Leinster News

Welcome to the 2017-18 Season
We hope everyone had a great break and welcome to a new season.

There are a number of very important changes to the Competition Structure (Swimming Domestic Competition Plan 2017-2018 Season and Beyond) at National and Regional Level that will impact on every club. There is also a new Regional Squad Programme in place. Significant changes to Meet Licensing have also been introduced.

It is very important that you are aware of all the changes. In particular please take the time to review “Swimming Domestic Competition Plan 2017-2018 Season and Beyond” as this has a direct and immediate impact of how and where swimmers can achieve QT for Regional and National Meets. Not all meets are qualifying meets. Coaches and swimmers need to be aware of the changes and plan accordingly.

Thr Swim Ireland National Performance Director has introduced a new Competition Pathway which will be implemented in all Regions from September 2017 and will ensure that competitions are streamlined throughout the country. This is a huge step forward and will be a very positive step in Irish Swimming.

We wish everyone an enjoyable and successful season.

Leinster Regional Annual Conference (RAC)
The Leinster Regional Annual Conference (RAC) will take place on Tuesday 27th February, 2018 in the Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross commencing at 7.30pm. Any items for inclusion on the agenda should be emailed to the Leinster Secretary on or before Wednesday 21st February.

A number of elections will take place at the RAC and it is important for all clubs to take part in this process. If you would like to be involved in one of the regional or national committees, please consider running for one of the vacancies. Nomination Papers are attached and MUST be signed and returned to the Leinster Secretary, on or before, Wednesday 21st February either by email or post. Full details are in the notes with the nomination form. There is more information available in the attached document Appendix 1 National Election Information for Regions.

Please read through the notes before returning the nomination papers and check with any nominee that they are willing to serve, if elected.

There is also a List of Vacancies in the region. The positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and the nominee on the Swim Ireland board are 2 year terms, the remainder are 1 year terms and must be elected annually. All positions are vacant this year except for the nominee to the Swim Ireland Board, as Mary Aldridge will be entering her second year of a 2 year term. Please have a look at the information in the notes on the Nomination Form regarding the 4 year rule.

Anyone wishing to be part of the Leinster technical committee or competitions committee must submit a signed Nomination Form, which is also attached. A nomination from your own club is all that is required for the subcommittees.

The position of President of Swim Ireland returns to the Leinster Region this year - Nomination Form attached.

Clubs are entitled to send as many representatives to the RAC as they wish, however only two delegates from each club have voting rights for the positions on Regional and National committees
Should more than two delegates attend, club secretaries should email the Leinster Secretary, to let her know the names of the voting delegates.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email the Leinster Secretary.

The management committee would strongly urge all clubs to send at least one representative to the RAC.

New Leinster Region Chairman
Peter O'Brien, Portmarnock SC, was appointed as Chair of Leinster Swimming at the recent management committee meeting.  We wish Peter the very best of luck on this new journey and look forward to working with him.

We would also like to thank our outgoing chairman, Phillip Fitzpatrick, for his 4 years of dedicated work with Leinster Swimming.  Phillip has encouraged and mentored the committees in Leinster during his time as Chair and has been a great team leader.  We wish him well on his next endeavours!

Leinster Council Meeting - Tue 10 Oct 17
Leinster Swimming will be holding the council meeting on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30pm in Sports HQ, Blanchardstown.
A brief report on the activities of the region over the last few months will be given along with presentations and discussions on:

  • Regional and National Competition Structure
  • Meet licensing
  • Regional squad program
  • Officials development

Coaching Vacancy - Asgard Swimming Club
Asgard Swimming Club are seeking to fill a coaching vacancy. Please click here for full details.

Leinster Trainability Squad
The Leinster Trainability Squad will commence in the NAC in on September 30th, 2017 at 16:00.
Information regarding the squad is outlined on the Technical Page. Could we please have all applications in by next Sunday - September 24th.

Sunday evening training lanes 16.00 – 18.00 in the NAC
There will be 50m lanes available on Sunday evenings in the NAC from 4.00 - 6.00pm for clubs to train squads of their age group swimmers.  Clubs can hire either one or two lanes per session. There should be a maximum of 10 swimmers per lane and 20 swimmers per club. The cost is €50 per lane for a 2-hour session. 

