The World Police and Fire Games recently held in Northern Ireland gave a great opportunity for garda swimmers to display their talent. A total of 10 medals were won by this very capable team of athletes in both the pool and open sea events.
The leading swimmer, who accumulated a total of four gold medals and one silver, was Sinead Tyrell. She was followed by Sinead McCarthy who won one gold and two bronze medals. Clodagh Kiernan also did An Garda Síochána proud by winning a silver medal, as did Darren Hughes who won a bronze.
Details of swimming achievements involving garda swimmers are as follows:
Indoor Pool Events
Gold – 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly,
Silver – 200m Individual Medley
Gold in the Open Water Sea Swim 3.2km
Indoor Pool Events
Gold – 100m Butterfly
Bronze – 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley
Silver in the Open Water Sea Swim
Bronze in the Open Water Sea Swim
Other participants included Derek Flynn, Denise Shaw, Noel Mostyn, Dave Cherry and Una O’Shaughnessey
Garda swimmers also achieved accolades in the triathlon events with Mick Macken winning gold and Una O’Shaughnessey winning bronze.
A special word of appreciation must go to all those involved in the organising of the World Police and Fire Games for the efficient and friendly manner in which the events were managed.
The Garda Swimming Club trains every Tuesday and Friday night from 6pm to 7pm in the Guinness Pool in Watling St and all standards of swimmers are very welcome. So why don’t you come along and help us to achieve more accolades at the next Games.
For those interested in joining the Club please contact:
Clodagh Kiernan (Club Secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0876130392 & 016662880
Noel Mostyn (Committee Member) at email@example.com or 0868281004 & 016667379
By Noel Mostyn and Clodagh Kiernan