Thank you for your continued support over the last 2 years as we have negotiated the changing landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Irish Government announced updated Public Health Measures on Friday 21st January and having reviewed the Northern Ireland Public Health Guidelines we have updated the COVID-19 guidance for all Swim Ireland clubs (ROI & NI)
We would remind clubs that COVID-19 is still present and is a cause for concern. We want our clubs and members to enjoy the sporting and social elements of our aquatic sports, whilst maintaining the diligence shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. An outbreak of COVID-19 cases in a club can have an impact on squads and teams by not being able to train or compete, which we want to avoid.
We would remind clubs and members of the following:
- Lead COVID Officer role to remain in place. Clubs are not required to have a COVID Officer on duty for each session.
- Junior clubs are required to have a Person on Duty for each session.
- Face coverings should be worn by spectators and by athletes when not in water
- Club members should stay home if they feel unwell.
- Club members should follow the relevant close contact guidance based on their age, vaccination status and jurisdiction. (ROI close contact information / NI close contact information)
- Clubs should maintain vigilance and encourage members to maintain high standards of personal hygiene
The main changes to COVID-19 restrictions for our clubs and members to note are as follows:
- Social distancing requirements have been removed – full contact training can resume for all club members
- Sport events and matches can take place after 8pm
- Restrictions on spectators have been removed – we will follow up with clubs and regions shortly to provide support on best practice guidance for managing spectators at events over the coming months.
- Pods are no longer required for Masters/ Adult clubs
- COVID-19 pass is not required to access training or events
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your club support officer.
Clubs and Community Team
Welcome to our very own cookbook put together with recipes by SWSC swimmers and family members!
With so many different recipes (tried and tested), there is a dietary option & favourite here for everyone.
Funds raised help with the cost of Christmas treats, warm drinks, an Icecream van visit and much pool, gala and training equipment.
In turn, all swimmers in Learn to Swim right through to Juniors, Intermediates, Piranhas, Senior Squad and Masters Programme benefit.
Your support in purchasing this book at €15/copy awould be very much appreciated.
Unfortunately, due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers it is felt that it would not be possible to provide a safe environment for the competitors, and it has been decided to cancel the Minor Schools Championships. The Senior Schools Championships will go ahead as planned.
Due to the rising COVID-19 cases and the high transmissibility of the new variant, Limerick Swimming Club have taken the decision to postpone the Gerry Ryan Meet scheduled for 21st – 23rd January.
Subject to approval, the meet will run in April.
Short Course (25m) Nationals 2021
This meet, held in NAC Dublin for three days from December 16 to 18, was one of the best for Sundays Well SC in recent years. While spectators were prohibited because of COVID regulations, there was a large entry and races were highly competitive, with morning heats leading to a Senior (A) final, Transition (B) final and Junior (C) final in most events in the afternoons. While several of the best Irish swimmers were at the SC World Championships in Abu Dhabi (see their great results on the Swim Ireland website), attendance of several excellent overseas teams and the NI preparation for next year’s Commonwealth Games added to the quality of the competition.
- Twenty swimmers qualified from SWSC and 15 competed. For example, Liam Custer who would have been a medal contender in several events, was unable to travel from his base in Florida.
- The team won medals in five events. Our women’s 200 freestyle relay (Sharon Semchiy, Lauren Farr, Anna Feenan, Beth Nolan) and 200 medley relay (Sharon, Lauren, Beth, Isabel Kidney) won bronze medals. Sharon was second in the 50 Fly (and incidentally had the fastest Irish 200 Fly). Andrew Feenan was third in the 200 breast stroke where the first and second swimmers recorded near world class times. Isabel was third in the 50 breast stroke, a great achievement for a 15 year old.
- Lauren Farr, another 15 year old, achieved National Squad times on the 100 and 200, and so joins Andrew as the second SWSC swimmer on this squad.
- Several club records were broken-the 200 mixed Medley Relay (James Ryan, Andrew, Sharon, Beth) and 200 mixed Freestyle Relay (Sharon, Paul Higgins, Beth , James); Andrew in the 200 breast stroke (both in the heats and again in the final); Sharon in the 50 Fly and Isabel in the 50 breast stroke.
- There were 39 Personal Best swims across the team, despite the long lockdown-the reductions of more than three seconds in their 200 backstrokes by Rory Lee and James Ryan being particularly impressive. It was also good to see fitness returning after their Leaving Cert year to Anna Feenan and Aoife O’Shea, who attend UL, and to Beth who is enrolled in UCC but travels to Limerick along with Sharon each weekend for long course training. The younger newcomers to this competition also performed impressively (Marc Galland, Michael Feenan, David O’Leary, Eva Harrington, Amy Lynch).
Well done team! You are a credit to your coaches and to the club!
See our very own cookbook put together with recipes from our swimmers & parents. Lots of delicious recipes for only €15. All money raised will go back to the Club to benefit our swimmers. Your support in purchasing this book would be very much appreciated.
Please contact Joy on 085 8140165 to get your copy. Thank you 🎁📚🏊♂️🏊♀️