Irish Para Swimmers Begin their Quest to Secure Slots for Paris 2024

22 June 2023; Swimmers Roisin Ní Riain, Dearbhaile Brady and Barry McClements in attendance during a Paralympics Ireland Swimming Team announcement at the Sport Ireland Institute in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

The 11th edition of the Para Swimming World Championships kicks off at the Manchester Aquatics Centre tomorrow, July 31st and will run until August 6th. Manchester 2023 will be the third time the World Championships have taken place in Great Britain following London in 2019 and Glasgow in 2015.

The championships will be the first chance for team Ireland to qualify slots for Paris 2024, which is just over one year away. A gold or silver medal by any of the athletes will guarantee a slot for the team at next summer’s Paralympic Games.

The team is made up of four Paralympians and one new Irish para swimmer. Ellen Keane, Nicole Turner, Roisin Ni Riain and Barry McClements are joined by newcomer Dearbhaile Brady to make up the five strong Irish team.

Speaking about the championships, Para Swimming Performance Director, Dave Malone said, “Preparations have gone really well. We’ve had a tight schedule since Tokyo 2021 and the world championships last year in Madeira so it just seems like a really tight turnaround. This is an important week for us because it’s how we start the qualification process for Paris and all our performances here are vital in terms of securing as many slots as possible for the games.”

Commenting on the depth of experience in the team along with debutant Derbhaile Brady, Malone said, “There’s great experience across this team because we’ve always had a number of athletes that have tremendous careers across multiple games. As we go through that we have new athletes coming through all the time and it’s great to see another young athlete has stepped up into that space now.

This will be Dearbhaile’s first ever major championship. World championships for her is all about experience and being like a sponge trying to soak it all up and we’ll try to make the experience as positive as possible, and I think having more experienced athletes on the team only aides us in that development of our younger athletes.”


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

The Manchester 2023 Allianz Para Swimming World Championships will be streamed live on the Para Swimming website, Facebook Page and Paralympics YouTube Channel.

Find out more about where to watch here.

Full Schedule and live results here.


Schedule (by athlete) Below:

Roisin Ni Riain

Day 1 (July 31): 100m Butterfly Final / Time: 18:02

Day 2 (Aug 1): 100m Breaststroke Final

Day 4 (Aug 3): 100m Backstroke Final

Day 6 (Aug 5): 400m Freestyle Heat

Day 7 (Aug 6): 200m IM Heat


Nicole Turner

Day 3 (Aug 2): 200m IM Final

Day 5 (Aug 4): 50m Freestyle Heat

Day 6 (Aug 5): 100m Breaststroke Final

Day 7 (Aug 6): 50m Butterfly Final


Barry McClements

Day 3 (Aug 2): 100m Butterfly Heat

Day 5 (Aug 4): 400m Freestyle Heat

Day 6 (Aug 5): 100m Backstroke Heat

Ellen Keane

Day 7 (Aug 6): 100m Breaststroke Heat


Dearbhaile Brady

Day 7 (Aug 6): 50m Butterfly Final

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