Irish Masters Swimming is an active group of older swimmers throughout the island of Ireland and organises swimming for over 19's under the auspices of Swim Ireland.
Masters swimming is generally recognised as competitive swimming for adults who are over 25 years of age, though more and more competitions are open to swimmers aged 19 and over.The focus of Masters swimming is to participate in and enjoy the sport, build friendships, encourage healthy lifestyles and to compete against other swimmers of similar age.
The ability of Masters swimmers varies considerably, from elite swimmers, many of whom were national champions in their youth, to social swimmers who find that competition focuses their training more. The emphasis, as with all swimming, is not on how your competitors are doing but on how you are improving. Whatever your standard there is a place for you.
The social side of most Masters competitions is equally important, especially after the swimming, with strong bonds of friendship being formed.
Galas are held in many centres throughout the country with competition in age groups 19-24; 25-29; 30- 34; etc. etc. (with 100-104 being the oldest age group for which world records have been set.) Events usually conclude with a social gathering.
The Swim Ireland Masters Committee comprises of 8 volunteers; 2 from each region. The contact details for the committee's officers are as follows:
Chairperson: Dee Maguire - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Anne Morrissey - email@example.com
Swim Ireland Liaison: Niamh McDonnell - firstname.lastname@example.org