Newsletter #8
Vol. 2019

Welcome to the September edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. We're delighted to welcome everybody back for the 2019/2020 season and look forward to another exciting year across all of our aquatic disciplines. We have lots to catch up on from August including the World Masters Championships, Liffey Swim, World Transplant Games and the last Summer Internationals, the European Diving Championships and World Junior Swimming Championships.

In September, we look forward to celebrating the 2018/19 Season at the Swim Ireland Awards. the World Para Swimming Championships take place from September 9th - 15th and we have a host of clinics and courses being delivered for club committee's, Club Children's Officers and swimmers.

Read on to find out all that's been happening!

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Clubs And Community
Back to School, Back to the Pool
Swim Ireland Awards
World Transplant Games
Season Preparation Clinics

World Para Swimming Championships
World Junior Swimming Championships
European Diving Championships

2019/20 National & Regional Squads

Youth Development
Regional CCO Forums

Open Water
Liffey Swim

Water Polo
U15 Girls Claim ASA Inter Regional Title

FINA World Masters Championships


Level 2 Open Water Coaching 
New e-Learning Courses

Upcoming Events
As we start to gear up for the new season, we wish to welcome everyone back and hope you had some rest over the month of August. In preparation for what lies ahead we just wanted to provide the committee our top ten tips for getting the club back up and running.
1. Affiliation – Ensure your club has received the affiliation notice and is aware of the requirements and affiliation dates.
2. Affiliation Workshops – Workshops will take place in all regions to support clubs in the process of registering your members. Sign up HERE.

3. Hold a registration/information evening and ensure members are kept up to date with the clubs plans for the season. This should include both coaching and committee plans for the season.
4. Make sure your club has the required roles for the committee and everyone that holds a role within the club has completed the relevant safeguarding training and has Swim Ireland approved vetting.
5. Review all coaching and teaching requirements and ensure all your coaches and teachers have the relevant qualifications, licensing, safeguarding and vetting.
6. Codes of Conduct – Ensure all members within the club have signed and returned the relevant code of conduct, they can be found
7. Plan for the year ahead and ensure development and financial planning has been completed and approved by the committee
8. Ensure your constitution is up to date and any changes have been approved by the membership, particularly the role of Head Coach/Teacher now on the committee.
9. Make sure anyone who holds a role within the club has a clear job description and is aware of their role and responsibility, roles descriptions can be found
10. Make sure to have fun and enjoy what you do, it’s a great way to give back to the sport and build a strong club!!!

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. On the night we will induct a deserving member of the aquatic community into the Swim Ireland Hall of Fame.  

Tickets available
 HERE with the event open to all. The night will include a reception, dinner, awards and entertainment. 

Carton House currently have a special rate of €190 B&B if you call the hotel to make the booking and reference Swim Ireland. They can be contacted on - +3531505200

Congratulations to the Team Ireland swimmers and athletes who competed at the recent World Transplant Games in Newcastle. Deirdre Faul was a standout Irish swimmer coming home to Ireland with 2 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 2 x World Transplant Records and a Gold medal in Squash, a remarkable achievement!

Also climbing the podium at the pool was Peter Heffernan, who won two Bronze medals in the 50m and 100m Backstroke and Noel Marsden who also took 50m Backstroke Bronze. Well done to all on a fantastic week.

We were delighted to have supported this group of swimmers through weekly sessions in the lead up to the Games and are looking forward to working with Transplant Team Ireland for the 2020 European Transplant Games in Dublin.

The latest Clinic Series from National Centre Dublin, will set any swimmer up for the 2019/2020 season. The series includes 6 technique clinics, taking place throughout the September weekends. Each clinic holds a different skill focus, providing something for everyone! All sessions, will be held at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin and are delivered by National Centre Dublin Coaches. The clinics are open to Swim Ireland club members, aged 10yrs and over. Swimmers who attend will gather the essential tool box to help them progress their this season! Click here for further information and bookings.


Team Ireland has been named for 2019 Para Swimming Allianz World Championships that will take place in London from 9th - 15th September. Congrats and best of luck to to Patrick Flanagan, Ellen Keane, Ailbhe Kelly, Amy Marren, Barry McClements, Jonathan McGrath, Sean O'Riordan and Nicole Turner.

Well done to our team of Eoin Corby (National Centre Limerick), Amelia Kane (Ards) and Daniel Wiffen (Lisburn City) who represented Ireland at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest in August, all three performed fantastically. Eoin Corby finished with a high of 5th place in the final of the 100m Breaststroke and 9th overall in the 200m Breaststroke while Daniel Wiffen set a new Irish Junior Record in the 1500m Freestyle, knocking over 7 seconds off the previous best from 2009.

Ireland's divers completed their season at the European Diving Championships in Kiev, Ukraine this month. Not long after returning from World Championships in South Korea, Oliver Dingley, Tanya Watson and Clare Cryan were joined by Ciara McGing, competing at her first senior championships. Ireland's best performances came from Clare Cryan in the 1M Springboard and Oliver Dingley in the 3M Springboard, with both making finals.

