MERALOMA CLUB HISTORY
In 1923 by Bill Edwards and 11 other swimmers from the Kitsilano area in Vancouver, Canada founded an amateur athletic organization called their club the Mermaids, and in the years following the club grew to include Canadian Football and Rugby Football. As the club grew to include other sports besides swiimming, the members developed a new name, suggested by Douglas Hand. Taking "Mer" from the original Mermaids, and adding "al" from alpha, "om" from omega (the first and last letters of the the Greek alphabet) and "a" from "always" the Meralom name was born and that is to mean "Mermaids, first, last and always". Later, the permanent Club motto found favour: "Once a Meraloma Always a Meraloma".
Women's sports returned to the club in 1973 after a 45 year absence, at first in the form of field-hockey and eventually, soccer, basketball, volleyball and touch football. The club currently has over 600 active male and female members in 6 sport sections. Rugby makes up over half of the members of the Meraloma Club.
Eric Whitehead, former sports writer for the Vancouver Province Newspaper wrote:
"Speaking from my experience ... I know of no other organization that so epitomizes the special spirit and character of a community that has produced a far greater pro-rata share of outstanding athletes of national and international calibre than any other area in the nation. Now, in these times of change, with all the swing back to participation sport at all age levels, the Meraloma Club stands as a time-tested model of all that is best in volunteer community sports establishments."
The Meraloma Club is housed in a 1923 Parks & Recreation vintage structure, on Connaught Park which it continues to renovate and maintain. A Heritage Award from the City of Vancouver was earned in 1979 for preserving architectural integrity during renovations.