Issue 5, 2018/2019

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.

The order of events for the day will be:

  • 200 metre Individual Medley Championship (Open)
  • 50 metres Individual Medley
  • Butterfly – all distances
  • Breaststroke – all distances
  • Freestyle – all distances
  • 100 metre Backstroke Championships
  • Backstroke (50 metre, 25 metre & 33 metre only)
  • 200 metres choice
  • Relay
  • Senior Handicap
  • 15 metre

See the table below to confirm what events you can enter on the day:

6 years & under

7 – 9 years

10 – 16 years

17 + years

3 Swims
50IM
Relay

Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
50IM
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay
Senior H/Cap

Club Captains

The following nominations have been received for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains:
Male Female
Michael Evans Sophia Vicic
Charlie-Rose El Riachi
Voting will be held next Saturday morning (10th November, 2018) during club races.

InterClub Cup

The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018. This is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. The Race Committee will be advising swimmers of the events they have been selected to compete in.
If you need to purchase club uniform items before this meet please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the uniform page to place an order.

50th Anniversary – Back to Merrylands Day Saturday 10th November, 2018

The first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be held next Saturday. It is Back To Merrylands Day with club races, novelty events, bbq and pool party (inflatable) some of the day’s events. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning.
We would also like to hold a display of our perpetual trophies, so if you currently have a perpetual trophy please bring it with you on the day.
Further information at on the Back to Merrylands page.
A celebration dinner will be held at the end of the season on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details on the 50th Anniversary page.

Learn to Swim

Thank you to everyone who has been helping out with Learn to Swim. There are no lessons on the 10th November, 2018 due to the Back to Merrylands Day. Lessons will resume on 17th November, 2018.

Did you know?

The original starting blocks had changed little since the pool was constructed in 1968. Replacement of the starting blocks has been over a year in the making and it has only been due to the hard work of the committee that we have new state-of-the-art blocks today.
The club sourced the majority of the funding to replace the blocks, selected the model of block, placed the order and organised the installation. We are also organising covers to protect them.
The blocks selected (the Omega OSB14) are a similar model to those installed at SOPAC - having the same top - which will give our swimmers the ideal equipment for use in practicing their starts.
So how much did they cost? Each block cost $3,688 - so look after them! We had the last blocks for 50 years, so the new ones need to last a while.

The original blocks in 1973

2018 version
 
In 1972, Merrylands Swimming Centre hosted the swimming events for the 7th Australian Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Games, which doubled as the selection trials for the 1972 Summer Paralympics. In 1977, the centre also hosted swimming events as part of the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled.

Important Information for Age Championships

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. Swimmers need to check the Championships page for more information.

In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. See the club website for more details.

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.

Member Profile

Name:

Ben Taylor

Age:

50

Year Joined:

2017

Positions held: (if relevant)

Swimmer

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Friends made

Favourite food:

Anything home cooked

Favourite TV show:

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures

When I grow up I want to be:

Still trying to decide

Favourite Swimmer:

Alexander Popov – 1992 & 1996 Olympic gold medallist

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

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Closed

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Thursday 8th November

Voting for Club Captains Close

Saturday 10th November

 

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Entries for the MSW Area Long Course Age & Open Championships (12 Years & Over) being held on Saturday 17th November, 2018 & Sunday 18th November, 2018 close at midnight this Tuesday (6th November, 2018). So make sure you lodge your entries before the closing time.

Fundraising

Our chocolate fundraising activity is underway. Thank you to those who have taken and sold chocolates. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker as we would like to wrap this up by the end of this month.

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Relay Competition

Relay forms with team member names need to be lodged with the Race Secretary before today’s relay.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club

Issue 4, 2018/2019

100 metre Backstroke Championship – to be swum on Saturday 24th November, 2018

Following the postponement last Saturday we will now be holding the 100 metre Backstroke Championship races on Saturday 24th November, 2018. There will be 2 championships held on the day.

The order of events for the day will be:

  • 200 metre Individual Medley Championship (Open)
  • 50 metres Individual Medley
  • Butterfly – all distances
  • Breaststroke – all distances
  • Freestyle – all distances
  • 100 metre Backstroke Championships
  • Backstroke (50 metre, 25 metre & 33 metre only)
  • 200 metres choice
  • Relay
  • Senior Handicap
  • 15 metre

Note the 400 metre event has been removed from the program to provide time for the two championship events to be held on the same day.

Entries for the 100 metre Backstroke Championship have been carried over and swimmers will not need to re-enter if they had entered by the closing date. Swimmers who did not qualify for and enter the 100 Backstroke before the 20th  October, 2018 will be ineligible to compete in the 100 Backstroke Championship.

