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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. 

Rio 2016 – 9 days to go

It’s now just 9 days to the opening ceremony and 10 days until we have our first competitor compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Shane Ryan, Fiona Doyle and Nicholas Quinn had a quick visit to the Olympic Village on Monday/Tuesday before flying to Uberlandia (2 hour flight north of Rio) for a 1 week training camp. They will return to the village on August 2nd and will be joined by Oliver Dingley before competition starts on August 6th [...]

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Irish Age Group Championships come to an end in Dublin

The final day of racing at Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Group Championships and Summer Open threw up lots more exciting races as the swimmers continued with the fantastic performances we have seen throughout the week. Today’s middle session saw the boys and girls 1500m Freestyle events take place. Enniskillen’s Oisin McManus dropped a huge 43 seconds off his entry time to win the boys 13 and under title in 18:48.89. Lisburn’s Daniel Wiffen clocked 16:54.20 to comfortably win the 14-15-age [...]

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Swimmers Excite NAC Crowd with Outstanding Performances

Day 4 of Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Group Championships continued today at Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre. Swimmers from aged 11 to our 18 and overs continued their impressive form with lots of fantastic swims throughout the day. Aer Lingus’ boys set a new Irish Junior Club Relay Record in the 200m Free.Nathan Turner, Andrew Carey, Benjamin Doyle and Cathal Kearney combined for a time of 1:38.23, breaking City of Belfast’s 2008 record of 1:39.46. The Aer Lingus boys won bronze. [...]

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Danielle Hill Breaks 50m Backstroke Irish Record

Larne’s Danielle Hill was the star of Day 3 at the Irish Age Group Championships as the 16 year old broke the Irish Senior and Junior 50m Bacsktroke Record. Leading off her Larne team in the 200m Medley Relay this evening, Hill touched in 29.06 seconds, knocking .09 of a second off the previous record that she had set in March. Larne were the Bronze medal winners in the event in 2:05.16 while the Ards quartet of Rebecca and Emma [...]

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Swimmers double up on titles as Age Groups continue in Dublin

Day 2 of Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Group Championships continued with more impressive racing from our young swimmers. A number of swimmers collected their third and fourth medals of the meet with many getting their names on the list of medalists for the first time. There was also a huge amount of best swims as the year of hard work finally paid off for the talented group competing. Coman’s Jessica Gannon took Gold in the first final of the day [...]

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