value).

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club was formed in the same year and originally ran club races on a Friday night during December, January & February. The club had over 250 members registered in the first season – one of the largest in NSW at the time (last season we had 187 members registered – still in the top 10% of clubs in the state). The club’s logo comes from the model whale which was originally the centre-piece of the babies pool.


Pool Opening in 1968

Club Photo 1968/69

Whale centre-piece

Club Captains

We are holding voting this morning for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains. The nominations received for these positions are:

Male Female
Michael Evans Sophia Vicic
Charlie-Rose El Riachi

We have two returning officers who will accept votes from our First Claim members up to 9.30am.

100 metre Backstroke Championship –Saturday 24th November, 2018

The postponed 100 metre Backstroke Championship races will be held on Saturday 24th November, 2018, in addition to the 200 metre Individual Medley Open Championship. The 400 metre event has been removed from the program to provide time for the two championship events to be held. More details are available on the club website (online entries).

Parramatta InterClub Cup – Saturday 24th November, 2018

The Parramatta InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018. The Competition Committee will advise all swimmers who have been selected to represent our club at this meet. If you need to purchase club uniform items before this meet please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the club website to place an order.

Member Profile

To celebrate our 50th anniversary today we have a member profile for one of our first club members:

Name:

Gladys Pye

Age:

85

Year Joined:

1968

Positions held: (if relevant)

Life member, Referee

Favourite Stroke:

I can’t swim a stroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Interaction with our junior members

Favourite food:

Home cooked fried rice

Favourite TV show:

Escape to the Country

When I grow up I want to be:

I wanted to be a nurse

Favourite Swimmer:

Every swimmer

Glad, together with her husband, Jim, were founding members of our club. Not only is Glad a Life Member of Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club (awarded in 1986), she is also a Life Member of Mt Pritchard and Blacktown City Swimming Clubs, Metro South West Area (formerly the Cumberland District), CHS (Combined High Schools Sports Association) and Swimming NSW (awarded in 2016).

In 2006, Glad's service to our club was formally recognised with the naming of the Club Room at Merrylands Swimming Centre after Glad and her husband Jim. The Club Room was officially named the "Glad and Jim Pye Club Room" by the Mayor of Holroyd, Councillor Dr John Brodie, at a special ceremony on Saturday, 9th December, 2006.

Glad has dedicated a lifetime to swimming and she has received numerous awards and recognition for her service. We would like to thank Glad for her dedication to our club and sport.

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales.

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged online up to 8.00pm on the Thursday before Saturday races.

If you need to change a race entry already lodged please email race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

To be eligible to enter championships the swimmer must be financial in this season. The swimmer must have swum the same stroke and same distance during the current season (check the program and plan your swims carefully).

Remember there are limits to the number of swims you can do on a Saturday.

If there is a championship for your age (whether you are swimming in it or not) you can swim:

  • your Age championship
  • the Open championship (subject to having swum in your age championship)
  • 2 other events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If there is NO championship for your age you can swim:

  • 3 events
  • Senior Handicap (if 17 and over)
  • Relay (if there is one on the program for the day)

If you enter too many events your entries for the extra event/s will be withdrawn when the program is prepared for the day.

Shoosh For Kids

Shoosh for Kids is a collaboration between the Office of Sport and Swimming NSW to promote positive behaviour to clubs, members and spectators. See the attached brochure and posters in the club room for more information or visit https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/ryc/fairplay/ShooshforKids

Play By The Rules

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport. For more information and resources see www.playbytherules.net.au

Safe Sport Framework

The safety of children and young people in our sport is paramount. We want swimming to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all. The Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike.

A copy of the Safe Sport Framework is available on the noticeboard in the club room or can be downloaded at www.swimming.org.au/Home/Officials-Volunteers/Safe-sport-(1).aspx

Upcoming Events

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Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Closed

Voting for Club Captains Close

Saturday 10th November

 

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Closed

MSW Area LC C/ships (12 Yrs & Over)

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Closed

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 24th November

Closed

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Friday 16th November

MASC 200metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 1st December

Thursday 29th November

MASC 400metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 8th December

Thursday 6th December

MASC 400metre Freestyle JNR

Boys 10 – 13 yrs, Girls 10 – 12 yrs

Saturday 15th December

Thursday 13th December

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 22nd December

Thursday 20th December

Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 29th December

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Are you a member of Club Merrylands?

Club Merrylands are developing a program to reward local community clubs such as our club. To do this Club Merrylands would like to identify memberships held by our club members and group them together. If you would like to participate in this program and help our club obtain additional support from Club Merrylands let Graham know you are a member. We will provide more details of this program as Club Merrylands implement the reward program.

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