Asgard News

Official Asgard Swimming Club Sponsor for 2018/19

asgard-logo-transparent-75x80-newAsgard Swimming club are aiming to raise much needed funds to help enhance our activities for all members. We are running a Sponsor Raffle and are inviting your business to enter our Sponsor Draw.

All of those who purchase a ticket will be listed as a sponsor on our website so everyone is a winner. One ticket will be drawn at our end of year awards night in June, to be listed as our ‘Sponsor of the Year’ for the season 2018/2019.
The winning entry will have the following promotional material:
Business name and company logo listed on our website as our Sponsor

  • Business name and company logo posted to our notice board at Coral Leisure Centre (high footfall) as our Sponsor
  • An announcement on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Business Name/ logo on club T-shirts purchased during the sponsorship period
  • Business name/logo on the Asgard Banner used at all competitions.
  • Business name included in the text of articles published in local newspapers (approx. 3 per year)
  • Your company name and logo in a prominent position on our programme at our annual gala

Each entry to the Draw will cost €50

We sincerely thank you for your support.

Asgard Swimming Club Committee.

Address: Coral Leisure Centre, Seaview Avenue, Arklow, Co. Wicklow 

Chairperson: Paula Kristiansen / Club Secretary: Caroline Bentley

Email: Web Site:

Note:  A gaming license has been obtained to sell the tickets

NEWS SPLASH – January / February 2017

Term 2 is well underway

Gala Roundup

January and February are busy months on the Gala Calendar.

Leinster Schools, Minor and Senior gala had a great attendance from Asgard members, representing their individual schools. Medal winners – Minor Schools Aoibheann Ivory, Senior Schools –  Emer Kelly, Keith Bentley and Dylan O’Donovan.

Next up saw 29 Asgard swimmers in the NAC for the Leinster Graded gala – a great day was had by all with lots of those coloured bands collected. The Leinster Distance gala followed up the next weekend with another 20+ swimmers attending – many trying out those long events in a 50M pool for the first time! Lots of amazing PB’s were had on the day.


Round Robin  – Junior Swimmers

The New Ross round robin had only a few of Asgard swimmers in attendance, but all had a great day.

The next Round Robin is in Enniscorthy run by Slaney Sharks club. This is a great event for those still new to galas – We would love to see lots of swimmers entering this gala. Posters about the gala and entry forms are on the notice board this week. All of our Otters and Beavers should be attending the round robin galas.
Coaches will be telling the swimmers what events to try for this round robin.


Many thanks to those who have helped in the capacity of Team Manager at recent galas. The Team manager is there to help the coach on duty or act on behalf of the swimmers where no coach can attend.
We will aim to have a Team Manager at all galas in the future. Details of the role and duty for the Team Manager will be published on the website and is given to the Team Manager in advance. If you can volunteer for even one gala please let us know when submitting your swimmers entry.


Coaches Corner
Well done to all those who have moved groups this month. A combination of your swimming times / training stamina and factors such as regular attendance are all considered for moving to the next level.
Don’t be too disappointed if you didn’t move this time round, all of our groups have seen a big increase in standards which means you are still doing really well and improving all the time.


Well Done !

Just 2 of our senior swimmers attended the recent Swim Ulster – Dave McCullagh Championships . Euan Keighley entered the 100M & 200M breaststroke, making a B Final in the 100M event and the A Final for the 200M. Keith saw some great swimming competing in the same heats as Olympic swimmers ! He had 4 events over the weekend and made B finals for the 100m & 200m backstroke.

Easter Trip

20 swimmers, coaches and Team Managers will be heading to Limerick for a 4 day intensive training camp during the Easter Holidays. They will hope to do a little fundraising activity before they go to help allieviate the expenses (for their broke parents!)


Club Captains
Elections for Club Captain were completed during January – the senior groups nominated their candidates and then voted for the Captains .
Our new Captains Nicole Devitt and Keith Bentley will be out and about listening to our swimmers and making representations for them to the coaches and committee.


