Newsletter #3
Vol. 2017

Busy Spring Season Of Swimming 

Time to trade smell of fresh cut grass for chlorine as we dive head first into another busy season for Swim Ireland. The build up to the Irish Open Swimming Championships at the National Aquatic Centre has been exciting and with the event getting underway on the 6th April its all hands on deck. The country's top swimmers will compete for the 40 titles on offer over 4 packed days of racing. We're excited to announce our Water Polo Academy and Summer Camp 2017 commencing over the coming months and we reflect on the amazing results our athletes achieved at the Para Swimming World Series in Copenhagen. Swim Ireland's new participation programme starts with a splash and finally we acknowledge some of the clubs who have registered for this years Club Youth Awards.

Top stories this month

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#IrishOpen2017 - Ireland's Top Swimmers Gather
#SwimForAMile - Over 1400 Comlete Swim For A Mile 2017
#ParaSwimmingWorldSeries - Irish Athletes Make Big Impression in Copenhagen
#StartedWithASplash - Swim Ireland's New Participation Programme

Out of the Water

Looking at stories affecting our sport and development
#Waterpolo - Academy And Summer Camp 2017
#YoungPeople - Club Youth Awards

#IrishOpen2017 - Ireland's Top Swimmers Gather

The 2017 Irish Open Swimming Championship will take place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th April 2017. This years open will see over 350 swimmers compete for over 40 titles guaranteeing an action packed 4 days of competition. Swimmers from all over Ireland will be eager to put their hand up for selection to represent Ireland for this year's Summer Internationals including European Juniors, European Youth Olympics, World University Games and World Championships.

National Performance Director, Jon Rudd, will be eager to view the exciting talent on show after spending the last two weeks traveling the country for Swim Ireland's Regional Roadshows which took place across the four provinces. Jon along with Members of the Swim Ireland Performance team visited Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Mayo where the NPD took time to elaborate Swim Ireland's plans for competitive swimming at regional, national and international level followed by a Q and A session. The Roadshows were a huge success and attracted over 200 enthusiastic swimmers, coaches, parents, technical officials and committee members excited to hear about the direction swimming in Ireland was going to take over the next few years to Tokyo 2020 and beyond. For a comprehensive list of what was said at the roadshows click here

If you attended one of Jon's roadshows we'd love to hear back from you. We are always looking to improve our Swim Ireland events so any feedback you may have would be appreciated.

Swim Ireland Regional Roadshow survey

#SwimForAMile - Over 1400 Complete Swim For A Mile 2017

Swim for a Mile 2017 is now coming to a close, with over 20 pools across the country having already held the event in the last 3 weeks. We have had many happy people complete the event, some of which mentioned their inability to swim any more than a length in a pool before starting the training programme. When the events conclude in 2 weeks, we will have had a total of over 1400 participants across 27 pools in the country.

Our biggest event took place in the National Aquatic Centre on Saturday 25th March, with over 350 people successfully completing the mile swim. We teamed up with Special Olympics Ireland for the event, and raised lots of money for a great cause. 
Congratulations to everyone who completed the event, we hope to see you all back next year!

At Swim Ireland we are continuously working to improve our events. Any feedback you may have on this years events would be greatly appreciated.
Swim For A Mile online survey.   

#ParaSwimmingWorldSeries - Irish Athletes Make Big Impression In Copenhagen

A team of five Irish swimmers competed at the opening meet of the new Para Swimming World Series in Copenhagen which took place 11th & 12th March. The team featured Rio Paralympic bronze medallist Ellen Keane, as well as fellow Paralympians James Scully, and Nicole Turner joined by upcoming young swimmers Barry McClements, and Patrick Flanagan.

Bringing together some of the biggest competitions on the global calendar, the World Series will take in five countries across Europe and the Americas between March-July, leading into the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City in October. This first meet in Denmark saw 122 swimmers from nineteen countries begin the 2017 international season.

Irish para swimmers Ellen Keane and Barry McClements both claimed a gold and silver medal each in Copenhagen. Ellen Keane secured silver in the 100m Butterfly Final in a time of 1:12.65 and gold in the 200 IM in 2:42.87. McClements, who claimed gold in the 400m Freestyle in 4:31:35 then added to his tally at this meet with an impressive silver in the final of the 100m Butterfly. The fifteen-year-old raced strongly to record his fourth personal best time of the weekend finishing in 1:05.15.

All athlete’s results at each World Series edition will be calculated using a standardised points system via an online virtual competition platform. This will ensure that the overall World Series winner will be the best performing athlete over the duration of the series, meaning that every performance counts.

To see all results and follow our athletes progress head to our website. Read more...

#StartedWithASplash - Swim Ireland's New Participation Programme

Swim Ireland's new participation programme started with a splash at the end of February with 21 children from the Kilbarrack after school programme aged between 4 and 6 years. The children started a 6 week programme of swimming lessons in Coolock Pool with each child receiving a free hat and goggles to get started.

Photos (below) show local youth groups from Crumlin and the South Inner City Area in a Learn to Swim Programme which will continue to the end of June in Crumlin Pool. All of the participants will then be taking part in “The Docklands Dip” a multi-aquatic youth event which will be held in Spencer Dock on July 19th.

Thank you to Dublin City Council, Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership for their support in rolling out the programme.

Out of the water...

A round-up of some of the stories around the development of our sport.

#Waterpolo Academy And Summer Camp 2017

As part of the on-going development work for Water Polo, Swim Ireland is pleased to announce the dates of the National Water Polo Academy and Summer Camp 2017. The Water Polo and Academy and Summer Camp will take place 11th - 13th August 2017.

Directed by Gary O'Brien, the National Development Manager for Water Polo, this will be a great opportunity for all water polo players aged between 12-18 to partake in a focused and fun weekend of water polo skills development in and out of the pool. 

The Academy will be aimed at experienced players who want to fine tune their skills and push themselves to learn new and exciting techniques, whilst the Summer Camp will be aimed at anyone new or progressing through the game who is interested in improving their water polo skills and getting ready for the season ahead.

More details including schedule of events (to include pool and land based activities) and costs will follow shortly. In the meantime to register your interest (Coaches and Athletes) please contact Gary O'Brien directly at  

#YoungPeople - Club Youth Awards

47 clubs have registered for this year’s Club Youth Awards and we are really looking forward to hearing about their endeavors later in the season. Young people in our clubs will take on challenges in the areas of TeamworkHelping, being a Role Model and Effort

Best of luck to some of the following clubs who have registered this year: Aer Lingus, Coolmine SW, Asgard, Viking, Mallow Swans, Ennis Swimming & Lifesaving Club, OLYMPIA, Ballymena ASC, Lecale ASC, Banbridge ASC, Ards ASC, St Fiacc's Swimming Club, ADSC, Bangor Barracudas Water Polo Club, Shark Swimming Club, Newry And Mourne. Templeogue SC, Larne SC, Nenagh Neptune SC, Laser SC, Sunday's Well SC, Enniskillen Lakelanders, Comans SC, Kilkeel SC, Ballymoney Amateur SC. ESB SC, Dolphin SC, Claremorris SC, Leander, Trident SC, Kilarney SC, Lisburn City SC, BASC and Courtown Swimming Club.


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