Galway’s Laser SC swimmers step up the mark in an exciting swim clinic
I arrived at NUI Kingfisher Galway early on Sunday morning and walked onto poolside early and was warming welcomed by the coach and instantly greeted with lots of smiling faces. After a brief introduction it was time to get the swimmers into the pool for a warm up and to commence the clinic. Read more 


Swim Ireland’s “Swim for a Mile” challenge has shaped my future
Having been involved with Swim Ireland for my entire competitive swimming life I was honoured when I was asked to become an ambassador for a new initiative that Swim Ireland has set up which was to get the nation swimming again. I have swam since I was a child and swimming has positively shaped life representing Ireland over 50 times throughout my swimming career I jumped at the opportunity to share this passion with others. Read more 


Nigel Ringland speaks to Melaine about NI Commonwealth Games & Swim for a Mile

Swimming: Melanie Nocher is miles ahead
Olympian Melanie Nocher says that Irish swimming could not be in a better place ahead of the first Commonwealth Games qualifying meet this weekend, the Dave McCullagh Memorial Gala in Bangor's 50m Aurora Centre. Nocher, a top international swimmer and 2011 European bronze medallist, is now working for Swim Ireland and in particular their new Swim For A Mile programme which has encouraged hundreds to take up the sport. Read more 


My Transition from Olympic Athlete to the outside world
For over 15 years my identity had always been Melanie the swimmer, so the decision I made after the 2012 London Olympics was one that was very difficult and would take me out of the sporting bubble and into the real world. My journey to the 2012 London Olympics began when I came back from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as soon as one Olympic cycle finishes another one begins and that 3-2-1 day lead up rolls back to a 4 year countdown which at the time looking back is very daunting. Read more 


Melanie Nocher (double Olympian & European medalist) and Trish Mayon (Swim Ireland) tell Swim for a Mile ambassador Matt how you can take part in our swimming challenge!



Swim Ireland today announced details of its inaugural, all-Ireland ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge 2014’. The project will challenge members of the public to compete in a national event to swim for a mile. Swim Ireland will provide a free training programme, support, advice and motivation for all those wanting to take on the challenge.

A mile of swimming is the equivalent of a marathon in the water and is longer than any Olympic pool based race, making it the ultimate test in the sport.

The Challenge is being made possible through The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund and the Irish Sports Council’s Women in Sport Programme. Last month Swim Ireland won the top award in The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund of €25,000 which has helped to make the ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge 2014’ a reality.

Supporting swimmers to go the distance, Swim Ireland is offering free swim training programmes available through the Swim for a Mile website and also free lane space and coaching at each of the five event locations from the start of the year right up to the event, making the challenge the perfect New Year’s fitness resolution for 2014!

Double Olympian and European Medallist Melanie Nocher is helping Swim Ireland to raise the profile of the Challenge, the first of its kind to take place on an all-Ireland basis. Melanie will be on hand to give advice and guidance to the public for the duration of the project, “I have always been passionate about swimming and showing others that you don’t have to be at an elite level to get involved. It is a unique sport in which people of all abilities and ages can get involved so Swim Irelands Challenge is the perfect platform to show this. I am excited about this initiative and the impact it’s going to have in terms of growing the sport and encouraging as many people to experience the benefits of swimming.” Read more 


Ireland’s Double Olympian Swimmer Melanie Nocher is Dipping her Toe in New Waters

From the shallow pools of her home in Hollywood, Northern Ireland to deep sea diving around the globe, water baby Melanie Nocher has always lead a subaquatic life but in December 2012 she sent ripples through the sporting world when she came up for air and announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the tender age of 24. Now with the news announced in an official ERSI report that swimming is the most popular sporting activity in Ireland, especially amongst women, Melanie Nocher is sharing her highs and lows, top tips for avid female Irish swimmers and telling us all about her favourite beauty tool - MICRO Pedi!


Life After London 2012 - The Last Word


Press Release Wednesday 19th December
Melanie Nocher retiring as an elite athlete

After 14 years of competing at the highest standards Melanie Nocher is calling it a day and retiring from elite international swimming.

Her career highlights include qualifying for both the Olympics in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, a bronze medal at the European Short Course Championships 2012 and being Irish National Champion six times before she was nineteen.

Melanie states " I will always be involved with swimming at some level but I am now ready to move on to other challenges."

"I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped me along the way. I can promise I will remember everyone who has helped me.

I would like to thank Swim Ulster and Swim Ireland for all the coaching and support they have provided in and out of the pool. Thank you also to the Irish sports council and Sport Council Northern Ireland for financially helping me, ensuring I could live as an elite athlete to train full time and compete at my best.

Thank you to Loughborough University and my management team Silver Hatch Sports who has been a massive influence in my career since 2008.

Thank you to all my training partners and coaches throughout the years of my swimming career.

I would also like to say a big thank-you to all my sponsors who has supported me either financially or with products.

I am walking away from swimming a better all round person and have enjoyed every minute of it and made many many friends along the way."


Swimming: Nocher quits to pursue 'new challenge'

Irish star Melanie Nocher has decided to hang up her goggles and move into the world of media and fashion.

The European bronze medallist has announced her retirement from the sport after a fine career in which the 24-year-old competed at two Olympic Games and two Commonwealth Games, as well as numerous European Championships.

Despite qualifying for London 2012, having competed four years earlier in the Beijing Games, Nocher was not able to perform to her absolute peak due to illness, and that hit her hard.

The seeds of her future in television were sown shortly afterwards as Nocher was employed by Setanta to be part of their Paralympics coverage.

"I really loved the work I did with Setanta, it was a great experience and they have told me that they would love to have me back," said the Holywood, Co Down native.

"My agent will be working on things for me now and more television work is something that I am aiming at; maybe there could be some work with Sky Sports, Setanta or somebody else.

"And I'm also looking at doing some sports modelling. I've done a bit of that already during my swimming career and it is something that I have always enjoyed. Read full article 



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