Newsletter #8
Vol. 2017

Welcome to the August edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. It was a historic month for Irish Swimming as Mona McSharry and Conor Ferguson claimed Ireland's first ever World Junior medals and Shane Ryan took Ireland's first World University Games Gold in 26 years! We catch up on an action packed month as well as looking forward to tomorrow's 98th Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim and a Guinness World Record attempt to celebrate European Week of Sport.

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2017 World University Games 
The World University Games took place Saturday 19th August - 30th August in Taipei , Taiwan. 12 Irish Athletes travelled to compete against some of the top University swimmers and divers in the world. For the first time ever Ireland had two divers at the games with both Natasha McManus (Princeton University) and Jack Ffrench (Maynooth University) competing in the 1m and 3m Springboard events.

The performance of the week undoubtedly came in the final of the 50m Backstroke when Pennsylvania State swimmer Shane Ryan took home a gold medal in a new Irish Record of 24.72 seconds. A delighted Ryan spoke after the race "All I wanted to do was win, i knew it was going to be tough but I believed I could do it. I'm honoured to be bringing the gold medal home to Ireland". (READ MORE...)

For full results and reaction from the World University Games visit the Swim Ireland website or  head to the World University games website.
FINA World Junior Swimming Championships
The 6th edition of the World Junior Swimming Championships this year took place in Indianapolis 23rd - 28th August and it was a historic week as Ireland won our first ever medals at the event!

Mona McSharry took the honours as Ireland's first World Junior Champion winning Gold in the 100m Breaststroke in a new Irish Record (1:07.10) and Conor Ferguson became Ireland's first ever medalist at the event when he took Silver in the 100m Backstroke. Mona also won 50m Breaststroke bronze and with Conor, Ellen Walshe and Robbie Powell set a new Irish Record in the Mixed Medley Relay where they finished 6th in the final.

Well done to the team of Conor, Jack McMillan, Ellen, Robbie, Mona and Niamh Coyne on a fantastic meet.

To read all about how our athletes got on in Indianapolis check out the Swim Ireland website
HPX Conference
Swim Ireland National Performance Director Jon Rudd and Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane are set to speak at the HPX Conference taking place October 6th - 7th in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena at the National Sports Campus, Dublin 15.

The HPX Conference is run by the Sport Ireland Institute and Sport Ireland Coaching and will feature some of the the World's leading experts in the area of High Performance where the focus will be on Lessons Learned From High Performance Sport: The 2020 Evolution. With over 40 speakers from 9 different countries confirmed to share their key lessons learned across a range of key human performance domains the conference aims to showcase some of the key lessons identified by top athletes, coaches, science professionals and performance leaders during the Rio 2016 cycle.

To view the full event schedule see HPX Conference Full Schedule 
Parents in Sport Week
This Parents In Sports Week, October 2-8 2017, we want to thank Swim Ireland parents for everything they do; and who knows this better than our young people!! The focus this year continues to be highlighting the valuable role parents play - and the positive influence they have - in ensuring young people develop to their full potential and enjoy playing sport.

We need you to encourage your young athletes to record a short video letting us know what they’re thankful to their parents for, and finish it off with a big “THANK YOU” ☺. The video should be less than 30 seconds long and you can send it on to by September 15th 2017. We will use your videos to celebrate Parents in Sport Week and will post to our various platforms.
Take a look at Melanie Nocher’s “THANK YOU” video for inspiration …. We look forward to hearing from lots of our athletes and saying a big “THANK YOU” to our Swim Ireland parents.
New Munster Region Support Officer and Women in Sport Development Officer Appointed 
Swim Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Munster Support Officer Damien Fitzpatrick and Women in Sport Development Officer Bethany Carson.

Damien will be responsible for offering support throughout the Munster region as well as supporting the Munster Regional Committee on their day to day operations. Any queries for Damien can be sent to

Bethany takes on the role of Women in Sport Development Officer,  she will lead on Swim for a Mile, coaching clinics and next year’s women in sport conferences amongst other initiatives. Beth will also support the PR and Marketing Departments and can be contacted on 

Swim Ireland would like to wish Damien and Beth all the best in their new roles.

Swim Ireland Affiliation 17-18
In preparation for the upcoming 2017-18 season, we would like to inform you of the new procedures that will take place in relation to re-affiliation of your club and members with Swim Ireland. As many of you will be aware we are currently updating our membership database and moving to a new system for the coming season. This will streamline the process and make it simpler for clubs to manage their membership and affiliation with Swim Ireland. We are currently in the testing stages of the new database and will be moving over in the coming weeks. The plan is to then have the new membership database open to the clubs to start affiliation the week beginning the 17th of September 2017. In relation to the current membership system, this has now been closed to clubs as it will not be used going forward.

