Sport Ireland Carding 2018 - 2020
The Sport Ireland International Carding Scheme is a central part of the high performance system in Ireland. Sport Ireland are the Irish sports council established by the Irish Government tasked with promoting and developing sport at all levels in the country including at performance, national and international level.
Swim Ireland manage and administer the athlete carding scheme which supports selected athletes to deliver on Swim Ireland's performance vision and goals. The scheme is a selection process whereby athletes must achieve performance criteria laid out within a Selection Policy to be considered for membership to the programme.
Carding in 2017 was awarded to 6 swimmers and 1 diver. 2018 Carding Awards will be announced in the new year.
You can find the Sport Ireland International Carding Scheme criteria for 2018-2020 here.
Eligibility to Represent Ireland on an Irish Team
Athletes wishing to be considered for selection to an Irish team must meet the following FINA rule:
“When a competitor represents his/her Country in a competition, he shall be a citizen, whether by birth or naturalisation of the nation he/she represents, provided that a naturalised citizen shall have lived in that country for at least one year prior to that event and further, that any competitor changing his affiliation from one national governing body to another MUST have resided in the territory of and be under the jurisdiction of the latter for at least 12 months prior to the aforesaid event”.
This means that any individual wishing to represent Ireland must be an Irish citizen.
If the individual is a naturalised citizen they must have lived in Ireland for 12 months prior to the competition/event.
If an athlete has changed affiliation from another governing body to Swim Ireland they must have been a member for 12 months before the competition.
No. Athletes will still have to satisfy FINA rulings before they are eligible to compete.
Yes, the eligibilty rules apply to all aquatic disciplines.
FINA rules dictate that athletes may only declare for one Federation. Athletes that have represented another Country or National Federation must satisfy FINA rules before declaring for Ireland.