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Newsletter #4
Vol. 2017


April Whets The Appetite For Summer Internationals

We're heading into a bumper summer in the aquatics calendar but before that, we take a deep-dive into a round-up of April's action. All the way back at the start of April, the Irish Open Swimming Championships took centre stage at the NAC. We examine the ramifications of this meet where records tumbled, as the summer international teams are announced and the whole performance squad gathers at the National Training Centre Dublin. The last mile of thousands was completed in early may as Swim For A Mile came to its conclusion with our hugely successful Corporate Challenge edition. We also catch up with some of the other stories happening in our sport in "Out Of The Water" including our diving results, job vacancy and water polo.

Don't forget about our AGM taking place on 20th May.


Top stories this month

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Upcoming...
#Swim Ireland Announce Two Key Appointments 
#Swim Ireland New Relay Strategy 
#AGM And Strategic Plan
#Teams Announced For 2017 European and World Junior Championships

Splashback...
#Irish Open Stars Light Up NAC
#Swimforamile And Corporate Challenge Round Up
#Water Polo - Irish Senior Cup 2017


Out of the water

Looking at stories affecting our sport and development
#Vacancy - Support Officer (Munster Region)
#WaterPolo - Latest Developments
#Diving - Irish Divers Making A Splash
#New 25m Diving Pool Opened In UL 

Upcoming...

#Swim Ireland Announce Two Key Appointments

Swim Ireland's pathway to Olympic and World success took a further positive step this week with the announcement of two assistant coaches to work in the daily performance environment in the National Centre (Dublin). Steven Beckerleg and Bethany Carson will be based at the National Aquatic Centre alongside the to be confirmed National head coach as a key cog in the Swim Ireland Performance Teams strategy towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Both commence work next week. To read all about our new appointments and to hear what Jon Rudd had to say head over to the Swim Ireland website now. Read more... 

#Swim Ireland New Relay Strategy 

As part of our strategy into Tokyo 2020, we have a clear objective to do everything we can to see at least one Irish relay team compete in the games. We have already identified the Male 400m Medley and Male 800m Freestyle relays as our focal points (at this time) and with the support of some additional funding from Sport Ireland, we will see a group of our European based athletes attend a relay specific camp and team bonding exercise in June. A 'Race-Train-Race' experience will see the boys compete in the Canet leg of the Mare Nostrum tour before training in Ostria and then move on to race again at the Sette Coli Meet in Rome. And what's their challenge when they get there? They don't know yet - and that's part of the plan!

 #AGM And Strategic Plan 

The Swim Ireland Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast approaching and will take place on Saturday 20th May in the Campus Conference Centre, National Sports Campus, Dublin. The AGM is an extremely important date in the Swim Ireland calendar and represents an ideal opportunity for Swim Ireland members to express their views and to contribute to the decision-making process of the organisation. This year members will be asked to vote on a number of motions, one of which will be to formally extend the four year rule to the Officers of Club Committees. A number of important elections will also take place, including the election of the Swim Ireland Board of Directors and we would urge all Clubs to send delegates to the meeting. Full information is available on our Swim Ireland Website   

The new Swim Ireland Strategic Plan 2017 to 2021 which has been in development over the last year will be presented to the membership at the AGM and formally launched in the following weeks. At its heart the plan is a strong statement of our ambition to be acknowledged as at the forefront of Irish sports bodies in best practice and standards and how we plan to deliver on that ambition.

#Teams Announced For 2017 European and World Junior Championships

National Champions Mona McSharry and Conor Ferguson will lead two strong Ireland teams announced for both the European and the World Junior Swimming Championships this summer.

First up is the European Junior Swimming Championships will take place from 28th June - 2nd July which takes place in Netanya, Israel, this will be followed by the World Junior Championships which will see a team of 5 head to Indianapolis, USA on August 23rd-28th 2017.
 
For full details on this announcement including Jon Rudd's reaction Click Here.

Splashback...

#Irish Open Stars Light Up NAC

The Irish Open Swimming Championships are over for another year and finally we can catch our breath after what was an extremely enthralling four days of fast swimming. Irish Senior and Junior Records were broken, consideration times for Summer Internationals were met and overall the standard of swimming on show was phenomenal, and with our new National Performance Director Jon Rudd and Head of Performance Support John Watson in attendance swimmers were eager to impress and impress they did.

