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Dingley set to make Irish diving history

Team Ireland’s Oliver Dingley is ready to make Irish diving history on Monday as he prepares to be the first diver in 68 years to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Dingley is relishing the opportunity and has been in Rio de Janeiro preparing for the past two weeks at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Stadium. Ireland’s last diver at an Olympic Games was Dubliner Eddie Heron in London in 1948. Heron, who was inducted into the Swim Ireland Hall of [...]

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Shane Ryan bows out of Rio Games

Ireland’s Shane Ryan bowed out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a third place finish in his heat of the 50m Freestyle at the Rio Aquatic Centre. Ryan, normally a backstroke swimmer, touched in 22.88 seconds just one tenth of a second off his best time of 22.79. Hong Kong’s Geoffrey Cheah won the heat in 22.46 seconds while Andrii Govorov of Ukraine was the fastest qualifier in 21.49. Ryan would have needed to go under Barry Murphy’s 2009 [...]

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Fiona Doyle 2nd in Breaststroke heat

Fiona Doyle concluded her Olympic Games today with a second place finish in her heat of the 200m Breaststroke. A 100m Breaststroke specialist, Doyle led the race for 150 metres but tied up in the last 50 to touch in 2:29.76. Argentina’s Julia Sebastian won the heat in 2:27.98. After 4 heats the 24 year old placed 25th overall, she would have needed to break her Irish record of 2:27.63 by over a second to make the semi-finals (2:26.58). Denmark’s [...]

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Quinn and Ryan Impress in Rio

Nicholas Quinn and Shane Ryan put in impressive performances on day 4 of swimming at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as Quinn won his heat and Ryan touched second in his. Swimming in his main event, the 200m Breaststroke, Quinn and Brazilian Cales Cerdeira battled it out for most of the race. Cerdeira, however, could not sustain the pace and Quinn powered through to touch the wall in 2:11.67, his fastest morning swim ever and second fastest 200m [...]

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National 5K and 10K Open Water

Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed in the National 5K and 10K Open Water Championships and Swim for a Mile at Coosan Point yesterday. A great day at Lough Ree saw some fantastic results at Waterfest, an event that continues to grow, with over 100 swimmers taking part yesterday. Full results will be posted online tomorrow. A list of Championship (wetsuit & non-wetsuit) medalists can be found below. Thanks to the ILDSA, Waterways Ireland, Dublin Mini Coaches, the [...]

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Shane Ryan 16th in Olympic Semi Final

Team Ireland’s Shane Ryan has placed 16th overall in tonight’s 100m Backstroke semi-final after an 8th place finish in the first heat of the event tonight. A time of 54.40 seconds was outside the Irish Record Ryan had set earlier in the day. The 22 year old turned 6th at the halfway mark in the race in 25.94 seconds, almost half a second slower than his heat swim this morning, tightening up in the last 25 metres Ryan moved back [...]

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Shane Ryan Progresses to 100m Backstroke Olympic Semi-Final; Fiona Doyle 20th in 100m Breaststroke

An outstanding swim from Ireland’s Shane Ryan sees him advance from today’s heats of the 100m Backstroke to tonight’s semi-final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in a new Irish Record. Swimming in heat 3, lane 1, Ryan touched 2nd at the halfway mark. The 22 year old held strong for the final 50 metres to touch in 4th place and progress in 14th overall. Ryan’s time of 53.85 was just one hundredth of a second off his best ever [...]

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Quinn Tests Rio Waters; Doyle & Ryan Ready for Main Events

Team Ireland’s Nicholas Quinn was the first Irish swimmer to take to the water at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today as he warmed up for his main event, the 200m Breaststroke, in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke. A solid swim from the Castlebar man saw him 4th in heat two in 1:01.29, just off his best time of 1:00.95, and placed 33rd overall. The time is Quinn’s third best 100m Breaststroke time ever, his top two came from [...]

