Newsletter #10
Vol. 2018

Welcome to the October edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter.

It's been another historic month for Swim Ireland as we welcomed home our first ever World Youth Olympic Games medal! Niamh Coyne collected Silver in Buenos Aires in the 100m Breaststroke.

We celebrated two fantastic events in the Irish Open Diving Championships and our #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference and were delighted to launch our Club Captains in Youth Sport Programme.

There's now just over three weeks to the 2018 Swim Ireland Awards and we'll be celebrating a milestone 125 Years of Irish swimming. It's sure to be a special event!

Click through to read about all of this and more.

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Youth Development
Club Captains in Youth Sport Programme Launch

World Youth Olympic Games
Additions to Performance Team

Irish Open Diving Championships

Clubs And Community
Swim Ireland Awards
#WePlay Conference
Complaints & Disciplinary Workshops
Competition & Accreditation Passes 2018/19

Water Polo
Referees Course


Baby Swimming Conference
Education Courses

Upcoming Events
Club Captains in Youth Sport Launch

Swim Ireland were delighted to officially launch our Club Captains in Youth Sport Programme at Dublin Zoo this week. The programme was developed through Erasmus+ funding with support from Léargas and our partners Sport Northern Ireland.  It was a privilege to have Brian Howard, member of Dublin's All Ireland winning football team, launch the programme and to have so many other National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport in attendance.  

Within the beautiful backdrop of Dublin Zoo we shared the youth led initiative which sees young captains supported in their roles as leaders in their sport. Through this two-year Swim Ireland lead project, the framework was developed with all sports in mind with the hope of sending a unified message to our young athletes. We want young people to embrace the life skills sport provides and give them the tools they need to fulfill the captain’s role in a safe and supported environment.

Read more on the project HERE.


Irish athletes had a phenomenal week at the recent World Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina with our three swimmers Niamh Coyne, Mona McSharry and Robbie Powell and Diver Tanya Watson producing some fine performances! The quartet, who were part of a team of 16 Team Ireland athletes, came away with a Silver Medal (Niamh Coyne 100m Breaststroke), 6 x Finals, 1 x Semi-Finals and an Irish Record (Mona McSharry 50m Freestyle).
Paul Talty & Cormac Powell Added to our Performance Team
Swim Ireland last week announced two new members to our Performance swimming and diving team in preparation for the 2019 World Championships in Korea and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo as well as National Diving Coach Damian Ball moving to a full time role.

Read more HERE.
2018 Irish Open Diving Championships
The 2018 Irish Open Diving Championships took place this past weekend with 250 competitors from 8 nations vying for medals. Catch up on all of the action from the three days with our daily reports below.
Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3

FINA Diving Grand Prix
Best wishes to National Centre Dublin's Clare Cryan who departs for the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Australia (15-18/11) and Singapore (23-25/11) this week!

2018 Swim Ireland Awards
Swim Ireland's 2018 Awards take place on Saturday 24th November at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, hosted by Swim Ireland President Maggie Purcell. We are delighted to be celebrating 125 Years of Swim Ireland on the night, a huge milestone for our organisation.

Tickets are on sale NOW, so make sure to come along and celebrate a fantastic 2017/18 season with our athletes, clubs, volunteers and members! Further information and tickets available
#WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference
We had a fantastic day on October 20th at our #WePlay Conference! 200 athletes, parents and coaches attended to listen and learn from our outstanding panel of speakers that included athletes Ellen Keane (Swimming), Natalya Coyle (Pentathlon), Hannah Matthews (Hockey), Phil Healy (Athletics) and British Olympian Hannah Miley as well as professionals who spoke on nutrition, injury prevention, creating your own brand and guest speaker, author of 'Strong is the New Pretty' Kate T Parker.
Our event t-shirts were so popular we've put them on sale for those that missed out, you can purchase one HERE!
Complaints and Disciplinary Training
As part of our on-going support for clubs and members Swim Ireland will again be providing training in managing people, situations and conflict. These workshops are aimed at helping club members in dealing with issues and developing a greater understanding of the complaints and disciplinary process.  Unfortunately, we are faced with difficulties in clubs that sometimes need to be dealt with; by using working examples we will provide you with the knowledge and skills to ensure you are confident in dealing with any issues that may arise in your club.
If you are unsure about any of the above and want to know more about the Swim Ireland Complaints and Disciplinary process, this workshop is for you.
Dates, Venues and Booking details:
Tuesday 6th
 November 6.30pm – Dublin (Book Here)
Wednesday 7th November 6.30pm – Belfast (Book Here)
Thursday 8th November 6.30pm – Omagh (Book Here)
Tuesday 13th November 6.30pm – Kilkenny (Book Here)
Wednesday 14th November 6.30pm – Mallow (Book Here)
Thursday 15th November 7.00pm – Claremorris (Book Here)
Please click HERE for more information
Competitions & Accreditation Passes 2018-19
To streamline the process for clubs to obtain accreditation passes for Athletes, Team Managers and Coaches we will be completing this through the Swim Ireland membership database going forward.  If you are an Athlete, Team Manager or Coach that will be attending one of our National Events in 2018-19 you will need to ensure your personal details are up to date on the system and most importantly that you have an up to date photograph uploaded to your profile. We will not be able to process accreditation passes unless your profile has an up to date photograph. If you have never accessed your profile before follow this link - enter your Swim Ireland membership number and click the forgot password link.
European Week of Sport saw one of the most enjoyable events on our calendar to date! In partnership with Age and Opportunity Ireland we hosted two days of fun for over 50’s, ‘The Dance, Dip and Dive’ gave over 300 participants a chance to dance (warm up) before they ventured in to the icy Clontarf Baths where they could splash, swim or try out snorkelling or scuba diving. The day was finished off with tea and cake in “The Baths” restaurant.
Water Polo Referee Course - Now Available for Booking
This course is aimed at candidates aged 18 years or over who wish to begin the process of training to become a Water Polo Referee.
All Candidates must have Garda Vetting through Swim Ireland in place before the course commences. Candidates must also hold a valid Safeguarding Certificate.
Theory - Irish Sports HQ -  November - 20th & 27th  6pm to 10pm each evening. 