See the table below to confirm what events you can enter on the day:

6 years & under

7 – 9 years

10 – 16 years

17 + years

3 Swims
50IM
Relay

Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
50IM
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay

Open 200IM
Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims
Relay
Senior H/Cap

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am today. All financial first claim members can vote for these positions at week 6 (10th November, 2018).
I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions. See Graham today to nominate.

InterClub Cup

The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. 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.

Fundraising

Our chocolate fundraising activity is underway. Thankyou to those who have taken and sold chocolates. Please return funds to Vicki & Hayley Baker.

50th Anniversary

Our first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be Back To Merrylands Day & pool party on Saturday 10th November, 2018. Emails have been sent to former and life members this week and we had a short article in The Daily Telegraph last Monday advertising the day. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning. They will have the opportunity to join in club races and relive past glories, as well as some of the older “activities” they undertook.

A celebration dinner will be held at the end of the season on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details on the 50th Anniversary page.

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Club Merrylands – Grandparents Day

NSW Grandparents Day celebrates the role grandparents and older people play in our society.

The campaign recognizes the diversity of grandparent relationships across age groups, cultural backgrounds, and geographical locations.

It's a day to spend time with an older loved one and connect across the generations.

Celebrate it with a fun Barefoot Bowls game for grandparents and grandchildren this Sunday at Guildford Bowling Club

Technical Officials

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=217. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information. We are looking to hold an information and training session one afternoon at the pool whilst squads are training, so look out for information about this.

Important Information for Age Championships

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. Swimmers need to check the Championships page for more information.

In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. See the club website for more details.

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.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

Nominations for Club Captains Close

Saturday 27th October

 

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Thursday 1st November

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Thursday 8th November

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Tech Talk General Rules - Key things to know:

  • You cannot use or wear any device that may aid your speed or buoyancy or endurance (e.g. timing devices, flippers, wet suits etc.)
  • Goggles and swim caps can be worn (you can wear two caps)
  • Swimsuits
    • must be in good moral taste, cannot be transparent and must be FINA approved
    • FINA release a list each year of approved swimwear for World Championships and Olympic Games http://www.fina.org/content/fina-approved-swimwear)
    • must be of a textile material and must not contain any non textile material such as polyurethane or neoprene
    • cannot have zippers or other fastening devices (e.g. linking rings), except for a waist tie
  • Men’s swimsuits
    • limited to one suit
    • the most it can cover is the body surface from hips to knees (may not extend above the waist or below the knees)
  • Women’s swimsuits
    • limited to one suit (this can one or two pieces)
    • design must be “open back” and “open shoulder” that may extend down to the knee (may not extend below the knees)
  • The referee can exclude any swimmer whose swimsuit does not comply with the rules
  • Body tape is not allowed to be worn unless approved by the referee for the meet/session. If you have a medical reason for wearing body tape you must report to the referee before the meet/session to seek approval for the wearing of the tape. Taping would not be allowed if it is considered to provide a competitive advantage, taping of fingers together is strictly prohibited. Kinesio taping is also not allowed

Member Profile

Name:

Ellie Menhem

Age:

12

Year Joined:

2014

Positions held: (if relevant)

Swimmer

Favourite Stroke:

Breaststroke

Favourite thing about swimming:

Training, winning, representing

Favourite food:

Burito & bacon (don’t tell the coach though)

Favourite TV show:

Man Fire Food

When I grow up I want to be:

Childrens doctor

Favourite Swimmer:

Michael Phelps

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

Issue 3, 2018/2019

100 metre Backstroke Championship Postponed

As you are aware we have taken the tough decision to postpone this week’s Backstroke Championship races. This is disappointing for everyone, however we believe it was the most sensible decision to make given the delay with the starting blocks installation. I’m sure all of our backstroke swimmers will appreciate the decision, as we have all struggled with starting these races as the pool is currently presented.
 
I am glad to report that installation is progressing. As you can see the pebblecrete repairs have been removed and replaced with tiling. This provides the best base for the installation of the starting blocks and these are due to be installed before next week’s club races.
 
Notice of the postponement was provided to club members and thus they have had the opportunity to enter a 3rd event today if they had only entered 2 events (per the club by-laws).
 
We will work to identify the most appropriate date to hold the 100 metre Backstroke Championship races and entries submitted by the closing date this week will be carried over to the new date. No new or late entries will be accepted.

Club Captains

Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are still open and close at 9.30am next Saturday (27th October, 2018). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions at week 6 (10th November, 2018). Details of the responsibilities and activities of the Club Captains can be found in the By-Laws (copy available on the noticeboard and also on the club website). I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions. See Graham to nominate.

