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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