Welcome to the February edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. It's been another busy month across the aquatic disciplines with lots going on at national, regional and club level. This month we were delighted to see three divers achieve consideration scores for the 2019 World Championships, some fantastic in-season swimming at the McCullagh International and our U17 Boys claim Bronze at the ASA Water Polo Inter-Regionals. 24 Irish Masters Records were broken over two days of racing in Limerick at the Irish Open Masters Championships, with Elizabeth Cosgrave (Trojan) setting a new European Record in the 50m Backstroke.
We are excited to share details of a number of upcoming events including our 'Baby Swimming Conference', Club Days for Chairpersons, Coaches and Club Children's Officers, our Swim Ireland Corporate Challenge and the Irish Open Swimming Championships.
Dingley, Cryan and Watson Secure World Championship Consideration Scores
Rio 2016 finalist Oliver Dingley, Clare Cryan and Tanya Watson all secured consideration scores for this Summer's World Diving Championships in Gwangju, Korea as they took to the boards for their first competitions of 2019. Oliver and Clare both made their marks in 3M Springboard collecting Gold and Silver respectively at the Eindhoven Diving Cup, while Watson, competing at the British National Championships, finished in fourth place to secure her score on the Platform.
Both Cryan and Watson went on to compete at the first FINA Diving Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany where the duo hit the required scores again making it as far as the semi-finals.
Next up for the divers will be the second round of the FINA Grand Prix series in Calgary, Canada from 4th - 7th April where all three will be aiming to continue this consistent run of form.
Irish Swimmers showed fantastic early season form as they competed at the 3-day McCullagh International Meet in Bangor last weekend. Over 500 swimmers from 80 clubs competed in the Bangor Aurora, preparing themselves for the Irish Open in March (27th-31st). Special congratulations to National Centre Limerick's Eoin Corby who smashed the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke Irish Junior Records and Ards Swimming Club who won the 'David McCullagh Memorial Trophy'!
Ireland's premier event of the year, the Irish Open Swimming Championships, takes place March 27th - 31st at the National Aquatic Centre Dublin. Ireland's top swimmers will compete across five days of competition for National Titles in 34 individual events. This will be the only opportunity swimmers have to qualify for summer internationals including World Championships, European and World Junior Championships, European Youth Olympics and World University Games. Entry is FREE for spectators. Further information is available HERE.
Limerick Masters SC hosted the annual Irish Masters Long Course Championships in UL, Limerick on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March. With a full capacity entry, the swimmers did not disappoint; Liz Cosgrave set a new European Record in the 50m backstroke (60-64 age group) in a time of 36.70, 19 individual and 5 relay Irish records were also set over the course of the two-day competition.
Aer Lingus Masters collected the John Dempsey Best Overall Club Trophy at the awards dinner on Saturday evening. The trophy has been renamed in honour of the Limerick Masters head coach who passed away early in the new year and was presented by John’s wife Maura following an animated and fitting tribute from club swimmer Tom O’Donnell.
Swim Ireland President Declan Harte was also on hand at the gala dinner to present the annual Masters Decathlon Awards. The Awards are in their third year with 11 swimmers completing 10 different events over the course of the year to qualify for the award. All swimmers received a commemorative t-shirt while top male Kieran Kelleher and top female Charlotte Reid pictured above) received trophies to recognise their achievement.
On Sunday the focus switched to Masters coach development as Swim Ireland Masters coaching conference took place in University of Limerick with 38 coaches in attendance. Swedish Olympian and Masters swimming coach Glen Christensen was the guest speaker at this year’s conference with a busy timetable in the classroom and pool to cover age and performance, training plans for Masters and adapting technique for Master swimmers.
Baby Swimming Conference
Swim Ireland are delighted to be holding the first ever Baby Swimming Conference in Ireland on 29th March at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport.
Join us for a day of development, where we will share good practice, present research and introduce activities, practices and skills that can be utilised to deliver an effective baby or pre-school swimming experience. Our line up of industry experts will share their expertise and address the controversial subject of baby submersion.
Click HERE to see our full schedule and speaker profiles and to book your place!