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Irish Swimmers Ready for Rio Challenge

Team Ireland swimmers Nicholas Quinn, Fiona Doyle, Shane Ryan and diver Oliver Dingley are now settled in the Olympic Village and ready to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. Swimming at the Games begins on Saturday (6th) with Dingley having to wait until August 15th for the 3m Springboard event. Nicholas Quinn will be the first Irish swimmer in action when he takes to the pool in the Rio Aquatics Centre on Saturday for the 100m Breaststroke Preliminaries. The Mayo [...]

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Out of the Water – July / August 2016

An occasional look at developments outside of the pool around the administration and development of our sport…

Water Polo

Swim Ireland is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Gary O’Brien to the post of National Development Manager for Water Polo. Gary takes up the post on a consultancy basis and will be in Ireland for 6 months of the year (spread out over 12 months) to work closely with our Clubs, National Teams and Coaches to really drive the development of the sport forward. This is an exciting time for the water polo and really shows Swim Irelands commitment to growing the sport and moving forward with the Development Plan. Gary is no stranger to Irish Water Polo having delivered a number of very successful education conferences and clinics over the past year, as well as a very successful player in his own right having been a member of the National Team as well as a number of big clubs around the globe.

Gary will be in Ireland on an initial visit from the 27th July until the 15th of August where he will be aiming to meet with as many clubs, national coaches and start to develop a plan of action for the coming year. Going forward Gary will be running a number of exciting new CPD’s, coaching clinics and training weekends for players and coaches alike. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Ni Ghabhann at waterpolo@swimireland.ie

Education

Over the past number of months there have been a large number of changes taking place within the Education department. Joni Harding has recently been appointed as the new Education Business Manager and she brings a wealth of aquatics knowledge to the department having spent a large part of her life immersed in the sport. Joni will lead the education department into a new era as she will look to bring about some new and exciting changes. One big change we have seen so far is the development of a 12 month education calendar which outlines all the courses and CPD’s that will be delivered around the country in the coming year. Joni will be going on maternity leave at the end of August and we wish her all the best for her pending arrival.

David Stronge has been appointed in the last week to offer further support to the department and comes to Swim Ireland with a strong coaching background having completed his Level 3 qualification and has worked as a coach for a number of years. David will lead on a number of new projects, including but not limited to developing a new range of interactive online CPD’s. David will also be the lead on arranging CPD and Safeguarding courses around the country.

Louise O’Toole still continues to lead on Associate membership and licensing within the department with Julie O’Connell providing support across the department whilst also leading on the day to day operations of our qualification courses. Mary Garvey will still be involved in a part time basis providing support to our tutor workforce.

The future is bright as we enter a new phase for the department, with a number of new projects in the pipeline that will be rolled out over the coming year.

For more information on who to contact with the department please see the following link http://www.swimireland.ie/education-development/

Young People

Parent Support Questionnaire

We are looking for feedback from our athletes about how and what they enjoyed about their parents watching/supporting their participation in sport. We will be focussing on positive parent involvement in sport during the week 3rd to 9th October 2016 and would hope to use your feedback to help promote this. Giving your name or club is optional on the form, we would like to credit people with their feedback but are very happy just to get your thoughts. Think about what you liked about having your parents watch you – what they said and how they supported your sport. If any club would like to put this in a video we will be very pleased to see this as well https://form.jotformeu.com/62003298697362 We are looking for as many comments as possible by the end of August. Thank you for your help and participation

Club Youth Awards
This season’s Club Youth Awards have now closed. We will be re-opening CYA registration on 10th September 2016. Don’t forget to tweet us @swimireland with the #CYA! for those who are still giving out their awards, we would love to see your pics. We have been delighted with the response and look forward to the next round of award

International Officials Appointments

Congratulations to Stephen O’Brien, Gary Stoops and Ray Kendal on the recent international officials appointment. Stephen was recently appointmented as referee for World Youth boy Championships and European Junior Championships while Gary and Ray have been appointed to the LEN technical Swimming Committee and LEN audit committee respectively. 

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