Newsletter #10
Vol. 2017

Welcome to the November edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. With clubs back in full swing for the 2017/18 season we have an exciting couple of months ahead as we close out 2017! In this edition, catch up on all of the October news including the announcement of our team for the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen; we look forward to the Swim Ireland Awards and Congress at the end of this month and our National Centre Dublin athletes are involved in an exciting campaign to raise money and awareness of men's health. Enjoy!

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Clubs And Community

Upcoming Events

Youth Development




Ten Strong Team Announced for European Short Course Swimming Championships
Swim Ireland has announced a squad of ten to compete at the LEN European Short Course (25m) Swimming Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 13th to 17th December.

2017 World Championship team members Nicholas Quinn, Jordan Sloan, Brendan Hyland, Mona McSharry and Conor Ferguson lead the team, with 50m Breaststroke bronze medalist at the 2015 event Alex Murphy, Irish record holders Danielle Hill and Conor Brines and 2017 World University Games swimmers Darragh Greene and Calum Bain completing the team.

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National Centre Dublin Swimmers Grow Their Mo's for Men's Health
Our National Centre Dublin swimmers & coaches are channelling their inner Mark Spitz and growing their moustaches throughout November in support of men’s health and we want the rest of the Irish swimming family to join in! Please donate today or join our team and start growing your mo  in order to raise money and awareness!
Swim Ireland Movember Page
Swim Ireland Appoint Mark Lappin and Sarah Fellner as Regional Pathway Development Coaches
Swim Ireland continue to build our Performance team through 2017 with the recent appointment of two Regional Pathway Development Coaches. Mark Lappin and Sarah Fellner take up their roles in December of this year after a search for the two coaches. Lappin is set to work in the Leinster region and Fellner in the Munster and Connacht regions, with Mark Craig already in position in a similar role in the Ulster region.
All three Pathway Development Coaches will work directly under National Performance Pathway Manager Andrew Reid and hold the responsibility of working with clubs and coaches within the four regions in the sharing and development of best practice in coaching and club development across Ireland.

Read more HERE

It's just under 3 Weeks to the 2017 Swim Ireland Awards and Congress at the Great National Hotel, Ballina. Congress & Youth Congress will start at 1.30pm, further details following this week! The Awards will start with a reception from 7pm. Tickets are selling fast, get yours now at the link HERE!

Swim Ireland Affiliation 17-18 - New Membership Database To Go Live

We are pleased to announce that the new membership database will be up and running for clubs to start the affiliation process on Monday 13th of November 2017.

Further detailed information will be circulated to club secretaries which will outline deadline dates and will include step by step guides in the different capabilities of the system.

One of the key benefits of the system is that Individual members of Swim Ireland will be able to log in and review their own membership details. All Swim Ireland members will receive an email introducing them to the system, we would ask you all to log in and check to ensure your details are correct.

This is an exciting time for the membership department and if you have any further questions in relation to the new system please contact your Club Support/Development Officer.

Olympic Council of Ireland - Empowering Women in Sport

The Olympic Council of Ireland organised on 23/24 October a two day conference “Empowering Women” in Croke Park, Dublin. The event was attended by many participants within the various National sports federations in Ireland as well as Swim Ireland President Mary Dunne and staff members Trish Mayon and Joni Harding.

Gabriela Muller, International Executive and Organisational Communications Coach/Trainer/Speaker ran the conference with a wide variety of women participating from across the various sports in Ireland.

The conference covered key topics such as  leadership styles, current situations of role/participation of women, building self-awareness as leader, self confidence skills.

Read the Irish Times piece on the conference HERE.

Eleanor Walsh Wins Gold in Paris

Irish swimmer Eleanor Murray won Ireland’s first ever Gold medal at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSIDO) European Championships in Bobigny, Paris last week.

The young Irish swimmer triumphed with a personal best time of 28:35.44 in the 1500m Freestyle. Eleanor also won Bronze medals in the the 400m and 800m Freestyle.

Another Irish swimmer Katie Troy won a Silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley with a time of 9:48.94.

Swim Ireland would like to congratulate Eleanor, Katie and all of the team and staff and their fantastic achievements.

Upcoming Events

Irish Open Diving Championships 2017
The 2017 Swim Ireland  Irish Open Diving Championships are taking place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin this weekend! The event will incorporate the Irish Open Junior and Senior Championships, the Irish Open Age Group Championships and the Irish Open Skills Championships. The three day competition will feature Irish International's Oliver Dingley and Jack Ffrench as well as a host of other Irish and European divers.

The action kicks off on Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th 

Visit the
Swim Ireland Facebook page for timetable and updates on this years Championships #IODiving17 
Christmas Cracker Gala
Following on from the success of 2016, the 2017 Christmas Cracker competition will take place on Sunday 10th December. This competition is aimed at novice swimmers aged 9-12. Further information on how to enter will be issued to clubs in the coming days and we look forward to welcoming you all to the NAC for a day of fun where we’ll hopefully have a very special visitor in attendance!

Irish Open Short Course Championships
Irish SC Championships are taking place from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th December in the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn. As the culmination of the short course season, and the last National Competition of 2017 this promises to be an exciting and fast meet. Closing date for entry is Friday 10th November.
Club Youth Awards - Registration OPEN
We are delighted to announce that our Club Youth Awards (CYAs) have re-opened and clubs can now register through their Club Children's Officer.

The CYAs have been designed to recognise young people’s achievements outside what they do as part of their sport i.e. not linked to PBs, times, competition success, medals achieved etc.

CYA concentrates on young people’s involvement with their squad, team and club and are aimed at identifying and recognising the effort and commitment young people show in other areas connected with being in their club; the awards are an opportunity for clubs to reward athletes for their achievements outside performance. The 4 categories of award are Teamwork, Effort, Helping and Role Model. Any further queries please contact 
Swim Ireland Education were delighted to support the launch of Sports Active Wexford Strategy 2017-2021 on Friday 20th October where Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy was a special guest.  Thanks to the partnership working between Sports Active Wexford, Wexford County Council and the Boards of Wexford Swimming Pool, The Apex, The Waterfront, Courtown Adventure & Leisure and Bunclody Pool, the county are leading the way in swimming education and training in Ireland.  We are so excited about the future of swimming working with such committed stakeholders.
Pictured Left: Purple Ray took a trip to Kildare to visit Spin Activity Centre in Newbridge who have taken on the new Swim Ireland Learn to Swim Programme.  He met the one and only Brian Redmond of Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars and then headed poolside to check out the water!

Pictured Below: Infinity Swim Academy opened their doors in October to launch their new venture in Newry, Co.Down.  They have hosted our Level 1 Teaching Aquatics Course within their purpose built Education Centre and are planning a Water Polo and Adult and Child course to run before Christmas as well!  There’s no stopping this group of inspiring individuals in promoting aquatics in Northern Ireland, to Infinity and Beyond!
Water Polo Updates
The annual Under 19 Cup is due to take place in the University of Limerick on 17th, 18th & 19th November. There are fourteen teams in total entered into the competition with matches set to kick off from 5pm on Friday 17th November. All information on the upcoming event can be found at .
November also sees the return of our Water Polo Development Officer, Gary O’Brien. Gary is currently organising a selection dates for the National Squads with the aim of having all teams selected by the New Year. All information on selection dates and times will be sent to club secretaries by Friday 24th November.

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