June 7 Indicated as ROI Pool Reopening Date
Today we welcome indications in the media that tonight’s announcement will include a reopening date for swimming pools in the Republic of Ireland, but we share in everyone’s disappointment and frustration that this is not happening in May.
The positive news is that it is our understanding that when pools do reopen on June 7, clubs will be able to return to individual training in the same manner as they did in December.
It is also our understanding that Water Polo will be able to return to non-contact training at the same time, which we welcome.
The date is not what we wanted nor is it what we had put forward to the departments of Sport and Health, Sport Ireland and other key stakeholders, but this does finally provide us with a pathway for our Return to Water, and for that we are grateful.
As to why pools are not reopening sooner?
From discussions this morning with those key stakeholders we have received the following updates on the decision to open swimming pools on June 7:
- There is a focus on re-opening outdoor amenities in May
- Economic factors such as the numbers employed in retail were a contributing factor to re-opening retail services earlier than leisure and hospitality sectors
- There was a concern around re-opening too many sectors and services at one time, whilst the vaccination campaign is still being ramped up
The ups and downs of life in a pandemic continue, but what will never change is our love for the water, and as clubs start to return to outdoor activities in the build-up to those pools reopening, we continue to be on hand to support you in your endeavours – and we celebrate that when pools do reopen, it is the intention they are open for good.
Exciting viewing this morning as four swimmers, Daniel Wiffen, Mona McSharry, Darragh Greene and Shane Ryan achieve Olympic consideration times on Day 1 of Irish National Team Trials.
FULL STORY HERE
Consideration Times Achieved
Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, 23rd July – 8th August 2011
Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Shane Ryan (100m Backstroke), Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle), Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke)
Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, 24th August – 5th September 2021
Ellen Keane (100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Backstroke), Nicole Turner (50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley) Barry McClements (100m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle), Patrick Flanagan (400m Freestyle), Róisín Ní Ríain (100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly)
(Team selections will be made at a later date)
RTE Player Heats 10am / Round 2/3 5.30pm
Live Results and Meet Mobile App
Swim Ireland Olympic Games Nomination Policy
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”
Special guest and Olympic coach, Mark Fellner will be joining us online to discuss teamwork and how partnerships help athletes succeed!
Join us online for The Force in Our Stars this MONDAY 26th APRIL 2021 at 7pm.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and joining instructions.
Junior athletes and coaches are invited to a Technique Theory Webinar with Sarah Fellner. This 30 minute session on Backstroke to Breaststroke Turn will take place on Thursday 15th April 2021 at 7pm, and is open to all athletes in SQ1, SQ2 and SQ3.
If you would like to attend, email Christine at email@example.com – who will send you the zoom link