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Swim Ireland boss Rudd expects Aurora set-up to raise the bar

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Big future: Victoria Catterson is part of the High Performance unit at Bangor Aurora. Credit: INPHO/Andrea Staccioli

Big future: Victoria Catterson is part of the High Performance unit at Bangor Aurora. Credit: INPHO/Andrea Staccioli

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On mission: Elite swimming coach Davy Johnston with Victoria Catterson and Jack McMillan at Bangor Aurora. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

On mission: Elite swimming coach Davy Johnston with Victoria Catterson and Jack McMillan at Bangor Aurora. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Making waves: Jack McMillan. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

Making waves: Jack McMillan. Credit: Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

High aims: Jon Rudd

High aims: Jon Rudd

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Big future: Victoria Catterson is part of the High Performance unit at Bangor Aurora. Credit: INPHO/Andrea Staccioli

The Swim Ireland revolution has finally hit Northern Ireland and if there is a poster girl for the targeted sea-change in culture then Victoria Catterson may just be that athlete.

Catterson may not have achieved the international heights at junior or senior level as some, but then that is the point of this new Ulster High Performance set-up at Bangor Aurora. Without question the natural, central focus for local clubs has been junior success to the detriment of senior development, leading to a huge drop-off in participation for those finishing secondary education, and those at the top of the sport want that mindset to be transformed.


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