by Kevin Williams
Round 7 of The World Series ……Round 7 and the penultimate round of Our World Series of Swims took place last Wednesday evening in brisk conditions . A southerly wind and an out going tide made for a choppy swim . A new course was taken courtesy of the wind having blown the buoys out of place . 52 swimmers took to the water accompanied by 14 Kayakers . All the swimmers were conscious that time was running out to gain points and it made for a very competitive swim . However there were some swimmers tired from an 8km swim in Caragh Lake the day before and others were saving themselves for The Killarney Hardman . In any case there were some exceptional swims with Michael OConnell Jnr winning Grp A and setting the fastest time . Group B was won by John Gilmartin and Group C was won by John Quilter . All prizes were very kindly sponsored by Fitzgibbon Interiors .
Swimmer of the Year …… Michael OConnell Jnr and Siobhain Griffin are now tied at the top of the table with 19 points but closely followed by Donal Fitzgibbons , Maura Hayes and Niamh Murphy . Any one of these five swimmers can now win The Swimmer of The Year for 2015 and it should make for a very competitive final race . There are 1st , 2nd and 3rd places in each group up for grabs so it is still all to play for ! Michael OConnell Jnr leads Grp A , Siobhain Griffin leads Grp B and Catriona Kelly leads Group C after a great season of swimming .
Donation … The club would like to sincerely thank Martin Moore for his very kind donation of a kayak to the club .
English Channel ….Congratulations to Tralee man and Club member Kristian ODonovan who swam The English Channel earlier this week . A great feat . Kristian is now the the second Club member to have completed the swim . Rosie Foley being the first . Kristian is also the first Tralee person to have completed it .
RIP …..The Club would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Edmond Moriarty who passed away recently . Edmond used to be a regular fixture and character at Lockes Beach in the summer evenings . Rest in Peace .
The Gerald Walsh Memorial Swim ……..The final swim of the season takes place on Sunday The 13th of September where all positions will be decided . It will be followed by the traditional BBQ .
Blennerville to Fenit Swim ……..This has now been pencilled in For Saturday the 5th September .
And finally …….. Our Annual Prizegiving and Social takes place on Saturday 26th September in The Meadowlands Hotel . A full sit down meal , Prizegiving , a live band and dancing into the night ! Please support this great night out and all swimmers and friends are invited from the masters and tri club as well . Tickets available from ant committee member for 35euro .