As a reminder: Swim Ireland clubs are required to meet the mandatory safeguarding requirements for affiliation for committee members (including CCO), team managers, teachers and coaches. The new database will not allow clubs to assign roles to members who do not meet the mandatory requirements and if the club doesn’t meet these requirements cannot be affiliated to Swim Ireland.

Upcoming Events

Guinness World Record Attempt - 100x 50m Relay!

Fancy claiming a Guinness World Record? We are attempting to beat the current world record of 55 minutes for a 100 x 50m relay!

Our aim is to find 100 participants who can swim 50m in 33 seconds or faster! The event is running in conjunction with the European Week of Sport and we are asking each participant to raise €100 with a total amout of €10,000 to be donated to a selected charity (TBC).

The event will be carried out long course (50m pool format) and takes place on Friday the 29th of September in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin at 8pm!

Check out our event page and sign up HERE!

Irish Open Diving Championships 2017
Swim Ireland are pleased to announce the details for the upcoming Irish Open Diving Championships for 2017. Taking place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin the event will incorporate the Irish Open junior and Senior Championships, the Irish Open Age Group Championships and the Irish Open Skills Championships. 

The action kicks off on Friday 10th November until Sunday 12th 

For full details on this event, general information, rules and provisional entry you can visit the Swim Ireland Website

You can also visit the Swim Ireland Facebook page for updates and discussion on this years Irish Open Diving Championships #IODiving17 

Swim Ireland Congress And Awards Night 
Please be advised that the 2017 Swim Ireland Congress and Awards night will take place in the home of Swim Ireland president Mary Dunne in Ballina, Co. Mayo on Saturday 25th November 2017. Applications for nominations will be available next week.

98th Dublin City Liffey Swim
The Jones Engineering 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim takes place Saturday 9th September and continues to be one of the most famous open water races throughout the world since it was first run back in 1920. This years race marks the 98th edition and will see participants swim 2.2km downstream underneath the key bridges of Dublin which included: Rory O'Moore Bridge, Liam Mellow Bridge, Grattan Bridge, The Millennium Bridge, The Liffey Bridge and O'Connell Bridge.
Men's Race: 1pm Ladies Race: 2pm

87th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim 
The 87th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim took place Sunday 13th August where athletes from as far as New Zealand and Dubai came to take part in whats known as the 'All Ireland Final' of open sea swimming. 

The race was started by Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Tom Murphy with hundreds of sea swimmers lining the pier eagerly waiting to begin. Sarah Browne from Glenalbyn Masters and Frank Chatham from North Dublin were this years winners.

A full list of results is available at:

Lough Dan Races - National 5k And 10k
Leinster Open Sea hosted the Lough Dan Races incorporating the National 5K and 10K Open Water Championships. Thanks to Leinster Open Sea for  a great day which saw over 100 swimmers compete in races at 2.5K, 5K, 10K and 10K Relays. Full results can be found HERE.
Water Polo Academy And Summer Camp takes place at UL
137 water polo players aged 11-19, 27 team managers and 13 coaches descended on University of Limerick for a water polo training camp from 11th-13th August.

The weekend kicked off on Friday morning with a briefing from camp director and Water Polo Development Officer Gary O’Brien. Water Polo players were put through their paces in 2 pool sessions daily and dry land training sessions. UL Sports Arena staff led the players through a nutrition talk, weight sessions and circuit training over the course of the 3 days.

Swim Ireland Education department also hosted a level 1 water polo coaching course and a recognition of prior learning for coaches wishing to qualify at level 2. This will enable the sport to continue to develop and grow the clubs at grassroot level.

For some more pictures and live tweets from the weekend you can visit the Ireland Water Polo Twitter page and Swim Ireland Facebook.
Masters make real impact at FINA World Champs in Budapest
There is a saying “we don’t stop exercising because we get old, we get old because we stop exercising”. FINA World Masters Championships serves to prove that point with athletes ranging from 25 – 97 taking to the pool and open water events across two weeks in beautiful Budapest.

48 athletes representing Irish clubs competed across 3 disciplines at this years championships. the pinnacle of the aquatics season. With medals from 1st to 6th position at the World Masters there was plenty of motivation for athletes to chase down their fellow competitors for a place on the podium. 

For all results and highlights from throughout the World Masters Championships you can visit the Swim Ireland website or check out the Swim Ireland Masters twitter page.

Upcoming Courses
- 17210, Level 2 Teaching Aquatics, Shannon Leisure Centre, 15/09/2017
- 17208, Level 2 Coaching Swimming, ALSAA, 22/09/2017
- 17143, Level 1 Teaching Aquatics, Graiguecullen Carlow, 22/09/2017
- 17215, Level 2 Adult and Child, Glenroyal Hotel Maynooth, 18/12/2017

For a full range of our courses visit our Swim Ireland Education Course Calendar 

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