This competition began on Wednesday 20th July at the National Aquatic Centre and ran until Sunday 24th July.
Over 870 athletes from 109 clubs competed across the five days competition for age group and open titles in 45 events. Visiting teams from Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, the UAE and Wales added international interest to the meet.
Before they departed for Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Games on Monday 25th both Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn swam in their chosen events.
17 Sliabh Beagh Swimmers qualified for this gala having worked very hard all year to achieve qualifying times. Between them they swam in 60 heats, qualified for 12 finals, finishing in the top 10 in there age group and brought home three bronze medals. Well done to Leon Campbell, Connor Comiskey, Kyle Crean Mc Kenna, Ciaran Deasy, John Donnelly, Colin Gorman, Alannah Leonard, Caoimhe Leonard, Caragh Leonard, Shauna Mc Gahon, Claragh Mc Gahon, Cillian Mc Gahon, Megan Mc Shane, Peter O Hara, Lorcan Roberts, Emer Sheridan and Jamie Sheridan. A full coaches report will follow next week.
Free Swimming Lessons
Monaghan Sports Partnership, Sliabh Beagh ASC and Monaghan Leisure Complex are teaming up to offer free swimming classes to children who are at Level 4 / 5 or above. All classes will last for 1 hour from 5 to 6 pm on the following dates in August:
- Tuesday 2nd August 2016
- Thursday 4th August 2016
- Tuesday 9th August 2016
- Thursday 11th August 2016
The purpose of these classes is to give swimmers an opportunity to experience swimming in a different environment, try out a few new skills and see if they would like to develop their swimming, for a lifelong healthy activity.
For more information and to register for these classes, contact Claire 087 2909777 or Ita 086 8706733.