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Waterford Crystal Swimming Club

In 1970, Waterford Crystal Limited, a flourishing world-renowned glass-making business, synonymous with quality, excellence and integrity was way ahead of its time in pursuit of a policy of well being and healthy living for its employees.  It was through this initiative that the Waterford Crystal Swimming Club was born. The facilities available at the 'Waterford Glass Centre' included a sports hall, sauna, gym, learner pool, a 25 meter 5 lane swimming pool, a lounge & bar, an athletics track, two tennis courts, pitch and putt course and six pitches for various games like soccer, rugby and hockey.

A small number of employees formed a committee to initiate a swimming club where children could learn to swim and participate in water safety. Their primary objective and in time the need to enter the competitive arena was obvious, and a natural progression occurred.

Waterford Crystal Swimming Club aimed to create an environment where the quality and pursuit of excellence would be established to enable children to train and compete, friendships to be formed and champions to flourish. A child-centred ethos continues to be at the heart of all that we do.

Regarding competition, the first breakthrough came when WCSC won a medal in the national community games swimming finals, followed by the first Munster age group and then senior provincial title. During the intervening years, the club also created new Irish junior and senior individual and relay national records, and so becoming a major player in Irish swimming. 

The club has had some coaches over the years, the head coach for 44 years (from 1972 to 2016) was Brian Williamson.  He built on a small young club and brought it to a highly competitive level using his experience and disciplined training sets with many swimmers originating and advancing through the ranks from the club's swimming lessons. It is these swimming lessons which we still provide that provide a solid teaching base.  

Our head coach since August 2016 is Eddie Downey, himself a national swimmer and a member of WCSC since its very early days.

The club's long-term aim is to continue to create an environment where its members will look back on their swimming careers with pride and fond memories, and feel it was a worthwhile venture in their lives. May it continue to prosper for future generations.

 

The Committee 

Barrie Rogers - Chairperson - chairpersonwaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

Deirdre Markey - Vice Chairperson- vchairwaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

Jacqui Quinn - Secretary - secretarywaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.com

Maria Whyte - Treasurer -  treasurerwaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

Agnes Murphy - Children's Officer -  ccowaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

Deirdre Markey - Club Gear Co-Ordinator

Elizabeth Cowman - Club Accommodation Co-Ordinator

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Gala Secretary - Jacqui Quinn -galasecretarywaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

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Children's Officer - Agnes Murphy -  ccowaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

Children's Officer - Bernie Gore - ccowaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

Children's Officer - Shelly O'Flaherty - ccowaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

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Club Captains - Faye Cullen & Noah Cowman

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Lessons Co-Ordinator - Linda Barrett, Andrea Duffy & Ray Hayden  - lessonswaterfordcrystalswimming@outlook.ie

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Coaches/Teachers

 - Head Coach

Ciara Dunford - Senior, A Squad, Junior A & Junior B

Marc Sanquest - Senior, A SquadJunior A & Junior B

James Hassey - Senior

Brigitta Csarodai-Nagy - Saturday am for Senior, A Squad, Junior A & B

Aobhna Buckley - Saturday lessons and teen swim

Sinead Rogers - A Squad, Saturday am for Senior, A Squad, Junior A & B

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Squads

Junior B Squad

Junior A Squad

A Squad

Senior Squad

System Admin - Mags Laura waterfordcrystalsimmingclub@outlook.com