FINA World Masters Championships

Alison Sakurovs will represent Merrylands at the 2019 FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea from August 5-18. The swimming events at the Championships will be held from 12-18 August at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Centre.

Alison will swim in the following 5 events at the championships:

Day 2 - Tuesday, 13th August
100m Freestyle (approximately 2:30pm) - Heat 31, Lane 5

Day 3 - Wednesday, 14th August
200m Freestyle (approximately 2:50pm) - Heat 22, Lane 9
50m Butterfly (approximately 5:40pm) - Heat 25, Lane 3

Day 4 - Thursday, 15th August
50m Freestyle (approximately 11:10am) - Heat 46, Lane 3
100m Butterfly (approximately 4:35pm) - Heat 13, Lane 4

FINA will be broadcasting a live stream of the meet on their YouTube channel.

Good luck to Alison at the Championships.

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Metropolitan Results

Merrylands' team of 3 swimmers performed well at the NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships on the weekend.

Alison Johnston swam her fastest time since 2017 in the 50m Freestyle, finishing in 28.30. Summer Shrestha swam her second fastest time ever in the 100m Breaststroke, just 0.09 outside the PB she swam at the Metro South West Championships 3 weeks ago, while Matthew Vicic swam a new personal best time in the 100m Butterfly, taking 0.06 off the time he swam at the Metro South West Championships.

Well done to Matthew, Summer and Alison on their swims. The results of the championships are available here.

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Metropolitan Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 3 swimmers at the NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team will compete in 3 events and consists of:

Alison Johnston - 50m Freestyle
Summer Shrestha - 100m Breaststroke
Matthew Vicic - 100m Butterfly

Congratulations to all 3 swimmers on qualifying for the championships - especially Summer and Matthew who have qualified for this meet for the first time.

Metro South West Championships

Merrylands has 13 swimmers competing at the 2019 Metro South West Area Short Course Championships. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June, 2019.

Our team consists of:

Joseph Assi
Laurabelle Casey
Brendan Kirkpatrick
Steven Nguyen
Alison Sakurovs
Nevah Shrestha
Niushka Shrestha
Shreya Shrestha
Summer Shrestha
Unish Shrestha
Daniel Vicic
Matthew Vicic
Sophia Vicic

Good luck to all our swimmers at the meet and may the whale be with you!

Winter Bowling

Join us for our Winter Social Activity on Saturday, 15th June at Bowlarama Wetherill Park.

The event will be subsidised for members. Non-members are welcome to attend, but will be required to pay full price.

If you would like to attend, tickets must be booked online by Monday, 10th June.

See Sophia Vicic or Charlie-Rose El-Riachi if you have any questions.

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Metro South West Championship Entries

Entries for the 2019 Metro South West Area Short Course Championships close on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019. The Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June, 2019.

This is the main meet of the winter season for many of our swimmers and all swimmers who qualify are expected to compete.

Entries for this meet are being taken through the new Swim Central online entry system. There have been numerous teething issues with the new system, so don't leave your entries to the last minute and miss the closing date. Attempt to enter early, and if you have trouble entering, ask for assistance ASAP. Swimming NSW are getting many requests for support, with the turn around time currently over 1 week for a reply, so don't delay.

No late entries will be accepted.

For those swimmers that compete at the Championships, our world famous pizza party will be held on Saturday, 6th July.

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Annual Training Breaks

What a massive 12 months our various squads have had! Over the last 12 months, our members have racked up over 500 new personal best times, won over 100 medals, qualified for Area, Metropolitan and State Championships for the first time, and improved massively in technique and fitness! Well done to you all on your hard work!

During July, all groups will have their Annual Training Break. This is an opportunity for swimmers, parents and coaches to recharge and re-focus for the coming summer. We encourage you to stay active during this time, with an occasional swim, to maintain your fitness and feel for the water, while still giving your body and mind some rest and recovery.

The last training session will be Thursday, 27th June. Sessions will resume on Monday, 5th August.

There will be some sessions for swimmers who have qualified for the Metropolitan and State Short Course Championships. Details of these sessions will be provided to the swimmers concerned following the Metro South West Short Course Championships at the end of June.

NSW State Masters Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 6 swimmers at the NSW State Masters Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

Our team consists of:

Alison Johnston
Tricia Johnston
Peter Johnston
Kylee Murray
Steven Nguyen
Ben Taylor

Good luck to our swimmers at the meet.

You can follow their progress over the weekend on the Live Results page.

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NSW State Age Junior Championships

Merrylands will be represented by a team of 5 swimmers at the NSW State Age Junior Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this weekend.

For all 5 swimmers, this will be their first State Championships. Our team will swim in 6 individual events and 2 relays:

Matthew Vicic

  • 50m Freestyle
  • 100m Freestyle
  • 50m Butterfly
  • 100m Butterfly

Summer Shrestha

  • 50m Freestyle
  • 4x50m Freestyle Relay
  • 4x50m Medley Relay

Niushka Shrestha

  • 50m Butterfly
  • 4x50m Freestyle Relay
  • 4x50m Medley Relay

Helen Macpherson

  • 4x50m Freestyle Relay
  • 4x50m Medley Relay

Nevah Shrestha

  • 4x50m Freestyle Relay
  • 4x50m Medley Relay

Congratulations to all the swimmers on qualifying and we wish them the best of luck at the meet. You can follow their progress over the weekend on the Live Results page.

