Welcome to the May edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter! The news is finally out and we are so excited to announce Tesco Ireland as a Title Sponsor of Swim Ireland, keep your eyes peeled for some fantastic initiatives coming in the next few months.
It's been another busy month with the end of the Water Polo season, the beginning of the open water season, our National Youth and Performance Coaching Conferences and the announcement of the diving teams for Summer Internationals.
As we enter the Summer season we have lots to look forward to with a jam packed calendar of open water swims, clinics, national and international events and the return of our #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference! Read on to find out more.
Tesco Dive In To New Partnership with Swim Ireland
Tesco Ireland announced in May that it has secured a sporting title sponsorship of Swim Ireland!
Under the new agreement, Tesco pledges to support Swim Ireland in providing as many ‘little helps’ as possible to the organisation, our athletes and their families, as well as aiming to increase active participation in swimming throughout the country through a number of joint initiatives which will be rolled out over the life of the partnership.
We were delighted to announce the new partnership and are extremely excited at the projects that are to be rolled out in the coming months, keep your eyes peeled!
Ireland’s diving team for the premier benchmark meet of 2019, the FINA World Championships, has been announced. Three athletes will compete in Korea in July, with one diver competing at European Junior Championships and all four selected for European Senior Championships.
FINA Grand Prix medallist Clare Cryan will be joined on the Korea bound team by Rio 2016 finalist Oliver Dingley, also a FINA Grand Prix medallist this season, with World Youth Olympic Games finalist Tanya Watson also joining them in Gwangju. The nine days of diving in Korea are the first opportunity for nations to qualify places for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Full story HERE.
The 2nd Swim Ireland International Performance Coaching Conference was a tremendous success, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Dublin Airport. 80 coaches from around Ireland and across Europe enjoyed a series of lectures from international guest speakers Arilson de Silva, Steven Tigg, Wayne Goldsmith and Craig Lord who featured alongside our own Jon Rudd, Ben Higson, John Szaranek and Paul Talty across the two days. Arilson also delivered an excellent practical session on the development of starts at the NAC. Thank you to all involved and for making this a terrific success!
Swim Ireland's #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference returns this July to the Sport Ireland, National Sports Campus! The day runs from 10.00 to 16:00 and is open to ALL ages from ALL sports! Whether you are an athlete, parent of an athlete, coach, official or spectator this is an event you will not want to miss! The theme of the conference is "Proud To Be Me" focusing on getting the most out of your sport and being confident within your body while doing so. The day involves a mix of panel discussions with sporting experts and elite athletes, as well as educational and motivational talks. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media over the next week as we announce our inspiring speakers! Tickets availablehere!
Summer Preparation Series
We have an exciting opportunity for swimmers preparing for National Division 2 & Irish Summer Nationals! The Summer Preparation Series is a two week block of clinics taking place over June 10th to 21st at the NAC, Dublin. Each clinic will look at a specific focus of training, developing targeted energy zones and tactics to improve racing ability!
On the 28th September, Swim Ireland will present our 2019 Annual Awards evening hosted by Swim Ireland President Declan Harte at Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The Awards night will celebrate and honour the fantastic work and the outstanding accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout the year. On the night we will induct a deserving member of the aquatic community into the Swim Ireland Hall of Fame.
Nominations will open on June 6th and all members of the aquatic community are invited to purchase tickets. The night will include a reception, dinner, awards and entertainment. Further information and links to nominations and tickets is available HERE.
Event merchandise is now on sale for Irish National Division 2 and Irish Summer Nationals. To celebrate the summer of swimming we have 2 bags full of Swim Ireland goodies (worth €50) to give away. Simply purchase any event merchandise between now and 19th June to be in with your chance to win. See full details of event merchandise available HERE.
Swim Ireland is pleased to announce that we have dramatically increased the number of events that anyone holding a Special Membership can take part in this year. For the first time, we are happy to say that nearly all races on the Leinster Open Sea calendar are now open to Special Members, which is an increase of more than 20 events. This is exciting for anyone wishing to take part in open water and masters events throughout the summer as they now have opportunities every weekend to dip their toe.
We wish to thank Leinster Open Sea for increasing their offering and working with us to increase the number of swimmers taking part in these events. We are constantly working with event organisers around the country to increase opportunities and there are several other races throughout the country that Special Members can take part in.
With the 2019 Open Water season now in progress, National Senior Team Head Coach Ben Higson will be running an Open Water Swimming Clinic on Tuesday 25th June from 17:30-20:30 at the National Aquatic Centre
The clinic is aimed at those currently taking part in Open Water swimming or Triathlons and looking to improve their fitness and technique. The sessions take place in the pool as the majority of Open Water swimmers do most of their training in the pool, particularly during the winter months
The Irish Under 15 Cup saw some excellent displays over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Clonard WPC lifted the Boys title in a thrilling final against local side Corrib, eventually running out 7-5 winners, after being behind until the end of the third quarter.
Similarly, last year’s Champions, Cathal Brugha Girls team completed two-in-a-row when they overcame Belfast rivals Diamonds Waterpolo 8-6 in the tournament final, after playing ‘catch up’ for most of the game.
Cathal Brugha’s Eva Ramsey, who scored 6 goals in the final, was voted Girls Tournament MVP while in the Boys Tournament, Clonard’s Jake Bowden was voted the top player spot.
May ended with another great weekend of cup competition in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin. A record number of teams entered this years Under 13 Cup with twenty teams battling it out over two jam packed days.
The tournament concluded with two great matches, the first being the bronze medal match between Cathal Brugha and Tribes WPC which concluded in an 8-8 draw leading to an exciting round of penalties with Tribes WPC narrowly taking a 12-11 win. Corrib WPC lifted the mixed cup title in the end with a 6-4 win following a tight encounter against St Vincents Sharks.
The Senior Ladies National team travelled to play in the EU Nations Tournament in Brno, Czech Republic from the 23rd – 25th May. After tough loses to Thailand, the eventual winners, and Czech Republic in their opening games, the ladies clocked up three fantastic victories over Scotland, Wales and Finland.
Next up for our National Teams will see our Senior Men travel to Belgium for an intense training weekend followed by a friendly against the Belgian National Team.
The 2019 National Youth Conference took place in Dublin on May 4th with young people travelling from all regions to attend. The focus of the day was to give our young people the opportunity to progress and develop their skills in leadership, resilience and have the confidence to have their voice heard.
The conference programme included opportunities for the athletes to take part in public speaking and well-being workshops plus learning to make quick, nutritious snacks to keep them going in sport. They heard talks from Jordan Lee, Kellie Harrington, Brendan Hyland and Shane Ryan on how to be a resilient athlete, how to be a role model and the importance of having a say in their sport.
A huge thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and facilitators, and also to all of our young people, parents and team managers who travelled on the day. It was a really fun day and we are already looking forward to the next conference.
If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers we would love to hear from you; send in your ideas email@example.com
Summer is here are last, so why not take your aquatic skills to the next level by enrolling in one of our teaching or coaching courses and obtain an internationally recognised qualification in teaching swimming or coaching swimming. As always, our courses are bookable through your Swim Ireland profile and via our GoMembership course booking system.