10th December 2017 notes

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Kingdom Invitation Gala in Tralee on the 26th of November. As always, it was an exciting day out for all involved, with Killarney swimmers winning an incredible nineteen medals.

Under 13 Boys – Nathaniel Doncel was in flying form winning silver in the 200 metres freestyle, silver in the 50 metres freestyle and a lovely bronze in the 100 metres backstroke.

Under 15 Girls Ellen O’Connor laid down some markers winning silver in the technically difficult 100 metres breaststroke.

Under 15 Boys Paudie O’Leary showed everyone who was the boss winning golds in the 100 metres and 50 metres freestyle, silver in the 100 metres backstroke and a bronze in the 100 metres butterfly while Charles O’Brien returned to the winning podium with a silver in the 100 metres breaststroke. Donal Daly took a very fast bronze in the 200 metres freestyle – a swimmer to watch.

Over 16 Girls – Margaret O’Brien only had eyes for gold, winning in both the 200 metres breaststroke and the 100 metres backstroke. Meanwhile Niamh Coffey was winning medals all over the place, taking gold in the 200 metres freestyle and a trio of silver medals in the 100 metres butterfly, and both the 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle.

Over 16 Boys – Paul O’Leary won two very good bronze medals in the 200 and 100 metres breaststroke while Alan O’Shea took a well-deserved and hard-fought bronze in the 50 metres freestyle.

Thanks to our coaches, Cathal O’Brien, Leontia Doody and John Edwards who gave wonderful support and encouragement on the day. Thanks also to all parents for travelling and for taking part in the timekeeping.

Finally, thanks to everyone for supporting the Killarney Rotary Club Wine & Art night where Killarney Swimming Club was one of the nominated sports clubs and thanks to Killarney Rotary Club for nominating us this year. Your support will help in the purchase of specialist swimming equipment to be used by our swimmers for years to come.

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