Team Ireland Newsletter #1

September 21, 2017

Ireland’s Olympic sports have had a busy summer topped off by a very successful August across a wide range of Olympic Sports. All in all in one month, there were nine medals in six different sports including the Boxing World Championships, the European Show Jumping Championships, the Aquatics World Junior Championships, Cycling’s European Road Championships, Basketball’s U18 B Championships and the World Junior Swimming Championships.

We also recap on what was a very successful European Youth Olympic Festival for Team Ireland. The EYOF is a multi-sport event that sees athletes aged between 13 and 18 compete against the best youth athletes in Europe. Ireland was represented in six different sports at the week-long festival.

With less than 150 days to go to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea we look at the final preparations of Team Ireland for those Games.

There is an interview with Swim Ireland’s Performance Director, John Rudd – our first such interview which will become a regular feature shining a spotlight on the Irish High Performance Sport. Rudd joined Swim Ireland in February from Plymouth University where he was Director of Swimming twice winning British Swimming’s prestigious Coach of the Year award during his time there.

Some of Cycling Ireland’s young talent star in our up and coming feature whilst, we also caught up with Aileen Reid who represented Ireland at the London and Rio Games following her recent retirement.

Best of luck to all the rowers competing at the World Rowing Championship in Sarasota, Florida. Kicking off on the 24th September, the Irish rowing team will be looking to build on a very successful European Championships at Senior and Underage level. We’re looking forward to updating you on the progress of the Irish team at the inaugural European Under -23 Championship and the Rowing World Championship in our next edition.

Ireland’s EYOF Team Bring Home Six Medals 
Team Ireland’s 40 athletes returned home from the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2017 in Gyor, Hungary with a six-medal haul. The EYOF is a multi-sport event which sees athletes (aged 13-17) compete against the best youth athletes in Europe. Click here for more..

Ireland’s aspiring Olympic athletes have a had a busy August, flying the flag for Ireland and representing us all with pride in more than 20 countries around the world. There have been a number of really impressive performances and quite a few medals. Some of the highlights across 11 sports are set out in our roundup.
It was a month of medals for some Ireland’s current and rising stars in August with international success for Ireland across a whole host of sports in August.  Whether it was on the road, in the water or on the court, Ireland’s Olympic hopefuls continue to excel.
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Ireland’s Winter Olympians qualified and aspiring will gather at the Sport Ireland Institute on October 9th for an athlete workshop. For the first time ever Ireland have so far four athletes on “A” standard times.
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Each month we will put the spotlight on someone involved behind the scenes with High Performance Sport in Ireland.

After such a brilliant summer for Irish swimming it seems timely to kick off our new monthly Q&A of Ireland’s ‘High Performance’ leaders with Jon Rudd of Swim Ireland. John is relatively new to Irish High Performance Sport having joined Swim Ireland in February 2017 from Plymouth College where he was Director of Swimming and British Swimming’s Coach of the Year twice. Click here for more..

Aileen Reid (35) has just announced her retirement after a stellar and historic Olympic career.
The Derry native (nee Morrison) is the only Irish woman to compete in Olympic triathlon so far and, for three years, was never out of the world’s Top 10. She raced for Ireland 75 times, had three World Cup podium finishes, took silver at the ITU’s Grand Final in 2013 and was ranked eighth in the world at the end of 2014. A crash on the bike leg proved very costly at the 2012 London Olympics where she finished 43rd and she was 21st in Rio 2016.
Repetitive injuries have forced Reid to call it a day.
“I don’t want to be half-good at anything so it’s time to wave the white flag” she said but also added: “The future of triathlon in Ireland is bright and I hope to support developing athletes where I can.”

We are sad to hear about the passing of the “Memory Man”, Jimmy Magee.  The RTE commentator covered an amazing 13 Olympic Games, including two Winter Olympics.  Jimmy began his commentary career in 1956 at the age of 21 under the guidance of his idol Michael O’Hehir.  He quickly became the voice synonymous with some of the greatest moments in Irish and international sport.

Jimmy regularly stated that his career highlight was getting the opportunity to interview legendary boxing great, Muhammad Ali at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, while he also commentated on the historic moment that Katie Taylor took gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.  He will live long in the memory of Irish sport fans.

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.

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