Swimming Results

Congratulations to Helen Macpherson & Summer Shrestha who competed at the NSW Achiever Squad meet last Saturday, representing our club and Metro South West Area. Both Helen & Summer swam 4 new personal best times from their 4 events and to top it off, Helen also qualified for the NSW Metropolitan Championships for the first time.
8 swimmers also competed last weekend at the NSW State Masters SC Championships. The team took home 24 medals (5 gold, 13 silver, 6 bronze) and finished in 2nd place in Division 2, with all 8 swimmers taking home at least 1 medal. Congratulations to the whole team on their results.

InterClub Cup

The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. 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.

Fundraising

We have a chocolate fundraising activity underway. We still have some boxes available, so if you are yet to take a box or would like to take more or return funds, please see Vicki & Hayley Baker.

50th Anniversary

Our first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be Back To Merrylands Day & pool party on Saturday 10th November, 2018. Emails have been sent to former and life members this week and we had a short article in The Daily Telegraph last Monday advertising the day. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning. They will have the opportunity to join in club races and relive past glories, as well as some of the older “activities” they undertook.
 
We will be holding a celebration dinner at the end of the season and this is booked for Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details on the 50th Anniversary page.

Did you know?

The anti-wave lane ropes stored in the club room were purchased by the club in 2000 (costing approximately $800 per rope at the time). Prior to this, the pool only had old orange polyethylene ropes with foam floats, as seen in the photo below from our 25th Anniversary carnival in 1993. (The council later purchased their own set of lane ropes, which are the ones used by the general public.) The club's lane ropes are carefully maintained so we can provide the best equipment possible for our members. Over the October long weekend we replaced damaged floats and two tensioners, costing just over $300 in parts. Thanks to Ian Johnston, Peter Johnston & Graham Edwards for performing this maintenance.
 
The old orange ropes used to be removed from the pool after each club morning and training session. Club members would coil the ropes into washing baskets, before they were transported up to the old clubroom for storage. There was often a bit of competition to see who could remove their rope the fastest, but still keep it tidy in the basket.
There are a few familiar faces in this photo, see if you can spot them. Oh and remember the old blocks?

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Important Information for Age Championships

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. The season program details the date for all championships, so check this carefully to ensure you know which dates your events are being held on.
 
In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. This must be done before the closing date (Tuesday 6th November, 2018) of the MSW Area Championships.
 
Check the Championships page for more information.

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.

Technical Officials

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=217. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information.
 
Swimming Metro South West are holding a Technical Official Forum tomorrow (Sunday 21st October, 2018) at Revesby Workers Club. This forum is open to any technical official, as well as anyone interested in becoming a technical official, or anyone interested in learning more about what technical officials do. See Graham for more details.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ONLINE ENTRY CLOSING

MASC 100metre Backstroke

TBA

Closed

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 27th October

Thursday 25th October

Nominations for Club Captains Close

Saturday 27th October

 

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Thursday 1st November

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Thursday 8th November

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Thursday 22nd November

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

Tech Talk

Breaststroke – simultaneous and separated hands at turns and finishes:

Member Profile

Here is our 2nd member profile and this is one of our club’s original members:

Name:

Glenda Wood

Age:

22+

Year Joined:

1968 (that’s 50 years this season)

Positions held: (if relevant)

Marshall/Check Starter & child minder

Favourite Stroke:

Freestyle, in my younger days it was Butterfly

Favourite thing about swimming:

Exercise and social

Favourite food:

Anything I shouldn’t eat

Favourite TV show:

Home & Away

When I grow up I want to be:

CBA Banker

Favourite Swimmer:

Shane Gould, I even raced her in our heydays

See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales as we would like to provide a profile of our members throughout the season.

Issue 2, 2018/2019

Summer

I’m sure summer is somewhere nearby, we just need to look a bit harder for it. A wet and cool start to the season seems to be continuing but we had a good number of swimmers and learn to swim participants for our first week of races & grading last week. Let’s hope the sun arrives soon.
 
Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (27th October, 2018). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (10th November, 2018). Details of the responsibilities and activities of the Club Captains can be found in the By-Laws (copy available on the noticeboard and also on the club website). I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions.
 
Our first event celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season will be Back To Merrylands Day & pool party on Saturday 10th November, 2018. If you know any of our former-members please let them know about the day and encourage them to come down to club races that morning. They will have the opportunity to join in club races and relive past glories. There will be a range of activities throughout the day, as the club and council celebrate the original opening of the pool which was on 9th November 1968. More information is available on the Back to Merrylands page.
 
We will be holding a celebration dinner at the end of the season and this is booked for Saturday 6th April, 2019 at the Holroyd Centre. More details will be available on the 50th Anniversary page.
 
The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. 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.
 
The Masters meet and annual Merrylands SwimFest will be held back-to-back on Saturday 23rd February, 2019. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.
 
Our club website is a key information source, so save this to your favourites and keep up-to-date with the latest news and information throughout the season. The 2018/2019 Program is available on the club website. Please review this to plan your swims, especially to ensure that you qualify for upcoming championships, as these commence on 20th October, 2018.
 