Swim Ireland Swim School Launch
JTR Swim Academy launched this month in Newbridge, County Kildare, in partnership with Spin Activity Centre. The Education Department were delighted to support the launch of the Learn to Swim programme and specialist classes for children with Autism.
“Johanna Tilly-Rock, a Swim Ireland Tutor, Assessor, Teacher and Coach has a wealth of experience in swimming and has really created something unique at JTR. Having worked all over the world I have yet to see someone as committed and someone who encapsulates Swim Ireland’s belief that everyone has a relationship with the water as much as Johanna. I would like to wish the JTR Team all the best with their new swim academy” Joni Harding, Education Manager, Swim Ireland
Swim Ireland Tutor Training Programme 2019 “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire” William Butler Yeates
If you have what it takes to be an inspiring facilitator, who can train Swim Ireland Coaches and Teachers to think, check out our Tutor Training Programme 2019 that is running in Ulster!
Further information and booking is available HERE.
Our Regions have started to roll out our Club Captains in Youth Sport Programme with the first taking place in Leinster at Piercetown Scout Centre in Wexford. We had a large group of young people from a range of clubs around the south east taking part in numerous leadership and team building activities. We look forward to visiting the other regions soon. If you would like to arrange a programme for your region please email@example.com
We have held CCO forums in Leinster and Ulster so far and have two more scheduled in March in Munster and Connacht. The first two Forums have had fantastic engagement and lots of peer learning and upskilling. There are still places on theMunster( Mar 23rd, Limerick) andConnacht(Mar 9th, Athlone) CCO Forums.
Coach &Committee Relationship Workshop
As part of our on-going support for clubs and members, we will be holding workshops in each region to support and foster the relationship between coaches and committees. To date we have delivered two very successful workshops in Ulster and Leinster and have received great feedback from coaches and committees in attendance.
As one of the most important relationships within a club setting, we want to allow the opportunity for coaches and committees to come together and discuss the key areas to make sure this relationship delivers for the club.
The key areas that we will focus on the day will be:
1. To encourage and develop healthy and mutually beneficial relationship between coaches and committees. 2. To identify support needs for clubs, coaches and committees. 3. To formulate a “partnership agreement” between coaches and committees which will become a template for clubs to adapt to their individual needs.
Sunday 9th March 2019 9.30am – Athlone (Book Here)
Saturday 23rd March 2019 9.30am – Limerick (Book Here)
Regional Annual Conferences All regional annual conferences took place in February 2019 with good attendance throughout. All officer’s positions on regional executives have been filled with a number of sub-committee and national roles remaining unfilled. Interested parties should contact their regional secretary.
The Swim Ireland AGM will take place on Saturday 13th April in the National Sports Campus Conference Centre, Dublin 15
Get Ireland Swimming
The Get Ireland Swimming (GIS) programme is now in 6 county's across Ireland with just over 2000 participants from January to March. The programme is going from strength to strength, with more schools coming on board. GIS will be part of the 20x20 schools initiative happening on International Women's Day, where we will be running Mini Polo for the girls schools involved in the programme. For more information on getting your school swimming contact Grainne on firstname.lastname@example.org
Swim Ireland Corporate Relay Challenge returns: Friday 29th of March 12:30 – 16:00. We are calling organisations to grab a team of colleagues and get down to the National Aquatic Centre this March! This year the challenge has been revamped to include more relays of shorter distance, giving everyone the opportunity to show off their swimming skills!
The day will include four Relays (three 4 x 50m Relays and one 8 x 50m relay), each relay will carry points, awarding the team with the most points the “Corporate Champion Cup”. Refreshments and celebrations to take place after the racing!
Tickets for the Corporate Relay Challenge are €100 per team, with 50% of every ticket sale going to our fantastic charity partner: Temple Street Children’s Hospital. You can find out more information and ticket sales Here
The Swim For a Mile (SFAM) Challenge returned in January and we are now 5 weeks out from our first event in April. With over 1300 people currently registered across Ireland, pools are booking up, you can check your local SFAM pool for available spaces HERE! Over 200 of these SFAM participants have been lucky enough to attend our expert led technique clinics. These clinics are only open to those fully registered for a 2019 SFAM event, are free of charge and provide a fantastic opportunity to gain confidence and efficiency in your swimming!
