Swim Ireland’s pathway to Olympic and World success took a further positive step this week with the announcement of two Assistant Coaches to work in the daily performance environment at the National Centre (Dublin). Steven Beckerleg and Bethany Carson will be based at the impressive National Aquatic Centre alongside the to be confirmed National Head Coach as a key cog in the Swim Ireland Performance Teams strategy towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Both commence work next week.
Beckerleg was an intrinsic member of the senior coaching team at Plymouth Leander in England, working alongside Ireland’s National Performance Director Jon Rudd when he was in Plymouth himself, coaching Olympians Ruta Meilutyte, Ben Proud and Antony James with Rudd on a daily basis. Beckerlegs’ personal swimming achievements include England representation at the Commonwealth Games alongside a garnering of medals at the European Youth Olympics, World Schools and European Schools Championships in his youth. A multitude of British National titles and National Youth records were held by the 27 year old en route.
Carson is a former Irish international athlete at both senior and junior levels, having competed for the nation at World University Games and European Senior & Junior Championships and Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland. With an inside knowledge of the Centre itself as a former athlete there, the 25 year old will bring additional understanding and perspective to the Dublin-based team, already comprising of Rudd and National Performance Support Manager John Watson. Carson’s position is supported by Sport Ireland under the Women in Sport initiative.
Ireland’s second National Centre in Limerick is headed by Lars Humer, with Assistant Coaches Cormac Powell and Emmet Crowley already in situ. A second Sport Ireland ‘Women in Sport’ internship will be appointed in Limerick later this year. National Performance Pathway Manager Andrew Reid is based out of Bangor and commenced his more expansive role in recent weeks.
National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “We have made so many inroads since February in the acquisition of a world class team of coaches and practitioners to work with our athletes here in Ireland. With Lars Humer and Andrew Reid extending their contracts, John Watson coming on board and now Steven and Beth joining us in similar roles to Cormac and Emmet, we are one piece of the jigsaw shy of where we need to be. The National Head Coach is the final part of the strategy and we are in the process of finalising this key appointment. We are heavily focused on onshore delivery into 2020. To find expertise and experience such as this under any one roof would be a challenge for any nation to match.”
Swim Ireland will announce their team selections for the World Championships in the coming weeks, alongside their nominated teams for the World University Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival.Read More