There was a massive turn out for the national nipper championships in Ennis, on the 26th of Aprilwith almost 300 nippers attending. With thanks to all the organisers, referees, time keepers, helpers, coaches, parents and of course the competitors themselves, the competition ran off very smoothly. Congratulations to all.
The big prize of the day went to the home team, Clare, for coming an overall first, the next 3 places were tightly fought for, between Wexford 2nd, Waterford 3rd, and Cork 4th.
Due to such a large number of competitors, it is envisaged that there will be regional championships, as done for the open water, acting as qualifiers for the nationals next year.
DATES for your Diary
9th August - Ulster/Connacht Open Water Nippers - Rosses Point, Sligo 9th August - Munster Open Water Nippers - Inchydoney, Beach, Cork 10th August - Leinster Open Water Nippers - Brittas Bay, Wicklow 30th & 31st August - National Open Water Nippers & Juniors, Clare 7th September - National Open Water Seniors & Masters, Wicklow 13th September - World Masters, Juniors & Seniors - Montpellier, France
14th February – National Still Water Junior & Senior – UL
14th/15th March – Regional Still Water – Venues TBC
11th April – National Still Water Nippers – Venue TBC
Clubs Teams are invited to compete in the World Club Lifesaving Championships in Montpellier from 21st Sept.
Irish Water Safety are sending a Junior and Senior National Team to compete the previous week but we would love as many teams to send Club Teams as possible! It's an opportunity not to be missed.
Contact us if you or your team are considering this opportunity!
Irish Squad Update
Well done to Brodie Edmead (Cork), Georgina Steel (Wexford) and Matthew McGarrigle (Sligo), who joined the Irish squad recently.
There has been two camps in recent months for the squads, the first, a one day camp held in UL, the second a weekend long camp held in Rosses Point, Sligo. Both were a huge success, giving the squad members an opportunity to get to know one another, to train with different coaches and team mates, and also to have some well-deserved fun, like their paintballing trip in Sligo.
Trials for the National Teams, which will compete in Montpellier, France at Rescue 2014, will be held on the 4th of July in the University of Limerick and Spanish Point. Wild Card applications can be made through the Sports Commission.
Is your county interested in hosting an introduction to coaching course this season??!
Please contact the Sports Commission on the below address for more information.
At this year’s National Senior/Master Open Water Championships in September, we will be introducing a high visibility vests, which all competitors will have to wear. These are worn to make competitors easier to identify in the water. They will be sold at the Nationals, and can be ordered with each counties entries later in the summer. This will be the first competition where they will be compulsory, and will they will be worn at every open water event thereafter.
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