Wexford People

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New club makes a splash on the open sea

SWIMMERS who yearn for the freedom of the open sea should find the all new Wexford Masters Openwater Swimming Club just the ticket.

The club is the first of its kind to be established in the county and is open to swimmers of all levels over the age of 18. Chairperson, Pat Whitney, explains that response to the club has been great. 'We already have a core group of 15 members and are open to new members if anyone is interested in getting involved,' he says.

Originally, the club was established last year when a group of friends came together to swim in aid of the Tracy Lawlor Trust. After completing the infamous Alcatraz swim in California, the group decided to continue swimming in the sea and form a club around their charity work.

The group now come together to swim every Tuesday and Saturday morning at Rosslare Strand, 11a.m. They meet with instructors Enda Sinnott and Brendan Wright in the car park beside Brady's pub. More intensive sea training will commence in late April on Tuesday evenings, alternating between Rosslare, Carne and Curracloe.

The club has been fully accredited by the Irish Swimming Association. In order to take part in the organised swims, you must already be a member of the ISA or sign up to become a member of the Wexford Masters Openwater Swimming Club. This is simply a minor administrative necessity to ensure all swimmers are covered by insurance.

For further details on how to become a member the club is hosting an information meeting on Friday, March 2, at 7.30p.m. in Whitford House Hotel. Alternatively, for further details contact Pat Whitney on 086-8172231.