Biannually, all member nations are invited to submit the names of National Referees for consideration to the FINA List. Selection to the FINA List is the highest recognition conveyed on a Referee. On the Swim Ireland Official Pathway, FINA Referees attain a Level 5 qualification.
Swim Ireland nominate candidates to the list on the basis of:
- Commitment and performance at SI competitions.
- Experience gained at home and at meets in the UK.
- Delivery of professional standards at all level meets within the Swim Ireland competition programme.
To be in line for consideration, one must have served as a National Referee and been the Lead Referee for a minimum of one National Championship Meet. Served for a period on the Pre-FINA List gaining experience of working at meets in the UK.
We are delighted to announce that Club Member, Mary Haughney was accepted on to the FINA List #20 which came into effect on 1st January 2019 and will remain effective until 31st December 2022. Referees, Starters, Judges of Stroke and Inspector of Turns for all European, Junior & Senior, World Junior & Senior and potentially the Olympic Games are selected from this panel of Referees & Starters.
Mary first began officiating when her children were swimming with the club (early 2000) and progressed up through the ranks, becoming a National Referee in 2013. She has been Referee at numerous Club, Regional and National events and was the Lead Referee at IAGDiv2 2017, Irish Open 2018 and Irish Short Course 2018. She was worked at international meets in Swansea, Manchester and Berlin.
In addition, Mary is a SI Mentor and Assessor to Officials, and is the SI Regional Lead for the development of Officials in the Munster.
She is a SI Officials Tutor and delivers Level 1 & 2 Official Courses. This is a tremendous honour for Mary and for our Club and we wish her success in her new role.