Welcome to the August edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. It's been an action packed month with fantastic success at both the European Championships in Glasgow (Swimming) and Edinburgh (Diving) and the Para European Championships right here in Dublin. We also launched an exciting new partnership with Dublin City Council at Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool.
As the new season approaches we have lots to look forward to including; the Liffey Swim this weekend, the European Masters Championships in Slovenia next week, our 2018 Youth Congress, Swim Ireland Awards and our #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference is back for the second year, now open to our Masters as well as young athletes, with an exciting line up being announced soon!
Click through to catch up on all of the August news and get excited for lots coming up as we enter the 2018/19 season!
Glasgow 2018 European Swimming & Diving Championships
Ireland had our most successful European Championships ever as both swimming and diving were part of the Glasgow and Berlin European Championships at the start of the month. A Bronze medal for Shane Ryan, three finals (Shane Ryan, Oliver Dingley and Tanya Watson), ten semi-finals, five Irish Senior Records and three Irish Junior Records concluded seven days of fantastic swimming and diving from the team of eleven swimmers and three divers. You can catch up on all of the action on swimireland.ie.
Dublin 2018 a Huge Success
From August 13th - 19th the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships took place at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin. Paralympics Ireland, working with Swim Ireland, Sport Ireland and Failte Ireland delivered seven days of exciting action. Ireland's team of eight swimmers were exceptional with Ellen Keane crowned European Champion in the 100m Breaststroke SB8 as well as claiming 200m IM S9 Bronze, Nicole Turner took Silver in the 50m Butterfly S6 and there was 4 x fourth place finishes, 25 Finals and 13 personal best swims from the team.
NCD Starts & Turns Clinics
Places are filling up quickly on the National Centre (Dublin) Starts & Turns Clinics taking place in September! Click HEREfor more information and booking.
8th September: SOLD OUT
15th September: Limited places remaining
22nd September: Limited places remaining
29th September: SOLD OUT
We are delighted to announce details of our 2018 Youth Congress.
Four congresses will take place across the regions in September
Please register online for your chosen venue (you will need your membership log in for this)
Details of each venue are on the event page when you book; for any queries please contact Kate
Swim Ireland is delighted to announce the return of the annual Women in Sport Conference this October (20th). Last year’s conference was a huge success with girls coming from across the country to speak, listen, learn and play! This year’s conference is all about getting the most out of your sport and life beyond the lanes, pitch, track or court.
The conference is open to all ages and whether you are an athlete, parent, coach or sport practitioner, we want to see YOU there! The conference will be held at The National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown, Dublin and will be filled with inspiring speakers who have impacted the world of sport.
Swim Ireland Awards 2018
The 2018 Swim Ireland Awards will take place on Saturday 24th November at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon hosted by Swim Ireland President Maggie Purcell. Nominations are now open and we're asking all clubs to put forward members of the aquatics community who are deserving of recognition for their hard work and achievements. See HERE for further information and to purchase tickets for what promises to be a fantastic night.
Swim Ireland Affiliation 2018/19
As we welcome back the clubs from a well-deserved summer break we just wanted to remind you that it is that time of year again when you are required to complete the annual affiliation process. All clubs have now been issued with affiliation documentation and a number of workshops will be delivered to support clubs throughout the process.
Read more information including workshop and key dates HERE.
We all know that swimming is good for the soul, but swimming outdoors really takes it to the next level! This is why we are hosting our second Swim For a Mile Open Water event of 2018 on September 15th atSeapoint, Monkstown, Dublin.
If you have participated in one of our SFAM events before you should know that it is sure to be a fun filled day!
The event offers a great opportunity to try out some open water swimming and all participants will take a goodie bag home for their efforts on the day! Wetsuits are optional, whatever it takes to get you to dip your toe in! There is no need to worry about competitive pressure as SFAM is all about getting into the water, taking part and having fun!
Spaces are selling fast, so if you wish to claim a space at the Seapoint SFAM event, then register todayHERE!
99th Dublin City Liffey Swim
The Jones Engineering 99th Dublin City Liffey Swim takes place this Saturday 1st September! Make sure to come along and cheer on over 500 swimmers as they compete in Ireland's most famous open water race.
Race Distance 2,200 metres
Over 500 swimmers from Ireland, US, UK and Canada
Men’s race 3.00pm
Ladies’ Race 4.00pm
Presentation of Winners’ Cup at 5.30pm Custom House Quay
Launch of Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool
Swim Ireland was delighted to launch the first National Governing Body run Swimming Pool in Ireland on 10th August at Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool. We have partnered with Dublin City Council (DCC) and the North East Inner City Initiative (NEIC) to deliver this exciting new project to extend the opening hours of the pool over the weekend.
The programme launch took place earlier this month with European Bronze medalist Shane Ryan attending to meet young participants. Red more on this exciting initiative HERE.
Swim Ireland have the following Level 1 & Level 2 Courses running in September.
44 Irish Masters swimmers will be competing in the European Masters Championships in Slovenia from 2nd-9th September.
The pool swimming programme gets underway on Sunday 2nd September in Kranj with 27 swimmers competing across a variety of events over 6 days. For the first time ever, an equal amount of Irish swimmers will be competing in the 3km and 5km open water events on the 8th and 9th September in the beautiful surrounding of Lake Bled.
European Masters Championships - 2nd - 9th September, Slovenia
European Week of Sport - 24th - 28th September
#WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference - 20th October, National Sports Campus
Irish Open Diving Championships, 26th - 28th October, National Aquatic Centre
Swim Ireland Annual Awards - 24th November, Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare