Newsletter #6
Vol. 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. It's just 2 days to our #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference and we're so excited to hear from the fantastic line up.Tickets are still available below. It's the start of the Summer International season and we have swimmers and divers competing across the world. Make sure to get your nominations in for the Swim Ireland Awards on September 28th, nominations close July 31st! With the sun shining now is a great time to look into open water swimming, we've got some great starter events through our Swim for a Mile programme. We are also looking back at our 2019 Tutor Conference and the launch of our autism swimming teacher course. Read on to catch up on all of the latest news.

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Summer Internationals Kick Off
National Centre Applications Now Open

Open Water
Swim for a Mile Open Water Events


Tutor Conference
Autism Swimming Teacher Course launches

Water Polo

U15 Boys Win ASA Tournament
Senior Men Take on Belgium
U15 Girls Team Announcement

Clubs And Community
2019 Swim Ireland Awards

Upcoming Events
Swim Ireland's #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference takes place on Wednesday 3rd July at the  Sport Ireland, National Sports Campus! The day runs from 10.00 to 16:00 and is open to ALL ages from ALL sports! Whether you are an athlete, parent of an athlete, coach, official or spectator this is an event you will not want to miss! The theme of the conference is "Proud To Be Me" focusing on getting the most out of your sport and being confident within your body while doing so. The day involves a mix of panel discussions with sporting experts and elite athletes, as well as educational and motivational talks. Take a look at our fantastic line up here! You can find the full conference schedule and tickets here! We have buses coming from a number of regions for the day, if you would like to avail of this please contact Bethany on 


Summer Internationals season has already kicked off and we're looking forward to a full Summer of supporting our national swimming and diving teams across the world. Ciara McGing got Ireland's summer underway at the European Junior Diving Championships last week, while the European Junior swimmers take to the blocks on July 3rd. We'll have full coverage of all events across our website and social media channels, so make sure to tune in and show your support.
National Centre Applications will open on Monday 15th July and will close on Wednesday 31st July. Athletes wishing to be considered for Full Time or Part Time membership in either Dublin or Limerick MUST apply by the 31st July. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.
Information on how to apply will be available from Thursday 11th July and can be requested from
Congratulations to the regional teams from Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster who competed at the Scottish National Open Championships last weekend. Lots of fantastic performances across the three days.

You'll catch these swimmers, as well as 800 others, at Irish Summer Nationals, 24th - 28th July.
Finally summer is starting to show! Making it perfect time for the SFAM Open Water Series! This year SFAM OW offers three events taking place over July and August. Each event offers a different experience for a range of abilities!

If you'd like to take the next step into the open water, these events provide the perfect bridge from pool swimming!

The first event is the Docklands 1km, taking place on July 17th at Spencer Dock this will run in conjunction with Waterways Ireland, next up will be SFAM at Clontarf Baths on July 30th and lastly we will finish with the SFAM at Seapoint, Monkstown both running with the support of Leinster Open Sea.

Training will take place at the Clontarf Baths on Wednesday July 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th. These sessions are open to those registered for any of the three events - just add sessions to your basket when purchasing an event ticket! Find out more here:

Swim Ireland are delighted to be working closely with Leinster Open Sea to support children's races before the adults race. Each participant will enjoy a short swim and receive a goodie bag. If your club would like to run a children's race please contact Grainne at
Swim Ireland Tutor Conference 2019
The Education Team were delighted to host 40 Swim Ireland Tutors at this years conference, with a theme of creating positive learning environments. Keynotes on the day were delivered by Dr Richard Bailey and Adrian Bethune. Dr Richard Bailey is one of the world’s leading researchers into the relationships between sport, physical activity, and human development. He leads research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, the worldwide umbrella body for sports science and education organisations, while Adrian is a teacher and Healthy Body & Mind Leader at a primary school in Hertfordshire. He also delivers wellbeing-focused training in schools across the UK through his organisation Teachappy and has appeared on stage at the Creating A Happier World - Action for Happiness Event with the Dalai Lama.  With two impressive speakers, delivering practical advice on how to create safe, supportive and happy environments on our courses, we are confident that our new Level 1 and Level 2 courses create the optimal learning environments for Swim Ireland Candidates.
If you are thinking about becoming a Swimming Teacher or Coach,
click here to find out more or book a course.
Our Vision: Become recognised as the leading provider of accredited aquatic qualifications and programmes across the island of Ireland
Swim Ireland Autism Swimming Teacher Course launches at JTR Swim School!
We are over the moon to have launched our specialist Swimming Teacher qualification for those teachers working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Working in partnership with Johann Tilley-Rock at JTR Swim School, the first course ran at Spin Activity Centre in Newbridge on Saturday 22nd June. The course comprises of classroom and practical sessions, with real life experience working with young people with ASD.
Director of Education, Joni Harding, said “We have been busy over the last couple of years releasing new courses, syllabi and online learning, but I have to say I think this one is pretty special! In a world where 150 children are diagnosed with ASD every hour and the risk of drowning is 160 times more likely for a child with Autism – we knew this was something we needed to offer to Irish Swimming Teachers. Johanna has been avidly campaigning for opportunities for young people with ASD in her home county of Kildare and we were delighted to be able to work with her to deliver on this qualification. The feedback from learners who completed the first course is outstanding and we are looking forward to a future of Irish swimming where we can honestly say Swim Ireland offer a truly inclusive programme and education.”
Congratulations to the Irish Under 15 Boys National Team who traveled to the ASA Tournament in Walsall, United Kingdom from  28th – 30th June and took home GOLD with fantastic 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!

