Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter.
Welcome to the March edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. We've had a busy year so far with lots of club, regional and national events taking place. Swim for a Mile started last week and will see us visit 29 pools to deliver events to over 1,500 participants. Both the Irish Open Swimming Championships and Commonwealth Games start next week and we are very much looking forward to following our fantastic athletes, make sure you are following our social media channels to catch all of the results.
The 2018 Irish Open Swimming Championships take place from Wednesday 4th April through to Sunday April 8th. Over 350 swimmers from 63 clubs, including a team of 50 from the USA will compete across the five days of competition.
Irish swimmers will be seeking consideration times for European Senior and Junior Championships and the World Youth Olympic Games. Entry is FREE so get yourself to the NAC from Wednesday to Sunday to see our top Irish swimmers in action!
We are delighted this year to be Live Streaming all five Finals sessions so if you can't make it to the pool you won't miss out. Make sure to follow our social media channels for live updates throughout the competition. Further Information including session times availableHERE.
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
Swim Ireland would like to wish our nine athletes competing at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games the very best of luck! The team of David Thompson, Jamie Graham, Curtis Coulter, Calum Bain, Conor Ferguson, Danielle Hill, Jordan Sloan, James Brown and Barry McClements will compete from 5th to 11th April at the Optus Aquatic Centre.
Invitation: Swim Ireland Workshop with Seamus O'Connor – Saturday 14th April, 12noon, Sport HQ
Swim Ireland Performance would like to invite athletes, parents and coaches to a workshop being given by Seamus O’Connor, Irish double Winter Olympian and was the Irish flag bearer at the recent 2018 Winter Olympics Parade of Nations in Pyeonchang.
He is a half-pipe snowboarder who finished in the Top 16 at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the Top 10 in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Seamus will fly in from his home in the USA to talk to the audience about his Olympic Games experience and what it means to represent Ireland at that level. He will also talk about self-management into an Olympic Games in a sport (and as an athlete) that receives little external funding.
We are sure that Seamus will also be available for selfies and autographs afterwards!
There are 60 spaces available at the workshop on a first come first served basis; tickets are €10.00 per person. To purchase a ticket, please click here
The Swim Ireland membership team held the first of the annual Club Development Days in Dublin on Saturday 24th March. It was a very well attended day, with over 40 committee members and volunteers representing 24 clubs. The participants fully engaged all day, ensuring there was a lot of good ideas and best practice shared.
A variety of workshops were offered to participants on the day including Clubmark, Hytek, Succession Planning, Finanace Management, Swim Ireland Database, Social Media and Effective Committees. Read MORE including how to book on to the Connact and Munster Club Development Days.
Swim for a Mile 2018
It's not too late to sign up to Swim for a Mile in 2018! We still have 16 events to take place in April, however, venues are filling fast! Sign up today at www.swimforamile.com to get swimming and secure your place in one of our events nationwide.
Swim for a Mile Corporate Challenge
The Swim for a Mile Corporate Relay Event is back, if you are looking for the ultimate team building activity, we have it!
The event will take place at the National Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 4th April (Heats) with 40 teams competing for a place in the Final (top 10 teams) on Friday 6th April.
Each organisation requires four people to make up their team with each team completing the mile (1600m) in relay format, one length at a time!
Let's spark some healthy competition! What are you waiting for? Register your team todayHERE!
Learn to Swim in Nepal
Infinity Swim Academy and Jacqueline McClelland have been working on an amazing project at Pema T’sal Monastery in, Pokhara, Nepal. In a newly built swimming pool that is constantly fed by the Seti Gandaki River deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Infinity Crew Teacher, Jacqueline, with her internationally recognised qualification from Swim Ireland, introduced the new Swim Ireland Learn to Swim programme to the young students of the monastery.
The boys look like they had a fab time developing movement and proulsion and streamlining! Well done to all at Infinity for the work done in Nepal and in the organisation of such an amazing project. We are humbled to be working with an organisation so committed to passing on this invaluable life skill! What a journey in learning to swim!
If you want to find out more about the Swim Ireland Learn to Swim programme and delivering it within your facility, club or school, please get in touch with Joni Harding, edmanager@Swimireland.ie 0868533129
4 Nations Conference
Swim Ireland were delighted to host the 4 Nations Conference on 21st and 22nd March at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne. This conference is an opportunity for the four nations of the United Kingdom and Ireland to get together and share good practice, produce and action a strategy for developing aquatic education and shape the ongoing training of the workforce that deliver education within our national governing bodies.
Swim Ireland was represented by Joni Harding, Education Business Manager and Karen Hanvey, Education Workforce Development Co-ordinator, Martin Kavanagh, Education Consultant. Also in attendance were Penny John-Pearse, Education Manager at Swim Wales, Alan Reed and Rachel Adamson, Workforce Development Manager and Education Executive Officer at Scottish Swimming, Rebecca Cox and Tanya Kesterton, Managing Director and Learning Solutions Manager at the Institute of Swimming (IOS) and Simon Stevens, Head of ASA Awarding Body.
Senior Schools Water Polo
The Irish Senior Schools Water Polo Cup took place on March 16th with 9 teams from across the country competing for the boys and girls titles. Congratulations to Belfast Royal Academy who won the girls competition and Belvedere College who won the boys final.
Well done to our Ireland Junior Boys (pictured) who competed at the EU Nations in Brno earlier this month and best of luck to the girls team competing in Prague this weekend.
Coming up in April:
Junior Girls EU Nations Tournament – Prague - 30th March -1st April
Irish Senior Cup – 19th - 21st April at UL Sport
Junior Schools Water Polo Competition – Friday 27th April
Ireland Water Polo Annual Conference
The Ireland Water Polo Annual Conference takes place at Irish Sport Hq on Sunday April 8th. Further information here.
Irish Open Long Course Masters Championships
The 2018 Irish Masters LC Championships will take place at UL Sport 13th - 14th April.
Swim Ireland AGM The Board of Swim Ireland held its final meeting in advance of the AGM which takes place on Saturday 28th April in the Campus Conference Centre, National Sports Campus. The Board have signed off on the Audited Accounts for 2017 and finalised the Agenda and Motions for the AGM. Club Secretaries should keep an eye out for the documentation which will issue on 5th April. We would encourage all Clubs to send delegates to the AGM look forward to meeting everyone on the day.
Performance Coaching Conference Swim Ireland are delighted to host our inaugural Performance Coaching Conference running in Dublin on the 18th & 19th May.
Alongside our own Jon Rudd, Ben Higson and John Watson, we have exciting practical and/or lecture hall based workshops from some of the world's leading practitioners, including:
Romain Barnier - Olympic Gold Medal coach to Flo Manadou
Professor Jan Olbrecht - world leading swimming specific physiologist
Patrick Miley - coach to the multi-international medal winning Hannah Miley
Dr Paul Gaffney - world renowned clinical psychologist