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Keady swimmer Ciaran takes Gold - and has sights set on Olympics.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Keady swimmer Ciaran takes Gold - and has sights set on Olympics. thumbnail Seventeen-year-old Ciaran Deasy clinched Gold and Bronze medals while representing Ireland in an international swimming competition in the Netherlands.

A KEADY swimmer has set his sights on representing Ireland at the Olympics.

Seventeen-year-old Ciaran Deasy has qualified two years in a row to go with the Ulster school coaches, along with top swimmers to a training camp at the Olympic swimming pool .

This trip, which will see him travel to London in September, is for the top 10 boys and girls over 15 in Ulster.

And, it is just the latest in a long line of achievements for the St Patrick's High schoolboy.

The A-Level student's selection comes shortly after he clinched Gold and Bronze medals while representing Ireland in an international swimming competition in the Netherlands.

At this competition in July, Ciaran - who usually swims in the Under- 18 section - was up against tough opposition as he had to compete in the Under-25 section, given the fact there was no Under-18.

Ciaran has been involved with swimming since he was seven years of age, and has undertaken much of his training with Sliabh Beagh Swimming Club in Monaghan.

For the past four years, he has held the title of Ulster Schools Swimming Champion - having won the intermediate title on three occasions, followed by the senior title last year.

In May, Ciaran was also part of the Ulster School Interprovinicial team which competed against Munster, Leinster and Connacht.

And, from an early age he has also secured awards, having won an All-Ireland Gold medal at Darkley Primary School, when he was just 11 years old.

While he has previously represented the Ulster schools in Tenerife, the Keady teen has in more recent times been mentoring the teams.

For Ciaran, swimming is a huge commitment which involves him getting up at 4.50am five days a week, in order to go training until 8am, before going to school.

Due to exam commitments, he was unable to commit to training from April until June, but this did not stop him from achieving Gold in the Netherlands.

Upwards of 50 countries were represented at the event, which was his first international gala.

Speaking to the Ulster Gazette, Ciaran said he "couldn't believe it" when a friend of his mother, Donna, informed him he had secured Gold, just as he was about to embark on another race.

In the meantime, he revealed he intends to "just keep training and see where it takes me!"

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