Welcome to the July 2019 Swim Ireland Newsletter. It's been a busy and eventful month with lots of Summer Internationals taking place for our senior and junior athletes. Our third annual #WePlay Conference was a huge success at the start of the month. Open water season is in full swing and we're very much looking forward to celebrating the 100th Liffey Swim tomorrow. The Water Polo season came to a close with a big win for our U15 Boys in Walsall and our Youth Development, Clubs and Communities and Education Departments continued to work on a number of projects and programmes!
Read on to catch up on all of our July news plus some August events to look forward to!
Congratulations to all of the swimmers and divers who represented Ireland at Summer Internationals so far this year including - European Junior Diving Championships, European Junior Swimming Championships, World Diving Championships, World Swimming Championships and European Youth Olympics. The swimmers and divers had some fantastic results with just some of the highlights as follows -
2019 LEN European Junior Swimming Championships
48% lifetime bests in Olympic events; in 2018 we were 23%
5 x Semi Finals and 2 x Finals
6 x Irish Junior Records
2019 European Youth Olympic Festival
75% lifetime bests in Olympic events; in 2017 we were 37%
2 x Semi Finals and 2 x Finals
2 x Bronze Medals
2019 FINA World Championships (Diving)
1 x Semi Final & 2 x Finals
2019 FINA World Championships (Swimming)
43% lifetime bests in Olympic events; in 2017 we were 8%
38% lifetime bests in Olympic events from heat swims.
3 x Semi Finals (and 2 x First Reserve positions for Semi Finals)
7 x Irish Senior Records
Two relays in the Top 16 with current Olympic 2020 berths (currently 14th & 16th)
1 x Top 10 finish individual swim and 1 x Top 12 finish individual swim
1 x Pre-Validation QT for The 2020 Olympic Games
Coming up this month is the European Diving Championships from August 5th - 11th and World Junior Swimming Championships from August 20th - 25th. Best of luck to our divers and swimmers competing.
Molly Mayne secured two brilliant bronze medals representing Team Ireland in the Girl’s 100m and 200m Breaststroke at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku in July. The Templeogue club swimmer, who is based at Hamilton Aquatics in Dubai, picked up double bronze in personal best times.
A brief reminder before finishing up for the season for clubs to support their CCO attending the CCO Forums due to be held:
Leinster: 17/9 Irish Sports HQ l Munster: 21/9 Absolute Hotel, Limerick Connacht: 24/9 Claremorris l Ulster: 19/9 venue tbc (Lisburn) South Leinster: 26/9 venue tbc
Please ask your CCO to save theses dates - they can attend any of the Forums. Each CCO will get their copy of the new Swim Ireland Safeguarding Policies. The Safeguarding Policies have been completely reviewed with all the updated information needed for creating a safe environment in our sport.
2019 Irish Summer Nationals
Our 2019 Irish Summer Nationals took place from July 24th to 28th at the NAC. We had five days of fantastic swimming across all of our age groups with 7 Irish Records broken, 4 of which from an in form Danielle Hill. You can now catch up on reports from each day below.
Irish Division 2 National Championships
Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed at the Irish Division 2 National Championships from July 11th to 14th at UL Sport in Limerick. All swimmers showed fantastic form and promise and there are plenty of names to look out for in the coming years. Catch up on all four days of action by clicking on the links below.
On the 28th September, Swim Ireland will present our 2019 Annual Awards evening hosted by Swim Ireland President Declan Harte at Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The Awards night will celebrate and honour the fantastic work and the outstanding accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout the year. Do you know any athletes, volunteer, club member that should be recognised? We have extended the nomination date to Wednesday 14th August so make sure to put foward your club, volunteers and athletes!
Nominations are now open and all members of the aquatic community are invited to purchase tickets. The night will include a reception, dinner, awards and entertainment. Further information and links to nominations and tickets is available HERE.
The third annual Docklands Dip took place on Wednesday 17th July at Spencer Dock, welcoming over 90 young people from twelve youth groups all over Dublin. The groups had the opportunity to try all that the water has to offer, with diving, water safety, water polo and kayaking included they took full advantage. An overcast day with some occasional showers did not dampen the spirits of participants with a fantastic day had by all. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Waterways Ireland for funding the event and Dublin City Sports Partnership and all involved for their support.
Our third #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference took place earlier this month. The day was a huge success, with the biggest attendance yet of almost 300 girls, from a wide range of sports. Attendee’s got to hear from the star-studded line up of Olympians, European & World Champions, Irish Record Holders and those working at the top of their field within sport.
Ireland's top female athletes, including swimmer Mona McSharry, and sporting experts took to the stage to discuss a variety of topics from pushing your mind and body to achieve success to managing nutrition and energy around the menstrual cycle. The theme of the conference was “Proud to be me”!
