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Visualisation for Athletes: Thursday 7th March 2019

Visualisation for Athletes with Pádraic Ó Máille
for Competitive and Performance Squads

Thursday 7th March 2019 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
at the SCCUL Sanctuary, Kilcornan (Bungalow 9)

Many elite athletes around the world routinely use visualisation techniques as part of training and competition. Athletes have used these techniques to cultivate not only a competitive edge but also to create renewed mental awareness, a heightened sense of well-being and confidence. All of these factors have been shown to contribute to an athlete’s sports success. Guided imagery, visualisation, mental rehearsal or other such techniques can maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of your training – and Pádraic is going to help teach us how to go through this process!

Pádraic Ó Máille, one of Ireland’s most prominent speakers on personal development, is very generously donating his time to give our athletes a special seminar on visualisation to ‘see the swim’.

Pádraic trained as a coach and group facilitator in the US and UK. His ability to get people and groups clear on current reality, their desired futures and the actions they need to take has led him to work with some of Ireland’s most influential business leaders, government ministers, companies, political parties, charitable organisations and sports teams including Galway Hurling and Connacht Rugby.

The seminar will be held at the SCCUL Sanctuary which provides a venue for people in the local community to improve their wellbeing, gain new perspectives and have a respite from the daily challenges they face. SCCUL Sanctuary have very generously donated their facility for this special opportunity for Bluefin SC.

So, put it on your calendars and don’t miss this special session!

RESULTS! Regional LC Qualifying Meet

Superb weekend’s racing at this weekend’s Connacht Munster Long Course Qualifying Meet in UL.

We saw sensational swims from Lúc, Miriam, Thomas, Lauren, Hannah B, Lillian F, Isolde, Hannah D, Patrick and Kieran.

Silver for Sorcha in 200m FS, and a brilliant bronze in 200m BRS. Robin bagged a bronze after a gruelling and well-swam 800m FS.

New Division 2 times for Rory, Anthony, Sorcha, Sandra, Rian, Pola, Sarah, Caoilin and John S.

New Division 1 time for Robin.

Thank you to team managers Milena, Jean and Ger.

Special mention to all the officials, who give up their time so generously! :o)


Athlone/Claremorris Regional Qualifying Gala

Our next Regional L3 Qualifying Gala takes place over two weekends and two venues in Athlone and Claremorris.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March in Athlone Regional Sports Centre and Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March in Claremorris Leisure Centre.

Swimmers expected to compete: Anthony, Caoilin, Emma, Geordan, Hannah B, Hannah D, Isolde, Jake, John S, Kieran, Lucy, Luke, Miriam, Patrick, Pola, Rian, Robin, Rory, Sandra, Sara, Sarah, Sorcha and Thomas.

IMPORTANT: Entries by 8pm on Monday 18th February 2019 Contact Kirsten at

Swimmers NOT attending, please inform Bluefin Gala Secretary.

Click here for more information
Cost: €7 per event

Session 1
Athlone Saturday PM
Mixed Open 1500m Free (Heats Limited)

Session 2
Athlone Sunday AM
200m Breaststroke Boys
200m Breaststroke Girls
100m Freestyle Boys
100m Freestyle Girls
50m Butterfly Boys
50m Butterfly Girls
400 freestyle Boys
4 x 50 Open freestyle Relay Girls

Session 3
Athlone Sunday PM
200m Backstroke Boys
200m Backstroke Girls
100m Butterfly Boys
100m Butterfly Girls
50m Breaststroke Boys
50m Breaststroke Girls
200 IM Boys
400 Freestyle Girls
4 x 50 Open Freestyle Relay Boys

Session 4
Claremorris Saturday PM
Mixed Open 800 Freestyle (Heats Limited)

Session 5
Claremorris Sunday AM
200m Butterfly Girls
200m Butterfly Boys
100m Breaststroke Girls
100m Breaststroke Boys
50m Backstroke Girls
50m Backstroke Boys
400m IM Girls
4 x 50 Open Medley Relay Boys

Session 6
Claremorris Sunday PM
200m Freestyle Girls
200m Freestyle Boys
100m Backstroke Girls
100m Backstroke Boys
50m Freestyle Girls
50m Freestyle Boys
200 IM Girls
400 IM Boys
4 x 50m Open Medley Relay Girls

Table Quiz fo Special Olympics

As we prepare to see Bluefin’s Emma Barrett off to represent Ireland at the WORLD GAMES in Abu Dhabi next month… we have just enough time for a bit of fun!

Please support us and Special Olympics Ireland at this Table Quiz  in the Woodstock Hotel, Ennis on Friday 1st March at 8pm.

See you there!