Swim Ireland Performance are delighted to announce that Canadian international swimming coach Mark Fellner will join the National Centre (Limerick) coaching staff from September as Lead Coach of the Development Pathway squad


Working under newly appointed National Centre Head Coach John Szaranek, Mark will take responsibility for the planning and delivery of the Development Pathway squad in the National Centre, a group targeted to deliver on a full time or part time basis for athletes 13 years & over (female) and 14 years & over (male) from the start of the new 2018-2019 swimming season who have one or more qualifying times for the Irish Summer National Championships


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July 19, 2018

Enquiries of interest and applications are now open for this squad via performance@swimireland.ie and further information is available via http://www.swimireland.ie/performance/national-centres for both full time and ‘In-Touch’ athlete programmes


Mark’s coaching pedigree is quite substantial, having coached at three Olympic Games and having coached and mentored coaches in Canada at international and national levels across four decades. As the former Executive and Technical Director of the highly regarded Swim Manitoba programme, Mark has also been at the forefront of coach development in Canada as the project lead for the Canadian National Coach Certification Programme from 2008-2014 and is himself a Level 4 coach under the Canadian system


The Development Pathway squad, based in UL Sport on the University of Limerick Campus, can boast one of Ireland’s strongest coaching and training resources, with up to nine morning and afternoon pool sessions available per week, each being at least two hours in length and all being in long course (50m) pool format. The programme is augmented through the strength & conditioning delivery of coach Lorna Barry three times per week immediately after morning pool sessions


The National Centre (Limerick) enters what could be its most significant period in aiding the delivery of the nation’s performance swimming vision, with Szaranek, Barry and Fellner in post alongside Senior Assistant Coach Emmet Crowley, Assistant Coach Fiona Doyle and Physiotherapist Scott Murphy


On his appointment, Mark said, “I am very excited to be joining Swim Ireland’s National Centre (Limerick) as the Development Pathway squad Lead Coach. I am looking forward to meeting current and prospective swimmers and their coaches and together we will work to enhance technique, skill and fitness, creating a great swimming environment for all”


National Centre Head Coach John Szaranek said, “It is great to be able to add someone of Mark’s vast experience to our coaching team here in Limerick and we are already working together in terms of our planning for next season. The National Centre in Limerick is such a wonderful resource for Irish swimming and this has just gone up a notch with Mark’s appointment; for the Development Pathway squad to have their own designated coach working alongside myself, things have never been better for young and developing athletes who live within drive-time of Limerick”


Mark will be in attendance at the Irish Summer National Championships next week if any prospective Development Pathway squad athletes and their families/coaches wish to meet him and discuss the programme from September