Good luck to our Masters swimmers who are competing this weekend at the NSW Masters Short Course Championships on the Central Coast. May the whale be with you all.

Vale Jim Earl

We were saddened to hear during the week that one of the club’s first coaches, Jim Earl, passed away in August. Jim, together with Harry Vella, were the first swimming coaches of the club, running morning and afternoon sessions. They ran a tight ship ensuring swimmers worked hard and improved their skills. A few of our current members were in the squads Jim coached and have fond memories of these sessions.
 
Jim moved to live on the Central Coast when he retired and was the patron of the NSW Super Senior Golf Association, having been a co-founder of the NSW Super Senior Pennants competition.

Important Information for Club Age Championships this season

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. The season program details the date for all championships, so check this carefully to ensure you know which dates your events are being held on.
 
In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. This must be done before the closing date (Tuesday 6th November, 2018) of the MSW Area Championships.
 
Check the Championships page for more information.

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged either on manual race cards or online. There are cut-off dates for all race entries and these deadlines will be adhered to. So to make sure you have entries for races on the following Saturday please ensure:

Manual Card Entries

These must be placed in the maroon entry box by 6pm Wednesday. Cards (including from a family) should be bound together with an elastic band.

To ensure that you have entries in we suggest you purchase the cards on the Saturday prior and place them in the maroon box before you leave on that day.

Manual race cards will not be sold during the week at training etc

Online Entries

These can be submitted on the club website and need to be entered by 8pm Thursday

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).

Technical Officials

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=217. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information.

Swimming Metro South West are holding a Technical Official Forum on Sunday 21st October 2018 at Revesby Workers Club. This forum is free and open to any technical official, as well as anyone interested in becoming a technical official, or anyone interested in learning more about what technical officials do. So if you are interested in attending this forum please see Graham for more details.

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Member Profile

We are re-introducing the member profile and we would like to provide a profile of our members throughout the season. See Graham to provide your profile information for inclusion in future editions of the Whales Tales. First cab off the rank is:
 

Name:

William Johnston

Age:

4

Year Joined:

2014

Positions held: (if relevant)

Parent co-ordinator

Favourite Stroke:

Butterfly wings

Favourite thing about swimming:

I got to break my record

Favourite food:

Bacon

Favourite TV show:

Extreme Railway Journeys

When I grow up I want to be:

Train Driver

Favourite Swimmer:

Mummy and Daddy

 

Did you know?

Your $82 swimming membership fee is distributed to 4 different organisations. Only 8% of the $82 goes to the club.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 100metre Backstroke

Saturday 20th October

Wednesday 17th October

MASC 100metre Breaststroke

Saturday 27th October

Wednesday 24th October

Nominations for Club Captains Close

Saturday 27th October

 

MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November

Wednesday 31st October

Back to Merrylands Day

Saturday 10th November

 

MASC 100metre Butterfly

Saturday 10th November

Wednesday 7th November

MSW West Area Open Water C/ships

Sunday 11th November

Tuesday 6th November

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

Sat 17th & Sun 18th November

Tuesday 6th November

MASC 200metre Ind Medley (Open)

Saturday 24th November

Wednesday 21st November

Whales Challenge

Saturday 24th November

Wednesday 21st November

Parramatta Inter-Club Cup

Saturday 24th November

 

Masters Long Distance C/ship

Sunday 25th November

Friday 16th November

 

Tech Talk

With the 100 metre Backstroke championship next week here are some key things to remember:
  • You must swim on your back throughout the race, except when executing a turn when you may turn onto the breast (see points below for more details of the turn);
  • You can be completely submerged for a distance of no more than 15 metres after the start and each turn, but by that point your head must have broken the surface of the water and some part of your body must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except when executing a turn;
  • When executing a turn:
    • you must touch the wall with some part of your body in your own lane;
    • during the turn your shoulders may be turned over the vertical to the breast after which an immediate continuous single arm pull or simultaneous double arm pull may be used to initiate the turn;
    • you must have returned to the position on your back upon leaving the wall;
  • To finish the race you must touch the wall while on your back in your own lane and you cannot be completely submerged before or at the finish.

I'm sure we already have at least one of these!

Guess what's in the boxes?

Issue 1, 2018/2019

Welcome to the 2018/2019 Season

Welcome to the club’s 50th anniversary swimming season. This is a milestone anniversary and one we will celebrate with numerous events during the season. Please join us in these celebrations throughout the season. One of our first events will be Back To Merrylands Day on Saturday 10th November, 2018.
 
