Irish Para Swimming Team Ready to Take the European Stage in Madeira

6 August 2023; Roisin Ni Riain of Ireland competes in Women's 200m Individual Medley SM13 final during day seven of the World Para Swimming Championships 2023 at Manchester Aquatics Centre in Manchester. Photo by Phil Bryan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

The Irish Para swimming team are ready to take to the pool in Madeira, Portugal where they will compete at the biggest Para swimming event of the year before the Paralympic Games in this August.

The Madeira 2024 European Open Championships will be held from 21 to 27 April at the Funchal Olympic Pools Complex for the third time since the competition’s inaugural edition 15 years ago.

This year’s Europeans will serve as an important test for Paralympic and world champions ahead of the Games in August. As an Open event, it will allow athletes from outside of Europe to compete and fine-tune their Paralympic preparations.

The team is made up of four Paralympians and two new Irish para swimmers. Ellen Keane, Nicole Turner, Roisin Ni Riain and Barry McClements are joined by newcomers Dearbhaile Brady and Deaten Registe to make up the six strong squad.

Brady competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in Manchester last summer, but this will be her first European Championships. Registe will also be making his European debut when he races in on day 3.

Ni Riain has the busiest schedule by far, racing in six events over the course of the week. She will be looking to impress in the pool after her winning gold in the 100m backstroke at the World Championships in 2023.

Nicole Turner will contest four events, three of those being direct finals. Teammate Barry McClements will look to reach finals in two events.

Keane has been marked as one of eight “Stars to Watch” by World Para Swimming at what will be her final European Championships with her impending retirement after the Paralympic Games in Paris this summer. She will contest the 100m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke on day 4 and 7 respectively.

Daily schedules and results for the championships will be posted on our social channels.

The 2024 European Para Swimming Championships will be streamed live on the Para Swimming Facebook Page and Paralympics YouTube Channel.

Complete schedule and results will be available here.

Schedule (by athlete) Below:

Róisín Ní Riain

Day 1 (April 21): 100m Butterfly Heat – Event 6

Day 2 (April 22): 100m Breaststroke Final – Event 44

Day 4 (April 24): 100m Backstroke Heat – Event 76

Day 5 (April 25): 50m Freestyle Heat – Event 107

Day 6 (April 26): 400m Freestyle Heat – Event 110

Day 7 (April 27): 200m IM Heat – Event 138

Nicole Turner

Day 3 (April 23): 200m IM Heat – Event 59

Day 5 (April 25): 50m Freestyle Final – Event 104

Day 6 (April 26): 100m Breaststroke Final – Event 125

Day 7 (April 27): 50m Butterfly Final – Event 143

Barry McClements

Day 3 (April 23): 100m Butterfly Heat – Event 60

Day 6 (April 26): 100m Backstroke Heat – Event 124

Ellen Keane

Day 4 (April 24): 100m Freestyle Heat – Event 86

Day 7 (April 27): 100m Breaststroke Heat – Event 129

Dearbhaile Brady

Day 1 (April 21): 100m Backstroke Final – Event 12

Day 3 (April 23): 200m IM Heat – Event 59

Day 5 (April 25): 50m Freestyle Final – Event 104

Day 7 (April 27): 50m Butterfly Final – Event 143

Deaten Registe

Day 3 (April 23): 100m Breaststroke Final – Event 52

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