Swim Ireland have nominated to the Olympic Council Of Ireland a strong team of 12 swimmers to represent Ireland at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary from July 22nd to 30th. The multi-sport will see Irish athletes ages 14-16 years compete in 5 sports and will be the first taste of international competition for many of them. Irish swimmers' last outing at the event in 2015 was their most successful ever, with Conor Ferguson, Ellen Walshe and Antoinette Neamt claiming five medals between them (four silvers and a bronze). Read more...
World Champs And World University Games Announcements
2016 Olympians Oliver Dingley, Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn will spearhead Swim Ireland's biggest World Championships team since 2009 in Budapest in July. Seven athletes were announced in the squad who will travel to Hungary for the Fina World Championships To see the full list head to our website...
Ryan, Quinn, Jordan Sloan and Brendan Hyland will also join a team of 12 selected by Student Sport Ireland for the World University Games in Chinese Taipei in August. They will be joined by UCD's Darragh Greene and David Prendergast, Larne's Conor Brines, National Centre (Limerick) athlete Rory McEvoy and 100m freestyle Irish Open medalists Calum Bain of Cookstown and Curtis Coulter of Ards. To read more on this see the Swim Ireland website...
Swim Ireland International Team Day The Swim Ireland International team day took place on Saturday 13th May. Performance athletes from around the country attended The National Sports Campus, Dublin where they were given an opportunity to meet one another and listen to new Performance Director Jon Rudd. Athletes were also given a tour on the Institute Of Sport and a race readiness tutorial with Head of Performance Support John Watson.
#WePlay: Inspiring Girls In Sport Swim Ireland is delighted to announce details of a one day conference for 12-18 year old females involved in sport, exploring health and well-being as a competitive athlete. The conference, hosted by Swim Ireland, will be open to athletes from all sports and will see some of Ireland's top female athletes come together on what promises to be a great day. A full line up of speakers will be issued in the coming week.
Thursday 6th July 2017
National Indoor Arena, National Sports Campus, Dublin 15
SWIM IRELAND AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS—TEACHING AQUATICS.
Swim Ireland in association with Special Olympics are delighted to announce the completion of its first ever Level 1 Teaching Aquatics course especially for members of Special Olympics. The course was held over two weekends in April and May 2017 in the Curragh Military swimming pool.
Swim Ireland would like to congratulate Eleanor Murray on completing the course and on her newly granted level 1 teaching status. Eleanor who is a member of Special Olympics began swimming in 2003 and has won numerous medals including gold and silver at each of the last three National Games in Belfast (2006) and Limerick (2010 and 2014).
To read all about Eleanor's fantastic journey on her way to becoming a level 1 teacher CLICK HERE.
Swim Ireland Leinster Region Coaching Conference Leinster Swimming welcomed guest coach Laurel Bailey from Scottish club Warrender Baths to present at their first regional coach conference on 27th and 28th May.
Laurel is head coach with the Edinburgh based club, leading a team of 14 coaches across 12 squads with over 320 swimmers. Laurel’s achievements include coaching athletes to Olympic and Paralympic level and being part of the GB coaching team at Rio 2016.
Topics covered over the weekend included Laurel’s personal coaching journey, club management, coach mentoring and coaching an elite athlete in a club program.
Two practical pool sessions were offered to Team Leinster swimmers with a focus on skill development for the younger swimmers who also participated in an anti-doping workshop with Swim Ireland’s Young People’s Project Officer Amanda Ní Ghabhann.
Over 30 coaches attended the seminars and practical sessions on offer over the weekend with an engaging round of questions at the end of each seminar. Feedback from the conference has been overwhelmingly positive with club coaches welcoming a focus on personal and professional development in addition to technical skills.
EU 12 Nations Cup and U15 National Cup 2017 In last months international Water Polo circuit, Ireland Senior Men's team traveled to Szczein, Poland for the European 12 Nations Tournament. With a tough start to the competition losing to Malta and Switzerland, Ireland came back with two wins against Scotland and Czech Republic. Losing to Lithuania in the last match, Ireland played strong and are now looking to regroup for the next International Competition early next season.
Locally our U15 Boys & Girls National Cup was a huge success in Galway this past month, with 15 teams competing from all over the country. Victorious in both boys and girls tournaments was St. Vincents WPC from Dublin, beating out Corrib in the boys and Tribes in the girls, both from Galway.
The Water Polo season has come to an end nationally for season 2016/2017. Results for all leagues and national championships can be found at waterpolo.ie
Ireland International squads continue to train and compete over the summer, good luck to all:
Senior Women - EU 12 Nations Tournament, Pilsen, Czech Republic
U15 Boys - ASA Tournament, Northampton, Eng
U15 Girls - ASA Tournament, Liverpool, Eng
ESB Host Club Youth Awards As part of the program for young people in their club ESB SC hosted a motivational evening with guest speaker Mark Pollock in the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 18th May. 12 swimmers were also presented with their Swim Ireland Club Youth Awards during the evening.
The Swim Ireland Club Youth Awards recognise the achievements of athletes outside of what they do as part of their sport, and we have over 40 clubs registered for the Club Youth Awards 2017.
Swim Ireland Annual General Meeting 2017 The Swim Ireland Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 20th May in the Conference Centre on the National Sports Campus. The AGM was very well attended with delegates travelling from all four provinces.
Delegates were given their first introduction to the new Swim Ireland Brand which is all about recognising that everyone has a personal connection with water. The posters and images on display at the AGM with the tagline 'Me And The Water' will become a central part of establishing the new brand and the new 'fresh' wave logo was also very well received.
The Board and CEO Report included a review of 2016 and a review document can be downloaded from the Swim Ireland website at AGM DOCUMENTATION 2017.