Our club is a successful family oriented club and we welcome swimmers of all capabilities and ages. It is my pleasure to welcome back our existing members and I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new members joining us. We have an eye catching club uniform and I encourage everyone to wear the club uniform each Saturday morning to club races. If you would like to purchase club uniform items please see the club Property Officer (Margaret Edwards) & the club website to place an order.
 
The range of our program stretches from the Optus Junior Dolphin program, 15 metre races for our youngest swimmers, a Learn to Swim program (for juniors & adults) and events for swimmers of all ages, with juniors and adults swimming in Pointscore and Championship races.
 
Our club website is a key information source, so save this to your favourites and keep up-to-date with the latest news and information throughout the season. The 2018/2019 Program is available on the club website. Please review this to plan your swims, especially to ensure that you qualify for upcoming championships, as these commence on 20th October, 2018.
 
We will be hosting two swimming meets at Merrylands Pool this season and for the first time these will be held on the same day. Whilst it will be a big day, it will help reduce the overall workload on us all. So keep Saturday 23rd February, 2019 free as both the Masters and annual Merrylands SwimFest will be held back-to-back. We will need your assistance at both of these meets, as hosting meets is the major fund raising activity for our club.
 
Members of all ages from our club will also compete in various meets and championships throughout the season and I wish all of our swimmers success over the season and in these meets. The InterClub Cup will be held at Granville Pool on Saturday 24th November, 2018 and this is a short meet where every swimmer (young and not so young) from our club competes. We will strive to win the cup for the 3rd time.
 
Nominations for the positions of Male and Female Club Captains are open and close at 9.30am on week 4 (27th October, 2018). All financial first claim members can vote for these positions on week 6 (10th November, 2018). Details of the responsibilities and activities of the Club Captains can be found in the By-Laws (copy available on the club website). I encourage all of our eligible members to nominate for these positions.
 
I also encourage all of our members (swimmers and non-swimmers) to actively participate in the running of the club, be it involvement on the committee, as a technical official or helping out on a Saturday morning. It is vital for the smooth running of our club races that everyone is involved in activities such as setting up, timekeeping, selling raffle tickets, cooking the bbq or packing up to name just a few of the things we need to do each week. The success of the club and the enjoyment you receive being involved is priceless.
 
Graham

Important Information for Club Age Championships this season

With changes this season to the Swimming NSW calendar some of our club Age Championships will be held on different dates, depending on the age group. The season program details the date for all championships, so check this carefully to ensure you know which dates your events are being held on.
 
In particular Boys aged 13 years and Girls aged 12 years on 1st October, 2018 and who age up (have a birthday) before the MSW Area Championships on 17th November, 2018 may be affected with a clash in dates for the Age 200 metres Individual Medley championship (being held on 17th November, 2018). If this is the case you may apply to have your Age Championship race moved to another date. This must be done before the closing date (Tuesday 6th November, 2018) of the MSW Area Championships.
 
Check the Championships page for more information.
 

Important Information about Race Entries

Entries for races can be lodged either on manual race cards or online. There are cut-off dates for all race entries and these deadlines will be adhered to. So to make sure you have entries for races on the following Saturday please ensure:
 

Manual Card Entries

These must be placed in the maroon entry box by 6pm Wednesday. Cards (including from a family) should be bound together with an elastic band.

To ensure that you have entries in we suggest you purchase the cards on the Saturday prior and place them in the maroon box before you leave on that day.

Manual race cards will not be sold during the week at training etc

Online Entries

These can be submitted on the club website and need to be entered by 8pm Thursday

 

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).

Pool Entry and Volunteers Sign-On Book

Council kindly provides limited free pool entry to parents who are working in a volunteer role at Saturday club races. To qualify for this free entry you must sign the book on entry and undertake the volunteer role you have signed on to perform. Swimmers need to pay the appropriate pool entry fee.
 
If you have any questions about this please see Graham.

Technical Officials Information

Would you like to obtain a technical accreditation? Most roles are now available with an online module. Details can be found at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=217. Age is from secondary school student up. Best of all these modules are free to members of Swimming NSW. Please see Graham for more information.
 
Swimming Metro South West are holding a Technical Official Forum on Sunday 21st October 2018 at Revesby Workers Club. This forum is free and open to any technical official, as well as anyone interested in becoming a technical official, or anyone interested in learning more about what technical officials do. So if you are interested in attending this forum please see Graham for more details.

Issue 24, 2017/2018

Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year

It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that Peter Johnston was named the Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year for 2017 at last weekend’s Masters NSW State Championship meet. This is the 2nd time Peter has won this award, having first won it in 2013 and he is only the 2nd coach in NSW to win this award twice.

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

I am sure everyone in our club joins me in congratulating Peter on this award. It is fantastic recognition of the work, time and dedication Peter puts into the coaching program for our club and swimmers. We greatly appreciate Peter’s commitment to all of our swimmers and the results achieved are a testimony to his work. Thank you also to Alison & William who allow Peter the time to undertake all of this work.

