Season Program Changes

Following revised dates for state & area championships and the Speedo Sprint meet, some changes have been made to our season program for the remainder of this season. The amended season program can be found here.

The changes made to the season program have also been updated in the Upcoming Events section of Whales Tales.

Changes have been made to Championship dates, as well as some other program changes for events being held.

The club Championship changes made are:

  • 50M Freestyle – moved from 6th February to 13th February;
  • 200M Individual Medley (Senior) – moved from 13th February to 6th February;
  • 1500M Freestyle – moved from 13th March to 20th March
  • Please ensure you plan your swims and championship qualification based on the amended program.

Whales Challenge

Today is the second of the Whales Challenges. The first Whales Challenge saw both teams tie on 1,329 points, so which team will come out on top today, or could we see another tie?

Merrylands SwimFest

The program and online entries for the Merrylands Swimfest (Saturday 20th February, 2021) will be available soon. The Committee has worked hard behind the scenes to ensure we can successfully host the SwimFest this year.

We will be seeking your help for the meet, so please keep the date free. We will not be hosting a Masters Meet prior to the SwimFest this year, so there will be a gap between club races in the morning and the SwimFest commencing at 2.30pm.

Merrylands 50s

Last Saturday saw 25 swimmers line up for the qualifying heats of the Merrylands 50’s. Lane 1 was the gun lane, as all 4 heats were won by the swimmer in that lane.

The semi-finals where held to whittle the field down to 8 swimmers for the final. A hotly contested final saw everyone finish within a 3 second spread.

In a desperately close finish (0.15 seconds between first and third) the results were:


Aisha Abdelraheem



Ruby Shrestha



Glenda Wood


Congratulations to Aisha, you outlasted everyone and thankyou to everyone who participated in the event.

Great to see all our trained & qualified timekeepers looking down the wall for the finish 😊

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).

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

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.

With the situation rapidly changing it is important that you remain aware of NSW Health guidelines and case locations. If you have attended any of the case locations listed on their website you must not attend club activities. Case locations are regularly updated and you should check the list before leaving home to attend a club activity.


  • 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 sanitiser regularly.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Check in processes have been updated and the swimming centre is now using the Service NSW QR code. This means all spectators entering the centre must check-in and out using the Service NSW app. By using this app spectators no longer need to sign-in using the club’s QR code. Please ensure you sign-in and sign-out every time you attend the swimming centre.

Download the Service NSW app here.

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 this month, so please let Emily know if you are interested in placing an order.

Member Profile

Today we learn some interesting information that you may not know about one of our great squad coaches:

Favourite Colour


Favourite Food


Favourite Sport (apart from swimming)


Favourite Team

Parramatta Eels

Favourite Holiday Place


Favourite Memory

My 24th (covid safe) birthday last year with my closest friends! A picnic at the beach

Favourite Song

Anything by Harry Styles but if I had to pick one, Golden

Favourite Movie/TV Shop


Career after school

A PDHPE high school teacher and a swimming coach

I like Merrylands Swimming Club because

Of how welcoming and kind everyone is. After leaving for almost 6 years it felt like I never left

If you would like to provide a member profile for inclusion in the Whales Tales please let Graham know.

Upcoming Events




MASC 400metre IM Championship (Open)

Saturday 16th January


Whales Challenge

Saturday 16th 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

MASC 200metre IM Championship (Senior)

Saturday 6th February

Thursday 4th February

Speedo Sprint Heats (SOPAC)

Saturday 6th February

Monday 1st February

MASC 50metre Freestyle Championship

MASC 25metre Freestyle Championship

MASC 200metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 13th February

Thursday 11th February

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th February

Thursday 18th February

Merrylands SwimFest

Saturday 20th February

Not yet open

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Junior)

Saturday 27th February

Thursday 25th February

SNSW Metropolitan Championships (Senior)

Saturday 27th February to

Sunday 28th February

Tuesday 16th February

MASC 50metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 25metre Backstroke Championship

MASC 200metre Backstroke Championship (Open)

Saturday 6th March

Thursday 4th March

Speedo Sprint Finals (SOPAC)

Saturday 6th March

Entry via Heats

MSW Junior Championships (SOPAC)

Saturday 13th March

Friday 5th March

SNSW State Open Championships

Thursday 18th March to

Sunday 21st March

Wednesday 3rd March

MASC 1500metre Freestyle Championship (Open)

Saturday 20th March

Thursday 18th March

Whales Challenge

Saturday 20th March

Thursday 18th March

MASC 400metre Freestyle Championship (Senior)

Saturday 27th March

Thursday 25th March

SNSW State Age Junior Championships

Saturday 27th March to

Sunday 28th March

Tuesday 16th March


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.

Merrylands 50sAisha Abdelraheem wins the final of the Merrylands 50s.
Merrylands 50s
Aisha Abdelraheem wins the final of the Merrylands 50s.