Irish team of eight to compete at British Para-Swimming International Meet


A team of eight Irish swimmers flew out to Glasgow this morning to compete in their first major International meet this year. The event is one of the largest open competitions for Para Swimming and attracts many international teams.

2014 European Double Bronze medallist James Scully is joined by London Paralympic medallist Darragh McDonald, 2013 World Bronze medallists Ellen Keane and Laurence McGivern and fellow London Paralympian Jonathan McGrath.

These five senior athletes are joined by emerging talents Ailbhe Kelly, Nicole Turner and Patrick Flanagan.

The four day meet is a key qualification meet for this year’s IPC World Championships, which will also take place in Tollcross from 13th – 19th July, so it gives the swimmers a chance to compete there before the main event.

Of the eight Irish swimmers competing this weekend Darragh McDonald, Jonathan McGrath and Patrick Flanagan are hoping to secure qualifying times for the World Championships this weekend to make them eligible for selection.

There will be a live feed on British Swimming’s You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BritishSwimming/videos and you can also follow the news on @britishswimming and #BPSIM15

Irish Team for British International Swim Meet

Ellen Keane (National Aquatic Centre-NAC) S9 100m Butterfly,100m, 400m Freestyle, SM9 200m Individual Medley, SB8 100m Breaststroke
James Scully (National Aquatic Centre-NAC) S5 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle
Jonathan McGrath (UL High Performance Centre) S8 400mFreestyle, 100m Backstroke
Laurence McGivern (Invictus) S9 100m Backstroke
Darragh McDonald (UCD) S6 50m, 100m & 400m Freestyle
Ailbhe Kelly (National Aquatic Centre-NAC) S8 100m Backstroke, 50m, 100m, 400m Freestyle
Nicole Turner (Laois Marlins) SB5 100m Breaststroke, SM6 200m Individual Medley, S6 50m Butterfly, S6 400m Freestyle
Patrick Flanagan (Longford) S8 400m Freestyle, S8 100m Backstroke, S8 50m Freestyle, SB7 100m Breaststroke

Hayley Burke, Team Manager
Jim Laverty, National Head Coach
Mary Seery, Support Staff
Jon Faulkner, Physiotherapist
Ciara Sinnott O’Connor, Physiologist
Stephen McIvor, Sports Psychologist
James Divilly, Performance Analysist



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