Applications for lanes should be sent to leinstersecretary@swimireland.ie and a rota will be drawn up in two stages over the year – from now until December and January until June.

Once the lanes have been allocated and confirmed by the club, payment will be required in advance.   Clubs will be invoiced by the Leinster Treasurer for the bookings in each session.

2018 Meet Licence Guidelines
The latest 2018 Meet Licence Guidelines have been published with some additional notes on the Clubs page.

2017-18 Season Plan
The first draft Swim Ireland Season Plan for the 2017-18 has been published with some additional notes on both the Clubs and Technical pages.

National Squad and Regional Squad Programmes - 2017-18
National and Regional Squad Programmes have been published with some additional notes on the Technical page.

The News link will provide the most up to date information on galas. As soon as information is distributed by the gala secretary, it will be uploaded on the website. Draft programmes will be published for all regional galas at least 2 days prior to event and the club roster will also be published on the site as soon at it is issued. We would urge all clubs to send in news items/photographs for inclusion. Please forward items to the Secretary or info@swimleinster.com.

New Payment Details
Payments to Leinster swimming can be made by cheque or by bank transfer.
Cheques, together with gala and club reference and a contact name and email / mobile number should be sent to :
      Leinster Treasurer
      Leinster Region Swim Ireland
      PO box 12344
      Co Dublin
Payment can also be made by transfer to bank account : Swim Ireland Leinster
: IE59AIBK93251559772204
(NSC = 93-25-15; a/c 59772204)
Please reference the club and gala .on the transfer narrative.
Please email the treasurer on : leinstertreasurer@swimireland.ie to confirm transfer.
Please understand that it is very important to identify the sender, the reason for payment and to be able to make contact if necessary.

Composition of the Leinster Board (revised 9 Jun 17)

Leinster Board Name Club
Chairperson - 2 year term of office (appointed) Peter O'Brien Portmarnock
Secretary- 2 year term of office (appointed) Nicole Mc Inerney Asgard SC
Treasurer- 2 year term of office elected 2016 Niamh Gueret Trojan SC
Chair of Leinster Competitions committee TBC  
Chair of Leinster Technical committee TBC  
Leinster Representative to SI Board Mary Aldridge Garda SC
2 year term of office    
National Performance Committee (2) Anne Burdis Portmarnock SC
  TBC following election of Chair of Technical Committee  
National Meet Licensing Committee (1) Stacy Morris NAC
National Complaints and Disciplinary Committee (2) Paul McMenamin Aer Lingus
  Phillip Fitzpatrick Templeogue
Masters Committee (2) Charlotte Reid Aer Lingus Masters
  Ceall O'Dunlaing Dublin SC
Selector for Leinster Phillip Fitzpatrick Templeogue
Child Officer Dermot Hickey Wicklow SC

Making Galas Happen...

To enable Leinster to run these events we require the co-operation of all Clubs and the support of many individuals.

Your Competition’s Committee wants to ensure a safe, enjoyable and efficient season of Galas for its swimmers. To do that we have introduced some new Directives as follows: -

Team Manager
There must be a Team Manager in attendance with every team. The Team Manager’s name, along with gala officials must be submitted with gala entries. Failure to do so will result in entries being returned. Swimmers may not compete if there is no Team Manager available.

Quota System
The Quota System regarding gala officials will continue to operate. Each club must provide a quota of officials per swims for each gala. This quota will be set once the entries have been received, and clubs will be notified. Failure to provide officials will mean swimmers being excluded from that session.

In keeping with our aim to provide the best facilities for our swimmers, we would ask designated timekeepers to wear a white polo top, navy bottoms and suitable poolside footwear.

If a Club has HyTek Team Manager Programme, please submit entries by e-mail. We would encourage all Clubs to invest in this programme for ease of organization.

Best of luck for the season ahead from the Swimming Committee.

Leinster Web page
This site will depend on your contributions to keep it alive and active. We will try to keep it current and to accommodate your contributions. If you would like to contribute to the Leinster web page or if you see anything not working or needing correction/updating please email your text or photos (not too big!) or comments to (Tom Roche) info@swimleinster.com.



Last Updated 18-Feb-2018

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