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Jack and Paul are top of the world

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Jack and Paul are top of the world thumbnailCAMLOUGH lad Jack Boyle was a stunning Global Swim Series winner in the highly-competitive ‘Skins’ category.

JACK Boyle and Paul Magill both performed incredibly well to win top category places in the 2016 Global swim series. It was magnificent achievements for the local duo as they were pitted against top swimmers from all over the world, with 77 races taking place in 19 different countries.

Both boys, Paul from Newry and Jack from Camlough, were members of the Camlough Lake Water Festival team and both competed in the H20PLAY Swim Series, Northern Ireland. Although Paul, presently living in New Zealand, there doing a year's placement as a doctor, also did events Down Under in the Global Swim Series.

Paul was the winner of the Men's Wetsuit category, completing eight races with a total of 720.13 points. He beat Peter Wilson by 17 points with Stephen Archer third in the division. Paul completed five races in Northern Ireland and three in New Zealand.

Meanwhile Jack, a swim coach, triathlete and channel swimmer, came out tops overall in the highly-competitive Skins category. The Camlough lad had a super season, tallying up 700 points, that was 186 points ahead of the second-placed Sean Campbell with Dean Halliday third. Jack never falters in his endeavours to swim for fun and he actively encourage others to do the same.

Since 2014 CLWF have staged the H20PLAY Swim Series Northern Ireland, a jewel of an invention, with specialist open water swimmer Pádraig Mallon supported one hundred per cent by the CLWF committee and national race directors.

The H20PLAY series ethos is to develop open water swimming around the beautiful Emerald Isle and it is growing annually with additional swims being added all the time. In joining the Global swim series in 2016 a world wide open water opportunity became a reality and in October 2016 CLWF hosted the GSS European championships in Carlingford, Ireland.

All of the podium firsts for the 2016-17 GSS winners are CLWF H20PLAY series competitors. How amazing for CLWF is that? Congratulations to all.

An example of how both the H20PLAY swim series and the GSS have successfully opened a door to the open water world, was highlighted by local triathlete Paul Magill. The talented Magill competed in the calendar of swims offered by race directors in Ireland as part of the H20PLAY swim series, gathering swim points on both the H20PLAY swim series league and GSS league before travelling to New Zealand. And while he there he swam in further series races to collect more points, thus giving him overall winner status.

More CLWF swimmers took Global podium positions, including Lauren Archer, Olive Conroy, Julie Murphy, Jack McCullough, Stephen Archer, Francie McAlinden, Sean Campbell, Dean Halliday, Rea Doherty and Emma van Look; while topping the ladies league as Global winners were Ciara Doran and Heather McLaughlin.

All the swimmers competed with the CLWF by-line entrenched in their memory: 'If it's not fun, we're not playing,' a slogan that gives everyone a focus, a goal and a challenge to achieve what is possible.

The Democrat spoke to CLWF head honcho Padraig Mallon who said: "It's huge honour for our Camlough Lake Water Festival committee to have Global winners. We have over 30 people involved and they're all hard-working. They're shining examples of showing the next generation of swimmers just what is possible. We're extremely proud of what our swimmers have achieved."

Speaking of the two local winners Jack Boyle and Paul Magill, Padraig said: "Paul is a 'quiet achiever.' The Magills are a real swimming family and Paul has shown the rest of the family just how it's done. He is presently living in New Zealand. When he comes back he might give Keith Garry a run for his money."

Incidentally Paul's brother Barry is the chairman of the Newry Swimming Club and his mother Bernie was a former chairperson while sister Oonagh, herself a fine outdoor swimmer, is married to the legendary English and North channel conqueror Keith Garry.

On Jack Boyle, Padraig said: "It was an absolutely fantastic achievement for Jack. He was competing in Skins, a highly competitive world-wide category. It is a huge honour for him to win the series.

“But there were other amazing achievements for the CLWF swimmers. Laura Archer, who is only 13 or 14 and who swims with her father Stephen, will reach the top while the Muckian brothers Joshua and James are also sure to be first class swimmers in the near future," said Padraig.

Jacqueline McClelland, another vital member of the CLWF committee, along with the likes of Catherine Murphy, Milo McCourt, Patricia McParland etc, concluded by saying: "We (the committee) do it all together and then the magic happens. It's like a chocolate factory. We keep thinking: 'What sweet can we invent and how good will it taste?"

“Padraig's the Willie Wonka and the dreamer!"

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