MUNSTER MINOR & SENIOR SCHOOLS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS SI Licence TBC
The Munster Minor & Senior Schools Swimming Championships for girls and boys will take place at the University Of Limerick Swimming Pool, Limerick on Saturday 4th February( Minors) and Sunday 5th February 2023 (Seniors).
Killarney Swimming Club are delighted to be awarded €1,200 funding from the Community Activities Fund (CAF), which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Elaine O’Donoghue, PRO said “Similar to many other voluntary clubs, we have suffered disruption and financial challenges during the Covid 19 pandemic. This funding is very welcome and will greatly help with the significant operating costs of running a swimming club. This year, 2022, is a very significant, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the club’s foundation. We would like to thank the Department of Rural and Community Development for providing the funding, and Kerry County Council/Kerry Local Community Development Committee who administered the fund locally”.
Killarney Swimming Club is a competitive club offering instruction, training and competition for young people of all ages and varied abilities, in a positive team environment. As well as the huge health and fitness benefits of swimming, our young people learn important life skills such as; water safety, commitment, leading a healthy lifestyle, mental wellbeing, and resilience.
Killarney SC are looking to recruit the right person to fill the position of Head Coach within the club. The Club was formed in 2012 and affiliated to Swim Ireland as a competitive Swimming Club and based in the Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre. The Club currently have 55 swimmers of various strengths, making up 3 Squads – Senior 1, Senior 2 and the Junior squad.
Job Spec Killarney SC Head Coach:
6-10 coaching sessions per week
Responsibility for organising and setting programs for each squad within the club
Responsibility for coordinating and organising coaching structure within each squad.
Availability for Galas.
Reporting to: Club Management Committee
Payment: Can be negotiated.
Qualifications Required (essential):
• Minimum of Swim Ireland level 2 coaching certification
• Up to date Swim Ireland / Sport Ireland safeguarding level 1 certification
Killarney Swimming Club had a fantastic weekend in Tralee on 23rd and 24th April at the Kingdom Invitational Gala. It was a great to have our younger swimmers get involved in this gala, who knocked time off PBs and also received some medals.
On Saturday, Alison Butler and Ella Cremin from Senior 1 competed. Alison had a brilliant race and took gold in the 100IM, knocking 6 secs off her PB. Ella took silver in the 200 backstroke. From the other squads, Sarah Quirke took gold, Daniel Bourke took silver and Antoni Waberski took bronze, all in the 100IM.
On Sunday Sean O’Brien took gold in the 50m breaststroke and Sean Tomlinson took Bronze in the 50m Freestyle.
Ian Coffey came away with two silver medals, one in the 50M backstroke and the other in the 200IM
Alison Butler took bronze in the 100M FLY and Ross Bowell took bronze in the 200IM
Daniel Bourke took bronze in the 50M breaststroke
Ella Cremin came away with 6 medals over the weekend, bronze in the 50M free, silver in the 200M backstroke and a whopping four gold medals; 100M backstroke, 50M FLY, 50M breaststroke and 200IM.
Sunday also saw loads of our swimmers take time off their PBs. Well done to everyone involved in the gala especially those who worked so hard to make sure that the day ran smoothly.
On Thursday evening last, Killarney Swimming Club was delighted to present a cheque for €1,456.00 to Kevin Griffin, on behalf of Down Syndrome Kerry. All of the money was raised by the Club through it’s “31-day-Challenge”, which took place in January 2020, during lockdown. Each Club member was encouraged to be active each day of that terrible January and to save one euro a day for our chosen charity – DS Kerry. As expected, Club members rose to the challenge with gusto.
Thanking the Club for its efforts, Kevin Griffin said the money would be used to subsidise services for children with DS such as speech and language, occupational therapy and early intervention.
Well done to our swimmers who took part in the Munster Short Course Championships in UL recently. This was the first opportunity for our swimmers to participate in competitive swimming in a very long time, so it was anticipated with relish.
Congratulations to Alison Butler, Meabh Doolan and Peter O’Doherty on some fantastic times across all strokes and particular congratulations to Ian Coffey who notched up a sub 1 minute time in the 100 metres freestyle (59.93 seconds) – only the second time that has been done in club history, the last person being Alan O’Shea all those years ago. Ian is definitely one to watch for the future!
Thanks to our Team Manager on the day, Emir Coffey, who kept everything running smoothly, and to all parents for travelling and lending support.
Congratulations to Antoni Waberski from our C Squad who has won our training hat competition with a wonderful design, full of movement and colour, which can be seen below. This design will now go into production and our new training hat will be given to every club swimmer when we eventually get back into the pool.
Cathal O’Brien, Head Coach of Killarney Swimming Club, recently hung up his flip-flops and the club marked the occasion with a special presentation.
