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Swim for a Mile a great success !

Date: 18-04-2024

Success and Excitement as Participants Complete Swim for a Mile in Castlebar

The Swim for a Mile (SFAM) event held at Lough Lannagh Leisure Centre on April 13th, 2024, marked a significant achievement for all participants as they successfully completed their mile-long swim. The event, which commenced with training in mid-January, saw 60 enthusiastic swimmers sign up and commit themselves to the challenge, culminating in a thrilling and rewarding experience last weekend.

Organised by Swim Ireland in partnership with Mayo Sports Partnership, the SFAM event showcased the dedication and perseverance of individuals striving to reach their swimming goals. Participants, ranging from beginners to experienced swimmers, embarked on a journey of training and improvement, guided by expert coaches and mentors.

The SFAM event not only celebrated the physical accomplishment of swimming a mile but also highlighted the spirit of community and support among participants. Throughout the training period, swimmers encouraged and motivated each other, creating friendships that enhanced the overall experience. “ It was a lovely supportive, encouraging atmosphere and a nice challenge. Looking forward to next year !" said one of this year’s participants.

Commenting on the success of the event, Matthew from Swim Ireland, said, "We are thrilled to part of the Mayo event; the atmosphere and enthusiasm as always was fantastic and the chats and tea after made it even more special for all involved.  Completing a mile-long swim is no small feat, and it is inspiring to witness individuals pushing themselves to achieve their goals. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved."

The partnership between Swim Ireland and Mayo Sports Partnership underscores a shared commitment to promoting health, fitness, and participation in swimming activities within the community. By providing opportunities like SFAM, both organisations aim to encourage people of all ages and abilities to embrace swimming as a lifelong pursuit.

"We are delighted to have collaborated with Swim Ireland to bring the Swim for a Mile event to Lough Lannagh Leisure Centre once again this year," said Deirdre Donnelly, Community Sports Development Officer at Mayo Sports Partnership. "The success of this event is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants, as well as the support provided by coaches and volunteers. We look forward to continuing our partnership and offering more opportunities for individuals to engage in swimming activities."

As participants crossed the finish line and celebrated their achievements, the SFAM event left a lasting impression, inspiring many to continue their swimming journey and set new goals for the future. With the support of Swim Ireland, Mayo Sports Partnership, and the broader community, the success of SFAM serves as a testament to the power of determination, teamwork, and passion for swimming.

For more information about Swim for a Mile and upcoming events, visit

Contact Deirdre Donnelly

(Picture Credit: Alison Laredo)


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