Next up for our divers will be the Irish Open Diving Championships in November.
2019/2020 National & Regional Squads
Selection Letters were issued this week to the athletes who will make up the National Performance Squad, National Performance Pathway Squad and the four Regional Development Squads.
Selection information was also distributed to clubs in relation to their athletes who have been selected for the four Regional Coaching Groups and the four Regional Skills Academies.
Congratulations to all selected athletes and their clubs and coaches. We'll have a full announcement next month!
The new Swim Ireland Safeguarding Policy will be launched at each regional CCO Forum (the Club Children’s Officer event); every CCO attending will receive their copy!  The dates and venues are set and bookings are now open:
Leinster: 17th September, 6.30pm, Irish Sport HQ, Dublin
Click Here
Ulster: 19th September, 6.30pm, Clayton Hotel, Belfast Click Here
Munster: 21st September, 10am, Absolute Hotel, Limerick Click Here
Connacht: 24th September, 7pm, McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris Click Here
South Leinster: 26th September, 6.30pm, Springhill Court, Kilkenny Click Here     

If you cannot make the Forum in your region you are very welcome to attend any Forum that suits you – the Forums are free and open to current and future CCOs. 
Ireland produced a flawless tournament to win the U16 Girls Division Two title at the ASA Inter-Regional Water Polo Championships. The girls began their campaign at Walsall Gala Baths with a statement, beating a strong East Midlands team 10-3. They never looked back from there, beating North West Lightning 17-3, Scotland Saltires 18-0 and West Midlands 15-3. That had all but guaranteed Ireland would win the title, but they finished emphatically with a 13-3 win over East Angels to celebrate their promotion to Division One for the U18 Girls Inter-Regional Championships in 2021.

Irish U15 Girls Team
Amelia Urry, Bangor Barracudas WPC, Eva Ramsey, Cathal Brugha WPC. Ellen Loane, Diamonds WPC, Scarlett Hewitt, Diamonds WPC, Méabh McGurk, Diamonds WPC, Anna Reilly, Bangor Barracudas WPC, Alice Corcoran, Tribes WPC, Lana Nolan, Clontarf SC, Cara O’Kane, Cathal Brugha WPC, Caoimhe Hennessy, St Vincents, Niamh O’Connor, Cathal Brugha WPC, Aine Hennessy, St Vincents, Tegan McGurk, Cathal Brugha WPC
Congratulations to the over 600 swimmers who competed in the 100th Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim on August 3rd. Phoenix SC's Sinead Delaney and North Dublin's Mark Hanley were the overall winners on a fantastic day of celebrations.  

Congratulations to the 8 Irish Masters swimmers who competed at the World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea from 9th-18th August.

The team returned to Ireland with two silver and two bronze medals, 4 Irish Records and 12 4th/5th places finishes! Jane Jolly collected 3K Open Water Silver, while Adrian O'Connor won silver and two bronze in the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke.

Read more HERE.

We are delighted to announce that we have gone live with our Level 2 Open Water Coaching Swimming courses, we have two running in conjunction with Seán MacDermott Street swimming pool in Dublin and Infinity, Newry.  The course comprises classroom, practical sessions & eLearning. 

The Swim Ireland Coaching Open Water qualification pathway is designed to allow you to work with open water swimmers within a leisure facility or open water. You will develop swimmers’ open water skills, technique and conditioning in preparation for the Irish waters.
  • Prepare and deliver session plans and training cycles.
  • Be responsible for swimmers (in line with safe Supervision Guidelines) in an open water environment.
  • Deliver on basic principles surrounding nutrition, hydration, psychology, strength and conditioning, biomechanics and physiology within open water environment.
  • Have an in depth understanding of the technical aspects of coaching open water swimming.
  • Manage and communicate effectively in the development of open water swimmers.
Book your place now as there is limited availability!
Seán Mac Dermott Street 20th, 21st, & 22nd September 2019
Infinity, Newry 20th, 21st, 22nd September 2019

Candidates must hold a Swim Ireland level 2 Coaching Swimming qualification. A valid safeguarding certificate and vetting NVB / Access NI is required to attend.
Continuous Professional Development – eLearning Courses
We have added two new eLearning CPD courses our GoMembership & STEP platforms. These new online CPDs; Introduction to Front Crawl and Breaststroke and Introduction to Breaststroke and Butterfly are aimed at an audience who have no knowledge of the strokes and are interested in taking their Level 1 Teaching Assistant qualification or perhaps; are parents of swimmers seeking to add to their knowledge and understanding.

Book your CPD eLearning course below:

Introduction to Front Crawl and Breaststroke
Introduction to Breaststroke and Butterfly

Upcoming Events

Allianz World Para Swimming Championships, 9th - 15th September, London UK
CJK Engineering Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim, 15th September, Dublin
European Week of Sport, 22nd - 28th September, Nationwide
Swim Ireland Awards, 28th September, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Parents in Sport Week, 7th - 13th October, Nationwide

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