Sliabh Beagh attended the Swim Ulster Development 1 gala, on 6th October 2019 in Omagh. As always a friendly welcome was extended to all Sliabh Beagh swimmers and support team and a special thank you to the organisers, officials and referee on the day. The morning consisted of six events, 38 heats and 219 swimmers and the afternoon had, eight events, 60 heats and 341 swimmers. A busy day was had by all. Sliabh Beagh has 14 swimmers completing across the day and the Team Manager Claire Sheridan had all organised and ready to go in good time, good job Claire. Against tough opposition our swimmers achieved 22 PB’s, 15 Medals & Qualifying Times. Congratulations on your achievements.
More importantly, I was proud to see our young athletes mix with friends from other clubs, welcome new friends and adopt one as our chief supporter for the day. It is wonderful to see our swimmers represent the club, their families and themselves in such a friendly and inclusive basis. However once in the water all bets were off and the training came into play. While technically strong, it is very early in the year and much work to do. A finishing touch made the difference in some races and to some came victory and to others a time or medal missed.
What you do in training is what will stand to you at the next competition. Give 100% in training, keep listening and working, have faith in your own ability, trust your coaches and ever onward to the next competition. GO TEAM SLIABH BEAGH.
Peter performs well at Cyprus international Gala
The 4th cyprus International masters was held in Limassol Weeknd October 18th to 20th. Peter O hara represented sliabh beagh and competed in 5 events. The first swim was on Saturday 50 FC where he got 1st on his age group with a time of 27.00
The next day Peter had 4 swims. First was the 200fc swam in a time of 2.11.16, closely followed by 50butterfly. 29.04. Peter came 1st and 2nd respectively in his age group of these events.
The last session of the day saw him compete in 100fc and 100 butterfly. Both events saw him swim reasonable times and collecting gold in 100fc and a joint 1st in the butterfly along with Lithuanian swimmer Irmantas Bu. This was a close finish with both swimmers touching the wall at exact same time. Peter came away with 4 golds and a silver from the competition and as always the competition has a relaxed, social atmosphere that is well organised and swam under warm sunny conditions.
Thank you to Cyprus Masters for hosting the competition and hope the events profile continues to grow.