ClubMark Application

The committee are deep in paperwork to get prepared for a ClubMark inspection in early March. Clubmark is a Swim Ireland accreditation for clubs who reach high standards.

Club Gear

All orders made before Christmas have been delivered – Some further orders will be placed this week . We are looking a system to allow you to order individually for Togs  and Tshirts.


Pool Air quality

–          As has been emailed previously , the pool management are working with us to ensure the pool air quality is suitable for Asgardtraining. We need to work together to make sure we are helping to keep the pool clean. Please remind all swimmers to shower before entering the pool.



Usual boring bits  !!

  • Term 2 fees are due. Contact the treasurer for information
  • A reminder of some of the rules which help to keep our swim sessions running smoothly
    –  swimmers should arrive to the pool in sufficient time to get changed and be ready at the start time of their session. It is important to be in attendance for the warm up routine.
    – Parents are requested not to speak to coaches during training. If you wish to speak to the coach with regard to your child’s training, please email and an arrangement can be made.

–          Parents are not to interfere with coaching while a session is in progress. You should not be calling to a swimmer or attempting to distract them in any way.

–          it is mandatory the each parent/guardian makes themselves available for supervision duty. If a parent has a problem covering the session allocated, a swap should be organised. If you are unsure how to organise a swap please email the Rota Administrator at

–          Swimmers are advised to remove all jewellery in order to prevent accidental injury to themselves or others (including fitness trackers etc)

–          Any issues at the pool should be reported to the parent on duty or emailed to the Asgard account so as they can be dealt with in a timely manner.

–          All swimmers should shower before entering the pool.


NEWS SPLASH – November /December 2016

Can you believe its end of term 1, and what a busy and great one it was!


A fun night of races and activities is planned for next Tuesday 20th Dec for all swimmers – please add your name to the notice board so we can have things a little bit organised.

Gala Calendar

There are quite a few galas coming up in early January, so keep an eye out for closing dates. Leinster Graded gala in the NAC on 15th Jan-entry closing date 6th Jan – this is suitable for all those who have been attending the Round Robins and are ready to move to the bigger events – if you are near or have achieved a Grade 7 time. Talk to your coach if you are unsure and discuss events to enter.

Round Robin – Junior Swimmers

The last of the Round Robins for this term is set to take place on Sunday 18th Dec in Wexford – Entries are due.

Coaches Corner

A short talk to each of the groups from the Club Childrens officers is still outstanding. This will give the children an opportunity to know who the CCOs are, should they need them at any time. This is still on the agenda and will be completed in Term 2

Well Done !

A team of just 5 swimmers represented Asgard at the recent Irish Short Course Champs (25m pool) in Lisburn.. Swimmers Nicole Devitt , Freja Kavanagh , Keith Bentley, Niall Loughran and Euan Keighley flew the flag over the weekends events. Euan came home with a well earned Silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke

Club Captains

Last years captains Emer and Gavin are just finished their term. It’s a difficult job to get up and running and they did well. We are hoping to make this a bigger feature for the swimmers next year. We will be running an election for next years Captains early in the new year. Details for the process will be sent to all in January.

Fun Fab Gala

Our gala ran really well with lots of excited swimmers taking away medals. Many thanks to all those who helped in any way to make this such a success. We raised approx. €700 euro for club funds.

Club Gear

We are expecting delivery of orders next week – hopefully we can get them distributed before the Christmas Break .

Christmas training for Senior group

We will have a training sessions over the break for Senior swimmers who wish to participate – 28th /29th &30th from 10am to 12 pm – cost is €20 euro per swimmer. Please email Caroline to book your place.

Usual boring bits !!

  • Term 1 fees are should be paid in full at this stage . Contact the treasurer for information
  • Term 2 recommences Tues 3rd for senior groups and Wed 4th for others, with times as normal for the remainder of the week.
  • Friday evening swim times are from 6.10pm to 8pm (not 8.15) from this Friday 16th