Courtesy of Sinead Merrigan, Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.

Sinead Merrigan reported on the recent Irish Long Distance Swimming Association ceremony. “The awards were a fantastic success with old faces and new gathering together. It was also a good night out and about the beautiful city of Belfast.

It was great to have the support of so many individuals including Alderman Brian Kingston, Swim Ulster President Betty Beattie, Swim Ireland President Mary Dunne and the full support of both Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council as well as so many sponsors.

The full list of both the judges-shortlisted nominees and 2016 winners are as follows:

Juvenile Best Newcomer to Open Water Swimming: Ciara Doran
Nominees: Ciara Doran and Éadaoin O’Raw

Juvenile Best Newcomer to Open Water Swimming Runner-up: Éadaoin O’Raw
Nominees: Ciara Doran and Éadaoin O’Raw

Juvenile Swimmer of the Year: Ciara Doran
Nominees: Ciara Doran and Éadaoin O’Raw

Senior Best Newcomer to Open Water Swimming: Noel Grimes
Nominees: Bridget Moore, Noel Grimes, Heather Clathworthy and Ciara Doran

Ulster Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Gary Knox
Nominees: Claudine Hughes, Ciara Doran , Gary Knox and Lucas Kowalczyk

Munster Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Ned Denison
Nominee: Ned Denison

Leinster Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Sabrina Wiedmer
Nominees: Ion Lazarenco Tiron, Sabrina Wiedmer, Noel Grimes and Vanessa Daws

Connaught Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Lynsey Dunne
Nominees: Lynsey Dunne, Fergal Madden, Clodagh Murray and Barry O’Connor

Open Water Swim Performance of the Year: Rachel Lee [shown above]
Nominees: Rachel Lee, Swim Sisters (Claudine Hughes, Lynsey Dunne, Mary Bolger Hinds and Maighread McMahon) and Keith Garry

Sheena Paterson Spirit of Open Water Swimming Award: Fergal Somerville
Nominees: Fergal Somerville, Ned Denison and Jon Glover and Mollie Conroy

Margaret Smith Award: Anne-Louise Doherty and Caroline Grierson, Mary Bolger Hinds and The Dublin Distance Dippers Winner: Distance Dippers

Best Organised Open Water Swim: Wild Atlantic Swim
Nominees: Liffey Swim, Wild Atlantic Swim and WOTS

Female Senior Swimmer of the Year (Live Vote): Sabrina Wiedmer
Nominees: Deirdre Ward, Rachel Lee, Sabrina Wiedmer and Rachel Doyle

Male Senior Swimmer of the Year (Live Vote): Ion Lazarenco Tiron
Nominees: Ion Lazarenco Tiron, Paddy Bond and Gary Knox

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