The last 10 months have been an incredible journey of resilience, determination, commitment and we are not finished yet.
Our qualified coaches, led by Richard and Rob, have put together a programme designed to maintain swim fitness while keeping our swimmers motivated, connected to their friends and engaged with the Club, and we have restarted regular zoom sessions to support this. The Strength & Conditioning aspect of the programme is specifically designed for swimming and it’s important that swimmers engage with these sessions in the same way that they engage with pool sessions.
This approach has ensured that all swimmers have maintained good levels of fitness in the past. And we look forward to swimmers returning to the water and ready for competitive action in the near future
I would encourage you as parents to support your athletes as you probably understand better that consistency in our everyday habits and practices are what separates the great from the good. It is not what we do once in a while, it is what we do everyday that matters.
SWSC, along with many other sporting clubs continues to experience a significant financial impact linked to COVID restrictions on the number of swimmers allowed in the pool at any one time. As a result, and in order to ensure that we can continue to support squad swimmers during lockdown periods when we are not in the pool, it is necessary for the club to start charging reduced fees during lockdown periods.
I know that SWSC athletes, coaches, teachers, volunteers, committee members and parents will continue to persevere and meet these challenges head on. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We haven’t come this far to only come this far. The future will be bright so stay positive, stay connected, stay disciplined, stick with it, wake up early and get it done.
Notice to all Members
The AGM of SWSC will take place
Tuesday 13th October 2020
at 7.00 p.m.
Nominations for Office and Notice of Motions should be emailed to email@example.com
by Tuesday, 29th September 2020.
All Nominations and Notice of Motions must be proposed and seconded by members of SWSC.
Agenda, Notice of Motions and nominations for the Management Committee shall be displayed on the website
From 6th October, 2020.
Dated the 28th of September 2020. Nominations are invited for Assistant Secretary and two Ordinary members. Where more than one valid nomination per position is received an election will be held.
Liam Custer, who lives and trains in Florida with Sarasota Sharks but is also a member of SWSC, has recorded the fastest time in the USA this season in the 15/16 age group 400 IM in a 25 yard pool, recording a time of 3:48.81. Well done Liam!
That time converts to 4:13.97 for SCM, which is better than the current Junior (U 19) and Senior Irish records. He also recorded the ninth fastest 200 yards freestyle in the age group in the USA this season in a time that converts to 1:48 SCM. His 400 IM converted time is a great improvement on the 4:21.89 which he recorded in the 2019 Irish SC Nationals last December where he finished second in the Senior event. He might have competed with SWSC in the Irish Summer Nationals this July but these were cancelled due to the pandemic.
I visited Liam and his family in Sarasota last September. Liam trains outdoors in a pool that is 65m long and can be set up for ten 50m lanes or, as used for most training sessions, as twenty seven 25 yard lanes. That’s great, but the crucial things are he never misses a session and trains almost 50% more than we do in normal times. He also specialises in the longer events (400/ 800/ 1500 free; 200/400 IM, 200 back & fly).
With the present regulations governing the return to training, Swim Ireland following Government Health recommendations, mandated that Senior squads and Masters would be the first groups back. Currently training times are more time restricted than pre-covid. However, you are all being very good in complying with these restrictions and I am told you are going really well in training. Richard Cassidy tells me that you look as if you just missed three weeks rather than three months! Training for the Seniors will continue in Leisure World until August 7, then there will be a two week break while works proceed in that facility. This two week break coincides with that recommended by Ben Higson, Senior National Coach, for the elite Irish team preparing for the Olympics.
It’s very important to maximise your training time so if you have already qualified for the Munster Regional Squads make sure you attend each and every session. If you have yet to qualify, then qualification should be your short term aim (do you know the Munster and Irish squad qualifying times in your age group?).
In relation to the National squad, only Andrew Feenan is currently qualified from Cork. Since that squad returned to the pool Andrew has been training first at the NAC in Dublin and now in the University of Limerick (UL) pool, and tells us he is rapidly getting back his water fitness. As Richard told you he has been awarded a swimming scholarship by UL beginning in September. Well done Andrew!
Finally let me assure you that the Committee and coaches are actively working to restart activities (Senior, Intermediate and Junior squads; the Learn to Swim programme) in Douglas (of course, within Government health regulations). Watch this space for plans for August 24 onwards!