Newsletter #7
Vol. 2018

Welcome to the July edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. We've had a busy month as the domestic swimming season in Ireland closed out. Still, plenty to look forward to in August with European Swimming and Diving Championships in Scotland, Para European Swimming Championships at home in Dublin and the open water season in full swing.

There's plenty to catch up on from July and lots to look forward to in August by clicking through our July newsletter.

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European Championships Swimming and Diving
Dublin 2018 - 10 Days to Go

Watson Secure World Youth Olympics Place for Ireland
European Junior Swimming Championships

Purple Ray Visits ISN
Youth Development
Club Captains in Youth Sport
CCO Forums
Parents in Sport Week

Clubs And Community
Irish National Division 2
Irish Summer Nationals

Swim Clinics

Open Water
88th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim
Swim for a Mile Open Water
Water Polo
U15 Girls Win Silver at ASA Championships
Upcoming Events

Launch of National Sports Policy

Swim Ireland was delighted to attend the announcement last week of the new National Sports Policy 2018-2027.

Recognising the influence and importance of sport across Irish society, the National Sports Policy sets out the Irish Government's Vision for Irish Sport in 2027 and defines the actions they will undertake to achieve the ambitious goals. 

We are very pleased to see acknowledgment within the Plan of the importance of swimming and its potential to deliver return on investment in terms of the future health and well being of our society.   
Swimming, along with Cycling and Running is recognised as a ‘Prioritised Participation Sport’ in the Policy, signalling a huge step forward for the sport in Ireland.  We look forward to delivering specific programmes and projects to support our own Swim Ireland Participation Strategy under the policy over the next ten years. Read more HERE.


Glasgow 2018 European Swimming and Diving Championships
The LEN European Swimming and Diving Championships got underway in Glasgow today with a fantastic start for our swimmers.

You'll be able to follow all of the action live as RTE will be following all of the sports (swimming, diving, triathlon, cycling, gymnastics & athletics) across the 7 days of action, with studio analysis from Olympians Grainne Murphy, Andrew Bree and Earl McCarthy in swimming and Sarah Barrow and Clare Cryan on diving.

Make sure to tune in to RTE and follow our social media as our swimmers & divers take on Europe!

You'll find all the info you need including Irish swimmers & divers schedule HERE.

Good luck team!
Dublin 2018 - 10 Days to Go!
There's just 10 days to go to the start of the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships (13th -19th August) at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Make sure to come along and support our Super 8 as they compete in their home pool.

Tickets are still available with a 10% discount for Swim Ireland members. Click HERE and use the code SWIMCLUBDUBLIN2018 to purchase yours now. You don't want to  miss this!
Great news also announced this week that TG4 will show all heats sessions LIVE and will be streaming all finals. If you can't make it to the pool be sure to tune in.

Swim Ireland would like to wish the very best of luck to Sean, Ailbhe, Barry, Nicole, Jonathan, Patrick, Ellen and James.
Watson Secures World Youth Olympics Place for Ireland

Ireland's Tanya Watson had a steallar performance at the World Junior Championships in Kiev, Ukraine last week where the sixteen year old became our first ever diver to qualify for a World Junior Championships final. In doing so, Tanya qualified a place for Ireland at the World Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October, another first for us.

We look forward to seeing Tanya in action on Wednesday at the European Diving Championships in Edinburgh, her first appearance on the senior international stage!
European Junior Swimming Championships
Congratulations to our team of 15 who had a fantastic European Junior Championships in Helsinki. The team came away with ten individual swims seeing them progress into semi-finals or finals, a relay final and three Irish Junior Records. You can catch up on all five days of action at 
2018 Irish Summer Nationals 
Our 2018 Irish Summer Nationals took place from July 25th to 29th at the NAC. We had five days of fantastic swimming across all of our age groups. You can now catch up on reports from each day below.

Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 - Day 5

Irish Division 2 National Championships

Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed at the Irish Division 2 National Championships from July 5th to 8th at UL Sport in Limerick. All swimmers showed fantastic form and promise and there are plenty of names to look out for in the coming years. Catch up on all four days of action by clicking on the links below.

Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 

Swim Clinics
82 swimmers attended our July Technique Camp ahead of the Irish Summer Nationals. The camp included sessions on each stroke, starts and turns as well as dry land technique sessions. Swimmers enjoyed talks from two of our inspiring Olympians: Grainne Murphy and Nicholas Quinn, in which great discussions were had! Lots of smart swimming took place over the three days, with swimmers broadening their knowledge on the technical and tactical side of swimming! The next round of skills clinics begin August 20th with National Senior Team Head Coach Ben Higson and National Performance Services Manager John Watson taking the lead – two world renowned and world class practitioners in their field, be sure to claim a space before they sell out!

National Performance Services Manager John Watson will also deliver two seminars entitled ‘Strength & Conditioning – Content & Delivery for the Swimming Coach’ on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018 at Sport HQ and the Sport Ireland Institute on the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Each seminar will incorporate classroom and practical sessions. For more information click HERE

Associate Membership (Insurance Cover) Update
As part of the continual review of our membership and licensing, Swim Ireland is pleased to announce a number of new changes to our Associate Membership category. To make it easier for our members to obtain and allow teachers and coaches to take out insurance with a reduced amount of time and effort we have made the following changes:
To reward our current teacher and coach license holders we have reduced the cost of the membership and are offering Associate Membership at a discounted rate of €65. If you are a current license holder or purchase a license at the same time, the discount will be applied through the membership database on checkout.
We have now brought in a second option, whereby members will be able to purchase Associate Membership without holding a teacher or coach license. This means that anyone holding a Swim Ireland qualification, Garda Vetting and Safeguarding course will be able to avail of Swim Ireland Associate Membership. This membership will be offered at €80.
Membership is purchased online through the Swim Ireland database and can be completed through a very simple process. The database can be accessed
The Associate Membership provides the highest level of insurance cover to Swim Ireland certified teachers and coaches. The insurance coverage is provided under the auspices of Swim Ireland through the Institute of Swimming (IOS) in the U.K.
Purple Ray visits Irish Summer Nationals
Look out for Purple while you’re on your way,
He’s your Mascot who’ll guide you through night or through day
From the Irish Sea, where he swims through the spray,
He really is awesome, he’s your Purple Ray
Purple Ray is your Learn to Swim Mascot who helps children in their journey in learning to swim.  He’s streamlined and fun and appears throughout the Passport which every child who takes part in the programme receives.  The programme is designed to empower and inspire children to challenge themselves on their own personal journey of learning to swim. 
The curriculum encompasses a range of teaching methodologies with a  real focus on repetitive, accurate and quality practice with elements of guided discovery.  It is delivered through structured play, ensuring the lesson as are well planned with clear learning outcomes, whilst engaging swimmers with fun and relevant activities.  If you want to find a Swim Ireland Learn to Swim Facility or Club click HERE  or if you want to become a Swim Ireland Learn to Swim Facility or Club contact Joni Harding

Every child deserves to write their own story of learning to swim
Purchase your Purple Ray Poncho or Key Ring by clicking here
Club Captains in Youth Sport
Our Club Captains project is complete! Clubs now have 130 trained Club Captains which is really exciting.  There has never before been any specific training for a Club Captain in Youth Sport and your Clubs now have the first fully trained Captains! (They can be spotted by their Club Captains hoodies!)  If Clubs would like further details on training Captains in the future please contact the Youth Development Department. 

Thank you to all the young people who took part and influenced the project over the last two years – we could not have completed it without your views and support!    

Dates for your diary:
Youth Congress
This is an opportunity for young people from Clubs to influence and steer the projects from our Youth Development Strategy.  We encourage you to facilitate your young people attending; we purposely put the Youth Congress at the start of the season, we know that volunteers are busy getting the clubs underway, however this should not prevent the young people attending. 
8th September Leinster 10am – 1pm Chocolate Factory
9th September Connaught 10am – 1pm The Mall Theatre, Tuam
15th September Munster 10am – 1pm Mallow GAA, Mallow
16th September Ulster 10am – 1pm Titanic Hotel, Belfast

