Welcome to the June edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. We hope you have been enjoying the sun and getting lots of open water swims in! We've had another busy month with plenty of action across all of our sports and in all of our departments. Catch up on news from Performance including Oliver Dingley's success at the FINA World Cup and the announcement of the team for Dublin 2018. Our Clubs and Communities department delivered a fantastic Level 1 Coaching Swimming Course under Women in Sport which will see 13 female coaches receive mentoring and we've got a date for your diary for the 2018 #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference! Catch up on all of this and more by clicking on the stories below.
Women in Sport Coaching and Mentoring Programme
Sixteen candidates including 13 females attended our first ever Level 1 Women in Sport Coaching (swimming) & Mentoring Programme. The candidates completed the course during the week of June 18th and have now been put in touch with their coaching mentors. The aim of the mentoring programme is to grow the confidence and experience of these newly accredited coaches with help and guidance from experienced coaches.
Stroke Skills Clinics - 4 days, 4 clinics, 4 strokes!
116 age group swimmers flooded through the NAC doors over four days for our Stroke Skills Clinics. These clinics were technique based and worked on the core concepts and principles of each stroke per day. The clinics were led by Leinster Pathway Development Coach Mark Lappin and National Centre Dublin, Assistant Coach Bethany Carson. Spaces for the clinics were highly sought after and finished with a lot of happy and informed swimmers ready for the summer meets! We will be running a second round of clinics the week of July 9th, keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media for updates!
Swim Ireland Tutor Conference
Our 2018 Tutor Conference ran in June with 28 Tutors in attendance at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne. It was a great day with a number of sessions led by John Szaranek, Head Coach, National Centre Limerick covering developments in stroke technique, and Joni Harding and Karen Hanvey utilising learner centered activities to discuss the importance of FUNdamental movement skills in Swimming. This is an annual event where Swim Ireland deliver training to tutors to ensure that the message being delivered on our courses is in line with our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and to ensure our workforce have the skills and knowledge to deliver the most up to date courses across Ireland.
Launch of Leaving Certificate in Physical Education
Swim Ireland were delighted to be invited to a meeting with Sport Ireland and the Physical Education Association of Ireland (PEAI) to discuss the rollout of the new Leaving Certification in Physical Education (LCPE). Young People in Ireland have had the opportunity to select Leaving Cert PE for the first time ever, with the new syllabus being rolled out in September 2018. With this course students can select speciality areas – one of which is Aquatics – so for those students who excel in swimming it is an opportunity to highlight skills and be awarded up to 100 points towards their Leaving Cert. Swim Ireland are actively engaging with PEAI and being in touch with the 80 schools across Ireland delivering this to offer support and resources to assist in ensuring young people specialising in aquatics have the best opportunity for success. If you are a school or student delivering the programme, please be in touch to find out how Swim Ireland can assist. Contact Joni Harding, Education Business Manager, 01625 firstname.lastname@example.org
Swim Ireland Teacher and Coach Licensing
As part of our constant review of programmes, Swim Ireland is in the process of re-structuring the current licensing process to make it simpler for teachers and coaches to obtain their license. The changes will also help to ensure that teachers and coaches are completing regular and annual CPD and with the latest developments to the CPD structure obtaining CPD points is easier than ever. The key changes to the programme will take effect from the 1st of August 2018 and can be foundHERE.
New face to face CPD
The Education Department have been working hard to produce a new menu of face to face CPD – Check out these new courses byclicking here
Dingley Secures World Series Place
Oliver Dingley, training in the National Centre (Dublin), competed in the FINA Diving World Cup in Wuhan, China earlier this month. The 25-year-old was taking on the very best divers in the World in the 3m Springboard event and scored 406.85 points in the prelims. placing 14th overall and progressing to the semi-finals. Ollie upped his game in the semi-final, scoring 411.10 points which put him through to the final in 10th place. In the final, Ollie improved his score yet again, scoring 418.75, placing him 7th and ensuring a place in the 2019 Diving World Series. This exclusive series is reserved for the top 8 divers in the world. Ollie was last part of the series in 2017 after his 8th place finish at the Rio Olympic Games.
Team Announced for Dublin 2018
This August, for the first time ever, Ireland will host a major International Para sporting event when the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships take place at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre from August 13th-19th. Ireland have named an 8 person squad for Dublin 2018 including Rio Paralympics Bronze medal winner, Ellen Keane. Keane is joined on the team by Patrick Flanagan, Ailbhe Kelly, Barry McClements, Jonathan McGrath, Sean O’Riordan, James Scully and Nicole Turner. Read moreHERE.
European Junior Diving Championships
Three athletes competed in the European Junior Championships (Helsinki) last week. All three athletes competed in Finals (four Finals in total), including a pair in the 3M Synchronised Diving for the first time. Anna Power (National Centre Dublin) competed in both the 1M and 3M Springboard finals finishing 7th and 11th respectively. Tanya Watson (Southampton Diving) competed in the 10M Platform finishing 7th and Anna was joined by Ciara McGing (National Centre Dublin) in the 3M Synchronised event where they finished 12th. Both Tanya and Ciara had 13th place finishes in the 3M Springboard and 10M Platform respectively, just missing out on finals in these events. Well done ladies!
European Junior Swimming Championships A 15 strong Irish swimming team will begin competition from tomorrow (Wednesday), at the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships. The team will compete from the 4th - 8th July at the Mäkelänrinne Swimming Center in Helsinki, Finland. A busy opening day will see ten Irish swimmers in action. Click HERE for schedule, results etc...
Ireland Boys Claim Bronze at ASA Inter Regionals
Ireland Water Polo’s Under 15 National Boys Team travelled to the Liverpool Aquatics Centre on Saturday last to take part in the ASA U16 Inter-Regional Championships 2018.
Highlights from the weekend saw the boys putting their best foot forward to come out on top against West Midlands 12-6. A draw in their second match saw a 6-6 finish against East Midlands. Another tough match followed but the boys managed to clinch a 4-3 victory against the North West Region and day one finished with a comprehensive victory over the South West Region 7-2.
Day two continued as day 1 ended with Ireland coming out on top 8-4 against Wales. The team were trailing with a slow start in this match but came from behind to take the win. Ireland’s final match of the weekend ended in defeat to the West Midlands 3-8.
A total of six matches over the two day competition saw Ireland finishing in third place over all – well done!
Ireland Masters Set European Record
Congratulations to the Aer Lingus Masters ladies team of Charlotte Reid, Sarah Farrelly, Deirdre Morris and Agnieszka Wysocka (pictured left to right) who set a European record in the Ladies 4X100m Freestyle Relay (short course) Age Group 160 -199yrs at the Ulster Masters. The quartets time of 4:12.06 knocked half a second off the previous record of 4:12.60 set by Brescia Acquare Mafeco of Italy in 2017.
The Open Water Season is in full swing with events taking place across the country every weekend. We are delighted to announce that Swim for a Mile Open Water will take place once again, with the event planned for September 8th. Keep an eye on our social media for details coming soon.
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