Newsletter Volume 2, Edition 4

Montpellier, France World Championships 2014-                 SEND A CLUB TEAM

World Championships will be held in Montpellier, France in 2014.

We are sending an Irish National Team for the National Teams competition. There is also a World Club Championship taking place for U19s, Open and Masters. We would like to encourage as many Irish Teams to take part as possible...check out the website for more info....

Get in contact with the sports commission if your club are interested!! We are going to be doing some training weekends/competitions in conjunction with the Irish National Squad training. 

Nipper & Junior Nationals

Congratulations to the 500 nippers who competed in the regional and National Competitions this year and to overall winners Co Clare followed by Donegal, Wexford and Wicklow!

At the National Junior competition athletes raced extreamly well under a new format of 3 athletes per event. Overall winners in the girls was Clare followed by Wicklow, Wexford and Cork! in the boys Clare also won followed by Wexford, Sligo and Galway

Fantastic job to Joan and the Wicklow team for hosting a great weekend of racing at the Nationals

Senior & Masters Nationals

Senior and Masters Nationals were held on Curracloe Beach on 14th Sept 2013 with County Clare men taking out the overall beach competition followed by Clare B and Waterford. Donegal Ladies won the ladies competition with Waterford and Clare close behind.

Clare also won the masters followed by Cork and Donegal. Dublin were winners of the Novice award.

Excellent job by Lar from Wexford and his team running the competition and a great night out with a red/yellow theme was had by all. 

Dates For your Diary

National / International Competitions

Nipper Pool Nationals                 26th April  Ennis, Clare

Junior/Senior Pool Nationals       15th Feb UL, Limerick   Feb

Irish Squad 2013/14 --- Training 1

Irish Lifesaving Squad for the 2014 season has been selected based on the results from the Pool and Beach competitions of 2013. Club coaches have got a list of all squad members. 

The first training weekend is being held in UL, Limerick on the 23/24th November. All squad members are encouraged to attend...we will be focusing on pool events using video analysis and getting tips off the top pool swimmers in Ireland and Europe. 

Coaches...if you're interested in coming along to learn and help out we'd love to have you!! Just drop us an email! 



A massive thank you to all our volunteers who helped run our competitions this year....without you all the competitions wouldn't happen!! We have had lots of new referees this year trained up as National Beach Referees and we hope to see more qualified as National Pool Referees in Feb. 

European Seniors- Holland 2013


Team Ireland had a great competition at the European Senior Championships coming 7th overall. The competition started with a bronze medal  in the SERC with Triona Mc Menamin Donegal, Bernard Cahill, Dylan Barrett and Cormac O Sullivan.
Team Ireland were faced with good Irish conditions on the beach with 3ft surf and big rips putting the competition on hold for an hour. 
Bernard and Dylan had fantastic races in the run swim run event on the beach picking up silver and bronze medals in a really close finish and also paired up for a close 4th place finish in the board rescue event. Everyone on the team also made finals in the respective events adding up great team points.

European Juniors - Italy 2013

Team Ireland had an outstanding competition at the European Juniors in Riconne, Italy coming 5th in the beach and 8th overall. 
Lily Barrett from County Clare set two Irish Junior records in the 50m manikin and the 100m manikin tow in the pool. 
Lily teamed up with County Clare team mate Roisin Cahill to win gold and become European Junior Champions in the board rescue event. The boys team of Adam and Rory Mc Evoy were just outside the medals to finish 4th . In the run swim run event Eoghan O Grady from Mayo won a silver medal in what was a super fast , tough race with Rory in 6th and Hugh in 14th. Lily was 4th in the girls event with Ayesha Garvey and Katie Shannon also making the final. 
Lily picked up another gold and another European Junior title in the board race with Ayesha Garvey from Donegal in the final and Adam  in the boys final. In the flags Ireland had also competitors making the final 16 with Adam in 8th and Cameron Steel from Wexford in 10th. 

Celtic Cup- 21st Sept Spainish Point

A big congrats to the 70 Irish Competitors who were selected  and competed at this competition against a very strong Welsh side. 

Team Ireland Youth (U14-U19) won the overall Celtic Cup trophy with the Seniors just behind Wales! 



Nipper in the Spotlight

- Connell O Herlihy -
Name:Connell O Herlihy
Age: 13
Club: Cork Surf Life Saving Club
When did you start lifesaving:  Age 8
Favourite events: Swim and Ironman
Best results: 1st in fin swim and 2nd in surf swim at the All Ireland Nationals 2013

 Training: In the Summer I train up to 9 hours a week between beach and pool and up to 10 hours in the pool every week during the rest of the year.

Best bit about lifesaving:  Training on stormy days with massive waves!
Hopes for the future: I would like to compete in the World Championships.

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 

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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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