Day 2, Thessaloniki
The temperature rose to 31 degrees Celsius today! The Ireland swimming team got their first dip in the Posidonio swimming pool. Much to their disappointment, the outdoor pool was not available for today. They had to train in the indoor 50m swimming pool. Vincent McArdle complained the water was too cold! It did not stop him from being the first team member to go in the pool dive in the pool to start his training. Coach, Alan Turner, offered encouragement and support to the team throughout the training session.
Tomorrow the European Deaf Swimming Championships start! The events our Irish swimmers will be taking part in are
1) 200m Free Style – Eoin Nolan (BT= 1.59) and Vincent McArdle (2.10)
2) 50m Breaststroke- Alan Turner (BT=31.25) and David McIlroy (BT=30.8)
3) 100m Butterfly- John Kealy (BT- 58.0) and Eoin Nolan (BT= 1.02)
(BT= Best time)
Nolan and McArdle are up first in the morning for the 200m freestyle. McArdle, aged 16 the youngest swimmer on the team, said “It’s my 1st event at the European Deaf Swimming C’ships, I feel really excited! I will try my best to make it in the final for the free.” Nolan expects to perform his best despite feeling slightly nervous. Having trained in Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Swimming Club for 3 months in Miami alongside with Kealy, he hopes to achieve a time lower than his best (1:59).
Coach Turner and McIlroy will compete in lanes next to each other for the breast stroke, heightening the tension and excitement! McIlroy seems rather cool about the event, saying “ Ah, I feel alright.” Turner has confidently stated “ I think I will make it to the final, I’m the oldest man in the race!”
Kealy, an outstanding swimmer has returned from a seven-month stay in Miami. He has been training with Fort-Lauderdale Aquatics Club as well as training to be an Olympic standard coach. With his dark tan, one would think he was from Portugal! McArdle, a striking Irish man pales in comparison beside Kealy, literally! He has promised to do his best for Ireland, in particular for his hometown, Arklow. He will be competing in this race with Nolan, who is looking forward to it!
Turner’s statement for the day:
“I hope we will beat the record of 8 gold medals! We’ll just take it day by day. We have a really experienced team”
Ken Taylor’s statement:
IDSA Swimming Director
“It’s my first time at an event like this as the swimming director, so far it has been a good experience. My relationship with everyone is great! The boys look very relaxed! I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and I hope the lads will win some medals!”
Supporter Rachel Saunders says:
“ The atmosphere here is great! Everyone is in great form and anticipating the events tomorrow. It’s like a deaf village here!”
(You can fax your good lucks and encouragement to +30 2310 510 555, the team would love to hear from you!Please put For The Attention of Room number 216))