Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Irish swim chiefs to act after date blunder cost Sycerika McMahon place at the World Championships

SWIMMING: Swim Ireland says it will take action after Sycerika McMahon missed out on competing in the breaststroke at the World Championships in Barcelona.

McMahon was unaware she didn't have the A standard needed for the event within the specified time period.

She claimed that no-one from Swim Ireland pointed this out to her until after the time window had elapsed.

Swim Ireland plan to ensure that every swimmer and their coach are made aware of time periods for qualification.

"I want to make sure next time that every athlete and coach is very aware of any intracacies of the rules that they may not be aware of," said Peter Banks, Swim Ireland High Performance Director.

"Last year when we brought everyone together at the start of Olympic year we made everbody aware of those particular regulations. We didn't restate it this year so maybe we have to re-do it every single year."

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