Newsletter #9
Vol. 2019

Welcome to the October edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. Whilst we are busy with the new season this month, we took some time last weekend to celebrate the successes of the 2018/19 season at the Swim Ireland Awards.  On the night we said thank you and farewell to outgoing President Declan Harte and were delighted to welcome our new President Eugene Hillick.

This month we have news on success at the World Para Swimming Championships and the North Sea Water Polo Cup. We have also released details of the Nomination Policy for Swimming and Diving for Tokyo 2020 and were delighted to pilot our first Open Water Coach course and launch our F4-24 Programme!

In October we're looking forward to Parents in Sport Week and keep an eye out as we will be announcing our 2019/2020 National Squads, the team for the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow in December and following our senior men at the FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup.

Read on to find out more!

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Clubs And Community
Swim Ireland Awards
European Week of Sport
2019/20 Affiliation

CSPPA Results Released
Ulster University Coach Athlete Relationship Survey

World Para Swimming Championships
Tokyo 2020 Selection Policy
F424 Programme Launch

Youth Development
Parents in Sport Week
NEW Safeguarding Policy

Water Polo
Victory for Ireland in North Sea Cup

Masters Season Returns with Kilkenny Event


Open Water Coaching

Upcoming Events
A message from Swim Ireland President Eugene Hillick

I am delighted to have been elected as President for the 2019/20 season, it is an honour and privilege for me to serve the membership of Swim Ireland in the coming year. Some of you will know me, however for those who don’t I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can. Thanks to everyone who has contributed at National, Regional and Club level throughout the last number of years, your work and support to the organisation is greatly appreciated.
My background in swimming is restricted to the pool bank, or the dry land rather than the water. It is almost 35 years since I took our eldest child to the local pool at City of Derry ASC. Since then I have been involved in a role that all parents are familiar with, driving to and from training, galas, time keeping, and other tasks that make our organisation function. In 2003 I was elected as treasurer to the Swim Ireland Board and later held the position of chairman and secretary.

Going forward my role will be to serve the organisation as your ambassador, to carry out any tasks assigned to me by the Board. If you wish to contact me please contact Carmel Tooher
 ( I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and successful season and irrespective of how big or small your role is, you are a very special person / athlete within this organisation

Yours in Sport,
Eugene Hillick
Swim Ireland's 2019 Annual Awards took place at Carton House Maynooth on Saturday 28th September hosted by former Swim Ireland President Declan Harte.

Over 260 athletes, clubs, volunteers and friends of Swim Ireland gathered to celebrate the 2018/19 season and had a fantastic evening.

Congratulations to all of our award winners, you can see the full list HERE while images from the event are available HERE.
Swim Ireland celebrated 'European Week of Sport' at The Baths, Clontarf.

On Monday we had our famous Swim for a Mile Challenge with the Special Olympics Open Water Swimmers. Tuesday the Deaf Centre retirement group came along to dip the toe and have a dance, all the swimmers had taken part in 6 weeks of swimming lessons hosted in Inspire Pool in The Deaf Village. On Wednesday we invited the local community to have a “Splash in the Baths” and on Thursday, in partnership with Age and Opportunity, we hosted a 'Dance, Dip ‘n’ Dive'.
The week concluded with Tower Bay Family Fun Day which was supported by Fingal County Council, it was a windy one with some very high waves, but a fantastic day was had by both children and adults.
As you are all aware it is that time of year again and all clubs should currently be working through or have completed the affiliation process for season 2019-20. We are on hand to provide support and guidance and have run several successful workshops throughout the regions and our first online affiliation workshop. If you are interested in taking part in another online workshop, we are currently planning a new one so register your interest with Sarah Kelly –
If you have any further queries, please contact your Club Support Officer who will be able to guide you through the process.
Some important dates to consider
14th October 2019 – 2018-19 Club Memberships will expire
15th October 2019 – Affiliation Deadline (Clubs/Members not registered by this date will not be valid members of Swim Ireland and therefore not covered by insurance and will be excluded from events run under the auspices of Swim Ireland)
On September 26th Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland and Healthy Ireland launched the results of the 2018 Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study (CSPPA) and we are delighted that Swim Ireland staff member Dr. Cormac Powell was part of the project team involved before taking up his role with us. Detailed results and key finding from the study are available HERE

At Swim Ireland we want to ensure that our members are active and healthy and  to offer participation opportunities in our sport to a wider audience. We will give further consideration to the results of the study as we look at the further development of programmes and initiatives going forward.  
Students at Ulster University are currently conducting a study into the Coach-Athlete Relationship between Coaches currently working within Aquatics and Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities.
If you are coaching athletes within an Aquatics environment, with intellectual disabilities, it would be very much appreciated if you could complete the survey
here. Further information available from Tessa King


Ellen Keane and Nicole Turner both secured bronze medals for Team Ireland at the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships in London earlier this month.

Ellen and Nicole were joined in London by Ailbhe Kelly, Amy Marren, Barry McClements, Jonathan McGrath, Patrick Flanagan and Sean O’Riordan.

