Irish Swimming club ‘in turmoil’ over claims head coach breached suspension

The national representative body’s complaints and disciplinary committee directed that head coach Pearse McGuigan be suspended from “all activities as a coach or otherwise with Galway Swimming Club” over his treatment of a 14-year-old swimmer at a gala last January.

The complaint which led to his suspension related to his public reprimand of the teenager after she had talked to members of her former club at the competition at the University of Limerick swimming pool on January 21st, 2017.

The suspension was due to come into effect 10 days from the date of the Swim Ireland ruling on August 18th, 2017, and thus cover the period August 28th to October 31st.

However, members of the club have claimed that Mr McGuigan addressed senior squad swimmers on the evening of August 28th, and attended a “pathway” assessment for junior members of the club on August 30th.

It is understood that he did not formally participate in the assessment, but was present at the pool with a clipboard, according to several witnesses who spoke to The Irish Times.

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