Swim Ireland have received a major boost with Tesco Ireland coming on board as title sponsors.
The National Governing Body (NGB) for swimming, water polo and diving in Ireland are cranking up preparations for the World Championships in July before next year's Olympic games in Tokyo.
A team of 13 Swim Ireland athletes, made up of 3 divers and 10 swimmers will compete in the World Championships in South Korea, which will also represent the first opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Tesco have pledged to help Swim Ireland and its athletes as much as possible at a crucial juncture in their careers.
Over the course of the partnership, Tesco and Swim Ireland will roll out programmes to drive even stronger levels of participation in communities around the country and seek to increase the number of people taking part in existing initiatives such as Get Ireland Swimming and Swim for a Mile and new initiatives including ‘National Swimming Day’ and ‘Support your team, wear your green’.
Sarah Keane, CEO of Swim Ireland said:
“We are delighted to launch our partnership with Tesco Ireland today.
"Like Swim Ireland, they are committed to ensuring we continue to grow participation numbers and drive the sport of swimming across Ireland through our clubs, members and leisure swimmers.
“As a partnership, we’re committed to helping our athletes, our clubs and our communities to start swimming, get back to swimming and keep swimming through the life cycle.”
Swim Ireland currently has over 18,000 members in 160 affiliated clubs across Ireland.