Newsletter #6
Vol. 2017

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Youth Development




Clubs And Community 

Open Water Swimming

#WePlay: Inspiring Girls In Sport Conference 
The #WePlay: Inspiring Girls In Sport Conference took place in The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on 6th July with over 200 12-18 year old girls in attendance. The conference was aimed at discussing some important key issues such as body image, balancing life and sport and nutrition for female athletes. Speaking about these key issues were successful female athletes across a range of sports including Fiona Coughlan (former Irish Rugby International), Kellie Harrington (Irish International Boxer), Claire Melia (International Irish Basketball), Laura Wylie (Triathlon Ireland), Bethany Carson (Former Irish International Swimmer) and Ruth Morris (Rowing)

Hosted by Evanne Ni Chuilinn the conference was a huge success with Sports Psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick and Sports Nutritionist Danielle Logue offering some very helpful and important advice for the female athletes to take home. 

Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder from London 2012 Ruta Meilutyte and former coach, now Swim Ireland Performance Director Jon Rudd, wrapped up the conference sharing their experience of their Olympic Journey which no doubt inspired our room full of athletes to strive to be the best they can be.

Swim Ireland would like to thank everyone who helped to make this conference a success especially Sport Ireland and to thank all the speakers who gave up their time to speak on the important issues that present themselves to us today. We hope that this conference will pave the way for many more like it in the future and help to make a change in Irish Sport.

A video. photos and full report of the day will be available on the Swim Ireland website this week


McSharry And Ferguson Claim European Medals As Irish Swimmers Impress In Israel
16 year old Mona McSharry once again showcased her class at the European Junior Championships held in Netanya, Israel last week winning three medals across the five days of competition. In her first event, the 50m Breaststroke, Mona broke the Irish Junior Record in her heat with a 31.14 swim following it up with an Irish Senior Record of 30.91 in the semi-final. She went onto capture gold in the final with a superb time of 31.38. McSharry captured her second gold medal in the 100m Breaststroke final in which she flew home in a time of 1:07.61 bringing her total medal haul to three as she won Silver in the final of the 200m Breaststroke; setting a new Irish Senior Record in a time of 2:27.44.

Bangor swimmer Conor Ferguson added to Ireland's medal count with a brilliant swim in the final of the 50m Backstroke earning him a European Silver medal with a time of 25.27 seconds.

For comprehensive reports from the European Junior Championships including interviews with our athletes and to see how our Mixed Relay Team got on head to our Swim Ireland Website  

And if the European Junior Championships is anything to go by then this summer is set to be a great one with World Championships, the European Youth Olympics Festival and Commonwealth Youth Games to come in July. To follow the action keep an eye on Swim Ireland social media which you can find at the bottom of our newsletter.
Young Stars light up Irish Age Groups Division 2 in Limerick
The first of the Summer meets took place in Limerick over 4 days from June 29th - 2nd July with Irish Age Groups Division 2 taking centre stage. The four days racing saw 730 swimmers from over 85 clubs flock to the UL Sport Arena to put all their hard work and training to the test. Day 1 kicked things off with the long distance events 800m for girls and 1500m for boys.

The Summer meet saw 2,401 individual and 118 relay swims with some fantastic PB's set by lots of swimmers. For full reports from throughout the four days click on the link (Read more....) 

And the action continues next weekend with the Irish Age Group Championships & Summer Open which gets underway Wednesday 19th July at the NAC, Dublin. Keep an eye on our social media for results and highlights and use the #IAGSO to get involved.
New Learn To Swim Programme Launched In The Watershed Kilkenny
Swim Ireland launched their new Learn to Swim programme in The Watershed, Kilkenny on June 17th 2017. The new programme, designed by Swim Ireland Education is aimed at rejuvenating the way in which swimming is thought to children. Our Learn to Swim Ambassador Melanie Nocher attended the launch to take some wonderful photos and meet some of children who will be embarking on their Learn to Swim journey in September. Swim Ireland Learn to Swim mascot Purple Ray was also there to say hello.

Upcoming Courses (click to find out more)
  • SG1734, Safeguarding Level 1, Armagh City Hotel, 20/07/2017
  • 17134, Level 1 Coaching Swimming, Newry Leisure Centre, 29/07/2017
  • 17137, Level 1 Coaching Swimming, Thurles Leisure Centre, 12/08/2017
National Water Polo Academy and Summer Camp 2017
The National Water Polo Academy and Summer Camp 2017 is taking place 11th - 13th August 2017.

Directed by Gary O'Brien, the National Development Manager for Water Polo, this will be a great opportunity for all water polo players aged between 12-18 to partake in a focused and fun weekend of water polo skills development in and out of the pool. 

The Academy will be aimed at experienced players who want to fine tune their skills and push themselves to learn new and exciting techniques, whilst the Summer Camp will be aimed at anyone new or progressing through the game who is interested in improving their water polo skills and getting ready for the season ahead.

Swim Ireland would like to congratulate the U16 Boys who secured the overall title at the ASA Inter Regionals in Northampton, an excellent result for the guys. Congratulations to Zac who won MVP. Well done all and to coach Joe Smyth, assistant coach Peter Cusick and manager Jim Tracey.

Congratulations also go to the  Irish Junior Girls who were just narrowly beaten in the final of the ASA Inter Regionals. In a tight match which ended 3 - 4 South West took the title which saw the girls finish as runners up. A fantastic effort from all who can be proud of their achievement. A special mention must go to Cliona Colvin who was named MVP for the tournament.
Swim Ireland select GoMembership
Swim Ireland is delighted to announce we are working with GoMembership to replace our current membership and education database.

The new GoMembership system will provide increased functionality across the whole organisation which will ultimately provide our clubs with improved features that will help them better manage their membership and affiliation process to Swim Ireland. To read the full report on our new database and hear what our Membership Manager had to say head to our website.
Leinster Open Sea Newsletter
The Leinster Open Sea Races have returned for another summer of swims. There are two to three races every weekend at well known swimming locations along the Coast of Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford. Races are held at Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Bull Wall, the Great South Wall (Ringsend), Seapoint (Dún Laoghaire), Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Sandycove, Killiney, Bray, Wicklow, Curracloe (County Wexford), Lough Leane (County Westmeath) and Lough Dan (County Wicklow). The races run through June, July and August up until the Jones Engineering 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim (“Liffey Swim”) on Saturday 9th September.

Leinster Open Sea Newsletter

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