14th December 2015 notes

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the “A” gala in the University of Limerick on Saturday the 12th of December.  The pool in Limerick is a 50 metre Olympic size pool – a daunting prospect for the best of swimmers, especially when you are competing against the best in Munster.  A busload of swimmers and supporters travelled from Killarney and what a day was had by all.

Under 15 girls –  Well done to Margaret O’Brien who won a silver medal in the 400 metre Individual Medley and a magnificent gold medal in the 200 metres butterfly.  200 metres Butterfly and still under fifteen!  That’s longer than a GAA pitch – most adults wouldn’t make it out of the small square without sinking!

Under 17 boys – Well done also to Shane Kerins, one of our club captains, who won silver in the 100 metres butterfly and to Robert O’Brien who took the bronze medal in the 200 metres backstroke – a huge achievement by both lads in this highly competitive age group.

Thanks to our coaches who travelled to Limerick and particularly to Cathal O’Brien and Leontia Doody. Thanks also to all parents who travelled by bus and car.

The “in form” Margaret and Robert O’Brien will take to the pool again at our club’s annual fun gala, which takes place this Sunday the 20th of December in the Sports and Leisure Complex, and the O’Brien family have to be the bookies favourites to win the big event – the Family Race.  However, inside sources say that some Committee Members are considering a bit of a handicap this year, with one proposing that club Chairman, Mike O’Sullivan, swim with the O’Briens so as to “balance things out”.  Don’t place any bets just yet!

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