Happy New Year.
As we start into a new year, we thought it would be useful to update you on the Club’s activities.
Sundays Well Swimming Club is now the largest pool-based swimming club in the country.
Every week over 500 swimmers are involved in our learn to swim programmes, train with our youth competitive squads and swim for fitness or for competition with our Masters squad.
Our thirty or so qualified coaches and teachers provide over 35 hours of instruction every single week.
This season kicked off with our annual Sea Swim and Awards last September and we hosted a Munster Regional Development Gala in December. In the coming months, we will host the SWSC Masters Gala in February, the SWSC Easter Swimathon and the SWSC Michael Bowles Gala in June. And our competitive swimmers will compete in Regional and National Galas including the Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials in April and culminating in the Irish National Division 2 Competition and Irish Summer National Championships in July.
We strive to maintain a voluntary ethos. Dozens of volunteers contribute to the Club as committee members, team managers, organisers and administrators.
It is not without its challenges. There is an increasing management and administrative burden to ensure good governance, to maintain compliance with Swim Ireland policies and procedures, to ensure open and transparent communications and to operate effective financial systems.
Over the years, this management and administrative burden has been carried by a relatively small number of people.
This year, we are looking for your support and patience, for your volunteer hours and for your expertise in areas such as bookkeeping and accounts, finance and fundraising, PR and social media, management and administration as we strive to build a more sustainable Club.
We look forward to Sundays Well Swimming Club celebrating 100 years in existence in 2024. And we ask for your help to get us there.
If you want to find out more about how just a few hours of your time can help, email us at by clicking here.
Happy New Year to all!
Competitive progress has been great during the first half of the 2019/2020 season. This has been aided by a new squad system featuring Senior, Intermediate and Junior squads. The aim is to provide a system that allows all competitors to improve as much as possible. What’s required is 100% attendance. As the Director of the American Swimming Coaches Association says the secret to swimming is “Turn up”. From time to time individuals are sick or injured. If this happens the coaches need to know in advance. So for the rest of the year let’s try for maximum attendance from everyone. If you only attend half of the sessions your improvement will be about 20% of what it could be. Competitive swimming is like other endurance activities-you have to put in the training hours!
Two of our most prominent Seniors have major competitions this month:
Andrew Feenan, the only Cork swimmer on the Swim Ireland Performance Pathway squad aiming at the 2024 Paris Olympics, competes with the Irish team in an International Meet in Geneva from January 17 to 19. We wish him well in this competition after his excellent performances in the Short Course Nationals.
UCC scholarship holder Sean O’Riordan, who competed for Ireland at last year’s Para World Championships, is on a possible panel for the Paralympics in Tokyo in both the 400m Freestyle and 100m Breast stroke. He will attempt automatic qualification at the Leinster Long Course Championships in Dublin on January 18 and 19. The qualification times are extremely tough with only one Irish para-swimmer pre-qualifying. Sean is continuing to improve so we wish him the best in this and other competitions later in the spring.