National and Regional Squad Programme

National and Regional Squad Programme

A targeted National Squad Programme is a key tactic in achieving the Performance objectives for 2020 and through to 2024. The Regional Squad Programme sits directly below the National Programme and is fully aligned to the National Programme in terms of principles and content.


Athletes are selected to join the National or Regional Squad for a full season based on their results at the end of the previous season. The 2017/2018 programmes and selection criteria are available below. For further information you can also contact the National Centre leads listed below.

National Squad Programme

Regional Squad Programme

For the National Squad programme, it is recognised that:

  • Athletes should be ‘On Track’ in regards to either the 2020 or the 2024 Olympic Games and should be differentiated as such
  • Particular athletes will be identified for targeted investment, support, and value-add opportunities dependent on their ‘On Track’ status and the ‘fit-for-purpose’ nature of their Daily Performance Environments (DPE’s)
  • All National Squad members must be fully committed to an uncompromised and comprehensive training/coaching programme in preparation for peak performance in the relevant annual Swim Ireland international benchmark competition and the Trials for that event 

National Squad 2017/2018
Performance 
Calum Bain Stirling Bradley Hay
Conor Brines Larne Peter Hill
James Brown Loughborough Andi Manley
Conor Ferguson National Centre Dublin Ben Higson
Jamie Graham Stirling Bradley Hay
Darragh Greene National Centre DublinBen Higson
Danielle Hill Larne Peter Hill
Brendan Hyland National Centre Dublin Ben Higson
Mona Mc Sharry Marlins Grace Meade
Alex Murphy National Centre Dublin Ben Higson
Nicholas Quinn Edinburgh Chris Jones
Jordan Sloan Bangor Paul Dennis
Performance Pathway  
Niamh Ahearne Kilkenny John Duffy
Scarlett Armstrong Ards Davy Johnston
Leah Bethel Lisburn Martin McGann
Rachel Bethel Lisburn Martin McGann
Ellen Cassidy Dolphin Mick McCormack
Victoria Catterson Ards Davy Johnston
Eoin Corby National Centre Limerick Lars Humer
Niamh Coyne National Centre Dublin Ben Higson
Edel Daly National Centre Limerick Lars Humer
Jessica Gannon Comans Mike Moran
Maria Godden Kilkenny John Duffy
Nathan Jennings Lisburn Martin McGann
Paddy Johnston Ards Davy Johnston
Amelia Kane Ards Davy Johnston
Rebecca Lowe Athlone Johnny Powell
Alex Maher Kilkenny John Duffy
Leah Martin Templeogue Brian Sweeney
Cadan McCarthy National Centre Limerick Lars Humer
Finn McGeever National Centre Limerick Lars Humer
Jack McMillan Bangor Paul Dennis
Ethan Murtagh Trojan Botond Solymossy
Jack Nolan-Whitney New Ross Fran Ronan
Jeremy O'Connor National Centre Limerick Lars Humer
Cara Osing Templeogue Brian Sweeney
Robert Powell Athlone Johnny Powell
Caoimhe Quinn Aer Lingus Alan Turner
Rebecca Reid Ards Davy Johnston
Sean Scannell Kilkenny John Duffy
Finlay Stafford Ards Davy Johnston
Naomi Trait Kilkenny John Duffy
Ellen Walshe Templeogue Brian Sweeney
Daniel Wiffen Lisburn Martin McGann
Ben Woodside Larne Peter Hill

National Squad Contacts

Ben Higson

Ben Higson

National Senior Team Coach & Head Coach National Centre (Dublin)

+353 86 031 8280

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid

National Performance Pathway Manager

+353 86 467 8125

Niamh McDonnell

Niamh McDonnell

Performance Coordinator

+353 1 625 1127