Welcome to the December edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter! At Swim Ireland we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It's been a memorable year with many highlights and we look forward to a successful 2018!
Mona McSharry Named RTE Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year
On Saturday last Mona McSharry was named as the inaugural winner of the RTÉ Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year. It's been a phenomenal year for Mona and the award came on the same night she swam in her first senior international Final at the European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen. A fantastic recognition of her fabulous achievements in 2017.
Missed the RTE Sport Awards? You can watch Mona receive her award HERE.
Well done to Mona!
30 Irish Records Tumble at European and Irish Short Course Championships
Irish swimmers got the 2017/18 season off to a flying start in Lisburn and Copenhagen last week with 30 new Irish Records set across the two competitions (13 in Copengahen, 17 in Lisburn)
Mona McSharry and Jordan Sloan were the top ranked swimmers in Copenhagen, Mona with a fifth place finish in the final of the 100m Breaststroke and Jordan 6th in the 200m Freestyle Final.
In Lisburn, our young stars were shining with 12 of the records broken Irish Junior Records.
Catch up on all of the action across the five days from Copenhagen and Lisburn on the Swim Ireland websitewww.swimireland.ie
On December 11th we welcomed the complete commencement of the Children First Act 2015, the latest Irish legislation relating to safeguarding young people in Ireland. There is also a new Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children document to complement the new Act.
The legislation contains some new terminology and reaffirms much of what we have in place in Swim Ireland already. Our own Swim Ireland Safeguarding Policy is currently being updated and will take final shape once all the statutory documents and frameworks are released and available; in the mean time we will have some revisions to the majority of the policies by the end of the year.
Copies of the new Act and Guidelines can be foundHERE.
Para Swimming Allianz European Swimming Championships - Volunteer Call
2018 will be an historic year for para swimming as we welcome Europe’s best to Dublin for the first ever International Para Sporting event held in Ireland, the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships will take place at the National Aquatic Centre in August.
We need over 600 volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles from specialised positions to general roles, meaning we have a job for everyone regardless of your level of experience.
To play your part in Ireland’s biggest International sporting event in 2018 follow this link: http://bit.ly/2jyTmo8 fill in the application form and be part of something great #Dublin2018
Swim for a Mile 2018 Launch
We are delighted to launch Swim for a Mile 2018! A number of pools are already open for registration ahead of our start date on January 8th plus we have a fantastic early bird offer of €25 which will be available to January 8th. What are you waiting for? Get started now at www.swimforamile.com
Our Swim Clinics will begin again in 2018 and are planned for roll out across the country, keep an eye out on our website in January!
Have you checked out the BRAND NEW Swim Ireland Website yet? From the Olympic hopeful, to the water polo player, to the daring diver, to the casual swimmer and those who take a dip in Dollymount in the summer, we are working to make the aquatics more accessible, safer and enjoyable for all and hope that you will find all the information you need to get involved on the new site.
The site, the imagery and the colours we use encompass the new Swim Ireland brand and each area is a part of the ‘Me and the Water’ manifesto. We believe in the aquatics. We believe in the value of all the sports that constitute the Swim Ireland family, and we believe that absolutely everyone has a relationship with the water that can be of benefit to them.
We hope you enjoy browsing!
Clubs and Communities Updates
2017 Swim Ireland Awards
The 2017 Swim Ireland Awards took place at the Great National Hotel in Ballina on November 25th. Over 250 athletes, coaches and volunteers came together to celebrate a memorable year for Swim Ireland. Click HERE to find out who all of the winners were.
Sports Capital Grant
Swim Ireland Clubs were among 1,700 clubs and projects in receipt of 2017 Sports Capital Grant Funding. 20 Swim Ireland Clubs(and Leinster Open Sea) will receive €144,500 in funding next year to help with the purchasing of new equipment. National and Regional equipment awards will be announced in the new year.
Dormant Account Funding
We are delighted at the announcement of the 2018 Dormant Account Funding from Sport Ireland this week which will see €107,500 go towards our Community Participation Programmes.
