Is Sarah Keane well liked?Walshe has been knocking on the door for a few years - training like a dog, improving all the time. First Irish woman to break 60 seconds for the 100 'fly.
John Rudd, national high performance director, has transformed irish swimming. In 2021 we had a large team of Olympic qualifiers (including relay teams), an Olympic finalist, and now a silver at the worlds in a 400m event - would have been a pipe dream even three years ago.
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Meanwhile, great to see Smith finally gone off the books...
Sarah Keane would be a product of a much-improved approach to all aspects of the sport brought about by the disbandment of the old IASA in 1999 and its replacement with Swim Ireland. The IASA was mired in controversy over its failure to deal appropriately with the problem of the abuse going on in certain sections of the sport – Gibney, O’Rourke and the rest of them were protected from within. The best thing that ever happened to Irish swimming – the disbandment of the IASA – came out of the worst thing.Is Sarah Keane well liked?
She comes across very well and if you think of the mess she inherited seems to have quietly enough done an unbelievable job.
Outside of the direct impact to their victims Gibney, O'Reilly and in her own way Michelle Smith must have set the sport back 20 years in terms of funding, participation and governance