Issue 11, 2020/2021

Christmas Wishes

We have quickly arrived at the season halfway point, with Christmas only a week away.
On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish every one of our members and their family’s a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.
This has been a most challenging year for everyone, one we hope will never be repeated again. Please take the time off to enjoy your time with family and friends and celebrate life.
Enjoy the festive cheer and we look forward to seeing you back at club races on Saturday 2nd January, 2021.

Squad Training Break

Squad training resumes on Saturday, 2nd January, 2021. If you will be away please complete the training break form to indicate your last day of training and your first day back.

Swimming NSW Senior Age Championships

Congratulations to Vanessa Ozols, Alison Sakurovs & Summer Shrestha who represented the club at these championships last week.

Swimming NSW Open Water Championships

Niushka Shrestha (2.5klm), Summer Shrestha (5klm) & Matthew Vicic (5klm) have qualified for and are competing in the Open Water Championships being held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre this weekend.

The 2.5 klm swim is 2 laps of the course, whilst the 5klm swim is 4 laps. Good luck to each of you and may the whale be with you .

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

If you have visited the Northern Beaches since Friday 11th December we ask that you follow health guidelines and DO NOT ATTEND CLUB ACTIVITIES until isolation & testing requirements have been completed. For more information visit the NSW Government website.

  • 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.

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

Christmas Hampers & BBQ

The Christmas Hamper raffle will be drawn this morning. 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.

The BBQ will be held after club races. Please do not proceed to the BBQ area until directed and follow the instructions provided. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the queue (follow the bollards which are spaced so that only person is at a bollard at any time). Once you have your food please leave the area and do not congregate in groups.

Club Championship Results

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed in the 200m Freestyle Championships last week. The results are here. Congratulations to Matthew Vicic who set a new record, swimming 2:28.77, breaking the previous record of 2:31.69 set by Steven Nguyen in 2003.

Member Profile

Congratulation to Breeanah Khoury who was re-elected as our Female Club Captain. Some interesting information about Breeanah:

Favourite Colour

Navy blue

Favourite Food

Garlic bread

Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)

Rugby 7’s

Favourite Team

Silver ferns (New Zealand’s Netball team)

Favourite Holiday Place

Ballina/ Lennox Head

Favourite Memory

Outing with my friends where we went to an escape room and then played monopoly

Favourite Song

Can’t hold us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Favourite Movie/TV Shop

Death at a Funeral

Career after school

Something to do with music (producing, writing or singing), if that doesn’t work out then maybe a teacher

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of all the people and the friends I’ve made Everyone is so welcoming, inclusive and encouraging that I’ve learned to love and want to go to swimming more than I used to

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.

Upcoming Events




MASC 800metre Freestyle (Open)

Saturday 19th 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

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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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