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The Swim Sisters – Pioneering Open Water Swim

Four women who regularly swim together and compete in open water swims around the country decided they would like to make their mark on a pioneering swim… to cross an almost diagonal route of Lough Neagh, the largest lake by area in the British Isles. At some 32km long and 14km wide, the lough can throw up several challenges to the swimmer becoming very unsettled and choppy in the exposed central waters. With one swimmer from each province in Ireland; […]

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Keane Makes Rio Debut

Ireland’s Ellen Keane made her Rio 2016 Games debut today and despite an impressive swim in the SM9 200m Individual Medley, she did not progress to the Final. Keane, swimming in heat three of the event clocked 2 minutes 41.17 seconds but would have needed to swim under her best time of 2:39.95 to advance. Keane was looking in contention early on in the race, turning first on the Backstroke leg, but faded back to fourth at the Freestyle “I’ve […]

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Nicole Turner 7th in Freestyle Final

Swimming in her second Final in as many days teen sensation Nicole Turner touched in 7th place in the S6 50m Freestyle Final tonight at the Rio Aquatic Centre. Turner, who was 5th in last night’s 50m Butterfly Final, swam an impressive 36.31 seconds, just five hundreths of a second shy of her best time. Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mareshko set her second Paralympic Games Record of the day to win Gold in 33.43 seconds. 14 year old Turner is enjoying her […]

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Turner Dashes into Freestyle Final

Ireland’s Nicole Turner qualified for her second Paralympic Games Final in as many days as she booked her spot in the S6 50m Freestyle Final at the Rio Aquatics Centre this morning. Ranked 9th going into the event, Turner put in an impressive swim to touch second in her heat and progress in 7th overall in 36.70 seconds. Speaking after the race the 14 year old was delighted to make another Final “I’m really happy, the swim felt good enough, […]

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Nicole Turner Swims Best Time to Finish 5th in Paralympics Final

Ireland’s youngest Paralympic Games team member Nicole Turner put in a stunning performance in the pool this evening to finish 5th in the S6 50m Butterfly Final. The 14 year old took almost a second off her previous best clocking 37.31 seconds in an event where Great Britain’s Ellie Robinson set a new Paralympic Record of 35.58 seconds. Swimming in Lane 6, Turner looked very strong throughout but missed the medal by just .5 of a second. The teen sensation […]

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Nicole Turner Advances to Butterfly Final

14 year old Nicole Turner is through to the S6 50m Butterfly Final on her Paralympic Games debut. An impressive swim in this morning’s heats saw the Laois woman touch second in her heat in 38.44 seconds to advance in 4th place overall. A delighted Turner spoke after the race “I’m really happy, it wasn’t a pb (personal best) it’s the Final though and I feel I can give it more. I don’t really do nerves but I was a […]

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James Scully 6th in Freestyle Final

Ireland’s first finalist of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, James Scully, has finished in 6th place in the S5 200m Freestyle in the event of the night in the Rio Aquatics Centre. The roof was raised as the Brazilians supported home favourite Daniel Dias. Scully, who described the experience as “the pinnacle moment of my career to date”, swam a huge personal best of 2:51.45 spurred on by the 10,000 strong crowd. The 23 year old had progressed to tonight’s […]

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James Scully through to 200m Freestyle Final; Ailbhe Kelly makes Paralympics debut

Meath man James Scully became Ireland’s first finalist in the pool this morning after a fantastic performance in the S5 200m Freestyle heats. Scully swam a Season’s Best of 2:53.17 to finish third in his heat and progress to the finals in 6th place. The time was just off his Personal Best of 2:53.03 from the 200m final at the London Paralympic Games. “I’m delighted with the placing and to be able to get into the final again,” he said […]

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IRISH TEAM SET FOR SUCCESS AS RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES OPENS

This evening the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will raise the curtain on what promises to be eleven days of spectacular sporting competition. For the 48 strong contingent of Irish athletes who have spent the past two weeks at the Irish pre games holding camp in Uberlandia, final preparations have gone well and expectations are high for leading performances and continued Irish Paralympic success. 4336 athletes from 161 countries, including two refugee athletes competing under the International […]

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Vacancy: Swim Ireland National Performance Director

Swim Ireland (SI) is seeking to appoint a dedicated National Performance Director who will lead and deliver Swim Ireland’s 2017-2020 High Performance Plan and Performance Targets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games campaign and beyond.  The National Performance Director will be the architect and custodian of the High Performance Plan, reporting directly to the Chief Executive.  He/she will be responsible for leading and managing a team of dedicated High Performance Coaches and Support Staff including a National Head Coach, to […]

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