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.

Related Documents

Swim Ireland Eligibity Policy 

FINA Sport Nationality Transfer Requirements 

FINA “Sport Nationality” Memorandum

Eligibility FAQ

I was not born in Ireland but one or both of my parents were. Can automatically represent Ireland?

No. Athletes will still have to satisfy FINA rulings before they are eligible to compete.

I am a diver, not a swimmer. Do the same rules apply to me?

Yes, the eligibilty rules apply to all aquatic disciplines.

I've previously represented another country or National Federation. Can I still represent Ireland?

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.

Where can I get more information?

For further information please contact the Swim Ireland Performance Department by email at or by phone at +353-1-6251127. Additional information is also available on the FINA website,

For more information, please contact

Niamh McDonnell

Niamh McDonnell

Performance Manager

+353 86 775 0775