Swimming star Powell makes the cut for world championships

Story by Kieran Galvin

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 11:55am

Swimming star Powell makes the cut for world championships

Swim Ireland athletes who will represent Ireland this summer at international competitions. Athlone's Robbie Powell is pictured in the front row, second from left.

Athlone swimming ace Robbie Powell has been selected on the Ireland team for the FINA World Championships in South Korea this summer.

Robbie is one of ten athletes on the Irish team for the championships which will take place in Gwangju, South Korea in July of this year. 

National Performance Director Jon Rudd has confirmed the selection following their sole selection trials, the Irish Open Swimming Championships in Dublin.

Powell's selection is a very proud moment for Athlone Swimming Club where Robbie showed his prowess in the sport from a young age under the coaching guidance of his father, Johnny.  Powell now represents National Centre (Dublin), and is coached by Ben Higson and Steven Beckerleg.

A student at Dublin City University, Robbie is a past-pupil of Coláiste Chiaráin, Athlone (former St Aloysius College).

The Ireland team for South Korea will be spearheaded by 2018 World Championships medallist Shane Ryan.

The Irish team will enter three relays at the Championships. The eight days in Korea is the primary opportunity for nations to qualify their relay teams for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

2019 FINA World Championships (South Korea) - Ireland Team Selections
Curtis Coulter 
Niamh Coyne 
Conor Ferguson 
Darragh Greene 
Brendan Hyland 
Jack McMillan 
Robert Powell 
Shane Ryan 
Jordan Sloan
Ellen Walshe 
 
2019 FINA World Junior Championships (Budapest, Hungary) - Ireland Selections
Eoin Corby 
Amelia Kane
Daniel Wiffen  

2019 LEN European Junior Championships (Kazan, Russia) - Ireland Selections
Eoin Corby 
Uiseann Cooke 
Paddy Johnston 
Amelia Kane 
Alfie Kelly 
Sean Scannell 
Daniel Wiffen 
Sean McNicholl  

2019 IOC European Youth Olympic Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan) - Ireland Nominations
Molly Mayne 
Ellie McKibbin  

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