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

Age 100 Back
Open 100 Back
2 Other Swims

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

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

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


Ben Taylor



Year Joined:


Positions held: (if relevant)


Favourite Stroke:


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




MASC 100metre Freestyle

Saturday 3rd November


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


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.


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

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