Good Luck to Sliabh Beagh Swimmers at Ulster Age Group Championsip:
Nineteen Sliabh Beagh swimmers will compete in this premier championship from Friday 8 April to Sunday 10 April in the 50m Pool in Bangor. The divide between male and female is 50 / 50. We are also fielding a number of Relay teams in the competition.
Our swimmers have worked hard to make the qualifying times for this event. This includes training at 6am several mornings a week, sleeping, eating, and living well. To get to this level and to compete effectively, requires a desire to excel and to be robust to failure. Indeed the pursuit of “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than other’s think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible.” Ronnie Oldham
This is the first major competition for our boys aged 17 and under and our girls aged 16 and under this season. All swimmers have trained hard, improved a good bit technically and hope to further improve their times, their ranking and possibly make finals and get a foot on the podium on a few occasions.
Training has been primarily carried out in Monaghan Leisure Pool but we also had a few visits to the NAC 50m Pool in Dublin. Last Sunday we held a session in the Magherafelt 50m pool . This is necessary to help adjust the body to long course competition. We will however not be phased by our limited 50m pool practice this season, which was the result of pool unavailability and the timing of the St. Patrick’s Day and Easter breaks.
To succeed at this championship, a swimmer needs to swim fast in the morning heats, in order to get a place in the afternoon finals. When there, anything is possible.
We wish Cliona, Alison, Caragh, Claragh, Caoimhe, Emer, Emily, Megan, Matthew, Faolain, Conor, Kyle, John, Leon, Ciaran, Colin, Sheenagh, Matthew & Hannah. Swim fast, swim smart, be positive and trust yourself and your coaches. As the famous and highly successful US College Basketball coach Vince Lombardi said “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Success for Sliabh Beagh Swimmers at Coral Leisure Inter Schools Competition:
Congratulations to Alice Trainor, Tom Doherty, Caolan McKenna and Tara Gillespie who competed in the Monaghan Coral Leisure Inter schools competition. A great afternoon of swimming was had by all the swimmers that competed from a wide range of schools in the County. All of our swimmers came home with medals: Alice – Gold in Back, Breast & Free and Best Overall Girl. Tom – Gold in Back, Breast & Free and Best Overall Boy. Tara – Gold in Back, Breast & Free and Caolan – Gold in Breast & Bronze in Free. Well done Keep up the GREAT work.
KEEP FREE: Don’t forget our Table Quiz in Terry’s Bar Friday 15th April at 9pm. Great night of fun and plenty of spot prizes to be won. See website and Facebook for full details.
The club would like to extend our sympathy to Nevin Fowler and his family on the recent death of his grandfather Frank Fowler and also to Ally & Ethan McCarron on the death of their grandfather Geert (Gerry) Pinkster. May they Rest In Peace.