Willow Sharks Swimming

Willow Sharks Swimming

Who are The Sharks?

Willow Sharks

The Sharks are Willow Park's competitive swim team trained by accomplished head coach James Lawless, who represent their school at numerous galas and schools competitions throughout the year.

Willow's Sharks are well known on the swim circuit and consistently achieve top places at the Leinster and Ireland Minor Schools Championships. In February 2017, The Sharks relay teams won gold for both Medley and Freestyle at 12 & Under at the Leinster Minor Schools and went on to achieve gold again in both events at the Irish School's Minor Championships. The Sharks currently hold the Leinster School's relay records for Freestyle and Medley at both 12&U and 10&U.

The Sharks have yet to lose their own swim gala Duel in the Pool which will take place on the 22nd November 2017 against St Michael's, St Pius, Gonzaga, St Mary's, Scoil Bríde and KPS. Next April, the Sharks will compete for the Willow Cup won narrowly last year by visiting UK team, Dulwich.

Many Sharks go on to achieve great personal success as swimmers. Congratulations to Willow's Michael Curley who is currently on the Leinster panel and Ethan Murtagh who is our first Shark Youth Olympian.

When and where do The Sharks train?

The Senior squad of 24 boys train three mornings a week in the Blackrock College pool and the Development squad of 26 boys train two morning in the Willow pool before school.

There has been a new addition of one morning per week for boys who have attended trials and need some specific work on strokes before joining the squads.

How do I join the Sharks?

Trials are held for boys from 8 years of age who are competent to swim at least 25m in each of the four strokes, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, and are who within a small margin of the Leinster schools qualifying times in at least one stroke.

Is there a cost?

The cost for the year is €100.00 per boy which covers all training sessions or €50 for 1 morning per week.

Dates for your swim diary:

Shark Trials 22nd September 2017, 7am @ Blackrock College pool

Leinster Minor Schools Championship 22nd October 2017 @ The NAC

Duel in the Pool, 22nd November 2017 @ Blackrock Pool

Irish Schools Minor Championships, 11th February 2018 @ The NAC

The Willow Cup, 18th April 2018 @ Blackrock Pool

Willow Park Swimming Committee

Head Coach- James Lawless lawless.jp@gmail.com
Additional Coaches- Laura Grindle laura.grindle101@gmail.com & Jasmine Cautley
Chairperson- Ciara Hackett ciara.hackett@yahoo.ie
Vice Chairperson- Helle Moyna helle@nordicelements.com
Secretary- Fiona McShane mcshanefiona@outlook.com
Treasurer- Michelle Cassidy Michelle.k.cassidy@gmail.com
Development Squad Rep- Amanda Collins amandahcollins@hotmail.com
SeniorSquad Rep- Sarah White tierneysarahj@gmail.com
Team Children’s Officer- Niamh McAdam niamh_mcadam@hotmail.com

Where can I buy Shark's kit?

The boys are given details of what they will need for the training which can be purchased from Swimkit.ie or Uniformity. Willow jammers and Swim Team hoodies can be ordered through Helle Moyna

Some racing tips from Head Coach James Lawless

  • Putting your goggles on under your hat helps keep them in place off the start
  • Always concentrate on your own race - remember you are racing the clock
  • Always make sure to focus on executing great technique - efficient swimmers are faster swimmers
  • Stay relaxed but focussed - especially on the start
  • Great starts and turns are important for short events - streamlining is key
  • Sportsmanship is the mark of a champion - always be respectful of other competitors
  • Win or learn - always look to see what you can improve on for when you return to practice
  • ENJOY!

James Lawless- Head Coach

Meet the Coach!

James Lawless is a Swim Ireland Level 3 Swimming Coach with over 15 years experience ranging from learn to swim programmes across multiple centres to club and school based coaching.

Club Manager and coach also at renown Trojan Swimming Club, James has been responsible for building a swim team at Willow Park School from 10 members in 2008 to over 50 to become the largest and most successful school based competitive programme in recent times. James consistently adds regional and national titles to the school's achievements but also insists 'it's not all about winning, the winning is in the swimming'

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