Volume 8, Issue 2 Newsletter Date July 2010 Eds: Shirley Ingram firstname.lastname@example.org Siobhan O’Driscoll- email@example.com Summer edition!!!! Division 2 Inside this Issue success for TSC!! Sharks, The re- 2 turn A team of 8 swimmers travelled down to Limerick to take part on the Irish Age Groups Division 2 championships representing Templeogue S.C. Congratulations to Rebecca Burke, Susan Fitzharris, Muirin Goulding, Alex Head Coaches 2 Report McGrane-Maher, Rachel McGrane-Maher, Patrick Murphy, Cillian Phelan and Cathal Tan who did the club and themselves proud with some excellent per- Important dates 2 formances and very strong PBs. The team had a great weekend and sup- ported each other all the way. Leinster Div 2 3 A special mention to Susan Fitzharris who not only took a 2nd place on the 400 Free, 3rd place on the 200 IM, 6th and 8th places on the 200 Free and 200 Breast respectively, but she also achieved her IAG Division 1 qualifying times. Well done Susan! Community 3 Games Many thanks to all the parents who pulled together to help officiate the gala and to the coaches Brian Sweeney, Brian Lee and Helen Kelly who did a bril- liant job supporting the team over the weekend. Photo memories 4 Alicia Burke BEST of luck to all swimmers competing in Irish Age Groups and Irish Youths over the next few weeks. TSC are supporting each and every one of you and good luck to Kathrin, Anastasia, Grace, Niamh & Dayna representing TSC & Lein- ster in the British Age Groups and Youths in July & August Page 2 On Saturday the 12th June saw the Galway Sharks visit T.S.C. for a return Gala. It’s always nice to recipro- cate a gala, especially as we are always so well received in Galway. There was a very good turn out on the day, with 44 athletes from T.S.C. taking part. It was a really fun and enjoyable day (without the pres- sure!!!!) with 174 PBs from T.S.C. members. It was a really worthwhile exercise. A big thank you must go to all the organisers and helpers, parents, coaches and pool staff, etc. for a great day. (photos on p 4) Noreen Devitt We’re nearing the end of another fantastic Club season and the expectation and excitement of the end of season swim meets has kicked off with the TEAM’s performances at the Irish Age Group Championships Div 2 – a massive 95% PB’s from all swims has set a very high bar for oth- ers to follow this summer. The focus year on year within the club is continually to move the program forward. I recently lis- tened to a USA Olympic Coach and multiple Gold medal coach talk about the freight train that is training and how the 20 year journey to take the train to the top of the hill is a never ending one. We continue on our journey, unabated by any obstacles or challenges, spurred on by the con- tinuing desire to have fun, work hard, maximise opportunities for all athletes to learn and suc- ceed, to challenge themselves and the club to continue to build what we do, so we are guaran- teed to get to the next station on the journey and then to head off again to an even more tropi- cal destination. We have a great club, like all journey’s we have crossroads, roundabouts and sometimes the en- gine runs on fumes not fuel, but all in all we have seen a season which has yet again, produced a big step forward for our TEAM of athletes. The 114 members who have raced this year, from interclub to International, the 59 qualifiers for Leinster AG Division 1’s, 12 for Irish Age Group Di- vision 2, 23 Athlete qualifiers for IAG Division 1, the 23 qualifiers for Irish Youth & Open Champi- onships, the 6 Qualifiers for British Age Group & Youths championships are all representative of the Clubs achievements so far in 2010. The depth of our athlete group is superb, and one which should not be underestimated. This is the healthiest swimming position the club has ever seen. The daily delivery of training is a largely focused and in the main disciplined application of your child’s endeavour in learning what we do and enjoying the challenge we present to them as coaches. The Club committee, con- tinue to support and help in ensuring we provide the best we can for our members, and I am for- ever thankful for their collective effort, and for all of those others, who help out when needed. Your team of coaches, all of them, deserve and end of season high five, for their