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!
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.
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.
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!
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).
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 email@example.com would be appreciated.
Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Munster Development 1 Gala in Askeaton last weekend with fine performances all round.
Girls under 11 – Ella Cremin set the place alight with a dazzling pair of gold medals in the 50 backstroke & 50 freestyle, then rounding off a perfect day in the pool with a silver in the 100 IM.
Girls under 13 – Holly Horan put on a class show winning a stunning gold in the 100 IM and getting her Development Two times in the process.
Girls under 14 – Meabh Doolan took a fantastic bronze in a difficult 100 IM.
Boys under 15 – Cathal Coffey was in flying form taking bronze in the 100 IM and the 50 Backstroke and also getting his Development Two times.
Thanks to our coach, John Edwards for his crucial support, and our Team Managers, Mairead Horan and Celia Uchytil, and to all parents for travelling and taking part in timekeeping.
Well done to all our senior swimmers who took part in the Gerry Ryan Invitational Gala in Limerick at the weekend. Some fantastic PB’s were achieved with five of our swimmers getting divisional times! Congratulations to Paul O’Leary who got a Division One time and to Saibh O Brien, Peter O’Doherty, Ian Coffey and Charles O Brien, all of whom got their Division Two times.
Thanks to our Team Managers, Denise and Samantha, for keeping the show on the road, to all parents who travelled and to our Head Coach, Cathal O’Brien, who gave such huge support and encouragement to all our swimmers over the weekend.
Also, a big “thank you” from Killarney Swimming Club to The Kerry Sports Partnership who recently gave us a grant of €200.00 under the Coach Education Fund for Women. This sort of support is invaluable for the long-term planning of our club as it helps us train, support and encourage coaches for the future.
Congratulations to all our young swimmers who took part on Saturday in the practice gala in Tralee. Eighteen of our finest were involved, all gaining invaluable gala experience, notching up some fantastic Personal Best times and bringing back to Killarney a wonderful haul of 25 medals!
Special thanks to our Team Manager on the day, Celia, for keeping everything together; to all parents for travelling, supporting the club and doing timekeeping; to Kingdom Swimming Club for hosting the event and finally to our coach, John Edwards, without whom nothing would have happened at all.