Paul Joyce

Paul Joyce

Wexford Spring Gala 2017 Results

Wexford Spring Gala March 2017 Results


Several Asgard swimmers travelled south to the Wexford Spring Gala last Sunday, where once again they did the club proud with some very competitive swimming. Well done to all who made the trip! Thank you to Wexford Swimming Club for a well-organised event.
Results are here: Wexford Spring Gala Results

Asgard Swimmers on home turf at the Wicklow Community Games 2017

Asgard Swimmers on home turf at the Wicklow Community Games 2017


Coral pool in Arklow hosted the finals of the Wicklow Community Games today, familiar surroundings for the many Asgard swimmers who represented their areas today. The competition came from far and wide across the Garden County, everyone rooting for their own particular town or village. A packed house witnessed some great swimming, and the excitement and cheering nearly lifted the roof off the building! Asgard swimmers were once again to the fore, as they all produced masterclasses in diving, turns, and correct stroke technique throughout. There were some great races and fast times put down from everyone (coach Remi was watching and very impressed with everyones work!)- several Asgard swimmers won their races, and will now go forward to the all-Ireland Community Games finals in the NAC. Well done to everyone from the Asgard club who swam today- you all did your club proud, and it was obvious just how much hard work you all have been putting into your training.

Asgard Masters shine at Irish Open LC Champs 2017

Asgard Masters shine at Irish Open LC Champs 2017

Asgard Masters Mixed Relay Team

Asgard Masters Mixed Relay Team


This weekend we had six swimmers who train with Asgard Masters travel to the Irish Open Masters LC Championship at the UL pool in Limerick. Friday evening saw several heats of the 1,500, and some exceptional swimming had Paul Manning and Hilary Jenkinsen both win gold in their category. Both had been targeting this event in training over the past while and it was just rewards for their hard efforts over the winter in Arklow. Saturday saw others travel down for a full days competing against Masters clubs from around the country. It’s fair to say the Asgard flag was well represented and rewarded with several more medals, as throughout the day Personal Bests started tumbling and the medals started to roll in. Leading this horde was Stu Brown, who took gold in the 100breast in a fast time of 1:17.13. Fiona Goor next took silver in a very-well paced 800, while Stu then added a bronze in the 100 free. Stu was soon up again in the 50 breast, where he fought hard to pip his rival next lane, winning the gold in a fantastic 33.97. He hardly had time to draw breath before dragging tired arms onto the blocks for the 50m free, where he took silver in 28.15.
Rounding out the day was the mixed 400 free relay team (pictured), consisting of Stu Brown, Fiona Goor, Hilary Jenkinsen, and Alexander Williams. Alex must take plaudits for most improved Asgard swimmer on the day, posting PB after PB in the 400, 200, 100, and 50 free, but the medals just eluded him until this last event, where he anchored the team home to a richly-deserved bronze by turning in a fantastic 1:09 final leg.
Its fair to say a great time was had by all who travelled down, and we aim to have a much bigger team next year. Asgard Masters train on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at Arklow pool, and in the sea during the summer, under Asgard Head Coach John Kealy (a big thanks to John for all his hard work!). We believe that swimming is for life and encourage people of all abilities who are looking to improve to come join us (please message Paul Joyce at joyceart@gmail.com for further details).