Congratulations to the team on a brilliant championships, next major event for these swimmers will be the European Championships in May 2020 followed by Tokyo 2020!
The 2020 Olympic Games Nomination Policies for both swimming and diving are now online for athletes and coaches to consider.

The 2020 Irish Open Championships (1st - 5th April 2020) in Dublin is the key and sole Trials for swimmers to be able to be nominated to the Olympic Federation of Ireland for individual event selection at the Games, whilst the FINA Diving World Cup (21st - 26th April 2020) in Tokyo is the equivalent and sole Trials for our divers.

At this moment in time, we have two relays with temporary Olympic qualification berths and we will be working hard to ensure that we keep hold of these the very best we can into and including the 2020 European LC Championships in Budapest!

Here's wishing everyone all the very best in their preparations - we're all right behind you!

In September 2019 the Performance Team took the first steps in launching an exciting new programme, F4-24, looking at developing a group of female athletes capable of qualifying a Female 800m Freestyle Relay to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. This would be the first Irish Female Relay Team to qualify for an Olympic Games in over 50 years, with the first and only occasion this has occurred being in 1972.
The team targeted female athletes born in 2005/2006 based on their results in Freestyle events (100m to 800m) in the first instance and invited 70 such athletes to attend an Assessment Day on the 21st September. A group of 52 athletes accepted the invitation and took part in a skills based pool session alongside some jump analysis. (As the programme develops over the next few years, athletes outside this initial age bracket and target group may be added from September 2020)
The next step will involve shortlisting this group of athletes into three hubs, based in Dublin, Limerick and Bangor, with approx. 12 athletes in each hub. Each hub will have three pool sessions and two gym sessions per week, with athletes required to attend a minimum of two pool sessions and one gym session each week.
The programme involves a number of stakeholder groups from the athletes themselves and their families, to their clubs, home coaches and regions; all of whom need to embrace the long term vision of this programme as we move towards the 2023 World Championships (the first opportunity for this prospective relay to qualify for the Olympic Games) and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Sounds exciting doesn't it? Well it is and it will be a great journey for us all!
Parents in Sport Week is fast approaching – 7th – 13th October 2019.  This year we are celebrating the part parents play in encouraging young people in their sport and asking parents to sign up to the Parents in Sport Promise.  Parents can sign up HERE and download their certificate – send us a photo of you and your certificate to help us highlight your importance to our sport!
The Youth Development Director launched the NEW Swim Ireland Safeguarding Policy at the recent Club Children’s Officer Forums – with each Club Children’s Officer (CCO) receiving their new Safeguarding Policy folder and Safeguarding Policy books for each club committee. The turnout was great with the opportunity for CCOs to discuss dealing with difficult situations and their views on engaging with young people across Swim Ireland. CCOs who weren’t present should contact the Youth Development Department to receive their copy of the Safeguarding Policy folder plus their club committee’s books.  

Huge congratulations to Ireland Water Polo Men's and Women's U19 Teams who competed in the North Sea Cup in Swansea earlier this month.

The men were crowned CHAMPIONS after wins against England, Scotland and Wales while the women collected SILVER with wins against Scotland and Wales and a 12-9 defeat to England.

A super weekend for both teams and staff, well done!

It is back to the pool with the new Masters season in full swing. 
The Marble City Swim Gala was organised by the Kilkenny Masters Swimming Club with a mixture of both a chilly (and refreshing) swim in the River Nore, and a pool gala right after to kick off a new exciting season. Well done to all athletes participating and getting their hands on those very pretty medals!
Entries for the Celtic Masters Gala which will take place on the 9th and 10th of November in the NAC are now also open and you can find more information related to it on the following
Swim Ireland along with our city centre facility Seán MacDermott Street Swimming Pool alongside Clontarf Baths held our pilot Open Water Coaching course from 20th to 22nd of September. The course was delivered over 2.5 days and was a mix of eLearning, classroom and practical sessions, with practical sessions taking place in Seán MacDermott Street Swimming Pool on Saturday 21st and again in Clontarf Baths on Sunday 22nd.

We had three excellent learners take part and the course was delivered by our Swim Ireland tutor Eamonn Tilley!  Well done to all involved!
Education courses currently available for bookings in October and early November via GoMembership Events.

We have the following Level 1 & Level 2 courses running in October and early November.

Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     04 -Oct   
              Infinity, Newry
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     25-Oct                  Cookstown Leisure Centre

Level 2 Swimming Teacher
Swimming Teacher                                   04-Oct  
                Mayfield Sports Complex

Upcoming Events

Parents in Sport Week, 7th - 13th October, Nationwide
FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup, 8th - 13th October, Singapore
Celtic Masters, 9th - 10th November, NAC, Dublin
Irish Open Diving Championships, 22nd - 24th November 2019
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, Glasgow, Scotland, 4th - 8th December
Christmas Cracker Gala, NAC, Dublin, 8th December
Irish Short Course Championships, NAC, Dublin, 12th - 15th December

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