Potential Commonwealth Games 2014 Swimmers Gather at Tollymore

Potential Commonwealth Games 2014 swimmers came together for the first time on Saturday at a briefing held by Swim Ulster. The aim of the day; to inform athletes, parents and coaches on the selection policy and annual preparation plan as they work towards qualification for the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

12 of the 18 long list of Northern Ireland athletes came together in the Sport Northern Ireland Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in Newcastle where the athletes were presented with the plans for 2013/14 and were motivated by talks from Olympian and World Triathlon Series Silver Medallist Aileen Reid and London 2012 Olympian Sailor Matt McGovern.

Speaking after the event Andrew Reid, Swim Ireland Ulster Performance Centre Coach said

“As we approach the beginning of the qualification period I felt it was beneficial to invite potential swimmers to attend a team day to outline the selection policy and preparation plans for Glasgow 2014.  The team day also provided the opportunity for potential athletes to be inspired by a presentation from NICGC and Sport NI, to learn from some of Northern Ireland’s best athletes, and to work as a team during physical and mental challenges organised by the staff in Tollymore Outdoor centre.”

Irish Butterfly Champion and National Record holder Bethany Carson has experienced the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010 and is excited at the prospect of representing Northern Ireland in Glasgow:

“The experience from last time was one of the best I’ve ever had.  After getting all the info today, excitement is definitely building.  When I went to India, I was 17 and I didn’t know what to expect.  I was there for the experience and to do the best I could do but now, if all goes to plan and I do go, I want to make a mark and really compete rather than just participate.” 

Swim Ulster will present a Long List of Athletes to the NI Commonwealth Games Council at the end of October based on performances achieved since 1 January 2013.

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