Newsletter Volume 2, Edition 2

National Trials Competition

The Sports Commission will be running National Trial selections for the Irish Squad on Friday the 5th July to select Irish Teams to represent Ireland at the Junior European Lifesaving Competition in Italy on the 6-8th September, and the Senior European Lifesaving Competition in Holland from 16-18th August
Athletes will compete in both pool and beach events and must race in a minimum of 2 events in each. The athletes best 6 results will be counted for their points. These points are added to points the athletes already got for being part of the irish squad, attending training days etc. with the top 4 on points being selected on the team plus one wild card selected by the selection committee. 
Good luck to everyone involved!

Nipper Openwater Regionals

Nipper Regionals
Please note that the Leinster Competition will be held Sunday August 11th. 

Ulster / Connacht            Mayo                             Saturday, 10th August
Munster                           Tramore, Waterford      Saturday, 10th August
Leinster                           Curracloe, Wexford       Sunday, 11th August

Coaching Courses

Congratulations to the 42 people who attended the coaching courses in Cork and Mayo in June. 
There will be another coaching course this Summer to be held in Dublin. Details to come.

Dates For your Diary

National / International Competitions

Nipper Nationals       Brittas Bay, Wicklow           Saturday, 31th August

Junior Nationals        Brittas Bay, Wicklow          Sunday, 1st September

European Seniors      Netherlands                       16-18th August

European Juniors      Italy                                   6th-8th September

Senior Nationals        Curracloe, Wexford            14th September

Masters Nationals      Curracloe, Wexford            14th September

Celtic Cup                  Spainish Point, Clare          21st September

Open water Referees Course

This will be run in Wicklow on the 30th August and is open to anyone who would like to help referee in Ireland or anyone who is interested in finding out more about the rules of surf lifesaving. The theory will be on the 30th of August with practical work on the 31st and 1st at the National Competitions.

Venue: Wicklow
Dates: 30th/31st August / 1st September
Contact: Jennifer Lennon, email
Cost: 50 euro

NOTE: All communication for this courses will be via 

Current Referees

If you are an existing referee can you ensure we have your details by email 


New Formats

Junior, Youth and Senior
Individual Events - Teams can enter 3 competitors into each

Sprints / Sprint Relay - will not be run this year.

This year each county will be able to enter 3 competitors into each individual event. However due to time restrictions there will be no sprints or sprint relays this year. This is keeping in line with the current format of the European Senior and Junior competitions. 

Nipper Camps

Would you like to give your nippers some extra support and encouragement??
We can organise for some of our National Squad to come to your county and run a nipper training camp!

Just let the Sports Commission know on

Nipper in the Spotlight

- Garbhán McCloskey -

Name: Garbhán McCloskey

Age: 13

Club: Donegal SLSC

When did you start lifesaving: 9 years old

Favourite events: Taplin Relay, Paddleboard

Best results:
1st in board and swim at Nationals 2012

During Winter I swim 4 days a week and in Summer I love getting down to the beach to train.

Best bit about lifesaving:
Having the craic in the hotel on the night before the competition.

Other Sports & Results:
I love surfing and last September I competed at the European Juniors in Lacanau, France. I also swim with my local club Marins SC, play basketball and Rugby.

Hopes for the future:
To continue enjoying to train and compete with my friends during the Summer.

Other family involved:
Sister Meadh who competed at the European Junior Championships in Denmark 2011, and is part of the Irish National Squad.
Top tips for Boards from World & European Medalist
- Oisin McGrath -

Athlete Profile

Oisin McGrath
Clare Surf-Lifesaving

Best results:
World Championships 2010
- 3 gold, 1 silver (Masters Beach events)

European Championships 2011
- 2 gold, 2 silver and bronze 

World Championships 2012 
- 2 silver, 1 bronze (Masters Beach events)

Favourite events:
Board Paddle
Ocean Man
Taplin Relay

Top Tips for

1. STARTS STARTS STARTS!!! - Crucial to get out in front, or close to the front from the whistle.
2. Concentrate on technique. Paddle on your knees with deep strokes and keep the stroke count high. 

3. Paddle HARD around the cans. Drop to your belly before the first can and keep tight to the cans.
4. Work hard in training on catching runners (small waves) and use them to finish hard. 
5. Paddle 'till you can't paddle anymore.....then paddle some more!!

Check us out on facebook at "Surf Lifesaving Ireland", like the page for all info about the sport of lifesaving in Ireland. 

We are also now on Twitter, you can find us @IWSSport 

You've Got Mail

Have you got any photos, information that you want to share with us?

You can now email all queries to 

Interested in getting involved in the sport or need more information on any of the above

Sports Commission on or ring Seamus, Chairman of Sports Commission, on 0851131114

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