1st of April 2020 notes

In the times we are living in, all we can do is try and make the best of what we’ve got.  Thankfully, in Killarney Swimming Club, we have John Edwards to inspire us both inside and outside the pool.  For instance, if you think you need a large pool (or, indeed, any pool or even water) to swim, then you are wrong.  Or, if you think you are the only one going stir crazy and looking for things to do at home – well, you are wrong again.  For a good laugh, go to John’s Facebook pages either here or here.

Well done John for putting this together and keep up the good work!

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Swim Ireland has issued further guidance to clubs and members.  The full statement can be found here but, basically, it says that all Regional and National competitions are cancelled until the end of this swimming season (August 2020) and, in relation to training, Swim Ireland’s advice is that no training is to take place until further notice and that this direction will be reviewed on a regular basis.

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In line with other sports organisations, Killarney Swimming Club has cancelled all training until further notice.  Apart from this being a sensible decision, we have no choice as the Sports and Leisure Centre is closed until further notice.  So, unless anyone seriously fancies some training with Cathal and John down at Ross Castle in the month of March …

It is important for our swimmers to understand that, even if any of them does get this flu, they are not in any danger.  There’s no risk to young healthy people; the risk is to much older people and those with some health problems.

However, the problem is that, by coming into close contact with others, our swimmers could catch, carry and pass on this flu to these vulnerable groups.  For this reason – to protect our vulnerable family and friends in Killarney – we will do our bit and stop training for a few weeks.

It’s the responsible thing to do.

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At lunchtime today Swim Ireland released a Statement regarding Covid-19.  Basically, as a health and welfare issue, Swim Ireland has informed all clubs that they must cancel with immediate effect and until further notice all galas, competitions, meetings and any social or fundraising activities.  The notice is posted in our “Downloads” section or can be read here.

In the first instance, this means that this evening’s AGM is cancelled until further notice.

With regard to training, this advice does not impact on training, which will continue this evening as normal.

Members will be advised as further information is received both from Swim Ireland and from The Leisure Centre.  For the moment, it is up to each individual as to whether they train or not this evening.

Keep washing those hands!

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11th of March 2020 notes

Sorry!  There was an error in the last post.  Our AGM on Thursday will be in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre (as stated in the Notice) and not in Scott’s Hotel (as stated in the last post).

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10th of March 2020 notes

Some points to note:

  1. Don’t forget our AGM this Thursday night in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre at 6:15 pm. Not only is this an important meeting for Killarney Swimming Club, but it’s a chance to hear our Chairperson’s speech!  Every vote will count so please try and be there, have your say and get involved.
  2. Our next open assessment for new swimmers will be at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre at 10 am this Sunday the 15th of March.  All young swimmers who think they might have what it takes are invited to attend.
  3. Swim Ireland is introducing a new policy on Tech Suits from the 1st of September 2020.  Basically, swimmers aged 13 or younger will no longer be able to wear them at galas.  A letter from Swim Ireland and the policy document can be found in the “Documents” section of our website, which is here
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9th of March 2020 notes

We are on the hunt for new members!  Any young swimmers who think they might have what it takes (or if you know swimmers who might reach the standard) are invited to attend an open assessment at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre at 10 am on Sunday the 15th of March 2020 (this Sunday).

Interested swimmers should have attained an advanced stage in the Swim Ireland “Learn to Swim” programme, or its equivalent, with swimmers expected to demonstrate excellent timing and technique across all strokes. Notification of interest to killarneyswimmingclub@gmail.com would be appreciated.

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