Parents in Sport Week
Last year, Parents in Sport Week provided some exciting responses with young people, Clubs and coaches sending in their videos thanking parents for their contributions.  This year we have an inspiring programme planned: The Parents in Sports Roadshow
Parents and their young people are invited to attend; we will have a number of facilitators working with each of the groups to explore the role of the parent and the athlete in sport; plus we have a number of goodies to give away each night so be sure to book your place early. 
1st October Dublin 7pm - 9.30pm National Indoor Arena, NSC
2nd October Belfast 7pm - 9.30pm Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Ave
3rd October Claremorris 7pm - 9.30pm McWilliam Park Hotel
4th October Mallow 7pm - 9.30pm Mallow GAA, Mallow
88th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim
On Bank Holiday Sunday 5th August (Men 5.00pm & Ladies 6.00pm), 400 swimmers will part in this year’s 88th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race. This annual event is a celebration of open water swimming and a spectacular occasion for swimmers, spectators, tourists and the citizens of Dublin and Dún Laoghaire.
Leinster Open Sea run calendar of over 40 open water races along the coast of Leinster from June to September each year. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race is one of the most high-profile swimming events in Ireland and a “blue ribbon” event on the Leinster Open Sea calendar.
Steeped in history, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour has run every year since 1931, making it the second oldest continuous race in Ireland. This is but one of many features that attracts participants from across Ireland and overseas each year, and this year’s race will host swimmers from the USA, Mexico, Spain, Holland, France, Australia and Dubai. Read more HERE.
Swim for a Mile Open Water
We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us as Swim For a Mile (SFAM) Open Water approaches! We have teamed up with Leinster Open Sea to offer two SFAM Open Water events this year!

Each event involves swimming the mile in the great outdoors, however the first event is aimed at those who aren’t quite ready for open water swimming but want to dive a little deeper than the swimming pool!
This event will take place in the newly renovated and iconic Clontarf Baths in Dublin on August 29th at 7pm and 8pm. The baths consist of a large (40m x 25m) outdoor sea water swimming pool and pose as a fantastic bridge from indoor swimming to the open water.
The second SFAM Open Water event takes place on September 15th at 2.15pm at Sea Point in Monkstown, Dublin. This is sure to be a great day out for participants and their supporters, so make sure to claim your space today!

More information on both events is available HERE.
Ireland Claim Silver at ASA Championships
Ireland Water Polo’s Under 15 National Girls travelled to Millfield School for the Inter-Regional U16 Girls Championships 2018 on 7th July. Ireland got off to a winning start beating the South East Region 6-3 in the opening game of the tournament. The team went on to make it two wins from two beating North West Thunder 8-2 and went on to win their third game 14-3 against East Angels. Ireland concluded the first day, topping their group, with another victory this time against the West Midlands.

Day two got off to a great start with a comprehensive win against the East Midlands (12-1) sending the team straight through to the semi-final to take on the South West Region. The girls were once again victorious, coming out on top 13-5 to advance to the final. A fantastic performance saw the girls ultimately beaten 9-8 at the final hurdle, in a tight finisher against the South East Region.

Congratulations to all involved for a great weekend of junior Water Polo and a special congratulations to Eva Ramsey who was overall tournament MVP!

Representing Ireland at the ASA Championships:

Scarlett Hewitt, Diamonds WPC, Katie Hynes, St Vincents WPC, Ellen Loane, Diamonds WPC, Maria McGuigan, Cathal Brugha WPC, Meabh McGurk, Diamonds WPC, Siún McGurk, Cathal Brugha WPC, Ciara McKee (GK), Cathal Brugha WPC, Rebecca McMullan, St Vincents WPC, Cara O’Kane, Cathal Brugha WPC, Eva Ramsey, Cathal Brugha WPC, Iris Reddington, Clontarf SC, Olivia Smialek, Tribes WPC, Roisin, Wearen, North Dublin 
Head Coach: Ian Hanrahan  Assistant Coach: Louise Hennessy  Team Manager: Aveen Colvin     

Upcoming Events

European Championships (Swimming & Diving) - 3rd - 12th August, Glasgow, Scotland
World Para Swimming Allianz European Swimming Championships - 13th - 19th August, NAC, Dublin
#WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference - 20th October, National Sports Campus
Irish Open Diving Championships, 26th - 28th October, National Aquatic Centre
Swim Ireland Annual Awards - 24th November, Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

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