The five strong Irish Paralympic Swimming team departed Dublin early this morning bound for Eindhoven for the IPC European Swimming Championships which are set to take place from August 4th – 10th.
The team, which is proudly sponsored by Allianz, features three swimmers who medalled at last summer’s IPC World Championships; Double Paralympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) Ellen Keane alongside fellow London Paralympians James Scully and Laurence McGivern. They are joined by another London Paralympian in Jonathan McGrath, and newcomer at this level fifteen year old Ailbhe Kelly.
Keane, who has had to adjust her preparations for these Championships to focus on her Leaving Cert which she successfully completed in June, is competing in no less than six events at the Championships. The 100m Breaststroke, and the 200m Individual Medley (IM) are her top ranked events.
Fellow National Aquatic Centre club mate James Scully will compete in four events with the 200m Freestyle his leading distance. Laurence McGivern, who swims with Invictus in Belfast competes in just one event; the 100m backstroke in which he won bronze at last year’s World Championships, and is targeting a lifetime best swim in it, as is Killaloe’s Jonathan McGrath in the best of his two events; the 400m Freestyle.
Fifteen year old Ailbhe Kelly from Castleknock swimming in her first major international competition will be hoping to swim personal bests in her events, and gain valuable experience at this elite level. Her 400m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke are her top events of the four she will race in.
The team set off for the Europeans on the back of a successful warm weather training camp in the Canary Islands which they just completed on Tuesday. Speaking about the camp and the week ahead Paralympics Ireland Performance Manager Dave Malone; himself a three time Paralympic Games swimming medallist commented; “We’ve just completed a great preparation camp in the Canaries with eighteen sessions over the eleven days aimed at really fine tuning preparations for next week. We’re confident the athletes are now in a strong position to perform to their potential against Europe’s best. They’re really looking forward to getting underway in Eindhoven.”
Almost 400 swimmers from 37 countries will be competing at these Championships which will be held at the Peter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium.
All heats and finals from the event will be streamed live on www.paralympicsport.tv and there is also a website at www.eindhoven2014.com The event will also be covered live and via highlights on Channel 4. Paralympics Ireland will be tweeting results, and issuing press releases daily with details of the Irish performances, and Sportsfile will be issuing images of the Irish swimmers reproduction fee free during the event.
The Irish team is proudly sponsored by Allianz, an official sponsor of Paralympics Ireland.
For further information:
Sinéad Naughton, Paralympics Ireland Communications & Events Director
087-6338512/01-6251175 email@example.com @ParalympicsIRE on Twitter
Irish Team for 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships
Ellen Keane, S9, SM9, SM9 classes, NAC swim club, from Clontarf, Dublin 3
Ailbhe Kelly, S8 class, NAC swim club, from Castleknock, Dublin 15
James Scully, S5 class, NAC swim club, from Ratoath, Co. Meath
Jonathan McGrath, S8, Swim Ireland UL Sport Performance Centre, from Killaloe, Co.Clare
Laurence McGivern, S9, Invictus Swim team, from Rostrevor, Co.Down
Provisional Competition Schedule – Irish team at IPC Swimming World Championships
(All times quoted are Irish time, schedule may be subject to change)
Day 1 – Monday 4th August 2014
|8.34am||Ailbhe Kelly||S8 Women’s 100m Backstroke Heat|
|8.38am||James Scully||S5 Men’s 100m Freestyle Heat|
|10.05am||Ellen Keane||S9 Women’s 50m Freestyle FINAL|
|5.13pm||Jonathan McGrath||S8 Men’s 100m Backstroke FINAL|
|5.17pm||Ailbhe Kelly||S8 Women’s 100m Backstroke FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)|
|5.22pm||James Scully||S5 Men’s 100m Freestyle FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)|
Day 2 – Tuesday 5th August 2014
|8.52am||Jonathan McGrath||S8 Men’s 400m Freestyle FINAL|
|9.00am||Ailbhe Kelly||S8 Women’s 400m Freestyle FINAL|
Day 3 – Wednesday 6th August 2014
|10.10am||Ellen Keane||SB9 Women’s 100m Breaststroke FINAL|
|4.21pm||Ellen Keane||S9 Women’s 100m Freestyle FINAL|
Day 4 – Thursday 7th August 2014
No Irish athletes competing today
Day 5 – Friday 8th August 2014
|8.00am||James Scully||S5 Men’s 200m Freestyle Heat|
|4.00pm||James Scully||S5 Men’s 200m Freestyle FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)|
|6.10pm||Ellen Keane||SM9 Women’s 200m Individual Medley FINAL|
Day 6 – Saturday 9th August 2014
|8.00am||Laurence McGivern||S9 Men’s 100m Backstroke Heat|
|8.13am||James Scully||S5 Men’s 50m Freestyle Heat|
|8.49am||Ailbhe Kelly||S8 Women’s 100m Freestyle FINAL|
|8.53am||Ellen Keane||S9 Women’s 100m Backstroke FINAL|
|4.03pm||Laurence McGivern||S9 Men’s 100m Backstroke FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)|
|4.33pm||James Scully||S5 Men’s 50m Freestyle FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)|
Day 7 – Sunday 10th August 2014
|8.38am||James Scully||S5 Men’s 50m Backstroke Heat|
|9.18am||Ellen Keane||S9 Women’s 100m Butterfly FINAL|
|4.24pm||Ailbhe Kelly||S8 Women’s 50m Freestyle FINAL|
|4.28pm||James Scully||S5 Men’s 50m Backstroke FINAL* (if qualifies from heat)|
About Paralympics Ireland: Paralympics Ireland is responsible for the preparation and management of the Irish team in the lead up to, and at each Paralympic Games, in addition to the development and implementation of the annual Paralympic performance plan funded by the Irish Sports Council. As the National Paralympic Committee of Ireland Paralympics Ireland is also the governing body for the sports of Paralympic Athletics and Paralympic Swimming nationally.
About Classification: Classification is a unique and integral part of disability sport. It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.
In swimming classification the S refers to swimming, in particular the Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke events, the SB refers to Breaststroke and the SM refers to Swimming Medley, with the numbers denoting the level of impairment, the lower numbers the more severe the impairments and the higher less so.
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