Congratulations to the Girls U15 and U17 who have been selected for National Teams following Open Trials at the NAC this month. The Boys teams will follow in next months Newsletter.
U15 Girls: Caoimhe Hennessy, Lana Nolan, Molly Downey, Iris Reddington, Maria McGuigan, Caitlin Hennessy, Rebecca McMullan, Katie Hynes, Isobel Ryan, Sive McGurk, Penny Nicolson, Ciara McKee, Lara Strong Turney, Ellen Loane, Ella O’Callaghan, Alice Corcoran, Sarah Bradley, Cara O’Kane, Amelia Urry, Alison Gibbs, Meabh McGurk, Amy Langhave, Scarlett Hewitt, Anna Reilly.
U17 Girls: Abaigh Gribben, Ellen Joyce, Katie MaGill, Erin Kindlon, Ruth Somers, Aoife Boyle, Cliona Colvin, Nina Dorogaia, Maeve Cope, Molly Reilly, Eve Lynch, Robyn Joyce, Aoife Hennessy, Cara Kindlon, Aoife O’Farrell, Eloise Donohoe, Sophie Morgan, Lana Devine, Gillian Farrelly, Alex McNicholas, Rebecca Tunnah, Alannah Blacoe, Meadhbh Colleran
This years Irish Open Diving Championships (November) was the biggest in the event's history with over 260 divers attending from 23 clubs across Europe. The Championships cover three ability levels which allow clubs to enter young Novice divers, more experienced Age Group divers and Senior Elite divers. In 2017 the event saw a dramatic increase in competitors, most of these coming from the Senior Elite end.
“I’m not surprised by the record number of entries this year” said National Diving Coach Damian Ball “Swim Ireland has been working really hard to develop our Diving Championships and we have built a reputation for delivering a well organised and professional event that maintains a fun and encouraging environment. The Championships rely heavily on volunteer support from Shamrock Diving Club and a lot of credit must go the Dublin based Club for the success of this year's event.”
27 divers from Shamrock Diving Club (Dublin) and 17 divers from Diving Academy of Northern Ireland (Bangor) were in action at the Championships, collecting 10 medals between them.
In the Senior Men’s event Oliver Dingley (Shamrock) led the way by taking gold medals in both 1M and 3M Springboard events. Jack Ffrench (Shamrock) was hot on Ollie’s tail as he took silver in the 3M and bronze in the 1M. The Senior Women’s events were dominated by Clare Cryan (Shamrock) as she took gold in both the 1M and 3M Springboard. Ciara McGing (Shamrock) claimed bronze in the Senior Women’s Platform competition.
Ireland’s other medals came in the Novice Skills events where Oliver Havlin (Diving Academy of Northern Ireland) won silver in 14+ boys events. In the boys 12-13 event Evan Watters (Shamrock) won silver and Logan Black (Diving Academy of Northern Ireland) took the bronze medal.
The Education Department are delighted to launch the new Swim Ireland Education Prospectus, with the introduction of a new suite of targeted CPD for 2018 and courses available to complete online. The official launch was held at Congress in Ballina, Co. Mayo with a presentation delivered on how the new menu of courses and CPD can assist with reducing the cost of Education to Swim Ireland Clubs. The Team will be hosting a Roadshow in early 2018 to take the developments in Education out to the whole of the island. We look forward to meeting all our current and prospective candidates on the road!
Happy Christmas from the Education Department, we wish you much happiness and a prosperous new year, filled with lots of learning and development!
Best wishes, Joni, Emmet and Aveen
Swim for a Mile 2018 Swim for a Mile gets underway on January 8th! See www.swimforamile.comfor further details.
U17 Water Polo Cup
Preparation is under way for the Under 17 Water Polo Cup which will take place from January 26th to 28th at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn.
2018 McCullagh International
The 2018 McCullagh International will take place at Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre from Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February. Meet information will be available shortly.
2018-19 Season Plan
The first draft of the 2018-2019 Season Plan (Swimming) is now availableHERE.