Issue 13, 2018/2019

Welcome to 2019

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

50th Anniversary Celebrations

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

Dive In Movie – Saturday 19th January, 2019

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

Holiday Photos?

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

Speedo Sprint Series

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

Club Uniform

For all club uniform orders visit the online shop
If you have any questions about club uniform items please see the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

January Skills & Drills Sessions

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

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

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

Whales Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

Swim Meets This Weekend

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

Masters Swimming Renewal

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

Member Profile


Joseph Daniel Assi



Year Joined:


Favourite Stroke:


Favourite thing about swimming:

Learning a new stroke

Favourite food:


Favourite TV show:

Teen Titans Go

When I grow up I want to be:

Soccer Player

Favourite Swimmer:

Ian Thorpe

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

Upcoming Events




MASC 1500metre Freestyle (Open)

Friday 18th January

Thursday 17th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 19th January

Thursday 17th January

Dive In Movie

Saturday 19th January


MASC 50metre Butterfly

Saturday 26th January

Thursday 24th January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd February

Thursday 31st January

Speedo Sprint Series - MSW Heats

Saturday 2nd February

Tuesday 22nd January

MASC 50metre Freestyle

Saturday 9th February

Thursday 7th February

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

Saturday 16th February

Thursday 14th February

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

Saturday 16th February

Tuesday 5th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Open

Saturday 23rd February

Thursday 21st February

Add comment