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophy’s to return from last season please let Trish Johnston know so you can make arrangements to return them to her. They are needed for our Annual Presentation.

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money to spend you have today left to make purchases.

Easter Raffle – Drawn today

Thank you to everyone who has donated Easter eggs for our Easter raffle. The raffle will be drawn this morning and we are also holding a club bbq to celebrate the end of the season.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

We are announcing the winner of the Lolly Guessing competition this morning, so see Margaret if you would like to have any last minute guesses.

Swim Meets

Great results from the swim meets held last weekend. Our 12 swimmers at Masters NSW State Championships at SOPAC achieved some great results and medals. We won the Executive Trophy (for the 3rd time in 4 years) for the highest club participation rate at a State Championship and we came 2nd in our Division point score.

Our 25 swimmers at the MSW Sprint Meet at Blacktown also achieved great results with plenty of PB’s & medals won. What a great way to finish the season. Congratulations to everyone who participated in meets throughout the season.

Squad Training

Training moves to Granville Pool on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by next Friday, 30th March, 2018 so that the coach can determine what time sessions will be held. Squads will also have a training break over the coming months. To complete the online Training Enrolment Form and to find out about the training breaks for your squad visit the club website.

Annual Presentation & AGM

Our Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands (Newman Room). Arrive at 6.00pm for presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club’s major sponsors.

The Club’s AGM will be held on Monday 4th June, 2018 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room. We want to ensure the club continues to grow and that it provides a great swimming and social experience for the whole family. To do this it takes a dedicated committee and what better way than joining the committee to help set the direction and steer the club to greater heights. You might also like to nominate a club member for recognition of their dedication and hard work over the past season.

The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 5th April, 2018)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 5th May, 2018)

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

Uniforms

Final orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies are being taken today. Please see Margaret as an order for these items will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order & pay for uniform items.

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Swimming Continues

So what do you do with swimmer’s whilst Merrylands Pool is closed over the next few months? McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm). Their winter season commences in April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. See Graham for more information.

Season Wrap-up

As it is our last Saturday morning for the season I would like to thank all of our club members for their participation in our club events, be they in the pool, on the pool deck or social activities. It has been great to see the club continue to grow and to have so many people involved. Thank you to our hard working committee, who do a lot of work away from the pool, and everyone who has helped us run club races on a Saturday and helped out at the various meets during the season.

Merrylands Pool will re-open in October 2018 for our 50th season and we will be celebrating all season long.

Issue 23, 2017/2018

Whales Picnic

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing time at the Whales Picnic last Sunday. Thank you to our organisers for their work in arranging & promoting this event. We may hold another social catch-up during the winter break so stay tuned to the club’s Facebook page for more information.

Trophy Return

Last chance to return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room, you have 1 more week left to do this.

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money from last season don’t forget to spend it before the end of this season. You have 1 week left and you can use it to purchase race cards or club uniforms.

Easter Raffle – Saturday 24th March, 2018

To celebrate the end of the season we are holding an Easter Raffle with the winner drawn next Saturday (24th March, 2018). To provide prizes for the raffle we are seeking donations of Easter eggs so that we can have a number of hamper prizes. Donations for the hamper prizes can still be made next Saturday morning. We will also be holding a club bbq on the morning to celebrate the end of the season.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

Don’t forget to have your guess in the Lolly Guessing competition. See Margaret to have your guess. The winner will be announced next Saturday.

Swim Meets

We have a lot of our members swimming at swim meets this weekend. 12 at the Masters NSW State Championships at SOPAC and 25 at the MSW Sprint Meet at Blacktown. Good luck to all of our swimmers and may the Whale be with you.

Senior Handicap

With the Masters State Championships today there is no Senior Handicap this morning. This heat has been postponed by the Committee and it will be held next Saturday morning.

Squad Training

Training moves to Granville Pool on Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. At this stage there are no changes planned to the current schedule and due to limited lane space there are no training sessions planned for Saturday mornings.

All swimmers who intend on continuing to train in April must complete the Training Enrolment Form by Friday, 30th March so that the coach can determine what time sessions will be held. Squads will also have a training break over the coming months. To complete the online Training Enrolment Form and to find out about the training breaks for your squad visit the club website.

Annual Presentation & AGM

Our Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Club Merrylands (Newman Room). Arrive at 6.00pm for presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm. You may wish to arrive at the club earlier to have dinner before presentation starts, or you may want to have dinner after the presentation of trophies has concluded. It is a great opportunity for us to support one of our club sponsors.

