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Portumna Forest Marathon Fundraiser

Many thanks to the Bluefin parents who have volunteered their time to help out at the Portumna Forest Marathon this Saturday 14th June. Sebastien will be donating €1,000 to the Club.  If you have not yet signed up to help out on the day please contact Maryse Collins who kindly agreed to organise the bluefin volunteer rota for the day.
This saturday’s training session from 12.30pm to 2pm is cancelled – as is the club’s Pilates class.

Fashion Blitz and Coffee Morning

A big congratulations to the Fundraising Committee for organising and running the successful Fashion Blitz and Coffee Morning last Saturday.

Just in case you don’t know, the Fundraising Committee is made up of the following hardworking parents – Carmel Dillon, Michelle Caulfield, Assumpta Loughran, Marion Furey and Jean Kearney. This team were very busy the weeks leading up to the event and put in a lot of hours last week, so well done. Acknowledgement must also be given to the parents and swimmers who baked the lovely goodies for the coffee morning and helped out on the day. Thanks also to Kieran McGrath for his generosity in giving the Club the use of the Canteen area. I think it is also important to mention and thank those who donated supplies and raffle prizes – Joyces Supermarket Athenry, Nestors Supervalu Oranmore, McIenerys Sports Shop, John Fox, Quinns Pharmacy Gort, Terryland Fruit & Veg, Centra-Clarinbridge and Swimkit. Thanks also to Mel Durkan for the fabulous poster design.

Keep an eye out on the Club’s facebook page for some photos of the event!

Six-Week Pilates Course for Swimmers

Experienced Pilates instructor, Sarah O’Reilly, has devised a program that is specifically beneficial to swimmers, including breathing exercises. Coach Sebastien is really supportive of this initiative and encourages swimmers to take part…

6 week Pilates Course for Swimmers 

(and possibly parents of Bluefin Swimmers – if there is availability)

Saturday 22nd March from 2.30 to 3:30pm for 6 weeks in Kilcornan
and costs €25, payable in advance. Limited to 20 participants. Please provide own mat.

Please confirm interest by email only to


Pilates For Swimming
Swim with better control and faster times – without straining your body.

For swimmers, proper body alignment is critical. Swimmers need to work with the water and the slightest misalignment can cause them to work against it. Much of a swimmer’s training, however, focuses on working the global muscles – or the outside musculature system. It does not work the inside ‘stabilizing’ system. This bilateral imbalance leaves a swimmer open to misalignment which make certain parts of the body work harder than they should. That can add seconds to a competitive time or – even worse – to a variety of tears, pulls or strains.

Why Pilates?
Pilates exercises focus on strengthening this inner support system which consists of the deep abdominal muscles, and the muscles closest to the spine. The exercises develop core control by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. Pilates can teach swimmers how to activate their inner support system to attain maximum balance and alignment as well as correct muscle “firing” patterns. This means the muscles activate when they should, within the dynamic of a particular movement.

Swimmers will also see stronger stomach muscles, which are the base of all their movements. For a swimmer a strong core will keep scapula, shoulders, pelvis and spine balanced and aligned so that they can lift their arms up and out of the water without the usual straining of the neck muscles, leading to less overall wear and tear on the body and a faster swim. In addition, Pilates exercises are performed at a deliberate pace, with proper mind-body control. This approach translates well to the pool, where many swimmers need to concentrate less on how far they have gone and more on breathing, body orientation and balance for a steadier race.

Performance Benefits:

  • Muscles fire correctly leading to more fluid movement
  • Body is aligned, leading to less strain on the neck
  • Proper mind-body control leads to a steadier, faster pace
  • All of the above equal faster times without the wear and tear

Exercises for Swimmers