Club Fixtures for FISH OUT OF WATER

Pools are closed.  You’re not swimming.

Apart from the very most elite, high-performing athletes in the country (who are still in the water)… no one is training. 

Or, are they? 

I’ve recently discovered that some clubs are offering an enormous amount of dry land workouts, strength and conditioning, yoga, pilates and interval training; sending their kids out running, cycling and skipping, in a desperate attempt to keep some sort of level of fitness, so they are ready for the “return to water”… whenever that might be?! 

Ask yourself, can fourteen hours of dry land a week really be beneficial to a swimmer?

We are not insisting that you pound the pavements, lift weights and repeat burpees, push-ups and squats… because you’re a swimmer, and like all great athletes, we will make a great comeback!

Take these two swimmers…

12 years after competing at the 2000 Olympics and retiring in 2003, Anthony Ervin came back to compete at the 2012 Olympics. Despite battling with depression, Tourette syndrome and drug abuse, at the age of 35, he went on to win gold in 50m free at the 2016 Olympics.

Olympian, Florent Manaudou, took two years out of the sport to play handball. He has come out of retirement to swim at the International Swimming League, and is training for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Outside of the swimming world

The athletes on this list have been maimed, shot, scorched, stabbed, bombed, banned, crippled, stricken with poverty and stricken with cancer. No one imagined they would, or could ever return to their athletic endeavours. Yet, these 25 athletes not only came back to their sports, but excelled at them. Click here to read 25 most astounding athletic comebacks.

You do enough, doing what’s right for you…

Our team of Bluefin volunteers bring various Zoom shenanigans to your screens, in a bid to keep our big Bluefin family connected. If you haven’t joined in yet… it’s not too late! All links available from Christine at

Bluefin Breakfast Boost
40 minutes of swim-specific dry land sets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30am

Bluefin Team Get-together
Quizzes and chat every other Thursday at 7:30pm

Bluefin Yoga for Seniors
Swim-specific yoga every Tuesday at 7pm

Plus… advice from guest coaches, visits from olympic athletes, and more!

And, if that’s not enough…

Swim Ireland are hosting live workouts on Instagram every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm; Joe Wicks is bouncing up and down on the telly, and there is a wealth of expert advice and swim-specific workouts online – and all free-of-charge!

Adam Peaty encourages younger generation in BBC ‘Lockdown Life’ series

World champion swimmer Adam Peaty had a supportive and motivating message for younger athletes in the midst of the third national lockdown.

Peaty featured on BBC Breakfast’s new series ‘Lockdown Life’ which sees some famous and familiar faces explain how they’re coping during lockdown and offering some top tips.

The breaststroke word record holder encouraged everyone to ‘find something you enjoy’ when it comes to exercise and insisted the younger generation are not ‘falling behind’, as he went on to explain that he didn’t take swimming seriously until the age of 15.

He said: “I feel like a lot of kids feel like they’re falling behind and that’s the kind of culture we’ve got in sport now, where they look at the top of the top and say ‘I want to be there’.

“That’s a great thing, but I think kids have got to remember they’re still kids, they can still have fun, it’s not going to make much of a difference.

“It’s great that kids work hard, but you’re not falling behind at all. I think a lot of kids have just got to relax. You are kids, enjoy it, enjoy the journey.

“If you are watching this right now and you’re 12, 13, 14 – I didn’t even start taking swimming seriously till I was 15 and six years later I was Olympic gold medallist.

“It’s not going to be like that for everyone but I chose the early teen years to have a little bit more fun and I was training two hours a week.

“So you’re not falling behind, enjoy what you do, enjoy this family time hopefully and just walk more than yesterday I guess.”

Find something you enjoy

As an elite athlete, the reigning Olympic champion has been able to continue training throughout lockdown.

However, Peaty revealed he had taken up yoga during the first lockdown and that also helps him to cope.

He added: “There’s so much content out there. If it’s on TikTok or if it’s on Instagram, or if it’s simply going for a walk.

“Find something that you enjoy. There’s nothing worse than doing something you hate. I hate running, I hate it!

“That’s why I don’t do it, so I try something else or try and find something on YouTube to do.

“But there’s so much content out there and it’s really about making it enjoyable, make it fun, make it short and snappy and as long as you’re doing something it’s better than nothing.”


REGISTRATION OPENS for the Connacht Region Annual Conference 2021

Registration is now open for the Swim Ireland Connacht Region Annual Conference 2021, which takes place over a virtual platform on Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 7:30pm.

The Conference is open to all club members to attend. Full details from club secretary.

While the conference is convening online, all attendees must register before 5pm on Tuesday 9th February 2021. You will be asked to provide your name, club, Swim Ireland number and to indicate if you are a voting delegate.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions.

Athlete Mental Health and Well-Being sessions

Swim Ireland’s Mental Health and Well-Being Session start next week for athletes aged 13 and over. The four sessions work as a series, or standalone. 

Session 1 – Five Ways to Well-Being
Tuesday 2nd February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 3rd February (13.00-13.30)

Session 2 – Triggers and Coping
Tuesday 9th February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 10th February (13.00-13.30)

Session 3 – Focusing on your Control
Tuesday 16th February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 17th February (13.00-13.30)

Session 4 – The Impact of Giving
Tuesday 23rd February (19.00-19.30)
Wednesday 24th February (13.00-13.30)

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