100% Attendance is required.
Practical - Sunday 2nd December - 9am to 2pm
                  Sunday 9th December - 10am to 5pm
Candidates will be assigned one of the above dates for the practical aspect of this course.
Booking available

Level 1 Water Polo Coach Course
Last weekend saw our first Level 1 Blended Water Polo coaching course at the NAC and Irish Sport HQ.  The course went extremely well and we now have fourteen new Level 1 Coaches ready for poolside!

Junior Interprovincial Tournament
An inter-provincial water polo tournament hosted by Swim Ulster, takes place in Bangor Aurora beginning this Friday. There are fourteen teams taking part in two different age groups - Under 15 (Born 2003) & Under 17 (Born 2001) teams from Ulster (4), Leinster (4), Connacht (2) and the Scotland Saltires Regional (4) team.  There has been a very positive response to this competition which has not run for a number of years and the presence of a team from Scotland gives an extra dimension to the competition.
We were delighted to attend the Nordic Baby Swimming Conference in Selfoss, Iceland in October.  Speakers from across the globe travelled to Iceland to discuss baby swimming and popular techniques and programmes, with over 150 attendees  the swimming “Baby Whisperer” Snorri Magnusson, and self proclaimed baby expert and author of Happy Babies Swim, Ulrika Faerch shared their expertise in this ever growing area of aquatics!  Watch out for our Baby Swimming Seminar Day coming in 2019 to celebrate all things Baby Swimming in Ireland, with industry experts presenting on relevant topics that will enhance your baby swimming programmes.
Education Courses Update
We are delighted to be running our pilot blended learning level 2 swimming teacher course this November at Infinity Swim Academy in Newry beginning 7th December. Why not enrol? For more information please contact Emmet Ó Muirí at or Craig Stanford at

We are also going live with our first ever blended level 1 diving coach course at the National Aquatic Centre beginning 2nd November.

Why not take your aquatic skills to the next level and obtain a teaching or coaching qualification by enrolling into one of our courses? We are now offering ‘blended’ learning courses in teaching and coaching. This involves candidates completing parts of the course remotely via online assessment.

We also have the following Level 1 & Level 2 courses running in November and into early December. Courses are bookable via
GoMembership Events. Prerequisites apply!

Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     30-Nov                
  Kingfisher NUIG
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     14-Dec                  The ALSAA and Radisson Blue Hotel
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     07-Dec                  Crystal Leisure

Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Coach
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         30-Nov
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         30-Nov                 Cookstown
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         01-Dec                 Coral Leisure, Tuam

Level 1 Standard Assistant Swimming Teacher
Standard Assistant Swimming Teacher    02-Dec
                  MacDonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa

Level 2 Blended Swimming Teacher
Blended Swimming Teacher                        07-Dec 

Upcoming Events

 Junior Inter Provincial Water Polo, 2nd - 3rd November, Bangor Aurora
Celtic Masters 2018, 10th - 11th November, NAC, Dublin
Swim Ireland Annual Awards - 24th November, Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
Irish Short Course National Championships - 6th - 9th December, Lisburn, Co. Down
World Short Course Championships, 11th - 16th December, Hangzhou, China
Christmas Cracker Gala - 16th December, National Aquatic Centre, Dublin

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