DUNDALK Grammar School student Brian O’Sullivan continues to make huge progress in the world of Irish swimming with the 16-year-old preparing to represent his school and country at the forthcoming WISE international schools competition which will be held at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) on March 26.
Brian (pictured right) was selected to represent Ireland on the back of his strong performances for the Dundalk Grammar School in the recent Irish Senior Schools Swimming Championships. After qualifying via the Leinster finals in Portmarnock, Brian excelled at the Championships in Salthill, Galway, winning silver in the 100m Backstroke.
He will now pit his wits against the best swimmers in his age group from Scotland, England Wales and Ireland at the WISE competition where he will swim in both individual and relay events.
The Ardee native will certainly feel at home in the NAC. He currently trains at the venue with the High Performance Ulster squad having been invited to join their camp in January of this year.
Brian will go into the WISE event on the back of some impressive form. Last weekend he travelled to Limerick to represent his club, Newry Mourne Swimming Club, in one of the biggest swimming meets of the year - the Dave McCullagh Memorial Championships - where he picked up a bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke. For good measure he also qualified for three ‘A’ finals and two ‘B’ finals and creating four club records for the club.
In early December Brian entered the Ulster Open Short Course Swimming Championships in Lisburn and won one silver and two bronze medals at Freestyle and Backstroke events.
The times he recorded there have placed him at No 1 in the rankings for 16-year-olds at the 200m Backstroke Short Course and 50m Freestyle Short Course. He still holds the no 1 rank for the 50m Backstroke Long Course having reached the top in April of last year.
The Transition year student is working hard for the WISE event and continues to train hard at Aura Leisure Centre, Dundalk as well as with his club in Newry and the Ulster squad at the NAC Dublin.
The Dundalk Democrat would like to wish Brian all the best at the WISE event in March.