energy and en- thusiasm and continuing effort with all teams and all athletes. They are committed to the journey we are on also, and believe me, they enjoy the challenge as much as the athletes do. This sport is great, it’s honest, it’s challenging, and there are few places to hide. In my opinion, it teaches discipline and application like no other activity. It’s a lifestyle thing. We will see that at the 3rd Open Sea event on July 18th when you will see a broader range of athletes compete in earnest for the Pembroke Cup for the men and the Inaugural Michael Kelly memorial cup for the Ladies. Be at Windsurfer’s Pier at 4pm to join in the fun. In 2010, Irish Swimming has moved forward again, Leinster swimming will follow also and as one of the leading clubs in the country, I think we have embraced most of the positive developments in the sport, and at club level we lead the way in many things too. In 750 days time, the next Olympiad in London takes place, a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us to see up close and personal; the journey continues. Brian Sweeney Page 3 TEAM TSC was represented by a small team of 10 swimmers at this year’s LAG Division 2 competition in the NAC, five of whom were competing at this event for the first time. For once the boys outnumbered the girls, with only Sorcha and Deirbhile Gannon turning up to fly the flag for Team TSC ladies! Brian Sweeney was there to provide support and encouragement throughout the day and of course some valu- able advice to all the swimmers. Although a small team, they packed a punch and recorded an 80% pb success rate across the 40 swims and chalked up some great medal winning performances. Congratulations to all of the participants on a great effort, good team work and their good humour throughout the day. Congratulations to Eoin Feighan and Robert Sheridan who came away with gold medals and Leinster Division 1 times to boot. Congrats also to David Rigg who swam two PB’s to win two medals in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. A special mention also to Josh Ramkaun, the sole representative from the 3rd squad, who acquitted himself very well indeed with BIG PB’s in his swims. As always the relays produced the noisiest showing from the parents and supporters and the boys (Eoin, David, David M-Dunn, Callum Ramkaun, Cathal Larkin and Traolach McKnight) brought home a silver and bronze in the Freestyle and Medley relays respectively. It was a fun day and the team gave each other great support throughout the day. Thanks to the swim- mers for their efforts, Brian for his support, those who helped in officiating at the gala and to the small band of supporters. More girls required next year though so keep up the work in training!! Evelyn Herlihy Dates for your Diary TSC 2nd SEA SWIM, Sunday 18th July at Windsurfers Pier, Dun Laoghaire. Men's’ swim 4.45 & Women's swim 5.45 Registration day for 10/11 season, Sunday 29th August at 10 -11.30am at the pool. Fill in your forms and bring on the day or if you can’t attend send to Terry Tan Club Secretary be- fore this date . All details and forms will be on website.!!!!! Club Barbeque will be held in September to start the next season, hope the sun stays shin- ing!! See you all then. Community Games Well done to TSC swimmers who represented their area in the Dublin Community Games swimming final on 27th June. Best of luck to those who will go on to represent Dublin in the Irish Finals in August. Ronan Tan (1st), Sean Kenny, Joe Kenny. Stephen Herlihy, Ruairi McCarthy, Peadar O' Loinsigh, Matthew Parnell, Jo- nah Clegg (1st), Evan Doyle, Daniel McGrane Maher (1st), Eli McGrane Maher, Aoibheann Bryson, Sadhbh Bryson (1st), Caolfhionn Tan (1st), Jessica Burke (1st), Sophia Clifford. TEAM TSC would like to thank all the coaches, swimmers, parents, team leaders, committee members, child liaison officers, fundraisers, website organiser, newsletter contributors and photographers for making TEAM TSC a great club. Have a great summer and enjoy the break (even if for some its only a couple of weeks!!!) End of season squad dates will be : 2nd & 3rd Sat 17th July, 1B's Sun 18th July All athletes swimming Irish Youths will finish Wed 21st July. 1A's (and 1AJ's) anticipated re-start date will be 23rd August To Be Con- firmed. All other Squads to return 30th August.