#WePlay gave a stage for these fantastic athletes, to showcase their astonishing achievements, but more importantly, their journeys and experiences in getting there. It was a fantastic day for all, filled with inspiration and motivation!
Well done to the Swim Ireland team of Trish Mayon, Bethany Carson and Sasha Maguire who organised the day!
Glory for Ireland Under 15 Boys in Walsall
The Irish Under 15 Boys National Team traveled to the ASA Tournament in Walsall, United Kingdom from 28th – 30th June. The team took home gold with straight wins against East (11-6), North West Ravens (10-4), South East (11-8), Wales (14-2) and East Midlands (6-2). A very big thank you to our Team Staff; Jim Tracey (C), Gareth Bowden (AC), Siobhán Egan (TM) and Ian Hanrahan (Ref.) who put in countless hours training and travelling with the boys on the road to their victory!
It's a big day tomorrow as the 100th Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim takes place!
The 100th Dublin City Liffey Swim takes place this Saturday 3rd August starting with the Men's Race at 12pm and Ladies Race at 1pm from Rory O'Moore Bridge (Watling Street) finishing at Custom House.
Come along and cheer on over 600 swimmers in this historic event!
Have you ever thought about becoming an Open Water Swimming Coach?
In September we will launch our new Swim Ireland Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach qualification, with a course hosted by our Flagship Learn to Swim Centre - Infinity Swim Academy who utilise the beautiful Camlough lake in Northern Ireland. We will also host a course in Dublin, using the Royal Canal Basin. If you have a love for open water, loughs and outdoor baths, you may also have the knowledge to inspire others to take part in open water swimming - this course may be the one for you!
We are opening expressions of interest to attend, as spaces will be limited to 6 per course (12 spaces in total), learners should hold a Swim Ireland Level 2 Coaching qualification. Those who hold a Swim Ireland Level 2 Teaching qualification and can evidence experience in open water swimming will also be considered. Vetting (to apply Click here) and Safeguarding ( to book a course click here) are also required.
To submit your expression of interest, please email Paul Roban detailing your qualifications and experience and reasons why you wish to be considered for the Open Water Course.
Two of three SFAM Open Water Series events took place this month, in the form of the Docklands 1km in conjunction with Waterways Ireland and Swim for a Mile at Clontarf Baths. These events pose as a fantastic bridge from pool to open water swimming, boasting a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. The Docklands 1km was a fantastic introduction for swimmers looking to learn more about open water swimming, while SFAM at The Clontarf Baths provided an opportunity swim the mile in sea conditions! Swimmers took on the challenge of low water temperatures and visibility, while still in the comfort of the calm waters of the Royal Canal and Clontarf Baths! Photos from these events can be found here!
Next up will be the SFAM at Seapoint, Dublin on August 11th. Again, this event provides the perfect opportunity for those wanting to test the bold open waters! You can find more information and bookings here!
8 Irish Masters swimmers will be competing in the FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea from 9th-18th August.
The open water program kickstarts the Irish participation in the Championships with Jane Jolly (Cork Masters SC), Karen Molloy (Aer Lingus Masters) and Nigel Fanning (Terenure SC) competing in the 3km event.
The pool programme commences on 12th August, Molloy and Fanning along with Patricia Reilly, Charlotte Reid, Blanaid Walker, Adrian O'Connor and Geraldine Thompson will compete across 7 days of competition.
Best of luck to all!
Summer Series of Swim Ireland courses at National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
Swim Ireland and the National Aquatic Centre on the Sport Ireland National Sport Campus, have been hosting a series of courses throughout the month of July! There have been three Blended Level 2 Swimming Teacher courses (33 new Level 2 Swimming Teachers) and three Blended Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher courses (45 new Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teachers). With learners travelling from across Ireland, 72 hours of teaching has been delivered, that’s 144 swimming lessons and 576 children learning to swim across the 3 weeks! Well done to all involved!
Swim Ireland Tutor Assessors leading the courses; Paolo Di Paola (pictured), Mary Garvey, David Fitzpatrick, Amanda Wynn and Patricio Masip
We are delighted to announce two further Autism Swimming Teacher courses, that will run in conjunction with JTR Swim School, at Spin Activity Centre in Newbridge. The course comprises of classroom and practical sessions, with real life experience working with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Book your place now as there is limited availability!
Please note you should be a minimum of 16 years old, hold Swim Ireland Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification and have Swim Ireland Vetting and Safeguarding.
100th Dublin City Liffey Swim, 3rd August, Dublin City Centre
FINA World Masters Championships, 5th - 18th August, Gwangju, South Korea
LEN European Diving Championships, 5th - 11th August, Kiev, Ukraine
SFAM at Seapoint, Monkstown, 11th August
FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, 20th - 25th August, Budapest, Hungary
World Para Swimming Allianz World Championships, 9th - 15th September, London UK
Swim Ireland Awards. 28th September, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare