ARDEE swimmer Brian O’Sullivan played a starring role in Ireland’s showing at the WISE – Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England - International Schools Swimming Championships last weekend.
Held at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, 16-year-old Dundalk Grammar School transition year student Brian travelled to the capital to meet up with his fellow squad members and put the final touches to his preparation on Friday. A total of 40 male and female swimmers represented Ireland and Irish Schools against the very best swimmers from the other countries.
On Saturday Brian swam the anchor length of the 4x 100m Freestyle Relay intermediate event which the Irish team won in 3.36.72 - a new international schools record. Brian swam 54.1 seconds for the anchor leg of the relay and came home to rapturous cheering and applause winning the long awaited first Irish gold medal of the day.
Brian’s second gold medal came in the individual 100m Backcrawl, winning the intermediate age group competition in 1.01.07. This time was a new Long Course Personal Best for Brian and made it two golds from two events.
Ireland won three gold medals in total. The third Irish medal was won by Curtis Coulter from Ardpatrick in the 100m Freestyle Individual intermediate competition in 53.06 seconds. Both Brian and Curtis were jointly honoured at the annual swim gala dinner in Dublin on Saturday night where they both shared the award for Best Irish Swimmer.
O’Sullivan has been in sparkling form throughout 2011. In January this year the Newry Mourne ASC member was accepted onto the high performance Ulster Swim squad and following some great performances at the Dave McCullagh Memorial Championships in Limerick he was also invited to become a member of the Irish National Squad.
Brian currently trains with the Irish squad in Dublin at weekends. He also continues to train at Newry-Mourne ASC and also at Aura Leisure Centre in Dundalk.
Two weeks ago he went to Lisburn to the Ulster Youths Championships and won gold at the 400m freestyle in 4.10.46. This was also his first attempt at the 400m distance.