SWIM IRELAND ATHLETES MOVE INTO CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION

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SWIMMERS ARE THE FIRST TO TRAIN AND LIVE AT NATIONAL SPORTS CAMPUS

Wednesday February 11th 2014: Swim Ireland today announced details of new athlete accommodation at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. Four Irish swimmers training at Swim Ireland’s NAC Performance Centre are the first athletes to live and train on campus following a joint renovation of accommodation on the grounds by Swim Ireland and the National Sports Campus Development Authority.

Among the new residents is Olympian and European Bronze medallist Barry Murphy and Commonwealth Games hopeful Bethany Carson. The swimmers now have all requirements on Campus including the 50m swimming pool, gym facilities, the Institute of Sport and housing.

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport said: “It’s brilliant to see the progress being made at the National Sports Campus and the dedication Swim Ireland have shown in enhancing their sport through the facilities available. The campus accommodation will provide vital support for our elite athletes on their continued journey, which will in turn help and support the growth of swimming as a whole.”

Speaking at the launch Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane, said: “Swim Ireland are delighted to be able to offer our athletes the opportunity to live and train on Campus. The new accommodation is the ideal situation for our athletes to be in and we look forward to further growth and development of these facilities in the coming years”

CEO of the National Sports Campus Dave Conway “

European Bronze medallist Barry Murphy is one of the swimmers who have taken up residence in the athlete accommodation “Moving into the athlete accommodation has been of great benefit to my training regime. The pool is just five minutes away and the institute of sport is even closer. It is the most professional and convenient set up I have ever worked in. Living with other like-minded athletes has been of great help too. We all know we’re here to train hard and make gains. So there’s a great atmosphere in the house and we’re all training well.”