***Call for new IISA IRELAND committee***
Pioneering ice swimming as a sport for Ireland Anne Marie Ward was the first female and I was lucky enough to be the first male.
The sport of ice swimming is unlike very many, cruel in the water but kind in the warm friendships you make along the way.
This journey has been filled with adventures all over the world and heroes in my eyes forever for what has been achieved in places like Siberia, Murmansk and Burghausen.
The respect I have for our leaders Ram Barkai, Alex Brylin, Kieron Palferman, Ryan Stramrood and Henri Karma will remain in my heart from watching them compete in -33c in Siberia.
The ice has shown me what is mentally and humanly possible when the body and mind is focused on one outcome. This is a truly amazing sport. A sport where you cannot hide.
Like everything in life things change and come to an end. I have enjoyed every minute of being part of a team to help develop, nourish, encourage and protect the ice this past four years.
The current IISA IRELAND board will resign offering you the IISA IRELAND community an amazing opportunity to lead the future for Ireland’s ice swimming community.
The new IISA IRELAND will be made up of a minimum of five and a maximum of eight board members one of which will be the new chairperson of IISA Ireland.
The new board will have an exciting year ahead with the preparations for the World Championships in Murmansk with the new and exciting talent coming through on the Irish team. The outgoing IISA IRELAND have established a good foundation to work from and will always be there if a bit of advice is needed along the way.
Please email IISA IRELAND with your nominations and expressions of interest by 19th August 2018 and the new IISA Ireland committee taking up their roles on 1st September 2018.
On behalf to the outgoing IISA Ireland board:
Pádraig Mallon Co.Armagh
Patrick Corocran Co.Dublin
Sarah O’Malley-Daly Co.Donegal
Noel Grimes Co. Louth
Jacqueline McClelland Co. Down
Jack Boyle Co. Armagh
Carmel Collins Co. Cork
Ian Conroy Co. Armagh
A country association to the International Ice Swimming Association
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