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Issue 25, 2018/2019

Close of the season

Today is the last club race day of our 50th anniversary season and I hope you have enjoyed another great season. We have celebrated our 50th anniversary with a number of events throughout the season and these will culminate with our Anniversary Dinner on Saturday 6th April.

The season had a few hiccups along the way, with the delay in the installation of the new starting blocks. I hope you have enjoyed using them and they have helped improve your race starts. The storm in February caused the closure of the pool for 2 weeks, meaning we lost one week of races and had to transfer another week over the Wentworthville Swimming Centre.

The implementation of split age groups from National Championship level down has meant a greater volume of championship meets at Area and State level and this created an impact on when we could hold our club championship events, with these being spread over more weekends as well.

Thank you to our committee, officials, parents & swimmers for your support of the club during the season. In particular I would like to acknowledge a number of people:

  • Peter & Alison for their tireless work behind the scenes to keep the club ticking over weekly;
  • Ian & Ben who arrive early every week to set up ready for club races;
  • Dominic & Danielle who have organised and delivered great bbq’s throughout the season;
  • Our club captains, Charlie-Rose and Michael who organised the weekly raffles and Whales Challenge relay teams among a number of other tasks.

Thank you to our Learn to Swim instructors and helpers. Learn to Swim is a key offering of our club and it introduces future swimming members to our club. We will have 3 additional instructors next season, with Trish, Hayley & Margaret all undertaking training and obtaining accreditation.

We will be taking the club photo today, so make sure you stay around after races. There is also a bbq to celebrate the close of the season.

For those who will continue to train we will see you at Granville Swimming Centre and I hope to see everyone at the Annual Presentation, to be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands.

Swimming NSW State Junior Championships

We have 5 of our club members competing at the Swimming NSW State Junior Championships this weekend at SOPAC. This is a great achievement & first time experience for Matthew Vicic, Helen Macpherson, Nevah Shrestha, Niushka Shrestha & Summer Shrestha. The girls will also compete in two relay events. We are very proud of each one of you and wish you the best of luck with your swims. May the whale be with you all.

Masters National Championships

Well our team of 5 competitors have returned from the Masters National Championships and they needed to pay for excess baggage on their return flights, with a tally of 18 medals (5 gold, 10 silver & 3 bronze). In addition there were 11 PB’s also swum. The team also won the Life Member’s trophy for the club for their efforts over the championships. Congratulations to Alison Johnston, Steven Nguyen, Kylee Murray (who won her first National medal at the meet), Melissa Cohen & Ian Wilson.

Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet

Last Saturday saw 20 of our junior members compete at the Metro South West Area Long Course Sprint Meet at Blacktown Aquatic Centre. Again our junior members flew the flag taking home 10 medals and 32 PB’s. Congratulations to our whole team on their performances and thank you to our parents who assisted with the hosting duties at the meet.

Winter Swimming

McCredie Park Aquatics Swimming Club run club races on a Friday night at Guildford Pool (races start at 6.30pm) and this is an opportunity to stay fit and practice for short course events. Their winter season commences on Friday 5th April and concludes in September. There are breaks over the school holiday periods in April & July. Let Graham know if you are interested in attending these races.

50th Anniversary Dinner

The 50th Anniversary Dinner being held at The Holroyd Centre next Saturday 6th April, 2019. The welcome commences in the ground floor foyer at 6.00pm and main course being served from 7.00pm.

We look forward to joining with you at this event to celebrate this milestone for our club. Mr Chris Fydler OAM, President of Swimming NSW, is attending and has graciously agreed to speak about his experiences as an Olympic swimmer and now as a parent of competitive swimmers.

Squad Training & Enrolment

Remember training moves to Granville Swimming Centre next Monday 1st April 2019. If you intend to continue training you need to enrol before attending training session as the coaches need to ensure the squad you join has space. Enrol at

Trophy Return

If you still have any perpetual trophy’s to return from last season please let us know as we will need to make arrangements to collect the trophy prior to the annual presentation.

Annual Presentation & AGM

The Annual Presentation will be held on Saturday 1st June, 2019 at Club Merrylands. The presentation is booked from 6.00pm, with the presentation of trophies to commence at 6.30pm.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June, 2019 commencing at 7.30pm in the club room at Merrylands Swimming Centre. All financial members of the club are entitled to nominate for positions on the committee and to vote at the AGM.

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

  • Service Excellence Award – closes 31st March, 2019
  • Life Member nomination – 60 days before the AGM (Thursday 4th April, 2019)
  • Committee nomination – 30 days before the AGM (Saturday 4th May, 2019)

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.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our club