The date for the Club’s AGM is yet to be set, but it is generally the Monday night following the Annual Presentation (we will communicate this as soon as the Committee sets the date). The dates for nominations for committee positions and awards are:

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM

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

Uniforms

Final orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies are being taken, so if you would like to order a coat or hoodie please see Margaret, as an order for these items will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order for uniform items.

Race Entries

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Closed

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Closed

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March

Annual Presentation

Saturday 2nd June

 

Winter Swimming

So what do you do with swimmer’s over the winter months? McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm). Their winter season commences in April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. See Graham for more information.

Issue 22, 2017/2018

MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet

Congratulations to Joseph Assi, Abraham El-Chami, Pare Nader, Lisa Shrestha, Unish Shrestha & Daniel Vicic who all competed in the MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet last Saturday. They swam 17 PB’s out of 18 swims, what a wonderful effort by you all. Thank you to Margaret Edwards, Kylee Murray, Leanne & Emily Tovkach who volunteered and undertook our hosting duties at the meet.

Club Photo – Today

We will be taking our club photo today after club races. We would like to see everyone join in the photo on the day.

Whales Picnic – Tomorrow

The Whales Picnic is being held at Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park (off Holker Street, Silverwater) tomorrow (11.00am – 4.30pm). Look for the Merrylands gazebo.

Trophy Return

Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room (you have 2 more weeks left to do this).

Merrylands Money

If you have Merrylands Money from last season don’t forget to spend it before the end of this season. You have 2 weeks left and you can use it to purchase race cards or club uniforms.

Easter Raffle – Saturday 24th March, 2018

To celebrate the end of the season we will be holding an Easter Raffle with the winner drawn on Saturday 24th March, 2018. To provide prizes for the raffle we are seeking donations of Easter eggs so that we can provide a number of hamper prizes. We ask that over the next 2 weeks you bring Easter egg donations for the hamper prizes.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

The Lolly Guessing Competition competition continues, with lots of guesses so far. 50c for a guess and you can have as many guesses as you like. See Margaret to have your guess.

Annual Presentation & AGM

We are working to obtain a date for the Annual Presentation, which we hope to hold on a Saturday night at the end of May or early June, depending on venue availability.

The Club’s AGM will be held on the following Monday night. We will publicise the dates of these as soon as we have them locked in. There are some important dates for nominations for committee positions and awards and these are:

  • Service Excellence Award – close 31 March, 2018
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM

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

Uniforms

We are taking orders for winter clothing items such as long coats & hoodies, so if you would like to order a coat please see Margaret, as an order will be placed at the end of March.

Visit our new online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to place your order your uniform items.

Winter Squad Training

We will have lane space at Granville pool during the winter months for squad training. The coach will communicate with squad members to determine squad training days and session times.

Learn To Swim

The current 6 week LTS program finishes today. We hope all of our participants have enjoyed the lessons and learnt some valuable water skills. Thank you to our Instructors and Helpers who have volunteered their time to provide these lessons.

Race Starting Time and Entries

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 10th March

Closed

Speedo Sprint Finals

Saturday 10th March

 

Whales Picnic

Sunday 11th March

 

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Wednesday 14th March

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Thursday 15th March

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March

Issue 21, 2017/2018

What a February!

Well now February is over we can catch our breath as we enter the last 4 weeks of the season. What a month February was with two major swim meets being held at Merrylands.

The Merrylands SwimFest was an outstanding success, with our club’s 30 swimmers achieving 63 PB’s and winning 3 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals. A fantastic result, so congratulations to each one of you and to your coaches.

Out of the pool we again saw the family culture of getting in and doing any job required our club is renowned for. A great big thank you to everyone who helped organise the meet and on the day setting up, jobs during the meet and packing up. The weather held off and we finished earlier than the timeline, so a great effort in ensuring the flow of the meet throughout the afternoon. The Merrylands swimming family is a great example of community spirit and we have received some great feedback from other clubs about this.

I would also like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors for the meet, Club Merrylands, Accucom Systems Integration, Nikkis Pizza and Merrylands Swimming Squad.

MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet - today

Good luck to our 6 swimmers who are competing in the MSW 5 – 8 Years Development Meet today. May the whale be with Joseph Assi, Abraham El-Chami, Pare Nader, Lisa Shrestha, Unish Shrestha & Daniel Vicic. Thank you to Margaret Edwards, Kylee Murray, Leanne & Emily Tovkach who have volunteered for our hosting duties at the meet.

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

The Lolly Guessing Competition is well underway, with lots of guesses so far. I wonder if anyone has yet guessed the exact number? 50c for a guess and you can have as many guesses as you like. See Margaret to have your guess.

Club Photo – Saturday 10th March, 2018

We will be taking our club photo on Saturday 10th March, 2018 (next Saturday) after club races so please wear/bring your full club uniform on the day. We would like to see everyone join in the photo on the day.

