Issue 10, 2020/2021

Whales Challenge

The first Whales Challenge for the season was contested last Saturday. What a great start to the Challenges for the season. The Maroon (Turner) team led for most of the morning, but a great late effort by the White (Emery) team meant both teams finished tied on 1,329 points. With 2 more Challenges to be held during the season, everyone will be keenly awaiting the next Challenge on Saturday 16th January, 2021 to help swim their team to victory.

Christmas Hampers & BBQ

The club is providing Christmas Hampers for a member raffle to be held on Saturday 19th December (our last race day before Christmas). Every member will be allocated a raffle number and a lucky draw will occur after club races conclude. There are a total of 4 prize hampers and there is a limit of 1 hamper prize per family.

A BBQ will also be held as well as novelty events. These events will be held with Covid Protocols in mind, so please ensure you follow the directions provided on the morning. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the BBQ, so if you are able to assist please see Emily Ton. We hope everyone can join us on the morning as we celebrate the season and the end of a most unusual 2020.

Squad Training Break

The last training session for 2020 will be held on Thursday, 17th December 2020. See all the details here.

Swimming NSW Senior Age Championships

These championships commence today and conclude on 17th December.

Good luck to Vanessa Ozols (5 events), Alison Sakurovs (1 event) & Summer Shrestha (1 event) who have qualified and will compete at the meet. May the whale be with you all.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

Updates that affect our club members can be found here. Please ensure you regularly check the club website for these updates as changes occur.

We appreciate the assistance everyone is giving in helping to comply with the plan. We all need to ensure that we continue to adopt good practices. Some key points to continue to remember are:

  • Do not come to club activities if you are not feeling well;
  • Maintain social distancing by spreading out in areas to sit (do not congregate in areas);
  • Only timekeepers, officials & swimmers for the event to be swum should be in the marshalling area;
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands & using hand sanitizer regularly.

Fundraising Chocolates

If you are interested in participating in the fundraising please email the Social Secretary (Emily Ton) ( advising you would like chocolates to sell. Orders will be placed in late January, so please let Emily know if you are interested in placing an order.

Championship Qualification

Please ensure you have swum a championship qualifying swim before completing your online race entries each week. Championship dates & all other events can be found in the season program here.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 200m Individual Medley Open Championships last week. There were a total of 22 entries for these races, it was encouraging to see so many swimmers competing. The results are here.

Club Uniforms

Items can be purchased through the club’s online shop.

If you have any questions about club uniforms please talk to the Property Officer (Margaret Edwards).

Member Profile

Welcome to Michael Vicic as the newly elected Male Club Captain. Some interesting information about Michael that you may not know:

Favourite Colour


Favourite Food


Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)


Favourite Team

NRL Bulldogs

Favourite Holiday Place

Umina Beach

Favourite Memory

Going to Fiji in 2012

Favourite Song

Funky Cold Madina

Favourite Movie/TV Shop


Career after school

Not sure just yet

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of all the friendly people that are there

Upcoming Events




MASC 200metre Freestyle (JNR)

Saturday 12th December


SNSW State Age Championships

Saturday 12th December

Thursday 17th December


MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 19th December

Thursday 17th December

SNSW Open Water Championship

Saturday 19th December

Sunday 20th December


Christmas – New Year Break

Saturday 26th December


Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 2nd January

Thursday 31st December

Club Races – no championship race

Saturday 9th January

Thursday 7th January

MASC 400metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th January

Thursday 14th January

MASC 50metre Butterfly Championship

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 200metre Butterfly Championship (Open)

Saturday 23rd January

Thursday 21st January

MASC 50metre Breaststroke Championship

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

MASC 200metre Breaststroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 30th January

Thursday 28th January

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Not yet open

Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards

Congratulations to Peter Johnston who has been presented with a Lifetime Service Award at the Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards. Peter received the award for his technology-related service to Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club. Peter has been providing his services since the mid 1990’s and continuously adapts and finds ways to enhance accessibility to members of the club and the wider community. We all greatly appreciate the extensive work Peter does behind the scenes for our club. I’m not sure how he fits in his full-time job, club coaching and Committee roles such as the website and technology solutions.


Thank you to our major sponsors who provide fantastic support to our club. If you know of a business or organisation who may be interested in providing sponsorship or support to our club please let us know.

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