Junior Swimmers Rise to the Challenge of the Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championship

 

Last weekend our Junior swimmers represented their schools as they competed in the Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championship held in the Aurora 25M pool in Bangor.  Every swimmer achieved Personal Bests and some brought home medals and Ulster Titles! 

Well done to each and every one of you.  You have done your Club & Schools Very Proud.

Alannah McGahon: won Gold and became Ulster Champion in the 50 Backstroke and Silver in the 50 Freestyle. Alannah also has qualified for the All Ireland Schools later in the year.

Darcy Walker: won Bronze in 50 Breastroke.  Darcy has also qualified for the All Ireland Schools in Breastroke & Freestyle . 

Georgina Walker: made her debut to the Competition world last Saturday and had a fantastic day.  Georgina qualified for the Final in the 50 breastroke and achieved a personal best in the 50 freestyle. 

Aoife McKenna: This was Aoife’s first time in the competition world and she achieved a personal best time in the 50 Freestyle.

Cormac McMahon: also made his debut to the competition world and achieved personal bests in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke.

Caolan McKenna: swam for the first time in this competition, she achieved a personal best time in the 50 Freestyle.

Tadgh Lennon: achieved personal bests times in both 50 Free and 50 breast.

Brion Sherry: qualified for the final in the 50 Fly and achieved personal bests in both 50 Freestyle and 50 Fly.

Alice Trainor: reached the final in the 50 Fly and achieved personal bests in both 50 Fly and 50 Free

Katie Trainor: achieved personal bests in both 50 Breast and the 100 Individual Medley.

Hannah Sheridan: Had good swims in the 50 Breast and 50 Backstroke and achieved PB’s in both.

Callum Campbell: achieved personal bests times in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Breastroke.

Conor Curran: reached the final in the 50 Fly and achieved personal bests in both 50 Fly and 50 Freestyle.

Waterpolo comes to Monaghan!

Last Friday the club provided anyone interested in trying out the Olympic Game of Water Polo in Monaghan Leisure Centre.  This is a Monaghan Sports Partnership, Sliabh Beagh and Coral Leisure initiative to encourage people to try out different activities for fun and exercise.
Wally and Kenny Clarke from Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club in Belfast took charge of the session. Wally is a long time coach of the sport and more recently was President of Swim Ireland.  Kenny has played the game for many years and is now a coach in the Belfast club.  Kenny was also the Irish Water Polo goalkeeper for several years.
Water Polo is an all Ireland game.  There are clubs in Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Lisburn, Waterford, etc. League for boys and men and girls and women are run from September to June.
14 people attended and they were eased into experimenting with some of the skills of the game. These included passing, catching (only one hand is allowed), swimming with the ball, shooting and of course the skill of treading water.
The hour flew by and the improvement at the end of the session was evident.  Wally will be back next Friday (21/10/16) and the introduction to this game will continue.

Anyone is welcome to attend and to try out this game.  Teaching and coaching will continue until Christmas when we will take sounding and decide then whether to continue with it in 2017.  We hope to, it’s fun. 

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