Ellen Walshe eligible to be nominated to OFI to compete at Tokyo 2020

July 01, 2021

Ellen Walshe recorded a FINA ‘A’ standard time of 2:12.02 in the 200m Individual Medley at Swim Ireland’s Performance Meet last Friday. Under FINA rules, this qualified Ellen to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, there were conditions in the Swim Ireland Olympic Nomination Policy that on a direct reading, she may not have met.

The Swim Ireland Board, having considered the Swim Ireland Olympic Nomination Policy and taking into account the organisation’s ‘athlete first’ ethos, has confirmed that Ellen Walshe is eligible to be nominated by Swim Ireland to the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) to compete at the Olympic Games later this month. The OFI are on notice of this. Ellen Walshe will now be considered for nomination to the OFI by the Swim Ireland Selection Panel when they meet later this week.

The Board of Swim Ireland wishes to congratulate all athletes who have been nominated for selection by Swim Ireland to the OFI and their coaches and families, and also wish to recognise the Performance Team for their hard work, dedication, and professionalism towards all Irish athletes throughout the qualification process.

Ellen Walshe was the sixth Irish swimmer to achieve a FINA ‘A’ standard time, joining Danielle Hill, Daniel Wiffen, Darragh Greene, Mona McSharry and Shane Ryan.

Olympic Consideration Times Achieved

(Team Selections will be made at a later date)

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, 23rd July – 8th August 2011

Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Shane Ryan (100m Backstroke), Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle), Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke), Danielle Hill (100m Backstroke), Ellen Walshe (200m Individual Medley)