Click on the links below to see reports from all four days:

Irish Open Swimming Championships - Day 1
Irish Open Swimming Championships - Day 2
Irish Open Swimming Championships - Day 3
Irish Open Swimming Championships - Day 4

#SwimforaMile And Corporate Challenge Round Up

Swim for a Mile 2017 has come to an end. We had 30 pools and over 1500 participants complete the event. This year we teamed up with Special Olympics Ireland and raised lots of money for a great cause. Congratulations to everyone who completed the events, we hope to see you all back next year! For anyone who has never done the event before, keep an eye out to see if a pool near you will be hosting Swim for a Mile 2018!

Our Swim for a Mile Corporate Challenge was held on 5th-7th April. Each team of 4 participants swam a continuous 32X50m relay until they reached the mile distance of 1600m. 20 teams participated in the heats of the event on April 5th with the top 10 teams coming back to compete in the Final on April 7th. The RTÉ sport team came out victorious in the Final, congrats to them and to all the teams involved! 

#Water Polo - Irish Senior Cup 2017

The Irish Senior Cup 2017 took place last weekend in Bangor Aurora with both the men's and women's Cup up for grabs. Teams from across the country attended hoping to take home the honours. In the men's event it was North Dublin who beat St. Vincent's in the final to land 1st place with St. Vincent's winning the ladies final in a thrilling match against Cathal Brugha. Overall a great weekend was had with lots of impressive individual displays as well as team displays on show. Head to the Ireland Water Polo Facebook page for more.

Out of the water...

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

#Vacancy - Support Officer (Munster Region)

Swim Ireland is seeking to appoint a Club Support Officer based in Munster to support Swim Ireland Clubs and the Region in their day-to-day operations and to work with them in all aspects of their development (technical and administrative). It is intended that persons involved in this role shall be out and about regularly visiting Clubs and working closely with the relevant Regional Management Committee. For full details see our Swim Ireland website

#Waterpolo - Latest Developments

There has been many events Ireland Water Polo players have participated in over the last month with more action in the coming weeks. See below for competition events and results.

  • International European Nations U17 Girls Championships, Prague (Ireland Finished 6th Place)
  • International European Nations U17 Boys Championships, Brno (Ireland Finished 9th Place)
  • National U13 Mixed Championships, National Aquatic Center (1st Place Corrib WPC , 2nd Place Clonard WPC, 3rd Place Cathal Brugha WPC)
  • National Senior Men & Women Championships, Bangor Aquatic Center. (Womens: 1st place St. Vincent's 2nd place Cathal Brugha) (Mens: 1st place North Dublin 2nd place St. Vincent's)

Future Events -

  • National U15 Boys & Girls Championships, Leisureland Galway (May 13-14, 2017)
  • International European Nations Senior Men Championships, Sczencin, Poland (May 19-21, 2017)

Water Polo Development continues weekly across the country.

Any questions or queries, please contact Gary O'Brien, 085-1817-303

wpdevelopment@swimireland.ie

#Diving - Irish Divers Making A Splash

Swim Ireland would like to congratulate Olympic Diver Oliver Dingley on his performances at the Fina/NCV Diving World Series 2017. 

Also a massive well done to Jack Ffrench who came 4th in both the 1m and 3m Springboard Final at the Amsterdam Cup in consideration scores for World University Games. Congratulations Jack!

 

#25 Metre Pool Opened In UL

The University of Limerick has unveiled its new 25 metre diving pool along with the opening of Munster Rugby's new High Performance Centre at the college grounds in UL.

The new facilities, which cost a combined 15 million to build, were officially opened on Monday 3rd April by Minister-of-State Patrick O'Donovan.

 

Sarah Keane, CEO of Swim Ireland says the opening of the new pool at UL is a significant development for the sport in Ireland – particularly outside of Dublin.

“Swimming is not just a sport, it’s actually a life skill and in my view teaching someone to swim is almost as important as teaching them to read. Having two pools on campus gives more options and pool space at busy times to host diverse groups and bigger numbers making swimming and other water-based activities more accessible to all,” she said adding that Swim Ireland is committed to maintaining UL as a Performance Centre.

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