With more clinics due to take place before April, there is still time to register for an event and book a clinic via https://www.swimforamile.com/ if you are interested in gaining your water confidence!
Temple Street Children’s Hospital is the Official Charity Partner for the challenge, with 10% of every registration being donated. Participants and supporters can donate further to this fantastic charity HERE!
If you would like further information on the Swim For a Mile Challenge, please contact us at email@example.com
Change for Life Programme
Swim Ireland were delighted to be part of the North East Inner City, Dublin City Sports and Well being Partnership 'Change For Life Programme'; a six week fitness programme providing weekly Aqua Fit classes that took place in Sean McDermott Street Swimming Pool. Over 100 men and women took part in the programme, increasing their fitness and having fun while doing so! The programme has been so well received by the community that classes will continue in Sean McDermott Street every Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.
Ireland U17s Claim Bronze in Sheffield
The Under 17 Boys National team travelled to play in the ASA Inter-Regional Tournament in Sheffield on the 2nd and 3rd February. The team selected for the tournament was as follows:
Fergal Kirby, Sandycove SC, Conal Mervyn, Clonard WPC, Adam Murphy, Corrib WPC, Alex Naughton, Corrib WPC, Denis Miculescu, St Vincents WPC, Finn Hanley, North Dublin, Dylan Egan, St Vincents WPC, Alex San Emeterio, St Vincents WPC, Mark Cusick, Clonard WPC, Philippe Tracey, Clontarf SC, Sam O'Dwyer, St Vincents WPC, Caolan Crosbie, Clonard WPC, Marius Sandu, St Vincents WPC
The competition got off to a great start with a win against London Sharks, 12-9. There were goals a plenty from Alex Naughton, Dylan Egan, Philippe Tracey, Adam Murphy, Caolan Crosbie, Marius Sandu and Alex San Emeterio. The second game of the tournament was a nail-biting affair against the East Midlands resulting in a 12 all draw with goals on that occasion coming from Marius Sandu, Dylan Egan, Sam O'Dwyer, Adam Murphy, Caolan Crosbie and Alex San Emeterio.
The second day of the competition began with a very physical game against the North West Tigers with the team losing 8-12. The subsequent and final match of the tournament was against the North East Steelers were the Irish boys bowed out of the contest losing 3-5. The team fought hard to the end and never gave up.. The final goals came from Marius Sandu, Philippe Tracey and Adam Murphy. A very well deserved third place for the Irish boys and an MVP Award for Dylan Egan to top it off.
A very big thank you to all the team staff, parents and chaperones who helped and supported in the run up to and over the weekend of the tournament. Next up for our boys is the EU Nations Tournament in Brno, Czech Republic in April.
Education Courses Update March 2019
Spring is upon us at long last, so why not dust off those winter blues as part of your spring cleaning and take your aquatic skills to the next level this March by obtaining a teaching or coaching qualification and enrolling in one of our courses?
We have the following teaching courses available for bookings for this March 2019.
Successful completion of the level 1 assistant swimming teacher qualification will prepare you to deliver pre-prepared lesson plans. It will give you a basic understanding of core aquatics skills and the four swimming strokes and enable you to be responsible for up to 6 swimmers whilst working under the supervision of a qualified level 2 swimming teacher.
It will tool you with a basic understanding and knowledge to assist in and out the of water, in line with safe supervision.
The minimum age to attend a level 1 course is 15 years.
As always, our courses are bookable through your Swim Ireland profile and via our GoMembership course booking system. Terms and Conditions and Prerequisites apply!
Connacht Club Day & CCO Forum, 9th March, Athlone
Munster Club Day & CCO Forum, 23rd March, Limerick
Irish Open Swimming Championships, 27th - 31st March, NAC, Dublin
Swim Ireland Corporate Swim Challenge, Friday 29th March, NAC, Dublin
Swim Ireland AGM, Saturday 13th April, Campus Conference Centre, Dublin
Irish Senior Cup, 25th - 27th April, NAC, Dublin