Whales Picnic – Sunday 11th March, 2018

The Whales Picnic is being held at Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park (off Holker Street, Silverwater) on Sunday 11th March, 2018 (11.00am – 4.30pm).

Trophy Return & Annual Presentation

Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room (you have 3 more weeks left to do this).

We will be deciding on a date for our Annual Presentation evening (generally held in late May) at the next Committee meeting and we will communicate this as soon as we have the date and venue confirmed.

Winter Squad Training

We have applied to council for lane space during the winter months for squad training and once we have this confirmed the coach will determine squad training days and session times.

Race Starting Time and Entries

With championships underway and running until the end of the season it is important that we start on time at 7.00am. So to make sure you don’t miss your race, arrive before 7.00am and be ready when called at marshalling.

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Uniforms

Visit our new online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to order uniform items.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 3rd March

Closed

MSW 5 – 8 Years Meet

Saturday 3rd March

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 10th March

Wednesday 7th March

Speedo Sprint Finals

Saturday 10th March

 

Whales Picnic

Sunday 11th March

 

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Wednesday 14th March

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Thursday 15th March

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March

Issue 20, 2017/2018

Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – 50th Anniversary

We hope you enjoyed the 50 Cup Cake day last Saturday. Over the coming weeks we are holding a Lolly Guessing Competition. 50c for a guess and you can have as many guesses as you like. See Margaret to have your guess. To the winner go the spoils (and the sugar hit).

MSW Qualifying Meet

Congratulations to Michael Evans, Reece Tomkinson & Alison Sakurovs who all swam at the MSW qualifying meet last Sunday. PB’s galore were swum, so a fantastic effort by the swimmers and coach.

Merrylands SwimFest Meet – Today

Today we are hosting the Merrylands SwimFest with 236 swimmers representing 34 clubs, with 30 swimmers from our club participating. We will be setting up after club races and squad training today, so if you can stay and help that would be greatly appreciated. Final set up will commence from 12.30pm, with warm-up for swimmers at 1.30pm (all of our swimmers should be stretching and in swimming costumes prior to warm-up commencing) and races commencing at 2.30pm.

If you haven’t yet confirmed you are able to assist during the meet please see Graham or Margaret this morning. Good luck to all of our swimmers and thank you to everyone who is helping out on the day.

Remember there are also time changes (for swimmers not participating in the SwimFest) or no training for some squads this morning:

Squad

Time

Novice

9.15am to 10.00am

Adult & Masters

10.00am to 11.00am

Teen

10.00am to 11.00am

No Training for these squads

Junior, Development, Age, Senior

Hosting Duties – MSW 5 – 8 Year Meet - Saturday 3rd March, 2018

We are rostered to provide hosting duties at the Metro South West 5 – 8 Years Meet on Saturday 3rd March, 2018. This is an afternoon meet held locally at Guildford Pool. Our duties include helping with gate entry, result posting, presentation of medals & ribbons etc. We need about 4 or 5 helpers on the day, so if you can help please let Graham know.

Whales Picnic – Sunday 11th March, 2018

The Whales Picnic is being held at Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park (off Holker Street, Silverwater) on Sunday 11th March, 2018 (11.00am – 4.30pm).

Trophy Return

Please return any perpetual trophy’s you have from last season on a Saturday morning to the club room (you have 4 more weeks left to do this).

Beer, Burgers and Bowls

Have some spare time tomorrow? Club Merrylands has the Beer, Burgers and Bowls activity on at Guildford Bowling Club from 11.00am. No need to book just roll up (that’s a bowls gag) 

Race Starting Time and Entries

With championships underway and running until the end of the season it is important that we start on time at 7.00am. So to make sure you don’t miss your race, arrive before 7.00am and be ready when called at marshalling.

Remember to also get your race entries in on time (it eases the load on the Race Committee)

Any questions about races should be emailed to race.secretary@merrylandsasc.asn.au

Active Kids Program

For more information see the noticeboard in the club room or visit the MyServiceNSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au or Swimming NSW website at https://nsw.swimming.org.au/page.php?id=258

Uniforms

Visit our new online store at https://shop.merrylandsasc.asn.au/ to order uniform items.

Upcoming Events

MEET NAME

MEET DATE

ENTRY CLOSING DATE

MASC 400metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 24th February

Closed

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 24th February

Closed

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 3rd March

Wednesday 28th February

MSW 5 – 8 Years Meet

Saturday 3rd March

Closed

MASC 50metre Backstroke

Saturday 10th March

Wednesday 7th March

Speedo Sprint Finals

Saturday 10th March

 

Whales Picnic

Sunday 11th March

 

MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 17th March

Wednesday 14th March

MSW Long Course Sprint Meet

Saturday 17th March

Thursday 15th March

MASC 200metre Freestyle

Saturday 24th March

Wednesday 21st March