Cathal has been involved with the Club since it was established in 2012, attending the early meetings organised by Mike O’Sullivan as, just like everyone else, he was anxious to have his children involved in swimming as a competitive sport.
But, Cathal being Cathal, he wasn’t content with sitting back. He quickly volunteered to take on a coaching role, attaining both levels 1 & 2 coaching qualifications. Initially our C squad coach, in no time his swimmers were putting pressure on both B and A squads. Cathal would also move on to coach B and A squads in the Club. Cathal’s deep interest, dedication and training skills were an enormous asset, pushing us not only as a club but also resulting in many swimmers stretching themselves beyond their personal targets to proudly represent Killarney at county, provincial and national level.
Cathal was peerless at diving training in Tralee and elite training in Limerick and was a permanent fixture at most galas over the years. His kind and thoughtful words to the swimmers, given in person after each race, brought many a smile to a glum face.
Killarney Swimming Club wants to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Cathal for the hours and hours of dedication given to our swimmers and children over the years. He will be sorely missed in the Club, and both Committee and members wish Cathal the very best for the future.
You will all be aware now of the Government announcement in the Republic of Ireland last night to move to Level 5 from midnight tomorrow Wednesday 21st October for the next six weeks (until December 1st).
This was a very significant announcement on many levels and has meant that for the next 6 weeks our sport has, for almost all of us, effectively been stopped. Despite how devastating this is, we remind ourselves that it is only for a temporary period and we are glad to see that our Performance athletes (definition to follow) can continue as can those who are still comfortable to swim in the outdoors (and of course who live within 5km of the sea).
Whilst it is terribly disappointing news that pools in ROI are closed during this period, we wanted to assure you that we have been relentless in our efforts to represent our sport, our Clubs and the sector since the beginning of this pandemic and particularly over the past few weeks. In collaboration with Ireland Active, we have been working on your behalf to represent our sport and all involved, seek appropriate funding supports, make the case for pools to remain open, emphasise the work and commitment of our community to implement everything required of them in relation to public health measures and of course all the benefits of our sport for those involved.
We have written directly to the Taoiseach on more than one occasion, met with the Minister of State for Gaeltacht and Sport Jack Chambers individually and as part of the Covid 19 Sport Monitoring Group, were part of a representation group with the Federation of Irish Sport who presented to the Oireachtas Committee and have had numerous engagements with Sport Ireland and the Department of Sport.
We also pledge that we will continue to make representation on behalf of members and facilities and if there is a loosening of restrictions in the coming weeks, please be assured that we will be pushing for facilities to re-open at the earliest possible time.
Some key points from the information received last night, with detailed notes at the end of this document:
· Swimming Pools are closed
· Performance Swimming/Diving – A definition of who these athletes are and how this works is currently being sought from Sport Ireland and will be very much focused on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games
· Club Swimming/Water Polo/Diving – Non-contact training can take place for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15 and within 5k of participants’ homes
We reiterate that we know this is a difficult time for the aquatic community and we will work to support and guide you through it. Some of the supports that will be available over the coming weeks include:
Swimming Pool Fund announced yesterday. Details available HERE.
We will continue to work with clubs individually and help you develop your plans for the future
We are working on our new Athlete/Club support programme to keep members engaged during pool closures and whilst they have no access to swimming pools
Revision again of our Competition format for Swimming & Water Polo (to be ready to go once we move into lower levels which allow for competition)
Moving to increase provision again for online learning opportunities including webinars and CPDs for Clubs, Facilities, Teachers and Coaches
Club Resilience Grant to support Clubs if we are successful in our Sport Ireland application (due end October)
Despite all the challenges, we as a community have managed to get through a full lockdown before and we will do so again. We urge you to try and keep positive and know that we will come out of this, our sport will continue and there are brighter days ahead.
As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need support of guidance.
Swim Ireland Team
Key Points for: Republic of Ireland Level 5
‘Living & Swimming with COVID-19’ Level 5 – Republic of Ireland
Performance Swimming/Diving – Key points:
· Training may continue for a group of athletes which will be defined in association with Sport Ireland. Where training for this group can take place will also become clear to us
· Performance athletes, staff, coaches, and practitioners may travel to train
· Performance specific competition may still take place with protective measures in place
Club Activities (All disciplines) – Key points:
· Facilities are closed therefore no indoor pool/land-based training can take place
· Competitions cannot take place
· Non-contact training can take place for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15
· All other training should be individual only
· Travel – stay in your county within 5k of home
· Facilities are closed therefore no lessons can take place
Online learning to continue
Facilities are closed therefore practical sessions cannot take place
Munster Support Officer
+353 (0)86 0619452
Please note that Swim Ireland staff continue to work remotely at this time. Staff are accessible by e-mail and mobile phone only and do not have access to the office.