Irish U15 Boys Team
Murphy Hugh, Clonard WPC (GK), McGuigan Ciaran, Cathal Brugha (GK), Bowden Jake, Clonard, McSherry Niall, Clonard, MaGill Jack, Clonarf, Tracey James, Clontarf SC, Murphy Austin, Corrib WPC, Commons Rhys, Corrib WPC, McGovern Shay, Corrib WPC, Burduli Alexandre, Corrib WPC, Hanley Mark, North Dublin, Noonan Senan, St Vincents WPC, 13. Dunne Ciaran, St Vincents WPC, Hanna Donal, Clonard WPC

The Senior Men’s National team travelled to Antwerp, Belgium from the 31st May – 2nd June 2019 to take part in a training weekend with the Belgian Under 19 and Senior National Teams. The team selected for the challenge matches was as follows:
Eoin Doyle, Sandycove SC, Jonathan Donnelly, Cathal Brugha, Eoin Bridgeman, St Vincents, Matthew Hanna, Cathal Brugha, Nathan Taylor, Cathal Brugha, Alan Fogarty, Sandycove SC, Matthew Hynes, St Vincents WPC, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Cú Chulainn, Stephen Nolan, North Dublin, Adrian Hanna, Cathal Brugha, Ciaran Walshe, Corrib WPC, Mark Moran, Corrib WPC, Cillian Colvin, St Vincents WPC, Shane O Brien, St Vincents WPC 
The Irish Under 15 Girls National Team has been selected for the upcoming ASA Tournament with the team travelling to Walsall on 5th – 7th July. Best of luck!

Team: Urry Amelia, Bangor Barracudas WPC, Ramsey Eva, Cathal Brugha, Loane Ellen, Diamonds WPC, Hewitt Scarlett, Diamonds WPC, McGurk Méabh, Diamonds WPC, Reilly Anna, Bangor Barracudas WPC, Corcoran Alice, Tribes WPC, Nolan Lana, Clontarf SC, O’Kane Cara, Cathal Brugha, Hennessy Caoimhe, St Vincents WPC, O’Connor Niamh, Cathal Brugha, Hennessy Aine, St Vincents WPC, McGurk Tegan, Cathal Brugha
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 an athletes, volunteer, club member that should be recognised? Make sure to get your nominations in by July 31st. On the night we will induct a deserving member of the aquatic community into the Swim Ireland Hall of Fame. 

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.

Coaches Survey
We are looking for your help in conducting some research into helping us better understand the personality of coaches in Ireland and its impact on how and what they coach. We really need your input to ensure we have a large sample size that is a good reflection of coaches working in Ireland. This study only involves about 20 minutes of your time, to complete an on-line questionnaire, which looks at a person’s personality traits and their strivings or future goals.
The study results will help provide a better understanding of coaches in Ireland and what motivates them. Which in turn will support the development of better training and support programmes for coaches.
If you are interested in helping please click HERE  to completed the questionnaire.

If you have any other questions you can contact Shane Keane by e-mail on

Upcoming Events

#WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference, 3rd July, National Sports Campus
European Junior Swimming Championships, 3rd - 7th July, Kazan, Russia
National Division 2, 11th - 14th July, UL Sport, Limerick
FINA World Diving Championships, 12th - 21st July, Gwangju, South Korea
FINA World Swimming Championships, 22nd - 28th July, Gwangju, South Korea
European Youth Olympic Festival, 22nd - 28th July, Baku, Azerbaijan
Irish Summer Nationals, 24th - 28th July, NAC, Dublin

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